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my old MCY 91 SE 900 turbo convertible
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Posted by Paul Willis [Email] (more from Paul Willis) on Sat, 19 Sep 2020 16:50:49 Share Post by Email
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Hi. Well I have had my Monte Carlo Yellow 1991 900 SE convertible now for 20 years. I am struggling with what to do with it. The present issue is that it needs a new head gasket. But the larger issue is that I have rust around the fender lips and a couple other places that will need attention. Finding guys around here that will work on old Saabs (the guy I had that was cheap and pretty good but he retired) is one thing but finding a body shop that will do the work is even more of a challenge. The car still looks pretty decent and I have taken care of it. But with 370K miles, original transmission, original turbo, original bottom-end, it has been carefully but well used. Old man time and the Midwest weather (even when garaged like mine) will eventually lead to rust.

So, I am torn about what to. Sell it for whatever I can get (I had it on this site recently) or somehow find someone who can do the work, mechanical and body, and not go broke doing it. Even former Saab places are shying away from old Saabs (I recently corresponded with a former Saab dealer in Colorado who said they are not interested in body work on old Saabs cause it's too much of a pain!). I don't have the space or time or tools to do bodywork myself.

If you know if some shop who can handle bodywork (the rust is really cosmetic mostly) and do some nice "driver" restoration reasonably, I would love to hear suggestions. I am in the KC area (Chiefs!) but I would get it to someone with good references. Thanks!!!!

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