October still thinks it's good with us, but winter is about to begin soon. Time to send our Saab 9000 into hibernation. After 14 winters with cold and road salt, our senior has earned a warm, sheltered place in the team. Not that the Saab needed it. in the Fight against the rust He had received a Mike Sanders treatment at the beginning of the year.
The body should now be safe in the long term from the brown plague and otherwise you do not notice the 9000 his age. Well, now and then there are a few electronic sensitivities when a switch does not lock properly or a connector is not as strong as it was before 14 years ago. But otherwise he is reliable and just a real Saab.
Before the hibernation, he was again properly cleaned, filled the tank, pissed liquids and increased the air pressure in the tires. The battery does not winter in the car, but is removed. The winter time itself is used for small, cosmetic repairs. Among other things, the exterior mirror of the driver's side is exchanged, because for ages a piece of housing is missing due to a parking bump. Also on the leather we want to work and before the start of the season next year, the paint should finally get a full polish. As far as at least the plans and intentions. Let's see what really happens.
It is already clear that he will roll 2013 out of brand new 16 "Super Aero rims. They came into our possession, indirectly, or rather through bartering.
Our Saab 9000 and his roommates
His winter time spends the Saab 9000 in good company. In our hall is also a Kreidler from the last production days in Kornwestheim. A legend on two wheels, by a company that built technically sophisticated products. Against the Japanese competition, where you got two Honda MB 80 for the price of a Kreidler, there was no chance. 1982 went out the lights and today the name Kreidler is abused for products that have nothing to do with the brand.
And a Güldner tractor. Another brand that was too good for this world. Güldner had very high quality standards which were reflected in an insane vertical range of manufacture. At times, the Aschaffenburgers even produced their injection pumps themselves, because what Bosch supplied did not last long in their eyes. Güldner, unlike other tractor manufacturers, left the shop at the right time. The company reinvented itself. Today, industrial trucks in the Aschaffenburg districts of Nilkheim and Schweinheim roll off the assembly line. Under the name Linde, you have become one of the largest manufacturers in the world and the most important employer in the region.
The Güldner tractor, built in 1956, is still in use. Quality pays off. Always enough diesel, oil and a regular lubrication service make it possible. Technology from the day before yesterday, but solid and reliable. Years ago I transferred the Güldner together with my friend Marco on the trailer from the Swabian Alb to his old home. With only two previous owners, he is in good shape with 56 operating years and is still regularly used for caring work.
Fall time is always the time for the "blues" that can suddenly affect us. Last night on the way back from a good restaurant for example. It is mild, the road dry and free. Curvy, small country roads, just like the Turbo X loves it. I activate the nightpanel, the cockpit mutates into a jet, the Swede dart through the night. The Saab loves this track and before the cold season with smooth and muddy roads, you can enjoy every kilometer. Only flying is more beautiful. Then he comes, suddenly and abruptly, the autumn blues. It may be, I think, that a brand builds so ingenious cars just disappears?