There is always something to do. Classics age with dignity, at best. Some parts become unsightly over the years and through repeated use. Just like the buttons on the belt buckles, which not only wear out, but also get dirty. The intensity depends on the previous owner. There are vehicles that have a beautiful patina after 2 or 3 decades. And others that are far from beautiful in parts.
The Anna project is an extreme case. The leather and carpets could still be cleaned after years of non-maintenance. The door trim on the driver's side was replaced, the steering wheel reupholstered and the gear knob replaced. The interior is now well maintained, a hint of a pleasant patina has set in. Almost everything is good. Except for the buttons on the belt buckles. They were 7 years ago when the Saab came to me, much more dirty black than red.
Clean? Not so easy. Because the buttons are not color-fast. With the use of various cleaners, the color changed more and more to a grubby pink, which is beyond the desired original condition. Since the button belongs to the list of minor matters, it was no longer an issue. I took the strange pink for granted. They continued to fulfill their function.
Button for belt buckles as replicas
Saab and Volvo specialist Skandix has as replicas new buttons in the program. An opportunity to improve the interior after years. With a price of 14,90 per piece, they are not necessarily free, but I am happy about every part that is reproduced for classic Saabs. The delivery is fast as always. Ordered on Thursday, the package is already there on Saturday.
I take the opportunity to briefly tinker with the Saab in the late afternoon. The exchange is quick and easy, even inexperienced users can do it in a few minutes. A small, flat screwdriver is sufficient as a tool, with it the old buttons are released. The new buckle buttons are plugged in, click into place audibly, and the action is done. After the first belt buckle the principle was recognized, the remaining 4 follow every minute. The reproduction is 100% the same as the original, the fit is perfect.
I am satisfied with the result. The buttons lit up inside, just like 22 years ago when the Saab was new. More importantly, the last memory of the unpopular and neglected history of the Anna project has disappeared from the interior. It's almost good now, except for the sky. The cover should also be renewed and is on the list for autumn.