Yes, You Can Build a Sick Vintage Rally Car – AFTER/DRIVE

Yes, You Can Build a Sick Vintage Rally Car – AFTER/DRIVE


[CAR ENGINE ROARING] MIKE SPINELLI: So last time we
got out of the studio, we talked about how to get started
rallying your car. Well, what if your car is a big,
fat, 50-year-old bucket of rust you found by the
side of the road? Well, you do what Bruce Turk
did, and you turn it into a sweet vintage rally car. And you can do that, too. And that’s today
on After/Drive. Listen to those pipes! [CAR ENGINE REVVING] MIKE SPINELLI: Action! [LOUD CAR ENGINE] [MUSIC PLAYING] MIKE SPINELLI: We are on our way
up to Bruce Turk’s place north of Manhattan. Bruce knows everything there
is to know about the two-stroke Saab. probably the
preeminent two-stroke Saab expert up here– owns a bunch of them– and that’s where we’re headed. But this ain’t no Saab. The guys at Classic Car Club
Manhattan let us borrow this 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS. And you know it’s a GTS, because
it’s got this weird device that if you are a modern
Porsche fan, you may not recognize. I forgot what it’s called. It’s got some numbers on it, and
then you move it around. There’s a pedal on
the ground also. Also, what’s cool about it is
it has red brake calipers. And as my grandma used to always
say, red brake calipers are a gift you give
other people. That means they see them. You know, they– you get it. [CAR ENGINE ROARING] So welcome to After/Drive. We know a lot of people like to
collect cars or buy an old car and fix it up. But not a lot of people buy an
old car, fix it up, and then thrash it either racing it
or in a rally situation. And that’s why we’re here today,
because we’re talking to Bruce Turk, who has this
Saab behind me, Saab 96. What year is it, Bruce? BRUCE TURK: This is a 1961 96. MIKE SPINELLI: 1961 96. And we actually went on Facebook
and asked you guys what car you would want
to race or rally if money were no object. And only one of you, William
Montgomery– wherever you are, William
Montgomery, know that you are inside our heads somewhere– you said two-stroke Saab. And that’s exactly what
this thing is. BRUCE TURK: Absolutely. MIKE SPINELLI: So Bruce, tell
me about the first time you laid eyes on this car and what
you were thinking and how you brought it from that situation
to what it is now. BRUCE TURK: It was around
the mid ’80s. We were driving through
Saugerties, New York, and we were going past the guy who
worked on foreign cars. And this car was on the
side of the road. It was in excellent condition. And I immediately pulled over,
went inside, went to the proprietor, and said, do you
want to sell that car? And he said, nope, nope. I’m going to keep it. I’m going to restore
it someday. Meanwhile, it really didn’t
need a restoration. But he said, I’m thinking it’s
got to be worth 2,500, but I don’t want to sell it. So the following year, it
was still parked in the exact same place. Two years later, in the
exact same place. And year after year,
I would pull in. I would ask the guy if
he wanted to sell it. He always refused. And it was rotting
into the ground. Finally, on the 10th year
of stopping, he said OK. You can have it– $250. MIKE SPINELLI: Oh, man! BRUCE TURK: So by that time, it
was a Fred Flintstone car. MIKE SPINELLI: Yeah, I
saw a picture of it. It looked like a turkey
after Thanksgiving. BRUCE TURK: It was brutal. It was brutal. MIKE SPINELLI: There was
not much left of it. BRUCE TURK: No. Because every time the snow plow
went by, it would throw all the salty snow
on top of it. So the paint was all pitted,
and the underside was pretty much gone. MIKE SPINELLI: Wow. So you had been watching
this thing deteriorate. And what did you decide you were
going to do with it at that point? BRUCE TURK: Well, when he
finally said he would sell it, I just pitied the car. And it had been 10
years of asking. So I’m like, all right, $250. I’ll take it. I’ll part it out. So I brought it home. I towed it home. I changed the spark plugs, put
in a distributor cap and rotor, did not drain the gas,
just turned the key, put in another battery,
and it started. So I’m listening to the motor,
and it sounds pretty good. So I said, you know what? Why don’t I just register
it and drive it and see what happens? So that’s exactly what I did. MIKE SPINELLI: And then
you had the contest. BRUCE TURK: The infamous
contest. I’m the president of a vintage
Saab club, so I have everyone’s email address. So I emailed everybody–
actually, this was pre-internet. So it was in the newsletter. We had a– MIKE SPINELLI: On paper. BRUCE TURK: On paper. Yeah, on actual paper. I said, I’m going to
have a contest. We’re going to drive this car
without doing any more work to it whatsoever. And you write to me and let me
know when you think it will die, when it will leave
me stranded. So everyone was writing in, a
week, a month, six months. Well, I drove it for a year back
and forth to work, like 10,000 miles. It ran fine. MIKE SPINELLI: Original
engine. It was really a bucket of
rust at that point. BRUCE TURK: A bucket of rust. I couldn’t put my feet down hard
because I’d punch right through the floors. I just put some plywood down. And if I went through
a puddle, the water would splash up. The car was rattling all over. And everyone used to point
and laugh when I went by. And finally I said, all right,
enough is enough. Let’s maybe restore it. MIKE SPINELLI: Yeah. Well, all right, so how did
you get it from that– It’s Herculean, what you did. To get it from that point
to what it is now. BRUCE TURK: It’s Stupidean
is what it is. I just took the car completely
apart, and then I tilted it up so I can get underneath it. I didn’t have a rotisserie
at the time. I was very fortunate that I had
some original floor panels and rocker panels. So 200 hours later, I had it all
welded up, had the floor reinforced. I did all the body
work myself. The only original thing on
it, I think, is the hood. All four fenders are from
different cars. The doors are from different
cars because they were so rusted out, you couldn’t
even fix them. And then I did all the body
work and had it painted. And I had a bare-bones
stock Saab 96. MIKE SPINELLI: Before you did
that, what was your experience in working on cars before? You had– BRUCE TURK: Well, I had
some other old Saabs. But I was never taught
how to work on cars. Anyone who thinks they need
a mentor or something, you really don’t. All you’ve got to do is take it
apart, write down what you did, and then reverse the order
when you put it back together again. So I was good at taking
pictures. And it was all on film,
no digital anything. I’d save the pictures. And then I would just
reverse the order. It’s no big deal. MIKE SPINELLI: What
about welding? You had welding experience? BRUCE TURK: Oh, it’s
simple to learn. I went out, went to Walmart and
I bought a welder, and it came with a VHS tape. I popped it in, I watched the
10-minute movie, went in the garage, I was a welder. So, of course, I ground off
90% of what I put on, but that’s all it took. MIKE SPINELLI: Just doing it. BRUCE TURK: Do it. MIKE SPINELLI: Getting
your hands dirty. BRUCE TURK: What’s
the big deal? MIKE SPINELLI: Well,
that’s the thing. I talk to a lot of people. The number one thing they want
to learn how to do is weld. If they know how to work
on cars, they want to learn how to weld. So that, you would say, is the
thing that brought this back is welding. BRUCE TURK: Well, I
had an arc welder. Not easy. Anyone who knows how to use
an arc welder, wonderful. I don’t know how they do it. MIG welding is so much easier,
and TIG welding is easier yet. Anyone can weld. It’s almost like squeezing
toothpaste onto a piece of metal. As long you have two pieces
of clean metal, anyone could weld it. Once you start to weld into
rust, then it becomes a little more problematic. MIKE SPINELLI: Right. OK, so now we’re at the point
where you have a pristine– as much as possible, pristine
Saab 96 in this color. BRUCE TURK: Yeah. MIKE SPINELLI: It didn’t look
like a rally car yet. BRUCE TURK: Not at all. It had the original interior. Well, it had a reproduced
original interior. So the inside was Concours. The car was absolutely
perfect. It was a show car. So I puttered around
in it, and then I decided enough is enough. Maybe I should make it
into a rally car. MIKE SPINELLI: So what made
you want to make it into a rally car? Were you into Swedish rally
cars before the– BRUCE TURK: Yeah. I always was a big fan of Erik
Carlsson, big fan of rallying. I had other vintage Saabs. So I just asked myself, do I
need another of the same? Do I need another slow car? Not really. So I said, let’s just do it. MIKE SPINELLI: Yeah. All right, so what was the first
thing you did when you said, OK, we’re going to go
rallying in this thing? BRUCE TURK: Pull the motor out
and put in a GT motor, something with more power. MIKE SPINELLI: OK. BRUCE TURK: And then I just
took it from there. MIKE SPINELLI: And did
you build the motor yourself, or did you– BRUCE TURK: The first
motor that I put in was from Chris Custer. He worked for Saab. In 1958 and ’59, he was their
performance department. So he prepared all of their
Saabs for racing, like in the little Le Mans at Lime Rock. He was still around, and I
was in touch with him. We were kind of pen pals. And he said, Bruce, I have
my old racing mode. He said, it’s fine. It runs. You can have it. So I went down to Frederick,
Maryland, and the car came in packaged in his race car. He gave me the whole shot. MIKE SPINELLI: Oh, wow. So it helps to be in the
community of the car that you’re– so if there’s a car
that you’re interested in– I’m just sort of broadening
it out. If there’s a car you’re
interested in rallying at some point, get into the
community of it. Because then that’s how you find
out the people that are– BRUCE TURK: You have
to join clubs. It’s so easy online now. Within one second,
you can Google anything, and you’re in. So you have to call people. Don’t hesitate to pick up the
telephone and actually talk to someone, don’t hesitate to
get in the car and meet them face to face. People are eager to help. MIKE SPINELLI: So
the cool thing about this is the details. What happened? So you put the motor in. The motor was straight and
everything was cool. What about all this other detail
work, which is just amazing, that you did? BRUCE TURK: All I did was I got
as many books as I can on vintage rallying and looked for photographs of vintage Saabs. And I just picked out all of the
things that they did that I liked and incorporated
them into this car. So this car is not a replica of
a specific Saab rally car. But everything that’s on it was
used on Saab rally cars. So it’s like the Superman
of rally cars. I took all the good stuff
from all the ones and put them all together. MIKE SPINELLI: Yeah. Some of the really
cool stuff is– I was just looking right at it,
but let’s go with how did you end up doing the
exhaust like that? BRUCE TURK: The Baja exhaust. After you rally for a while and
you rip that exhaust pipe off six, seven, eight times,
it starts to get expensive. So my muffler guy says,
this is ridiculous. Is there another way? And I said, well, back in the
’70s, Saab used to run it over the roof to do the
Baja in Mexico. So I decided to do it
to the two-stroke. So basically, it follows the
same route that they do it on the V4s, only this is
on the two-stroke. And after I did it, I bragged to
everyone at the first rally that I answered with the Baja
exhaust that I would never dent it again. And about a half hour later,
I rolled the car and dented it again. MIKE SPINELLI: So when you
rolled it, did you knock off the exhaust, or was
it all right? BRUCE TURK: Didn’t
knock it off. When I rolled, I would’ve kept
rolling, but luckily, there was a tree there to stop me. MIKE SPINELLI: Luckily. BRUCE TURK: So the tree smashed
in the roof, and the trunk just missed the
exhaust pipe. So when sweep came through, they
helped to push the car back on its wheels. And in true Erik Carlsson style,
we hopped in, turned the key, and off we went. We raced for two more days. MIKE SPINELLI: Sweet. It sounds like the rain is
hitting the roof pretty hard. BRUCE TURK: Yes, it is. MIKE SPINELLI: Why don’t we take
this into the car, and you can show me some of the
stuff inside the car. BRUCE TURK: Sure. Let’s do it. MIKE SPINELLI: So Bruce, we’re
in the Saab 96, and the first thing I notice is this really
swank headliner. Why does a rally car need a
headliner that’s this swank? BRUCE TURK: Well, a rally car
doesn’t need a headliner that’s this swank. But let me tell you
why it’s there. After I built the car, it was
just a plain road car. And then after that, I made
it into a rally car. And it was really beautiful. It was Concours quality. So I said, what the heck. Let’s bring it to a Concours. I wrote a letter to the
Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, which is a very prestigious
Concours. MIKE SPINELLI: Yeah, that’s
like Bugattis and– BRUCE TURK: Exactly. MIKE SPINELLI: Atlantique. BRUCE TURK: It’s like Pebble
Beach, Greenwich Concours. And they accepted me. I couldn’t believe it. They said, bring it on. So I brought it there. And much to my surprise, it won
Best Special Interest Car. MIKE SPINELLI: Wow. Now, was it totally stock
at that point? Or had you started to
do the rally stuff? BRUCE TURK: Oh, it was a real
rally car at that point. What it was is I just finished
making it into a rally car. But I didn’t race it at
all, so there wasn’t a scratch on it. And the engine compartment
was detailed to the max. So I got the award, I got home,
and I’m like, OK, been there, done that. Now let’s run the
crap out of it. So over time, I stripped
off whatever real fancy Concours-y-like seats
and the door panels. That all came out, and I just
never got around to ripping out the headliner. MIKE SPINELLI: Well, it
looks really nice. The seats are– these
are racing seats. And the details inside here
are really, really, really cool, too. So since it’s a rally car and
since it is built to compete in rally, you’ve got the
two things you need. You’ve got the clock and you’ve
got the rally gauges. Tell me about this clock,
because this has one of the coolest pedigrees that I know
of in terms of this kind of thing, clocks. BRUCE TURK: One thing I notice
when I was looking through the old Saab books was that they
had these strange Russian clocks in them. So I did a little research and
found out that some of them were Russian MiG-29 clocks. So I went on eBay– at that point, we had
the Internet– and I found this MiG-29 clock. It’s good to 15 G’s. And it runs on, I think, 22,
volts– which, of course, I don’t have– to run the heater so it doesn’t freeze up at high altitude. So it’s shock-proof. It keeps pretty good time,
but it’s manual. You’ve actually got
to wind it up. MIKE SPINELLI: Really? BRUCE TURK: Yeah. MIKE SPINELLI: So if you were a
Russian fighter pilot in the Cold War, you had to actually
wind your own clock? Is that how that worked? BRUCE TURK: Apparently. I still can’t believe it. And it makes absolutely
no sense to me. But it’s a wind-up clock MIKE SPINELLI: But it is
shock-proof, so if you’re bombing through a rally stage,
it just stays pretty solid. BRUCE TURK: Definitely. I’ve used it for years. It hasn’t skipped a beat. MIKE SPINELLI: So tell
me about this. What do you call this? It’s a rally gauge
or it’s a rally– BRUCE TURK: It’s a
Halda Speedpilot. And I’m sure the anyone over
the age of, let’s say, 50 would look at that and know
immediately what it is. Basically, instead of having
this digital, computerized rally equipment that they have
today, back in the day they just had a Halda Speedpilot,
which told you the time. It told you the distance. And it could also be dialed in
to show you average speed. So you would set it. If you had to be somewhere in
an hour, and you had to get there at 30 miles per
hour average speed, you’d set it to 30. You’d just drive and keep
the two hands lined up. And you’re going the
right speed. MIKE SPINELLI: So you would
just set– the orange hand would just be at where you want
to set it, and then you’d just have to match
up where the– BRUCE TURK: Exactly. This one is for speed. So right now, it’s set
at a little under 50 miles per hour. And then you line up
the minute hand with this red hand. And as long as you keep the
minute hand and red hand together, you’re driving
at 50 miles per hour. MIKE SPINELLI: Cool. BRUCE TURK: It’s very simple. MIKE SPINELLI: And Erik
Carlsson would’ve used something like that. BRUCE TURK: He used that. MIKE SPINELLI: He used
this very one. BRUCE TURK: Well, not
that very one, no. But he used a Halda
Speedpilot. And so did everyone else. This was state of the art. MIKE SPINELLI: So I also
noticed Erik Carlsson’s autographed– or it actually
looks like Beef Bredman. BRUCE TURK: Or Eric Goodman. MIKE SPINELLI: Or
Eric Goodman. That’s a good one, yeah. BRUCE TURK: Many years ago, Erik
Carlsson was in the car. And I handed him a magic marker,
and he said, OK, I’ll sign the glove box. But he’s such a big guy. He was all cramped up, and he
couldn’t sign it properly. So he goes, oh, this
is no good. It looks like Goodman– He says, you take
off glove box. You send to me. I’ll sign it and mail
it back to you. But I said, you know what? It’s good just how it is. MIKE SPINELLI: It’s fantastic. That’s how he did it if he had
to squeeze in to do it. And by the away, Erik Carlsson,
other people on the internet may know him as the guy
sitting next to the Saab that’s upside down on its
roof drinking a beer. BRUCE TURK: Absolutely, yeah. I don’t know if it was a beer. MIKE SPINELLI: Or it
was something. BRUCE TURK: It might have
been a soft drink. MIKE SPINELLI: I don’t kind
of soft drinks there were. BRUCE TURK: And I think
he was ringing out his socks or something. Erik either won or rolled,
one or the other. MIKE SPINELLI: Another thing I
noticed in here is your dash is immaculate. How did that happen? BRUCE TURK: Well, this
is a foam dash. It’s actually foam underneath
vinyl, and they crack all the time. So I was very fortunate that
an elderly gentleman in Cornwall, New York, had an old
Saab under his porch, and the weeds had grown up
blocking it in. And I offered him $100 for the
car because it had a perfect dash pad on it. So I brought the car home,
removed the dash pad, and towed the car to the junkyard. And that was the end of it. MIKE SPINELLI: Well, how many
cars do you think pass through here just for parts and then
took a hike once to got what you wanted out of them? BRUCE TURK: Oh, several. Several, yeah. I’m always looking for parts
cars, and I just take the best parts and junk the rest. I can’t keep it all. Otherwise, the place would
look like a junkyard. MIKE SPINELLI: Yeah. One thing I forgot to mention. So a map light, obviously the
co-driver would need a light for the map. That’s this one, for
the pace notes. What’s this thing? This looks like a license
plate light. BRUCE TURK: That’s exactly
what it is. Yep. back in the early ’60s,
they needed more light for map reading. So they said why don’t we
use the license plate light from the 93B. So this is from a
1958 Saab 93B. There were two, one on each side
of the license plates. And they mounted it right here,
and it helped to light up whatever it was that they
were reading, whether it be the map or whatever. MIKE SPINELLI: That’s
very cool. And of course, you have the
HAM radio, which a lot of rally organizers want
you to use. BRUCE TURK: They do. I mean, pretty soon I
think all rally cars will have HAM radios. It helps to communicate with
emergency vehicles and with net control. It’s very, very important. MIKE SPINELLI: So tell me about
what it’s like to keep a rally car running, a rally car
that’s not a late model car. A car that’s 50-something
years old, that isn’t easy to get parts. Now, obviously, you, being
the president of the– BRUCE TURK: Vintage Saab Club. MIKE SPINELLI: — your Vintage
Saab Club, you have a ton of parts just that you’ve
accumulated over the years. BRUCE TURK: Exactly, yeah. MIKE SPINELLI: But if someone
were to want to get into vintage rallying, what advice
would you have for them in terms of keeping it running? BRUCE TURK: First thing, if it’s
a Saab, join the Vintage Saab Club in North America and
start sending emails, whether it be to me or other
club members. Then go on our website and
access our membership list. So really, networking with
other people is the most important thing that
you can do. And you can’t be shy. You’ve got to get out there and
start emailing and making phone calls. MIKE SPINELLI: You were telling
me before– this is sort of interesting– that while eBay has been really
good for finding rare parts, it has its disadvantages
also. BRUCE TURK: It has disadvantages
for someone who’s looking for the ultimate
score, like I used to. MIKE SPINELLI: Right, right. BRUCE TURK: The object of
my game was to find that proverbial barn that’s packed
with parts that you could get for free or $50. Those days are over. Because now, everyone with a
barn has a computer, and they have access to eBay. So years ago, we would go into
old Saab dealerships and clean them out of parts. That’s all done. That’s been picked clean,
can’t do it. MIKE SPINELLI: So how do you
feel about Saab now? What went through your head when
you realized that Saab was actually going
away completely? Because obviously, the company
had its ups and downs in the last 20 years. But what about when it was
really clear it was going away for good? BRUCE TURK: I felt bad
for the employees. I didn’t feel bad about the
car itself, because I’m a vintage Saab guy. And it’s not like they were
making vintage Saab parts so I can stay riding my vintage
Saabs forever. So in terms of what did the
company do for me in the later years, nothing. They were making new cars. But it’s a shame that such a
neat car, quirky car, that came out with their best
cars at the very end is suddenly gone. That’s a shame. MIKE SPINELLI: So other than
rallying, are there other events that you do, other
kinds of racing? BRUCE TURK: I do. I do some hill climbs. I was in the Hershey Hill Climb,
which was just for vintage cars. But that’s since been
discontinued, unfortunately. I do ice racing occasionally. I do rally cross quite a bit. MIKE SPINELLI: Oh, yeah. BRUCE TURK: Rally
cross is great. The whole track is very short. It might take a minute
or two minutes tops. It’s a lot of fun. And anyone could do that. MIKE SPINELLI: Where does
this car excel in a regular rally stage? Because obviously,
horsepower-wise, torque-wise, you’re not going to be able to
compete if you were taking this into a regular
rally situation. BRUCE TURK: Exactly right. When I’m in the real twisty
bits, I’m very competitive. I’m probably mid-pack compared
to even -wheel drive cars. When I’m going downhill,
I’m competitive. But where I get slaughtered is
when I’m coming out of a turn and I scrub off speed, I can’t
pick up speed quickly. It takes forever to
spool it back up. And if I hit an uphill
section, I’m done. I could read a book. MIKE SPINELLI: If you had to
give someone advice who was launching one of these projects,
who wanted to build a vintage rally car, whether it
was an Audi or a Saab, or even maybe an old Lancia. I don’t know who would
be crazy enough to do something like that. But I’m sure people
are out there. What’s the best advice you’ve
got from all the stuff you’ve done? Because you’ve been doing this
25 plus years, right? BRUCE TURK: The best thing to
do is join a club and meet people, talk to people,
and then just do it. You’ve got to get
off your butt. I know so many people who say
they don’t have time to restore a car, or they don’t
have time to go out and do a little racing. It doesn’t take a lot of time,
especially the restoration. If you have an hour every few
days to put aside, get out from outside. Don’t sit on the sofa. Go in the garage and
work on the car. Let’s make it happen. MIKE SPINELLI: One
last question. Why Saab for you? BRUCE TURK: Well, it probably
goes back to when I was a kid and I used to see the Saab
Sonetts on the road. MIKE SPINELLI: The Sonetts,
the sports car? BRUCE TURK: Yeah. Right, right. They were just cars, and I
always pointed at them and said someday I’m going
to have one. So when I was 16, I went out,
and I bought one, and it’s been a love affair ever since. They kind of grow on you. MIKE SPINELLI: How many
have you had? Saabs in general. BRUCE TURK: I think I’ve
had 10 vintage Saabs. Right now I have nine. So only one slipped away. MIKE SPINELLI: Which
one got away? Was it the– BRUCE TURK: It was the very
first one, the one I had when I was 16, the Sonett, and
I was terrorizing the neighborhood. And my parents said
it’s got to go. So out it went. MIKE SPINELLI: Right. And here we are. So beginning to end, how
long did it take you to build this thing? BRUCE TURK: This was probably
a four-year project. It was driveable the first day,
so it kind of evolved. It was a rolling restoration. Every summer, I was able to get
in it and drive, and every winter I would take it back
apart and just continue. MIKE SPINELLI: So
when you started rallying it, how did you– it was just all a big shakedown,
just making sure that everything worked
all the time? Or is it– BRUCE TURK: Well, yeah. I mean, the first rally
that I did I was doing course opening. And the car was vibrating
and parts were falling off the car. The generator fell off, and I
was having a heck of a time. So I repaired whatever broke. The weakest link breaks. And then the next time, the next
weakest link would break. And as the years go by, you end
up with a bulletproof car. MIKE SPINELLI: So it’s just
that you just have to keep doing it until you fix
everything that’s the weakest. BRUCE TURK: It’s not like there
was a rule book or a construction manual
for this car. So it was basically, go
out, break it, fix it. Go out, break it, fix it. MIKE SPINELLI: And now
you’re an expert? BRUCE TURK: Yeah, I’m an
expert at breaking. MIKE SPINELLI: Cool. Bruce, thanks. BRUCE TURK: You’re welcome. MIKE SPINELLI: Thanks
for coming on. BRUCE TURK: Yep. MIKE SPINELLI: That’s
After/Drive. I’ll see you guys
later next week. [CAR ENGINE ROARING] [MUSIC PLAYING] MALE SPEAKER: That
looks so cool. Could you guys make out
with each other? MIKE SPINELLI: One over crest! Five! Six! Seven, over crest! Wait a minute. There’s no seven. BRUCE TURK: There’s no sevens. MIKE SPINELLI: There’s
no seven. BRUCE TURK: Six is about it. MIKE SPINELLI: Six. Left six over a bump. [LAUGHTER]

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  1. I have a 1995 Saab 900SE, but i'm thinking about buying my neighburs Saab 900 S and rebuild it to a rally car..! 😀 not sure tho! 😀

  2. Of course you can build a sick vintage rally car, but you need money. Obviously if this guy has 10 vintage cars and went through dozens of parts cars he does. He also must have a bunch of time to work on all of them.

  3. SO MUCH RESPECT FOR THIS GUY. Bruce is a true man, self-sufficient, self-reliant. Can't do it? Teach yourself.  Don't know how to do it? Learn it.

    If everyone were like that this world would be a much better place, so tired of bitches whining and complaining that they can't do things and relying on everyone but themselves.  You can do anything you put your mind to if you really want to.

  4. Wow!! This remindes  me  when I drive a SAAB Monte Carlo 850 The sounds makes me flipp out come to Sweden and show your CAR!!!! I had a manufacturing made motor at 75 hp and two italian carburato !!! I loved the sound ! am 73 years and memoris still there!!!!

  5. the sound is soo AWESOME !!!
    -my first car maybe is an old Saab 95 :D,  but it doesnt have the two stroke engine 🙁  –

  6. tig welding easier than mig ????????????????????????????????? no it isn't welding with mig is easy but getting good welds takes years of experience

  7. +Primus Strömbom i dont know where you got that from, but its false, it was during a rally and he rolled the car, this picture also made him famous as carlsson on the roof (carlsson på taket)

  8. .So far, I have had a '92, 90 and an 87, all 9000s. My current, the 87 was $250 almost 3 years ago. With the back seats down and a comfy foam pad, I have car camped with ease. Although at times I have said- I have to work, I drive a saab (repairs)…these cars were built, driven and raced by people who had saab mojo…..
    Thanks for posting and proving older is better…

  9. Nice ride. A couple of things got me bothered though. First, that is a 92 model. 96 had a Ford V4, and the headlights were no longer attached to the hood. Second, that engine being a 2-t after all, needs a counter pressure exhaust. That will help you getting uphill.

  10. This car is the coolest thing ever! I got to co-drive with Bruce today at a RallyX event and if you think it sounds good on here, you have got to here it in person. He is an awesome driver!

  11. I love it. In November 2014 I was helping a friend look for a car and I ended up with a SAAB 96 converted for rallying. The thing is that I live in Quito, Ecuador, Talk about hill climbing. The thing has a 2.0L Ford V6 out of an old Capri with the radiator mounted above and aft of the engine. Crazy machine but amazing sound and torque.

  12. Normally I can't stand the blowhard DRIVE guys but this host is great, no exaggerated eulogizing about "revvs!1!!" or long blurbs without actually saying anything. I like the owner too. Good for him for saving the car from the snow/salt plow.

  13. It is thanks to these petrol gearheads that car history is so rich and auto passion will never die!

    Thanks so much for this video!

    Loved it

  14. @ 17:54 He is drinking a Swedish "Champis" It is a carbonated fruit juice.
    A classic soft drink in Sweden, that reminds of Champagne. But without alcohol. 🙂

  15. When I was a kid in the late 60's my friend who lived next to us, his older sister had a 96 and she would us to the beach during the summer in it. So I remember we would stop for gas and back then they pumped your gas for you and she would hand the they guy pumping the gas a quart of oil and tell him to put it in the tank, needless to say they thought she was nuts and then of course it would smoke so bad because she was always just dumping in a quart not the correct ratio of gas to oil. Then we would get stuck in traffic in Westerly Rhode Island coming home and I would get sick to my stomach breathing in the exhaust on a hot summer day. I would love to have one.

  16. wonderful cars

    dont like the overhead exhaust but so what

    have a 1964 2 stroke Stage rally car built in Trollhatten

    no brakes!!!!! as not discs

    100 mph goes like S**T

    tuned up Appendix K

    love it

    J

  17. That was beautiful!
    Good pictures, good action, good sound! That rally engine's a blast!
    And thank you for not bogging the sound picture down with bad VJ "music"!
    Thumbs up plenty! 🙂

  18. One of my dream cars is an early Saab 93, with a properly tuned two stroke engine. The important features is that it has to have a split front window and back hinged doors. My mother had one of those as her first car.

  19. In Sweden, Erik Carlsson's nick name was 'on the roof' referring both to a popular character of author Astrid Lindgred and the fact that Erik often turned his cars upside down (on the roof).

    The picture with EriK on the side of the road with a drink was a commercial for a popular soft drink called 'Pommac'.

  20. Erik Carlsson is drinking a soft drink kalled "Pommac" by the roadside, its on sell to this day, my favourite. The taste is fresh from apple, and some more fruits. Very popular even to this day, very refined taste. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pommac

  21. Erik Carlsson sits and drinks a Swedish soft-drink called Pommac after rolling.
    He had a nickname, On the Roof…

    Keep the SAAB's rolling!

  22. 17:53 He is drinking a bottle of Pommac 😀
    https://stalej.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/pommac1.png
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pommac

  23. The wind-up clock philosophy won Russian spacetech in the long run the position of the only program left, worldwide, to keep ISS going.

  24. OK, so I know that two strokes need to have a certain amount of back pressure in order to run, and I know that two stroke dirtbikes and snowmobiles have varying degrees of tuned exhaust pipes. (which is done by varying the diameter of the pipe to create backpressure) The pipe he has on this car doesn't seem to have a lot of variation in the diameter. Unless it's diameter is bigger under the hood, I wonder if it IS tuned or that it's just the virtual length that serves the purpose of backpressure? Anybody know?
    P.S. Our rural route mailman swore on the Saab reputation and had 3 or 4 of them over the years. They were perfect for the harsh New England weather. I loved watching the local ice races on the lake in Western Massachusetts when I was a kid, and the Saabs were always dominant. The combo of front wheel drive and very light weight was killer. The only other contenders were VW Bugs or Corvairs, which were both rear wheel drive with the engine over the wheels. Trouble was…they didn't steer well in those conditions!
    Thanks for the GREAT video…I love these little two stroke marvels and the memories it brings back for me!

  25. No, no, no, no, no!!! – William ain't he ''only'' one! – I'd be thrilled to bits getting to drive Bruce's 96! – I practically grew up in one, and at the age of 14 I was literally rallying it around on the exact same kind of narrow, winding gravel roads, and let me tell ya'll: There's NOTHING like it!!! (PS: The 96 V4 was equally bad ass!….)💓😉👍

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