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I'll be doing some design work in 3D to see what looks I like...

I'll be doing some design work in 3D to see what looks I like the best before the Saab goes under t

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The 1973 Saab Sonett III

The Saab Sonett 3 - What a weirdo. A brief introduction to what this car is and how it ended up i

[]Tabitha Blagdon

Awesome story! Thanks for posting.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

What are your plans with the car? I know you said something about making room for suspension in the rear but didn't say anything else about it. If for some reason you want to stay with a Saab motor, look for the late 90's cars with the 2.0l or 2.3L turbo motors. They are pretty cheap to get ahold of and build and can make something like 350hp at the wheels without opening the engine up.

[]Nathaniel Fry

Hey Wilson! I like the way you think. We arrived at a pretty similar conclusion as each other by using pretty much the same logic. I looked into the lineage of Saab engines that followed the V4 and eventually found my way to the GM Ecotecs that they used in the 2000's. I was able to purchase a 2.4l Ecotec from a 2006 Pontiac Solstice with a transmission attached (Transmission is an Asin Werner AR5 and Engine is a GM LE5).

It's not technically a Saab engine, but it's in the same family as powerplants that Saab used, and it's ready to go longitudinally mounted, so it was great. I'll post more about the phases I have lined up shortly when I have a bit more time, but that's an idea of what's to come!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

That should be a pretty great start then especially being already setup as a RWD motor/trans combo. I know there are a lot of guys in the U.K. that have swapped the 2.0L turbo motors from the 90's cars into RWD platforms (RX8, E36 BMW, and Caterham's specifically come to mind) and build them up to make around 500hp. Absolutely mental guys. If there's anything Saab specific you think you could use some help with shoot me a message and I'll see what I can do for you!