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Dirtbiker
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
569 Posts

Posted - 18 May 2011 :  20:50:40 Show Profile Visit Dirtbiker's Homepage Reply with Quote
Right then, Blue SAAB sold so in a couple of weeks I will be hiring a trailer and driving up to Ross on Wye to collect this one and bring it down to Plymouth.
I found these photos so thought I would put them on here to give you an idea what the car is like...















These photos are from a couple of years ago but I was up there a few weeks back and aside from a little more dust the car looks the same. The garage is bone dry which is a result. Engine turns over by hand and I reckon a weekends work would see it MOTd.

I will post again when I head uo to collect the car.

Cheers

john-saab
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United Kingdom
2647 Posts

Posted - 18 May 2011 :  21:07:20 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Looks good..a weekends work..that would be good. Make life easier for yourself in the long run..don't just start the engine! change the oil and oil filter, it's worth taking both rocker covers off and pour oil over both sets of rocker gear..remove the spark plugs..turn the engine over and over by HAND as many times as you can be bothered then turn it over on the battery. This will give the balance shaft bearings/camshaft bearings and piston bores a fighting chance.
Love the colour!

current V4 models..'72 95 (The Flying Banana),'72 96 (Bridget),'74 95 (Veronica),'74 96 (The Brown one)
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Dirtbiker
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
569 Posts

Posted - 18 May 2011 :  21:15:02 Show Profile Visit Dirtbiker's Homepage Reply with Quote
Cheers John,
Genuinely a weekends work! Well maybe a few...
When I put it in the garage it had a fresh ish MOT and was in daily use and up until about two years ago I started it and drove it around the block every few months.
I will definitely take your advice if I do MOT it though as well as flushing out the tank.
Probably though I will do some more involved work on it before the MOT - it could easily turn into a bit of a long term project...
Thanks for the comment on the colour, Tyrollean Green! Original paint except for front wings and passenger door.
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john-saab
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United Kingdom
2647 Posts

Posted - 18 May 2011 :  21:31:48 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Do you have the carpets?..I may be able to help with a better set of seats as well..we will be in Plymouth before the end of summer (Sarah's family are Plympton based).

current V4 models..'72 95 (The Flying Banana),'72 96 (Bridget),'74 95 (Veronica),'74 96 (The Brown one)
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Dirtbiker
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
569 Posts

Posted - 18 May 2011 :  21:37:24 Show Profile Visit Dirtbiker's Homepage Reply with Quote
That could be great, thanks.
I don't think I do have the carpets - but I can't be sure, they might even be in the boot...
The seats would be a big help - The drivers seat is not too bad, it's not original - came from a car in a scrapyard many, many years ago but the fabric is really thin on the others.
Cheers and I'll keep you posted.
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rsimps
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1616 Posts

Posted - 19 May 2011 :  07:34:03 Show Profile Reply with Quote
That reg rings a bell from somewhere????? Just carnt think where?
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Dirtbiker
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
569 Posts

Posted - 19 May 2011 :  16:23:21 Show Profile Visit Dirtbiker's Homepage Reply with Quote
Maybe EPP 31K, White 96 recently on ebay?
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transit80
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
775 Posts

Posted - 19 May 2011 :  19:09:24 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I got some brown seats if that helps??(Sorry, didnt see Johns post above)

Chris

Edited by - transit80 on 19 May 2011 19:10:37
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Dirtbiker
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
569 Posts

Posted - 20 May 2011 :  08:18:26 Show Profile Visit Dirtbiker's Homepage Reply with Quote
Thanks Chris,
This car is already having your rear axle! Cheers for the offer - I'll keep you posted.
I am thinking though I really like the look of the seats in the USA 1970V4 - what do you think?
Cheers
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Dirtbiker
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
569 Posts

Posted - 01 Jun 2011 :  18:56:48 Show Profile Visit Dirtbiker's Homepage Reply with Quote
Trailer booked for tomorrow so dragging the Blue car Northwards with the old work van (fingers crossed!) and bringing the Green one to the South West.
I'll take some pics along the way!
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Dirtbiker
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
569 Posts

Posted - 03 Jun 2011 :  11:19:20 Show Profile Visit Dirtbiker's Homepage Reply with Quote
Picked up the Green car yesterday, turned into a bit of a long day... Van boiled over on the way to the trailer hire place, stood on the hard shoulder until Kate turned up with every bottle she could find in the house full of water!
Loaded up the Blue car and headed North – saw a Green 96 heading South on the A38 not too far from Plymouth. Here’s the van in Bristol.

Delivered the Blue car to continue it's journey on another trailer. Did a few bits in Ross then loaded up the Green car for the return journey. Here we are at the petrol station.

And here is an action shot over the Severn Bridge!

Got home late last night and had to get the trailer back for 9 so early start this morning - got the car half in the garage, had to leave it and take the trailer back with the door open and the access lane blocked...
How to get it in the garage (up a slope?) Pinched the battery off Kates Clio, took Johns advice with oil and hand turning and fired it up! Idles nicely but pops and backfires under load - enough to get in the garage though!
Did a deal on the Blue car for a pile of cash and:
One of these

One of these

A box of these

And a couple of these

Not much will happen on the car for a while as busy with other things but at least it's here!
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veefour
V4 Fan

United Kingdom
178 Posts

Posted - 03 Jun 2011 :  19:52:18 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I hope that there is no hint that the car might be a lemon!
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Ian C
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
239 Posts

Posted - 03 Jun 2011 :  20:40:44 Show Profile Reply with Quote
It's certainly seen some welders in its past.
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pchristy
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1737 Posts

Posted - 04 Jun 2011 :  07:56:46 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Those vacuum plates for Webers are like rocking horse manure! I spent ages looking for one before I managed to get an S&R manifold complete with vac plate!

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Pete
"Duct tape is like the Force: It has a light side and a dark side, and it binds the Universe together!"
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72sonett3
V4 Fan

Spain
187 Posts

Posted - 04 Jun 2011 :  17:48:34 Show Profile Reply with Quote
quote:
Those vacuum plates for Webers are like rocking horse manure!
You mean this?


Not specifically for Weber, standard on the 1977- 95/96 with solex TDID 32 carb. Should not be so difficult to find in S or NL.

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'72 97
'77 96L
'79 96GL
'91 900i 2.1
'95 900SE

Edited by - 72sonett3 on 04 Jun 2011 17:50:41
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pchristy
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1737 Posts

Posted - 04 Jun 2011 :  18:57:37 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Yep! That's the one! I know its not exclusively for Webers, but that's what its most commonly associated with.

I tried for ages to find one in the UK, before I finally got a manifold that came with one!



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Pete
"Duct tape is like the Force: It has a light side and a dark side, and it binds the Universe together!"
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