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Re: NG 900 vert second bow shim kit
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Posted by southsaab [Email] (#2143) [Profile/Gallery] (more from southsaab) on Mon, 30 Sep 2019 05:58:36 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: NG 900 vert second bow shim kit, Gary P, Sun, 29 Sep 2019 19:34:40
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I went with the esaabparts eBay NOS canvas with window, $499 shipped free. And it's a real NOS part, dated 2001 according to the spec sheet. Came with instructions, rivets, tape.

Took me about 5 days working very casually, much time waiting for adhesive to dry. Much time spent drilling out stuck screws on the 1st bow. Was unable to remove front and middle window seals (apparently glued on), but was able to work around that. Removed rear window seal,but had to drill out a couple of screws at odd angles.

My straps had come loose, so had to restaple them, taking care to get the lengths correct (used old staple holes as a guide).

I had 2 sets of instructions, the official Saab guide and the one that came with the top. The sequence of fitting differ; I found the instructions that came with the canvas the better one.

As I fit the top, I had to be quick: the adhesive dries FAST! I took my time making sure the 4th/5th bow fit was good before I glued. Getting the 4th bow/c pillars is key.

Fitting the first bow was easy, as it has corner pockets, but I had to position the top frame up to have the slack.

After it was done, it was so tight I had to have help to close the 5th bow, and couldn't latch the first bow until it sat in the sun for a day. After a couple of weeks, it finally seems settled, except for the windows brushing the canvas when closing.

This was my second Saab top, having done a C900 before, and I'd say the results for NG900 are much better due to the pockets the canvas has. If I hadn't had to fight frozen screws, seals that wouldn't budge, straps detached, i.e. all the problems inherent in a 20+ year old car, it would have taken less time. I was very conservative in my approach, gave the adhesive plenty of dry time and saved a bunch of money.

BTW, I had the same window/canvas issue on the C900...

This was my second Saab top replace
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