Hard as it is to believe, a year ago today I became the proud owner of a well used Classic Saab 900. Owning a c900 has been a great experience and I’ve learned an absolutely ton, and I still have much, much more to master. So let’s take a look back.
In looking back over the last year, I can say that as far as project cars go, this one, on the whole, been fairly cheap! Starting with the original purchase for $860 + $160 to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to make it right with the authorities, I started from a modest $1,020 initial outlay. From there I righted a number of wrongs wrought by years of neglect. The mostly costly repair was also the most irritating – $360 to the local Saab specialists to break a stubborn bolt and change the v-belts, a saga well documented here. I am proud to say, that aside from that bit, all the work has been done by me (often under the close tutelage of friends – thanks Jim, Jesse, Zo and Ryan). I’ll spare you the agonizing details, but at year’s end I had spent approximately $2,443 on the project. That figure includes the initial purchase, registration and the v-belt job, so all in all the Saab hasn’t been too onerous on wallet.
So what did a year and some $1,500 in parts, fluids and various odds and ends plus my labor get me? Some bloody knuckles and the following odd jobs completed: both front axles, one ball-joint (gotta do the other when it warms up), new v-belts, two e-codes, a new stereo, a lotta anxious worries and some other odds and ends. I have pretty grand plans for the car but I’m still working to get it to stage zero. Its been a great year and I’m looking forward to the next. Up next on my list – new summer rubber, motor mounts, bushings and struts, a new exhaust, and a bunch of other things small and large that’ll come up along the way.