At Saab meetings you can see them ... the 900 and 9000 with hanging headlining. It is often held up in a very individual way. Sometimes as a pincushion solution or glued, stapled or completely dismantled. Bare metal instead of sky. A kind of Saab purism.
Aside from the fact that after 25 or 30 years the fabric is behind it and has become dirty and unsightly - there is no reason to expose yourself to an unkempt ambience. Our 89 Saab 9000 CC knows this problem. The headliner is on the way forward from the rear seats, the fabric on the C-pillar is curled, as is the A-pillar. Time for action!
Since screwing is more fun when you're not alone, a good friend helps. Quickly the handles on the roof are unscrewed, then follow the sun visors. The screws are visible, everything is explained almost by itself, even if you should not be an accomplished screwdriver. Saab has worked with quality screws, no comparison to today's disposable screws of Far Eastern origin. What you can unscrew, you get the later reassembled.
After the sun visors, the interior light console comes in the front, then in the middle. There the glass is carefully removed and then dismantled. It's all easy, probably too easy. Because at the very back, in the area of the tailgate hinge, there is a clip that resists. The clip is attached to the sheet metal of the vehicle roof by barbs; with a lot of feeling and a long, narrow screwdriver, it can be “fished out” without being destroyed. Admittedly, this is not easy, you should have a little patience.
After the clip, it's the turn of the C-pillar panels. Carefully loosen the reading lamps from below; they are hooked into place with a clip underneath the cover. Then pull the cable, remove the lights. It is not necessary to remove the filigree glasses, which are very fragile. The cover of the belt guide is only clipped, it can also be easily removed. To unthread the belt, the belts must then be loosened at the fastening point. Until then everything was fine and non-destructive. Until now !
What we did not have on the plan was the speakerphone (where our base CC are no speakers) unscrew. The disguise of the C-pillar is also to be removed, in a destructive way. It breaks off two retaining pins. Happened happened, at the next 9000 we know better.
What is missing is the A-pillar trim. They are clipped on, can be removed with a little feeling without damage ... if no one was on the window frame with too much glue. With our 89 CC everything is in the green, the window frame looks like in the summer of 1989, when the Saab rolled off the assembly line in Trollhättan.
Done? Almost. The sky is still very tight, we loosen the door seals on all 4 doors, the sky literally floats towards the tailgate ... At the latest you should work in a team. The sky should get out of the car without quirks and breaks, helping hands are required!
After 90 minutes, the headliner is dismantled. Experienced screwdrivers, and those with 9000 CC experience, should be brisker. The work is fun, you learn a lot about the elaborate designs from Trollhättan. An old car is also a contemporary document. The sky was produced on the 26.06.1989. 8 weeks later, the Saab was in Germany at the dealer and was approved. A order vehicle? Maybe we'll find out.
And now? Off to the saddler or do it yourself. In the course of my Saab life I have gained some “heaven experience”. From home-made, through service at the dealer to work at the saddler.
Saddler or self?
The good compromise means: remove and install yourself, new cover at the saddler. That saves money, the critical work is done by a specialist. With the saddler of confidence, I choose a fabric that matches the original. The 9000 CC should get 2019 H-mark, he should stay close to the original. One problem is the red A-pillars. A corresponding fabric is not in sight, we will first remove the door panels, which must also be obtained, and then go back to search.
By then, the saddler will have reupholstered the roof lining of the Saab 9000 CC. I will describe in the sequel whether the Saab 9000 headliner meets my expectations and what it costs.
The 9000 CC 2014 was bought in the summer for little money and not ready to drive. He is logged out, but is regularly moved. After receiving a comprehensive service, changing all fluids, he runs fantastically well. Yes, he is not a turbo. Only one 9000i. But with a cool, bold 80er years interior. Such cars have to be preserved! The mission: H license plate 2019. He will be back on the blog theme again and again.