"Q", the latest orphan SAAB 9000
|What can I say? Yet another orphan 9000 has come out way. Same old story, perfectly fine 9000, backed into by a pickup. Where are those universal bumper height laws? Eduardo [the grey one] has a rattly timing chain, a marginal tranny, and lots of dents and rust. The white one, which I'm calling "Q" is in very nice condition, for a 17 year old car with 198kmiles on it. The plan? Take the bits of Eduardo off that Q needs, paint the hood and save one of these "classic" 9000's! First, some pix of Eduardo [click for full size]:|
|Now, some pics of Q: First, some shots in it's "dead" state, then a couple "assembled". As you can see, the hood was damaged beyond resonable repair, lights and grill toasted, etc.|
|I was able to get most of the wrinkle on the right fender out, the radiator support was pretty tweaked - lots of whacking and bending there - lights from Eduardo, grill from an '86 that has long since gone to Saabhalla, fogs from my 'vert [I want some nice new ones for the WSAABI anyway], and get the *(&$@&@$)& hood aligned, and, voila! A car!|
|After getting the hood on straight, some sorely needed motor mounts and miscelaneous tune up items, the next obvious thing is some LIGHT - Classic 9000's are notorious for useless headlights, nothing like a set of Hella 500's to solve that! Thanks to Mike White for fabbing up some really nice brackets that are so small and tight, they're almost invisible.|
The question is, what to do with it? Once I get the hood right [I may have to swap the front support - it's more buggered up than I thought!] I'll be able to drive it down to the town hall to register it... but, as I said, then what? Sell it? Keep it as a Vinter Beater???
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