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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:01 pm 
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lead is on its way to repair this,been down today to chase the paint work,cant believe this small bit is holding it up a bit,i want it back so it can be loved back together all for you Gary


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:04 pm 
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Ah thanks Dave :wink:

Can't wait to get her back.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:58 pm 
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So an update....

Much progress has been made :D :D

The windscreen rust before
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and sorted
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Lots of prep (no pictures of this unfortunately). Apparently the rear quarter repair that me and Steve done at the start required a lot of 'work'!!

Then on with some paint
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and out of the oven
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:09 pm 
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Meanwhile... back at Dave's, the door hinges etc and handles were getting a makeover
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The car back at Dave's for final fit and finish
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Door furniture back on, locks all dismantled, polished and rebuilt
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Going back together here. Everything going back on is either cleaned and refurbished or replaced with better.
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Refurbished two tone wheels
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:16 pm 
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Dave's attention to detail shining through.... door and under bonnet stickers after respray :loco:
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Looking good now 8)
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And finally all back together
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:31 pm 
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I've got lots more photos of this project. Dave has done a fantastic job on this at a pretty good price. I would highly recommend giving Dave a call if you are thinking of doing anything to your C900.

As well as what's been shown, Dave also completed the following

Fitted/adapted my ageing JT exhaust to new sensible elbow so that the battery could go back where it should be.
Supply and fit new Battery tray and make a new heat shield
All new seals, belts, gaskets etc on the engine.
Lots of cleaning up under the bonnet
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Fitted a replacement Turbo, wired up the APC (was on a manual boost controller!)
Sorted out some dodgy wiring from a battery short a while back!!
Refurbished the distributor, headlight wipers and brake calipers all round.
Fitted new tyres, new badges front and rear (thank you for the boot badges...much appreciated :D
New or better door seals, fully painted the bumpers and vent covers
Refurbished the sunroof and components

One final picture for the resto thread for now. I'll be doing the interior next so watch this space.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:51 pm 
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Great work. 8)

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:32 pm 
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I'll get some decent pictures up if it ever stops raining :*)

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:22 pm 
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Looks absolutely amazing!


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:05 am 
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Nice job!


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:32 am 
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Finally got some dry days to take some pictures :D

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:05 pm 
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So been working some magic of my own on the interior.

A thorough cleaning of the interior to bring it back to a reasonable finish to begin with
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Next up was a steering wheel and gear stick gaiter restoration using a kit from Furniture clinic. I would highly recommend this if your steering wheel is crazed and worn. It now feels like a new wheel. Pictures to follow when I've got some daylight.

Then on to dash illumination. I replaced the two dim bulbs for the main clocks with a couple of LED ones from ebay. I replaced the heater control bulb with a 286 LED multi directional bulb, same for the ashtray. I replaced the rear view mirror light and main courtesy lights with LED festoons and a modified 286 LED for the main headlight switch.

Here's how she looks
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Next up, I'm making new door card inserts as the old ones are very warped and the material has gone loose. I'm going with black foam backed Faux suede. I'll post up pics when they're fitted.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:31 pm 
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Excellent write-up and craftsmanship! May I ask if £15K was enough for this thorough restoration?


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:13 pm 
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It was less than £15k :D

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:35 pm 
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A little update...

I've been driving the car as much as possible without taking it out in appalling weather. Not too many issues found, so really pleased with it. We had a short snag list which Dave sorted and today we found that the alternator bushes were fubared, so Dave changed those and we are all good again.

Moving on to the interior where progress is now much slower as I'm the one doing the work now!!

Here's the re-carpeted parcel shelf and side pods using some carpet bought from the bay of E. Really pleased with how this turned out. It's a close match to the boot carpet and nice to work with. Bear in mind if you attempt this yourself, the old carpet is a nightmare to remove!

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I've also re-made the door inserts and covered those with a black foam backed faux suede. Again, really pleased with the result, not perfect and perhaps not the right colour, but better than what was on there previously.

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I'm now in the process of fixing the drivers seat. This had broken seat stitching in multiple places, a hole in the side bolster and some wear to the colour. These seats are the Carlsson ones with the suede inserts. I'll be using some heavy duty thread for the stitching, a patch and some glue for the hole and Dover grey seat dye from ''Removed at users request''. I'll post up pics when it's done.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:51 pm 
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This is a list of the remaining jobs to do on the inside.

Replace cracked dash top
Replace dash panel with better condition unit with good silver edging
Change the hideous extra dials I fitted some 8 years ago with some period ones and sort out the horrible gauge panel they fit in.
Re-do the headlining as this was last done about 8 years ago and is looking a bit shabby.
Wire up the rear wash/wipe unit (currently fitted but not working!)
Fit non working cigarette socket so I can power a phone for sat-nav duties.
Find and replace or repair the rear heated screen.
Fit a leather gear knob.
Re- colour/finish the passenger and rear seat to match the drivers seat.
Work out why the seat heater is not working (seat wiring fixed)
Fit damp proofing membrane to both doors, thinking of using a sheet of plastic as original vac formed ones are gone!
New mats.
Find and eliminate the last few rattles and squeaks.

Parts I'm on the lookout for

Plastic covers for the rear seat belt mounting points.
Whatever is missing from the tailgate handle on the inside (mine is just a rolled bit of metal).
Good quality carpet mats.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:41 pm 
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Gaznod wrote:
This is a list of the remaining jobs to do on the inside.


Parts I'm on the lookout for

Plastic covers for the rear seat belt mounting points.
Whatever is missing from the tailgate handle on the inside (mine is just a rolled bit of metal).
Good quality carpet mats.


The tailgate handle is only a rolled bit of metal with plastic blanking plugs at each end.
You can still get some good quality mats, I bought mine from RBM a couple of years ago and they fit well. It might be worth asking Bill from Saab Bits, he probably stocks something.


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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 4:11 pm 
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I like it and well done, great thread


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