Gilbert Grape/ 1971 Saab 99 for sale


This was our second Saab car for about 10 years, then I sold it to a neighbor for his daughter to drive to high school, then college. After she graduated, her grandma gave he a 900, so the 99 went to her dad’s place, where it mostly sat. When he moved north, it was traded back to me. After a few years of rest, I got it out this spring, drained the old gas, and got it running again. The front calipers are a bit sticky, and the fuel system should probably have more cleaning, but it runs OK and gets around. The tires have tread, but are also fairly weather checked, I would recommend replacement. The paint has weathered thin in a number of places, but this is a pretty solid western car. If you are looking for a good Saab 99 project, this could be it! Will load up easily on your trailer. Asking $1495 Located in south-eastern Idaho.

Contact: Charlie  at  idpv@ida.netIMG_3379IMG_3380IMG_3381IMG_3382IMG_3383

Also: further thinning the fleet: 1971 white Saab 99, ran but has been sitting for quite a while. Fuel pickup seems to be clogged, it will run on a drip bottle. I should have a good used tank to go with it. More of a project then the purple one. Needs a tie rod end bushing as well.  Minor rust in a couple of door bottoms.  $995


Bring a trailer.

1968 Saab Sonett II project

This car was found in Pocatello, Idaho.  The sons of a Saab enthusiast who had passed away decided to clean out his shop.  The Dad had a nice Sonnet III with a bad engine, so they  put the Sonett II engine in it. Until then the Sonnet II ran and drove, about 2005.   They kept the Sonett III  and sold me the Sonett  II  and a rusty Sonnet III body.   I stuck both in the barn, as I was still improving my runnable ’71 sonnet, and working full time too.

The Sonnet II is  a custom of sorts- at some point in the past, the big back window  must have broken.  It was replaced with a smaller window, in plastic, and the larger area was fiberglassed in, and the new  upper surface was covered with  black textured vinyl.  It looks like a good quality pro job.  Also, at some point, the forward part of the  top was cut so the car is now a Targa. This was done less than professionally. It was trimmed out with rubber stripping.  It will probably need oak top bows to stiffen the  main top, and provide a better ledge for the removable panel. They said it was a blast to drive.   The interior was redone in orange plush fabric, and there were signs of early 70’s  orange shag carpet too.  So, it is an Idaho Country Custom.

This fall, I pulled the Sonett II into the shop and started  examining what I got. I had hopes of plunking a decent  engine into it and getting it running fairly easily.  No such luck.   After I cleaned out the inside of the vehicle, it became clear that the right inner & outer rocker panels, and about 12″ of the right floor need to be replaced. The left floor is fairly good, outer rocker is a bit cheesy, so I’ll leave it until later.  The rear trunk floor is also in need of replacement, and the vinyl cover on the top could use replacement too.   I decided that this was too heavy a project for a guy who just had his right shoulder replaced, so it has gone back in the barn for the moment, and I’m looking at various replacement panels from different suppliers.   If anyone has a trunk floor,  a set of rockers and a good  right half of the floor  kicking around , which you didn’t use on your project, let me know….

Since a lot for sandblasting and welding, etc will need to be done, spring will be a better time to do it, when I can roll the car outdoors for the messy part of the work.

From the underside, it appears that the front of the pan is still solidly attached to the nose structure. The left rocker looks original, I may eventually change the outer panel. The right rocker has already been replaced once before, fairly professionally, but it is pop riveted on, and the metal is too light, so it didn’t last. This will still be a big job.

I’m also thinking of making a stiffening subframe for the car, using existing suspension attachment points and  square tubular steel  stock.   VW convertibles  had a factory-added  “rim” of tubular steel welded under the pan,  to stiffen the body and  make up for the flexible top.   It works pretty well, and reduces cowl shake.  Has anyone out there done this for a Sonett?  Just another custom feature….

The car has an original 1968 Idaho plate, with a more modern sticker. You can apply to use a “year of manufacture” plate in Idaho. Maybe I’ll resurrect that too.


Summer 2018 Resto project: 1965 VW

I rescued this bug from some kids in Jackson,WY about 30 years ago. It had belonged to the Elder family- some of you might recognize the name Jim Elder, he wrote articals for Car & Driver and Road & Track, plus he and Sava Malachowski  created the original winter safety video for WYDOT  “Driving on Ice”   ( no doubt inspired  by their  experience driving around Jackson Hole in winter in a variety of Volvos, Saabs and VW’s)      The kids  blew the engine and beat up the fenders a little, but only had it for about 3 months. I eventually found a good engine for it, knocked out the fender dents, primed them, and  put it on antique plates.  I would drive it some, and work on it a little here and there,  and it was fun but continued to look like an old kid’s car.  This spring, a friend discovered a semi-retired body man in Idaho Falls who likes to do smaller jobs for grub money in-between hiking and berry-picking expeditions. He did a great job on James’ Nissan.  I eventually prevailed on him to do the final finishing and paint work on my bug, no pressure, in his spare time.  The result is great!  Of course, I spent a lot of time on the car doing  the last mechanical chores and fix-up prior to the paint job… then I resembled everything, well cleaned and polished, after the paint job. And his price was very reasonable.



Now I can take it to the local auto events and park it with the “nice”  cars!

Nope, not for sale. Just  want people to know I do finish projects eventually.

Surplus tools & toys for Boys, Onan Gen

Military 3000W Onan Generator –WW II?

I got this generator years ago, and have used it at my cabin as back up power for a long time. It is a 2 cylinder, water cooled Onan, 3000W, 115V, crank start, with a magneto. In it’s prime, it would even start well in cold weather. A while back, it quit running, and I got a Honda gen with electric start.   I think it has low compression on one cylinder.

Neat resto project for the military buff or old-motor equipment guys.

I’ll listen to offers. It’s too neat to scrap.

An additional benefit: it goes pooka-pooka when running and calls in grouse very well!


Surplus tool & toys for Boys, huge snowblower and power unit.

Thinning the collection of items I don’t plan to use in the future.

You already missed out on the giant old planer that I got with the shop property.

Still have the remains of a vintage kit SAWMILL to go,  including some narrow-gauge RR iron & wheels, carriage uprights, and so on.

Vintage cement mixer, I used this for building  several of my buildings and garages, can be turned by hand or by the old lawnmower motor mounted on it. It will handle a half bag of cement or so.

Giant old truck or tractor mount snowblower: BROS equipment heavy duty single-stage snowblower, used to be mounted on a big Dodge military truck and run off a wisconsin engine, it really needed a bigger engine. Has gear box and driveshaft, and several chutes. If you need a serious snowblower and have a rig big enough to carry it, this is the tool! Very heavy! Not one of those tinny blowers to mount on a pick up. Asking $1200 cash this week, until Jan 8th. This is a good project for a guy who needs to clear a long drive and has a large truck or tractor. Very heavy duty!

I have a flathead 6 cylinder Dodge motor, army surplus, probably early to mid 1950’s with a stand, radiator and governor. It was designed to be a portable power source, it has a multi-sheave pulley hub on the  flywheel. I did a valve job on it years ago. Been stored ever since.  I was going to use it to power the big snowblower using hydraulic pumps, but my Meyers plow on a  pickup sufficed.   So, this is for sale too.

World War II 2 cylinder Onan back up generator, I used this at my cabin for years to back up the solar system.  Made a nice pooka-pooka sound that called in lots of grouse.  Eventually, I seems to have blown a head gasket, so I replaced it with a modern honda generator.  Shold be fairly easy to fix, for the vintage equipment buff.   120V/  probably 1500-2000W,  fairly easy on gas, water cooled, looks neat, has a handy lifting ring on the top!



SAAB Stories | charliesbarn | My Drivers

My personal drivers:

1972 green 2 door, my daily driver for 23 years, uses a little oil, some spotty surface rust, runs well. Engine rebuilt at 140K with TR-7 pistons +.030. It’s fast. The machine shop knurled the valve guides instead of replacing tham as I had asked, but I didn’t find out untill it was already together. It has 187K on it now, and smokes a little after going over Teton Pass, so the guides have probably loosened up some. I’ve had it on antique plates since it turned 30 and it goes out occasionally in the summer. Over the years, it’s had lots of maintenance, but less lately.IMGP2175

1971Saab Sonnet III

Traded this from a neighbor, between us we have owned this since college! Runs and drives well and it is solid!  Does anyone know of a manufacturer who can provide the proper Safari Green paint color?


SAAB Stories” 99’s for sale, 1971 to 1974

I’ve driven Saabs since the late 1960’s. I started with two-strokes, and when I moved to Idaho in 1976, I changed to Saab 99’s, some of which still run pretty well. Over time,   several neighbors have donated their oldies to the boneyard out behind the barn. I’d like to thin out the fleet a little, if someone makes it worth my while, and provides good homes. I have gotten a couple of sonnets which I’d like to re-do instead of 99’s.

For Sale:

Gilbert Grape:    1971  We drove this for a decade or so, then it went to a neighbor’s kid to drive to high school and college. When she got a 900, it came home!  Last run a year or so ago, front calipers are a little sticky and it will probably benefit from some fuel system cleaning.  Paint is weathering off.  Should be a fairly easy resto.  Looking for a good home.

Purple 99 LF.jpgpurple saab RF.jpg

1971 4 door white Saab 99, was a kids highschool car,  in pretty good shape body-wise. a little rust in the door bottoms, minor dingsIMGP2212.JPG. Decent interior, the engine runs on a drip bottle, and drips oil in a lot of places. It will need seals all around.  The gas tank pick up seems to be plugged, I can’t get it to run on the FI system, even though there is gas and the pump runs. I have a spare tank to go with it.


I’ll sell these when someone makes it worth my while and provides good homes.

SAAB Stories | charliesbarn | Vintage Sonnet projects

Saab Sonnets: possibly available, I still have one to finish.

1968 Sonnet II, minor rust, customized ( sunroof, rear window), no motor at the moment)

I’ve got a motor to build for it, maybe by late spring it will be running around again.  It probably should be considered a  “custom” Sonett now.  No, not for parts.


!971 Saab Sonnet III, rusty underbody, no engine or trans, tons of good other parts.

No, I won’t sell those  nice wheels alone.  This will need an engine, trans and some rust repair.  After I finish redoing my ’74,  I might sell this for parts, or sell my remaining parts with this body.  I also have an extra nose and tail section  from a green ‘7e sonnet.

Located in SE Idaho.


1974? Rusty Sonnett body, with reusable fiberglass, and actually the  metal pan has some good reusable panels which could be clipped out or used for patterns.   I’ll listen to reasonable offers on this, and I do also have the nose bonnet.


VW mania | charliesbarn | projects & parts

Vintage VW’s

I’ve had VW’s, mostly air-cooled, for 45 years. A lot have been reconditioned, driven and sold over the years.  I have a large amount of parts and parts cars which I probably won’t need for finishing my own projects. Most of this stuff is western, but some have rust.  For sale to good homes. I also have listings with more pictures on the Samba.  I have a barn full of parts, I probably have what you need, if I can find it!     Rare stuff at rare prices,  I’m more negotiable on the rest.

61 Bug F 62 and 64 bugs 68 bug RF 68? bug LF 71 SuperB 73 SuperB

SAAB Stories | Charlie’s barn | Saab 99’s for parts or to fix

SAAB 99’s  parts cars and parts.

I have  spare used parts from a number of early 99’s, mostly 1971 to 1974, plus a few 1980 parts.  I also have a significant core pile of used engines and trans in the barn,  also  early 99, mostly  Stanpart engines.  One rebuilt 1974 trans which the owner bagged out on after hearing the bill…

Tan 1971 99'71 tan saab 99 F

Stuck engine, 4 door, good windshield, minor body damage,  could be fixed or used for parts.

Green 1974 99'74 saab 99

Stuck engine ( head leak), good trans, only a few parts missing,  some fender rust,  good pars donor,