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Dirtbiker
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
720 Posts

Posted - 24 Dec 2018 :  18:58:43 Show Profile Visit Dirtbiker's Homepage Reply with Quote
Never had a nice interior before and I am surprised by the how much I am enjoying it!
Eames elephant was first birthday present for Junior last year and the plan is to take a photo of him net to it every year. At least until he is a teenager and refuses!
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Dirtbiker
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
720 Posts

Posted - 26 Jul 2019 :  17:34:50 Show Profile Visit Dirtbiker's Homepage Reply with Quote
Right, thought I had better start improving the rest of the interior to match the nice seats. I started with some Dynamat.



I was initially reluctant to use a modern product that struck me as a bit garish but decided to go for it. Actually quite satisfying to apply even for someone who is useless with any kind of glue or paint based product...

I then fitted the original to this car hardboard sheet which has the nice painted text - I remember seeing green96v4 stenciling the text on in his thread - that's commitment!



Next up in went a set of rubber mats borrowed from my rusty 95 and a spare carpet set from the loft.



I used this to clean up the mats: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Maxolen-Rubber-Revive-250ml-Tyre-and-Rubber-Trim-Surround-Mats-Cleaner-Dressing/261461794712?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
and was cery pleased with the results.

The car should have the ribbed type of carpets which a fellow Saaber has promised me (thanks!) but these will do for now until we meet up - probably Swedish Day next year.

Cheers for now!
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Jimmys old Saab
V4 Beginner

United Kingdom
55 Posts

Posted - 29 Jul 2019 :  00:45:07 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Great work you're doing there :)
Same age and interior colour as my '96; which green is it? Mine is Tyrolean green but yours looks a shade or two different.
Who did the seats?

Saab 96 1971
Saab 9000 CSE turbo 1993
VW T5 LWB 2012

Edited by - Jimmys old Saab on 29 Jul 2019 00:45:57
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Dirtbiker
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
720 Posts

Posted - 30 Jul 2019 :  22:53:30 Show Profile Visit Dirtbiker's Homepage Reply with Quote
Thanks Jimmy - mine is Tyrolean Green but has a few different shades going on...
Front wings and passenger door were replaced and painted in about 1998 and the rest is mostly original.
I would love to recommend Derek who did my interior but he is retired and just does the odd bit here and there. These seats took him a year and he has an Ercol Sofa for Mrs Dirtbiker to do plus our T25 Camper lined up...!
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Dirtbiker
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
720 Posts

Posted - 14 Aug 2019 :  22:44:41 Show Profile Visit Dirtbiker's Homepage Reply with Quote
Right then, bit more improving this one. Going for preservation rather than restoration so trying to retain as much original paint as possible.
Since getting this one back on the road it has had a temporary rear wing due to the original needing repair. However, the original is mostly good with original paint so chopped out the grot and welded some new metal in.







Decided to leave that dent till after welding - came out nicely with a sandbag and hammer.



And first stage of painting.



In the background we also have the original front panel. Again the car has been wearing a badly painted and chopped about front panel since being back on the road.
The biggest problem with the original panel is that it has been driven over while on the garage floor (don't ask...)



You can just about see in the picture the OS of the panel is out of shape. Anyway, spent a bit of time faffing on with hammers and the like and got it to a shape I'm happy with. Also drilled out the spot welds for the US conversion (kept the bits in case I want to return to original) plus welded up a few extra holes that have been drilled over the years.

This is where I have ended up.



I was hoping to save as much original paint as possible but it has so many pockmarks from stone chips I may have to spray the whole thing - as yet undecided.

Next step is paint for both panels then build up the front panel using the best bits I have. I will also either paint or zinc plate the headlight bowls.

Cheers

Edited by - Dirtbiker on 14 Aug 2019 22:46:45
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2831 Posts

Posted - 15 Aug 2019 :  13:36:34 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Nice job!

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