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sweedspeed
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Posted - 06 Aug 2012 :  22:50:28 Show Profile Reply with Quote
nice work its looking well :-)


'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
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United Kingdom
2270 Posts

Posted - 02 Dec 2012 :  11:10:37 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Not much done, apart from s.exing up the towbar:


Thinking of how to raise the suspension a bit: http://www.saab-v4.co.uk/speedball/topic.asp?topic_id=3574

1970 96V4 "The Devil's Own V4"
1977 95V4 van conversion project
1988 900i 8V
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transit80
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
775 Posts

Posted - 02 Dec 2012 :  13:19:19 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hi Melle, cant you use something like them caravan spring assistors??,or a shaped metal insert of the right thickness and shape on top of the spring using the formula that if you take OFF one ring of the spring it will lower the vehicle by X amount thereby putting said insert of X thickness will raise it??

Chris
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melle
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United Kingdom
2270 Posts

Posted - 02 Dec 2012 :  15:52:53 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Might work for getting a better height, but I also want slightly stiffer springs.

1970 96V4 "The Devil's Own V4"
1977 95V4 van conversion project
1988 900i 8V
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transit80
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
775 Posts

Posted - 08 Dec 2012 :  19:23:49 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Is there some way of heat treating the original springs to make them stiffer??

Chris
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UK_Sub
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United Kingdom
2106 Posts

Posted - 09 Dec 2012 :  21:44:02 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Have some made...

I went to these guys
http://www.coilsprings.co.uk/

who made me me a set of custom springs for a '65 chevy suburban. I tld them the rough weight of the car, the compressed and decompressed length of the springs and they made them to the perfect spec - and powder-coated them.

They cost £200 for the set.

Simon
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2270 Posts

Posted - 11 Dec 2012 :  14:36:59 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Trying bodge options first before spending serious money.

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
2106 Posts

Posted - 07 Jan 2013 :  10:38:07 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Some inspiration for you (just seen on facebook)...
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melle
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United Kingdom
2270 Posts

Posted - 07 Jan 2013 :  21:18:14 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Cheers! I actually know that one, plus some others: http://www.saab-v4.co.uk/speedball/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2078&whichpage=4

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
2106 Posts

Posted - 07 Mar 2013 :  09:21:42 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Thought you'd like this...


Here's a rough translation...

In connection with the article next to a Volvo pickup, we shall show that they even build pickups of a SAAB.

Owners of this little unusual piece of Trollhätte Product is Owe Hassel-mountain, who built the car for several years ago when he was living in Denver, Colorado, USA.
Since he competed a lot with SAAB was quite natural to also have a pickup of the same brand. He now resides in Los Angeles, California and still use their SAAB day-day.

He has also changed moreover, the old two-stroke to a V4
He has also had to install air-conditioning, a very important detail in Southern California.

The next picture shows that it is also possible to convert a 95 to a delivery van. Put back the sides, mount the partition wall behind the front seats, and you have a nice spare parts van.



How's your Reservdelstransporter going?

Cheers,

Simon
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2270 Posts

Posted - 07 Mar 2013 :  09:53:50 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Hey Simon, great find, cheers! Looks like neat conversions. I've also been tossing with the idea of a single side panel instead of blocking the individual window spaces, but decided to keep the front right side window.

Not much progress on mine unfortunately... Had a week off last month so went down South to the workshop. Was a bloody cold week, so didn't feel like being in the freezing barn doing the last bits of welding on the front valance and rear floor. Choose to refurbish an engine in the heated workshop instead, so I have at least two V4s ready to go in once the welding is done.

It really is a pain that my workshop is so far away, but can't afford to have a second one here in Denmark...

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 - 15 Aug 2013 :  15:01:16 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Not much has been done to the 95 this summer, but at least I can report a bit of progress. I've cut out some rotten metal and replaced it with fresh stuff and I've cleaned the majority of the engine bay from a thick layer of body safe.


The car has loads of these pitted spots, I cut them out and weld new pieces in.


Also the vent below the windscreen has suffered a lot, not sure how I'm going to solve that. Think it'll be either tig welding some bits in or replacing the hole thing. I have a better one kicking about and this will also give me the chance to properly repair the bulkhead at once. The corners of the windscreen require some repairs as well.


The rear floor is in a pretty nasty condition, think I'll replace it all at once with a better floor I already have. Preparing the 'new' floor before welding it in will give a better result than many small repairs on the existing floor I guess.



There's been some repairs done in the past on the rear wheel arches/ cargo floor, I'll leave them as they are. It's not done as I would have, but it looks neat enough not to bother me.


Current state of affairs:


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
2106 Posts

Posted - 16 Aug 2013 :  08:46:20 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Thanks for the update - don't envy you with that welding, but at least you'll have a sound, solid car at the end of it!

Keep at it, can't wait to see it as a van!

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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2270 Posts

Posted - 16 Aug 2013 :  11:54:42 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by UK_Sub
don't envy you with that welding
Every time I get to the workshop I hope someone's done it for me.

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

United Kingdom
1352 Posts

Posted - 16 Aug 2013 :  12:09:26 Show Profile Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by melle
quote:
Originally posted by UK_Sub
don't envy you with that welding
Every time I get to the workshop I hope someone's done it for me.

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



Me too !

1968 V4, LHD
1984 99 GL
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