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: 1985 SPG... cheap thrills.


85spgATL
15-06-08, 09:13 PM
IN PROGRESS

1985 900 SPG. Black on black with tan leather. 150k covered. P/o rebuilt the tranny 10k ago. THe car was given to me by a friend who was moving. The condition was If I could help build a shed to store all the stuff he was storing in the SPG, I could drive it home. It was meant to be an a low cost economical mode of transport. Yeah right. It replaced a lifted 1985 Toyota 4runner. loved that thing. But it wasnt right in Atlanta.


Ive already owned the car goin on 9months, so Ill recap what I can. Expect a lot of pictures, and random updates.


Goal: Clean, black, not normal spg. 15psi, 2.3 head, downpipe, supporting fuel/spark mods, bilstiens at all corners, skid plates, LSD, boxed lower control arms.

A fun car for the mountain roads, but also built well enough for some fast paced gravel road drives.

85spgATL
15-06-08, 09:49 PM
Along with the the 10k on a rebuilt tranny, the p/o also yanked out the AC, cruise control. He disabled the shiftup light. There were no perfomance mods done to the car.

Current mods:
-Repainted the SPG kit and bumpers in Satin black.
-Cut through the front drivers fender to place an open element filter in the fender well, and installed a louverd air scoop.
-Tinted out front corners and rear lenses using NiteShades. rubbed and waxed to factory finish.
-Painted all tirm work around the rear license plate and trim around the taillights in Satin black.
-Installed tinted rear quarter windows purchased from the scraper.
-Self tinted front windows. 5%
-Installed Uk spec hella H4 lights, to replace the ugly DOT square ones, and plastic surrounds.
-Installed large oil cooler in right fenderwell in place of winshield squirter bottle. The cooler is off a 300D. I also cut a hole in the fender well and installed a louverd vent to force air through the cooler, and to match the other side one for the air filter.
-AMM mod(removed grilles)
-Installed toggle for the fans to override the thermoswitch
-Laminx 3mm yellow headlight film.
-Installed dual trumpet air horn set.
-Compact rectangualr yellow fog lights.
-One set 6" driving/spot lights
-Installed aftermarket intercooler purchased off a hobo who was on his way to sell it to the recycler. Used a mix of 9000 and random volvo intercooler piping and coupplers to plub it all. Total install price. $37(sawzall blades, intercooler, piping and coupplers.)
-replaced oem blow off valve with the revised 9000 version
-Installed 3" tweeters off from an Audi 5000 in door cards.
-Recoverd door cards and headliner in a houndstooth pattern.
-Used the front of the ash tray to make a switch panel for the lighs, fan and horns.
-No cat, just a test pipe.
-Cherrybomb glasspack muffler.

85spgATL
17-06-08, 04:19 PM
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/10-06-07_1308.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/10-06-07_1310.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/09-28-07_1903.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/09-28-07_1902.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/09-28-07_1832.jpg
Relocated filter, vent installed and tinted corners/tails.

85spgATL
17-06-08, 04:22 PM
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/11-07-07_2003.jpg
wooo $20 for the pair. Just need to paint out the trim.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/11-07-07_2124.jpg
got all this stuff too for free99 on the same trip.

85spgATL
17-06-08, 04:28 PM
Another trip to the pull a part, more goodies found.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/DSCN0914.jpg
Pre facelift ecodes, bulbs, new brake master, and backup 14pin apc for 50 bucks.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/Saab3goofyeye.jpg
goofy eyed.

85spgATL
17-06-08, 04:42 PM
27 dollar fmic install.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/saab2.jpg
Bought that off one of the local urban campers. He was diggin through my neighbors trash can, with the fmic under his other arm. So I ran outside and asked him what he was planning on doin with that 'radiator' he had. He said he found it in a can around the corner(to his credit it had been run into a curb and bent a little). So I offered to give him 7 bucks right then. SOLD

I had it tested at a friends radiator shop and held 20psi no prob. So that was good.

Scowered the yards for intercooler pipe and finally ploped down 20 bucks at a local volvo wrecker for a box fo random pipes and coupplers.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/Saab7sawzall.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/saab1.jpg

VikingSpirit
17-06-08, 07:06 PM
Nice car dude, liking your creative and cost effective approach to Saab tuning! :cool:

Just one thing though, isn't that vent back to front? Looks like its sucking air out of the engine bay at the moment rather than forcing it into the filter?:confused:


http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/10-06-07_1310.jpg

philb
17-06-08, 07:16 PM
Likewise - sounds like you are doing some good cost effective tuning :) I can't see any of the pics though :(

stromer
18-06-08, 05:01 PM
Looking good.

I'm surprised to hear that you are finding so many Saab yards in GA.

85spgATL
21-06-08, 09:03 PM
Nice car dude, liking your creative and cost effective approach to Saab tuning! :cool:

Just one thing though, isn't that vent back to front? Looks like its sucking air out of the engine bay at the moment rather than forcing it into the filter?:confused:

Thanks for the kind words people.

About the vent. The idea was to get the filter cool air. Since it is a turbo, it doesnt really need much more of a ram air effect. So I stuck it on that way because I didnt want to be sucking in bugs, water and small animals when traveling at speed.

85spgATL
21-06-08, 09:08 PM
It snowed sometime after the new year... Pretty rare for Atlanta, and it stuck around for a day or two.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/Saab5snowruins.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/Saab4snowday.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/Saab6snowruins.jpg

85spgATL
21-06-08, 09:20 PM
Against the wishes of many saabers, I sprayed the spg wheels satin black to match the spg kit. Also remounted the fog lights. I lost the mounting points when I hacked off the inner bumper mounts to fit the innercooler.

Im the second owner of the car. It was passed around in a family a few times before I finally recieved it. It was bought brand spankin new in Jan of 85. VIN shows 84 build date It was driven till the late 90s. then sat for a while I believe. I guess It was kept indoors b/c the paint is great. I religously give her a bath every week, and wax every month. After it sat, it was loaded on a trailer, and apprently thats when the front valence/splitter and oil cooler got crunched. and thats why its missing in all the pics.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/Saab12pose.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/Saab11frontin.jpg

85spgATL
21-06-08, 09:39 PM
So the next order of buisness was to fit an oil cooler. I found an oem saab turbo one, and on the same trip found one in a mercedes 300d. And the saab had nothin on the merc cooler. It pathetic. So I bought the merc one for 20 bucks.

Its aluminum. I stripped it(it was black) and brushed it.

Now mounting... Pulled the grill off, and bolted it to the bottom of the slam panel for the hood. But apperntly the radiator didnt like all the hot air comming off the cooler The car to run noticbly hotter when Idling.

So after some trial and error, I ditched the giant water bottle for the winshield squirter and stuck the oil cooler where the bottle used to live in the right front fender well. Enter vent number two. Notice, it is oriented so cool air is rammed into the cooler.


pictars

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/fmoc.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/oilcoolervent.jpg

85spgATL
21-06-08, 09:41 PM
So the next order of buisness was to fit an oil cooler. I found an oem saab turbo one, and on the same trip found one in a mercedes 300d. And the saab had nothin on the merc cooler. It pathetic. So I bought the merc one for 20 bucks.

Its aluminum. I stripped it(it was black) and brushed it.

Now mounting... Pulled the grill off, and bolted it to the bottom of the slam panel for the hood. But apperntly the radiator didnt like all the hot air comming off the cooler The car to run noticbly hotter when Idling.

So after some trial and error, I ditched the giant water bottle for the winshield squirter and stuck the oil cooler where the bottle used to live in the right front fender well. Enter vent number two. Notice, it is oriented so cool air is rammed into the cooler.


pictars

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/fmoc.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/oilcoolervent.jpg

I got a new job... and as soon as I get paid... its getting springs, and facney oil line

85spgATL
21-06-08, 09:48 PM
So after having sorted out most of the major bits in need of urgent attention. I went around trying to track down all the front end peices I was missing.

I was able to make a combination of some post facelift stuff to come up with this... Oh yeah, metal foil tape and black spray paint too.

Here is the first attempt.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/Saab13firstlip.jpg

Yeah it looks mean... But still pretty booty fab'd

85spgATL
21-06-08, 09:58 PM
Round two..

I scowered the yards and came across a old school super riced out white on white on white maxima.. 'yo know mang...like the square body ones mang... yeah thems the fast cuzs theys wide mang" How the convo went with the guy at the check out. SO yeah, it had some fast and furious stlye front splittler. It was made out of rubber so it would flex if you rubbed it on a drive way... So here is a few pics... Ran It like that for a little while, but it bigged me, it still looked super booty fab'd.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/Saab14aprl.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/Saab15rallymode.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/viplow.jpg

85spgATL
24-06-08, 08:55 PM
I liked the all blackness thingy that I had goin on. But I still wanted different wheels(srry spg lovers). I found a deal on a set of Incas that I couldnt pass up...

heres what happened.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/05-21-08_1508.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/Freshinca.jpg

euromobile900
12-07-08, 02:55 AM
Is that a Lancia badge that I see on the left side of the hood in your last post there? Or is that just my imagination? I just can't quite make out what it is.

VikingSpirit
12-07-08, 05:31 PM
Sweet! those incas look awesome! Thats the exact style I wanted to do my incas in.

Have you polished the rim of them or are the rims just painted silver? What paint did you use?

Awesome job once again, your car looks the business :cool:

GearHead
12-07-08, 06:34 PM
Your car looks very mean,and if I may say so very 80's(IN A GOOD WAY).However the only thing I dont like is how low the front sits.It looks to low to rally on gravel roads at speed.Other than that the car is AWESOME!!In fact the incas make the car look even more finished because the whole car is about sharp angles-flat front,louvers,etc.The aeros didnt quite fit because they were too round...

85spgATL
12-07-08, 06:53 PM
Is that a Lancia badge that I see on the left side of the hood in your last post there?
http://www.velobios.com/i/Large%20Rock%20Racing%20Logo.jpg
Not a Lancia badge. Havent actually ever see a Lancia in person... Its the logo for Rock Racing. www.rockracing.com They are a new US pro road cycling team I wrenched for early this year.
Heres one of the chase cars...
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/TOCalifornia/cippochaseTT.jpg

85spgATL
12-07-08, 07:10 PM
Sweet! those incas look awesome! Thats the exact style I wanted to do my incas in.

Thanks!! I really like them too. I dont think they are the last wheels the spg will see. But they are staying for a while.

Have you polished the rim of them or are the rims just painted silver? What paint did you use?

The wheels came silver. I stripped the rim with paint stripper, then used a wire wheel on a drill. From there, md git sand paper. Its more a brushed finish than polished. I wasnt trying to do the full on 'tuner' black/polished deal.

The paint is Krylon Fusion Satin Black
http://www.metropartsmarket.com/krylon/K_fusion_plastic_3.jpg
It says formulated for plastic all over it. But it works great on metal. The cool thing for plastic is that it doesnt require much prep to the plastic peice, other than a little alcohol wipe. I did the whole SPG kit with the same paint. It took 5 Cans I think... For prep I went over each panel lightly with a scotchbrite pad and alcohol wipe. came out great



Rims... Centers painted, rims mostly finished. I went and had the old wheel weights removed, got the tires mounted and balanced before I finished brushing the rims.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/paintedinca.jpg

I still havent seen another set like them.

Thanks for the kind words!

85spgATL
12-07-08, 07:30 PM
Your car looks very mean,and if I may say so very 80's(IN A GOOD WAY).

Funny you say that... When I was young, I always wanted a cool hatchback with louvers... I kinda always though it was going to be an mid-80 Supra... Not a damn Saab. HAH. Love it.


However the only thing I dont like is how low the front sits.It looks to low to rally on gravel roads at speed.

100% agree with you... Its an 84 prodution year 85spg. I dont believe they came with lower springs at this point... Just sway bars and shocks. Not really sure. I think its stock turbo height.

I need to update, I took all that dumb plastic front air dam stuff off.

The Intercooler is kinda low, but not bad. Ill get out there and take a pic of it. I have only scraped it once in the 6mo its been on there. It does make me worry sometimes. But its not like I have to drive 2mph over the bumps or anything. Usually the little tow eyelets at the A-arm cross member are the ones that hit something.

Id like to make a nice skid plate that bolts to the bottom of bumper and covers the front and bottom of the intercooler. Then have it bolted to the a arm crossmember. Punch some big speed holes in it for the intercooler.



Other than that the car is AWESOME!!In fact the incas make the car look even more finished because the whole car is about sharp angles-flat front,louvers,etc.The aeros didnt quite fit because they were too round...

Thanks man. I agree with you, I really like the way the angles and lines pull your eyes around the car. From the wheels, to the louvers, hood vent, and the front quarterpanel vents. I need to get a grille. Still just have been lazy. Ive more recent pics to put up also.

I just got off work.... drove the long way home for fun. Im gonna kick back, drink a beer and watch the tour de france on versus.... With saabcentral in my lap. good saturday night with no girlfriend in town.

Cheers!

85spgATL
12-07-08, 07:36 PM
Here it is as of this evening
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/yellaside.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/star.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/yella.jpg

So yeah... Dont think the intercooler is too low. Just not sre how to make an effective skid plate. Any ideas?

And my tail pipe is crooked now. Not sure how that happend.

85spgATL
12-07-08, 07:54 PM
A pre runner style skid plate like this...
http://www.downeyoff-road.com/BodyComponents/images_skidplates/SkidPlates-2.jpg
....would work to get the intercooler air. just need to find one that looks like it could be modded to fit.

900t
12-07-08, 09:30 PM
C900 is designed for use on asphalt only, if you want to hoon you must get Saab 96!

85spgATL
13-07-08, 01:27 AM
if you want to hoon you must get Saab 96!

Yah! I love typing 'saab 96 rally' into youtube.com. Have yet to see a 96 in person. :cry:

jwandhistools
23-07-08, 03:45 AM
If Mad Max drove a Saab...

Tyler
25-07-08, 05:50 PM
That's rad that you wrenched for Rock Racing! Do you ride too?


-Tyler

85spgATL
25-07-08, 08:54 PM
Ha. yeah it was fun. Hoping to work for them again at other events. Yes I ride... Tho I mainly stick to mountain bikes.

Heres what im workin with.
Daily Driver
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/other/p3.jpg

Fun bike.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/other/pbpic24363.jpg



Ive got a road bike... Its campy and steel.

you?

85spgATL
25-07-08, 09:03 PM
That's rad that you wrenched for Rock Racing! Do you ride too?


-Tyler

also i think you car looks good. Did you ever figure out a seat set up? Im goin to check out these from summit racing...

http://static.summitracing.com/global/images/prod/large/sum-g1159b-1_cp.jpg

199 bucks... reclines and is all adjustable... havent seen the bottom of one, so not sure how its goin to mount....

Tyler
27-07-08, 05:12 PM
Yeah, actually I just did 100 miles yesterday. Road, of course, but I ride mountain, cyclocross, and even occasional bmx. As for the seats, I haven't made any decisions yet but those summit seats look killer. How do the brackets/sliders work?

-Tyler

85spgATL
08-08-08, 10:55 PM
Did a little work yesterday while I had the day off.

Filled her all the way up! found 93 for 4.04
Replaced rear brake pads... All of a 30 minute job.
Checked my oil.


Intsalled 4 new ball joints.. Not too fun. Not too bad.. This was my first time doing ball joints on the saab. Did it in the garage, on jack stands. Nitrile gloves rock. Used a pickle fork to get the old already worn out bj's out. Didnt really run into any snags. Did a side at a time... Took maybe an hour to do the drivers side, and 40 minutes to do to the passenger. I really need to invest in a nice set of gear wrenches.

Also got 2 tie rod ends. Was going to do them at the same time.. However, I decided a pickle fork wasnt the best tool for the job of seperating the old TREs from the hub.

I orderd some Kilen springs at the same time as everything else. Too bad they were backorderd. Those should be in sometime next week. As will an atomospheric blow off valve. Im going to track down a proper bj/tre tool so I can do the TREs when I do the springs and bov. Also saw one of my bugicords was fraying near the plug at the dist. So Ive got to order a new set of those. Next pay check for those...

No update on seats yet... Still want those summit ones.

I didnt take any pictures... Just some cashed out ball joints.

Ill snap some once its lowered.

Another note. Went to "First Thursdays" at The Varsity... A well known southern hotdog joint... Which is a mile from my house. Turns out, every first thurs of the month(dur) there is an import/tuner meet and greet dealy.
Had an alright time... TONS of rice.. 240s, accords, miatas, civics.. a bunch of new SRT4 neons. Scubies, and some nice muscle. Of course some redneck jackass was driving around in a giant F250 blasting his train horns.
Anyways.. got a few compliments. Most people said it was 'unique' I was the only saaber there. Was suposed to meet up with some vdubs folks tho that didnt work out.

more next week

jwandhistools
08-08-08, 11:06 PM
Did a little work yesterday while I had the day off.

Filled her all the way up! found 93 for 4.04
Replaced rear brake pads... All of a 30 minute job.
Checked my oil.


Intsalled 4 new ball joints.. Not too fun. Not too bad.. This was my first time doing ball joints on the saab. Did it in the garage, on jack stands. Nitrile gloves rock. Used a pickle fork to get the old already worn out bj's out. Didnt really run into any snags. Did a side at a time... Took maybe an hour to do the drivers side, and 40 minutes to do to the passenger. I really need to invest in a nice set of gear wrenches.

Also got 2 tie rod ends. Was going to do them at the same time.. However, I decided a pickle fork wasnt the best tool for the job of seperating the old TREs from the hub.

I orderd some Kilen springs at the same time as everything else. Too bad they were backorderd. Those should be in sometime next week. As will an atomospheric blow off valve. Im going to track down a proper bj/tre tool so I can do the TREs when I do the springs and bov. Also saw one of my bugicords was fraying near the plug at the dist. So Ive got to order a new set of those. Next pay check for those...

No update on seats yet... Still want those summit ones.

I didnt take any pictures... Just some cashed out ball joints.

Ill snap some once its lowered.

Another note. Went to "First Thursdays" at The Varsity... A well known southern hotdog joint... Which is a mile from my house. Turns out, every first thurs of the month(dur) there is an import/tuner meet and greet dealy.
Had an alright time... TONS of rice.. 240s, accords, miatas, civics.. a bunch of new SRT4 neons. Scubies, and some nice muscle. Of course some redneck jackass was driving around in a giant F250 blasting his train horns.
Anyways.. got a few compliments. Most people said it was 'unique' I was the only saaber there. Was suposed to meet up with some vdubs folks tho that didnt work out.

more next week



Don't forget to check the control arms for cracks near the bushing end.
I see that quite a bit.:o

85spgATL
08-08-08, 11:37 PM
Don't forget to check the control arms for cracks near the bushing end.
I see that quite a bit.:o

Oh yeah. Made sure to do that! Esps. after dealing with this, last month..


Drivers side.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/dudeimarobot/SAAB/bustedcontrolarm.jpg

jwandhistools
08-08-08, 11:43 PM
Mine came all the way off.
Quite a rude awakening.

It's cool.
I didn't like that fender anyway.:cheesy:

jwandhistools
08-08-08, 11:46 PM
C900 is designed for use on asphalt only, if you want to hoon you must get Saab 96!

Anyone ever make a all wheel drive 900t?

If subaru and mitsuwhatitsname can do it...

Drive a Subaru backward and... U-R-A-BUS

85spgATL
09-08-08, 12:52 AM
Anyone ever make a all wheel drive 900t?


Nep... atleast not that I have seen.

Tho buddy over there in sveeden made an awd 99, Using a 16v engine and an Audi 80 quattro system. There is a post in the perfomace forum, and vids on the youtubes.


Damn... yours busted all the way?

TheRedBaron
11-08-08, 08:53 AM
Your paint looks GREAT.

That summit seat looks good, how much lighter is it than stock? I guess it could never be as comfortable though.

Your left rear tail light looks a lot like my right rear. :lol:

What is wrong with using the pickle fork on tie rod ends? Ya know, in certain circles, they are called "Tie rod end removal tools" ;) You could always try just smacking the end with a hammer and seeing if it will pop out that way. Also, a trick I discovered, if you're having trouble getting a BJ/TRE back on, thread the nut on a few turns, and use the pickle fork on the nut end of the BJ/TRE to really jam the tapered section into place. Usually this will get it tight enough that you can just thread the nut on as normal now.

85spgATL
11-08-08, 10:35 AM
Your paint looks GREAT.
Thanks a lot man. Ive spent a lot of time on it. Its the origional paint and was in alright condition when I recieved it. No clear pealing or a few door scuffs and a preyy dull finish. I spent a lot of time rubbing. polishing, and then waxing each panel. I also repainted all thhe pastics. Now it gets a bath every week, and wax on wax off every few weeks. Love washin my car. All Turtle wax products.


That summit seat looks good, how much lighter is it than stock? I guess it could never be as comfortable though.

Not sure on the weight. Its got to be a bit lighter. There is a summit store a little over an hour outside of Atlanta.(in the sticks... ugh) Need to get my *** out there and check it out. Seems like it would be pretty comfy. It slides for and aft, also has a dial recliner knob.



Your left rear tail light looks a lot like my right rear. :lol: Ha! Missing the plastic trim, or crooked? I seripusly dont think Ive ever seen a 900 with the tail lights all perfectly lined up.


What is wrong with using the pickle fork on tie rod ends? Ya know, in certain circles, they are called "Tie rod end removal tools" ;) You could always try just smacking the end with a hammer and seeing if it will pop out that way. Also, a trick I discovered, if you're having trouble getting a BJ/TRE back on, thread the nut on a few turns, and use the pickle fork on the nut end of the BJ/TRE to really jam the tapered section into place. Usually this will get it tight enough that you can just thread the nut on as normal now.

Great tips there, thanks! There isnt anything wrong with pickle forks. They work well for removing the item if your going to replcace it with a new one. Seems like a very easy way to tear boots. Not good if your reusing. just my oppinion.

Oh..reread you post. I didnt do the tre mainly b/c the taper on the pickle fork was too shallow.

Thanks for the interest/reply!

Andrew

TheRedBaron
11-08-08, 10:42 AM
Thanks a lot man. Ive spent a lot of time on it. Its the origional paint and was in alright condition when I recieved it. No clear pealing or a few door scuffs and a preyy dull finish. I spent a lot of time rubbing. polishing, and then waxing each panel. I also repainted all thhe pastics. Now it gets a bath every week, and wax on wax off every few weeks. Love washin my car. All Turtle wax products.In those most recent pics it looks about as shiny as the SAAB Heritage Collection '85 SPG, so well done :D I love washing my car too, but my paint is too effed up to begin with (mismatched panels, rust work in progress, a few chips, etc) to ever have it be perfect without serious work.

Ha! Missing the plastic trim, or crooked? I seripusly dont think Ive ever seen a 900 with the tail lights all perfectly lined up.The crooked part - When I tightened it down the last time, I actually somehow managed to snap the stud. Not sure how that's possible :lol:

85spgATL
11-08-08, 11:40 AM
In those most recent pics it looks about as shiny as the SAAB Heritage Collection '85 SPG, so well done :D I love washing my car too, but my paint is too effed up to begin with (mismatched panels, rust work in progress, a few chips, etc) to ever have it be perfect without serious work.

Thnaks man! Not to mention, since it is black... EVERYTHING shows up on the paint. So im always fighting road dust and birdy poo(my worst enemys) Id say all the panels minus the hood are 9/10. The hood has a few tiny chips. and is a little swirly. So its maybe an 8/10. Rust? whats that? :cheesy:


The crooked part - When I tightened it down the last time, I actually somehow managed to snap the stud. Not sure how that's possible :lol:
ahh bummer. One day im going to spend sometime trying to get the all lined up.... That'll be that day..

coreyeroc
15-08-08, 10:54 AM
you sure you didnt buy this car from Arlo Pear???

85spgATL
15-08-08, 11:47 AM
Nep. No idea what "arlo pear' is.
The p/o name is James. The car was bought in Dec 84 in NC then came to Ga.

coreyeroc
23-08-08, 05:14 PM
Arlo Pear = Richard Pryor

Look up the movie Moving with Dana Carvey and Richard Pryor.

Part of the plot is having Arlo Pears turbo Saab moved across country. Goes from stock to being some sorta mad max saab. Anyway, jsut watch it. Im sure you'll get a kick out of it.

85spgATL
23-08-08, 07:11 PM
Arlo Pear = Richard Pryor

Look up the movie Moving with Dana Carvey and Richard Pryor.

Part of the plot is having Arlo Pears turbo Saab moved across country. Goes from stock to being some sorta mad max saab. Anyway, jsut watch it. Im sure you'll get a kick out of it.

Oh man, you are AMAZING.
No joke... A few months ago I was getting gas, when the bumbling old homeless guy came up to me. He kept saying ''oohhhh maaan thats that richard pryor carrrr!''.

I thought he was nuts. Guess I was nuts!!

Thanks, Im goin to find it asap.