The SAAB Gets a Transmission

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Fast_Ed
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The SAAB Gets a Transmission

Post by Fast_Ed » Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:54 pm

I loaded up the Astra and the SAAB for a family summer trip this year. We each got a dog and a kid. It's perfect. The ~ 100 mile trip leads through Hartford then we have to hammer over Avon mountain. I gave the SAAB a final squirt of boost to crest Avon Mountain and it popped out of 4th gear. I gently tried to jam it into third, no dice. Second was equally grind-ey, but luckily I was able to crest the mountain with momentum.

I called Amanda on the two-way. 'the Viggen is failed.'

We coasted into a parking lot at the bottom of Avon mountain. I discover I can move in first and reverse. 2nd is out, but I can stay in 3rd under acceleration. 4th out, but 5th is normal. "B" roads the rest of the way to Winsted (50mph wooded roads). I opt to lug the car the rest of the way in 5th to avoid dog/kid/family catastrophe. It's an abusive drive for the drivetrain, but screw it. I'm not ruining vacation. The Saab takes a flatbed home at the end of the weekend.

After a mere 195,702 miles, the Viggen's transmission has finally failed. At 54k, this car got shifted into first gear at 70 mph by a friend. Many people thought the transmission would have been toast. Or the clutch. Or the notoriously weak B235R pistons. But the only real damage was to the valves. And the transmission made it another 140k with no ill effect.

But before any of that fun can happen, I have to get the wheels off. And it appears that firestone welded these things on.
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Little wrenches (3/8" and 1/2") for scale. Yep, those are broken 3/4 to 1/2 adapters. We also broke a third Cornwell adapter just to prove we were serious.
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This ratchet isn't screwing around. It's 40" long, which explains the adapter carnage.

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Re: The SAAB Gets a Transmission

Post by Fast_Ed » Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:53 pm

There's a big problem with the SnapOn socket I bought though...
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Fortunately, my local machine shop (R&R in Warwick) was willing and able to take this 42 mm socket down to around 30 mm so it would fit into the wheel. Well worth the thirty bucks (half an hour labor).

Pictured below: A $70 custom SAAB wheel socket
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But it fits!
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That feeling when you finally conquer that stupid bolt:
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Thanks to Steve for lots of help and awesome advice on getting my first step done here. He even came by for an evening with his own tools and helped me break a bunch of those adapters.

Lots more lugs to break tomorrow. Will update as I get a chance.

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Re: The SAAB Gets a Transmission

Post by kevm14 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:51 am

The SAAB Gets a Transmission
An unintentional children's book by Ed

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Re: The SAAB Gets a Transmission

Post by Fast_Ed » Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:34 pm

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4.5 hours.. lots of help from Adam. More words later

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Re: The SAAB Gets a Transmission

Post by Fast_Ed » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:40 pm

Adam finds the bolt
Turn the bolt Adam, turn it!
Transmission comes out.

Yeah, it could work.
kevm14 wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:51 am
The SAAB Gets a Transmission
Al unintentional children's book by Ed

Fast_Ed
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Re: The SAAB Gets a Transmission

Post by Fast_Ed » Sat Feb 01, 2020 5:17 pm

Nice tight 200k main bearing #4
Nice tight 200k main bearing #4
Clean oil pan with pickup tube
Clean oil pan with pickup tube
Baffling!
Baffling!
Subframe... Before
Subframe... Before
Subframe.. after
Subframe.. after
Pressing ain't easy
Pressing ain't easy
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But it's necessary

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