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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:11 pm 
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Car Model: 900
My wife has bought this:

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I may have married the right woman!

I'm lucky enough to have a partner who is enthusiastic about cars and a keen driver, and has always been supportive of my hobby, even when it leaves us stranded or under a bit of a financial tourniquet.

She has always been interested in the Saab design, mainly the 99 and she has been looking for a non-turbo early car for a while.

After seeing a few early 900s from dealers, and basic 99s, the search was put on hold after we were engaged (at Goodwood Revival, naturally) and life took over a bit.

However, an old advert being reposted of a white flat-front turbo piqued our interest, especially as it stated he had a 90 (!) and a few other 900s. Best to test as many variants as possible, even if the price was strong! It had been picked up in this forum's 'Saabs spotted for sale' section and didn't get any dire warnings. After much research, including a few calls with the garage that had maintained it for 12 years (SS Motors Soton), we headed down the M3 to the coast and met the owner, a long term Saab enthusiast with many cars and a background in engineering. We followed his immaculate 90, which he has had for over 20 years, out to his storage area. When was the last time you saw a 90 on the road? Fantastic!

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Initial impressions were not good. I was not enthusiastic - it had been 'stored' outside on grass with some other projects, cosmetically it was poor - wheel arches showing signs of corrosion, surface rust on and under the bonnet, ingrained dirt and ancient, cracked tyres.

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However, it was structurally very sound, and the history of work carried out over the past 12 years of ownership was extensive - clearly it was mechanically kept in fine fettle. The owner was passionate and meticulous, and had completed a lot of repairs and sensible upgrades, including relocation of the battery to the boot. After an extensive checklist I had prepared was grudgingly ticked off, sort of, my wife took it for a test drive. Of course, the fuel light was on, so we managed to check the needle, fuel cap and pump all in one go. The car pulled very well in all gears; clutch and various Saab weaknesses again ticked off. It's posture, braking and steering were all excellent, and everything worked.

It was clear the owner wasn't to be moved on price (he was reluctant to sell at all, really, and some family pressure was being exerted), so we took a few hours to speak to some helpful members of the Saab forums and check sold prices. True, it was highly priced for a car with some issues, but the work carried out meant it could be used as intended - a daily driver - while we worked on everything else.

My wife bought it - she liked the owner, the story and loved the car. She was also fully converted to the Turbo and 5 gears, thank the blessed Swedish gods, which I was keen on as it means we can go further afield without tinnitus. We received a car full of spares and the £10 back for the fuel we put in, and the owner waved us off:

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I then struggled to keep up for the 60 mile drive home in our faithful Rover 75.

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Now, after a week of not being able to see or drive it, I spent last weekend thoroughly cleaning it, documenting everything that's off, missing or needs attention.

As it's being used daily the goal is to keep nibbling away on the cosmetics, the mechanical gubbins all seem in good order.

The history for servicing looks fantastic, with all major items ticked off including the engine being out for clutch and various upgrades, plus the head being rebuilt in the past three years.

Aside from ongoing list making, the immediate issues are the old tyres and an occasionally-off idle. Next weekend will be a thorough check of ignition, vacuum and sensors.

Pics of the deep clean and preventative rust-stoppage to follow.

This is going to be quite a project, so if anyone know of flat front parts, or one being broken in white please let me know!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:51 pm 
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Car Model: C900S LPT Vert 1993
Very nice 8)

Have fun :wink:

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:10 am 
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Car Model: 99GL, Fiat 500 & Volvo V70
Very nice and a good first write up, looking forward to progress reports :D

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:55 pm 
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Any updates :D

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:49 pm 
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Apologies, yes lots gone been done!

What follows is a slightly copied version of the PH thread, but I'll post some other questions and fumbling queries in the other parts of the forum!

Thank you all! Hopefully she can get another 180k out of it - she's smitten.

Sun shining as expected, I tackled the only issue that had caused concern in the first week - sluggish starting. I checked battery voltage, charging, and cleaned a few grounds, but it still turned over with muted indifference rather than enthusiastic abandon. The battery had been relocated to the boot, and a lot of wiring has been relocated. The voltage to the starter dropped a bit and perhaps the distance was a factor...

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Despite the existing battery being in spec, it was a tad old and an unknown quantity. It also still had one of its transfer plugs present and signs of a leak:

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I measured the tray bought the biggest CCA I could fit from Varta, and 24hours later it turned up. A little electrical compound and it was in quickly. Instant improvement! It now starts with reassuring regularity.

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I noted down a few tasks for the weekend - a thorough clean, check of all hoses and clamps, grease/oil/top up everything and if possible start the demoralising stoppage of rust.

Unloading the cavernous boot in the dark, I hadn't had a chance to look though everything, but it is a lot:

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Wipers for the lights, clutch cylinder, cap, clips, bolts, the rear hatch trim and ever type of grommet and fiddly Saab nugget you could think of. Not bad. Not pictured, but in the glovebox was a NOS bag of badges, engine sensors and spark plugs. Nice.

Then the cleaning began...

She's a wonder - when not found researching exactly how long the engine should idle at the end of journey to let the turbo cool down, she is looking for replacement parts on our (now very long) list.

The weekend amounted to a deep clean, documentation of foibles, prioritisation of parts to order and a check of...everything that could go wrong.

Oh! Firstly I actually took it for a drive to get breakfast, and parked next to another iconic design in white:

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Before photos are...not pretty. 200 miles since purchase around London with the trees dropping sticky nastiness, neighbours completing building work with Vesuvian dust clouds made the Saab a very sorry sight.

Bonnet (complete with oversprayed badge, a serious offence in my book):

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Roof:

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Snails:

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Though actually we are suffering an epidemic of gastropods so I believe these were added this week on our driveway. I'm aiming to train them to display messages for visitors via carefully flavoured trails.

Rear hatch gunge:

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The pressure washer was deployed carefully, checking seals and blasting encrusted gunk off. You can imagine the detritus I was wading through. Snow foam experimented with to loosen the ingrained dirt:

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Another pressure wash, and... well let's just say a clay bar was required. For hours. Insects, rubber, marks of every kind and rust particles (nearby grinding or sanding settling on the paint?) were expunged.

I was left with a car that now clearly had a mismatched/incorrectly painted roof and bonnet, and had received numerous bits of paint and rot-stoppage elsewhere. Hmm. You can see how flat some of the paint was here on the bonnet, and yes almost all the specks left are stone chips:

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I was tired of cleaning so took a break with some more interesting items. Firstly, all fluids were spot-on, the oil service history in particular likely key to it's high mileage after rebuild:

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In the spares stack was the inner hatch trim, the owner told us it was removed when repairing some hatch items and fitting the third brake light.

The wife and I tracked down all the correct clips and receivers from the parts haul and it went back without an issue. One item but it helps with housespace!

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I then uncovered an old bottle of T-Cut and set about the car with a quart of elbow grease. This was backbreaking as the bonnet and roof needed several passes and they're a fair old reach to the centre! Eventually I grimaced and admitted it would never get any better, so applied a few passes of Super Resin Polish. Wax may follow at some point, when mental faculties have returned and after we decide where paint sits in the schedule!

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I also found some nasty back-to-black spray just to attempt the trim - upper grill here has been sprayed, lower hasn't:

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Phew. I then hoovered the interior and went to have a lie down in a darkened room. I am definitely buying, and learning how to use, a rotary polisher next time!


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:10 pm 
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Location: Notts/Derby border
Car Model: 1992 SAAB 900S three door.
Good work, nice car, will be worth the effort, not many flat fronts about now, sadly.
Keep keeping us up to date. :)


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:41 pm 
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Lovely

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:44 pm 
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Looking good 8)

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:09 am 
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^^^ as he said 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:23 pm 
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They look so much better without the side rubbing strips 8)

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:23 pm 
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Cracking project and update.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:06 pm 
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Looking good. If you are still not happy with the bodywork I can highly recommend using a clay mitt rather than a clay bar, then Meguiars Ultimate Compound (or similar) with a da polisher like the one I got from Argos.

http://www.argos.co.uk/product/4645777

My c900 had dull and gritty black paint, full of swirls and holograms, but looks great after a few goes with the above combination. I used the clay mitt a couple of times and the paint is like glass.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:51 pm 
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Espin99 wrote:
They look so much better without the side rubbing strips 8)


They do don't they !
Mmmmm ???


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