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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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diggerPosted - 18 Mar 2018 : 14:54:24
Have been attempting to fit a new headlining this week. Not particularly happy with results, looks more like a Bedouin tent. If the results continue to bug me I may have to get it done professionally somewhen in the future. Also put the glass back in, with the help of Rachel. I'm thinking I should've asked her to do the headlining as well.

Not saab related, but I've won the contract to put a new clutch in Marcus's BMW Mini. Have discovered why it was slipping, piece of metal had fallen out of the dual mass flywheel which the clutch cover plate proceeded to smash through the wall of the gearbox housing, thus soaking the clutch in gearbox oil. Automotive progress is a wonderful thing

green96v4Posted - 04 Mar 2018 : 16:36:58
diggerPosted - 04 Mar 2018 : 14:51:50
I winged it by adapting my coil spring pre-compressor (old school table with a length of threaded bar fixed through it. This seemed to work a treat, although probably not the method originally used by Saab. Although I'm sure Melle will be "impressed"!

green96v4Posted - 04 Mar 2018 : 14:09:05
cool thanks for the info, I have s/s pistons in mine too, curious to know how to "peen" the end of the top pin, bottom one is easy with the c-clip, but not sure if I need some sort of bench press or special tool/technique
diggerPosted - 04 Mar 2018 : 13:29:24
I was lucky with the callipers as I'm guessing they had been rebuilt in the not so distant past, so although they were grotty they came apart okay as the pins were still loose. The bits just needed cleaning and replating. I replaced the pistons which were pitted with some stainless steel ones that I'd bought some time ago. Although they were the right diameter they appeared to be longer than the originals, so rather than risk causing the pads to bind I turned 1.5mm off them so they matched the originals, not sure if this was necessary but seemed the safest option in the long run.
green96v4Posted - 04 Mar 2018 : 12:41:32
beautiful attention to detail - how was the caliper re-pin job to do? (I'm going to have to do mine)
ZagatoPosted - 04 Mar 2018 : 11:33:14
Originally posted by digger
Thanks for the comments.
Hi Melle I am hoping to have it ready for Swedish Day , having a deadline to work to might spur things along a bit!

Always nice to see your other 96 though, very nice, especially your Soccerballs which I am not usually a fan of. They have been done just right IMHO, subtle flatter paint not bling shiny.

Always reminds me of John Ashley Barkers 96 which I think he said he got from near new or new, low mileage, same colour as yours, his wife sold it for about £3300 which was cheap. A solid car, with an outside respray he was never happy about, I wonder what ever happened to it, as well as his blue one. Unfortunately I lost touch with John for a few years and he died in that time. I didn,t know anything about is health or his passing until later sadly. Apparently the two stroke he had has deteriorated quite badly which is such a shame considering the work that was put into it to get it in shape with very rare parts sourced. Some people sadly treat them like a modern car without preservation in mind and they can die in a handful of years...
v4adminPosted - 04 Mar 2018 : 11:05:31
beautiful work
mellePosted - 03 Mar 2018 : 23:37:46
That would be great, I was only kidding!
diggerPosted - 03 Mar 2018 : 23:26:46
Thanks for the comments.
Hi Melle I am hoping to have it ready for Swedish Day , having a deadline to work to might spur things along a bit!
mellePosted - 03 Mar 2018 : 19:27:54
Ready for Swedish Day?
Tammac96Posted - 03 Mar 2018 : 19:16:42
Fantastic work ,very professional
Cheers Tammac
James RanaldiPosted - 03 Mar 2018 : 18:24:54
Excellent work

1968 V4, LHD
1984 99 GL
1992 C900i Convertible
1993 C900 LPT Convertible
ZagatoPosted - 03 Mar 2018 : 18:13:30

DirtbikerPosted - 03 Mar 2018 : 17:49:05
That is looking lovely - top job!

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