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    Dabooka got a reaction from Jim Bell in Chod North East. Spotting through time.   
    Isn’t it where Wilko’s is now, runs between the two?
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    Dabooka reacted to chaseracer in Chod North East. Spotting through time.   
    Bloody hell, Farnons... that takes me back!
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    Dabooka reacted to reb in Reb's 205 1.8D - back to work   
    Bloody hell it's been a while.
    Going up the unit in a bit to see if I can get it back on its wheels.
    After that really I just need to get the lights working and give it a service then it'll be good for an MOT.
    Looking forward to the electrics, because french.
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    Dabooka reacted to Schaefft in Schaefft's Bargain Barge Extravaganza - Radwood Preparations   
    Got home from hols at 2pm, first thing of order was the 4h roundtrip to Doncaster to pick up these 14" Toyota Celica wheels...
    After 2 weeks of beautiful weather in Croatia (and most of Europe as far as I could tell from above) I was greeted with torrential rainfalls, traffic congestion and oblivious drivers on my drive down there. Lovely. We literally barely got past London on our flight back before almost the entirety of England disappeared in a layer of clouds, you can't make it up...

    As you can tell the alloys are actually in really good nick and just need a clean. The tires aren't terribly dry rotten but no doubt ancient (and with two of them being of the "Dark Horse" variety proper ditch finders) so I'll order a set now. 
    A shame these aren't proper directional wheels. I wanted to continue with the turbine theme of the original wheel trims though, and finding the US convertible alloys that are extremely close to the Corona's factory alloys isn't going to happen anytime soon (neither a set of period correct deep dish basket weave aftermarket wheels), so these will do. Here's what they look like on the car they'd originally be found on:

    Fingers crossed the Corona actually passes it's MOT the coming week...
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    Dabooka reacted to Ghosty in Three spokes. The good the bad and the ugly   
    Those are BBS BT011s, and I actually came here to post about them! BT stands for Benetton, they should have green centre caps that say 'Benetton Formula 1', and a little coloured graphic cast into one of the spokes. Tried to buy a set recently as there were some in Abergele, on my way to Shitefest, but they sold in the prior week. 
     

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    Dabooka reacted to gm in Three spokes. The good the bad and the ugly   
    sort of fits in here - too many spokes in your wheel, sir ? i have just the thing

     
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    Dabooka reacted to grogee in Three spokes. The good the bad and the ugly   
    All Saab three spoke wheels are equal, but some are more equal than others.







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    Dabooka reacted to Conan in Three spokes. The good the bad and the ugly   
    BOOM

    Strawberry
    The best wheels
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    Dabooka reacted to Spiny Norman in Three spokes. The good the bad and the ugly   
    More three slot than three spoke,  but the ones on the old R5 Gordini looked the biz.

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    Dabooka got a reaction from Cord Fourteener in Dabooka’s Topless Swede; all the fun of the Saab 9-3   
    A bit of time spare today so I thought I’d check out the seals on the rear clusters. Once I’ve had a bit of water ingress into the boot and although there’s no evidence of a long term problem i want to know why.
    Firstly our drive is downward, meaning rain water pools on the ridge of the boot and then gets to surge backwards when driving on the level (or least that’s what I think is happening). To start off I removed the lights to clean out the gunk there. It isn’t too clear on the photograph but that’s all underneath the seal and mis-shapen it;

    Here’s a better picture of the deformed shape;

    Next I popped the plastic and rubber trim off, treating it a rub down of Autoglym’s rubber seal spray (or snake oil maybe but it seems to work).  Popping it back was fiddly as it didn’t want to sit right. I think I’m going to leave it for a day or two and see if it returns to normal. I think it’ll need some kind of sealant applying under and around it?  I assume I want any water to drain over the top of this?
    Repeated the same on the O/S light but that wasn’t mis-shapen.
     
    I know chasing leaks is an annoying task so I also placed some kitchen roll strategically in the wheel well to help identify where’s it getting in.  Back to work tomorrow so nowt much will happen until the weekend anyway.
    Oh and I think I’ll replace the boot struts at some point as one is cracked at the top socket. Not leaking mind.
     
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    Dabooka got a reaction from rainagain in Dabooka’s Topless Swede; all the fun of the Saab 9-3   
    Quite a reasonable day.  Started by swapping over the ICM1 for a upgrade* to the ICM2, this one having the Aux in enabled. Swapping over was fairly straight forward with only the routing of the cable to the armrest cubby proving to be a bit fiddly.  See below for green screen awesomeness, with the pretty pointless ICM1 beneath.  I’m not sure of the difference to be honest other than the screen, they seem to have the same functionality.  I’m sure there’s something otherwise why would Saab have bothered?

    The previous owner decided to hack the cable up and patch in a 3.5mm jackplug which he routed to the space beneath the ashtray and plugged in his whatever (phone I assume).  The ‘patching’ was appalling so as I wanted to increase the length of the cable I sorted that out.  I still only a jackplug in the cubby box as I don’t have the pieces needed, I’ll probably get a panel mount socket and put it in the correct location and I’ll figure out the power outlet in there too.  Then I’ll concoct some kind of Bluetooth widget to stream some tunes.
    This is what awaited me under layers of insulation tape and heat shrink;

    Here it is all of it’s glory.

    Somewhat randomly I now have the heated seat option. Score! Oh wait, I still have no heating elements or buttons. Oh well…

    Also replaced one of the key fobs for a genuine* Saab item from China and fitted proper button cells from Panasonic. Pound shop specials just never seem to last.

    Blade is bit wrecked on both so might look at getting a few new ones cut for niceness.  I’ve cleaned  up all the gunk but the rubber finish has perished.

    Last job was replacing the car battery.  I’m certain the other was on the way out as twice it’s gone flat after working on the car so for forty odd quid why risk it?  (Also did the one on the Peugeot family bus but these Stop Start jobs are a lot more than forty odd quid…!)
    It’s into the garage on Tuesday to get the brakes a proper once over.  I’m not happy at all and need some confidence in the car before I let the missus out in the wild, so for peace of mind we’ll let the professionals have a look.
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    Dabooka reacted to Cord Fourteener in Dabooka’s Topless Swede; all the fun of the Saab 9-3   
    Definitely a hot Swede you have there!
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    Dabooka reacted to bunglebus in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    If you say you already knew about these, I'll assume you're lying




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    Dabooka got a reaction from Saabnut in Dabooka’s Topless Swede; all the fun of the Saab 9-3   
    Makes more sense!
    Well a £400 garage bill today for a general fettle but that’s it, all sorted. Also turns out I had two fucked springs and a top mount! Oh well, the missus is pleased so I’m claiming a result 
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    Dabooka got a reaction from Cord Fourteener in Dabooka’s Topless Swede; all the fun of the Saab 9-3   
    Makes more sense!
    Well a £400 garage bill today for a general fettle but that’s it, all sorted. Also turns out I had two fucked springs and a top mount! Oh well, the missus is pleased so I’m claiming a result 
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    Dabooka reacted to Jazoli in Dabooka’s Topless Swede; all the fun of the Saab 9-3   
    Nope they all have them so it's probably you. 
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    Dabooka reacted to Remspoor in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    Nissan Sakura EV Link in Spanish. I have added a machine translation too.
    https://www.autobild.es/noticias/nissan-sakura-ev-nos-hace-desear-hubiera-kei-cars-europa-1064819#!

    It will also be known as the Mitsubishi eK X

     
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    Dabooka got a reaction from Split_Pin in Dabooka’s Topless Swede; all the fun of the Saab 9-3   
    Quite a reasonable day.  Started by swapping over the ICM1 for a upgrade* to the ICM2, this one having the Aux in enabled. Swapping over was fairly straight forward with only the routing of the cable to the armrest cubby proving to be a bit fiddly.  See below for green screen awesomeness, with the pretty pointless ICM1 beneath.  I’m not sure of the difference to be honest other than the screen, they seem to have the same functionality.  I’m sure there’s something otherwise why would Saab have bothered?

    The previous owner decided to hack the cable up and patch in a 3.5mm jackplug which he routed to the space beneath the ashtray and plugged in his whatever (phone I assume).  The ‘patching’ was appalling so as I wanted to increase the length of the cable I sorted that out.  I still only a jackplug in the cubby box as I don’t have the pieces needed, I’ll probably get a panel mount socket and put it in the correct location and I’ll figure out the power outlet in there too.  Then I’ll concoct some kind of Bluetooth widget to stream some tunes.
    This is what awaited me under layers of insulation tape and heat shrink;

    Here it is all of it’s glory.

    Somewhat randomly I now have the heated seat option. Score! Oh wait, I still have no heating elements or buttons. Oh well…

    Also replaced one of the key fobs for a genuine* Saab item from China and fitted proper button cells from Panasonic. Pound shop specials just never seem to last.

    Blade is bit wrecked on both so might look at getting a few new ones cut for niceness.  I’ve cleaned  up all the gunk but the rubber finish has perished.

    Last job was replacing the car battery.  I’m certain the other was on the way out as twice it’s gone flat after working on the car so for forty odd quid why risk it?  (Also did the one on the Peugeot family bus but these Stop Start jobs are a lot more than forty odd quid…!)
    It’s into the garage on Tuesday to get the brakes a proper once over.  I’m not happy at all and need some confidence in the car before I let the missus out in the wild, so for peace of mind we’ll let the professionals have a look.
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    Dabooka got a reaction from Carlosfandango in Dabooka’s Topless Swede; all the fun of the Saab 9-3   
    Well here’s my new toy, one my missus has already claimed as her own despite the protests regarding its purchase. Anyway I digress, so here’s some pics a list of things to do.
    Negative points worthy of note; the wings are the wrong silver, several small patches of corrosion, not the best rubber but loads of tread so they’re staying, poverty spec ICE and the scuttle panel is worn and split (and lacks the mounting nuts).
    Positive points? There are some. For example all new shocks and springs in the last two years (including some alloy block which goes wrong?), annual service which I believe the bloke about, auto box with a fluid change two years ago, low tax (for an auto!) and otherwise a tidy example. Oh and two keys, which is nice for once.
    Stuff to do
    NoobTune FTW! All four brakes seem to be binding. Rears now sorted, fronts to service. New wheel centres - done Clean and treat hood NoobTUNE! Scuttle Panel Wing mirror mounts faded and slightly corroded Aircon needs gas m9 Rusty bits Wings…? Might just leave then to be honest, not sure I’m that bothered NOOBTUNE! ICE Upgrade? Bluetooth? Saab audio input? Something. - ICM2 with Aux in installed Stuff done
    Replaced rear callipers and new pads (Brembo). Discs were fine. (27/06/2022) Cleaned front calipers, replaced sliders and rubbers. New Brembo pads installed. (03/07/2022) Replaced bonnet badge and wheel centres. Topped tyres off as all under pressure (06/07/2022) Installed ICM2 and Aux in to the arm rest cubby. (17/07/2022) Installed new Exide battery (17/07/2022) Replaced a key fob case (17/07/2022) Brakes fettled at the garage (19/07/2022) Two new springs and one new top mount (19/07/2022) It’s an odd spec.  It’s a Vector with the pov spec audio but with several speakers, five I think (last count seven). It’s got memory seats, cruise, auto wipers, dimming rear view mirror, CD but no multidisc, autobox with button shift (which is brilliant by the way) and fogs.
    Engine runs hot and all four wheels were fucking scorching by the time I got home. Surely all four callipers can’t bind?!
    Otherwise what a joy. Well planted with a lovely gearbox and a good amount of pace, nice driving position, minimal buffeting with the roof down and my missus likes it.
    So far so good?
     














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    Dabooka reacted to D.E in eBay tat volume 3.   
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255635845489?hash=item3b85157171:g:JgAAAOSwVOpi1Sob


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    Dabooka reacted to Cavcraft in eBay tat volume 3.   
    2003 VW T4 TRANSPORTER 2.5 TDI CAMPER / DAY VAN CUSTOM AIRBRUSHED TIM BURTON | eBay
     
    'Feel free to check the past m.o.t's it has never had any rust or rot.'
    14th March 2019:  
    Offside Rear Coil spring mounting corroded but not seriously weakened (2.4.C.3c)  

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    Dabooka got a reaction from Vantman in Dabooka’s Topless Swede; all the fun of the Saab 9-3   
    Quite a reasonable day.  Started by swapping over the ICM1 for a upgrade* to the ICM2, this one having the Aux in enabled. Swapping over was fairly straight forward with only the routing of the cable to the armrest cubby proving to be a bit fiddly.  See below for green screen awesomeness, with the pretty pointless ICM1 beneath.  I’m not sure of the difference to be honest other than the screen, they seem to have the same functionality.  I’m sure there’s something otherwise why would Saab have bothered?

    The previous owner decided to hack the cable up and patch in a 3.5mm jackplug which he routed to the space beneath the ashtray and plugged in his whatever (phone I assume).  The ‘patching’ was appalling so as I wanted to increase the length of the cable I sorted that out.  I still only a jackplug in the cubby box as I don’t have the pieces needed, I’ll probably get a panel mount socket and put it in the correct location and I’ll figure out the power outlet in there too.  Then I’ll concoct some kind of Bluetooth widget to stream some tunes.
    This is what awaited me under layers of insulation tape and heat shrink;

    Here it is all of it’s glory.

    Somewhat randomly I now have the heated seat option. Score! Oh wait, I still have no heating elements or buttons. Oh well…

    Also replaced one of the key fobs for a genuine* Saab item from China and fitted proper button cells from Panasonic. Pound shop specials just never seem to last.

    Blade is bit wrecked on both so might look at getting a few new ones cut for niceness.  I’ve cleaned  up all the gunk but the rubber finish has perished.

    Last job was replacing the car battery.  I’m certain the other was on the way out as twice it’s gone flat after working on the car so for forty odd quid why risk it?  (Also did the one on the Peugeot family bus but these Stop Start jobs are a lot more than forty odd quid…!)
    It’s into the garage on Tuesday to get the brakes a proper once over.  I’m not happy at all and need some confidence in the car before I let the missus out in the wild, so for peace of mind we’ll let the professionals have a look.
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    Dabooka got a reaction from Saabnut in Dabooka’s Topless Swede; all the fun of the Saab 9-3   
    Quite a reasonable day.  Started by swapping over the ICM1 for a upgrade* to the ICM2, this one having the Aux in enabled. Swapping over was fairly straight forward with only the routing of the cable to the armrest cubby proving to be a bit fiddly.  See below for green screen awesomeness, with the pretty pointless ICM1 beneath.  I’m not sure of the difference to be honest other than the screen, they seem to have the same functionality.  I’m sure there’s something otherwise why would Saab have bothered?

    The previous owner decided to hack the cable up and patch in a 3.5mm jackplug which he routed to the space beneath the ashtray and plugged in his whatever (phone I assume).  The ‘patching’ was appalling so as I wanted to increase the length of the cable I sorted that out.  I still only a jackplug in the cubby box as I don’t have the pieces needed, I’ll probably get a panel mount socket and put it in the correct location and I’ll figure out the power outlet in there too.  Then I’ll concoct some kind of Bluetooth widget to stream some tunes.
    This is what awaited me under layers of insulation tape and heat shrink;

    Here it is all of it’s glory.

    Somewhat randomly I now have the heated seat option. Score! Oh wait, I still have no heating elements or buttons. Oh well…

    Also replaced one of the key fobs for a genuine* Saab item from China and fitted proper button cells from Panasonic. Pound shop specials just never seem to last.

    Blade is bit wrecked on both so might look at getting a few new ones cut for niceness.  I’ve cleaned  up all the gunk but the rubber finish has perished.

    Last job was replacing the car battery.  I’m certain the other was on the way out as twice it’s gone flat after working on the car so for forty odd quid why risk it?  (Also did the one on the Peugeot family bus but these Stop Start jobs are a lot more than forty odd quid…!)
    It’s into the garage on Tuesday to get the brakes a proper once over.  I’m not happy at all and need some confidence in the car before I let the missus out in the wild, so for peace of mind we’ll let the professionals have a look.
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    Dabooka reacted to Carlosfandango in Armadillo Audi purchaserated   
    It’s been a while.. but, a new addition to the fleet has been achieved. It’s bordering on shite as people do point and laugh when driving by but I absolutely love it. 
    It’s a 2003 1.4i petrol Audi A2 75bhp. 
    Remarkably tidy following a good clean but more is needed. Small miles, 45k but failed emissions test on NCT here. Service kit has been ordered, throttle body was removed and cleaned. Like the rest of the car, it was rather dirty. 
    These have a cool back story and I’ve wanted one for years. This particular car I’ve hoped would come my way and it finally did recently. 
    Passenger door strap was broken, rear boot lid wouldn’t lock and sunroof was sticking. All sorted now. 
    Still to do is sort glovebox door, missusfandango managed to break handle off that so now permanently locked. 
    Deep scratch on rear passenger door, beyond my skilz so may have to spend to sort that. 
    Wheels also need a refurb but I’ll have a go at them before making a bollix of that and sending them out too. 
    Overall a wonderful / oddball piece of 20 year old shite that will hopefully stick around for a while. 
    Who likes these? Any on here? 
     
    CFD 

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