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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:09 pm 
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Hi all,

Only just registered and looking to you good people for some help please...

I have my late fathers 96 in the garage, was pushed in there in 1982 and never moved since. it was bought new in 1968 so only one owner, no idea what's wrong with it, looking to move it to my neck of the woods here in Dorset (currently in Hampshire) can anyone suggest somewhere I can take it to be restored? I have no idea if it can me sorted out, I would love to get it back on the road and as original as possible. (This will NEVER be for sale, I want it back and how my Father ordered it in the first place)

Thanks in advance...


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:04 pm 
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Welcome aboard Crunchienugget.

Suggest that you contact Martin at Jamsaab, Bristol as a starting point.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:30 pm 
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That would be quite an early V4. I think these early cars are so much more desirable than the later V4's.
Still retain some of the two stroke features.

Graham MacDonald is highly regarded for his restoration of early Saab marques and definitely worth contacting although I suspect you may have to join a bit of a queue!

Any pictures?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:59 pm 
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Welcome to the slippery slope! :D My advice would be get the car over to yours and tuck it up in a garage/shed or what have you. Clean it, play with it and get to know it. Read up, use this forum and you'll be amazed of how much you can actually do yourself and how satisfying it can be to achieve small milestones during it's recommissioning. As said before, most reputable restorers have a long queue (including Jamsaab) so you might as well get on with it! All the best, Peter

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:06 pm 
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Welcome! :)

Martin at Jamsaab is a good start. http://www.jamsaab.co.uk

Also look at this thread: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=141612

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:00 pm 
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Welcome :D

Nice to hear that your looking to put it back on the road 8)

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:05 am 
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Car Model: 96 V4 & Dead 9-3 'vert
Whereabouts in Hampshire are you?

Whilst by no means a knowledge on V4s (mostly worked on newer stuff) I've got my own V4 project in the garage and Imay be able to give you a hand to get yours running for an MOT and the trip down, depending on why it was stored back in '82 in the first place.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:55 am 
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beardydave wrote:
Whereabouts in Hampshire are you?

Whilst by no means a knowledge on V4s (mostly worked on newer stuff) I've got my own V4 project in the garage and Imay be able to give you a hand to get yours running for an MOT and the trip down, depending on why it was stored back in '82 in the first place.


Looks like it may need a bit of work of work before its anywhere near ready for an MoT.

viewtopic.php?f=12&t=123438&start=180#p1674831

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 10:33 am 
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Car Model: 96 V4 & Dead 9-3 'vert
Throw a bucket of water over it and see if it starts...

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 11:20 am 
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Thanks for the help so far, yeah even as a novice this is a mile away from an mot!!
Car is near Basingstoke


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:02 pm 
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Car Model: 2stroke many V4's & 4 C900
I'm Dorset based and may be able to help with parts.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:23 pm 
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Car Model: 96L, 9000 Aero 9-3, 9-5
Graham MacDonald Tel 01885 482042. Join the que!!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:06 am 
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I would agree speak to Martin at Jamsaab!!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:49 pm 
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I would recommend Paul at Coltech Classics in Poole if you need any MOT work doing (welding, electrics, mechanical etc.). He's done some great work to my cars;

http://www.saab-v4.co.uk/speedball/topi ... ect,orange

http://www.saab-v4.co.uk/speedball/topi ... ect,orange

To see some of the other projects he's worked on - check out his website...

http://www.coltechclassics.com


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:10 pm 
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The last link doesn't work Simon.
I can also say that Coltech come recommended..I have seen 1st hand, in house, the work they do and it's very impressive.
http://www.coltechclassics.com/category ... t-projects

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:15 pm 
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The last link doesn't work Simon.
Because of a typo...

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:36 pm 
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Interesting...someone has added an indicator to the lower part of the rear air vent (known as the "Elephant Ear") That's the first time I have seen that.
It doesn't look too bad at a glance. Someones cat seems to like it (paw prints)
Early 68 car judging by the dash so it has the "cheese grater" grill and nicer interior.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:53 pm 
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Great to see cars like this see the light of day after around 34 years of being hidden away slumbering.
It would be nice to think that if it was pushed into the barn when it was 'only' about 14 years old that it might not be too rusty.
A lot depends on the storage conditions though.
Possibly put away because of balance shaft gear failure or gearbox problems?

My advice would be don't do anything with it, other than move it, if it has to be moved.
Until that is a thorough appraisal has been carried out on the structural condition by someone who knows what they are looking at.
Once this has been carried out you can decide what the best course of action would be.
Options obviously depend a great deal on whether you feel confident to do some/all of the work yourself or hand it over to a specialist.

Bear in mind that a full professional restoration (if required) may exceed the value of the car.
This doesn't mean that it's not worth it, especially if the car has sentimental value.

The mechanical work can be relatively easy and enjoyable compared with the depressing task of dealing with a rusty bodyshell.
So my advice would always be sort the body out first and then move on to the mechanical bits.

I definitely wouldn't try and start it and I probably wouldn't even wash it!
Perhaps just free the brakes off and make sure the tyres hold air so it can be moved around.

If the initial enthusiasm subsides (and I hope it doesn't!) and reality sinks in, then the project will be worth more in complete 'as found' condition than a partly dismantled basket case.

Good luck and keep us updated!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:28 pm 
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As an aside and in no connection to the OP.

I had a client in a similar position, the car in question was an old Merc and it would have needed 10k plus to get it sorted. The father had not told the son to keep the car and the son, my client did not have the funds or storage to deal with the car and he was really upset/stressing out about what he thought was his obligation to get it sorted. Your fathers car is obviously an emotive responsibility after all.

He was most thankful for relieving him of this turmoil when I told him that my father had said to me that when he goes, it was up to me what I did with his car and as much as he loves his SAABs it is just a car and I should not feel any responsibility to keep it in his memory... And I won,t be as it,s a later SAAB!

Two months later my client was very grateful and sent me a message saying he had sold his fathers Merc and bought three watches, one for himself and two for his twin daughters in his memory.

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