May 2nd, 2017:
Removed the rear window motor mechanisms, fitted the lightweight brackets I made in their place, and moved the lightweight racing battery into the rear passenger footwell to shift the weight as low as possible, removing about a kilogram of battery cable in the process. I felt that having the weight as far back as possible was no longer necessary after changing from a standard battery to a lightweight one.
Normally I wouldn't include the removal of something originally fitted by me in the weight loss total but since I had the car weighed after moving the battery to the boot it is helpful for my records.
1.0kg: Excess battery cable
3.3kg: Rear window actuators
-0.2kg: Window fixing brackets
New weight loss total: 186.5kg
April 24th, 2017:
Made some threaded brackets to hold the rear lexan windows up so I can remove the original winder motor mechanisms.
Got fed up with the floor mats coming out for track days and back in for shows and journeys, so I cut and bent some custom aluminium kick-plates for the footwells and fitted them in with stainless bolts. Very happy with how they turned out.
Started removing sound deadening, starting with the rear left footwell, waiting for paint to arrive to give the resulting bare surface some protection.
1.2kg: Sound deadening removal
-2.6kg: Aluminium Kick plates
New weight loss total: 182.4kg
May 9th, 2016:
Wings are back on, stainless bolts all round. Brakes and clutch have been bled with high temperature racing fluid (right), new rainsport tyres are fitted on my new wheels and she has her MOT.
Best of all? those new wheels are on, we are now all ready for show season!..
January 19th, 2016:
Wings have now been etch primed, fibreglassed over any thin spots then primed again.
This was followed by painting them, then a layer of underbody seal to give that extra layer of protection.
The whole process took about a week, as I wanted to make sure the paint was completely set before covering with the sealant.
While the wings are off I decided she may as well have a new air filter, I'm glad I did.
I'll probably also do the aux belt and tensioner, and maybe the water pump while I've got easy access too, hey we've gone this far!
January 6th, 2016:
Bodywork jobs have started, we have de-rusted the inside of the front wings and painted them with Kurust. Next is to Fibreglass the worst parts (there aren't many) and paint and protect everything.
Once these are done, maybe I can start putting the front end back together again...
...Or maybe I'll find yet another thing to do first, you never know!
December 17th, 2015:
Long gap since the last one, reason being that since the last entry we moved into our new house. It's been a very busy year, both with the Saab and otherwise.
This does mean of course, she now has her own Garage!
I have had the lovely Ronal multi-spoke alloy's refurbished proffesionally and they are now back on the car as the main wheels, whilst the three spokes are now the track wheels with new(ish) semi-slicks fitted.
I have finally managed to source a set of my very favorite alloys, the Azev A series, sadly this was not too long after I got the "spokeys" done so now I've spent out on TWO lots of refurbing... oh well.
Our perspex sunroof (above) has been revised with a proper rubber window seal, We have fitted a lightweight racing battery (left) and the red harnesses that came in a bundle with the seats have now been changed for decent OMP ones. (below)
Rear brakes have been rebuilt, because the last set were finished off at a track day at Snetterton, also changed the front pads from Ferodo DS3000 to EBC yellow stuff, as the DS3000 compound was just too harsh and ruined the discs, making the car unusable on the road. it also took me two days to get the dust off the newly re-conditioned wheels. The Yellow stuff is working incredibly well as a replacement!
The picture on the left is where the hard work started, I removed the front end and radiator in preparation for a lot of jobs over the winter months.
Below left: She was beginning to blow a little oil smoke on overrun so I gave the turbo a rebuild.
Below: I was having issues with slow starting sometimes, I had put it down to a weak battery but when the brand new one made no difference I could only put it down to the motor itself, so that got an overhaul too. (it worked!)
The sump was dropped for a clean out as well, this turned out to be a very worthwhile task, as it appeared to be full of what I could only assume was paint flakes. this was not a job I fancy doing again in a hurry.
At the point of writing, the car currently looks like the picture shown below; the engine is back together and running, everything has been cleaned up while apart, and quite a few parts were painted while accessible (see the engine mounts for example). By the next entry I hope to have done some body panel work.
20kg: Standard battery
-5.2kg: Lightweight replacement New weight loss total: 183.8kg
All to be fitted before the next track day at Snetterton in September.
5.6kg: Glass rear windows
-2.0kg: Lexan replacements
New weight loss total: 169.0kg
June 16th, 2014:
Brands killed my fuel gauge, I finished the evening with almost no fuel (as expected) and got home with half a tank... without filling up. the previous weeks It's been sitting constantly at 3/4 of a tank and I've been estimating by mileage instead.
19th May, 2014:
Great evening session at Brands Hatch back in April (see the gallery), very hard on the tyres, I've now had them switched so that the edge with chunks missing is now on the inside of each one.
Aaaand finally, new piggy back anti-roll bar for the back of the car, this certainly seems to have sorted some of the rolling around, although I can't say much until weather conditions improve.
She's off for welding now with a couple of bits on the rear quarters that have needed sorting for some time; more to follow when she returns!
Strut brace added, home made and painted by me and lesley (in the correct SAAB talledega red and everything!)
Next: camber bolts, before Cadwell.
August 22nd, 2013:
Lexan sunroof fitted.
Silicone sealed around the underside, then vinyl strip run around the top; the corners were all carefully custom cut by my partner Lesley.
Underneath is a kind of "Leaf spring" assembly that I built on my lunch breaks at work, this helps keep the sunroof curved with the roof line, it is bolted to the roof at both ends, and has three stainless bolts holding the panel to it, sealed with rubber o-rings and tidied up with a little more vinyl stripe.
The large sunroof assembly that came out weighed a surprising amount, measuring at 14.9kg on the calibrated bathroom scales.
New weight loss total: 164.6kg
5.7kg: Sunroof Panel
9.2kg: Sunroof mounting and mechanism
-2.3kg: Replacement lexan panel and support strut
Not neccesarily in that order.
July 11th, 2013:
Calipers and braided hoses have been fitted by my freind and SAAB owner Dougie P, (see links page), complete with a change to 5.1 fluid.
We also painted the front calipers too, they look alright through the spokey wheels, will have to see how the other set look at some point too.
Now if I want the car to stop, I just have to look at the pedal, quite a change.
After shearing off the rear bleed nipples two trackays ago, and therefore being unable to bleed the rear brakes, I can definitely say the brakes have become a little spongy...
After two failed attempts at removing the remains of the old bleed nipples (in one side shearing off the tool I was using as well... sigh.) I gave in and bought two re-manufactured calipers, with a set of stainless braided hoses and some dot 5.1 fluid. (hey, if I have to do it, I might as well do it properly.) they are hopefully being fitted in a week, I will update when things advance.
So the new tyres should improve things no end, I still need to sort the camber thing out though, I must order a set of bolts...
Speaking of which, here's what I hope to do over the next few months:
More to come soon!
May 30th, 2013:
1.1kg of Central locking removed, new total 152kg.
The last week or so has been most productive, the saab is now kitted out with full poly bushes on the front arms, roll bars and drop links, minus the front bushes as we did not have the specialist tools for the job. I'll get those done next time she goes into a garage or something.
oh and something else happened...
May 5th, 2013:
The car has had a complete going over with blending paste and a rotary polisher to revive the paintwork. followed by a layer of opti-seal to protect the new finish!
April 14th, 2013:
Another Productive day!
Tidied up the battery wiring, fitted the new tow point, fitted the temperature gauge sender (replaces the sump bung) and ran the wiring for that sender.
We also went for a little photo shoot of the car; Lesley took some lovely photo's for me. (see the gallery page).
April 6th, 2013:
Well what a productive day this has been...
Towbar has been removed, had to drop the bumper to do so, but as you can see it was a success!
I was very pleased to see so little rust Behind the bumper.
Now the power can be completey isolated by the master switch on the dashboard. (shown left), guess I might as well remove the rest of the central locking now...
New weight loss total: 150.9kg
2.4kg: Battery tray
8.6kg: Tow bar and wiring
3rd April, 2013:
The Dashboard is on!
I spent three days on and off over the bank holiday weekend doing the job, there was a lot to do what with all the wiring, fitting, and adapting that had to be done. I also took the opportunity to run the battery wires from the boot. (you'll see why sometime later.)
New weight loss total: 139.9kg
2.4kg: Stereo, wiring, speakers
1.2kg: Now unused dash parts
1.1kg: Remote Central locking
20th March, 2013:
Test drive a success! It feels great; I have so much more feeling for what the car is doing now! There's only a couple more important things to do before it's time for a track day now, namely removing the towbar and creating the new dashboard.
New total for weight removal: 130kg
37.2kg - Original Front Seats
-30.7kg - Bucket seats (weight added)
2.4kg - Front seatbelts
1.2kg - Front seatbelt height adjusters
1.2kg - Various bits
1.2kg - B pillar panels
On the subject of the new dashboard, work has begun, I have taken delivery of a new (black) dashboard, which I have begun modifiing (shown right).
I have cut some blanking panels and a main switchplate. The next stage is to order the electronics, such as the kill switch and starter panel, after the next paycheck, naturally.
15th March, 2013:
Spent the day fitting my seats, (well, most of it, the Yeti had her service in the morning and it took a while.) It was a bit of a job.
Having realized recently that the sliders for the new seats match the car's original mountings in no way whatsoever, I chose to manufacture my own adapter plates during the week on my coffee breaks and lunchtimes..
March 9th, 2013:
More stuff has been removed:
1.6kg: Headlight wipers and fog lights (they were naff anyway)
5.2kg: Drivers footwell soundproofing
1.4kg: Drivers carpet and footrest
2.5kg: Rear carpet
4.5kg: Rear soundproofing
4.5kg: Passenger footwell soundproofing
2.3kg: Various plastic parts
5.8kg: Front door cards
2.1kg: Aerial and rear wiper
0.6kg: Small plastic parts and screws
0.8kg: Passenger footwell carpet
New total: -117.5kg
March 5th, 2013:
Seats have arrived!, (see the news page!) so we have set about stripping out the interior.
so far we have removed a massive total of 87.8kg! that's a lot more than me! here's a rundown of what's been removed:
Boot floor tray: 6.3kg
Side shelves: 6.4kg
Boot carpet: 2.5kg
Rear seats: 30.7kg
Various interior trim: 2.5kg
Rear door cards: 5.4kg
Various covers etc:1.2kg
Screws etc: 2.5kg
Small parts (inc. rear seatbelts): 5.3kg
Floor mats: 7.2kg
Center console: 3.5kg
Incorporated tool kit: 3.3kg
It's no wonder SAABs are so heavy when your boot carpet alone weighs nearly 3kg...
more to come soon.
February 25th, 2013:
Steering wheel boss has arrived; I have fitted the steering wheel, and it looks great!
I am aware that the wooden dash is a little mis-matched, but that will resolve itself when I make a new track dashboard anyway.
Click the image for a larger version, might have some news on the bucket seats soon so check back!
February 7th, 2013:
New downpipe received and fitted, I painted it red.
January 19th, 2013:
I have spent the last week cleaning up a spare throttle body I was given as it turned out that was the cause of most of my idling problems... It runs so nicely now, still a little high but I think the old butterfly valves are just too worn, so I think that's some "character" I will have to live with...
Fitted a strutbrace, the steering is much more responsive now. this has made the steering, shall we say "somewhat light" in the rain.
We also fitted a new rocker cover, she was beginning to weep oil a bit.
Lowering kit fitted. (ok, fitted again...)