The good news first: Paul, our projectaab, is back on the road. For some days we have him again. The history of the past months was not without difficulties. But there have also been positive things. Of course, getting a car like Paul back to life is not easy.
We knew that from the beginning and months ago we hoped to have cured all sorts of suffering. The list of things that have been renewed is impressive; in fact, almost everything is new, which is relevant. That's how Paul drives too! The Saab rolls off like a new car, it is an extremely comfortable, quiet travel car.
In October of last year, it should go to Trollhättan and thus the 9-5 back to his birthplace. The first highway trip led to Frankfurt, where it was noticed that Paul is not running well. The draft was dull, and even if the 150 PS in principle not race car suspects are - something was not right.
Small, unpleasant surprises
The cause was quickly found. A vacuum hose, the classic par excellence, had come off. Also solved, and that was a lot more annoying, had on the highway ride the rear bumper. Part of it had lost its hold, but with luck and the attention of a Syrian guest in our country, nothing worse happened.
The fault was two screws, which shone with absence. Who could have solved them when is hard to determine. The bumper was original and was not touched in Kiel, and later in the Saab Hangar. The fact is: 2 screws were missing, which nobody sees, if he does not exactly look for it. That does not matter, as long as you drive in the city or on the road - but is fatal, if you're on the highway.
With the bumper loosened, the trip to Sweden had been canceled, and I thought about putting Paul on the side of the road. But only very briefly, until the first annoyance was gone.
To keep the costs of the damage affordable, Saab Service Frankfurt donated us a used bumper. It was repainted and mounted, and at the end with other trifles were another 840,00 € on the bill. These very annoying things are not on the screen. They are the small and mean surprises when you bring an old, long-abandoned vehicle with unexplained history from the intensive care unit.
Engine overhaul according to factory specification
The winter was used to improve the 9-5 sportswear even further. In order to get our charity project on the safe side, Saab Service Frankfurt overhauled the engine in December according to factory specifications. Without charge for material and working hours. As a commitment to the brand and for a good cause. For so much Saab Spirit we say again: Thank you!
Paul is, as you say so nice, durchreppariert. Everything is new, from brakes, suspension, turbocharger and clutch to the remanufactured engine. There are still minor details such as the SID, which still has pixel errors and the stick of the gearshift, which is just not nice. But these are really luxury issues.
Visually, the Saab is passable. He is now 18 years old. An age that does not experience many everyday comforts. He carries the scars of his life with dignity and would be a good basis to make it a really fancy car. A chance for the owner who comes to the blog.
What's next? In the coming days, Mark will take over our 9-5 sports suit and be responsible for him. He will go to Saab meeting with him, and in the summer we will visit Paul's godparents together. Our thanks to the companies that have made a special contribution, and have shown a great heart for Saab and our project!
Our tour will take us from North to South for several days. We will write about it and, if possible, also meet fans and readers. More on the subject, and much more about Paul, coming soon on the blog.