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sweedspeed
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Posted - 11 Feb 2012 :  15:01:51 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Sorry to resurrect an old thread but having recently been diddled out of a 95 v4 van conversion by a greedy seller I was wondering if you ever got a list together of the factory built vans ?

Thanks Mark

'71 97 Sonnet III
'72 99 OEM+
'76 96L V4
'74 95 Sleeper
'88 900 Jubilee
'96 9k SST
'98 9k Annie
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transit80
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
775 Posts

Posted - 11 Feb 2012 :  15:56:44 Show Profile Reply with Quote
This one??

http://thumbs3.ebaystatic.com/m/mxYZ8jMY9AjsvZuSSKZGI8Q/140.jpg

By any chance??
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sweedspeed
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Posted - 12 Feb 2012 :  21:44:18 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hmmm Yeah

It seems both the guy I did the deal with and the bloke who bought it out from under me are both greedy "£^^%$£*( 's

Just got to believe in karma

Sorry still sore about it


'71 97 Sonnet III
'72 99 OEM+
'76 96L V4
'74 95 Sleeper
'88 900 Jubilee
'96 9k SST
'98 9k Annie
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2252 Posts

Posted - 14 Feb 2012 :  18:44:19 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Tried to get in touch with the Saab Museum in Trollhättan couple times, but they unfortunately seemed to be having more important things to do than responding to my emails...

The blue one earlier in this thread is actually still the only V4 panel van I know of, I wouldn't be surprised if it were still for sale (for good money).

1970 96V4 "The Devil's Own V4"
1977 95V4 van conversion project
1988 900i 8V
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melle
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United Kingdom
2252 Posts

Posted - 15 Feb 2012 :  12:44:36 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Here's some more pics: http://s121.photobucket.com/albums/o228/Turbo911_photo/SaaB%2095%20V4%20Van/?albumview=slideshow

I wouldn't worry too much about the yellow van and rather build one myself. That's what I'm actually doing. Coming together slowly but nicely:





Three out of four side windows will be blinded with 1.5mm water jet cut metal panels. Still haven't done the CAD-files, but once done anyone interested can have the files to have sheets cut for their own van conversion.

1970 96V4 "The Devil's Own V4"
1977 95V4 van conversion project
1988 900i 8V
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UK_Sub
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United Kingdom
2103 Posts

Posted - 15 Feb 2012 :  13:18:48 Show Profile Reply with Quote
There's some nice detail going into that van, I really like all the cubby holes and welding the mesh guard looks like it took some patience!

I look forward to seeing more on this!



Simon

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melle
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 15 Feb 2012 :  13:32:11 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
quote:
I look forward to seeing more on this!
Me too. ;) Way too little time and the car is 400 miles away from me. Thanks for the compliments btw, I'm an industrial designer, so I better do it right. ;)

1970 96V4 "The Devil's Own V4"
1977 95V4 van conversion project
1988 900i 8V
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john-saab
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Posted - 15 Feb 2012 :  17:07:47 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Looking very very good Melle..are those wires rather than mesh?..I can see what look likes spoke tensioners on the ends of the wire.
I'm still not sure it this is the right path for my yellow car (The Flying Banana)..the more I see pics of a van the more I want to do it.
If I go down this path I would be looking at changing the shocks so that it could carry an engine or two without bottoming out!
I'm not sure how classic insurance works if you change a car into a van?

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

Edited by - john-saab on 15 Feb 2012 17:12:31
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James Ranaldi
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Posted - 15 Feb 2012 :  17:10:48 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Looking good. Like it
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melle
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 15 Feb 2012 :  18:27:30 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
I made the fencing out of mesh. The 'spoke tensioners' are just welds. Mesh and tubes were zinc coated, that's why the welds look a bit dirty. I'll have the trellis sand blasted and powder coated or sprayed.

Shocks have already been changed on this one by a previous owner. He's used the triangular conversion plates mentioned elsewhere on this board and adjustable Konis. I've only driven this car once in a field and the rear end felt pretty sturdy then.

No fuzz with insurance regulations in NL (car is on Dutch plates still) as it's tax exempt and not used commercially. I built up the conversion following Danish van specs (hence the fencing) to be able to get (commercial) 'yellow plates' here in DK, but I decided against importing it because this would cost me far more than the car will ever be worth (bloody Danish import fines). Would be interested in hearing how it works in the UK, as we might move there again within a couple of years.

There's a lot more welding to do on the car, but hope to have it back on the road next summer (also said that last year). No intention though to make it a showroom car.

1970 96V4 "The Devil's Own V4"
1977 95V4 van conversion project
1988 900i 8V
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ratty
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224 Posts

Posted - 25 Feb 2012 :  21:29:01 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Just as a bit of interest there was a 95 van down here in South Devon. I actually drove it about 15 yrs ago. I tried to buy it but he would not sell. It then languished in the open and eventually was scrapped! However I think I may be able to trace some of the history of it. Unfortunaly I don't have any fotos of it. I will try and trace the history if anyone is interested? It was a v4 E reg I think, blue in colour.
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pchristy
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United Kingdom
1737 Posts

Posted - 25 Feb 2012 :  21:40:33 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I think I saw that one parked outside Chennals once, when I was in there. I remember someone pointing it out to me, parked around by the entrance to the workshop....



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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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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2252 Posts

Posted - 25 Feb 2012 :  23:05:50 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ratty
I will try and trace the history if anyone is interested?
Please!

It wasn't the blue one on the previous page?

1970 96V4 "The Devil's Own V4"
1977 95V4 van conversion project
1988 900i 8V
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UK_Sub
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United Kingdom
2103 Posts

Posted - 26 Feb 2012 :  07:43:12 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Nick at the v4 restoration company had a blue van, but sold it about 2-3 years ago, looked pretty good. I think it was decked out with plywood inside, especially between the 'cab' and the van.

He might have some more info on it and maybe know where it went...



Simon
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2252 Posts

Posted - 26 Feb 2012 :  23:00:54 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Found a set of original van-seats (fake leather) in pretty sound condition in Rovaniemi, Finland. The seller doesn't post, so if anyone here plans on visiting Santa who happens to live up there, please bring my seats southwards. ;) Any suggestions on transport solutions seriously appreciated!

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