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JWalshe
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United Kingdom
15 Posts

Posted - 01 Mar 2017 :  08:33:00 Show Profile Visit JWalshe's Homepage Reply with Quote
Hello everyone,

Having searched for the right car for many years, I finally found one. Well... rather, it found me in a way! A conversation with a fellow enthusiast led to me buying his scruffy (but well preserved) car and bringing it home. It has taken a while to raise funds to do the restoration but it's now well underway.

The car features in the current issue of Practical Classics magazine (in all good newsagents now... etc.), in which I introduce the car and tell the story of why it is a very important car for me personally. My father owned an early E-plate V4 and it's the earliest memory I have of being in a car! Regardless of working for the magazine, this is a car I have wanted my whole life. Okay, so it's not the same year as his vehicle but it's a 96 and for that reason, I can't tell you how excited I am to finally own one. It will be my everyday transport where I live in Oundle, Northamptonshire.

Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself and say hi. I would also like to say how friendly I have found the Saab community so far. Both Saab Owners Club and Saab Enthusiasts have been really welcoming and helpful. I'm still looking for many parts (best place to buy a windscreen rubber for instance!) and will no doubt be seeking some advice as time goes by.

Kind regards,

James

Zagato
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
740 Posts

Posted - 01 Mar 2017 :  09:14:05 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hi James, give us at least one picture. The magazine article will come and go but this thread will be on here for years . It all helps to advertise and maintain enthusiasm for the model. Beside I won,t be going to a WH Smiths library any time soon!

Chris


Edited by - Zagato on 01 Mar 2017 09:15:39
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john-saab
Administrator

United Kingdom
2648 Posts

Posted - 01 Mar 2017 :  09:39:08 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hello and welcome James. I have just read the article and it's a great read.
You will need to post 5 times before the forum allows you to post pictures (a security feature to prevent naughty people posting naughty pictures).
Looking forward to further updates.

'73 96 (Vernon),'74 95 (Veronica)plus 4 other 95's and 2 96's
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Dirtbiker
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
569 Posts

Posted - 01 Mar 2017 :  19:23:37 Show Profile Visit Dirtbiker's Homepage Reply with Quote
Hi James,
Welcome to the forum!
Did a double take when I saw your father's 96 in PC, have a look at my thread titled "Blue Saab".
I have a good windscreen seal, just needs a good clean which is yours for the cost of postage. It's the slightly later type which looking at the photos of your car should be correct. Malbrads sell the chrome strip.
Good luck with the project and looking forward to following it in the mag.
Cheers
Gareth
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v4admin
Forum Admin

United Kingdom
364 Posts

Posted - 01 Mar 2017 :  21:23:31 Show Profile Visit v4admin's Homepage Reply with Quote
Great to have you on-board James, hope to catch up with you soon
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James Ranaldi
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1352 Posts

Posted - 02 Mar 2017 :  07:50:03 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Welcome aboard James .

I subscribe to Practical Classics and I look forward to following your journey with your 96.
Hopefully meet you in Birmingham at the end of rhis month. . . .I will be on the Saab Owners Club / UKSaabs Stand.

Have fun.
James

1968 V4, LHD
1984 99 GL
1992 C900i Convertible
1993 C900 LPT Convertible
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JWalshe
Starting Member

United Kingdom
15 Posts

Posted - 02 Mar 2017 :  10:25:40 Show Profile Visit JWalshe's Homepage Reply with Quote
Thanks for your kind words, everyone. Really looking forward to getting the car back on the road and to a few events this year. And of course meeting you I hope! Really glad you like the magazine article. I hope it reflects how much the car means to me. :)

Kind regards,
James
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andydeans3
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
961 Posts

Posted - 03 Mar 2017 :  19:26:17 Show Profile Reply with Quote
James

I couldn't believe it when my PC dropped through the door recently, and there was an article about a 96!!
It's such a rare and unusual car, they don't figure much in the Classic press. Made my day.

Welcome to the slightly unusual world of the SAAB 96!

Andy Deans

1978 LHD SAAB 96
1978 MGB Roadster
2008 LHD "Classic" Renault Twingo

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JWalshe
Starting Member

United Kingdom
15 Posts

Posted - 12 Apr 2017 :  15:16:48 Show Profile Visit JWalshe's Homepage Reply with Quote
Almost finished the welding now. Would like to upload some photos here but can't yet do so... I'll keep posting until I'm allowed! :-)
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john-saab
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United Kingdom
2648 Posts

Posted - 12 Apr 2017 :  17:19:14 Show Profile Reply with Quote
2 more posts...

'73 96 (Vernon),'74 95 (Veronica)plus 4 other 95's and 2 96's
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JWalshe
Starting Member

United Kingdom
15 Posts

Posted - 12 Apr 2017 :  17:37:51 Show Profile Visit JWalshe's Homepage Reply with Quote
Here...
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JWalshe
Starting Member

United Kingdom
15 Posts

Posted - 12 Apr 2017 :  17:40:20 Show Profile Visit JWalshe's Homepage Reply with Quote
...are...
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JWalshe
Starting Member

United Kingdom
15 Posts

Posted - 12 Apr 2017 :  17:43:13 Show Profile Visit JWalshe's Homepage Reply with Quote
...some pictures of my car. (Hopefully I can now post photos!)
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JWalshe
Starting Member

United Kingdom
15 Posts

Posted - 12 Apr 2017 :  17:45:39 Show Profile Visit JWalshe's Homepage Reply with Quote
Nope. Seems not. Crikey - this is like 1998! :-)
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Zagato
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
740 Posts

Posted - 12 Apr 2017 :  18:03:11 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Would love to see pics of this, are you using photobucket, you have to make the IMG into lower case img if that is any help!

How are you doing it so a mod can help? Is your registration DOT 722K or DOT 724k as mY newly purchased project is DOT 723K and was told by Mark that the registrations were consequetive!


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john-saab
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United Kingdom
2648 Posts

Posted - 12 Apr 2017 :  19:48:01 Show Profile Reply with Quote
The registration on James's car isn't the registration it was issued with when new..it's one that DVLA issued when the original was transferred. (I think that's the case)
James..please try posting a picture now (you will need to use a host link)

'73 96 (Vernon),'74 95 (Veronica)plus 4 other 95's and 2 96's
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