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The Salvage: Saab 96 With a Trees Growing Through It

Abandoned Saab 96, a car swallowed by the forest

A duo of father and son Wyatt and Lance Bush standing behind the Restored Youtube channel that searches a forest in northeast Texas in search of rusty relics – old, abandoned cars left to the ravages of time. And that’s not all, when they find a car relic like this, they try to find the owners and buy the cars, which are mostly in a very bad condition, with the goal of restoring them and putting them back into function. Behind every car like this is an interesting story that these guys are trying to tell through videos in their own way.

In one of the last wanderings through the wooded parts of Texas, this duo found the incredible Saab 96, which was literally “swallowed by the forest“. Nature has been rampant on this Saab for over 40 years, and the surrounding trees have found their way to grow through the car itself. For them, this was the first SAAB they had in their shop, and the real revelation for them was the factory V4 engine, which is very well known to all Saab enthusiasts.

Because of all this, we recommend you to watch this simple interesting video in which you can see how this family duo managed to save Saab from the “jaws of nature”, as well as one of the hardest struggles to bring this thing back to life:

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However, after a lot of work, effort and toil, this team managed to pull out the good old Saab 96 from the natural environment and put it on a trailer so that they could try to revive it in their workshop. This video is not what they stopped at, so the Bush duo then recorded a special episode in which they wanted to restart Saab’s V4 engine after 40 years of non-functioning:

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They marveled at a “V4″” and wondered if it was a mistake. We hope Saabistas will Help them get this car on the road and Follow their video progress in next episodes. If you watched the video, you saw that the duo failed to start the V4, However it did show how rugged those V4 engines are. We wish they were had called someone (SAAB) knowledgeable or at least downloaded a service manual.

We agree with the proposal of one of the Saab experts that we would suggest that anyone with spare, or surplus Saab engine parts get a message down to Texas, as these guys need help. According to his assessment, Starter list would include head gaskets for the V4 full set of piston rings; set of new or reground valves; a carburetor rebuild kit and any tech support you can offer for an engine with weak compression; 35 to 65 pounds. Certainly, we hope that the Texas team will not give up and will accept the proposed suggestions and help, and that we will see this Saab 96 in full glory in one of the next video episodes.

Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.


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