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I had a 1972 Sonett from 1978 thru about 1997. Kids and lack of garage space and money to restore it led me to sell it. Well, over 20 years later, and 5 weeks from retirement, I found one for me. 1970, and I will get a second V4 that has been upgraded to put into it. Will have Weber 2 barrel, lightened fly wheel, close ratio trans, larger exhaust. Only 79,000 miles, newer paint job, Dodge Challenger "Green with Envy"

Will be delivered to my home in Tucson Sunday.

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Very exciting! Congratulations! At some point I’ll be adding another one to my garage as well.

Change your gear oil over to Redline Synthetic and lockout the freewheel right away. ;)
 

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Don't remember if freewheeling was locked out in my previous Sonett, but I know I never used it. Is that just as good or is there a chance of it engaging on its own?

And I know of a front clip and doors if you are getting one that needs restoration. And I will probably have an extra stock V4 assuming the powered up one I am getting works out
 

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Don't remember if freewheeling was locked out in my previous Sonett, but I know I never used it. Is that just as good or is there a chance of it engaging on its own?

And I know of a front clip and doors if you are getting one that needs restoration. And I will probably have an extra stock V4 assuming the powered up one I am getting works out
As long as that handle doesn’t move, I’d think you should be ok.

As my engine was built for 200 HP+, I had to do something completely different with my freewheel. I had Jack Lawrence made a hub that used a pressed in, interference-fit, sleeve. The sleeve was then double-welded in. That way, I didn’t have to worry about the hubs “teeth” breaking off. Even with the freewheel locked out, only a few teeth at a time engage. Not a very strong setup from the factory, IMO. But even if you’re in the 100 HP range, you should be fine. No sidestepping the clutch though... ;)
 

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Sidestepping the clutch? That means you just try to match revs and slam into the next gear?
No, that's not me. I drove over 100, 000 miles without replacing the clutch, is that good?
Drove a 1987 900S 200K and a 1996 900SE for 190,000 with no clutch job. I am a spirited driver but not a boy racer, I'm 71 now, haha
 

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Sounds like you behave (for the most part :)), you should be in good shape. (y)
 

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How random is this?! A SAAB Club of Missouri member spotted my car in transit in Missouri yesterday.
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That’s great! You never see them on the road, so when you do it definitely catches your eye (as a Saab lover).
 
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