My trusty old 9-5 died a honorable death. Full throttle in fifth gear, at very respectable 437K. Old age and three years of stage3 took their toll.
12.03.2011
Smoke, loss of power

Towed home, put on jack stands to assess the damage.
12.03.2011
Temporary replacement

Borrowed from a good friend. The most un-Saab car you can imagine.
12.03.2011
Tilt and pull

Removing the engine throught the top, did not want to mess with the subframe. Used a load leveller to tilt the engine and pull it with the gearbox attached.
12.03.2011
Engine stand

The whole thing was surprisingly easy. Once the engine is out of the car, the gearbox can be easily removed and a stand bolted on.
12.03.2011
First sign of trouble

This hole in the block does not look good.
12.03.2011
Melted spark plug

The spark plug #2 melted completely.
12.03.2011
Where is the piston?

A gaping hole where piston #2 used to be. The pin was strong enough to dig 3-4 mm deep grooves in cylinder walls before it stopped.
12.03.2011
There it is!

Most of the piston remains found in the oil pan. It made four holes in the block. Some bits lodged themselves in the balance shaft chamber.
12.03.2011
Head removed

The head is scored, but not that bad. The head gasket was in perfect shape.
12.03.2011
Bent valves

All four valves are bent. The head is off to the machine shop.
24.03.2011
Hood

Figured it would be a good time to repaint the hood while it's off the car.
01.04.2011
Parts arrived

The parts order has arrived!
01.04.2011
Head machined

The head is back, nicely cleaned up and machined.
01.04.2011
Head assembled

Replaced the bent valves with a new set, refreshed the seals, and topped it off with a pair of T5 camshafts.
02.04.2011
B204L block

This block came off my old 1995 900 convertible, with a mileage almost three times less than the 9-5.
02.04.2011
Head attached

Assembled the engine with new seals and gaskets.
03.04.2011
Engine finished

The manifolds, turbo and other accessories are bolted on.
16.04.2011
Clutch

New Aero clutch and pressure plate installed.
04.04.2011
Gearbox installed

The gearbox is on next.
04.04.2011
Engine crane

Lowering the engine back into the bay.
04.04.2011
In the car

Engine mounts attached, the hoist can go back to storage.

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