Monday, May 28, 2007

A new Saab in the family

Yesterday I picked up a 1986 900 Turbo that I found on craigslist. It wasn't too far from home so I stopped by to have a look last week. It had been parked for eight months and the owner had used it as a construction work vehicle prior to that so the interior was in pretty bad shape. However the body has no apparent rust, decent paint, and is very straight. Tires are decent and AC blows cold. All the electrics seem to work ok. It apparently has a leaky brake caliper which has caused problem with the clutch. Started and idled fine. A couple of days later Hans and I stopped by for a second look and while preparing to move the car outside from it's place in a parking garage to view it in the daylight it died and refused to restart. I made a very low offer and went away. Late the next day I noticed that it was still listed with a lower price, so I called and negotiated a compromise.

On Sunday Hans and I went over with a spare battery to provide lights and towed it home with my 1990 900. The brakes were a little dicey, and the rain didn't help things but traffic was light due to the holiday and we had no problems. After getting it home, we were able to get it started again. The former owner had added gas to try and start it but we figure it didn't get enough cranks to pump the fuel to the engine. It still acts fuel-starved however, and will be getting a complete tune up and filter replacement and then we'll see where we stand.

Another Saab friend has a complete interior that should swap in with no problem for a reasonable price. A new headliner, a good wash and wax, and perhaps a replacement brake caliper and it should be on the road in a week or two.

Cost of car: $200
Initial parts order: about $150

Will get some pics after it's had a good wash, which it desperately needs.


saab_o_naut said...

I just got my 82 turbo back from a major service and pre-registration mechanical inspection today - it passed first go which is good. The steering rack has a leak in the pinion housing and my Saab Tech (g'day to Steve at Saab Serve in North Parramatta, Sydney) and I decided to clean it up and see if it would pass. Saves me A$1k worth of steering rack replacement. Next task is sorting out a fuel level sender problem, then work on re-fixing the headlining fabric. Regards, Craig.

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