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Im 15 years old and am getting my first car together for when I'm 16 and can get my license. Im mainly posting the pictures here so I can personally see before/after/progress shots, but everyone else can see them too.

The main car I have is a 1986 900S Notchback, it was my dad's friend car before he smashed it up a bit and bent a few things. Picked it up real cheap, and we have the availabilty to fix it all back up.



 

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To get parts for this car, I was mainly looking on ebay, and had been to the auto wrecker a couple of times. My dad was then at the wrecker just the other day for a completely unrelated car, and he came across a 1986 Saab 900 Turbo Hatchback, the complete running car for sale, for cheap. He picked it up and brought it back to the shop.

 

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So, even though the hatchback is in better shape, I personally like the other car better, so we are fixing the body work on the white car, painting the car black (possibly) and then putting the engine/tranny from the hatchback as well as the complete interior (the interior is beautiful - the rear seats look barely used and when the front seat covers are pulled back, beautiful) into the main car.

These are the current plans, we'll see how they go, haha.
 

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What a great project and opportunity, good luck you are going to learn a lot.

There are lots of great information and advice on this board for those times you get stuck and great people too.
 

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Nice finds! I'm sure we'll all keep an eye on this one :D

Lucky guy, gets to turbo a notch as his first car... I'm jealous! You'll never look at "normal" cars the same again.
 

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Cool project. You're lucky to have a Saab as your 1st car. Mine was a '79 AMC Pacer. :lol:


You should join the Saab Club of Western Canada too, if you haven't already. http://http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/SCWC_list/

Most of us are from B.C. but there are atleast a couple guys in Calgary. I believe Wayne in Calgary also has a notch back. He was contemplating put a 16v turbo motor in it, not sure if he ever did it though.
 

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Just joined that group - thanks for letting me know about it.

I've talked to Rob from Vancouver on eBay - bought a pair of end caps from him, and then met Hugh from Calgary - bought a pair of headlights from him. Both very nice people.
 

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Is the Turbo really in that bad of shape? I would want to get that one going out of the two if I were you. CoooooL though, I got my first car not too long ago too, 1985 turbo 16v.
 

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If you are set on working with the white 2 door, my advice to you would be to do as much work to the 2 door as you can before you start stripping the hatchback apart.

Strip down and paint the 2 door shell first, make sure there are no hidden suprises with the 2 door car before you destroy a working hatchback. That way if something does go wrong (and trust me stuff does, e.g. finding unexpected rust or running out of money!) you still have one working car rather than two cars in bits. :lol:

You could even swap bits between cars to keep them both alive, so put the NA engine and the blue interior from the 2 door back into the hatchback. You can then sell it on and make some money back to buy go faster bits:D
 

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Wow...Just...WOW..I hate u:lol:In a good, envy way:DUr One year older then me and u have a C900 turbo:D

I personaly like sedans more then hatchbacks too but as said before put the sedans parts on the hatchback and sell it off...that way there wont be less c900 in the world:D

EDIT:could you do a pic of that "ding" in the rear panel?
 

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Hatch looks in waay better condition. In my opinion, the notchback does not look great, especially in standard trim. How much will it cost you to paint it? You can brace the hatch with a bar between the two rear wheelarches.
 

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Pap - both cars are in running shape, its just that the notchback has body damage and the front steering components need to be fixed (still havent quite looked at whats wrong, but it shouldnt be too major). The turbo hatchback's interior is very nice, no tears or rips in the seats or anything, never been smoked in, etc.

Viking Spirit - Thats actually what we are doing, for your exact reason. Over the weekend I took the seats and door panels off, and a few other interior trim pieces. We're going to completely gut the interior first to make it easier to paint, and so that we have an easier time with those unexpected surprises. So pretty much we're taking all the stuff out of the notchback first, since most of it is in lesser condition than the hatchback, that way if we do mess up with something, we'll only be wrecking the bad stuff. :lol:


We were considering putting all the blue interior as well was the non-turbo mechanical back into the hatchback, but really, some parts of it are in pretty bad shape, the interior is pretty much shot, so we'll just be parting out the stuff in good shape and selling it on ebay, so maybe some of you guys can pick up a part you've been needing.

And even though the hatch IS in better condition, it does still need a little bit of work - nothing to the extent we're making it need, but overall, I think transferring all the stuff into the notchback will be worth it. Depending on how it all works out, I'll then be tweaking things here and there, and hopefully putting those aero ground effects (I think thats what you call them) on the car.

Heres a picture of the dent in the rear. We're going to try to pull it out first to see how bad it is, and if that doesnt work we'll be cutting and welding a different one on. As for painting, my dad's done it a few times on his racecar and it turned out really nice, so he's going to give this a try. If its not perfect, its a 20 year old car so not a big deal, or we'll get an estimate on a professional paint shop to do it.

 

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Il be keeping an eye on this thread:Dlooks intresting to me.
Oh and BTW be shure to find and add a bridgespoiler on the Trunk....wait...what year aero bodykit are you thinking of putting on?a pre 87 or 87 and later models kit?
 

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I'm keeping my eye out for a bridge spoiler - but its not my top priority currently.


As for the bodykit, I'm not entirely sure if I'd do it, a lot of this comes down to price because I'm a new driver...but what's the difference between the 2?
 

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i envy you so. i've been on here since i was fourteen (secret's out! :eek: ), and my parents still won't let me change the oil even in my chevy. good luck with the car. depending on what i get, i might be talking hte ng900 moderators into adding a project page. ;)
 

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jljhlhl said:
As for the bodykit, I'm not entirely sure if I'd do it, a lot of this comes down to price because I'm a new driver...but what's the difference between the 2?
Mainly the front and rear bumpers.

Quick Google Image Search yielded these:
1986 SPG:


Later model SPG:



As far as I can tell, the parts between the bumpers on either side are largely similar. I guess the newer bumpers are more crash-friendly, or something... personally I prefer the older-style look...

Maybe someone else can elaborate on the details of the bodykit.
 

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The hatch is the car to keep.

The notch is cool; however, that is a far bit of damage. The hatch is much nicer to throw skis in and go camping. I have many forms of 900s, the best is the hatch hands down! I have a Convertible now and the boot sucks!

My suggestion: Swap the interior from the notch, unless you like red:lol: The notch interior looks great and will fit the hatch without trouble. If you need any parts from broken stuff you encounter ect. that you can't find locally PM me. My Saab mechanic has a museum of Saab parts and I can hook you up.

You would be surprised how taking out thoes carpets, giving them a good scrub and they will come out looking fantastic!

Nice looking cars!
 
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