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digger
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Posted - 26 Nov 2017 :  20:58:39 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hi I am based in Hampshire, drive diggers for a living, and am feeling guilty that although I really enjoy following everyone else's projects I have never gotten around to posting any pictures of my own efforts.
I purchased this 1972 Verona Green 96 about 5 years ago with the intention of giving it a quick tidy up and then using it. I have failed spectacularly to stick to this plan and instead dismantled the car completely! Having completed all the necessary welding, I had planned on getting a body shop to spray the car, but I have now strayed from this plan also and I am painting the car myself. This is the first project like this that I have taken on, and I feel I wont know what my limitation are unless I have a bash at things.

This shed I am working in is something that I cobbled out of RSJ and box profile on the site of an old pigsty and the 4 post ramp is an ebay buy. I have taken some pictures of my project so far.






































andydeans3
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1067 Posts

Posted - 26 Nov 2017 :  21:22:54 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Digger.

Wow, what a project, well done sir, that is amazing!

As a matter of interest, how much did you pay for the 4 post lift?
I'm thinking about getting one, but the 2 grand plus for a new one, is OTT!

Andy

1978 LHD SAAB 96
1978 MGB Roadster
2008 LHD "Classic" Renault Twingo
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digger
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35 Posts

Posted - 26 Nov 2017 :  21:53:00 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hi Andy, thanks for the comment. From memory it was around 1000 about 4 years back, but they are usually 3 phase when they come up. Luckily I had a 3 phase supply.
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GeoffC
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
385 Posts

Posted - 26 Nov 2017 :  21:57:58 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Very impressive - looking forward to seeing more!
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James Ranaldi
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1383 Posts

Posted - 27 Nov 2017 :  08:24:24 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I Say, Ding dong

That is fantastic . . . .excellent work.

Your pictures will either spur me on to finish my car or I may just set fire to the lot

Thanks for posting.

Cheers

1968 V4, LHD
1984 99 GL
1992 C900i Convertible
1993 C900 LPT Convertible
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Dynorog
V4 Beginner

United Kingdom
93 Posts

Posted - 27 Nov 2017 :  08:44:20 Show Profile Reply with Quote


That's the way to do it.

Great job.

Our projects have something in common apart from being '72s

Yours is being carried out on the site of an old pigsty.
Mine is being carried out on the site of something that now looking like a pigsty!

Cheers

Dynorog
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chris steeden
V4 Beginner

United Kingdom
74 Posts

Posted - 27 Nov 2017 :  08:47:47 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Superb and looking better than when they were new. You certainly have an eye for perfection. Please keep us updated Mr Digger.
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green96v4
V4 Fanatic

Canada
380 Posts

Posted - 27 Nov 2017 :  12:52:50 Show Profile Visit green96v4's Homepage Reply with Quote
Love it, this was the most gratifying part of my rebuild - love seeing others, keep the images coming!
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deggsie
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United Kingdom
298 Posts

Posted - 27 Nov 2017 :  13:33:54 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Absolutely superb, well done Digger.
Looking forward to the next instalment !

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Saab - beyond the conventional !
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2541 Posts

Posted - 27 Nov 2017 :  20:43:54 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Looks fantastic, great colour as well and I bet the Dynamat will add positively to the driving experience. Good idea to make the battery tray removable.

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digger
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35 Posts

Posted - 27 Nov 2017 :  22:59:31 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Good spot on the battery tray Melle. The previous owner had stitch drilled through it to remove it, I guess to access the brake pipe, and had then reattached it with gutter bolts. I decided having it properly bolted on rather than welded could allow useful extra access in the future. It has also allowed me to move it back slightly so I can use a slightly larger battery as per cars with lhd layout.
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2541 Posts

Posted - 27 Nov 2017 :  23:01:35 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Never noticed RHD cars use a smaller battery!

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digger
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35 Posts

Posted - 28 Nov 2017 :  07:43:48 Show Profile Reply with Quote
The wing brace across the engine bay has a crank in the end on LHD cars so you can use the hole battery tray, but the brace is straight on RHD cars which seems to reduce the usable area.I have no idea what size battery the cars came out of the factory with,I just like to fit the largest that will fit.
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greg124
V4 Beginner

United Kingdom
91 Posts

Posted - 28 Nov 2017 :  09:38:54 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hi Digger, great project.
I've 'borrowed' the battery out of my BMW E30 to get the 96 going. It's about the biggest battery you can fit in the space available on a RHD car. Type 075, it's about 9.5 x 7 x 7 inches
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2541 Posts

Posted - 28 Nov 2017 :  11:11:13 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by digger
The wing brace across the engine bay has a crank in the end on LHD cars so you can use the hole battery tray, but the brace is straight on RHD cars which seems to reduce the usable area.
Ah, yes, I know what you mean now. This is not a LHD/ RHD thing but model year related. My '70 96 also has a smaller battery than the '77 95 (both LHD).

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Edited by - melle on 28 Nov 2017 11:16:01
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Woody
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2413 Posts

Posted - 28 Nov 2017 :  17:54:56 Show Profile Reply with Quote
http://www.saab-v4.co.uk/images/woodyj/gallery.htm

Most impressive work so far, photos showing work is to a very high standard. May I observe that the anti-roll bar brackets are transposed on your wishbones. see my gallery pic above. I cannot confirm how the vehicle handling might be affected, but the poly bushes look as though they will wear quickly.

Edited by - Woody on 28 Nov 2017 17:59:54
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