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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:00 pm 
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This is my car restoration thread. I will keep it updated as often as I can and I hope you enjoy it. :D

To set the scene, I bought this red Saab 900 10 years ago off a gentleman in Potter Heigham. It was a punt, bought unseen, but a bargain and my first adventure into classic Saab ownership! It had a faded bonnet, electrical gremlins, creaking suspension and a poorly bodged far side rear quarter filled with P38. I drove it home, fixed what needed fixing, polished it up and run it for 7 glorious years. It ran fine in those years bar a few issues with the ignition system and the only bodywork that was carried out was a drive shaft tunnel repair posted up on this very forum.

So three years ago I finally took the car off the road because the rear quarter had begun to detach from the rest of the bodywork :shock: It was time to fix her up. I set to work on this with a mate who had some bodywork experience. We didn't realise how bad it would get......

I never took photos of her from the 'bad' side so this picture shows the swelling rear quarter that started this whole thing off :park:
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This is the pile of rust and filler that came out leaving me with.....
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....this :shock:
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:21 pm 
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Both the front and rear corners were gone...

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:40 pm 
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Sorry about the size of the images. I'm posting links from Imgur but can't see how I can resize them?

More rot...
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Cill had gone too...
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Jacking point not looking good either!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:21 am 
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I bought inner and outer arch repair panels from Saabits and set about cutting and welding.

We eventually decided to cut the whole rear arch away and use the entire repair panel which in hindsight was a stupid idea!!! You live and learn!
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Welded the back arch corner
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And started repairing the front arch corner next...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:32 am 
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So welding the entire wheel arch repair panel caused some distortion in the whole rear quarter which required some hammer and dolly work to straighten back out.

This is mid weld, still requiring a flat infill panel to cover the amount of damage to the panel!
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Primered and seal sealed...
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And the some more...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:37 am 
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Rear corner of the rear arch primered and seam sealed...
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A view of the entire rear quarter prior to filling and finishing...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:57 am 
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After much straightening and fettling and a bit of filler it started to look OK
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A quick blow over with some red paint to keep the weather out and it was looking good... but this had taken us over a year to finish!!
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I decided to bite the bullet and get a man who can to finish this off as life is too short and I want it back on the road and driving before I'm too old!! So off she went to Dave at Saab and Vauxhall in Benfleet for a full resto...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:13 pm 
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Hi Gaz
Really interested to see how this is progressing but I can't see your pics. I just 'image' text in firefox and safari takes me to a google account login?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:45 am 
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Yeah, sometimes I can see them, sometimes I can't!! I'll sort this out and continue the story!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:22 am 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:45 pm 
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Let me know if you can see the images now. I've had to move all my images from Google photos to Imgur which has been a royal pain in the backside and they are still massive!! Not sure what size to do them?

Anyway back to the resto....

Dave is a Saab man through and through. He's been fixing and playing with Saab 900's most of his life and was really looking forward to getting stuck in to finish this off. Little did I know how rusty she had become!
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One rear shock mount gone, how about the other side?
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Oh dear, shock mounts are both gone, I didn't check this when I did the arch repair :oops:
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:00 pm 
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One side sorted as he works his way around the car starting with the drivers side rear arch that I had already done.
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The hole in the cill is looking quite bad!!
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Cutting out the rust
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How about the jacking point? :? :shock:
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:09 pm 
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Unfortunately there's not a lot of photos of this going back together but the Jacking point was salvaged and in ok shape.

Some cutting out
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And back supported on the jacking point again
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You can see the door bottom repair in this photo more on that shortly!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:18 pm 
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So on to the doors...

Not sure which one this is, but both were pretty well gone at the bottoms
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Door bottom repair panels going back on
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:23 pm 
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Other door...

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Mid cutting

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Repair panels going back in
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:04 pm 
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I can see them, and yes they're big but they're there.
Lot of rust, deffo coming along though. Personally think the red/black two tone is the best look for the Aero!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:11 pm 
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It took me a while to realise where I recognised this car from!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:05 pm 
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Yes it is :D I'll update the photos to to make them smaller as they are ridiculously large at the mo! I think I've sussed it now :oops:

There was a bit of rust on the A pillar on 2 sides
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I'll have to take a photo of the fix next time i'm over there as I can't find one at the mo?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:00 pm 
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I've sorted all the photos now so they are a sensible size. I'll keep the images coming as and when I get a chance and I'll get more photos of the finished parts at the weekend.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:54 pm 
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If I made a thread about restoring our c900T16, the photos would be the same. We just did localised repairs on the wheel arches and bought a used drivers side wing and replacement door though as they were too far gone. . Add in holes in the corner of the boot, a couple in the engine bay, and the front crossmember on ours too. Fortunately the windscreen surround was sound. It is amazing how a car can look ok but underneath the bodykit it is rusty as anything.

I can recommend Gravitex in the arches once you've finished the bodywork.


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