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RhysN
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
277 Posts

Posted - 22 Sep 2018 :  16:55:43 Show Profile Send RhysN an AOL message Reply with Quote
Given that I know I'm going to have a huge number of questions as I move through this I figured the only way is to post as a project.
I purchased the car and it arrived here just a week ago. As could be expected there is more to do than I had hoped for, but truly expected that my "inspection" would not have been adequate, and it wasn't. Reasons for that include, that it was close to me, looked pretty good and the price suited me.
Obviously there were previous "repairs", only a museum piece wouldn't, would it? How good are they? So far not too good in the bits I have found. The usual places seem fair so far, it's the ones I didn't expect that aren't flash.

The floorpan to firewall is sound, as are rear shock mounts.

The front lower left corner of the front crossmember is work of art, if filler is art. Steel content is limited to be polite.

Front guards both have issues. Repairable, yes, but if there were better ones available it might be more viable. So far I'm struggling to undo the fastenings down the A pillar.

The rear rubber things on the leading edge of guards are truly awful, a rubber casing full of wet rust particles.
My local soda blaster has the first set of bits to be blasted and powder coated, the second batch ready to deliver, as are the bumpers and the boot lid handle/light housing to the platers for a refurb.
Not bad for a day and a bit?

melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2851 Posts

Posted - 22 Sep 2018 :  19:03:39 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Good to hear you finally secured a V4 for yourself Rhys! As you know, pics of your car are mandatory or your questions will be left unanswered. ;)

V4saab1966 is also in Tamworth and he's currently breaking a 95 and a 96, may be handy if you need parts.

www.saabv4.com
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RhysN
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
277 Posts

Posted - 22 Sep 2018 :  20:03:36 Show Profile Send RhysN an AOL message Reply with Quote
The car came from Paul (V4 Saab 96).I'll try photos bucket is a pain!
Yes, it has taken a while to get something!
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Dynorog
V4 Fan

United Kingdom
136 Posts

Posted - 22 Sep 2018 :  20:37:01 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hi Rhys
Good to hear.
Keep the faith.
Cheers
Roger

Dynorog
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RhysN
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
277 Posts

Posted - 23 Sep 2018 :  18:44:24 Show Profile Send RhysN an AOL message Reply with Quote
Another day done. Finally got a front guard off, the other side should be a bit easier with the experience. (Thanks Greg)
The rear guards appear to be even more of a problem, all suggestions for the hidden fastenings appreciated.
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RhysN
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United Kingdom
277 Posts

Posted - 25 Sep 2018 :  09:47:01 Show Profile Send RhysN an AOL message Reply with Quote
Yesterday was a part day for paid work, my choice, so I spent a fair bit of the day scraping the underseal off the inside of the front guard. It's interesting, to me at least, to see how the underseal contributed to the corrosion. As I had often suspected there are a number of pockets where the moisture has been trapped behind.
After that I delved into CAD to pattern up the replacement steel to address the left hand front corner. I'm close to being able to cut steel now. Of course as all on here know CAD is Cardboard Aided Design, for me at least, son uses the other version every day.
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RhysN
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United Kingdom
277 Posts

Posted - 25 Sep 2018 :  10:36:30 Show Profile Send RhysN an AOL message Reply with Quote
Apparently I'm creating some confusion calling "mudguards" when some call them "wings"
One of the greatest issues I've had since coming from NZ is the very large number of parts of cars, tools you have different names for here.Shops like Screwfix, and Tool Station cause me grief.
I even went to get what I have always known as "panel steel" yesterday, even that term isn't right here, it's just sheet steel!
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greg124
V4 Fan

United Kingdom
169 Posts

Posted - 25 Sep 2018 :  16:26:00 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I've been using quite a lot of CAD over the last year, mainly pizza boxes. Used to use Autocad in my previous career though
Lived in NZ for several years myself, so know what you mean about different terminology.
Glad to here some good old Kiwi ingenuity got the guards off. Are you planning to have any parts of the car attached with Number 8 wire? ;)
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RhysN
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
277 Posts

Posted - 25 Sep 2018 :  19:01:37 Show Profile Send RhysN an AOL message Reply with Quote
Thanks Greg, the 1 mm discs in the angle grinder can do wonders!
NZ moved into the latter part of the 20th Century before I left. My motto, "Of course I can fix it, I have cable ties and duct tape".
I'm investigating making the rubber mouldings from the front edge of the rear wings, any interest?
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RhysN
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United Kingdom
277 Posts

Posted - 13 Oct 2018 :  13:03:17 Show Profile Send RhysN an AOL message Reply with Quote
Working on the right hand front side this morning, after a visit from Dynorog. I'm now taking all the bits off for blasting and Keyphos coating, I'm informed this is the "bees knees", we will see if I can find somebody local as I want to a bit at a time. Of course the most hidden of the captive nuts on the top wishbone broke free :( Both of them!
Springs are awaiting a visit from my "technical adviser (son) as to whether to go coilover, or uprated from Malbrad.
Almost all the underseal is now done on the inner wing, and that outer one didn't have any.
After the next brew I'm attacking the rear wing, right hand side.

I have less trouble with the wing bolts than I am with Flikr, and the wings are not easy!
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Dynorog
V4 Fan

United Kingdom
136 Posts

Posted - 13 Oct 2018 :  14:45:52 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hi Rhys,
Am I being impersonated by someone
I haven't got round to getting down to Tamworth yet
Cheers

Roger

Dynorog
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RhysN
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
277 Posts

Posted - 13 Oct 2018 :  16:40:20 Show Profile Send RhysN an AOL message Reply with Quote
Lunchtime finger slip, it was Roger Blount, sorry Roger (Dyno Rog)..
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RhysN
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
277 Posts

Posted - 14 Oct 2018 :  19:00:13 Show Profile Send RhysN an AOL message Reply with Quote
A reasonably successful afternoon today has all but the left hand front suspension removed for blasting, coating and strengthening the lower wishbones. NOT TRUE I still have to figure what to do with one of the captive nuts breaking free on the top wishbone RH side. The other was resolved with one of my favourite tools, 1 mm disc in the angle grinder. The bolt submitted.
Does anyone have use for a full set of standard springs?
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2851 Posts

Posted - 14 Oct 2018 :  20:01:24 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
How good are the old springs? The ones on my 96 are quite bad...

www.saabv4.com
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RhysN
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
277 Posts

Posted - 14 Oct 2018 :  20:28:15 Show Profile Send RhysN an AOL message Reply with Quote
Hi Melle, they are doing what they are supposed to, to the best of my knowledge. Beyond that I have no idea!
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2851 Posts

Posted - 14 Oct 2018 :  21:07:49 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
I may be interested then. The springs on my 96 are of the earlier (weaker) type and sagging so much that all the camber adjustment shims have been removed already.

www.saabv4.com
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