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    EpochNZ's 1973 Saab 99

    Bay...Bee.....Saab do-do-di-do-di-do.... Not much of an update, but thanks to the dynamic duo (aka @Carsnz123 and @JustHarry) Agnetha is now back safely tucked up at home. She is now up on stands at the front end and, with Haynes in hand, I have started disassembling the front suspension. Or at least I was until I ran out of tools and talent (will be on the scrounge for a breaker bar this week...and possibly some spanners). Oh, and the bonnet and front grill are now elsewhere to facilitate access to the donkey. If any one is interested, I have for sale some of the bits I no longer have a need for: Theres a suspicious amount of road gravel in this car....
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    EpochNZ's 1973 Saab 99

    I am such a happy little Saab Barry.... (Thanks to @Carsnz123 for grabbing the book for me plus turbo sharns....yes, one day we will...)
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    EpochNZ's 1973 Saab 99 - Discussion

    Yep, even finding the inner and outer sills are available is another weight off my mind.
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    EpochNZ's 1973 Saab 99

    Firstly, apologies for previous histrionics.....I promise they wont happen again....much.... I was pretty crushed Wednesday night though and on top of a few other things happening (mostly financial) it wasnt a good night. However, I thought it best to get my head around what was actually going on and see what the actual story was......come in, the internet. I had a dig through my parts manuals to see where the truth lay.... So the worst area is where the inner guard (4) meets the floor (2).....and apparently its quite a well known spot for the 99's to rust out as I found this online: Cleverly, they have built the unit as one piece over the 90 degree bend which should be helluva strong once its in, all for the princely sum of $70 plus a gazillion for freight. The same place also provided parts for the sills and bottom of the doors so that is (theoretically) most of my headaches gone. Much happiness ensued as even the middy was sad that we might have to part with her. So thats where we are......even the owner of the hoist admitted on Saturday that he understands why I've decided to suck it up and spend the money. Maybe he was seduced by her rumbling goodness when they got her started? She will be coming home soon to be dismantled and the hard yards can begin. I may even spend the readies and do a welding course (I live just down the road from the Tech). Meanwhile, a little Saab waits.... (Keeping company with @DoBro Jesus BattleWagon by all accounts). (Honestly, who can refuse that ass?)
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    Oldschool Hanmer Springs - 2019

    <wild applause>
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    EpochNZ's 1973 Saab 99 - Discussion

    Was going for Baja Spec...install a roll cage and go off road...
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    EpochNZ's 1973 Saab 99 - Discussion

    NZTA shows 10 currently registered, who knows how many are hiding in garages or under hedges....
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    EpochNZ's 1973 Saab 99

    Well, things took a major turn for the worse tonight...... But first, Look! A Flying Saab!! With help from @Carsnz123, Agnetha was dragged out to what he refers to as his "Wednesday Night Barry Evening".....and boy, there was much swooning as she was lowered off the trailer and onto the hoist. "Look, thats a Triumph engine in there, but they put it in backwards!" they all exclaimed, chuffed with their cleverness. Everyone was taken with her shapely lines and stunning good looks.... And then things started to fall apart....literally. A bit of gentle prodding around the undergubbins caused large holes to appear where there should be none. Most unnerving was the area I always suspected was going to be questionable, the bit around the right side transmission tunnel. The Barry's all shock their heads, declared her "stuffed" and gently drfited away.... So thats where we are. Things were much worse than originally intended and although theoretically things could be repaired, it would take a shed load of time and money to correct and at the moment I have little of both. I see my options as: - Pass her onto another OS member who will love and cherish her for a 5-10 year overhaul - Put her on TM as a parts car - Get the motor going and thrash her around the paddock before giving her a viking funeral - Put her in dry storage and hope the prices appreciate enough in the next 20 years that she might actually be worth doing. I have to admit that just lately Ive been wondering if I should part with her anyway and get something that would really get my juices going.......this looks like the impetus to do just that. For the full disturbing and shocking images taken in true Police Crime Scene Grimy colour, I invite @Carsnz123 to post the pics he took....just dont show the children.
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    Oldschool Hanmer Springs - 2019

    Tickets on sale now! Buy now to avoid disappointment!
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    Oldschool Hanmer Springs - 2019

    @igor Middy and I will be offloading the sproglets at the Grandparents so can promise a seat from Timmers if need be.
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    Oldschool Hanmer Springs - 2019

    @DoBro Jesus we might need to talk....somehow I don’t think the Saaaaab will be ready in time...
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    Oldschool Hanmer Springs - 2019

    Easy, @DoBro Jesus has several...
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    Oldschool Hanmer Springs - 2019

    I promise to be more social this time....
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    Christchurch meets Discussion Thread.

    Link to Facebook page? Clean forgot about it to be honest, but would have been keen for a sharnfest.....maybe a reminder on here a week before?
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    Triumphant's 1969 Skoda Sabre

    I'm trying to fight the urge to go in and survey all the Skodas to see if a single example could be frankensteined from all the hulks. @Triumphant worth a look? Or are they all too far gone now? I was last in there a year ago pulling out the Saaaaab.