There is always something to do. Saab classics age gracefully, at best. Some parts, like the buttons for the seat belt buckle, become unsightly over the years and with repeated use. The buttons on the belt buckles not only wear out, they also get dirty.
The intensity with which this happens depends on the previous owner. There are vehicles that have a beautiful patina after 2 or 3 decades. And others that are, in parts, far from beautiful.
The buttons are unsightly and unhygienic
An extreme case is the Anna project (Link). The leather and carpets could be effectively cleaned after years of neglect. The door panel on the driver's side was exchanged for a new part, the steering wheel was reupholstered and the shift knob was replaced. The interior is now neat, a touch of pleasant patina has set in. Almost everything is good.
Except for the buttons on the seat belt buckles.
They were a lot more dirty black than red 7 years ago when the Saab came to me.
Clean? Not so easy. Because the buttons don't bear the predicate colourfast. With the use of various cleaners, the color changed more and more into a dingy pink, which is beyond the desired original condition. Since the button belongs on the list of trivialities, they were no longer an issue. I took the odd pink for granted. They continued to fulfill their function.
Button for belt buckles as replicas
Saab and Volvo specialist Skandix (Link) has new buttons in the program as replicas. They are an opportunity to improve the interior after years. At €15,11 each, they're not necessarily free, but I'm happy with any part that's replicated for classic Saabs.
Delivery is quick as always. Ordered on Thursday, the package will be there on Saturday.
I take the opportunity to tinker with the Saab in the late afternoon. The exchange is quick and can be done in just a few minutes, even for inexperienced users. A small, flat screwdriver is all you need to remove the old buttons. The new belt buckle buttons are inserted, click into place audibly and the job is done.
The principle was recognized after the first buckle, the other buckles follow every minute. The reproduction corresponds 100% to the original, the fit is perfect. The buttons also fit in the classic Saab 900, but unfortunately not for the successor models.
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.