I think this may be only my second post here, but whatever. Been reading bits and pieces here and there, lovely forum.
I'm in Edmonton, planning to build a G2 rally car out of my '74 Saab 99. A few questions, though I'm sure there will be more.
The main question is regarding engines. I know G2 is basically open engines wise, 2wd, NA. The rule says that the engine "must be derived from the product line offered by the manufacturer". Here's the question - can I put a mid '80s 16v into the car? The way I read it, yes, but I've heard differently from other local guys. The car was never offered with the 16v, but it is a common transplant amongst Saab nuts. If not the 16v, can I put in a later 8v (the H motor)? This was offered in European 99s, but as far as I know, never on North American 99s - I don't think this is an issue now, reading the 2002 rules. For more clarification, there are three engines that are relevant here: the B motor, stock on 99s and early 900s; the H motor, an 8v (found in later 99s, and 900s) and the 16v, a development of the H.
Another question regarding the dash. Does this have to remain in entirety?
Electrical - where does one usually mount the master kill switch?
Catalytic converters - the car doesn't have one, and I don't think it ever came with one in Canada, but do I still need one?
Thanks for any assistance. Or should I be bothering the local tech guy? I thought I saw that Dave Sharp wasn't running things around here anymore?