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Powar
Powar SuperDork
4/24/15 8:08 a.m.

This one is next on my list of things to go through unless I get distracted again:

Tom_Spangler
Tom_Spangler SuperDork
4/24/15 8:21 a.m.

Last night my wife and I were watching the season finale of "The Americans" and there was a red classic 900 in one of the opening scenes. Saabs are everywhere!

Adrian_Thompson
Adrian_Thompson UltimaDork
4/24/15 8:48 a.m.

I love this one, bit extreme for street use though

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
4/24/15 9:19 a.m.

did somebody turn that into a 2 door sedan?

Adrian_Thompson
Adrian_Thompson UltimaDork
4/24/15 9:49 a.m.
mad_machine wrote: did somebody turn that into a 2 door sedan?

Yes, the Factory. It rolled of the line that way. The factory used the 2 door Notchbacks for rally cars both in 99 and 900 guise. It astounds me that this county embraced the hatchback over the notchback given that America generally relates hatchbacks with economy or first cars. The Toyota Celica is a perfect example of that. The Notch is so mindnumbingly ugly, yet they were more common than the really pretty hatch.

Notchbacks

modernbeat
modernbeat Dork
5/1/15 6:02 p.m.

A few shots from some of the Rallys we've done in the '63 Bullnose. As of 2014 we had tripled the original horsepower. This year we built an engine with even more power.

This should be a familiar carb to some of you. Had to go big.

Ojala
Ojala HalfDork
5/1/15 10:29 p.m.

In reply to modernbeat:

Do you know anything about the dude in Dallas with the 2 bull noses and parts for sale?

modernbeat
modernbeat Dork
5/2/15 12:45 a.m.

Yep. He's a hermit. Sent you a PM with my number.

nymalo
nymalo New Reader
5/2/15 8:36 a.m.

iceracer
iceracer PowerDork
5/2/15 9:09 a.m.

This guy has a bunch of 96's and 97's . My 1965 Special (Monte Carlo running gear in a stock sedan body) as one of the most fun cars I have owned. Esp. after I got hold of the factory modification manual.

Where did this "bull nose" thing come from ?

modernbeat
modernbeat Dork
5/3/15 12:02 a.m.

Bullnose refers to the short, stubby front ends on model 93s and early 96s. They have a distinctive grill shape and the radiator is located behind the engine. An engine fan is driven off a jackshaft.

Now on our rally car, despite all the experts saying it wouldn't fit, we swapped to a later, more robust two stroke engine that has accessories that stick forward into the grill and no jackshaft for the fan. So we switched to an electric fan.

Later non-bullnose front end.

Bullnose front end.

84FSP
84FSP Reader
5/3/15 8:30 a.m.

Bullnose you say?

I always liked the Saabs but never Really wanted one until they were extinct. It would be a Saabaru turbo wagon if it ever materialized. Yes I realize it isn't a real Saab due to having an ignition in the normal location...

pres589
pres589 UberDork
5/3/15 12:31 p.m.

In reply to modernbeat:

Some awesome pictures of your car. Looks pretty cool.

subrew
subrew Reader
5/3/15 12:57 p.m.

I've been the proud owner of Fast Freddy for the past few months. 1968 Sonett II V4 that has been in the family for about 30 years. Bought it from my brother, who bought it from Pops about 15 years ago. Originally owned by Fred Champion who ran it at hillclimbs in NorCal and Oregon for many years, hence Fast Freddy.

Hot rod 1700cc industrial engine, built trans, suspensions, cooling system etc. Pops built the front bumper/valence assembly years ago, and modified a crashed hood assembly. Fun little guy. I've since built coil-over setup, a new exhaust, and fit a new interior.

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
5/3/15 1:24 p.m.

cool looking little Sonett.. I need to ask though, how often do people think it is a kit car?

iceracer
iceracer PowerDork
5/3/15 5:41 p.m.

The 96 was longer because the radiator as put in front of the engine for better cooling. It No longer had the overhead fanshaft of the 93.

Worked for a SAAB dealer way back in the late '60's.

Had a '65 96 Special Sedan. Later to receive a 940 engine.

Rusted_Busted_Spit
Rusted_Busted_Spit UberDork
5/4/15 11:06 a.m.
subrew wrote: I've been the proud owner of Fast Freddy for the past few months. 1968 Sonett II V4 that has been in the family for about 30 years. Bought it from my brother, who bought it from Pops about 15 years ago. Originally owned by Fred Champion who ran it at hillclimbs in NorCal and Oregon for many years, hence Fast Freddy. Hot rod 1700cc industrial engine, built trans, suspensions, cooling system etc. Pops built the front bumper/valence assembly years ago, and modified a crashed hood assembly. Fun little guy. I've since built coil-over setup, a new exhaust, and fit a new interior.

That is the best looking Sonett I have ever seen.

bgkast
bgkast UltraDork
5/4/15 11:37 a.m.

Awesome Sonett!

Here is my $50 SAAB

Robbie
Robbie SuperDork
1/6/16 2:32 p.m.

11.4 1/4 mile saab beats vette

Good old you-tube video, since my saab searches today brought me back to this thread!

Apparently this car has also run in the 10s.

Adrian_Thompson
Adrian_Thompson UltimaDork
3/24/16 10:24 a.m.

It's been a while since we had new pics here.

Robbie
Robbie SuperDork
3/24/16 11:55 a.m.

Looks like these guys race some SAABs, and may be pretty successful. I THINK they are doing chump races but can't quite be sure.

Anyone on here? or know any of these guys? Out of PA it looks like.

http://www.rbankracing.com/photos-and-multimedia.html

car39
car39 HalfDork
3/24/16 1:38 p.m.

My two sisters and me, too many years ago to remember. My Dad was one of the first, if not the first SAAB dealer in the US. I still have a sales award he won in the 60's and a metal Draken jet model from 1959. Two cycle exhaust smell, anyone?

Adrian_Thompson
Adrian_Thompson UltimaDork
3/24/16 1:50 p.m.
car39 wrote: My two sisters and me, too many years ago to remember. My Dad was one of the first, if not the first SAAB dealer in the US. I still have a sales award he won in the 60's and a metal Draken jet model from 1959. Two cycle exhaust smell, anyone?

Very cool. what a great pic.

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
3/24/16 2:02 p.m.
Adrian_Thompson wrote: It's been a while since we had new pics here.

Lovely 90

Powar
Powar UltraDork
3/24/16 2:19 p.m.
mad_machine wrote:
Adrian_Thompson wrote: It's been a while since we had new pics here.
Lovely 90

That's a 99T notchback. I had one years ago.

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