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1977 SS II to "Terra"

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ViejoJoe

Farmall Cub
Joined
Mar 11, 2018
Messages
4
Points
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Hi all,
I'm new here, please forgive me in advance if I haven't scoured the boards or used search properly... I'm an old Saab guy (7 of 'em), and my girlfriend has inherited her father's '77 SS II. We had it shipped over, and man is it in bad shape. She wants to rehab it and keep it in memory of her dad, but it just isn't feasible for her to have in its current state.

I have great memories of riding with my own dad in his '69 Scout, and after decades of rebuilding and living with Saabs, Volvos, Range Rovers, etc. a good old American truck should be a real relief to work on.

I'd like to 'convert' the truck to a Terra type vehicle. The soft top was shredded, the bows are useless, the soft doors destroyed, and the door inserts (I call them the tubs) are in just godawful shape. She wants the truck for an around-town little hauler. We are in San Antonio, which although is deep in the heart of Texas, is roughly the 7th largest city in the US - straight up suburbs for us.

I've been working to clean it up and kill the rust, pulling the seats that my buddy is taking to Mexico to get reupholstered, getting parts ordered for the engine, etc.

What I need to do is ask everyone here if they know of a good source to get a couple actual doors and a fiberglass top. Super Scout Specialists seems to sell a bulkhead for $175. I do have a budget for this project, but it isn't that big.

I haven't pulled the door inserts yet, but I sure hope that the catches for the real doors are there underneath the plastic! Looking through the holes in the tubs in the front, I can see that there of course are no hinges...

If anyone is interested, I'll post pics of my progress. I need to get this project finished asap - I've got one of the last Saab 900 convertibles made languishing in the driveway.

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Karen McCrocklin

Farmall Cub
Joined
Apr 7, 2017
Messages
13
Points
1
Welcome to the 7 circles of Scout Hell. It's really fun in here. Really. Please post pics!
 

garyRI

Farmall Cub
Joined
Jul 28, 2003
Messages
260
Points
28
Location
RI
Back in 2003 I "converted" a SSII to standard, to use as Daily Driver in New England and it wasn't hard. Looking at your pictures it looks pretty darn clean to my New England eyes. I swapped my SSII stuff for some great rust free Arizona parts so recommend you keep everything yopu take off. Doors should be "findable" in Texas but call Coonrods in Bailey, CO if you get desperate.

Re: fiberglas Scout tops. Scout II Terras had a fiberglas tops. Been awhile but I have seen pictures of the shortened to fit then standard wheelbase Scout. Failing that a standard metal top should be findable. I gave one away years ago.

Here is an old string on adapting a lass Terra top to a Scout II: http://www.binderplanet.com/forums/...stall-fiberglass-terra-top-on-scout-ii.67666/

Also if you find a San Antonio IH parts source I would be interested. Our daughters/grandchildren are in San Antonio so we get there several times a year and I always need something.
 
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