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Only two posts and you give me a 5 star rating! Sorry to say, but I don't think I'll be a regular contributor here despite such an honour. You see I'm well established on a dedicated Buell forum which tends to sap a lot of my computer time. Enough is enough as they say.

Firstly the white 900 Carlsson that was for sale at Classic 900 is no longer for sale. Brian (Ward) one of the company founders, decided to buy it for himself despite it being white. As he said it was such a nice example it was hard to pass it up.

Secondly, the red Carlsson. I wasn't aware the panhard rod was bent? Did you bend it? What can you feel when you drive the car, say like how does it affect the handling? I've driven that car in anger and have not noticed anything unusual. I have a rod if you need. No problem. As for the wheels, two are bent? If you mean they have dents on the rim edge but the wheels are not actually buckled, then strike those dents with a heavy copper mallet. If not, I think I have two good wheels somewhere.

The crankshaft oil seals are (were) not leaking on the motor. Be careful your 'specialist' is not mistaken. As for the selector shaft seal, they usually last forever. Perhaps it has not seated after rebuild. Incidentally, remember that gerbox is a genuine Carlsson box with the correct internals. Rare as hens teeth then! Most Classic 900's have had gearbox work over the years. In the case of Carlsson's, not all owners once upon a time realized the Carlsson box was any different inside from a 16T. Neither did some transmission companies. Many gearboxes rebuilt by transmission specialist were done so on an exchange basis. Consequently, in the case of a 900 Carlsson, this meant some ended up with a 16T gearbox instead. Some boxes would be so badly broken that even a Saab Specialist might have fitted a 16T gearbox too, then junked the broken Carlsson box. Another fix that resulted in Carlsson's not having the correct box came about if the differential was damaged. In this scenario, some Carlsson boxes ended up running with a 16T differential. Take care of the one you have!

Why do you want leather? My last tip for the day, it's bloody awful. Makes your **** sweat! The roof lining I can get recovered in the original material for around £100. Finally, your Carlsson use to have a Carlsson badge on the glovebox lid. Ian removed.
 

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I see a white 900 Carly today. It had a thin red pinstripe down the side with Carlsson in italics on both rear wings. Both bumpers and the spoiler were colour coded white. Was this a legit Carly or a sheep in wolves clothing
 

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I is in the process of restoring / modding my red 900 Carlsson.

A couple of pics:

Nice to see someone else investing some time in a c900 project.
 

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Originally posted by ejenner:
[qb]Nice to see someone else investing some time in a c900 project. [/qb][/b]
There's been a lovely C900 Carlsson being nicely restored at DCA Saab the last couple of times I've been there. It's had a complete strip and respray and was just being put back together last time I saw it.

BTW, if anyone remembers this thread about me thinking of a swap from a 9-5 to a C900, then I have an update (sort of
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The carlsson box is exclusive to the carlsson and as already said, they are like hen's teeth. In fact they are even rarer!!

AFAIK, Abbott have the original equipemnt for making the exhaust with the orignal twin pipes. check their site at abbott(-)racing.com (I think).

I had leather in mine nad whilst I prefer the lok of leather through the windows, it wasn't so nice for the driving of the car. too slippy.

Your carlsson seems to be in good nick. just a few pointers:

1. To my knowledge there was not meantr to be a carlsson badge on the glovebox, though I think the 9000 had one there.

2. Keep an eye on the boot floor, where it meets the wheel arches. Thats one of the common places of deterioration and because the boot floor metal is covered in with a painted fibrous stuff it can rust through before you see it so bad. Not expensive to repoair but a pain if you have finished everything else beforehand.

3. I would advise keeping the front bumper skin and repairing it. There is a company, (cant recall the name), which makes a replica skin but it isnt the same in appearance , however it may fit.

4. If you will be removing the wheelarch extensions at some time, I have an almost complete set of the retaining clips, which I found when moving house (becoming single again) recently. If you (or anyone else wants them), I'll post them) to you.

5. Depending on the rate of loss, I wouldnt worry unduly about the oil leaks. They will usually leak by the time they get that level of mileage, though they are often repaired. just don't forget to make proper oil changes at the appropriate time, rather than just topping it up repeatedly. You wouldnt want to shell out for a new turbo, I'm pretty sure.

6. Speaking of the mileage; is it shown in Km or did you just quote that measurement for the benefit of our fellow europeans? If its a UK car it should read in mph.

7. Please make no more posts about this car. I sold mine less than a year ago (in bits and as a rolling working shell) and now my teras are flooding my keyboard. I just lokked in the mirror too and I have turned a really eco friendly shade of green ( I miss her and aim in the not too distant future, to find another little beauty.
j'mo
 

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What is the id number for the Carlsson gearbox?

I really don't think there is such a thing as a Carlsson gearbox. My service history contains no record of a gearbox replacement and the one on my car is a version 5, with 5 speeds and the type-8 primaries. This is indicated on the id plate by the numbers 558.

I don't mind being told that I'm wrong about this because it would help me to know more about my car - and that's a good thing...
 

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The only difference versus other T16 'boxes of the same year would be the primary drive, not the internals. And yes, the '8' primaries are a bit rare (hence silly money being paid)...
 

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Eric - do you know what the latest production version number is - I thought it was 5 - but I have also heard that there was a 6th production version. I still think v.5 is the latest though ??

There are also some race versions on official Saab race cars - I guess these would be quite rare.
 

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No such thing as a Carlsson specific gearbox - same as the T16S non cat models around 1990 - 1991 Gm 558 04.
1992 on 558 boxes were numbered 06 and had stronger gearsets....
I have one in my garage with a knackered pinion bearing and its exactly trhe same as the 558 04 box i put in my ex black td04 900...
 

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For the GM 55xxx series, there were -04, -06 and -08 iterations (I thought -06 was post '89 version, -08 post '91 but that contradicts with Tandino's findings). Never heard of one with a -5 as the last digit.

For the GM 45xxx, the numbers to know are -12 for the post '89 boxes, and -14 for the '91-on version).
 
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