Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 15:51:11 -0800
From: "wgmoore" <>
Subject: Re: 1972 Saab 96

not particularly Saab, but I've walked a few cars out of the grave and here is a short list of things that seem to get in the way: Windshield wiper shafts tend to freeze. So before you start anything start them soaking with w-d-40. The pedal clusters some times stick and cause early wear on brakes and throw out bearing. So crawl under the column and make sure everything comes back to neutral. I test individual brake applications by skidding on a clear and graveled road then get out and go back and measure the skid marks to be sure you don't have one really long one and or one not working at all. Then if the hydraulic brakes work try the same test(only much slower) with the parking brakes. This will give you a good idea whats going on with the cables.and mechanical portion of the brakes. Electrical is easy- they work or not- your on your own there. Change the oil-then the check the condition of the coolant.- run it a couple of days and change the oil again. Trans usually takes care of its self less it was full of water when it went to bed and nothing will save you then- same goes for diff. Grease the steering box, u-joints and shift linkage-ck your back lash in the steering and put on you new windshield wiper blades and your off. ZeuS905 <> wrote in message > Hi! > > I have a 1972 Saab 96! Anyone ever see one of those? They were great > cars! Anyway, I am going to resurrect my old friend. It has been sitting > since 1987. I know the carb needs to be rebuilt as there was no gas > getting to it the last time I tried to start it. The motor was strong > w/103k on it and the 4 speed on the column had just been rebuilt. I know > I am looking at some brake work and new tires as well. Does anyone know > of a checklist of things to investigate when bringing an older auto. > back to life? I know allot can go wrong when a car sits but they were > much simpler cars back then as well. > > Thanks! > Vince > > P.S. I will try to get a pic up on the web soon and I will post the > address! >

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