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    Saabnut got a reaction from Zelandeth in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Jag, Citroen, Mercs, AC Model 70 & A Sinclair C5...26/10 - Goodies Arrive for the Van   
    If you are coming this far north, I can offer parking
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    Saabnut got a reaction from Scruffy Bodger in How much shite is too much shite? Weldage completed   
    Well, the two small patches  became 8 reasonable sized ones, although only 3 locations. It was just easier to make several repair panels rather than one big one. The welding is not pretty, but it is strong. Who would have thought that all your welding skills* would be forgotten after a mere 23 years without holding a torch!
    Panels in, weldage ground back in a vain hope of tidying it a bit, seam sealer applied, some stonechip and a first coat of underseal. Another coat to go on in the morning, then battery back on, sort the rear fog light and an MOT can be booked.
    My Disco is also due an MOT next month, and I have found a couple of small areas that need a touch of sparkly action, although these are a bit more complicated than the Enima so think I will get my welding friend to do that.
    Once the work on the Enima is complete, I can start the first of the tyre swap marathons I have to do.....
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    Saabnut got a reaction from Scruffy Bodger in How much shite is too much shite? Weldage completed   
    I knew that getting back into welding would be difficult, but I thought I would have remembered something! Turns out to not be the case, and it is like I am starting from scratch. I had also forgotten how much time it takes to make the repair patches. Oh well, it is started. My welds are not pretty but seem to be strong and the last ones were a big improvement on the first ones, and I managed to get two of the three patches on the first arch completed before my LED worklight went flat so darkness stopped play. Will continue tomorrow.

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    Saabnut got a reaction from The Moog in How much shite is too much shite? Weldage completed   
    Started today by spending a large chunk of my ill gotten gains. First I ordered a new Petronix electronic ignition kit for the Sonett closely followed by springs, shocks and turrets for the Disco. Oh well, it is only money.
    Next was to load up the Enima for the FOD weekend as I collected and have been holding a few* BMW parts for @Six-cylinderbut before I could do that my friend Garry arrived with his welder. A couple of hours later and the Saab looked like this:


    Wish my welding was that good! Whilst at it, he stuck a patch  on the silencer as there are no new ones available in the UK at the moment. The silencer naturally is very thin, but some exhaust paste should see it through the MOT by which time new ones should be about

    With that done, back to loading the Enima. Just about got it all in, but ....
    The starter has been temperamental since I got it but now I am planning a long journey and loaded it up, it has got worse! Took about 20 tries before it worked (and being auto a bump start is not an option) but I am going anyway so long as it starts eventually!  What is AS life without a bit of uncertainty.......
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    Saabnut got a reaction from The Moog in How much shite is too much shite? Weldage completed   
    Well that was a long day! Started off on the c900 with a second bleed of the brakes. After sitting overnight, only one more air bubble came out so counted that as a win. Put the wheels back on and the brakes feel fine. I think the handbrake will need a further adjust once everything has settled, but at least it has a handbrake again for the first time in a while.

    Next on to the Enima. The oil in this was as black as any I have seen in years, despite the PO saying it had an annual service at MOT time. In addition, every so often, it would leave a trail of oil on the ground, but not all the time. Decided to give it an oil and filter change and see where the oil was leaking from.  The drain plug required the dugga gun to release it and the oil slowly made its way out of the engine. Took me ages to find my filter wrench, but when I went to undo it, it was loose by nearly 3 turns and had oil leaking, not surprisingly, from it. As I unscrewed it, as it rotated the oil came out and stopped, explaining the intermittent leak. All cleaned up, new filter fitted and fresh oil. Another one done.

    As I was finishing off the Enima, my friend Malc arrived with his multimeter and a box of electrical wizardry.  He dived into my welder and soon identified the control rotary switch for pulse welding was shorting out. Switch removed, dismantled and cleaned, re-assembled and I have a working welder once more. I have to give it a service as the wire feed tension and a few other bits need adjusting due to a couple of years resting in the corner, but that is stuff I can do.

    Finally, the Sonett. Malc was going to give me a hand to set the timing, as I have found out from the PO that distributor mods (welding the advance weights and blocking off the vacuum advance) have already been done. Started it up to let it warm up a bit and very soon, a pool of petrol appeared on the floor at the front. Quickly shut off and investigate. The Sonett has a complicated fuel system with lots of short lengths of mostly inaccessible pipes. Several clips needed tightening, but one hose continued to leak. Forty five bloody minutes it took to remove this little pipe

    Once off, a split in it under the clip became obvious, so a new pipe and clips was fitted. Fuel leak sorted, back to the timing. Of course, now it would not start, no spark. Carefully checked any wiring we may have disturbed, but still no joy. Eventually moving the wires at the distributor produced electrical shorting noises, The car has a pointless electronic unit fitted but the wiring has been severley bodged, including the use of silicon sealant for insulation! We carefully moved the wires around and tried again to show we are still optimists despite everything and it burst into life! Let it warm up and set the timing to 18 degrees BTDC as required. Sadly, once set, when revving the engine it misses a bit before backfiring in spectacular fashion. I need to contact the PO to see what system he fitted and get a new replacement unit that Malc has offered to fit as it involves electrickery which is a black art to me.
    No picture of the Sonett as it was pushed back into the naughty corner to consider what it has done.
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    Saabnut got a reaction from The Moog in How much shite is too much shite? Weldage completed   
    This morning I had to go and see my tenants to try and sort a couple of niggles. Proposals made and accepted on both sides and off to the motor factors for more oil and oil filters for the Disco and the Enima. Took the Disco as the Enima decided to blow a headlight bulb and it was foggy. On the way back, called in to see a friend to see if he could have a look at my welder, and of course to drink his tea. During this, I looked out at the Disco and noticed something was not right:
     

    Yes, that is a snapped off shock absorber. Can't complain, it is the original 25 year old suspension with 115k miles, most of which has been towing, a caravan for the first 23 years and car trailers/mini diggers since I have had it. I am going to look into replacing all the springs and shocks.
    Once home, back to the Saab. replaced the bleed nipple on the salvaged calliper, cleaned and lubricated the sliders and re-assembled. Of course, as the offside calliper had behaved perfectly, I had to remove it anyway for a clean and lubricate. Fortunately all went well.

    Once that was done, out with the eezibleed (I have a compressed air driven vacuum bleeder as well but 99% of the time the eezibleed is quicker and easier.

    Tomorrow I will give it a final bleed and give it a test.
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    Saabnut got a reaction from colino in How much shite is too much shite? Weldage completed   
    I knew that getting back into welding would be difficult, but I thought I would have remembered something! Turns out to not be the case, and it is like I am starting from scratch. I had also forgotten how much time it takes to make the repair patches. Oh well, it is started. My welds are not pretty but seem to be strong and the last ones were a big improvement on the first ones, and I managed to get two of the three patches on the first arch completed before my LED worklight went flat so darkness stopped play. Will continue tomorrow.

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    Saabnut got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in How much shite is too much shite? Weldage completed   
    Well, the two small patches  became 8 reasonable sized ones, although only 3 locations. It was just easier to make several repair panels rather than one big one. The welding is not pretty, but it is strong. Who would have thought that all your welding skills* would be forgotten after a mere 23 years without holding a torch!
    Panels in, weldage ground back in a vain hope of tidying it a bit, seam sealer applied, some stonechip and a first coat of underseal. Another coat to go on in the morning, then battery back on, sort the rear fog light and an MOT can be booked.
    My Disco is also due an MOT next month, and I have found a couple of small areas that need a touch of sparkly action, although these are a bit more complicated than the Enima so think I will get my welding friend to do that.
    Once the work on the Enima is complete, I can start the first of the tyre swap marathons I have to do.....
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    Saabnut got a reaction from Floatylight in How much shite is too much shite? Weldage completed   
    Well, the two small patches  became 8 reasonable sized ones, although only 3 locations. It was just easier to make several repair panels rather than one big one. The welding is not pretty, but it is strong. Who would have thought that all your welding skills* would be forgotten after a mere 23 years without holding a torch!
    Panels in, weldage ground back in a vain hope of tidying it a bit, seam sealer applied, some stonechip and a first coat of underseal. Another coat to go on in the morning, then battery back on, sort the rear fog light and an MOT can be booked.
    My Disco is also due an MOT next month, and I have found a couple of small areas that need a touch of sparkly action, although these are a bit more complicated than the Enima so think I will get my welding friend to do that.
    Once the work on the Enima is complete, I can start the first of the tyre swap marathons I have to do.....
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    Saabnut got a reaction from grogee in SAAB! There, I said it.   
    Almost everything for a GM Saab is readily, and mostly cheaply available. First port of call should always be Bill Jones at Saabits.
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    Saabnut reacted to hairnet in Spanish stroll   
    Tat ahoy
    Saw 3 other c15s but moving
    'classic' car place there were moderns in the showroom along with a 20s Peugeot
    850 sooo much want only  wanted 4500€
    7k for London cab that col said might be 500 quid lol
     
     





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    Saabnut reacted to grogee in SAAB! There, I said it.   
    I am hopefully collecting this tomorrow, if the stars align. I hope it is completely fault free but I am also a realist/pessimist, so I also have a Tech 2 in readiness.
    I am assuming, recklessly, that they are as well supported on the spares front as our other late friends from MG Rover.

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    Saabnut reacted to The Moog in Moogs Motahs - Stud Muffins   
    Saab has been running nicely - with new turbo and exhaust etc. 
     
    So of course driving down to see my mum in London town was a step too far.  After my swim at bedfont lakes, the car started making funny noises... Followed by smoke. 

    Quick check discovered the front drivers side suspension had collapsed.  Autoaid summoned and wasn't long before being loaded up.

    Trusted shifters were consulted along with car adverts.  I was desperate to get a new car but missus Moog was less keen pointing out we are currently buying a house so need to be sensible. 
    Plan F was called for.  Parts for Saab suspension kit was.overnighted to my mum's house.  My uncle provided a bucket of tools (literally, most were imperial) and some spring compressors. 
    I splashed out on an impact wrench from Amazon to be delivered next day and rummage through my mum's shed uncovered odds and sods. 
     
    Everything was delivered this morning. Including a slightly disappointing impact wrench 

    It is more of an impact driver with 1/2 inch anvil.   It is pretty good at doing stuff up but can't shift mega tough bolts. 

    looks like original suspension.  Will swap the others over when I get back home. 
    Booked a couple of tyres to be fitted on Friday morning as the drivers one is toast.  
     
    Total cost is £500 including tyres and.tracking
     
     
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    Saabnut got a reaction from mercedade in SAAB! There, I said it.   
    You need to get it on a Tech-II which will probably identify the fault. Could be many things from a failing ignition switch or a failing CIM unit. The puff of black smoke will be unburnt fuel injected whilst there is no spark, repeated occurrences will kill the cat. I have a Tech-II but suspect I am a bit far away.
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    Saabnut got a reaction from aldo135 in Austin Montego 1.3 Estate - LeJog Part 2 Incoming!   
    Whilst not on the direct route (Aberdeenish) I am closer to your destination than you are and if you have major problems again I have a trailer and workshop facilities (I was in France last time so could not offer to help)
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    Saabnut got a reaction from Tenmil Socket in Shite you see on the central reservation   
    Many years ago on the M1 by Loughborough, I saw a Mk2 Escort on its roof aagainst the central reservation.
    Sadly the view I had was upside down as I was hanging from the seatbelt!  
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    Saabnut got a reaction from Coprolalia in Austin Montego 1.3 Estate - LeJog Part 2 Incoming!   
    Whilst not on the direct route (Aberdeenish) I am closer to your destination than you are and if you have major problems again I have a trailer and workshop facilities (I was in France last time so could not offer to help)
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    Saabnut reacted to JMotor in JMotor's fleet 'o shite. Saab content wie some other stuff ken!   
    So a little update.
    Saab now sorted and is now a usable car again. Now needs a new owner, I've not bonded with it sadly. Rather away than sat.
    Nexia is due test in January, not sure what it'll need. However it's been a cracking wee car. So may spend some time and a little money on it. 
    306 has been put on SORN. Barely cracked 1500 miles since I put it back on the road. Tempted to sell it as the prices are on the up. Then again, kinda loathed too as I wouldn't be able to get another one again, because prices.
    Corsa is still sat in the corner of my shed space. Starting to see the end now with the welding. Joys of only doing a bit at a time and not worrying about the thing as a whole. Really do want it mobile again, as I took the back axle and fuel tank out. Jolly good clean of both and the underneath and fire everything back in. I have thing about have all my cars at least pushable.
    Biggest reason for an update is. I have another car incoming. It's something I do want and will be very useful to me. So I'll chuck up a collection fred this Sunday.
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    Saabnut got a reaction from Dick Longbridge in Austin Montego 1.3 Estate - LeJog Part 2 Incoming!   
    Whilst not on the direct route (Aberdeenish) I am closer to your destination than you are and if you have major problems again I have a trailer and workshop facilities (I was in France last time so could not offer to help)
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    Saabnut got a reaction from louiepj in Austin Montego 1.3 Estate - LeJog Part 2 Incoming!   
    Whilst not on the direct route (Aberdeenish) I am closer to your destination than you are and if you have major problems again I have a trailer and workshop facilities (I was in France last time so could not offer to help)
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    Saabnut got a reaction from GrumpiusMaximus in Austin Montego 1.3 Estate - LeJog Part 2 Incoming!   
    Whilst not on the direct route (Aberdeenish) I am closer to your destination than you are and if you have major problems again I have a trailer and workshop facilities (I was in France last time so could not offer to help)
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    Saabnut got a reaction from sharley17194 in Austin Montego 1.3 Estate - LeJog Part 2 Incoming!   
    Whilst not on the direct route (Aberdeenish) I am closer to your destination than you are and if you have major problems again I have a trailer and workshop facilities (I was in France last time so could not offer to help)
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    Saabnut got a reaction from Tommyboy12 in Austin Montego 1.3 Estate - LeJog Part 2 Incoming!   
    Whilst not on the direct route (Aberdeenish) I am closer to your destination than you are and if you have major problems again I have a trailer and workshop facilities (I was in France last time so could not offer to help)
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    Saabnut reacted to hairnet in Spanish stroll   
    When in spain

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    Saabnut got a reaction from Dick Longbridge in Shite you see on the central reservation   
    Many years ago on the M1 by Loughborough, I saw a Mk2 Escort on its roof aagainst the central reservation.
    Sadly the view I had was upside down as I was hanging from the seatbelt!  
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