Saab V4 Rally – working on the exhaust system, done!

We got the exhaust system done. It’s been strengthened and also some protective plates added to places that are going to be hit by gravel and stones from the front wheels.

The next order of business is putting the car on its wheels and move on to the interior and engine.

Mounting points:

Putting the Saab 95 wheel hub together to mount a tire (to figure out the silencer position):

Now that I have the hub in place I can put a tire on and figure out the silencer size and position:

Time to strengthen the exhaust system to take the beating it will get:

Here's to illustrate how much bigger pipes I put in. Putting in double port heads will not be a problem if I ever get around to it.
Here’s to illustrate how much bigger pipes I put in. Putting in double port heads will not be a problem if I ever get around to it.
And look what the post man brought me! I'm already itching to start restoring the '78 Turbo...
And look what the post man brought me! I’m already itching to start restoring the ’78 Turbo…

Saab V4 Rally – working on the exhaust system

We started to make the exhaust system as it is much easier to do now that the car is still suspended on the ”grill”. After we get it done it’s time put in rest of the suspension, drop the car on it’s wheels, and start putting stuff in (like the dash, heating, etc.).

The exhaust system is basically an adaptation of the factory version. Two inch pipes routed out next to the gearbox, and into a 2.5 inch and strenghtened to take the beating.

Some photos of the work:

I also painted the springs – regular V4 springs in front, the stronger 95 springs in rear.

Springs for the V4 Rally.
Springs for the V4 Rally.

Part 11. Small steps

Just a few pics of painting the suspension etc.

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Sorry about the picture quality, I didn’t have a camera with me so I used the cellphone.

The painting was pretty straightforward. Regular primer (single component) and black paint on that.

I’m brush painting everything with a two component primer as I move forward. The bare metal corrodes very easily due to humidity.

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When everything is ready, I will spray on a new coat of (filling) primer that will then be sanded to get a distortion free surface (or as near so as possible).