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Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 08:52:41 +0100
From: "Dave" <nospamnopsamom>
Subject: Re: custom convert 900 to softop

Excellent-the chainsaw and MIG welder are being dropped off this Saturday morning-pics soon.I also intend videoing the whole operation that we will edit and make available as a short before and after mpeg!! -- "don't worry,be happy!!" All outgoing mail certified virus free-Norton AV 2002 Version 9.07.17C "GTr" <> wrote in message > Dave - despite some of the shock/horror responses you may have received, let me > give you a more reasoned response: > > > > Does anyone know of any UK based Saab converters-I'm interested in having my > > '86 900 turbo softop converted if it is at all possible.Thanks. > > I'm going to assume that you're starting with a 2-Door (coupe) and not a 3-door > (hatch). In this case, I can give you some words of actual experience, but > first with the three-door: > > A C900 hatch can actually drive around quite nicely with the hatch removed and > all the roof bits cut off to the belt-line. There is the problem of relocating > the seatbolt anchors, but that is easily done with a welder. You end up with an > interesting-looking "truck" that snags people's shirts. The body WILL begin to > sag, and the doors WILL become inoperable, after a few months. If you have ever > seen the american TV show "Dukes of Hazard" then being unable to open the doors > to enter the car is not an issue. > > This can only really be done in a place like Wisconsin, USA, where the concept > of "MOT Inspection" hasn't penetrated the deep drifts of snow. You would not > legally be able to drive a vehicle thus-modified in the UK. > > A C900 2-Door, otoh, is the same vehicle as the convertible, albeit with a hard > top rather than a soft. It doesn't really offer any reinforcement in the roof > area - you can slice the roof off of a 2-door with a reciprocating saw in a > matter of minutes. There is still the matter of the seat belt anchors, but in > all other respects, the body rigidity/enforcements are already there. Some > careful workmanship could craft the modifications and installation of a stock > soft roof, but the real question would really be is it ECONOMICALLY feasible. > > The answer, of course, is unless you do all the work yourself, you are going to > pay more for the work to be done and to have that work pass the MOT. You are > better off buying a stock convertible. > > But, if you have the spare time/money, you could certainly have fun and enjoy > your results. I suggest starting right AFTER the MOT, so that you'll at least > have a year to drive it. > > lycka till! > GTr > >

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