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ZagatoPosted - 25 Mar 2017 : 15:35:32
I went to view this 1972 96 this morning as it was only just up the road from me and I was expecting it to be a real rot box BUT to my surprise (and my wife's disappointment as I became seriously interested!) she was in very solid condition. 1971 production was Lways good! Dotty was restored about 8 -10 years ago having been stood outside for most of her life by the look of it from the sun damage or over polishing. She has had four small patches of good welding underneath, the jacking points are all good, the floor pan to bulkhead and boot seams are good as is the front valance. The bottom of the doors have already been done to a good standard and the suspension tops in the boot have no signs of surface rust at all. The rust visible on the rear nearside quarter is only surface and underneath looked OK and withstood hard jabbing with a long screwdriver. I don,t know about the seam along the top of the wing, it maybe blowing underneath and need attention but the general condition solid condition that would pass an MOT sold her to me.

She has not run for a few years and I couldn,t get under the bonnet but as the rest was so good I thought it was worth the gamble. She is an ideal project for me to cut my teeth on and practice a few mechanical restoration skills . I say a few, brakes, fuel line bunged up probably, clutch maybe, balance shaft with 93k on the clock (why was it taken off the road!) coolant, fluid flush, electrics the list goes on but it will keep me out of trouble once my other one is back on the road hopefully by the end of this year once GMac has more time and can take mine on.

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ZagatoPosted - 10 May 2017 : 20:53:56
Another red 1972 model after a thorough renovation.... VERY nice.

ZagatoPosted - 18 Apr 2017 : 20:17:23
I won,t let on that your middle name is Percival

john-saabPosted - 18 Apr 2017 : 19:56:54
1st picture...get rid of the cover and that could be played with (photoshopped) to make it look 20+ years old.
2nd..although it's a modern..that really should be my car as it has my initials.
3rd...the people who complained..screw is far to short.

'73 96 (Vernon),'74 95 (Veronica)plus 4 other 95's and 2 96's
ZagatoPosted - 18 Apr 2017 : 14:30:48
Well I ended up widening and re shaping the driveway so no work on the 96's but a good job done Just needs a few more bushes and a decent car cover.

RhysNPosted - 16 Apr 2017 : 18:51:15
Love it :)
ZagatoPosted - 16 Apr 2017 : 08:33:32
Definitley Melle

mellePosted - 15 Apr 2017 : 21:51:00
That's what I mean, they must be plain jealous!
ZagatoPosted - 15 Apr 2017 : 21:09:39
Doubt it, my SAABS all together wouldn,t even add up to buy one new small car LOL In fact the annual insurance on our two daily drives is pretty well equal to the values of the cars!

My little plot is in between neighbours who have 4 acres, Bentleys, E Types etc so little ratty Dotty out the front will be frowned upon. Not sure about a 1930's Bentley but a SAAB 96 is definitely a more qualitative car than any E Type!

mellePosted - 15 Apr 2017 : 20:28:44
ZagatoPosted - 15 Apr 2017 : 15:00:32
Had an impromptu visit from a planning officer after a complaint was made about the amount of cars I have (usually 6) on my drive. Within a few minutes he said he couldn,t see a problem and I said I have one around the back as well which is Dotty and he said that was no problem either.

With this all in mind I have dug out a parking bay slot for Dotty at the side/front of the house . Just to make the complainent appreciate SAABs more!!

ZagatoPosted - 11 Apr 2017 : 10:16:45
I am going to practice on the boot I think! :shock: lots of layers, lots of rubbing back etc over the summer hols should give a CHEAP finish :lol:

The main work is kind of happening on the other 96 but I am getting bits ready to go on Dotty. Cleaning bits mainly. This is not Dotties grill but it is nicer so will be going on instead now it is polished up. I can,t afford a 250 USA spec for her, she has to be done on a really tight budget so the original style grill will go on at the moment.

The rally replica is also probably out of the window as some road rally organisers don,t like rally stickers on the car so I am going to go down a more individual SAAB 96 rally look I.e. 96 on the doors with SAAB plane logo underneath (Bruce Turk style) and possible SAAB logo on bonnet with plane again underneath... Need to do a mock up to see how it looks first!

Betsy67Posted - 07 Apr 2017 : 15:25:15
Don't think I used a water trap, although I may have one fitted now? I had to fit a new external pressure regulator a while back and can't remember if I fitted one at the same time.
You will be surprised at the quality of finish you can achieve after a bit of practice.
ZagatoPosted - 07 Apr 2017 : 08:55:53
Very kind but West Sussex unfortunately but borrowing one is a good idea. Should be able to borrow one locally from Wheelynutz/Nellium or Joethescoot from the other forum.


RhysNPosted - 07 Apr 2017 : 08:41:47
Where abouts are you Christopher? I have a belt drive decent size one in my stuff that I brought over from NZ which you could borrow if it was convenient.
ZagatoPosted - 07 Apr 2017 : 07:41:16
Yes perhaps I ought to. It would be handy to be able to learn how to spray at amateur level for other future jobs.

You need a sprayer with a water trap apparently and I could do with a compressor for Dinitrolling! A quiet compressor is about 1600 ouch! Too much for me, not sure how those supposedly quiet compressors from machine mart are.

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