In some places the paint is off, on others grow mosses. Paul, our Projektaab, is not a nice car. His best years are behind him. I had reservations when I put Paul's pictures online. Auto blogs usually impress with horsepower, a lot of horsepower and such. There's nothing Paul has to offer. Not yet. Nevertheless, the community seems to like the project.
Maybe because Paul has the family name Saab. The blog is more popular than ever. The longer it has been since the brand left the automotive industry, the more magical it seems to be. Far more than 2.000 readers had read Paul's presentation within 24 hours - an impressively good value.
That inspires us and our project. And we think Paul will be worth the commitment. As a 9-5 of the first generation, he has inner values. Well processed, reserved Scandinavian design, honest materials in the interior. The perfect basis - and above all a safe car. And that is the most important point of all, also for tragically topical reasons.
Because while I am working on the article, a sad email comes into my mailbox. A Saab 9-5, aged like Paul, ended its life cycle yesterday. A limousine that was already a topic here on the blog. As expected, the Saab did its job. The front end has absorbed the impact energy, the 9-5 is junk. But he saved a life. Nothing happened to the driver, whom I know and appreciate personally, he is unharmed - thanks to the good work in Trollhättan. His next car should again be a Saab 9-5. If he finds someone suitable ...
I think this Saab strength, real life safety, is worth bringing Paul back into life. Let's talk about technology, and yes, from now on the subject gets a bit “dry”.
When a car is brought to life after a long stance, all fluids should be renewed. Old oils out, new ones in. We also want to try a motor cleaner. In the classic area after long service lives the norm. Since the 9-5 has been put away for some years, an appropriate action. We will be counting on the resources of blog supporters Triboron To fall back on.
Of course Paul needs new brakes, a large inspection package according to Saab Norm with all filters. Parts of the chassis are knocked out. The crankcase breather must be retrofitted. We'll get an overview of the things to do, and the feeling says it will not be cut short. Because Paul certainly has some surprises in the biotope.
What we invest for Paul, which parts will be installed - we will keep a record of this over the next 12 months and put the parts online. This gives us an overview of costs, benefits and experience, and readers can find the parts they need more easily in similar projects.
There is the big, striking rust on the door. It looks cruelly deterring, but is only chipped paint. So surface rust, which acts dramatically, but it is not. The subsoil has no rust through, only hints of rust, and looks so amazingly good for old age.
We have, and that's the good news, no major bodywork ahead of us. Saab has preserved well on the 9-5, at least until 2006. With the facelift for chrome glasses, the enthusiasm faded - or the cost optimizers struck. Despite everything: Paul should be given additional rust protection so that he will be fit for decades to come.
You do not have to discuss it. Paul is currently a living work of art, but mosses and lichens must go. We will have the Saab painted in parts, trying as much as possible to get original paint.
The list is getting long and longer, I start adding up the costs. Hmm ... an account with a great unknown. We still have no idea why Paul was retired.
Why Paul is stranded.
The clutch should be to blame, they say. That was years ago, memories could be misleading. On a first, short trial round, Paul's clutch does what it should. It separates the corridors neatly. Does dear Paul pretend health to escape the scrap press? An uneasy feeling remains, but we'll put the problem aside - for now. A short time later we find a reason why the 9-5 sports suit became a temporary biotope. The turbocharger, the heart of every Saab, is defective, a new one is needed.
An initial estimate of the project costs:
Spare parts: € 1.500,00 - 2.000,00
Painter: € 1.500,00
Rust protection: € 500,00
Workshop: € 1.000,00
So we are in the redevelopment between 4.000,00 and 5.000,00 €, which is already a house number. We want to do the maintenance work in Kiel Markus Lafrentz have carried out, as well as the rust protection. That speeds up progress because we want to drive the Saab; Time is an important factor in the project. In Kiel you are ready to turn on the turbo. We would also like to have the painting done by a company on site. We had good experience with the Anna project and will have a cost estimate made for Paul.
The spare parts costs are a headache. The budget is limited, Mark and I promised our families that we would pay for everything from this amazing project from the blog. It would also be good to keep a reserve. Did we promise too much? Yes, we have the ambition to go through with it and raise funds for our charitable project. There is no turning back.
As I think about it, worry lines appear on my forehead, the phone rings. A surprising call. Who is on the other end of the line?