Mark is often asked what has become of Paul, our project Saab. He was allowed to spend the winter in the hangar, but now it's time to say goodbye. Previously, there are still some open construction sites that need to be done. Because Paul, whose proceeds will go to a charitable purpose, should leave us in as good a condition as possible.
What can bother with a car that stood 10 years outdoors, are the scents in the interior. Paul does not smell really good. He exudes a peculiar mixture of old car and something, and every effort to banish the fragrance has failed so far. We have tried almost everything: A professional interior cleaning, and also a cleaning in-house. From carpet foams to clean leather was the full range of possibilities. The effect: zero.
Coffee in the interior? Does not help. There was only one of those legendary, notorious scented trees that I do not like. In an older yacht magazine I found an article about ozone treatment. In the Yachtszene quite common, after the winter break a topic, and used with success.
Ozone appliances were very expensive years ago, but have become affordable. China is democratizing the price of electronics, and a device for use in the car costs from 120,00 €. The lifetime of the ceramic plates is 5.000 to 10.000 hours, so time for an experiment. Because the treatment at the preparer also costs 100,00 €, and I suspect that it will not stay with a passage.
A low-priced device is ordered through a well-known portal, and before it arrives, Paul is once again thoroughly cleaned and vacuumed. And then it is time. Place the unit at a high point in the car's interior because the ozone is sinking. I choose the parcel shelf, close the doors, seal the supply cord of the power cord at the window with cloths and let the device run for 2 hours.
Important: During the treatment no living being may be inside. Ozone is an irritant that is not friendly to the respiratory system and the eyes. Useful for our purpose is because it splits and eliminates molecules that create odors. There is also a warning to use ozone generators in smoker vehicles, but Paul is a non-smoking car.
Two hours later, everything is over. Paul is venting well for a long time, and I'm looking forward to the result. My first impression: better, but not good. Paul's smells are stubborn, and relevant literature advises repeated, prolonged treatment. This is followed by a second ozone therapy overnight. After 16 hours, the unit is disconnected from the mains, the Saab vented.
The result is good. Paul does not smell anymore, or rather, he gives himself neutral. Even with a hint of the previous scents nothing is noticeable. Perfect! Does that stop? A good question. We will see what the next weeks will bring.
What's next? Next, the driver's seat has to become a saddler. A little thing that needs to be sewn so that we have the 9-5 in the state we want. Then it goes Frankfurt to work on more things. At the latest in the autumn, with fresh TÜV and AU, we should then leave the station wagon.
Paul was actually a very good idea. Rebuilding an old, neglected Saab, writing about it, driving it as a project car and finally selling it was something that could have given the brand more life. A statement for sustainability, for Swedish cars, and for a functioning spare parts supply. But it will stay with this one action. We have neither the time, nor the budget to start a new project. After more than 7 years of dedicated blog and a big pack of love for the brand, we've arrived in reality.