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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:28 pm 
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Hi, as promised, here begins my project thread for David's project Willard. I'll probably be changing the name, because as far as I'm concerned she's a girl.

I already did a bit of history in my Erika/Babs thread so I won't repeat it. 900s have pretty much always been my favourite car so it's great to have another to love. Hopefully I'll have a bit more luck this time!

The collection yesterday went pretty much to plan, our three hour drive out from Sheffield in the 'other' kind of 900 series was kindly rewarded by a cup of tea before looking over the car! Thanks again David. Pretty much everything was exactly as described, though we found a couple of holes in the boot floor that'll get repaired. Wouldn't have thought to check there as thoroughly but for having Babs go in the exact same place. On the trip home it was reported that she's blowing a bit of oily smoke on the overrun, and towards the end the turbo occasionally sounded a bit screamy spooling down. Luckily I've got the TE-05 from Babs that I'd just rebuilt to drop in - though where can I get the water feed from?

Other than that she drives really great and feels very tight - plainly she's been well looked after. God she's quick when the boost finally comes on! I've not yet fully decided which direction to go with her, and probably never will! One thing for sure is that I intend to keep her for a long time, so I'm going to first focus on sorting all of the bits of corrosion to make sure it lasts, and also make her look as presentable as I can while adding my own stamp.

So, first up - does anyone want to do a swap for the following bits that aren't to my taste?

My clear front indicators for your normal ones?
My Saab Ronal minilites for your Incas/super incas?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:16 am 
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Have a set of refurbed super inca's and standard indicators, may be interested in a trade.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:06 am 
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So half way back home with the car I noticed the coolant level was just above the minimum line, then when I stopped to check it yesterday the header tank was empty. Filled it up and kept a close eye on it. It's using about a litre an hour's driving, and the header tank is getting guff in it. Interestingly the dipstick is still clean.

Ordering the head gasket bits now. Guess it'll give me the opportunity to replace the exhaust manifold studs which also need doing. Do have to admit I hoped to get a bit further before taking her off the road for work.

Sigh.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:26 pm 
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Happy news for once! Having got all the bits together to do the head gasket today I noticed a damp patch where the coolant lines enter the bulkhead. Turned out the hose had rubbed through on the alternator bracket, then been taped over with electrical tape. Drained and flushed the system, replaced those hoses with silicone from Babs, correctly adjusted to avoid the alternator. As a double check I popped the cam cover off to find no evidence of water in the oil so I'm going to see how she runs now.

As a bit of a treat I swapped the side indicators back to orange, replaced the bonnet badge and ground back and kurusted some of the surface rust from the inner wings. Also replaced the temp gauge sender so the gauge works now.

As you can see, no spooge!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:49 pm 
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And today after a good run, no coolant loss and a clean cap. Must have just been old gunk in the system.

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Next steps, sort the rust and fit a radio...


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:50 am 
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Hmmm nobody can see your pics apart from the 1st one.. :(
But sounding good, at least its up and running again..

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:16 am 
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oddly, at work i can see the pictures but not on my laptop at home.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:16 am 
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Sorted the images now.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:01 pm 
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Update time!

I've hit the bubbly patches of the body with a wire brush in the angle grinder. Some bits cleaned up okay like the fuel filler cap and sunroof panel, but a areas like the passenger door and bonnet revealed little holes that I'll have to fill. The front arches are toast so I've ordered inner and outer repair panels for both sides. For now I've slapped red oxide over the patches which looks a mess but at least it'll stop things getting worse.

Have reverted the radio wiring to standard and fitted a head unit. Chopped out loads of scotch locks and generally neatened up the wiring back there. Here's a shot in progress. Also replaced the broken rear arial with the one taken from my 9000. Turns out that one doesn't extend fully so I'll either need to look at it or replace again.

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Took her for a run to the Oulton Park Gold Cup this weekend, which was great fun. Had a very eventful journey, blew off a boost hose early on and that started a cycle of constant stops to refit it. I even disconnected the APC valve to limit the boost but the pipework is a bit stretched and doesn't have swaged ends, and disturbing it seemed to start the cycle. Think we stopped about seven times over the journey. Anyway, we finally made it as evidenced below and had a great time. Was sure to stop by the Saab tent and appreciate Birdiemango's 99.

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Grabbed a couple of Mikalor clamps from the track shop to try to hold the pipes together a bit better which was working great on the way home until I went for a full bore overtake of a corsa, and as I drew level, -pssst!-. This time it was at the other end of the offending pipe. Much easier to put back though because it wasn't underneath the washer bottle. To effect a proper fix I just need to find a longer silicone jointer that is stepped because one pipe is ~56mm and the other is 51mm, plus there's very little overlap of jointer into pipe and the pipe isn't swaged.

As I stopped at the next junction I came to after putting the pipe back, a cloud of white smoke plumed from under the bonnet. The distributer chose that moment to blow its seal and wee oil onto the turbo heat shield. I've got a couple of other spare distributers but from later cars - are all T16 dizzys the same? Thought I could refurb one of those with new seals ready to swap over.

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So, some work to do on the reliability front, but it's all progress!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:15 pm 
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Current status - stripping the front to weld in in the repair panels from Saabits. As ever, once you start tapping the bubbly bits turn into holes and grow!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:22 am 
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Great to see the dedication to the cause on this one.
Keep prodding and sanding away, it will be worth it in the end! Rescuing a piece of automotive history is a must. Far too many have gone the way of the tin worm grave.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:02 am 
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Good work.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:38 pm 
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Interesting. From the pictures, its a C plate, but it still has the very early 16v head.
With the go-faster Inlet cam (One lobe is smaller, and one is bigger). This creates a Swirl in the combustion chamber. But it also makes them kinda Laggy at low RPM. Most people fit them with 1986 > cams, which will make it a bit nicer around town.
Also has the plastic oil gallery on top. The little O rings on those tend to fail and the Galleries pop out. Resulting in Tappets that sound like a Diesel.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:59 pm 
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Thanks for the info. It is far laggier than my ‘93 T16S that had the TE-03 turbo. Obviously this has the T3. I’ve hung onto the head from the ‘89 9000 Carlsson so guess I could always swap that or just the cams from in on.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:22 pm 
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Progress has been a bit slow lately due to work, holidays and weather. Mechanically the plan is pretty clear and straightforward: get the car as solid and reliable as possible so it could be used daily if desired.

I’m less clear on where to go styling wise. My first thought was to go as original looking as possible, but plenty of people have done that much better than I can, plus this isn’t the best base what with the chopped away front for the intercooler and other mods. So I’m going to try to make my ideal 900. Let me indulge in some photoshop out loud.

Here she is on the day I got her as a reference.

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So, first thoughts - lose the chrome on the bumpers and grille, put back the original orange indicators and go dark grey on the wheels.

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Since I'm looking to do a respray at some point I could consider changing colour...

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I quite like the racing green, but it'd mean painting the door shuts and other bits that I could otherwise ignore so probably not.

I think my issue with the colour at the moment is that the Odoardo grey is a bit close to the trim colour. I'd like a bit more contrast. So, how about satin black trim?

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That's the current idea on direction, but with either black steels or grey super incas. I know I won't be popular for saying this, but I don't feel the minilite style suits the 900's sharp lines. I've got an early style grille I could try, along with the vent covers and a rear decor panel. Maybe a twin/shotgun tail pipe also.

Any thoughts?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:31 pm 
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I'm a fan of the green. A problem I see with the green and the red is that there's a lot of "grey plastic" on the bottom half of the car. It's OK with the greys & black.

And I like the orange indicators

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:31 pm 
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How would lighter (silver?) on the trim work? The green does look nice!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:22 pm 
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ziggy wrote:
How would lighter (silver?) on the trim work? The green does look nice!


Interesting idea. Let's find out!

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Not sure about it myself, I think darker lower works better otherwise it looks top heavy to me.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:24 am 
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Yeah I think you're right. Worth a try!


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:16 pm 
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Green certainly looks good but if I am totally honest, the original looks the best, even WITH the clear indicators.

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