Our 1995 Saab 900SE turbo convertible project. The goal of the project
was not to build a supercar, but to grow a car that's a easy to live
with. It had to be reliable, fast, have predictable handling and good
everyday drivability -- all those qualities that would let us enjoy it
for a few summers to come.
Some of the key steps were to improve the chassis by installing better
suspension components, reinforcing the steering and tightening up the
body. The engine has been rebuilt for larger displacement
(the proven Saab 2.3L design) and tuned for higher output with a
custom Nordic stage4 ECU. This in
turn called for a newer and stronger gearbox and a clutch to match.
The exterior remains largely untouched, except for later style transparent
blinkers and removed chrome bumper strips. There are no plans for installing
any body kits or otherwise enhancing the appearance of the car. It will
remain stock from the outside. Period.
Another point of the project was to use only off-shelf parts that are
easy to find, install and replace. Having no custom built hardware
could also serve as an example of what could be achieved within a
short timeframe on a reasonable budget and be a guide and inspiration
to others. We maintain a complete
upgrade and service log
explaining every bit of work performed on the car, as well as
maintenance, expenses and other related items.