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AERO_ADY
Starting Member

United Kingdom
11 Posts

Posted - 16 Aug 2013 :  20:14:51 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Some tricky repairs needed there but I'm sure it'll come good.

Look forwards to seeing some more
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Dirtbiker
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
568 Posts

Posted - 17 Aug 2013 :  18:18:12 Show Profile Visit Dirtbiker's Homepage Reply with Quote
Hi Melle,

Great to see pics of the van on it's wheels. It looks pretty solid...?

Good work so far and look forward to progress.

Cheers
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2249 Posts

Posted - 17 Aug 2013 :  20:15:25 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
It's pretty solid over all, but the amount of welding required is still bigger than I initially hoped for. I think I've done all the tricky bits now, apart from the air intake below the windscreen. Suspension towers are in great condition, hope the rear spoiler will appear to be solid as well. I've also welded up over a 100 screw holes in the floor and the car has a couple more holes that shouldn't be there... I'll be taking the wheels and suspension off later, but it's handiest to keep it rolling as long as possible, because I love doing all non-welding work outside on a tarpaulin.

I'm in no hurry at all, but I'm looking forward to having the welding done as it's not really one of my hobbies. That'll take another couple of years though I'm afraid...

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 - 28 Jan 2014 :  15:02:01 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Just came across this pic and wondered how yours was going?

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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2249 Posts

Posted - 28 Jan 2014 :  21:31:17 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Ace! Where did you find that one? Is that a Norwegian number plate?

I've scheduled a couple of days welding next week, hope to make some progress. I start to hate this being a long distance project and it looks like I'm moving even further away from my workshop later this year...

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 - 29 Jan 2014 :  08:58:24 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Found it via google, looks like it's on this guys pinterest page...

http://www.pinterest.com/wiredinstructor/denniss-saabspot/

I'll ask him where he saw it.
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ianh
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
225 Posts

Posted - 29 Jan 2014 :  09:35:06 Show Profile Reply with Quote
What a fantastic collection of Saab photos
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James Ranaldi
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1350 Posts

Posted - 29 Jan 2014 :  20:34:19 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Great stuff,
Thanks for sharing

1968 V4, LHD
1984 99 GL
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2249 Posts

Posted - 15 Feb 2014 :  22:57:58 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Not sure if this qualifies as progress but at least I had a couple days of fun with the welder. Bought an automatic welding mask, flippin' amazing gadget!

Air box and firewall were in pretty bad nick under 1/4" filler (vent cover didn't fit anymore), although I've seen worse:


So I drilled the spot welds and cut some tin out:



Fresh metal in place:



And cleaned up:


One piece on the firewall left but I had to leave that until next time. I have a very uncomfortable spinal disc herniation and working in a bent position definitely doesn't help...


I had a donor air box that cleaned up pretty OK but however still needed some patching with pieces from the original box:


Sorry for the crappy pic. The window channel will get some fresh metal next time.

I've taken all front suspension and steering parts off the car, the rear axle with wheels and the hand brake cables are the last bits left at the moment. Also did a bit of under seal scraping because I'm not looking forward to doing it all in one go once the fun jobs are done.

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

United Kingdom
568 Posts

Posted - 16 Feb 2014 :  18:15:48 Show Profile Visit Dirtbiker's Homepage Reply with Quote
That's brave! I like it. Really good to see how that bit can be removed, and definitely the way to go to repair that area properly.
Nice!
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2249 Posts

Posted - 16 Feb 2014 :  21:19:07 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Cheers. Bit jealous of where you are with your project, nice work.

Got some new wheels for the 95, Continental 5.90 and Michelin 6.40 cross ply tyres.


No worries, I have plenty better rims. Suspension will be raised a bit, see http://www.saab-v4.co.uk/speedball/topic.asp?topic_id=3574. I have 900 rear springs that I'm going to try as front springs and original 95 rear springs from Finland.

And some inspiration: http://retrorides.proboards.com/thread/98127/lifted-road-cars-pics

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

Switzerland
105 Posts

Posted - 17 Feb 2014 :  19:44:15 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hi Melle, it seems that spinal disc hernia is a privilege of saab restorers. Is it already so warm in Denmark that you can work with garage doors opened (your photo)?
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2249 Posts

Posted - 18 Feb 2014 :  17:21:42 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
I work in the sunny North of the Netherlands (between the showers that is). Denmark is not much colder at the moment, winter lasted exactly one week this year.

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

United Kingdom
2103 Posts

Posted - 10 Apr 2014 :  14:01:17 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Just came across these photos and thought you might like to see them...


















Cheers,
Simon
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2249 Posts

Posted - 10 Apr 2014 :  14:39:16 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Cool, thanks! I know that car and its owner; it is for sale but considering the price I think he doesn't really want to part with it yet.

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