The relationship between the Spaniards and old cars is said to be quite relaxed. If a German comes who wants to have a 20-year-old Saab nice, then that is at least questionable. Just the Germans ... The lockdown in the spring is used to initiate a few things that I'm actually in Frankfurt or Bamberg would have wanted to have it done.
But Barcelona is just as far away as Bamberg this spring, I'm stuck in the Bavarian lockdown, Lizi in the Spanish variant. In total changes Berma all the fluids Dani hadn't already swapped. A few hoses are being replaced, the brake discs are no longer 100%.
The front should be replaced soon, so we'll take care of that right away. I prefer that ATE Powerdisk, OEM quality from Germany. Unfortunately, more and more inferior Chinese quality comes from the Swedish shelves, which does not please.
And because Juan is busy with the brakes, he also paints the calipers. All of this is questionable by Spanish standards. Very strange, very German. I quickly got rid of my nickname “El Mad Tom”. You don't have to explain it. It is meant lovingly, I am assured.
Two crazy Saab fans and the crisis
So I spend money in Spain. For a car that I'll see one day. But it's not my own money. Lizi pays the bills. It's easier and I'm supposed to transfer the money when the project is finished. And so he pays the painter, the motorway toll, the workshop in Barcelona. And he agrees to give shelter to the Saab 9-5 if Berma releases it for collection. 4-digit amounts quickly come together, which he interprets for me.
Is that normal? Or is that the crisis, the cohesion that makes it, and the Saab factor?
Then in May the news that the TÜV was done. Berma has completed all the work. The “gentleman” is not allowed to go to Germany, but finally to Lizi's garage.
But first you have to be allowed to go to Barcelona
And that with the "allowed" is a big problem. Because Spain is not as relaxed as Germany, and the country is not only theoretically tight. It really is - in the stranglehold of SARS-CoV-2.
The restrictions on moving between parishes are still in place. And they are becoming more and more confusing. So confusing that a group of young Spanish computer scientists have put a website online where everyone can check whether they are allowed to move from A to B.
So Lizi is not allowed. Barcelona remains taboo for him. Officially, at least! So creative measures are needed. Lizi makes an appointment with a doctor friend in Barcelona who happens to have his practice near Berma.
That way, getting in and out of the Catalan capital is no problem. Then with the 9-5. So the gentleman ends up in Lizi's garage again. For a short time, we think.
And while the Saab is parked safely in a Spanish garage, I'm doing a few things in Germany. There was my personal disaster with him Lobmüller car dealership. As collateral damage, Saab parts are still lying in the hangar like an aero bumper. What do I do with it because it fits the facelift, but not the Spanish Saab?
Sell, give away? Or another idea? Better to do something briefly. Some creative Saab work in the lockdown of spring 2020 will shorten the waiting time for the Aero. I already have an idea.