August 12, 2012

gifts from Sweden and progress

I’ve made a trade deal with another SAAB friend in Sweden and was able to get a few Old New Stock items. Today we installed the wheel arch trim which was tricky due to 3 of the wheel arches needing significant reshaping. The wheel arch splash area have all been sprayed with undercoating. The rear and hide-a-way trunk have also been sprayed.

The new locking gas cap / filler is hooked up, the blower box and wiper are in place, the EMS steering wheel is installed, the emergency brake housing is painted and the 1976 shifter knob is installed. For the blower box, I used two layers of 1/4″ foam rubber insulation on either side of the upper firewall. I recommend that anyone that goes this far with a tear down go ahead and replace all the foam rubber where needed. It was basically musty and dusty in this car.

August 4, 2012

Putting it back together

Got the blower box back in .. so much easier getting it in than taking it out. Again, the key to taking it out you’ll need to take it apart completely by removing the fan motor, cover and the heater core/valve assembly. When replacing it, I used 1/4″ rubber foam insulation on both. The hood is back on, the hatch is back on. Some of the rubber is back in place.

July 26, 2012

engine bay painted

The engine bay is now painted and I can start to put things back together in there. (sorry for the cellphone pics)

June 12, 2012

a first look at the new paint

SAAB WH02 (Coral White). The inside doors and hood have been painted. We double checked the fit of the hood prior to get the rest of the car painted. The very first piece I installed as an act of actually putting the car BACK TOGETHER was the hood spike for the latch.