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The SAAB 9-3 Aero has its New Home
Published on August 13, 2013 By Jafo In Everything Else

Now, before anyone rushes off in horror that this poor lad has had his 'family jewels' handed to him on a platter.....

....it's common Aussie 'strine' for being stuffed...aka worn out....

Oh, and 'strine' is....er....strine for 'Australian'....

....but no, for the past 4 weeks-odd I have been busy hurting muscles I didn't even know I had....[or anyone else did, for that matter]... busy completing works on a garage that began in February, 1987 ....when we bought 'the worst house in the street'.

Yes, it might have taken 7 years to get the toilet indoors....but it took since 1987 to get the car into the garage.

Today, at 4.00pm I finally dun it.

It was a case of necessity....having gone through one of 'those years' that includes a mid-life crisis....[ok...so I'm late to that one too]...as I'd bought a nice new [to me] 2007 SAAB 9-3 Aero Convertible ... something that NEEDS to be off-street and protected.

OK, so I need a shoe-horn to fit it into the garage [I have about 8" each side and to the rear....when parked hard to the nose..... but it's done.

Below is the critter as advertised online [needless to say now a wallpaper].  Bought in the depths of winter.....still waiting for decent weather to get it topless and eat bugs.

It has a 'wee bit' of get-up-and-go .... turbo-intercooled 2.8l V6 puts out around 250hp, with a wide torque curve that essentially eliminates lag.

Bottom line IS 'the bottom line'.... paid 70 thou less than its purchase price new.

IF I can find a way to take a snap of it whilst in its garage I'll post that....  it's a good thing it's a convertible....as I had to climb over the door to get out.  'Tight space' doesn't really cut it ....even if it weren't a prohibited ride for a Probationary driver...I can bet they'd never get it in or out of the garage without dinging it...

Ah.... roll on summer...


Comments (Page 1)
on Aug 13, 2013

when parcked hard to the nose

Should be "parked". 

 

someting

"something".    

 

  Bwahahaha.  

 

on Aug 13, 2013

There, I knew there was at least one Australian with an indoor toilet

on Aug 13, 2013

I probably should add... I've been a driver for 40 years ....and this is the first time I've had a car in a garage....instead of 'on the street'...

on Aug 13, 2013

Here's the 'before' shot.....

Imagine squeezing a car into here.

The nose needed to actually fit under the workbench....

on Aug 13, 2013

Must've been one helluva 'garage sale'.

on Aug 13, 2013

Here's the 'before' shot.....

What a mess. Shame is all I can say.

BTW: If you would like to know how to take a screen shot without 100 icons showing taking away from your car give me a call.

on Aug 13, 2013

Here's the 'before' shot.....

Imagine squeezing a car into here.

The nose needed to actually fit under the workbench.
 ..and how does your wife get in the car ?  Just wondering....

on Aug 13, 2013

teddybearcholla
how does your wife get in the car ?

Who says she does?

lol

The top's down as default mode, Barb.

on Aug 13, 2013

She prolly doe's the wise thing and waits till Paul backs it out in the clear..

 

Paul's garage has severely paid the price, for his diligence here.. Time well spent, till ya try to fit a car in the garage.

 

 

 

 

on Aug 13, 2013

I just saw the ghost of xmas past!

Yo!

on Aug 13, 2013

DrJBHL

I just saw the ghost of xmas past!

Yo!

 

The ghost of Pizza past.. 

on Aug 13, 2013

on Aug 14, 2013

And here's the 'after' shot.

About 4 weeks of reworking ....including 600 feet of vee-joint lining, insulation, rewiring and tripping over loads of junk now since removed.  Sure-fire incentive to doing a major cleanout - the car's more needy of secure storage than x-amount of I-might-just-need-this-oneday effluvium...

on Aug 14, 2013

Great looking car, Paul. Your garage used to look like my room does now.

on Aug 14, 2013

A short time later, the wife parked her car in there too...

 

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