At Saab meeting you can see them ... the 900er and 9000er with hanging headliner. He likes to be held up in a very individual way. Sometimes as a pincushion solution or glued, stapled or completely disassembled. Naked sheet instead of sky. A kind of Saab purism.
Aside from the fact that the fabric has gone beyond 25 or 30 years, it has become dirty and unsightly - there is no reason to put yourself in an unkempt environment. Our 89 Saab 9000 CC knows this problem. The headliner is on the way from the rear seats on the way, on the C-pillar, the fabric waves, as well as on 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 front, then in the middle. There the glass is carefully removed, then dismantled. It's all easy, probably too easy. Because at the very back, in the area of the tailgate hinge, a clip is waiting, which defies itself. The clip is attached by barbs in the metal panel of the vehicle roof; With a lot of feeling and a long, narrow screwdriver he lets himself "fish out" without destruction. Granted, that's not easy, you should be patient.
After the clip, the C-pillar panels are on it. Gently release the reading lamps from below, they are hooked with a clip below the panel. Then pull the cable, remove the lights. It is unnecessary to remove the filigree glasses, which are very fragile. The lining of the belt guide is only clipped, it is also easy to remove. To unthread the strap, the straps must then be loosened at the attachment 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 are the panels of the A-pillar. They are clipped, can be removed with some feeling without damage ... if no one before was on the window frame with too much glue on the way. With our 89er CC everything is in the green area, the window frame looks like in summer 1989, as the Saab in Trollhattan ran off the line.
Done? Almost. The sky is still quite taut, we solve the door seals on all 4 doors, the sky is literally floating in the direction of the tailgate ... At least now you should work in a team. The sky should get out of the car without quirks and breaks, helping hands are in demand!
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 yourself. In the course of my Saab life, I have collected a lot of "heaven experience". From self-made, over 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.
Until then, the saddler will have changed the headliner of the Saab 9000 CC. Whether the headliner Saab 9000 action meets my expectations and what it costs, I describe in the sequel.
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.