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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2019 10:10 am 
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Car Model: 99L, 9000cse, 9-5s and a Panda
I'm am now the proud and excited owner of a 1973 Saab 99 L. The L is important because it means base model for 1973 so no turbo, no fuel injection and sticks mounted on the doors to operate the windows.

Yesterday was collection day. Initial thoughts of disregarding sanity and driving from Ipswich to Wigan were frowned upon by many, rightly so too. Because of that a trailer was sourced. In my time I've turned up a a hire place and thought :argh: but not yesterday. Barlow Trailers near Leyland yesterday were excellent. I'm sure there's cheaper but... Enough of the plugs.

I rocked up at my cousin/driver/muscle's place about 7:45. Coffees later off to collect the trailer (only opened at 9am) and headed off in glorious sunshine to Ipswich. 288 miles to go. It's a road trip in a van wi' two blokes what do you think we talked about?

Stopped at Cawley services because the organic bits needed servicing. Van and trailer fine. Traffic had slowed in some places through road (nothing to see here, move along, it's a bank holiday) works. Made good time and arrived at about 2:30pm.

"Did you just see that bloke waving like a loony"
"Yeah, do you reckon it's?"
"Hmm,do. He was near a big barn thing, stop and reverse and we'll check."

And sure enough, it was and there was buttercup. Buttercup?? Yellow, sunshine, in a field of them was the apparent justification for that.

A true pleasure to meet a fellow UKS member and sufferer of Saabitus. Though looking in the barn I saw examples of Fiatitus and VWBusitus as well. Unhealthy place to dwell...

Formalities exchanged and Roobarb (my car, my naming rights) was driven on to the trailer, yes children driven. :shock: A first in my experience.

The trip home as as uneventful as the trip down. Topics initiated by my cousin to test me included the history and development of Japanese two-stroke bikes from the mid 70s onwards. He threw what he thought was a curve ball by asking about "someone called Stephens".
"Ah Stan the Man, Stan Stephens, two-stroke tuner of many road and race bikes..."
I knew his mate was feeding the questions and he deserved to suffer. It was a *long* day.

Car is now back in Wigan though not at my place yet. It's arrival brought forth words like "cute" and "lovely". Extra security is now in the ToDo list.

what's the plan?

Welding is required. Ian Law of this parish has possibly said the wrong thing by expressing an interest. But have you seen his own welding projects. :shock: 8)
First on my list is wheels and calipers off
Brakes refurbished and ss hoses.
I'll test a spare set of 9000 anniversary wheels while the originals are cleaned up and safe new rubber installed.
It needs a battery which I may have one "in stock"
I'm keen to junk the points, very keen. I cut my teeth on mopeds with points and a packet of Captain Webb Mathew in you pocket for sandpaper. Not again if I have any say.
Install rear shocks kindly provided by Peter.
Treat the, hopefully, surface rust to stop that
I want the stop and go sorted to make moving it around easier and safe.

Further down the list is a deep clean of the inside and loose about a yard from around my centre section for ease of ingress.
Leave the engine alone other than cleaning and maybe painting the block.
Leave the paintwork as is after rust prevention.

I know the Rulz, photos the follow when I'm not faffing with the phone.

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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2019 10:49 am 
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Buttercup taking in some rays.
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Roobarb's transportation to the colonies.
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Car Model: C900S LPT Vert, 99 GL, 96 V4,
Great stuff, lovely car. 8)
Looking forward to following progress on this one :P

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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2019 7:03 pm 
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2019 7:03 pm 
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Nice one Tim!

I know that I should have called round to see you this weekend. I have been not far away.

Stuff meant that I had to escape from WN4 just as soon as the WRB machine would get me away.

I will keep a watch on your progress!

Good luck matey.

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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2019 7:07 pm 
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I was in the road all day yesterday so would have missed you anyway. Sadly. I'm anticipating a visit to pighill before long. I will call for a brew.

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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2019 7:15 pm 
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You are always welcome here Tim.

If I am in, I will even make you a brew! :D

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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2019 7:55 pm 
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Car Model: 9³ Aero 250bhp Maptun, Eibach
That's a good base to start with.

Adnams Broadside, that's alright stuff :)
Was there a whole case and are they in date?

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Ian78 wrote:
That's a good base to start with.

Adnams Broadside, that's alright stuff :)
Was there a whole case and are they in date?

I've not checked, I've not checked :D
An incentive from the seller to turn up. Not that is was neefed.
A measure of the man I'd say and he measured just fine.

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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 9:03 am 
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Good to meet you Mr T, I look forward to reading this thread and following Roobarb’s return to health 8)

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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 2:03 pm 
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Looking forward to hearing of progress on this one, the car resto that is rather than the beer consumption & review.

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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 3:08 pm 
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Well yeah, the car is more important than the Beer.
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It should last longer than the beer

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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 11:20 am 
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Was the Beer consumed.
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 11:21 am 
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Updated the thread title to include what model Roobarb is
A week of no activity since getting the car home as the car is at my cousin's place until I have space in my garage. I have a deadline as Mrs Cousin isn't "falling for that again" after the recent purchase of a 9000 breaker which had no engine. Not mine, not my idea, nowt to do wi' me.

He let me know the other evening to start filling up on spinach. He was moaning about the steering when they were shuffling the cars on their drive. Seems he's got weak with too much power-steering in his life. I am rather hoping that the tyres are under-inflated and when the new rubber happens it will be much easier.

A note of optimism: When moving Roobarb he needed to "borrow" a battery to jump start it, or rather make sure it had a battery on it while running. He took the "flat" battery that wouldn't start their 9000 put it on and it started on the key. Kudos must be given to Peter who got it starting and running when it was in his possession but it does mean it can be moved around under it's own power. Looking at the slope on my cousin's drive I *know* he's pleased about that.

Another highlight is he's declined any beer and hasn't changed his mind - so far. I will be calling very soon to check and remove temptation.

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Was the Beer consumed.
:)

Snook this in while I was typing. Not yet. It was late on Saturday when we got back and I forgot it was in the boot. It wont be by Saturday evening this week. :D

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Fantastic to hear it's found a new home and that means another 99 getting some love.
Will definitely be following progress on this one.

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Car Model: 99L, 9000cse, 9-5s and a Panda
Kudos to the DVLA, did the online thingy on Sunday for change of owner and yesterday (Friday) the V5 arrived. I'm impressed, even more so because it was a bank holiday on Monday.

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Car Model: 99L, 9000cse, 9-5s and a Panda
Not much happening in actually doing things on the car but some progress with things related to the car.

It's eligible for Historic Vehicle* VED classification. Or whatever the actual term is. I completed the No Mot Required form and handed the V5 into the Post Office for a change in category last Friday. I expect the updated V5 between now and Armageddon. Though the did get the V5 to me within a week when I did the last update online.

With a Vehicle of Historic Interest* I can:-
Pay no VED, though I guess most of you knew that.
Have Black & White number plates, not very exciting.
Drive in the ULEZ for FREE. 8)

I also have a 1979 2-stroke motorcycle that is eligible for the Clapped Out Old Banger* VED class and that paperwork will be going off the the DVLA shortly. I wonder how many laps of Parliament Square I'll manage before before the fug of 2-stroke will stop the traffic.

I've also got the insurance sorted today, almost. After a long telephone call I had to take a call-back to complete. Having given the correct reg no. to the first person I expected the 2nd person to have the same details. Somewhere between backside and elbow they have "lost" the year letter off the end. :roll: Documents returned via email and I am waiting for fresh copies.

* Lets see what it actually says when the V5 returns.

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