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ZagatoPosted - 04 May 2014 : 13:10:50
I ought to 'register' her on here as she is a rolling project and will have quite a bit done to her over the years.

She was a lightly used family owned motor (aunt then niece) and has done 73,000 miles. She has been really well looked after, waxoyled at just the right time, never put back into the warm garage without being dried if wet and the interior was covered from new. Despite MOT's 'RUF' had only done 150 miles since 2004 when she had her last service, she is currently with Graham Macdonald having a full service and welding at the bottom of the rear wheel arch sill and around the front brake pipe. The floor pan, jacking points etc are in remarkably good condition - best I've ever had, even has original paint on the jacking points! Rust is just coming through once again around the front indicators so I will eventually get that sorted with new wings if I find a very good pair.

At the moment I have treated all the rusty bits without putting on top coat - I'm not bothered that she looks scruffy, just want to kill the rust and keep an eye on it. She looks much better in pictures as always and has some dings/dents in the passenger door that I will sort eventually.

For me I just want her mechanically sound/serviced to enjoy, the engine is sweet and she drives beautifully. It's nice in a way to have one that isn't bodily perfect as I can just have fun driving her without having to worry about stone chips etc.

Jobs to do include putting on a Jetex and getting a new MOT, take all fours wings off this summer for rust preventative treatment. New window chrome strips in, sort temp gauge that is resting at the top for some reason - odd, new shocks at some point, and smarten up the engine bay keeping her as original as possible e.g. The hose circlips(red bits on circlips) are all original so I will keep those.

She needs very good headrests and later type inserts, petrol cap, very good rubber bumper strips/clips and very good condition front bumper (same as 99,)2 VERY good wings, end caps for door strips, rear window black knob, a later type clock with orange hands and the little v shaped washer that goes on the bolt that holds the spare wheel down. I've had sport steering wheels and Ronals before and think it would spoil her (too boy racer'ish with her colour!) so she will be kept as standard as possible. I'm going to the SEC & Swedish Day if anyone has any of the above items.

New rubber, old tyres go back to 1993

My old Sonnet now exchanged for a sailing boat!

The previous owners husband sent me this picture from 1984 outside of a pub in Derbyshire.

1977 96L Opal Green
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James RanaldiPosted - 30 May 2017 : 20:50:36
Great stuff.

Time spent with Family is priceless.

The 96 can wait for a wee while.

Have fun.

1968 V4, LHD
1984 99 GL
1992 C900i Convertible
1993 C900 LPT Convertible
ZagatoPosted - 30 May 2017 : 07:01:24
It,s been a month since I have done anything to the 96 . All energies have been directed at fixing the trailer and sorting the boat which we have been out on over the last few days . Seeing the kids fish and play makes all the effort worthwhile. Good to see old sailing buddies but my liver is complaining!

From this miserable state of affairs... Not going anywhere.

To this with strengthening angle iron treated with Dinitrol of course :wink:

ZagatoPosted - 21 Apr 2017 : 19:16:18
Full out at the moment, sorting a bent boat trailer, garden landscaping, kids over Easter hols and day job but am still doing bits. The new axle strap is now made, fasteners/brackets all treated and painted whilst the inner wing is now prepared for spraying various potions :D Thankfully my wife sorts the house and kids mostly despite a full time teaching job.

ZagatoPosted - 20 Apr 2017 : 07:58:08
Swap one for your house Rhys, would have to be 5 bed with a couple of acres though

RhysNPosted - 19 Apr 2017 : 20:59:26
That is very nice. Now that you have a spare (hint, hint)
ZagatoPosted - 19 Apr 2017 : 16:34:46
Well the wait was worth it. The original SAAB Sport & Rally wheel renovated by Mota Lita looks superb, helped enormously by a decent horn badge not the cheap and nasty original one.

Newly renovated wheel on the left, original condition wheel on the right.

DerekPosted - 12 Apr 2017 : 12:11:26
The front, rubber bumper brackets for my '76 were also body colour, Sienna Brown. I'm sure I was the first person to remove the bumper since it left the factory.
ZagatoPosted - 11 Apr 2017 : 22:18:31
Good to know, so not far out then.

The original brackets on mine (different type for rubber bumpers) were body coloured and in situ when the car was sprayed originally.

WoodyPosted - 11 Apr 2017 : 22:02:23
The front and rear bumper brackets should be this colour :-

ZagatoPosted - 11 Apr 2017 : 09:49:00
Very gradual enjoyment James but getting there slowly. Rear wing finally on and I have given myself a deadline to get the other one on once I have Dinitrolled it, touched up rust etc as well as the inner wing and make up another axle strap. I want to get the back end done with new rear bumper on.

A Defender to work on plus day trips with the kids off school this week is slowing proceedings but the beach is only 18 miles away so I have evenings! The kids gave me a hand putting the wing on also. I have got them trained up on the Dremmel for cleaning/polishing things.

James RanaldiPosted - 08 Apr 2017 : 21:48:39
Just realised that you were talking about MOT details for your car Zagato and not mine.


I will now leave this thread alone and enjoy your project

1968 V4, LHD
1984 99 GL
1992 C900i Convertible
1993 C900 LPT Convertible
James RanaldiPosted - 08 Apr 2017 : 10:58:14
Good morning Zagato ,John, Andy. Apologies for the hijack of your Project thread Zagato.

I was travelling incognito on my UKSaabs passport John ! Good to meet you at last.

Wrong details for my car Zagato. My registration number is HST 636F. Must have a look at this site myself.

As Andy has said, it is a left hooker which was brought over from Germany to RAF Lossiemouth near Elgin.

It is alive but sleeping under cover in my garage. I start it up regularly and move it back and forward for about 6 metres

I am enjoying this Project Zagato , keep up the good work.

New, Old Stock replica wings eh ? I wonder if I could find a good pair of the earlier wings in steel ? The original wings are pretty good but they are a bit frilly at the front. I also have a pair of fibreglass wings from MSA Autobodies which are very good quality so I have a few options.

1968 V4, LHD
1984 99 GL
1992 C900i Convertible
1993 C900 LPT Convertible
ZagatoPosted - 07 Apr 2017 : 17:15:53
Spent the day gardening (everything is sprouting out in the greenhouse) so not much done on the car apart from de-rusting and painting the older type bumper brackets ready for the new SS bumpers to go on. Trial fit... I don,t have any opal green paint so they will be black (they should be body coloured) which actually matches the inside of the bumpers as they now paint them black on the inside so that is good enough for me.

Stone chipped the wing and cleaned up the wing beading, I will fit it in the morning, I am on the beer now with a butchers best steak and ale family pie in the oven as an Easter treat for the family. Putting on a wing half pee,d is not the best idea!

ZagatoPosted - 06 Apr 2017 : 14:53:39
At last an inner wing is finished, the axle strap is on and I will put the wing back on with help from my daughter tomorrow :D I lept out of bed at 5.45am this morning excited about the red 96, the quicker I get my part of the green one done the quicker I can get on with painting the red one, soooo i rubbed back the rust on the wing edge in the early hours. All sorted before work at 9.00 and have just taken some pics with fresh rust treatment on it. I don,t have any body colour paint so the wing will have to be touched up at a later date. The majority of the mess is under the lip so it shouldn,t be too visible BUT the most important thing is to stop the rust!

john-saabPosted - 05 Apr 2017 : 20:35:00 introduced yourself as "Stig" at the NEC and I didn't make the connection. Sorry if I was a bit vague.

'73 96 (Vernon),'74 95 (Veronica)plus 4 other 95's and 2 96's

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