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scallyrally
V4 Beginner

85 Posts

Posted - 03 Jan 2010 :  21:10:01 Show Profile Reply with Quote


Blue one is the one im having trouble starting
both 1972/73
will get some better ones up soon

Edited by - scallyrally on 03 Jan 2010 21:13:04
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UK_Sub
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2337 Posts

Posted - 03 Jan 2010 :  22:58:44 Show Profile Reply with Quote
That's what I call a driveway - two 95's! How cool is that!And one of 'em's got a roof rack.

Hope you get it sorted soon.
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scallyrally
V4 Beginner

85 Posts

Posted - 04 Jan 2010 :  17:34:17 Show Profile Reply with Quote
At last shes going!!!
It was the starter motor! swapped the motor from the beige/yellow saab and she started up straight away
but what a pig of a job - could not access the wires off the solenoid but got the starter motor bolts undone easily off but still no room to maneuver the starter out so ended up removing the engine mounts
Thanks for the help!
Next plans are to overhaul the front suspension, brakes and maybe the rear suspension if needed
and a new exhaust - so will be asking for more advice soon! -
any idea of what parts are readily available and whats not as regards the brakes and suspension?
have got brake shoes and front pads -I have read on here that saab c900 bushes will fit the v4 wishbones -
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john-saab
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United Kingdom
2679 Posts

Posted - 04 Jan 2010 :  17:47:59 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hoooray!
All the brake parts are avaliable off the shelf..well off Ebay etc. Front shocks/springs and avaliable but the 95 has a different set up to the 96 at the back..it has lever arm dampers..these are rare new but can be overhauled..not sure where you would get that done (i will be fitting a pair i won on Ebay a few years ago pretty soon.)
You can get the exhaust new..depends what you want from it and how much you want to pay..standard in steel..standard in stainless or performance?
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john-saab
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 04 Jan 2010 :  17:50:01 Show Profile Reply with Quote
quote:
-I have read on here that saab c900 bushes will fit the v4 wishbones -

They even fit the early 2 stroke bull nose cars!
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scallyrally
V4 Beginner

85 Posts

Posted - 04 Jan 2010 :  18:24:57 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Was planning on just getting the lever arm dampers overhauled and understand they can be uprated? Will try to source some local companies for this. Thanks for confirming that the c900 bushes will fit
Exhaust I was planning on just a cheap replacement at the moment but will add jetex in the nearby future

Cheers!
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UK_Sub
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2337 Posts

Posted - 04 Jan 2010 :  18:45:16 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I got mine refurbished, one pair standard oil and one pair with thicker oil to stiffen them up (as the car is a bit low). I'll look out their details . . .
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john wyatt
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1031 Posts

Posted - 04 Jan 2010 :  19:31:11 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Dont suppost the biege one ever resided in Scotland? looks like one I had for a while, a standard mild steel exhaust is probably about same price as a Jetex these days.
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scallyrally
V4 Beginner

85 Posts

Posted - 04 Jan 2010 :  19:44:06 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Beige Saab has had 2 owners from new and was based in Southampton and London The Carolina blue saab was based in Ess ex then Edinburgh
Have full history on both of them from new - makes some interesting reading and fun seeing the prices charged for works / services etc over the years! I have always had an array of Saab c900 my current daily driver is a saab t16 vert and bought the beige saab few yrs back as it was the same age as me, but due to working commitments it has been in storage and have just acquired the blue saab

Really a mild Steel exhaust costs 200!! wow i was hoping to get away with just the rear box
If thats the case I will put a jetex on!

Edited by - scallyrally on 04 Jan 2010 19:50:44
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john wyatt
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1031 Posts

Posted - 04 Jan 2010 :  20:00:55 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Never seen the blue 95 in Edinburgh but did hear Western SAAB at Balcarres Street used to get one in from time to time until fairly recently, wonder if this is it?
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UK_Sub
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2337 Posts

Posted - 04 Jan 2010 :  20:02:30 Show Profile Reply with Quote
The company the refurbed my shocks were;

Recon and Return, 39a Avenue Road Extension, Leicester LE2 3EP Tel 0116 244 8103

It cost 25 each to recondition the shocks (they've written 8688 as a model no.) and a further 15 to rebush the link arms

all of which were cleaned and repainted a fetching shade of black.

19.50 to package and post (but there were 4 of them!).

Cheers,

Simon
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john-saab
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 04 Jan 2010 :  20:31:56 Show Profile Reply with Quote
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(they've written 8688 as a model no.)

Looks like that's possibly where the ones i bought off Ebay came from?

Edited by - john-saab on 04 Jan 2010 20:32:37
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scallyrally
V4 Beginner

85 Posts

Posted - 04 Jan 2010 :  20:54:58 Show Profile Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by UK_Sub
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It cost 25 each to recondition the shocks (they've written 8688 as a model no.) and a further 15 to rebush the link arms



Seems very reasonable - thanks for that will contact them

Looking at the Blue saabs history - she spent a good year with Western Saab 2004 - 2005 ,new clutch, master and slave cylinders, car was overheating so new timing gears,timing case bearings and fan , new oil pump, new carb and few other bits and bobs - some silly money had been spent with them bills for way over 4000 then she was laid up in 2006 until i got her dec 2009

Edited by - scallyrally on 04 Jan 2010 20:57:01
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john-saab
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 05 Jan 2010 :  08:43:19 Show Profile Reply with Quote
It might be worth getting in contact with Western to see if they have a more detailed rundown of the work done..like were balance shaft bearings fitted..my guess is that they just fitted better timing gear as it would show up on the bill..the bearing's arn't cheap.
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john wyatt
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1031 Posts

Posted - 05 Jan 2010 :  13:02:14 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Was speaking to my pal this morning, he did the work on the car, apparently the last owner bought it in Sheffield, drove it home to Edinburgh and the timing gear gave out on the city bypass, one thing he did mention was it getting a new oil pump, dont think bearings would have been touched but can ask.
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