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  1. Mos6502

    Getting a Saab back off the road.

    A lot of progress, but not much posting. Fitted the tires to the 95 to check clearances: And then... we took it off road. I was trying to get the Bajaab running in time to participate in the Texas Gambler 500, but ran into several unanticipated problems (wiring, and windshield - I found one...
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    Getting a Saab back off the road.

    Was doing some calculations to see how the bigger tires would affect gearing, particularly in 1st as wouldn't want to give up the engine's limited pulling power just to gain 1" of ground clearance. With a 3.5:1 1st gear, 4.88 final, and 27.3" tall tires, I get 12mph (near as makes no difference)...
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    Getting a Saab back off the road.

    Finally found a store that had more of these tires! Lots of work coming up on the front end.
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    What are some of the most reliable old vehicles?

    Anybody who works at a new car dealer, and also owns old cars, knows this is patently false. :p New cars, if anything, are less reliable than old ones. My newest car turns 50 next year. It's never left me stranded. It's never needed a major repair. I wouldn't hesitate to drive it cross...
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    Getting a Saab back off the road.

    Bought a Federal Couragia 195/80 R15 tire to test fit... then once I had and could do some rough measurements, I found everybody had them on backorder, so I need three more and can't find any. The only other all terrain tire in this size is a Zeetex AT1000 - which I've never heard of and find...
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    Getting a Saab back off the road.

    looking for rust. Floor is actually in better condition than I thought. Just a few small holes. Poking around with a screwdriver, didn't find anything hiding major. The thinner gauge steel of the firewall has rusted through where it meets the floor, but the much thicker floor is still solid...
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    Getting a Saab back off the road.

    Thanks for the tip. There was a guy literally just down the street from me who ran a Saab shop and loved when I would stop by with my 95, but he had a heart attack and passed away this spring. I know of a few people who are local but finding parts does take some effort. Also, I did watch that...
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    Getting a Saab back off the road.

    Quick mock up before I take it all apart.
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    Getting a Saab back off the road.

    Well, it will be coming into the garage either this weekend or next weekend for teardown! We'll see how much work it needs then (hopefully not a lot).
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    VW Beetle Classic... questions pre-acquisition

    Doghouse probably means it's an oil cooler leak. On the older engines the oil cooler was located inside the fan shroud, but this meant it would overheat the 3 and 4 cylinders, on late model engines they moved it outside of the fan shroud into the "dog house" that sits behind (well, in front of...
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    VW Beetle Classic... questions pre-acquisition

    On the other hand, the Super Beetle is favored over the torsion-bar suspended beetles for rally use. Wider track and smaller turning radius. Make sure the front end gets a good inspection, they often need new bushings and ball joints.
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    VW Beetle Classic... questions pre-acquisition

    Interesting video about a Beetle that went around the world in the 1950s: Thought it might be of interest in this thread.
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    Odd choice Overlander? Fiat 500x trekking.

    Like, a 1970's Fiat 124?
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    Getting a Saab back off the road.

    I would except they charge 3K to enter and don't even have a vintage class appropriate for the Saab. I'm not sure what would happen if I tried to enter one.
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    Getting a Saab back off the road.

    Do you recall what your clearance situation was like, between tire and suspension spring? I'm still contemplating between the Nankang 175/80R15 and the Federal 195/80R15, but I'm not sure if the Federals are going to clear the spring, they have a section width of 7.7" so a bit more than an inch...
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    Getting a Saab back off the road.

    Acquired: vintage plates. Normally wouldn't go through the hassle of finding and registering vintage plates, but 1968 Texas plates commemorate the San Antonio World's Fair, Hemisfair, which I thought was cool enough to make them worth having. Otherwise not much to update. I gave gave the wood...
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    1967 Baja Trip report with great pics

    Excellent stuff, thanks for sharing. Just shook a memory out of me, talking to Bob Sinclair a few years before he passed, about his racing the Volvo powered Burro. So many great stories from the early years, but not much online.
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    1967 Baja Trip report with great pics

    If you have any photos, would love to see them.
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    1967 Baja Trip report with great pics

    I posted this in my Baja Saab project thread: In 1967 two California dealers entered a couple of stock Saab 96 cars into the Mexican 1000 Rally (before it became the Baja 1000). This report was printed in the winter '67 Saab dealer newsletter (and without copyright notice, in the U.S. before...
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