On a personal note….

Apparently it’s a public holiday in Sweden today, so we shouldn’t expect too much news.
I’m relieved to be honest. It’s all been happening at a breakneck pace and I’ve been running on about 5 hours sleep a night for the last few weeks. I actually started having dizzy spells on Tuesday and ended up having a day off on Wednesday, which I spent on the couch in frustration that I couldn’t get The Matrix to work properly on our DVD player. Grrrrr.
It’s now been almost a month since I sold my Alfa 33, which means I’ve had my Monte Carlo as my main car since then.
I haven’t written much about the Monte since I got it, mainly because I was busy a) gathering parts to get into the shape I wanted it in, and b) enjoying the Alfa, which really was an absolute blast to drive.
Saab 9-3 Monte Carlo
I’ve got to say, though, that now I’ve been spending more time with the Monte, I’m really growing to love it. It’s supremely comfortable, looks great inside with all that black leather and carbonfibre, and it’s got that fantastic turbo rush, particularly at 3500rpm in third gear.
The car isn’t finished yet. I’ve done the wheels. I’ve half-done the carbonfibre work on the interior (well, Drew did, actually….). I’ve put on the subframe brace that Lars made up for me (champion effort).
Still to come are a tape deck replacement for the CD player, the steering rack clamp and brace and some new dampers and springs. The new dampers and springs should hopefully be on their way shortly, as should the tape deck. I’ve already got the rack clamp and brace.
Oh, and then there’s the Hirsch ECU to put in – he he he he!!!
All that should be happening quite soon, all going well, so I’ll have a lot more to write about and maybe a little video of the Monte as well.
The toy-car program has been put on hold for a little while and the money’s been thrust into our home loan to save us some interest.
I’m still very keen on a Mazda MX-5, but I narrowly missed a very good one in Sydney last week and just don’t have much energy for looking around right now. I drove a great one last weekend, but the guy wanted more money than I was able to pay.
I’m hoping there might be a quick overseas trip in my near future, too, so it’d make sense to wait until that’s all done and dusted.

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