Triumphant

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    Triumphant's 1969 Skoda Sabre

    @EpochNZ There was one orange one that looked to be pretty solid and complete - I'd say that there would be enough there to Frankenstein one out of another one or two cars haha. Even if you got one solidish car you could probably get it back together with parts from the Skoda Club / Skoda Barrys dotted around the place!
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    Triumphant's 1969 Skoda Sabre

    Its crazy, I wish I had seen it in its heyday. There's still a few cool cars there but they're mostly all rotten now and are going to be crushed. Apparently the owner wants to turn the site back into market gardens - I hate to imagine how toxic the ground is from 40 years of metals soaking into it haha.
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    Triumphant's 1969 Skoda Sabre

    Managed to get the full set of seats out and they look like they will all scrub up like the one on the left - I am one happy lad.
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    Triumphant's 1969 Skoda Sabre

    Only recognised this sad sight by the curve of the rear window. Motor looked complete though.
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    Triumphant's 1969 Skoda Sabre

    Made it back to save one of the wrecks, I was there by myself so took the white one because it was easier to access. I wanted to get the red one originally but it had black seats verses the red ones my car had new. Turned out to be quite the mission to get it out, used my XJ Jeep which has never been off the road to drag the various wrecks out of the way so I could get the trailer close enough. Then almost ripped the whole front off the Skoda winching it from the front suspension! Unbelievably rusty piece of a car. Front right wheel was fully locked on so only way I could get it on the trailer was greasing the tyre then pulling it on. Made it home once I'd got it onto the trailer (there goes the neighbourhood), got the bits off it I wanted then took it for scrap. Seats have been really well preserved, the lichen on the windscreens seems to have blacked out the sun (see photo for before/after cleaning). Newspaper found in the car would date it as being sent to it's death in 1988 so 30 years in a paddock! Also found the unrecognisable remains of a 110R coupe - sad sad sight
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    Triumphant's 1969 Skoda Sabre

    I think I'll go for this reddish one. Still a rusty pile but in slightly better condition.
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    Triumphant's 1969 Skoda Sabre

    A long time between updates! Mix of work & renovations have meant that there hasn't been much work done lately. Latest news is I finally managed to get to the infamous Marshland Road site to hunt for Skodas. Didn't expect to find so many, it almost seemed like every fifth car was 110 or sections of one! I had watched a video on youtube someone had made of the site ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIzthlI87hc ) and in one shot there was a fairly solid looking Sabre! Sadly though between the video being taken and today someone has beaten me to it! There were three other Sabres on the site but in much worse condition. I will buy one of them just to get the original seats & wheels (my Sabre has 110L seats and 13 inch 120LS wheels) and maybe the windscreens.
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    Triumphant's 1969 Skoda Sabre

    Thank you so much! I wish I'd seen this post sooner! The Skoda has been on the backburner a bit but will definitely try to get some bits from this guy! Cheers
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    Triumphant's 1969 Skoda Sabre

    That one looks amazing! I take it it's been restored? Where was this one located?
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    Triumphant's 1969 Skoda Sabre

    Made and broke a puller today trying to get the bearing/seal etc out. Will be contacting Skoda Barrys to find out if there's an easy way (please feel free to offer advice on the discussion!). According to various workshop manuals, the axle should be able to be pressed back in towards the gearbox (~ 10mm) and then let back out which will push out the bearing - easier said than done
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    Triumphant's 1969 Skoda Sabre

    A smaller, more satisfying job has been swapping the 110 steering wheel back for the original which as it turns out is enormous by comparison. Will be interesting to see what it feels like to drive with! Might swap the speedo back to the original although this is more colourful than the old one
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    Triumphant's 1969 Skoda Sabre

    Thick mix of gear oil and brake dust has covered everything
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    Triumphant's 1969 Skoda Sabre

    Having the right puller makes everything so much easier!
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    Triumphant's 1969 Skoda Sabre

    Managed to get back down to Dunedin to work on the old car. When I took it for a warrant a while back now it failed on a leaky wheel cylinder among other things.I managed to source a pair of cylinders off ebay cheap which was great, only to pull off the drum to find this mess. Oil seal, not brake cylinder. That would explain the brake performance......
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    Triumphant's 1969 Skoda Sabre