Saskia - 1988 SAAB 900 Turbo
Saskia was my first SAAB. She was a bit of a wreck from the beginning, but after a bath she looked just fine :)
She died at 14 years old and 157,000 miles of a head gasket failure, cracked piston and a leaking radiator.
It was here that I got addicted ...
Inga - 1985 SAAB 900i
After about, oh... all of, 30 seconds of grieving the loss of Saskia, Inga was on the scene.
At 18 years old and 150,000 miles (45,000 and more of those mine) she's now gone to a new owner. I bade her a fond farewell.
Orca - 1989 SAAB 900 Turbo S
She was 14 years old and not yet 100,000 miles driven when she came to us ... now one external re-build and engine/gearbox rebuild, she's around 150,000 miles.
Orca - The Resurrection
" All the King's horses and all the King's men ..."
Nah, she'll be fine :)
Orca - More fiddles and fixes ...
"Run Orca ... Run"
- Re-trimmed Door Cards & Boot Cover
- Forge Motorsport BOV Installation
- Forge Motorsport BOV Relocation
- Meshed Grille
- Meshed Vent Covers
- PCV Oil "Catch Tank"
Orca - Cosmetic Surgery
As the years go by, the elements and a little neglect can really have a bad effect on your car. The solution? Respray, I'm afraid. Yes, costly, but well worth every penny ... not to mention, taking the opportunity to adopt some '80s styling hints. What next? Louvre? Anti-static straps? :)
New ... Shiny ... Things ...
OMG ... Having said what I did above, I'm going to have to install the anti-static straps now because I have secured a ...
... the exterior looks great, but the interior is sorely lacking :(
That's an easy one to change ... it just takes some time and it's a bit fiddly ... here goes:
- Leatherette Parcel Shelf & Speaker Housing Re-trim
- Headliner Re-furbishment
- 3" JT Performance Exhaust
New front grilles ... his, and her's:
- TBA: Anti-Static Straps
- TBA: Front Fog Lights
After almost ten years of ownership, it was time to put her up for sale and let her go on to her new owner:
Tabitha - 1992 SAAB 900S Convertible
Debo's new car!
Restoring an imported SAAB 900 convertible
- First Sighting ... 29/03/2007
- ... Renovations (Part 1) 03/05/2007
- ... Renovations (Part 2) 11/05/2007
- ... Renovation Detail 27/05/2013
- Auxiliary Gauge Cluster
- Nardi Steering Wheel
- Shotgun Exhaust
- Mitsubishi TE05 Turbocharger & SAAB Intercooler
- TBA: SAAB APC System Installation
Fitment of Turbo '92 wheels completes the look:
Tatiana - 2000 SAAB 9-5 Aero (Hirsch)
My replacement for Orca - part luxury cruiser, part stealth bomber and every bit what I had hoped for :)
Hirsch Performance chassis lowering kit and exhausts system!
Bringing 'Red October' up to scratch ...
The obligatory racing mesh grille is now fitted and the infamous (and unnecessary) "bolt mod" undone:
... and replacement diverter valve and silicone vacuum hose:
Porthos - 2005 SAAB 9-3 Aero (Hirsch)
Much loved, but it came time to say goodbye to Tatiana ...
Her more nimble replacement - Porthos. Hirsch Performance tuned at the factory (all paperwork included), nowhere near as classy or comfortable as the 9-5 ... but a hell of a lot of fun!
Journeys, Holidays, Visits and Meetings
UK SOC National 2008 - Croston 25/07/2008 - 27/07/2008
A few favourites from the UK SOC National 2008 gathering at the Royal Umpire Caravan Park at Croston, near Preston.
UK SOC National 2005 - Stafford 29/07/2005 - 31/07/2005
A few favourites from the UK SOC National 2005 gathering at the Staffordshire County Showground.
UK SOC Gripen SAAB Chapter - Duxford 12/09/2004
A few favourites from the Gripen SAAB Chapter of the UK SOC meeting at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford 12/09/2004.
This was also the first AGM of the "Cirrus white SAAB 900 T8s owned by Paul" Chapter of the UK SOC (Unofficial) :)
UK SOC National 2004 - Keswick 18/06/2004 - 20/06/2004
A few favourites from the UK SOC National 2004 gathering in Keswick, Cumbria. The first six are of Orca after giving her a pre-meet wash, wax & polish :)
Trip to the SAAB Museum 2003
There are an increasing number of web sites on the internet showing people's photographs of the cars at the SAAB Museum in Trollhättan. These photographs are from our holiday to Sweden and Norway. The set commences with a couple of memorable images from Stockholm and then continue onto Trollhättan and finally a couple from Oslo in Norway.
The photographs at the SAAB Museum do not constitute a full catalogue of the cars there. They are a rather limited, but personal set of my favourites :)
In 2004, members of the SAAB Scene forum made a visit to the museum and pictures from their visit are avalable in this gallery page.