Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2002 15:57:09 -0500
From: GTr <trimper+saabnopsamcop.net>
Subject: Re: custom convert 900 to softop


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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