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Zagato
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
755 Posts

Posted - 05 Feb 2016 :  13:05:54 Show Profile Reply with Quote
You have the contacts Simon and you will admit it was one of the quicker jobs!

For a really proper job with good finish you really need to put the hours in for preparation etc and you are looking at closer to 8k these days, there is a lot of work involved. 5k is the price if I do the majority of the prep myself...

To do the job properly and the car justice to find out about any rot, you need to take windows out, wings off, etc. Spraying over wing beading isn,t my thing at all, I have always dream,t of a high standard v4 since my first when I was a kid and this time it,s gonna happen, may just take a while...

I have spent two afternoons trying to get the inside of my bonnet clean and it,s still a mess, trying to clean without water is VERY tricky. Getting the grease out between the springs is a nightmare, one option is to steam clean and blow the water off immediately!

1977 96L Opal Green

Edited by - Zagato on 05 Feb 2016 13:09:37
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UK_Sub
Moderator

United Kingdom
2152 Posts

Posted - 05 Feb 2016 :  13:46:12 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Ha! If you call 2 years getting it ready for paint, 'quick' :)

I spent at least 6 months working on the front wings alone.

I'll admit it was very helpful having a workshop to complete the work, the windows were removed for painting btw. I then spent a lot of time rubbing the paintwork down - by hand, to remove the slight orange peel. Plus I did get 'mates rates' I suppose, but another forum member here, went to the same guy and spent 2k, but they handed it over without doing any prep - and it needed a lot!

From what I can see - yours doesn't look like it needs a respray, if that's the original paint - I would leave it as is, especially if it's going to cost as much as you say!

I'll bet the engine bay will clean up (again, looks great in the pics) well too - especially if it's anything like the underneath.

Keep up the great work, this one is well worth preserving.
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2541 Posts

Posted - 05 Feb 2016 :  14:00:30 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Wow, 8k buys me about 8 96s!

www.saabv4.com
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Zagato
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
755 Posts

Posted - 05 Feb 2016 :  16:55:29 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Oops! Sorry Simon, not saying anything again, orange peel very appropriate for that colour though . Never saw it in the flesh just remember a pic of front grill corner, maybe it was the front grill, no trim on side, wrong screws or something and that was that, condemned lol, jump to a negative assumption me!!, easy when you don,t present anything yourself of course like me...

Generally there are many different degrees of paint finish/spray quality as we
all know. I remember my ole mate John Ashley Barker being disappointed by an outside spray by a company local to me, windows in etc but not engine bay and boot, not inner doors etc and he paid 2.5k, it wasn,t that bad but but not a completely smooth finish. This was maybe over ten years ago. I have just called around for a quote for a front wing respray and blending in for a 9000, quotes coming in a 400 mark. I know the cheapest to respray an Landie is 6k around here. I can get it done for 2k off a guy that sprays lorries but you would pay that to take it all off again having seen the finish!! You kinda get what you pay for a though I am not expecting a top nick job just pretty good but yeah can't justify 5k at the moments with house alterations and like you say Melle you can get some 96's for that dosh or even a stroker!!

Yeah always look pretty good in pics Simon but Don,t be fooled, it,s a mess and you would agree if you see it in the flesh... I wish it did look that good in real life, certainly wouldn,t be bothering with a respray! That picture would fool eve me until I go out into the garage... do need to think about it all though...




1977 96L Opal Green

Edited by - Zagato on 05 Feb 2016 17:05:03
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john-saab
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United Kingdom
2669 Posts

Posted - 05 Feb 2016 :  17:23:43 Show Profile Reply with Quote
8K for a re-spray...I would expect that to be the price if they strip the car down for you and re-build it afterwards...for just prep and paint...that sounds like a job they don't want to do but will take it on if the price is right.
It looks OK to me and it's only original once.

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

United Kingdom
755 Posts

Posted - 05 Feb 2016 :  18:02:54 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Oh dear this is where forums don,t work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! had a few beers so gonna leave it at that....

1977 96L Opal Green
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pchristy
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1768 Posts

Posted - 05 Feb 2016 :  18:14:49 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Crikey! My re-spray was an absolute bargain, then.....!!!

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Pete
"Duct tape is like the Force: It has a light side and a dark side, and it binds the Universe together!"
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john wyatt
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United Kingdom
1030 Posts

Posted - 05 Feb 2016 :  21:48:36 Show Profile Reply with Quote
You should consider sending it to Scotland, I use various painters but one in particular when I require 100% flawless, he has done several concours cars and he would be nothing like 8k, I would guess half that to make perfectly straight and flat if you removed interior and glass, if you are dealing with removing rot then who knows I am doing a 66 vw van and invisible repairs take a very long time!!
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andydeans3
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1067 Posts

Posted - 06 Feb 2016 :  22:15:14 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Zagato

I second John Wyatt's comment. Send it up to Jockland!

I've just had a quote for a re-spray for my 96, 2167, if I do all the leg work of removing the bumpers/trim/lights, front and back wings etc.
They'll remove, refit the glass.

Point here is that this company has re-sprayed my MGB twice in the 35 years I've had the MGB, I therefore know that they will do an excellent job.

Andy

1978 LHD SAAB 96
1978 MGB Roadster
2008 LHD "Classic" Renault Twingo
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Zagato
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
755 Posts

Posted - 08 Feb 2016 :  07:51:43 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Incredibly cheap, all worth looking into, thanks folks

Edit - John she won,t be at Swedish Day (but the kids and I will be) i,m going to carry on working on her whilst saving up and hope to get her back on the road in good condition with full respray by the end of next next summer...

1977 96L Opal Green

Edited by - Zagato on 08 Feb 2016 12:18:45
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Zagato
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
755 Posts

Posted - 09 Feb 2016 :  12:41:12 Show Profile Reply with Quote
These just in, SAMCO classic hose set, look good, breather pipe from JohnSAAB but Malbrads also offer it separately.



Need to have a look at the original hose clips and see if they can be reused, should be alright for a clean up and lick of red paint.

Now excited by hose clips, oh dear



Edited by - Zagato on 09 Feb 2016 12:52:35
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Zagato
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
755 Posts

Posted - 09 Feb 2016 :  18:44:45 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Just bought 'RUF' a stable mate, been looking for a nice 9000 anniversary for over a year so happy days and leaves plenty in the 96 budget still phew, thought it was going to be one or the other the prices they seem to go for nowadays...

No rust on arches, windscreen, been garaged, one elderly owner, FSH history etc so train up to Nottingham on Friday :D sooooo excited, love the colour and interior, needs some scuffs sorting on front bumper near side front and back, done 105,000 but for 699 it,s worth the gamble...

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A good example of this anniversary model. One owner since new with FSH. The interior is in very good condition with all the many gadgets working. The paint work in general good condition several minor scraps on nearside bumper. Still used on a regular basis., Air conditioning, Leather trim, Heated seats, Height adjustable driver's seat, Power steering, Steering wheel reach adjustment, Central locking, Alarm, Driver's airbags, Passenger airbags. 5 seats, GREEN, 699









Edited by - Zagato on 14 Feb 2016 08:44:34
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pchristy
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1768 Posts

Posted - 09 Feb 2016 :  19:11:51 Show Profile Reply with Quote
That looks very smart! You'll love it - alongside the 96, probably the two best cars SAAB ever made! Mine is a joy on long journeys, and even manages to be more economical than the 96 around hilly Devon!



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Pete
"Duct tape is like the Force: It has a light side and a dark side, and it binds the Universe together!"
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Peter96
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
286 Posts

Posted - 09 Feb 2016 :  19:18:15 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Nice machine and a bargain at that price.
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Zagato
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
755 Posts

Posted - 10 Feb 2016 :  06:07:49 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Thanks chaps, just need some super aero wheels and a small engine upgrade .

1977 96L Opal Green
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