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Zagato
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
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Posted - 13 Mar 2017 :  10:15:00 Show Profile Reply with Quote
All set up for today's work (in between a Defender with 150 miles on the clock straight from Bowler :shock: not much change out of 55k for that!) I may have a go at the axle etc if I get time this week.



The springs still have the orange paint on them denoting the later type stiffer springs. Think they are slightly shorter, I will dig up the SAAB memo about them if I can.




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Woody
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 13 Mar 2017 :  18:29:08 Show Profile Reply with Quote
A friend had a 76 Opal Green V4 back in '82 and he told me the front springs were uprated. I remember risking life and limb taking them off with my spring clamps.
I am not aware that the rears had been changed too.
My parts book stops at 1975 for suspension items so it would be good to see the update.
Did the captive nuts on the front apron for the bumper support brackets break off or had they been removed previously?

Edited by - Woody on 13 Mar 2017 18:32:32
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Zagato
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 14 Mar 2017 :  07:10:49 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Morning Woody. Yes rears as well and they are shorter so I have a lowered SAAB! Argh! No! Hope UKSubs doesn,t read this. I am not having mine turn into a Neo nightmare lol!

Really interesting this service information half of it relates to continued improvement of the vehicle or changes especially 1973, 1976 and 1977, (the latter actually correcting many faults) whilst others address faults with supplied parts such as a batch of pushrods that were to short. It also has loads of templates due to body changes e.g. Upper valance from larger rear window and affixing later body parts like black plastic wing mirrors and for the mounting of back up lights from 1974! I am not sure if Melle has got this info on his site yet, it,s too much to photocopy at 10 a side or whatever astromical amount they charge and I don,t have a scanner.



Detail right down to a discontinued washer.



I didn,t have any captive nuts on the bumper irons or on the front apron! EDIT I see where you may mean, in the very corner of inner wing to front apron... No captive nut, permanently fixed/welded anyway!



Edited by - Zagato on 14 Mar 2017 08:08:18
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
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Posted - 14 Mar 2017 :  11:14:38 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
I could scan your book at work if you're willing to loan it to me? Would be a great addition to the site. I also have a 1979 workshop manual to go on the site, just haven't found the time to upload it yet.

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Zagato
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 14 Mar 2017 :  12:07:19 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I can give it to you at Swedish Day Melle


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melle
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 14 Mar 2017 :  12:17:17 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
That would be awesome!

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Zagato
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 20 Mar 2017 :  16:52:32 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Lasts weeks sunny weather diverted me from the 96 to the garden, but now the greenhouse, veg patch and new planting is done I can get b k on the 96

Cleaned up the fuse boxes today with ACF-50 on conacts to stop corrosion!



Slowly painting the brackets etc. Shows the three stages, bottom up, of back to bare metal, acid converting and topcoat. The POR-15 paint is pretty good. I have used it as a test to do rear crossmembers 100 a time on Defenders.



The silver one has come over from the Isle of Man just to get me to work on it. Luckily I am only 30 mins away from Gatwick, he flies back on Friday to pick it up! First rear crossmember to be done on the black double cab as well as my usual full Dinitrol works. Thanks for that John it has pushed me to do rear crossmembers, most will need doing as well.


Edited by - Zagato on 20 Mar 2017 17:20:24
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john-saab
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Posted - 20 Mar 2017 :  17:31:29 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Don't forget that POR15 hates the sun (it weakens with age) so needs a protective coat.

'73 96 (Vernon),'74 95 (Veronica)plus 4 other 95's and 2 96's
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Zagato
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United Kingdom
755 Posts

Posted - 20 Mar 2017 :  18:12:09 Show Profile Reply with Quote
No it,s OK, it is UV resistant John. This is when POR-15 can describe so many of their products. The "original POR-15" is not UV resistant although I think they do a UV original resistant type. This is what most people know as POR-15 and is the really hard stuff!

The Top Coat POR-15 spray is UV resistant and can go directly over the "original" POR-15 paint if you need it protected from the sun. It is not as hard as the original but harder than the usual rattle can and is chip proof so good enough for a chassis. It comes out quite thick so the finish is not as good as some but OK for me and clients pitted crossmembers!

"original" POR-15 they call it POR-15 rust preventative paint these days.

http://www.por15.com/POR-15_Rust_Preventive_Coating

POR-15 Top Coat

http://www.por15.com/POR-15-Top-Coat_p_102.html


Edited by - Zagato on 20 Mar 2017 18:24:56
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Zagato
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
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Posted - 25 Mar 2017 :  16:42:44 Show Profile Reply with Quote
After a very long wait my original SAAB wheel being refurbished by Mota Lita came back today BUT they have put black stitching in not red so it is going back on Monday!




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john-saab
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Posted - 25 Mar 2017 :  16:46:40 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Looks a bit baggy at the bottom as well. I wonder why the decided to make the seam finish at the bottom left..it's usually at the bottom?

'73 96 (Vernon),'74 95 (Veronica)plus 4 other 95's and 2 96's
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Zagato
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United Kingdom
755 Posts

Posted - 25 Mar 2017 :  20:26:35 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Yes it,s a bit stretched at the bottom. On my original one the seam is on the opposite side in the same place not at the bottom. Have to say the one I bought off Ian Frank is much nicer, a beauty, even the mark mentioned in the advert came off when I rubbed it with my thumb. It has real hard shiny leather as well not the modern stuff pictured which I presume is pleather I think it is known as with plastic in it but I maybe wrong. It maybe 100% leather.

The new boss is deeper than the orignal so there should not be any problems with it catching the wiper lever. That is going back also, one big scrape down one side and a cm long scratch on the other both very visible as it is shiny metal under the powder coating.

I am not saying anything it just gets sent back at there cost!


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Zagato
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 29 Mar 2017 :  11:10:11 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Mota Lita have held there hands up, apologised and said they would give me a new boss and re stitch the wheel with red stitching.


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Zagato
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 29 Mar 2017 :  12:29:08 Show Profile Reply with Quote
My axle straps are knackered, can I replace them with the wheel off and the hub unsupported... I DON'T THINK SO! ( as in the picture above at the top of this thread). What's to do, raise the hub and put wood chocks underneath?

Unfortunately my Land Rover ones I could have cut in length are too wide. Any source of new ones?




Edited by - Zagato on 29 Mar 2017 12:35:53
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
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Posted - 29 Mar 2017 :  12:59:16 Show Profile Visit melle's Homepage Reply with Quote
Just support the axle with a jack close to the hub, there is not that much pressure from the spring. Ask a local garage for a used timing belt of the right width for strap replacement.

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