I am about to put my Saab through some cosmetics... After just a new battery, it's just flown through its MOT without so much as a minor after 2 years on a SORN.
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Have had a chat with Martin, Nick Senecal, Mick at Two Stroke and a couple of others about options...
Wonder what's the advice of the forum...
The car is a 1972 Saab 99E 4 door it's Triumph engined with 60k on the clock and has been garaged for years. I was lucky enough to be given the car by a friend of my father whose father had owned it from new.
The car is fuel injected (Bosch) and discs all round.
When I got the car I converted it from automatic to manual since I could not stand the high revving poor performance the 3 speed Borg Warner box, I replaced this with a 1972 4 speed from a 99k car.
About three years ago Two Stroke did most of the major welding chopping out and replacing with newly fabricated 'bits' as required so the metalwork/chassis is pretty sound.
I am looking now to spend some more money and would like to improve in the areas:
1 - Performance and Driveability
I was thinking 16v Turbo but Nick S suggests that this is a step too far since the car is pretty original as of now. Maybe a 5 speed instead of 4 would be sufficient for the occasional use when I am in the UK?
Shocks and Polybush? Bilstein B6 still available?
Sitting too high since the Borg Warner went! .. needs to be lowered - how? how much?
Refurb the alloys - not in yellow as was suggested 3 years ago when I originally posted about the car.
I did head gasket etc when I swapped the gearbox and the engine is very sweet.
2 - Exterior
It needs a paint job currently paint is very tired and there are a few blisters here and there.
Who, what, when, where?!?!?
Recolour or Keep Standard? Anyone know the paint code/colour for the current plum look?!
I'd love chrome bumpers and lower indicators but will lose the originality ( and proverbial rocking horse #*$% to source ?!)
3 - Interior
Seats are very old style they have had it... Either they need a retrim (seats and door cards) or a replacement interior.
Need another head rest ( anyone!?! )
Any other suggestions? Cool, Bizarre, Outrageous!!!
I have a budget in mind but maybe I'll share that later!!!
That's about it really. My aim is to complete some or all of the work before I'm back again at Christmas so I can use this rather than hiring a car ( cost me nearly £1200 for a hire car this summer - but that's a different story! ).
Apologies this is a mix of brain dump and advice session !!