Clothes make the man, and rims are the clothes of cars. It will be like this or something like that. Our Saabine got the rims of the Independence Day convertible for the summer, and lo and behold, we have a new car! So far, the 9-3 sports suit was on 16 ″ rims. With 18 ″ and a 40 mm cross-section, the appearance and driving behavior change in a positive way.
The Saab 9-3 sports trolley with its Vector suspension is now tighter and fuller on the road without being uncomfortably hard. He drives more pleasant and precise.
On Sunday we picked up our Saab 9000 Anniversary from Bamberg. Customer service as in the Saab center Bamberg, there are probably only from the family Muckelbauer, where you are also on weekends for the Saab customers.
I don't have to tell much about it, because Muckelbauers live Saab and have a very good reputation in Saab circles. The following Monday, the Saab center had three deliveries. Almost new Saab, including a 9-5 II, got new owners. Now the yard is almost empty and it would be nice to get supplies from Sweden.
Our 9000 got his big makeover with body work and Mike Sanders treatment after 14 years. Now he is fit for the next 10-15 years and will probably stay in the family forever. A detailed report with many pictures follows.
Our second Saab 9000 project by my friend Achim and me is still a bit away from completion. While Achim cleans the interior and changes or complements parts, I work on the leather interior. The front seats are almost done. Nasty burn holes and paint residues suggest a moving example of the 9000 CSE 2.3. After the Saab is technically fit again, the leather interior is now approaching the “almost delivery condition”. A little patina must be natural, because our Saabs also have a story to tell.
With classic Saab, it's fun to work with the leather. Because in the past, people in Trollhättan valued the highest possible quality and longevity. The Saab models of the 900 and 9000 series are not only noticeable in the leather. Achims Saab still has the real Saab seats, designed by Saab and built in their own factory until the 90s, he also has the particularly high-quality leather from a famous supplier from Scotland. These products, which are still found in Bentley vehicles today, are a touch better than the Elmo products that were used at the same time.
Achim's black 9000er will keep us busy for a while, and body and paint will probably only get the attention they need 2013. Because when the interior is completed, the Saab comes on the road. Screwing is one thing, only driving the Saab is much more fun.