A nice day in March. The sun is shining, the work goes well by the hand, and when you open the office window, you can hear the birds singing for joy in the spring. Perfect, right? But just when it seems perfect, the shadows lurk and wait for their chance. This often starts harmless. With a phone call for example.
When the workshop calls and says it's not a good day, it usually gets expensive. What happened? In the previous part of our adventurous Saab project, we included Skandix found a godfather for our station wagon. The parts came quickly, in Kiel they got down to work. Paul was soon to become a painter who had a free slot for our Saab.
The list for the workshop team was long, but with a lot of commitment and some overtime, Paul finished on time. A short test drive, and then our Saab 9-5 station wagon could switch to the next station. What sounds so harmless and simple shouldn't be like that. Paul drives, but not as expected.
Readers will probably remember the reason the 9-5 was put away back then. The clutch was the reason, it was said. But it did what it was supposed to do on the first, short test drive, but we discovered a defective turbocharger. Fair exchange, turbocharger instead of clutch? You can live with it, I thought.
And now? Aisles 1 to 4 separate them without any findings; in aisle 5 they begin to slip. The situation is clear, the shadows of the past are back. Paul was withdrawn from circulation because of a defective turbocharger plus defective clutch. He is now 17 years old, and a few years ago damage like this was another reason to slaughter a 150.000-kilometer vehicle. Back in the distant past, when there were still supplies and old station wagons were just old consumer goods.
That has changed thoroughly. From Trollhättan comes nothing more, even if at some point something should come, then it will not necessarily have anything to do with Paul's DNA. In addition, our Saab has only tender 150.000 km on the counter, which today may pass as almost factory fresh.
It does not help, a new clutch has to work. Orio makes sales with us, the budget melts like the snow in the sun, we would not ask Skandix again for support. We were already in the last one Chapter helped great, the project is still young, maybe we will need help again in the coming months.
The parts are ordered, the next morning they are in Kiel, the workshop team gives it all. In the meantime, the rust protection was refreshed, and when Paul rolls out of the workshop the next day, the test drive runs as desired. He drives, he brakes, he accelerates as intended. The suspension you can tell the new sockets for the Front, subframe, rear axle and shock absorber at. Driving style and appearance are now in stark contrast. Drives like a new car, looks like biotope? Does not work.
Okay, the Saab hasn't gotten nicer in the last few weeks, but it's technically up to date. Good thing, even if I cursed the project intensely after the clutch shock. We are on the right path!
What did we invest in this episode? The invoice includes a clutch kit (# 8781890), a slave cylinder (# 4925822) and small parts. Around € 500,00 went into the car project and of course the working hours are not included.
The story continues, and our Saab 9-5 station wagon named Paul is now rolling to the painter. In the meantime, we'll take care of a few other things in Paul's environment. We have some nice ideas for when Paul is on the street, and maybe we can get one or two sponsors interested in our project.