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diggerPosted - 26 Nov 2017 : 20:58:39
Hi I am based in Hampshire, drive diggers for a living, and am feeling guilty that although I really enjoy following everyone else's projects I have never gotten around to posting any pictures of my own efforts.
I purchased this 1972 Verona Green 96 about 5 years ago with the intention of giving it a quick tidy up and then using it. I have failed spectacularly to stick to this plan and instead dismantled the car completely! Having completed all the necessary welding, I had planned on getting a body shop to spray the car, but I have now strayed from this plan also and I am painting the car myself. This is the first project like this that I have taken on, and I feel I won’t know what my limitation are unless I have a bash at things.

This shed I am working in is something that I cobbled out of RSJ and box profile on the site of an old pigsty and the 4 post ramp is an ebay buy. I have taken some pictures of my project so far.

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DynorogPosted - 04 Dec 2017 : 08:51:29
Rust in what you would think were of as benign places never ceases to amaze me.

diggerPosted - 03 Dec 2017 : 17:24:36
Whilst on a high from all the very encouraging comments about the project (thanks to everyone who commented), I decide to crack on with preparing the bonnet and boot lid for paint. I decided there was enough rust in the boot lid to warrant getting the welder out, as usual I got a bit ambitious with the amps and blew a few holes!

Once the paint was removed from the underside of the bonnet quite a lot of rust was revealed, I am wondering if this could be a result of an engine fire at sometime? A going over with the sand blaster outside on a tarpaulin has cleared this up a lot. Next task is to remove the paint from the top of the bonnet.

diggerPosted - 28 Nov 2017 : 22:58:28
Thanks Woody for pointing out the correct orientation for the anti-roll bar brackets,this explains why I had such a struggle to get the bolts through,it should be much easier with every thing in the right place!
v4adminPosted - 28 Nov 2017 : 19:40:15
Wow, excellent work
WoodyPosted - 28 Nov 2017 : 17:54:56

Most impressive work so far, photos showing work is to a very high standard. May I observe that the anti-roll bar brackets are transposed on your wishbones. see my gallery pic above. I cannot confirm how the vehicle handling might be affected, but the poly bushes look as though they will wear quickly.
mellePosted - 28 Nov 2017 : 11:11:13
Originally posted by digger
The wing brace across the engine bay has a crank in the end on LHD cars so you can use the hole battery tray, but the brace is straight on RHD cars which seems to reduce the usable area.
Ah, yes, I know what you mean now. This is not a LHD/ RHD thing but model year related. My '70 96 also has a smaller battery than the '77 95 (both LHD).
greg124Posted - 28 Nov 2017 : 09:38:54
Hi Digger, great project.
I've 'borrowed' the battery out of my BMW E30 to get the 96 going. It's about the biggest battery you can fit in the space available on a RHD car. Type 075, it's about 9.5 x 7 x 7 inches
diggerPosted - 28 Nov 2017 : 07:43:48
The wing brace across the engine bay has a crank in the end on LHD cars so you can use the hole battery tray, but the brace is straight on RHD cars which seems to reduce the usable area.I have no idea what size battery the cars came out of the factory with,I just like to fit the largest that will fit.
mellePosted - 27 Nov 2017 : 23:01:35
Never noticed RHD cars use a smaller battery!
diggerPosted - 27 Nov 2017 : 22:59:31
Good spot on the battery tray Melle. The previous owner had stitch drilled through it to remove it, I guess to access the brake pipe, and had then reattached it with gutter bolts. I decided having it properly bolted on rather than welded could allow useful extra access in the future. It has also allowed me to move it back slightly so I can use a slightly larger battery as per cars with lhd layout.
mellePosted - 27 Nov 2017 : 20:43:54
Looks fantastic, great colour as well and I bet the Dynamat will add positively to the driving experience. Good idea to make the battery tray removable.
deggsiePosted - 27 Nov 2017 : 13:33:54
Absolutely superb, well done Digger.
Looking forward to the next instalment !

Saab - beyond the conventional !
green96v4Posted - 27 Nov 2017 : 12:52:50
Love it, this was the most gratifying part of my rebuild - love seeing others, keep the images coming!
chris steedenPosted - 27 Nov 2017 : 08:47:47
Superb and looking better than when they were new. You certainly have an eye for perfection. Please keep us updated Mr Digger.
DynorogPosted - 27 Nov 2017 : 08:44:20

That's the way to do it.

Great job.

Our projects have something in common apart from being '72s

Yours is being carried out on the site of an old pigsty.
Mine is being carried out on the site of something that now looking like a pigsty!



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