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Derek
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1779 Posts

Posted - 06 May 2012 :  17:43:31 Show Profile Reply with Quote
"the ones on the lower right of each cover will still not contact the rim of the cover."

Why? They look as if they are dropping off at the moment.
There isn't anything to put pressure on outside the of the corner. Flattening the flanges and holes with a small pin hammer and a bit of steel strip and 3/4"-ish rod is a small but interesting challenge.
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pchristy
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1737 Posts

Posted - 06 May 2012 :  18:01:52 Show Profile Reply with Quote
They're not dropping off! They are jammed hard against the rocker box! Its the shape of the box that forces them into that position. Its slightly more obvious in the 2nd photo, but believe me, you can't get them to sit where it looks as if they should go (er, if that makes sense!).



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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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Derek
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1779 Posts

Posted - 06 May 2012 :  21:13:28 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Yes it makes sense. How about small clout with a hammer of your choice to put a small dent in the cover or grind a bit out of the back of the hold down? Still worth seeing what flipping them over does, although it wouldn't help with the interference fit.
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Glenda95
Starting Member

United Kingdom
11 Posts

Posted - 14 May 2012 :  15:24:53 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hi,

I've loved reading through this forum and the recent history of Veronica; as after much deliberation of the 'should we, shouldn't we?' variety we have recently bought Glenda - a 74 (N) SAAB 95 in verona green! So as you can imagine this forum is a great inspiration; however it is also quite concerning as to just how much you have had to do on Veronica...Granted I did want to get a bit more hands on with mechanics and I could be quoted as saying as much. Our previous SAAB 93 convertible was starting to misbehave and required computers to figure out just why it wanted to cut out at every junction so it's been sold and I've opted for the less complicated, romantic, nostalgic (although the car is older than me) but potentially more temperamental style of motoring.

Well Yes. I should have maybe asked for some expert forum advice about V4 SAAB's before buying one as our daily commuter (only 6 miles each way and don't panic just yet - I'm not actually clinically insane, as we do have a back up) but as it seemed that at some point I would need to own either a VW beetle or a SAAB V4, (preferably the 95 for its quirky rear end and fantastic practicality) it was only a matter of time before the inevitable happened!...

...Which goes as follows: A family friend uses an ex Saab dealer/mechanic as his local garage and told me that he had a 95 stowed away as a future project but he'd be keen to sell to an enthusiast as he wasn't getting around to doing anything with it anytime soon. This prompted a visit and after some careful deliberation on my part and plenty of enthusiasm from my Dad (who's owned every generation of Saab except the 95 over the last 40 years) it was a done deal and we had it transported over to Cheshire where it's staying for a short while in my Dads garage before being subjected to the Cumbrian climate 24/7 up here on my driveway...I'm just working myself up to the 90 mile drive up the M6.

So looks like I'll be a regular here; contributing to the forum under the heading of 'HELP! I'm out of my depth and this learning curve is so steep I'm slipping back down it!' In fact I'm just heading over to start a new thread now all about my niggles and teething problems - See you there!

Dave

1974 SAAB 95 - 'Glenda' (Verona Green)

Edited by - Glenda95 on 14 May 2012 15:26:44
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pchristy
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1737 Posts

Posted - 14 May 2012 :  15:46:10 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Welcome to the madhouse Dave! But don't be put off by what you read here! Most of our cars perform remarkably reliably, day in and day out. My commute is 20 miles each way - and always done in a V4!

But they do require some "local knowledge", which is why this forum is such an excellent resource. Not many garages can remember the quirks of these cars, but you can be sure that someone on here will have useful advice, or know "how its done".

We are a mutual aid society, so ask away, however trivial the question may seem. Better to check how to do something than risk doing it wrong and have to do it again.......!



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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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Glenda95
Starting Member

United Kingdom
11 Posts

Posted - 14 May 2012 :  16:59:30 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hi Pete,

Thanks for the warm welcome...I'm already off with questions in the technical forum and with that 90 mile motorway trip on the horizon and an MOT date approaching in July (I think) I'm sure there'll be plenty more questions in the near future!

Dave

1974 SAAB 95 - 'Glenda' (Verona Green)
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john-saab
Administrator

United Kingdom
2648 Posts

Posted - 30 Jun 2012 :  17:00:55 Show Profile Reply with Quote
OH BOTHER! A grumbling rear wheel bearing has been getting worse and worse and today was set aside for a few jobs..I fitted a set of new front shock absorbers..found the "CLUNK" from the rear every time I went over a bump was a rear spring sitting in the wrong position??? I fitted a set of anti squeal shims up front (Hillman Hunter shims work a treat) and then got onto the bearing..shouldn't take long..
I took the hub off and could see play in the bearing so knocked it out..not taking much care as I have a NOS set of bearings sitting here..went to fit them and AAAARRRGGGHHH they are 96 bearings in the wrong bag..I looked at a set I bought many moons ago and they were marked as 96 + 95 (something I see all the time on ebay) but they were also 96 bearings so it's all back together with new grease and because I gave the bearings a good wallop when removing them they are louder than before..DOH!
I have a set on the way, I was hoping to take the car out tomorrow but i'm going to leave it until the new bearings arrive.

'72 95 (The Flying Banana),'72 96 (Bridget),'74 95 (Veronica)
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72sonett3
V4 Fan

Spain
199 Posts

Posted - 30 Jun 2012 :  17:22:04 Show Profile Reply with Quote
IIRC only the inner 95 rear wheel bearing is different from the 96 so you could still use half of the 96 set...

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

Edited by - 72sonett3 on 30 Jun 2012 20:09:44
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john-saab
Administrator

United Kingdom
2648 Posts

Posted - 30 Jun 2012 :  19:40:01 Show Profile Reply with Quote
It's the inner..larger bearing that's at fault..the outer smaller bearing was in reasonable condition..both look like original SAAB (SKF) bearings.

'72 95 (The Flying Banana),'72 96 (Bridget),'74 95 (Veronica)
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john-saab
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United Kingdom
2648 Posts

Posted - 12 Aug 2012 :  12:21:33 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I can't believe that I hadn't posted this picture..



'72 95 (The Flying Banana),'72 96 (Bridget),'74 95 (Veronica)

Edited by - john-saab on 12 Aug 2012 12:22:49
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john-saab
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United Kingdom
2648 Posts

Posted - 15 Dec 2012 :  21:08:00 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Getting ready to change the heater box over...I painted the front cover several weeks ago and finally got around to stripping and painting the back part today...the job made so much easier with my new "toy"

The finished item..


Even the insides got a coat or two of the correct colour..i may coat these further as they do get pretty rough inside.

My last job of the day was to sort the screws...
no point in having a re-painted box then using rusty screws

...I screwed then into a bit of timber..

A few seconds in the blast cabinet..

I still have the lower thread to sort but once done I will smooth the heads off and find something to rust proof them.
That done I cleaned up the new brake drums that arrived earlier this week...

they have been painted and the friction surfaces have had a smear of oil to keep the rust away until i fit them.

'72 95 (The Flying Banana),'72 96(Bridget),'73 96 (Vernon),'74 95 (Veronica)

Edited by - john-saab on 19 Jan 2013 18:23:41
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2270 Posts

Posted - 19 Jan 2013 :  18:51:08 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
I've got an identical blasting cabinet, very convenient indeed!

1970 96V4 "The Devil's Own V4"
1977 95V4 van conversion project
1988 900i 8V
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2270 Posts

Posted - 19 Jan 2013 :  18:52:52 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
quote:
the friction surfaces have had a smear of oil to keep the rust away until i fit them.
I would rather have those surfaces rusty than greasy to be honest...

1970 96V4 "The Devil's Own V4"
1977 95V4 van conversion project
1988 900i 8V
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UK_Sub
Moderator

United Kingdom
2106 Posts

Posted - 19 Jan 2013 :  18:54:53 Show Profile Reply with Quote
That heater box is a thing of beauty!
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john-saab
Administrator

United Kingdom
2648 Posts

Posted - 19 Jan 2013 :  18:59:04 Show Profile Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by melle
quote:
the friction surfaces have had a smear of oil to keep the rust away until i fit them.
I would rather have those surfaces rusty than greasy to be honest...


It's only for storage..they will be de-greased and brake cleaner used to make them bone dry.
The originals left the factory with grease..that worked well on one but the other must have been in the sun as the grease had melted into the cardboard box.

'72 95 (The Flying Banana),'72 96(Bridget),'73 96 (Vernon),'74 95 (Veronica)
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