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: Uma: 1987 Saab 900T project

30th June 2007, 12:26 PM
well, i figured since i'm FINALLY about to do actual work on her, i'd put her in the project forum :cheesy: so this is the journey Uma is making from being a stock 900 turbo to a cornering machine. it'll be updated pretty slowly, as i don't make all that much money, but oh well, here it goes:

before the beginning (before i rescu-- er, i mean, owned her) :
bought in indianapolis march 9th, 1988
issued a salvage title in washington state march 3rd, 1998
sold to her second owner in kansas city, MO september 16th, 2003 (my youth pastor, who was told she had never been in any accident)
sold to me in roanoke, VA september 1st, 2005

the beginning:
1987 Saab 900 Turbo, bought for $400 in november 2005, we took it to Sports Car Clinic to see what all she needed to pass inspection other than tires, she got the following:
new power steering rack
right side lower ball joint
new OEM cat-back exhaust
new left side headlight assembly
new sway bar bushings
new front calipers
new Kumho Solus KH 16 tires

all totalling up to $2,173.45

though before anything happened, we bought a new battery for her... i can't remember the price of the top of my head, but i think it was around $50

total so far: ~$2,223

after that, she passed inspection with flying colors :cheesy: but as it got cold, she began having a few problems, such as not starting on occasion, and idling very rough when cold. we took it to who has become my saab mechanic, David Turner, who figured out the turbo bypass valve wasn't doing well, and that she was missing a check valve in the vacuum line from the valve cover to the intake manifold. we got those replaced, and i can't find the records for the turbo bypass valve to save my life, and i know the check valve was an unofficial buy for like, $10. she ran like a champ for months after that on the occasions that she was driven. then in august of 2006 i got my drivers license, and began driving her daily, and she gave me no problems until late november, one week before thanksgiving. i guess over the course of time the exhaust bracket on the downpipe had rattled against the pipe a lot or something, but on that day i playfully revved at a friend at a stoplight, and *crack* i lost everything but half the downpipe! it sounded great, and i managed to salvage the entire rest of the exhaust system. the repairs for that consisted of a used downpipe and catalytic converter off of a parts car, costing $190 (again, an unofficial transaction)... then, december 16th, the fateful accident... the total repair bill for that was $1400 after two new tires and the work dave did, which included:
replaced front lower control arms, both sides
new front right tie rod end
two new wheels
replaced rear axle assembly
(some other work was done, but i can't find the reciept, will update when i find it)

then lately i had another little boo boo and had to get the front left front bumper trim piece replaced, that was $30 for a used one from dave... i've also done some other modifications to it, but i'll have to update it later tonight (with pics, i promise!)

Total so far: ~$3,655

1st July 2007, 02:21 PM
ok, now for the continuation of yesterdays post... well, the week before i lost my license i drove like there was tomorrow, cuz for me there wasnt, and i wreaked havoc on my brakes, which weren't doing as well as i would have liked, and the tires, mostly the nigh bald ones, so we fixed that the other day, i now have 4 MATCHING tires: Falken Ziex ZE-329s... great tires, i can't wait to be able to enjoy them, but yah, and the same day i ordered EBC red stuff front and rear pads, and i'll soon be ordering new calipers all around, because the rear calipers were sitting on a parts car for i dunno how long, and i believe the front right caliper is also off that same parts car, so i'm just gonna be safe and replace them with rebuilts... then after those arrive and i get paid again, i'm going to be ordering some KVR slotted rotors... but yes, now onto pics! heres Uma at the very beginning:

my first real mod:

1st July 2007, 02:41 PM
my little headlight mod that i took off soon after:

my favorite (so far) mod:

one unseen mod is a lack of a catalytic converter, but i didn't really get pics of that...

then theres my wreck:

1st July 2007, 03:07 PM
after i got her back on the road:

pictures taken today (7-1-2007) :

1st July 2007, 04:35 PM
Bout' time you made one of these threads!

You should do a buff 'n shine on that paint!

1st July 2007, 10:29 PM
Bout' time you made one of these threads!

You should do a buff 'n shine on that paint!

i know, i need to :cry: i haven't had ANY time lately... though i have the next two days off, i think i'll do it then

2nd July 2007, 04:45 AM
yeah, and I think the 900 could look really cool with the badges removed from the back, but you need to scrape off the sticky bits!!:lol:

oh yeah and wax it:cool:

2nd July 2007, 09:40 AM
you need to scrape off the sticky bits!!Yeah, Mike, I was always wondering why you didn't clean them up :confused: Makes me cringe every time I see it!

2nd July 2007, 09:46 AM
Yeah, Mike, I was always wondering why you didn't clean them up :confused: Makes me cringe every time I see it!

erm, actually, what you see is a lack of paint :cry:

2nd July 2007, 10:22 AM
Oof, well get some touchup paint and black primer, some sandpaper, and have at it!

2nd July 2007, 10:42 PM
fixed that damn crank pulley today... took 7 1/2 hours, but by GOD that thing is FIXED! and did it right the first time, too, apparently ^_^ that was $200 (for all the stuff i bought, including the pulley, crank seal, oil pump seal, all new Dayco brand belts, some cleaner sprays and wrenches cuz we didn't own metric wrenches till today)

in the pic of the compressor opening, it's really fuzzy, but one of my turbine blades is BROKEN!!!!! i was SO pissed