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Old 10-13-2014, 04:37 PM   #21
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Congratulations on your purchase TurboBudapest. The car shows nice and I love the color combination --- the Colorado Red interior is my favorite.
I am looking forward to your build thread. Keep us posted on the progress.
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Am feeling quite discouraged....could use a little encouragement that I am not totally crazy for undertaking this project!
You're certainly not the average C900 owner, even for an enthusiast, but you're not crazy. If you can get it done and preserve and enjoy the car, all the power to ya.

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Old 10-23-2014, 09:44 PM   #22
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I went to my indy again this last Wednesday to check up on progress and deliver some of the needed parts I am collecting for the car. I felt much better after having seen the car again - all body work has been largely done. Now they are applying rust converter to needed areas, and will begin smoothing things out, priming and painting. They are doing the work between jobs (helps keep cost down).

The floor issues still has us stumped. I spoke again to the body tech, and he thinks that at some point in it's life, the car ran oversomething which damaged the whole driver's side floor. This could not have been rust induced, as then the car would be rusty in a bunc of other areas as we all know about these beloved C900s of ours.

When they took the tupperware off, there was only one place where there was rust, and they cut that out and welded in some new metal as you will see from the attached.

Still can't believe what good condition the original paint and body work is in. After a good polish with two or three individual areas repainted, it should look like new.

Thank God I live in Hungary where the labor is cheap. I can only imagine how expensive this would have been if in the US or Germany for example (although I still do not know how much this is costing me).

Next week, they are sending off the wiring loom to get looked over and rebuilt as necessary, the gearbox for a new synchromesh for the second gear and a general look over, the turbo for a rebuild (there was more play in the shaft than we would have liked), and the running gear for sandblasting and repainting. In the mean time, I have a long list of parts I need to hunt down - mostly suspension related.

Any way, feeling much more positive now about this project generally. I have given into the fact that this project will probably only be finished in the sprint, but at least it will be done right. In the mean time I have my 99 Turbo and 9000 Aero to play with (although the 99 Turbo goes into winter hibernation in the next few weeks, depending on when the snow begins).
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Old 10-24-2014, 03:41 PM   #23
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From a professional point of view, it looks like you've found a good shop. Their work looks very good. Only thing I'd ad is: If they have a small containable hand held sandblaster unit, they should pass it over all welded areas. It will clean out any and all; rust, welding contaminents, burned paint, burned caulking, etc. Those things can cause failure down the road.

As I said, their work looks very good, and I've seen my share of rust work over the years. Once properly cleaned, using urethane products on top and bottom of repairs helps keep moisture and oxygen out. Those two things combined together are what got you on a first name basis with your current welder. One thing that should definately bring you "peace of mind" is the fact that this car will never be subjected to inclimate weather again. Once done, and done properly, (as it certainly looks to be the case) you will have a car that will outlive it's resurector! Nice work my friend. I enjoy seeing both your pictures and more importantly, your passion. Keep on keepin' on.....Cheers, Bob
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Old 11-28-2014, 03:49 AM   #24
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Thanks EG - appreciate the encouragement! Unfortunately, they do not have a small sand blaster to work with, but they are very thorough indeed in cleaning out the rust.

My indy just sent me these pics. The car is ready to go to painting now. A real big difference from the first pics I posted! Work is progressing very slowly, which is unfortunate but understandable given the holiday season. Not sweating it too much, as don't want to use the car before March any way.

The running gear has been sand blasted and is now being repainted. All new busings and shocks have been ordered so the suspension will get a complete refresh.

On a side note, my indy just imported an early 70s Saab 95 (the stationwagon with the flip up seats in the trunk). Will be going over in a couple of weeks to check it out, as it will be up for sale. Will be very tempting!
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and this is what it looks like finished in Edwardian Grey....

My engine bay got sandblasted. Lots of surface rust haze from the battery gassing out and turbo heat....A LOT of work, a LOT of mess, a LOT of sand!...all better now!
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Old 12-21-2014, 11:26 AM   #26
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So there has been a bit of progress before Christmas on my C900. They painted the interior for the most part, and have put on the first coats on the bottom of the car. There will be some more touch up, but the big parts have been painted. Again, my indie is doing this between jobs, so progress is slow….but I did not want to use the car before mid-March any way, so am not too worried.

Work for the most part looks good. The engine bay is superb. Am a little worried that they did not do enough prep on the bottom, but my guy assures me that they did and that the protective coating they used is of the highest quality.

My indie just imported a 1969 Saab 96 and a 1973 Saab 95. What quirky cool cars! I especially like the early V4s….may need to get me one of these as well some time.

Let me know what you think of the pics. Bob - the work you did is amazing. This type of work is rare unless you a re doing the work for yourself! You are lucky you have the skill set!

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Old 12-21-2014, 11:36 AM   #27
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Some more pics of the engine bay and the underside….What's cool about this car is that the only painting needed on the outside of the car was on the reach wheel arches on both sides. It will blend nicely into the original paint. I really like the fact that most of the paint will remain original on this car. They actually wanted to paint more of the engine bay, but I asked them not to as I wanted to keep the original stickers and some of the patina.
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Been a while since I have posted. The body work other than the doors was largely completed early December. Since then we have been restoring parts and collecting new parts attached a few pics. All suspension and break components have been either sand blasted and powder coated, or acid washed and zinc coated. The suspension will be as new once we are done. All bushes and gaskets have been changed. My garage had to remanufacture the bushings in the real stabiliser bar, as aparantly these are no longer available. The steering group column and steering pump have been totally rebuilt. I found NOS sachs dampers in England-these are not produced any more, and the front units are near impossible to find. The turbo has also been completely rebuilt. The turbo housing was cracked and needed to be welded. With respect to the engine, all bearings and gaskets have been replaced, but otherwise it was in god shape given the 140k mils it has run. The gearbox has also been taken apart, and parts replaced and overhauled as needed. The rear set is being refurbished-some parts of the leather need to be replaced, and it needs a good clean and a bit of refinishing. The front seats had been reupholstered by the previous owner to a high standard. It is all coming together now. Amazing how difficult a restoration like this is. The collecting of the various needed parts and the coordination between the different specialists restoring the various bits is the hardest and most time consuming. My garage reassures me that progress should be swift moving forward. Oh, forgot to mention that the new headlining material is arriving next week......I turn 40 at the end of April and have asked that come hell or high water, it needs to be done by then!
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Old 03-21-2015, 12:33 AM   #29
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Lastly, I had the conundrum as to what radio to install. The car came with a niwish CD player that stuck out like a sore thumb. I really wanted something period. I sourced some original Saab Clarion units, but most of the good ones are in the US (where there are different radio frequencies than in the US) and all were risky of not working well. I found this NOS Clarion unit from 1987 and bought it on Ebay for about 80 bucks. Still was in original unopened box and smelled factory fresh. Made in Japan. I figured that this would have been the replacement radio the owner would have purchased in 87 if the car's original radio was stolen....wish it was tinted green rather than orange, but this is as good as I could do without buying one of those ultra expensive currently produced retro units. Will mount this low as I have a gauge set which I will mount where most mount the radio. Can hardly wait till this puppy is complete!
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