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pchristy
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 05 Jun 2011 :  12:18:23 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I thought I'd better move my 95 thread here, as it was getting a bit away from "Idle Chat"!

I fitted the CD ignition system that I built for my original car back in the early 70s yesterday. naturally, it didn't work, as it had been sitting under the workbench for 30 years!

I didn't have time to investigate before going to work, but I've had another look this morning, and yes it was me being dumb! I'd managed to get the points and coil connections transposed somehow! Swapping the wires over provided an instant cure, and she's now running sweetly on CD ignition!

Here's a pic of the installation, with the lid removed from the ignition box, so you can see what's in there:



And here's some pix of the car:





She's certainly sound enough to use as a daily driver, although she will need the attention of a body shop in the not-too-distant future.

One thing that is concerning me slightly is that all the window rubbers are pretty cracked and perished. I doubt very much whether I'll be able to get proper replacements, so does anyone know a source of alternatives?

Also, although smooth and quiet, she now feels very slow compared to my 96! (See "Idle Chat" about the SAH brochure I found!). I don't want to turn it into a fire breathing dragon, but reckon a Weber 34ICH might be a worthwhile addition. I don't suppose anyone has one lying around that they don't want?

Tomorrow I'll be greasing the steering - something I should have done when servicing it last week, but my grease gun has a solid delivery tube and its a right b*****d to get it to seat properly on the nipple! I've got a flexible tube for it now, so hopefully that will make life a lot easier!

Onwards and upwards.....!!!



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Pete
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john-saab
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Posted - 05 Jun 2011 :  13:42:34 Show Profile Reply with Quote
That's nice Peter...the paint doesn't look too bad in the pictures. I bet it drives better with the shock absorber re-attached.

current V4 models..'72 95 (The Flying Banana),'72 96 (Bridget),'74 95 (Veronica),'74 96 (The Brown one)NOW SOLD..destined for greater things
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melle
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 05 Jun 2011 :  13:46:16 Show Profile Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by pchristy
Also, although smooth and quiet, she now feels very slow compared to my 96!
Adjusting valves and ignition, new spark plugs and cables, fresh rotor, distr. cap, condenser, and coil mostly make a lot of difference! (Guess you thought of that yourself.)

Nice motor btw, like the, pretty rare, color!

EDIT: overlooked the improvements made to your 96 as mentioned in the other thread.

1970 Saab 96V4 "The Devil's Own V4"
1977 Saab 95V4 van conversion project

Edited by - melle on 05 Jun 2011 13:50:42
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john-saab
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 05 Jun 2011 :  14:12:53 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Peter..just add this to make it the perfect practical car..http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Roof-Rack-Morris-Traveller-VW-Camper-Saab-V4-95-/170650899679?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item27bb9614df

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James Ranaldi
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 05 Jun 2011 :  18:04:16 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Looking good Pete.

My ignition system was in a wee box like that too
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pchristy
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 26 Jun 2011 :  18:43:36 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Yipee! I've won a Weber 34ich of Ebay! Its actually in better condition than the seller (who I believe is a member here) stated, so it should soon be adorning the 95!

I've ordered a rebuild kit for it, as its been unused for a number of years. I expect any rubber bits will have perished! The only thing I'm unsure about is the jet sizes!

This one has the 27mm choke. Does anyone have a copy of Genty's jetting chart from Performance96? Gosh, I miss that site.....!

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john-saab
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Posted - 26 Jun 2011 :  21:23:02 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Check that spindle Peter..the one on my car was sucking in air so i couldn't get a steady idle..i fitted my "good spare" last night and had to change it back to the old one on the road side this morning..it looked fine on the bench but under pressure it wouldn't work for the same reason..i did the test you mentioned with the oil around the spindle hole and it was clear that's the problem on both. I'm not sure if a spindle kit is avaliable like the one you need for your 28/36..if it is I need 2!

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pchristy
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 27 Jun 2011 :  11:53:02 Show Profile Reply with Quote
My friendly engineer is going to look at my 28/36. He's doing the cambelt on my Omega today - should get it back tomorrow - then I can strip the carb off the 96. Looks like mine has the steel spindles, so it will need sleeving, but he has done this before.

I'll have a good look at the 34ich when I strip it down. It hasn't been used for years, but isn't as cruddy as the photos suggested. I see Maplins are doing ultrasonic cleaners quite cheaply, but I'm not sure how big they are. Might be worth investigating......

I would like to know the correct jetting for a 27mm choke ich though, so I can check it when I strip it!

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john-saab
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Posted - 28 Jun 2011 :  08:24:06 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I spoke to Anthony at fast road cars..the spindle issues on mine may just be a shaft seal fault..a nice easy fix!

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pchristy
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 02 Aug 2011 :  18:18:24 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Managed to get a bit more done on the 95 recently. I was going to change the front shocks, but when I had a close look at them, they are not all that old! Even the rubber bushes are in good nick, so it must just be a case of "95 wallow"! I've left them as is!

I did top up the rear shocks. I couldn't find any motor-bike fork oil locally, so I just used hydraulic jack oil. They didn't take much. Whilst I had the back wheels off I adjusted the rear brakes, and the handbrake, which only appeared to be working on one side. Adjusting the cable is pretty fiddly, but the effort was worth it, as the handbrake is now much, much better!

I've also had a go at the headlights - which were distinctly cross-eyed! One of them didn't have that little plastic thingy that provides the pivot point, and was rattling around at random! I've done a temporary fix by substituting a bit of silicone fuel tubing off on of my model helicopters, but its still a bit loose! (Anyone got one of those plastic thingummyjigs going spare?) The headlights are now pointing pretty much in the right direction, but the near-side one really needs the proper plastic pivot, as re-fitting the bezel shifts the alignment!

Onwards and upwards!



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john-saab
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Posted - 02 Aug 2011 :  20:00:29 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Has it got an anti roll bar fitted?
I may have a plastic bit for the lights but i'm away for a few days..i will pm you if no one has one sooner.

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pchristy
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United Kingdom
1786 Posts

Posted - 02 Aug 2011 :  20:39:10 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hi, John,

No, no anti-roll bar! Chris Partington tells me that SAAB did some "blind" tests with and without the anti-roll bar and concluded that it didn't make any difference! And he doesn't believe it either! Apparently there were different stiffness of coil springs fitted to various models. The later "official" workshop manual gives full details, but he tells me that later models had much stiffer springs to compensate for the lack of the anti-roll bar, Alas my manual only goes up to '71, so isn't much help!

If anyone has an anti-roll bar, I'd be very interested!

Yes, John, if you've got one of those plastic pivot points, I'd be very interested! The bodge I've done works, but isn't ideal! I really need to do a better job before the MOT in December......!



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john-saab
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Posted - 04 Aug 2011 :  12:34:37 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Parts for the lights in todays post..you should get them by the weekend.

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pchristy
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 04 Aug 2011 :  13:20:14 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Cheers John!

I'll let you know when they arrive!



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pchristy
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United Kingdom
1786 Posts

Posted - 05 Aug 2011 :  19:06:21 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I think they may have arrived today, whilst I was out! There was a note from the postie saying that the parcel wouldn't fit through the letterbox (why didn't he push it through the large, slatted window????) and that he was taking it back to the post office. The post office is only ten minutes away, but the card is timed at 1400, and the po parcels counter closes at 1430!!!!!

Rant mode on: How come 50 years ago I could post something for less the 2p and have it delivered anywhere in the UK before breakfast the next morning, yet today with all the technology they have at their disposal, they can't even deliver by lunchtime, and can't keep the office open in the afternoon????!!!! Rant mode off!

Grrrr!



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john-saab
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Posted - 05 Aug 2011 :  20:19:03 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Peter..i didn't post the plastic clips alone..they are attached to a whole frame and are in a well packaged box!..but the po shutting at 14.30 is not good..our sorting office shuts at 18.00 and 20.00 on Thursdays (living 4 mins walk away has it's advantages)

current V4 models..'72 95 (The Flying Banana),'72 96 (Bridget),'74 95 (Veronica),'74 96 (The Brown one)NOW SOLD..destined for greater things

Edited by - john-saab on 05 Aug 2011 20:26:19
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