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Day 4 – Tuesday February 17, Amanda’s Birthday

Posted in Sonett III by Administrator on the February 20th, 2009

Looked online for more parts. There seem to be two good experts Jack Ashcraft and Chip Lamb (I’m sure there are others). When we get in trouble (over our heads) I’m sure will have to tap into their advice. For right now we are trying to buy as many clutch and brake components as available.
Fantastic link to an on-line exploded parts view of the car
“Saabsonett.org”
Bought most of the standard brake components from here. Got the part the next day!
“PartsGeek.com”
This group has some higher level parts. I really wanted a new clutch slave cylinder. They helped with this, rear brake flexible hoses, water pump, and front caliper kit with pistons.
“Skandix-usa.com”
There was one site that had some part but I didn’t end up using them because their shipping was high, items came from different sources.
“Rockauto.com”
Napa has some parts too.
I ordered the FOMOCO carb kit from them for $22.95 part “NAPA 25520″.
Also it think I ordered the diaphram for the “Deceleration Valve NAPA 24257 $8.99″.
I am going to try and source some of the hoses and filters from NAPA.

Day 3 – Monday February 16

Posted in Sonett III by Administrator on the February 20th, 2009

I’ll have Adam fill in the details.

Worked more on cleaning up the engine compartment, mice stuff everywhere. Ordered some brake parts on-line.

Seems like we spent 7 hours on taking the water pump off and cleaning the housing. The radiator came off first. Talk about a tight fit. Everything if very compact. I see now why two gaskets are required for the water pump, there is a back half and front half to the pump.

Day 2 – Sunday Februrary 15

Posted in Sonett III by Blade3562 on the February 20th, 2009

So on day 2 we had little mercy for the 1974 sonett. The day started off with  removing the front end. The service manual showed it as being a 30 minute ordeal. It probably took us a good 2 hours. This is due to the flip-up headlights that would keep catching the front cross support. We then started to remove the rubber lines. This was simple until we got to these odd looking clamps on the lower lines of the engine, eventually patience was shot and we dremmel tooled the original clamps off. The day then came to a close. 









11:00AM-5:00PM

Day 1 – Saturday February 14

Posted in Sonett III by Administrator on the February 20th, 2009




Picked the Sonett up and brought it home. We used a tow dolly from U-haul that cost about $40.

The Sonett towed fine, however it barely made it on the dolly because the wheels are so close together.

The trip took about 3 hours to get the dolly, get the car, and then drop off the dolly.

The owner let us keep one of the vanity plates that read “7SAAB4″.

Luckily we had put some large shelving up in the garage to create a parking space.

Initial look at the car indicates that is needs a full brake system work over along with the clutch system. The original FOMOCO carb is still in place but time will see if we keep it.

Sonett III, cleaning up a 35K mile original

Posted in Sonett III by Administrator on the February 16th, 2009

Hello, my son Adam and I picked up a 74 Saab Sonett yesterday. Pretty unique car with the lines of a 240z.

We saw the Saab on Craigs list last November. We drove down and looked at it but knew it would need brake and clutch work so we put and offer in on it but not at the asking price. Just before the 14th the owner accepted the offer!

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