Saab 9-3 renovation – part 1

Before Eggs n Grits brings you a completed restoration story (check back in a few hours), I thought I’d start you off with an incomplete one.

This story comes to us from Scotland, where Paul D is getting a little work done on his Saab 9-3 TiD. Well, more than a little actually. The job’s not finished yet, but it’s due to be completed in the next two weeks.

As best as I can remember, Paul’s car was the one and only picture I’ve ever featured in the Saab O The Week section originating from Scotland. You can check out how it looked then by clicking here (great photo!!)

So this is the renovation story thus far. Paul’s already made a number of modifications to this car. You’ll see all of these in the photos below. They include:

    fitted with viggen style bumpers
    added viggen rear sport exhaust silencer
    lowered the suspension by 40mm using KONI lowering kit
    upgraded all the brake discs (vented – drilled and grooved )
    rear evo spoiler (designed to fit onto the original)
    front and rear viggen shock absorbers
    upgraded the alloy wheels from standard supplied to 17′ aero `y` alloys

The big mystery will be the paint job he’s going to do, and maybe we’ll get a hint about that below. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

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As it was before the project – 7th September 2007

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Arriving at Sweet Steel paint shop, East Kilbride.

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The strip-down commences….

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Door handles and passenger side front guard removed.

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Paul and Clive fit a new guard at the front.

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Here’s the rear end as it was before…..

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….and now with the new Evo spoiler fitted. It was sourced from www.potn.com for 109 quid incl VAT. It is designed to be fitted to the original spoiler, which it does – perfectly.

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Lights, front bumper and guard removed.

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the new guard and bumper are fitted temporarily and then removed for prep and priming.

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The Viggen front bumper is primed. Fog lights are removed from the old standard bumper and fit perfectly in place. The vent is steel meshed.

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The buffing begins…..

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….and continues….

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The curious part begins – the paint design is finalised, after many, many discussions.

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At this stage, the car has been totally stripped down. All minor dents and dings have been removed, paintchips have been filled and door checks have been cleaned and flattened. The masking is complete, ready for sealing.

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This mod story is to be continued.

I’ll post the photos of the finished product as soon as Paul gets them to me.

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4 Comments

  1. Are the blue brake calipers an indicator about the next color? Hmmmmm……..
    I can’t get enough of the original
    pic (posted on the ‘O The Week page)…
    incredible photography there.
    Also curious about any engine mods happening!
    Intake improvements, perhaps?
    Looking forward to reading/seeing more
    about this mod!

  2. Sorry but that really spoils the looks of a damn fine Saab.

    While he’s at it, might as well add the vortex generators on the trailing edge of the roof…

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