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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:29 pm 
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Car Model: Saab 900 Turbo 1980
Bought this 1980 900 Turbo in December 2017. It had been parked up in a barn in 1989 and left to sleep with the chickens.
A lovely car - very original and untouched.

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Got it home and learned why its never a good idea to park a car up with a full tank of fuel and let it go stale for 30 years. The most vile stinking sticky varnish mess that i've ever had
had the misfortune to come across. I dropped a bit on the garage floor and the next day I would have needed a cold chisel to remove it. Needless to say the fuel pump was wrecked and the rubber parts had disappeared to nothing.

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Used caustic soda to clean the tank out as its plastic. It did a lovely job and fitted the fuel pump, bellows and gaiters from my other C900 that is in danger of becoming a spares car.
After changing the fuel filter it fired up.

Joy was short lived when when the coolant disappeared into the oil to form chocolate milk. At this point I learned something else. A B series engine isn't like a H series engine and the water pump is integral in the block and run off a jackshaft. A choice. had the CHG failed, the water pump, or both. I decided that without the special water pump puller tool, being generally scared of seeing the water pump gearing drop into the block, that I should dip my hand in my pocket and get it over to a specialist.

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An this is the current status. A newly refurbished head with the valves ground in, new water pump seals fitted to replace the disintegrated ones, and new bearings to replace those seized.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:34 am 
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Lovely looking car and very green as you say.......

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:55 am 
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Car Model: C900S LPT Vert, 99 GL, 96 V4,
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:13 am 
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Location: NETTLEHAM, LINCOLNSHIRE
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Nice C900, pretty rare now in that colour most have rotted away.

Love the interior on this car as well 8)

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:30 am 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:32 am 
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Metric wheels and the brakes res bonnet vent :-)

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:27 pm 
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Car Model: Saab 900 Turbo 1980
I was after metric wheels as I've always loved the look of them on the early turbo cars but I've also found out the cost of replacement tyres. Wow £600 each. All the tyres were brand new in 1989 and with the car having been kept in the dark on bricks they are looking perfect. What I'm not sure is how well they will last when they are on the road. Most people ive spoken to think they will suffer and fail quite quickly.

Hopefully it will be on the road in May but the desperately needed respray (in acacia green of course) will have to wait until next year as its just about bankrupted me in the last 3 months. Its going to be 'the rat look' for Saabfest. Love the colour as my Dads Saab99 was the same colour back in 1981. I open the garage and think I'm 12 years old all over again :D


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:36 pm 
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Car Model: Saab 900 Turbo 1980
And this is the current status. I'm feeling really bad about not doing more of the work myself (as I promised my wife when I bought it) but I'm getting over it.

The underside is as it rolled out of the factory bar 2 finger nail sized holes in the off side F & R inner wheel arches.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:46 pm 
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Car Model: NG 9-5 Aero TTid 2011
Well done to you John and what a find here's to many happy years with it.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:49 pm 
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That is EXACTLY like a plastic model I had as a kid. Colour, wheels, everything. Love it.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:29 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:32 pm 
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Car Model: Saab 900 Turbo 1980
Manual 5 speed. Still don't know the how good the box is yet though as as all its done is 1st and reverse.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:23 pm 
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Car Model: 900 Ruby, 9-3 Aero, 9-5 turbo
The photos certainly bring back memories for me too, having had the identical car for about 6 years in the 80 ‘s.
Apart from the steering rack which developed a lot of play in the central position and was replaced under warranty the car was very reliable, I even fitted an early water injection system which made it a very quick car.
Rust wasn’t problem unlike the very first 900’s as the quality of steel improved after ‘79, although the laquer crazed badly early on in its life and needed virtually a full respray.
Out of interest how has the seat upholstery survived?
Certainly worth restoring as they were rare when new in acacia green and I’ve not seen a 5 door in that colour for at least 20years!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:51 pm 
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Car Model: Saab 900 Turbo 1980
Hi. Funnily enough there was an original boxed water injection kit on ebay about 2 months ago but it had quite a price tag. I had to put it out of my mind as just getting the car on the road in standard format will be enough of a financial achievement. Can't help dreaming.

The interior is fine and clean bar some unfortunate small tears which I'll have to get an upholsterer to look at. I don't understand why this happened and whether its been caught somehow. One of the rear head rests has got scratch like puncture tears on it, the front passenger seat has little cuts. I'm worried that the fabric has somehow rotted and they'll quickly drop to bits.

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Annoyingly the steering rack developed a leak sitting in my garage but I understand from the specialists that its maybe sealed itself. I'll be delighted if it has as I'm supposed to be saving for the summer holiday and I've got an increasing annoyed other half.

The offside paint is poor from an accident in its first couple of years which has crazed, cracked and discolored. The respray will have be a job for next winter.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:50 pm 
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Well finally after very very many false starts the 900 is back on the road and I was able to drive it home (with a massive smile on my face) from Aeromotive this afternoon. This was the first time I've driven it on the road and apart from an outing to the MOT station and a few test runs with the garage its the first time its properly been on the road since early 1990.

It got an MOT and tax a few months ago but just wouldn't run properly and needed warm up fuel pressure regulator rebuilding. It drives normally and runs beautifully.
The most surprising thing was the Saab 99 brakes which with new front calipers, discs and pads were miles better than I ever expected.

The TRX wheels have been powder coated and now just need black painting between the spokes. New TRX tyres have left me mm away from a divorce.
So disregarding a million trivial niggles its off to work with me tomorrow morning. Total happiness.
So its a huge thank you to Phil at Aeromotive for hours and hours, Martin at Jamsaab for the unobtainable water pump, and to Saabbits for and endless supply of bits and pieces.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:03 pm 
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Looking good 8)

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:53 am 
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I've been admiring that over the summer whilst my own Flat Front T8 has been in Aeromotive for five weeks of fettling! I'm not entirely sure that "just" is the right word in relation to painting the black in between the spokes though! Are you in the Leeds area? I can't help but think that there is a case to try to revive the great WestYorksSaabEnthusiasts.......


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:16 am 
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Well perhaps painting between the wheel spokes understates slightly the work to do but at least I can do that myself. It has to have a full re-spray urgently but funds are at a new low especially after the TRX tyres. I'll probably SORN it at the end of October as I don't want it outside on salted roads.

I was admiring yours on the Facebook page and was chatting with Phil about it. It looks fantastic.

I would be very happy to take part in a revival of West Yorkshire Saab enthusiasts. My Dad's 1990 9000 is also featured on Aeromotives Facebook page and that happily rolls on.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:23 pm 
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Congratulations, Jon, on returning this superb and rare 1980 Saab 900 turbo 5-door to the road. The pictures look fantastic and it is obvious you have spent a lot of time and effort on getting things right and although the tyres for the metric wheels are now absurdly expensive, they finish the car off very nicely indeed.

I trust that you will show off the car to the Saab community next year after it's winter lay-up? I, for one, would love to see it at Swedish Day or the Saab Owners' Club National rally.

Enjoy the Saab Way!

Richard Horner, author, The Classic Saab 900.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:06 pm 
How bad is the rest of the paint?
If its just faded it may come up very well with the use of the correct compounds and machine polishing to remove the oxidation.

Which if thats the case would reduce the needed painting to the rectification of the early damage.


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