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  1. Yes; I think there was a part missing on the car when I purchased it, with it the exhaust might hang a bit lower. There are no leaks and the new Jetex system works very well though now thanks.
  2. The underside was very good; neighbour passed by and remarked on how tidy it was for a 50yr old car. Back to work on Wednesday so won't have much time to spend on the cars for a while
  3. A bit more done the last couple of days; got the electric spray gun out again. The bonnet was the only panel on the car which had no dents so didn't take too much prep. Photos don't do it justice but I'm very happy with the finish.
  4. C pillar will be the difficult bastard to fix, need some serious kit to pull that about. The rest I could see to.
  5. Fuck me that is, truly dreadful, congratulations you win Autoshite.
  6. Nibblet

    Morris 1300

    Looks a tidy un that; most are heavily wobbed up by now; as said previously fuel filters never fill as such, a bit of fuel vapour always sits in the top.
  7. Not that it's a 2-stroke but it's very low compression, I should think it'd run on paraffin once warm. Yeah, can't see anyone paying that kinda dough, a five sounds about right.
  8. MAD is common in these parts. Has the Mini a dealership sticker in the rear screen?
  9. Could it be that the fuel is too....good for this Trojan? ie Octane too high? Question- what sort of money do these fetch?
  10. Whilst I look at the photo...the fuel line and filter need rigging up safely away from the exhaust header too.
  11. One difference I noticed when running the car with a full exhaust rather than open headers is that there appears to be far more oil haze/exhaust coming from the rocker cover ventilators. I guess that's because of back pressure from the exhaust. That's another job to do, find a suitable airbox and rig up the offside rocker cover hose to it. Three others, replace the bonnet, get the driver's seat back in and replace the brake calipers. Then I can have a short drive.
  12. Having tightened up the assorted exhaust clamps I started up the Saab. Very refined, not quite what I'd expected. Some do prefer a noisier exhaust, it can get wearing after a while though. I can't get over how smooth this little engine runs, there is very little movement on the mounts and it revs very freely. Idle is down as 800rpm in the book, it's difficult to get it to sit at that without running too rich or stalling. The plugs were very oily when I cleaned and gapped them. The carb may be jetted too rich, then again I may need to change the points and set the dwell angle properly. These Saabs were known to be thirsty, they may be an engine that just likes a drink, the Fiat twin cam is another. Compare to my Datsun 120y, they will easily top 40mpg, even driven very hard, a '96 will struggle to get much more than 25. I will have to bite the bullet and change the points, maybe the distributor is worn, I noticed a little play in the spindle. Unlike many I do prefer points, when they are set right they are every bit as good as electronic ignition and are easy to diagnose faults with, I've found an awful lot of electronic systems to be less than reliable. 20200430_194537.mp4
  13. Another job was to replace the Lockheed brake master cylinder. I had bought an identical, brand new one for a fiver at an auto jumble. The thread for the cunifer line to attach is different. There's a manky, non standard bit of hydraulic hose betwixt master and slave cylinders which needs replacing, for now the old cylinder went back on, eventually I'll replace with the new master and pipes. Today I fitted the Jetex exhaust, very well made they are too. I was going to fabricate one from stainless, I've done it before but I'm glad I didn't. It would have been major ballache where it runs through the rear nearside wheel arch. Besides the Jetex is a known quantity.
  14. Then I changed the old fuse box with a buggered lid for a new one. I took photos first- these new fangled smart phones are useful. When I'd also checked the wiring diagram in the book of jokes I went to start up. Nowt happened. Well, the lights worked but not the fan so there was an issue in the starting circuit. Not the ignition barrel I hope- I dislike ignition barrels, they are sly bastards. Wiggling the loom where it runs through the bulkhead and swearing worked. The next pull of the choke and turn of the key and she started first time. I had changed the HT leads and cleaned and gapped the spark plugs so she ran much better. I also moved the distributor round a couple of teeth as the vacuum advance pot on it was snarled up against the brake servo pipe, so I had to reset the timing. She is still a little reluctant to idle at the 800 mark, I need to replace the points and cap really but I'm always reluctant to move away from that which I know is sound.
  15. When plates are welded straight over the top of rusty holes it just accelerates the corrosion process- just say no folks. Get it done right. Condensation forms in the cracks and even if cavity wax or similar is used it struggles to get in there. Any type of lap joint is a bad idea really. I fixed up some reversing lamps. The silver paint came out quite well- I was more patient than usual.
  16. Ok, after a short hiatus I've been fiddling with Swede again. Welded up passenger side footwell. The hole was big, much bigger than it was supposed to be, nonetheless some high-end fabrication happened, followed by some less expert welding and all was made good.
  17. I tried it with a Mulliner Bentley I happened upon, fifty pounds seemed perfectly reasonable.
  18. That's a nice old thing- never knew there was such a thing as a 'deluxe'. Welding done- for now. Will get inside and tidy up the plug hole with a die grinder. I have lots of different bungs. The hole at the front of the sill will be pumped with cavity wax before it's plugged.
  19. These Saabs are strong, some of that floor is 1.2mm, 18 swage? They will take having large chunks ripped out without any sagging. Most 70s tin wouldn't allow for that, the Austin 1800 was a strong bugger and other Swedes.
  20. First patch, welding especially crud on the bottom. Welding slightly better from topside.
  21. A crusty hole becomes a squarish sort of bigger hole.
  22. OK, back onto the Saab again the last couple of days. The holes in the floor were worse than thought- funny that. However, reserves of enthusiasm and a pair of scissor ramps brought in and work done. As always fabrication was classy but weldage, especially in the upside down position a bit snotty.
  23. Baby sick beige that, hearing aid beige is RAC402, a tad lighter shade. Carry on.
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