Saab 96 V4 Rally – Fitting the Saab 99 radiator

Fitting a Saab 99 radiator to the V4 isn’t quite as straightforward as one might think. First of all the attachment points are different and you need to cut stuff out of the way, but the radiator needs some modification also. There’s more than one way to do this, the Works cars had a different system, but here’s what we did:

That's a tight spot. There's not a whole lot of room for the radiator and the outlet.
That’s a tight spot. There’s not a whole lot of room for the radiator and the outlet.
A Saab 99 bigger radiator will replace the stock V4 radiator.
A Saab 99 bigger radiator will replace the stock V4 radiator.
Here's the problem. The normal Saab 99 outlet would point the hose right into where the alternator should go.
Here’s the problem. The normal Saab 99 outlet would point the hose right into where the alternator should go.
A radiator outlet was removed from a normal V4 radiator and soldered here to point the hose down.
A radiator outlet was removed from a normal V4 radiator and soldered here to point the hose down.
It's still a tight spot even with the outlet pointing down.
It’s still a tight spot even with the outlet pointing down.
Electric fan fits just behind the mask.
Electric fan fits just behind the mask.
The Saab 99 radiator in place. We still need to make some changes to the fittings.
The Saab 99 radiator in place. We still need to make some changes to the fittings.
The inlet side. The reservoir will be positioned just about here. It's also from Saab 99.
The inlet side. The reservoir will be positioned just about here. It’s also from Saab 99.
Washer tank and pump.
Washer tank and pump.
I also got this - a Marpytoys Saab 95 V4 GL 1978
I also got this – a Marpytoys Saab 95 V4 GL 1978
In theory all the wires are marked. So - plug and play :D
In theory all the wires are marked. So – plug and play 😀

Rare Playwell Saab 900 and 99 on eBay.de

There’s two very rare Saab toys on sale at the German eBay:

http://cgi.ebay.de/PLAYWELL-1-20-Saab-900-Turbo-silver-Racing-Champion-/230619772640?pt=Spielzeugautos&hash=item35b20276e0

http://cgi.ebay.de/PLAYWELL-1-20-Saab-99-GL-Combi-Coupe-Rally-cream-/230619772830?pt=Spielzeugautos&hash=item35b202779e

Check them out if you are interested.

Champion Rally Cars – Saab 96 V4

A ”collector series” of classic rally cars has been published here in Finland this year. It looks like it’s a British company behind the series (www.eaglemoss.co.uk), the international marketing name appears to be ”Champion Rally Cars” and in Finland ”Mestareiden ralliautot” (Cars Of The Rally Champions).

The packaging looks nice and the model comes with a little 16 page brochure about the car in question. I have not bought any of the other models but decided to get the Saab 96 V4  “S.Blomqvist – A.Hertz” when it came availlable. The model is not of the highest quality but decend for the price. Actually, it looks to me that it is the same model that has been sold as the IXO Models Saab 96 V4 “S.Blomqvist – A.Hertz. Swedish Rally 1972″.

”Backissues” of the series can be bought at: www.ralliautot.com (In Finnish only)