The good news first: Paul, our project saab, is back on the streets. We have had him again for a few days. The story of the past few months has not been without its difficulties. But positive things also happened. Of course, bringing a car like Paul back to life isn't easy.
We knew that from the start, and months ago we hoped to have cured all kinds of ailments. The list of things that have been renewed is impressive; in fact, almost everything that is relevant is new. That's how Paul drives too! The Saab rolls tightly like a new car, it is an extremely comfortable, quiet touring car.
In October last year it should go to Trollhättan and with it the 9-5 back to its place of birth. The first motorway trip led to Frankfurt, where it was noticed that Paul is not doing well. The draft was dull, and even if the principle of the 150 hp is not a racing car - something was wrong here.
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.
This was due to two screws that shone with their absence. Who could have solved it and when can hardly be determined. The bumper was original and was not touched either in Kiel or later in the Saab hangar. But the fact is: 2 screws were missing, which nobody sees if they don't look for them exactly. That does not matter as long as you drive in the city or on the country road - but it is fatal if you are on the highway.
With the bumper off, the trip to Sweden was canceled and I briefly considered leaving Paul on the roadside. But only for a short time until the first anger was gone.
In order to keep the cost of the damage affordable, Saab Service Frankfurt donated us a used bumper. It was repainted and assembled, and in the end there were other small things on the bill for another € 840,00. These very annoying things are not on your radar. They are the small and nasty surprises when you bring an old, long-disused vehicle with an unexplained history from the intensive care unit.
Engine overhaul according to factory specification
The winter was used to further improve the 9-5 sports suit. In order to get our charity project on the technically safe side, Saab Service Frankfurt overhauled the engine in December according to factory specifications. Without charge for material and working time. As a commitment to the brand and to 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 not many everyday combinations experience. He wears the scars of his life with dignity and would be a good base to turn it into a really chic car. A chance for the owner who comes after the blog.
What's next? In the coming days, Mark will take over our 9-5 sports suit and then be responsible for it. He will drive with him to Saab meetings, and in the summer we will visit Paul's godparents together. Our thanks to the companies who have made a special contribution and who have shown a big 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.