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Posted by Adam Gorilla on August 2, 2015, 9:15 pm CST
Because of a problem in the code, I cant use apostrophes. Get over it. Moving on.
Its been a little while since things got crunchy in Jersey, and now that theres a race coming up, it seemed like a good idea to fix it. Again. This time we resorted to slightly more conventional methods, although that is not to say using a dump truck to sit on a SAAB isnt conventional. First we plucked the motor out. Notice the word pluck. See how easy it sounds? Yea, thats how good we are at pulling SAAB 900 drivetrains. You can see below how far over the front of the car was rearranged, and the angle that positioned the drivetrain. The stage left engine mount was totally rocked, so we are going to see about putting a solid one in, since we manage to break it every race.
Second, we measured our angles to acheive relative squareness and used a hydraulic ram to squish the frontal zone back into position. Because of the way the metal stretched, the ram had to extend the front subframe a good deal past where it was stock, just to get it to return to shape in the right place. It was a symphony of crackling metal and rust.
The new radiator support fits! The bearded one is Josh, btw. He has signed on for this wackyness for Thompson. Apparently because racecar.
Then we slow cooked some meat because we were having addiction fits. The image below is purely illustration. We have no idea whos kid this is.
With everything looking like it was back to where it should be horizontally, it was time to cure the vertical misalignment as well. For this, large flying hammerkicks were applied liberally, and before you knew it, the shape was more or less where we wanted it.
The end result was a cracked and bruised frame that is now sitting about where it should be. The next step was to weld in a new corner to replace the gnarliest of the mangled metal with something from a donor car, because when youre a SAAB guy that comes across a car getting junked, sometimes its ok to sawzall the corner off and keep it...just in case. Luckily we knew that guy.
Everything we take off this corner is covered in BBQ grease...
We took a deep breath and started welding in additional reinforcement plates, and pieced together what we had off of the other car to create one working Carbeque.
Gotta be happy with the way it turned out, lightyears better than when we got the car and probably even stronger than stock now. With only a little massaging, the engine found its home again in the freshly rattlecanned engine bay. It was degreased this time, so maybe the paint will stick. Probably not, but at least we look like pros for this short time.
This weekend was spent putting the rest back together, including painting and installing the new radiator support and Nissens radiator that got totally destroyed in Jersey. The markings came off all the main wiring harness connections, so it was just kind of assumed where all the plugs went. The only two that remained were fuel injector number 1 and 3. 2 logically had to be somewhere in between, and 4 was most likely the long one. The blue connector probably went to the coolant temp sensor, and the gray one to idle air control. The long one with a separate harness...probably intake air temperature, and we guessed on the two misc three prong plugs.
With all the fluids in and the harness plugged in, it was time to give it a go. Ignition on, fuel pump primed. Ok good signs so far. Here we go.....crank crank crank crank crank crank crank crank crank. Hm..nope, try again. Crank crank crank crank crank crank crank crank crank crank crank crank crank crank crank. OK lets switch those two plugs for the MAP sensor and CPS. Crank crank crank Bam! Started right up! Huzzah, we have a running car again. Now we have 3 days to install the BBQ box, put new aero on, get an alignment (we replaced a good portion of the front end afterall), get the spares parts and spare ribs together, and go racing!
The race will be August 7-8-9 at Thompson Motorsports Park, a brand new road course that opened this spring. If you can make it out, definitely give it a try. Its in a beautiful area, and we are going to win this one for sure!!