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74sonettPosted - 13 May 2021 : 20:04:48
OK here goes my first post.

I am lucky to own a 1968 V4 96 project and recently acquired a 1974 Sonett race car that was imported from the US. I've never worked on a project car before so did very little with the 96. I was a little intimidated with the elegant curves if I'm honest. However the purchase of the Sonett and more experience with general engineering and building skills has given me some hope. So, I've built a new garage for the cars and am finally in a position to get going. I had never seen a Sonett in the flesh until I collected it..... And I still cannot believe I have one, it's stunning. So like a kid with a new toy I am going to get get started with it.

Today work was rained off, so it was my first ever attempt at working on a car in the hope of getting it back on the road.

I'll attempt to post some pics now for you all. Please feel free to let me know your thoughts and educate me on the forums etiquette if needed.


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74sonettPosted - 15 May 2021 : 16:33:01
It has Plexi rear glass only Derek probably due to being raced as you say. I didn't know they were scarce, hopefully not to bad to get one made up somehow.

Thanks Gareth, I'm in Meopham, Kent. Around four miles from Brands Hatch if you know where that is. I picked the car up in Salisbury so a 5 hour round trip. Wasn't too bad. Pleased with the floor its pretty good. The boot isn't so great however. Looks like Malbrad has some panels if needed.

I have nothing to do with the front lights at all unfortunately Alex, not even the handle that sits under the dash. The chassis front has been cut away so will need addressing somehow....

Cheers Dynorog. Managed to get back in the garage today. Stripped the old paint and primer off so the arch is back to bare metal. Some pic's below.

[url=][/url][url=]Front left Wheel Arch[/url] by [url=]Alfie Summers[/url], on Flickr

[url=][/url][url=]Front Left Wheel Arch[/url] by [url=]Alfie Summers[/url], on Flickr

[url=][/url][url=]Front Left Wheel Arch[/url] by [url=]Alfie Summers[/url], on Flickr

Does anyone know how to remove the cone where the spring sits? I couldn't see a nut and assume it's a spin off. It wouldn't budge and I didn't want to damage it with loads of force if not needed.

DynorogPosted - 15 May 2021 : 08:25:59
Hi Alfie That looks like it will keep you busy. Have fun.

BorstlapPosted - 14 May 2021 : 21:42:49
Do hou have the original front light buckets and the rest of the pop up mechanism with the car? The blank off sheets that are on now are not original. How about the missing top part of the left side of the engine compartiment, do you have that? The front upper beam is often replaced by one that is detacheable. Makes it much easier to get the engine in and out.

DirtbikerPosted - 14 May 2021 : 20:01:08
Hi Alfie,
Great project! I bid on this but had a moment of sanity and bottled out as I have way to much on at the moment!
That floor looks in way better condition than I would have hoped. Where are you based? Im down in Plymouth and the car was for sale not a million miles from here.
Good luck with it!
DerekPosted - 14 May 2021 : 11:45:11
Looks like fun! Do you have the rear hatch glass? They are hens teeth, even in the USA. As a racer it might have been replaced by plexi.
74sonettPosted - 13 May 2021 : 22:01:29
Hi Melle, Thanks for the welcome. It was the car on eBay which is always a punt. Luckily it came with a folder full of paper work such as US purchase invoice, shipping fees, import tax duty settlement, NOVA completion etc.
mellePosted - 13 May 2021 : 21:28:54
Welcome to the forum! Nice car, did you buy it off eBay a while ago?
74sonettPosted - 13 May 2021 : 21:05:16
Thanks Andy, the Figaro is my wife's. We love it. Also lost my reply half way through posting, here goes again, hopefully with more usable pictures.

Here is the Sonett when I got it home.

[url=][/url][url=]1974 Saab Sonett 3[/url] by [url=]Alfie Summers[/url], on Flickr

And here it is in it's new home.

[url=][/url][url=]1974 Sonett[/url] by [url=]Alfie Summers[/url], on Flickr

There is some cutting away of the front left engine bay I do not understand yet. There are also other Mod's on the car body for air intakes etc. I assume they are for brake cooling etc.

[url=][/url][url=]1974 Sonett[/url] by [url=]Alfie Summers[/url], on Flickr

As today was rained off with work, I took the opportunity to get going on my first ever attempt to get a car back on the road. I had a grinder and some wire brushes so got going on the floor.

Front floor section prior to starting.

[url=][/url][url=]Front floor[/url] by [url=]Alfie Summers[/url], on Flickr

And after

[url=][/url][url=]Front floor section[/url] by [url=]Alfie Summers[/url], on Flickr

Rear floor prior

[url=][/url][url=]Rear Floor Plan[/url] by [url=]Alfie Summers[/url], on Flickr

And after

[url=][/url][url=]Rear floor[/url] by [url=]Alfie Summers[/url], on Flickr

The floor as a whole after grinding away for a few hours.

[url=][/url][url=]Floor Plan[/url] by [url=]Alfie Summers[/url], on Flickr.

I think it went well. There are areas of rust penetration that need addressing as I expected but nowhere near as bad as I thought. I will brush up on my welding skills before I tackle those.

Most importantly I had a great day and am eager to get going again. Hopefully I can get the car back on the road and enjoy it...

andydeans3Posted - 13 May 2021 : 20:11:28
Good luck with your Sonnett project.
I see the Nissan Figaro in the background.
We've got one, great little car!

ps. Now that's bizarre, after my posting your photo no longer appears!
Note also that the photo was huge, you should set it to 620 x 427 when uploading from your photo hosting site.

1978 LHD SAAB 96
1978 MGB Roadster
2008 LHD "Classic" Renault Twingo
1991 Nissan Figaro

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