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Re: Snazzy's story

Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:36 am
by dcwalker
Sylvia, Snazzy looks amazing :D :D

The blue & silver two-tone really suits the car, and since John de Vries obviously thought so as well who's to argue?

Without wishing to be rude, ! am not totally sure about the interior - from the photos there is just something niggling me as not quite right, I think maybe the grey is a tad lighter than I would have gone for? Not sure...and I fully I expect that when I get to see it for real I will find it works really well!

One really minor question, though, just out of interest: why didn't you continue the silver lower half round into the inner edges of the door-frame? I like the sill-tread but noticed it still sat against blue, when I would have assumed it would be silver...

Amazing though, you should be really pleased with that!

David

Re: Snazzy's story

Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:01 pm
by dragonflyjewels
Without wishing to be rude, ! am not totally sure about the interior - from the photos there is just something niggling me as not quite right, I think maybe the grey is a tad lighter than I would have gone for? Not sure...and I fully I expect that when I get to see it for real I will find it works really well!
Not rude at all - actually, I quite agree with you ! My thinking at the time was that the silver paintwork would be very pale so pale grey leather but when I saw it back in the interior I did regret not going with a mid-grey closer to the colour of the old fabric. It's slowly growing on me tho.
One really minor question, though, just out of interest: why didn't you continue the silver lower half round into the inner edges of the door-frame? I like the sill-tread but noticed it still sat against blue, when I would have assumed it would be silver...
sings 'money money money, it's a rich man's world' The bodyshop bill was extortionately expensive, just about 3 times as much as my old bodyshop quoted, so I cut a corner there. Also had a few thoughts - a. I don't know if the Volvo two tone has silver in the door frame and b. if Snazzy outlives my driving days, it makes it slightly less expensive if her next owner wants to return her to original livery

Re: Snazzy's story

Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 2:24 pm
by Jay-Kay-Em
Hi Sylvia

Many congratulations on getting SNA22Y back!

If you have survived a paintshop bill not having to re-mortgage your house you have done well :lol:

In time I will feel the same pain.

That front-on photo looks a treat!

Re: Snazzy's story

Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 2:25 pm
by dcwalker
All as logically thought through as I would have expected of you :lol:

David

Re: Snazzy's story

Posted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:55 am
by dragonflyjewels
Snazzy wasn't on the road for long back in the autumn and was due to come out of hibernation on 1st March. HOWEVER, her re-furbed wheels still haven't been fitted. The blasting company we used for the refurbs was absolutely swamped with work during lockdown last year. It seems all their regular customers descended on them with every project they could lay their hands on to make sure they didn't go bust. There was so much metalwork in their yard we couldn't even drive in, never mind access the car ramp, so I declined to book Snazzy in until the madness passed. It turns out the n/s front is losing pressure big time - flat as the proverbial when we went to get her out of store. Worse was to come - under the front bumper, just in front of the offending wheel Al spotted this on the garage floor:

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Very neatly sheared off at the top ! Sent a photo to Jeff who luckily had R3's front end exposed so he was able to identify it as a subframe bolt. I think the flat tyre must have been a problem while she was off the road and she has spent quite some time cocked over at enough of an angle to make the bolt give up on life. Due to where it sits in Jeff's garden, the breaker Celebration 312 is awkward to get at. Our hero had a very uncomfortable time with his arm twisted up and into 312's innards to retrieve a replacement which arrived in the post next day. I was warned to need to go shopping whilst Al fitted it as his temper is not the best when jobs turn tricky. His first verdict was that there was no way he could do it, he'd taken the wheel off and found access virtually impossible (I suspect that was Jeff's only option). However, the following day he decided to to put Snazzy's front end on ramps and have a look from under the bumper, and lo and behold, he managed to first retrieve the broken top which was still sitting in situ and then get the replacement in. A quick conversation with Jeff on how far to torque it up, then all four bolts checked and job done.

Meanwhile, I kept Lily on the road for March so Al has been pumping Snazzy's tyre weekly. We have the Saab on the road all the time, and there's no point taxing more than one 480 at a time whilst we are in lockdown. Now Snazzy is taxed for April and has an appointment to have her wheels swapped over next week - at long last ! Then she's off to get a much needed service and with a bit of luck I'll be able to drive her more than just once a week to pick up my click and collect grocery order.

Re: Snazzy's story

Posted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:34 pm
by Alan 480
IMHO I'm surprised if a flat tyre would cause the subframe bolt to shear!!
more likely that the front spring would fail (been there) :(

maybe better sweet talk Jeff to get a another few looked out (and butter up Al) to check the other one at front?
do you still have the bolt, worth looking at the end that is sheared off to see if a'long standing' / 'sudden' failure?

mind you normal bolts could be used if push came to shove?

Re: Snazzy's story

Posted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:42 pm
by dragonflyjewels
IMHO I'm surprised if a flat tyre would cause the subframe bolt to shear!!
Possibly flat for the last 2-3 years ?
maybe better sweet talk Jeff to get a another few looked out (and butter up Al) to check the other one at front?
do you still have the bolt, worth looking at the end that is sheared off to see if a'long standing' / 'sudden' failure?
The thought had occurred to me that replacement bolts all round might be a good idea, but I won't ask Jeff until he has better access to 312. The sheared end does have a bit of rust, could be that it started a while ago and was hanging on by a thread for a while.
mind you normal bolts could be used if push came to shove?


Always an option if there is enough access to grip the head. These have a square plate welded just below the head so once it's inside the square casing that makes access so goddam difficult, it's held firmly in place while the nut goes on. I've kept the broken one with the thought that my engineer brother might make some up for me if necessary.

Re: Snazzy's story

Posted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:56 pm
by dragonflyjewels
Whilst browsing through flickr photos of 480s looking for Celebrations for the register, I found a couple of photos of Snazzy take in 2015, apparently at Snetterton Race Track - she's famous !

https://www.flickr.com/photos/7430965@N ... c-2aoUnvp/

Re: Snazzy's story

Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:39 pm
by dragonflyjewels
Snazzy went in to finally have her re-furbed wheels fitted today, we left her sitting between a Range Rover and a new Porsche. She still held her head up high with her wonderful new livery despite the competition. She positively sparkled in the sun. Now, over the last 2 or 3 years we've had all our wheels re-furbed, starting off with the set that came off Eva when her Pictors went on, so each time it's been a ready refurbed set swapped on and another set taken off to do for the next car in. Somewhere along the way, a set of Vesa centre caps has gone missing :cryhard: Snazzy has come home looking like this, and I really rather like the look without caps Comments welcome !

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Re: Snazzy's story

Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:24 pm
by Norm57
dragonflyjewels wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:39 pm
Snazzy went in to finally have her re-furbed wheels fitted today, we left her sitting between a Range Rover and a new Porsche. She still held her head up high with her wonderful new livery despite the competition. She positively sparkled in the sun. Now, over the last 2 or 3 years we've had all our wheels re-furbed, starting off with the set that came off Eva when her Pictors went on, so each time it's been a ready refurbed set swapped on and another set taken off to do for the next car in. Somewhere along the way, a set of Vesa centre caps has gone missing :cryhard: Snazzy has come home looking like this, and I really rather like the look without caps Comments welcome !

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Are they the caps I have Sylvia? If so will bring them to next meet. Cheers Norman

Re: Snazzy's story

Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:58 pm
by dragonflyjewels
Thanks Norman - that's very kind. The part no is 3416507

Re: Snazzy's story

Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:49 pm
by arthuy
They do look good with or without caps.

Very much like SD1 vitesse or jaguar lattice wheels.

Perhaps a centre cap to cover the hubnut would work well.

Re: Snazzy's story

Posted: Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:36 pm
by dragonflyjewels
Perhaps a centre cap to cover the hubnut would work well.
Ah, yet another option ! I like the sound of that.