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UK_Sub
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Posted - 18 Jan 2016 :  09:20:37 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I'll try to make the cover as waterproof as possible and put rubber seals around the edges to stop as much water as possible getting in the pickup bed.

It's quite heavy, with a steel frame and 3mm aluminium skin and even heavier with two bikes bolted onto it! But the tailgate still opens, so I can still access the rear of the pickup bed.

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UK_Sub
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Posted - 29 Jan 2016 :  12:09:19 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Came across these yesterday, looks like they'll fit the V4 wing quite well and don't require any holes drilled into the wings.




Not sure they're right for this project though?
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Zagato
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 30 Jan 2016 :  08:41:26 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Might look ok, could always sell them to Iron Man as epaulettes!

1977 96L Opal Green

Edited by - Zagato on 30 Jan 2016 08:41:49
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Wonky door
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United Kingdom
36 Posts

Posted - 10 Feb 2016 :  19:14:18 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Great truck I always fancied a 95 pick up. Would there be any complications re the log book if it was started under current rules?
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UK_Sub
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Posted - 18 Apr 2016 :  12:20:27 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Got some more work done this weekend...



Might not look like much - but the boot handle had been relocated back to it's original position(at Coltech Classics), but needed to fit replacement inner workings in order to fit the handle. The same source (thanks John) kindly supplied the centre bumper section from a stroker 95. The original centre section had been removed, with just a pair of led no. plate lights. It does mean the tailgate can't open fully (I'll be fitting some Defender tailgate cables too), but I can live with that - as this looks so much better!

This was all after I took it to Wheels Day in Andover - the original wiring that would have gone up into the roof and along to the front of the car - had been routed along the top of the inner arch and then back into the car by the side centre section - just about OK, until it decided to let go and wrap itself around the rear wheel! It went with such a bang I thought the tailgate had fallen off! The wiring is now routed totally inside the car.

Also not very visible is the exhaust rear section, it had been contacting the rear valance and noisily vibrating through the whole car. It was held on with a combination of wire and a jubilee clip!?! So I made a suitable bracket and fitted an exhaust bobbin. Job done, or so I thought... walking out of the garage I noticed the rear box was hanging low again - odd... the bobbin had let go! Obviously too much weight for one bobbin to cope with, so I rigged up a second bracket and it now hangs on two bobbins. Feeling confident, I started up the car and gave it some revs - hopefully it'll stay there now!

Hopefully it'll be up together enough for the next car show - the Bicester Heritage Scramble on Drive it day...
http://bicesterheritage.co.uk/events/

Simon
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john-saab
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Posted - 19 Apr 2016 :  07:27:59 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Happy to help Simon. It's coming along nicely.

'73 96 (Vernon),'74 95 (Veronica)plus 4 other 95's and 2 96's
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Derek
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 19 Apr 2016 :  11:37:26 Show Profile Reply with Quote
"......but I can live with that - as this looks so much better!"

Don't think I could, as it totally compromises the idea of a drop tailgate on a pick-up. You can't even sit on it. It also won't be level for anything to rest on either. No BBQ or cooker for the kettle. Looks are OK but even if the handle was put further up the tailgate, it would still, it appears, hit the over riders. Amazon estate has the tops of the over riders chopped off to allow a full drop and also in that case gives a foot rest for loading a roof rack. A much more successful compromise. I salute your use of alternate Saab parts, but they wouldn't be my choice.

Also means loading your bikes will be less easy even if they are light.

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UK_Sub
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Posted - 19 Apr 2016 :  12:01:01 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I'll admit it's not ideal - but will have to do for now. I can alter/lower the overriders at a later stage, but it was more important to get the lights working and at least carry out a trial fit.

As for the bikes - they fit on top of the load cover via some front fork mounts, so no problems there.
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UK_Sub
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Posted - 27 Apr 2016 :  09:35:07 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Took the pickup to the Bicester Heritage Sunday Scramble last weekend. Was a nice surprise to see Wally and his amazing 96 there, the range of cars there was astounding and will definitely be going back there in the future!

These aren't my photos, but chuffed people noticed it...






And a small selection of the event itself...














More photos here;
https://flic.kr/s/aHskvywxLj

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Derek
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Posted - 27 Apr 2016 :  12:01:53 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Looks like a great event. You were lucky with the weather. Love the Woody. It was also Drive-It Day so I hope that boosted the turn out.
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UK_Sub
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Posted - 27 Apr 2016 :  12:35:33 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Just out of interest - that Woody was originally owned by Sir Malcolm Campbell - it's a '38 rhd Ford V8 - the wood was ordered direct from Canada (only the lhd door locks) as a flat-pack 'kit' - apparently Sir Malcolm ran a small Ford dealership, hence the unusual no. plate.

The owner started it for us and if it wasn't for the slight exhaust blow - you wouldn't know it was running - it purred along beautifully. He bought it from a small auction in Wales (in '86) unseen and not knowing it's history. He's since discovered the connection and unearthed a lot of it's history - it was originally painted in 'bluebird blue' before being covered in a dark green. It has a great patina which the owner plans to keep (it's covered in Ankor wax) - he's also 'arrested' the wood worm, so hopefully the wood will last a little longer too!
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James Ranaldi
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Posted - 27 Apr 2016 :  23:03:59 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Red wheels, whitewalls and a new Badge on the tailgate . . . . . .mmmmmm.

Fantastic show . . . .thanks for sharing the pictures

1968 V4, LHD
1984 99 GL
1992 900i Convertible
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UK_Sub
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United Kingdom
2103 Posts

Posted - 20 May 2016 :  20:23:19 Show Profile Reply with Quote
The pickup failed it's MOT on the suspension bushes - and now I can see why!





Re test tomorrow - just in time for Swedish Day.
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melle
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 20 May 2016 :  20:43:42 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Cool, looking forward to seeing it in the metal!

www.saabv4.com
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UK_Sub
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Posted - 03 Jul 2016 :  18:33:48 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Time to fit the new exhaust - replacing the blowing and quite rusty jetex with a new jetex...

pic of the old exhaust with some nice welding(!) and a couple of holes/cracks might have led to some of the noise...


Fitting these things too - seems crazy to muffle a 2" exhaust with these gaskets...


I've was offered some advice about how to reduce the resonance issue these exhausts have - more of which later.
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