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melle
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Posted - 27 Feb 2012 :  13:22:44 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Nick informed me that he sold the van about 10 years ago to the US. It was a RHD '69.

1970 96V4 "The Devil's Own V4"
1977 95V4 van conversion project
1988 900i 8V
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UK_Sub
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United Kingdom
2305 Posts

Posted - 27 Feb 2012 :  14:23:21 Show Profile Reply with Quote
10 years ago was it - well time DOES fly! I was annoyed he sold it as I would have quite liked it, I don't think he sold it for very much either!

What do van seats look like?

I had a pair of bench seats sent across California via a wooden crate, and on arrival they were put in the back of a van, which was sent to the UK via container ship - I had to wait a few months but didn't have to pay anything for the shipping as they got put in the wrong container! Thankfully I knew person that received them.

Not sure that helps you, but maybe you could contact someone in the Saab Club in Finland via here...

http://www.saabclub.fi/www/yhteystiedot.html

Someone may be going to the International Meet?


Simon

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melle
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 27 Feb 2012 :  14:44:23 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Cheers for the tips Simon. I have a couple contacts in Finland, but they live a bit further South. Sent them an email anyway in the hope they'll travel down for IntSaab and will be able to arrange something.

Van seats are the same as the US type, so MB-tex like fake leather:

Pic from 1970V4's 96: http://www.saab-v4.co.uk/speedball/topic.asp?topic_id=2348&whichpage=2

'Mine' are in black and in pretty good condition.

1970 96V4 "The Devil's Own V4"
1977 95V4 van conversion project
1988 900i 8V
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1970V4
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USA
313 Posts

Posted - 28 Feb 2012 :  17:20:45 Show Profile Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by melle
Cheers for the tips Simon. I have a couple contacts in Finland, but they live a bit further South. Sent them an email anyway in the hope they'll travel down for IntSaab and will be able to arrange something.

Van seats are the same as the US type, so MB-tex like fake leather:

Pic from 1970V4's 96: http://www.saab-v4.co.uk/speedball/topic.asp?topic_id=2348&whichpage=2

'Mine' are in black and in pretty good condition.



And MB Tex is an almost perfect match if you need to get them redone, I got a sample of it to compare.
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melle
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 18 Mar 2012 :  17:21:07 Show Profile Reply with Quote
As a former mail driver/ postman these cute little Swedes make my heart beat a bit faster:


http://perrasmotornostalgi.blogspot.com/2012/03/postverkets-saab-95.html

1970 96V4 "The Devil's Own V4"
1977 95V4 van conversion project
1988 900i 8V
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melle
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 18 Mar 2012 :  17:24:55 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Please find my van conversion project here: http://www.saab-v4.co.uk/speedball/topic.asp?topic_id=3027

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1988 900i 8V
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john-saab
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Posted - 19 Mar 2012 :  07:13:23 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Melle..the post van you show is right hand drive..were they all RHD?..I thought Danish cars were left hand drive?

'72 95 (The Flying Banana),'72 96 (Bridget),'74 95 (Veronica)
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Dirtbiker
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United Kingdom
867 Posts

Posted - 19 Mar 2012 :  08:11:50 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Is this one Swedish? I remember hearing that Swedish Postal Vans were all RHD so the postie could deliver to on street boxes without getting out...?
This was after the time that Sweden had changed over to LHD.
Be good to know if this is true - I may have dreamed it...
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veefour
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United Kingdom
178 Posts

Posted - 19 Mar 2012 :  08:23:41 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Not sure about Sweden but all Budespost Beatles were RHD and bright yellow. One smart Brit bought many and resprayed them, then sold them here for vast profits!
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melle
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 19 Mar 2012 :  09:10:36 Show Profile Reply with Quote
These early V4-vans were Swedish and they were indeed RHD in RH traffic. Sweden changed to driving on the right in September 1967, but 'normal' cars have always had the steering wheel to the left. I can imagine why Svenska Posten used (and still use!) RHD cars, it's much safer and more convenient for those working with them. I've always wished for a RHD-van when I was a driver at the Dutch mail!

Nic Senecal told me his 1969 van was also a former postal van.

Here's some more: http://grandprix63.blogspot.com/2009/05/postbilar-del-3.html

1970 96V4 "The Devil's Own V4"
1977 95V4 van conversion project
1988 900i 8V
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Derek
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United Kingdom
2018 Posts

Posted - 19 Mar 2012 :  12:07:40 Show Profile Reply with Quote
It's a few years ago now but I saw an ad on Blocket for a quite late, brown, 96, that was RHD. Described as being used for postal deliveries on a country round for many years. A very nice car. Like the USA, many of these out of town places have a postbox on a pole. RHD meant that the postie could just drive up and put the mail in the box. USA used a Jeep type van made by AMC(?) with just a driver's seat and a box for letters in place of the passenge seat. UPS used "opposite" side wagons for deliveries too. TMI? Maybe..
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UK_Sub
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United Kingdom
2305 Posts

Posted - 19 Mar 2012 :  13:36:32 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Sorry, couldn't resist...




Simon
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melle
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United Kingdom
3342 Posts

Posted - 19 Mar 2012 :  13:50:23 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Nice one Simon! I've been playing with the idea of fitting such a 'box', thing is that it fits a bit easier in photoshop than in real life.

Keep the ideas coming!



1970 96V4 "The Devil's Own V4"
1977 95V4 van conversion project
1988 900i 8V
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UK_Sub
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United Kingdom
2305 Posts

Posted - 19 Mar 2012 :  14:41:39 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Glad you like it!

As you say, photoshop is a lot easier than making it 'for real' - that box was borrowed from a Panhard version - looks like it converts to a pickup too. But that needs a 'cab' producing for the pick up to work properly - even more work!



Simon
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melle
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 19 Mar 2012 :  15:17:44 Show Profile Reply with Quote
The 95's (or 96's) b-pillar leans forward whilst the seats lean a bit backward behind it, this means you would need to allow for some cab space in the box. Your photoshop has a very clever perspective for hiding al the nasty design bits.

Would be great to have a go though with a rotten 96, just to see if it would work!

1970 96V4 "The Devil's Own V4"
1977 95V4 van conversion project
1988 900i 8V
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