---- 1988 Saab 900, 3 door, 16 valve turbo, 5 spd manual ----
|'Blixt' is swedish for lightning. This was my
first saab that I really put a lot of effort into performance-wise.
It was my second turbo car and I wanted to make it move. Purchased
for $700 with a bad gearbox, a number of other mechanical problems
and slightly ratty cloth interior. However the exterior paint
was very nice and there wasn't a ding on the whole car.
|Unfortunately I don't have a lot of photos of
this car. There are some earlier photos during the evolution
of the car and then just 2 photos of the finished product. If
i find more I'll certainly get them up here.
|The car was originally built to SPG
specs- I had looked at the microfiche to see what was different
between a regular turbo and a SPG. Then everything that made
an SPG an SPG was purchased and installed. Once i finished with
that though i still wanted to take things further. I began by
putting 16" super aero rims on the car. this was back in
1996 and i couldn't find anyone that had fit 16" 9000 rims
on a classic 900. Looking at the numbers everything should have
cleared no problem but it was still a little nervous to bolt
them on and go for the first drive! Those rims made quite an
imression at the SOC in '97. That was also my first time attending
a Saab Owners Convention, a yearly gathering I hope to never
16" super aero rims
2.5" glasspack exhaust
mandrel bent intake piping
3.3 BAR fuel regulator
Saab 'high performance' ignition distributor (agressive retard
remapped APC yeilding 25psi with no taper
93 turbo gearbox and 9000 turbo clutch/flywheel
4 point harnesses
Saab accessory gauges
full Saab airflow kit
stock clarion Saab tape deck/cd player combo
2 amps, 2 10" free-air subs, 2 6x9's (rear), 2 4"
woofers w/tweeters (front)
crossdrilled rotors w/ferodo pads and stainless brake lines
boost gauge ala 99 turbo
european code headlights
||The car continued to get
performance goodies and other modifications (like the hella
2000 driving lights) until some time in '98 when i decided to
turn the car into a complete Carlsson replica. It was decided
that the car would look better with the entire kit left bumper
grey than colour-matched to the car. I think this is the best
look for a Carlsson or SPG (Canada got silver SPG's) bar none.
One of the things I miss about this car is the rear parcel shelf.
I had redone it using 3/4" birch plywood stained to match
the leather interior. The subs and 6x9's were mounted in this.
I'll try to find a photo of this.