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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 7:51 pm 
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'Apparently' owning two 9000 Aeros is more than I need.

So, ladies and gentlemen, here is a 9000 Aero I just took a large gamble on. Sadly it is not for me. Happily it is for my friend Inde who is also on this forum somewhere.

As of yet he has not seen the car in the flesh. Nor had I when I bought it. In fact, my first viewing of the car was through a fairly sketchy FaceTime phone call followed by me paying the guy by PayPal and have the car delivered by Shiply - how very 2017.. :lol:

Back story is that the car had been bought by someone a few years ago to use the engine for a mk2 Escort project. That never happened and for 5 years it has been in storage on a farm, occasionally run up and down an airfield. Until about 4/5 months ago when the guy lost his storage. It was then left outside.

Oh. And I don't know if it runs. And I don't have the keys.

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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 7:54 pm 
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Do you need some 9000 keys and locks? I think i've still got a set somewhere. Maybe even have the door handles to match.

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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 8:42 pm 
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Cheers Dave :) Plan is to see if I can get a key made up from the numbers on ignition barrel.

If that doesn't work then I think I'd definitely like to take you up on that please. Will let you know.

Car was delivered on Thursday and I hadn't touched it until about 5.30 today, spent two hours cleaning it and then swapped over two wheels. Will put the Azevs on tomorrow as the tyres it came with are all well past their best.

Here is what I'm starting with:

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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 8:52 pm 
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I also cleared a bucket full of mud from two of the wheel arches. All came up really well.

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All very solid so far.

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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 8:56 pm 
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Car Model: 96 V4 & 9-3 Turbo-X
what's the engine bay like?

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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 9:07 pm 
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Although I'm a way off starting it the more time I spend on it the more it seems to be a really well looked after car for most of its life. 3 owners, lots of history, SOC paperwork, 9000 buyers guide, everything feels really tight and in good condition. And Le Mans blue with Dover grey is a sweet combo.

I'm really wanting to keep this car alongside my black one! Think I'm going to have to insist on first refusal if he ever decides to sell it..

This is where I finished up tonight before I went for dinner:

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Looking a lot less like an abandoned car.

Tomorrow I'm going to start on the leather. Scare all the remaining spiders out of the cabin. Post the ECU off to ecu guru that is Jules and see if Saabits can pull off the magic trick of making a key appear from thin air.

Oh. And do something with this:

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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 9:09 pm 
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beardydave wrote:
what's the engine bay like?


Properly grim! See above... And remember pictures always make these things look better than they are.. :argh:

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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 9:52 pm 
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This is going to be epic!

Love Le Mans blue! Just lovely (or it will be!)

Watching with acute interest!
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 2:07 am 
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From your other thread about replacement keys I thought it might be an early 1995 model but looking up the reg. number shows it to be a 1994. So the security system may be aftermarket and be easy to remove.
The good thing, looking at the photos, is that it looks as though it doesn't have TCS.

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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 5:07 am 
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Pilkington means screen has been replaced at some point.
Could be bad if it was Autoglass.

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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 7:28 pm 
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brooklands wrote:
This is going to be epic!

Love Le Mans blue! Just lovely (or it will be!)

Watching with acute interest!
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Cheers, I hope so! I'm still worried it could all be a big anti climax when we get to starting the engine.. :shock:

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From your other thread about replacement keys I thought it might be an early 1995 model but looking up the reg. number shows it to be a 1994. So the security system may be aftermarket and be easy to remove.
The good thing, looking at the photos, is that it looks as though it doesn't have TCS.


Thanks Bill. And you're correct - no tcs. It was the one thing I'd managed to check with the seller before going for it. That would've been one thing too many to gamble on.
I think I found the main bit of the aftermarket alarm today so hopefully that will be easy to cut out when the time comes.

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Pilkington means screen has been replaced at some point.
Could be bad if it was Autoglass.


You are spot on Sir. And annoyingly that is one area that is not quite perfect. But still much better than many I have seen. Only a few telltale spots at the moment.

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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 7:43 pm 
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Today was more cleaning and getting rid of more spiders webs than I have seen in my whole life.

The interior is now near ready to be used. Took ages hoovering and cleaning it to get to here:

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All of the leather was as dry as the Sahara and it drank up the leather conditioner. Managed to get most of the front seats done before I ran out of Gliptone.
Here's where I got to:

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Then swapped the ashtray down in to the lower din and put an old radio in to fill the hole.

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And finally, remember that filthy engine bay? This is it now. No where near show standard but a lot more workable:

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It was around this time the boot (which had only one strut) fell on me and bløødy hurt. So I went off in a sulk and did a few jobs on the 900.

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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 8:56 pm 
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Car Model: Back in a 9000 #4!
Looking pretty good - already!

9K boot on the head - very few things more painful! Had that a few times!

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I can't wait to be able to use this. Looks so good already.

U are possibly the best mate a bloke could have.


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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 7:25 am 
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I can't wait to be able to use this. Looks so good already.

you are possibly the best mate a bloke could have.


Should be a nice car soon...
He's done all the hard work for you..!!!
Keep it up..

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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 2:09 pm 
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breaking a le mans aero to put in an escrott for shame whoever was going to do that

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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 6:17 pm 
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brooklands wrote:
Looking pretty good - already!

9K boot on the head - very few things more painful! Had that a few times!


It really hurt! Luckily I managed to dodge the worst of it. Lost some skin on the back of one hand and have got an amusingly colourful bruise on the other arm.

This is the temporary boot strut that I also managed to clobber myself with:

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I can't wait to be able to use this. Looks so good already.

you are possibly the best mate a bloke could have.


You are most welcome mate.

Payment in food always gratefully accepted.

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...Should be a nice car soon...
He's done all the hard work for you..!!!
Keep it up..


Haha! Exactly! :)

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breaking a le mans aero to put in an escrott for shame whoever was going to do that


That's the way it's going these days now people have cottoned on to what awesome engines these have.

I'm actually quite annoyed that such an nice looking one has been left to get in this state because you can see this has clearly been well looked after for most of its life.

You can see the blue starting to look pretty decent here:

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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 5:18 pm 
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Frustrating day with a little bit of good news.

Good news: key came and fits all doors and ignition. Also, all the parts arrived today so a big thank you to Bill at Saabits and Peter at Euro Saab Parts.

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Frustration: alarm / immobiliser. It's not letting the starter turn over.

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This box is what I'd hoped was the alarm control module. It's not. It makes the windows go up and down.

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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 7:04 pm 
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That would be an alarm with a remote window windup and down module then, as the standard one is in the switch pack.

You could try following the wires back to find the alarm unit. Depends on the whim of the installer as to where it went though. Hope it doesnt cause too many gremlins sorting it out.

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Could always run a temporary wire from ignition switch to starter... till you figure it out..

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