This latest instalment is one that I’ve been waiting for, for a while now.
Eggs n Grits has been a supporter of this site from the get-go. He’s a frequent contributor in comments, occasional writer of articles and he’s even been a T-shirt model!!
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Eggs is a C900 guy and this is how he rolls:
Three years ago, I decided that I’d gone long enough without a Saab, and I bought my 1988 900 turbo convertible from a guy advertising on Saabnet. The car, being in New Jersey, I hadn’t seen until the truck arrived two weeks later. It had been sitting for four or five years in this guy’s garage, so I figured that the low price ($2500) and low miles (104k) would make up for any surprises if there were any.
I bought it knowing that the car was a fixer-upper. The pictures showed the car’s dull finish, and that the pinstripe had long since faded into more of an irregular dotted line. On the plus side, the A/C worked, the cruise control worked, the top was four years old and it drove pretty well considering that it had barely been driven in five years or so. One surprise — the top’s hydraulic mechanism made a REALLY loud popping noise when the top was raised or lowered. What the heck was that?
One month later, I was out driving the family around when the transmission started sounding a lot like a truck at speeds above 40 mph. I filed that away for future reference. Of course, one week later the transmission failed. The dreaded pinion bearing failure. It’s hard to know how to get home when every time you depress the clutch the transmission locks the front wheels up!
After a few days of pricing and study, I decided to fix the car. Or, more correctly, get Joe at the local Saab shop (now Eurofix) to fix it. He rebuilt the transmission, and after a few other things (seals, alternator), I was $2600 poorer, but I had a low-mileage Saab with a rebuilt transmission and a clean bill of health on the turbo. It could have easily gone the other way, with the car becoming parts.
Since then, I’ve added the three-spoke directionals from a ’93 9000, I’ve re-worked the top mechanism at least three times, re-wired the ignition, and re-finished or replaced virtually every plastic piece on the car. The paint restoration is finally looking pretty good, and Leatherique and Liquid Leather worked wonders on the seats. Currently, I still need to make the engine compartment look better, and the #&$% catalytic converter heat shield is rattling AGAIN.
It has definitely been worth it. It starts on the first crank every time, it has the distinctive Saab exhaust note and is a blast to drive. No performance modifications at all, but it still has the quickness to put a smile on your face. People around here think I’m insane to drive around with the top down on 40-degree days and 100-degree days, but I love it!
PS — The car’s name is Dag. My wife wanted to name it (she remembered that my friend Rob dubbed my ’93 SPG Sven), so she asked me what Swedish name I preferred. My first inclination was Kjell, since I’ve known at least three Swedes by that name. Karl was out, as were Olaf and Per. I remembered that Dag Hammarskjöld was a man of perseverance (who says that 8th-grade history is a waste of time?), and the name was settled.
Here’s one more pic, but there’s a bunch more here at Flickr. Thanks Eggs!!
It’s the month of classic 900 loving here at Trollhattan Saab. A month to celebrate the most readily identifiable Saab there is. This weekend I’ve featured a number of cars and bits of info about the C900 and it’s only getting started.
If you’ve got a C900, or you had one, and you’ve got a story to tell and a few pics to share, then get in touch.