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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 5:37 am 
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I have a long list of jobs to do on the Wolf, but it is too busy working for a living at the moment.


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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 1:27 pm 
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I am working through the jobs list in the order of safety first, needless to say the fuel hose was at the top of the list which on closer inspection turned out to be worse than it looked in situ. Maybe it would be worth having a close inspection of your fuel hoses?
You can clearly see the deep cracking and the risk of a fuel leak was high. I consider it a lucky escape.


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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 3:52 pm 
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Thanks for the heads up Julian......l,ll put it at the top of my ever growing list of jobs .....cheers, Paul

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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 8:30 pm 
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saab96v4 wrote:
I am working through the jobs list in the order of safety first, needless to say the fuel hose was at the top of the list which on closer inspection turned out to be worse than it looked in situ. Maybe it would be worth having a close inspection of your fuel hoses?
You can clearly see the deep cracking and the risk of a fuel leak was high. I consider it a lucky escape.


Think it's worth pointing out that the hose pictured is not a Saab supplied hose and suspect it was made up for the conversion?


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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 9:36 pm 
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Thanks for the heads up Julian......l,ll put it at the top of my ever growing list of jobs .....cheers, Paul

I know the feeling Paul :-)

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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 9:44 pm 
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I am working through the jobs list in the order of safety first, needless to say the fuel hose was at the top of the list which on closer inspection turned out to be worse than it looked in situ. Maybe it would be worth having a close inspection of your fuel hoses?
You can clearly see the deep cracking and the risk of a fuel leak was high. I consider it a lucky escape.


Think it's worth pointing out that the hose pictured is not a Saab supplied hose and suspect it was made up for the conversion?

The condition of the hose looked to pre-date the conversion, unless possibly it was already an old piece at the time.

I couldn't find a new Saab replacement part, so ended up having to buy the parts and make one up using correctly rated materials.

The car is running extremely well as my daily driver and seems to enjoy the 4hr commute every fortnight up and down to Norwich.

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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 12:26 pm 
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I am sure that most are well aware how simple jobs can turn into sagas on older motors. This job was no exception.
I decided to change out the Aerial mast because it kept sticking.
On trying to remove the old mast, it was obvious that 1/3 of the mast was jammed solid in the tube. I wound a screw into it and removed the remaining mast, but the tube section was seized solid. I ended up removing the aerial unit and drilling out the remaining piece.
Fitting the new one is fun, you can just about feed in the new track and hold at arms length as you switch the radio on to feed the track in. The Wolf now has a nice new Aerial.

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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 5:44 pm 
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Jobs like that always turn into saga's for me as well Julian :lol:

At least its now sorted.

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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 6:09 pm 
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Jobs like that always turn into saga's for me as well Julian :lol:

At least its now sorted.

It's all part of the fun Mal :-)

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:25 am 
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The annoying Squeaky suspension that manifested itself recently was traced to a near side dry ball joint, after a long drive I noticed that the steering has actually stiffened up and began creaking as I parked it up at the airport. To get me home I pierced the boot with a terminal screwdriver and sprayed wd40 in, followed by 3 in 1 spray via the straw. The result was instant and the car drove the 4 hours home like a dream with light steering.

I am looking for some sport dampers to replace the tired monroe's that have seen better days, any recommendations are welcome. I have looked at Bilsteins to Sachs sports and everything in between but would like to know what suits the 900t best.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:10 am 
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Chipping away.
New discs, pads, front shocks (Sachs Sport), ball joints and roll bar bushes next week. That should bring the performance and suspension /brakes closer together.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:56 pm 
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Still waiting for front shocks to arrive, so I decided to chang out the duff passenger door electric window motor.
That's the natural Air-Con restored ;-)
Chipping away at it and it's getting better every time, this car is well worth the effort.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:04 pm 
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A bit of a set back today, whilst I was spraying release oil and loosening everything ready for the brakes & suspension work tomorrow, I noticed some tin worm had got into the offside driveshaft tunnel and chomped away a few holes. See pic.
I can weld, but can't work laying down after my Heart Attack in 2012, so I've booked it into a local garage to have it repaired on Monday.
Considering it passed the MOT last month it's a bit scary. I won't be going back there for the MOT next year for sure.
Anyway, it's been nipped in the bud and it's on with the work as planned tomorrow, happy days.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:10 pm 
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Melting in the heat today but set about changing out front shocks, discs, pads and roll bar bushes.

I wasn't expecting the battle tightening up the N/S front shock top mount, whoever designed that must have a sense of humour. In the end I binned the nyloc nut and double nutted it with a drop of thread lock.

The car definitely rode home better and was more sure footed with the Sachs Sport front shocks compared to the tired old Monroe units.

Pads and discs changed without incident, likewise the polyeurathane roll bar end bushes.

Ball joints are on hold until after the welding.

Safety advice required please.
Can somebody please confirm whether the front Spring seat is welded to the top wishbone?
In order to change out the top ball joint, do I need to compress the road Spring?

I seem to recall that on earlier models and 99s that the top Spring seat was not fixed to the top wishbone.
I may be wrong.

Any tips on changing out the top and bottom ball joints welcomed. Thanks.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:19 pm 
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Welding completed on drive shaft tunnel but I am not happy with it. It looks strong enough, was cheap as chips and the car drives fine, but as a permanent repair on my "Daily" it just won't do. The fact that I only discovered the rot a few days before I was due away to work was added pressure to get it done.

I noticed when it was up on the ramp that the repair was not contoured to allow the vertical travel of the lower wishbone, so he had to die-grind the cut outs. If I hadn't been there at the time, who knows what might have happened if the wishbone had struck the chassis.

While it was in, they repaired the 2 holes into the boot from the rear wheel arches, I am happy with those repairs.

I have ordered new repair panels from Bill at SAABits and will have them fitted when I get home.

It's just got to be right.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:29 am 
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I have finally tracked down a set of rear handbrake C900 "Minilites", all the way from Sweden.


Watch this space.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:33 am 
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On the welding front for the driveshaft tunnel, I have an experienced Saab specialist welder lined up to do it but I am having to wait a few months. I don't mind waiting for the right job though.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:35 am 
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Nice... must have set you back a few Krona... :o

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:19 am 
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Its not a good exchange rate but worth it. I couldn't find a set available in the UK.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:45 pm 
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I am still on the lookout for one of these boot spoilers too. Does anyone have one laying around or know of one for sale?

It's a long shot but worth a try.


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