Jafo is positively knackered.....

The SAAB 9-3 Aero has its New Home

By on August 13, 2013 8:12:18 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Jafo

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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...

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August 13, 2013 8:21:26 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

when parcked hard to the nose

Should be "parked". 

 

someting

"something".    

 

  Bwahahaha.  

 

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August 13, 2013 8:25:12 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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

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August 13, 2013 8:49:35 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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'...

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August 13, 2013 8:58:52 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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

Imagine squeezing a car into here.

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

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August 13, 2013 10:28:38 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Must've been one helluva 'garage sale'.

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August 13, 2013 10:53:24 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jafo,
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.

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August 13, 2013 11:25:24 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jafo,
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....

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August 13, 2013 12:13:48 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting teddybearcholla,
how does your wife get in the car ?

Who says she does?

lol

The top's down as default mode, Barb.

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August 13, 2013 3:56:02 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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.

 

 

 

 

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August 13, 2013 4:09:35 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I just saw the ghost of xmas past!

Yo!

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August 13, 2013 4:13:36 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,

I just saw the ghost of xmas past!

Yo!

 

The ghost of Pizza past.. 

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August 13, 2013 4:50:43 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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August 14, 2013 12:45:50 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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...

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August 14, 2013 1:22:37 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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

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August 14, 2013 2:29:03 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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

 

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August 14, 2013 10:27:48 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

well, you obviously bought the wrong car....  

 

 

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August 15, 2013 1:43:09 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting sydneysiders,
well, you obviously bought the wrong car....

Well...if I was going for 'small' .... it'd be this one....

peel trident

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August 15, 2013 10:28:26 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

and after closing the garage door...

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August 15, 2013 12:45:29 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Styrofoam walls would allow for some pinball action after a pint or so. 

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August 15, 2013 8:31:44 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting IROKONESS,
Styrofoam walls would allow for some pinball action after a pint or so.

The garage is so short I need to park the nose touching the end wall...to be sure the roller door will close.  It's 12mm rubber foam on 3mm ply sheet and there's nothing behind the point of contact so the ply 'springs' one or two inches...

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August 15, 2013 11:48:44 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Very ingenious, and again pinball friendly.  lol   I wouldn't be able to wait, she would be on the road if she were mine.  Beauty! 

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August 16, 2013 12:24:23 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Just how long do you need to exhale to be able to exit the cockpit, or are you going the convertible top/skylight/ejector seat route?

P.S. You may need to move it over just a bit, you still need to get a Bushmaster in there....

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August 16, 2013 1:10:38 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Wizard1956,
Just how long do you need to exhale to be able to exit the cockpit, or are you going the convertible top/skylight/ejector seat route?

Yes....the reason it's in a garage is because it's a convertible....and the reason it's accessible [ingress/egress] in this garage is because it's a convertible.

Step one ....open roof.

Step two.... step out.

Step three.... close roof.

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August 25, 2013 9:52:24 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

More than a week later and my arms still ache.....

...but then yesterday I was 'painting' the car roof....one coat of cleaner....and 2 coats of proofing.

Meanwhile.....the weather is 'turning'....and spring is on its way.....almost time to get topless...

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August 26, 2013 9:31:04 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I've actually managed to exit the car with the roof on.  Added a grab handle to the left side wall to make the process a little more 'elegant'.

Probably would be handy though if I were in a LHD part of the world...but I ain't...so I have to skrunch across to the passenger seat to get out...

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