International Saab Meeting 2016 coming up

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IntSaab 2016 Programme

It’s now less than two weeks until the International Saab Meeting 2016 (IntSaab 2016) in Linköping – Vadstena, Sweden. IntSaab is a yearly Saab meeting “on tour” in different countries. Last year it was held in Norway, the year before in Poland and so on.

Read more about IntSaab2016 here at SaabsUnited.

The focus, or theme, for IntSaab 2016 is the beginning and early history of Saab cars. As you may know, the first Saab wasn’t built in Trollhättan. The UrSaab was built in 1946 at the Saab airplane workshop in Linköping and the premiere display of Saab 92 was held in 1947 at the Saab staff restaurant Terrassen in Linköping as well. Saab 95 was also assembled in Linköping.

IntSaab 2016 has 600+ registered participants from all over the world. There will be pre-tours from different cities in Sweden, starting Monday-Tuesday, where the guests travel in their Saabs and are shown to some of the most beautiful places in our country (on the way to IntSaab 2016).

Friday and Saturday is filled with activities and events in the cities of Vadstena and Linköping. Sunday 14th of August there will be an open Saab meeting and market at the Vadstena castle (yes, we’ve booked a castle). This will be the largest Saab meet in Sweden 2016, with approx. 1 500-2 000 visitors.

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Vadstena Castle. By Zeddok [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.
A program for IntSaab 2016 can be found here: IntSaab2016.com, Weekend Programme
We also have a Facebook event for Sunday: Öppen marknad & träff – IntSaab2016 (in Swedish)

IntSaab 2016 is arranged by Svenska Saabklubben (the Swedish Saab Club) and managed by our (awesome) voluntary working members. More stories and pictures from this meeting will follow here at SaabsUnited.

Saab invasion at Ramsele oldtimer meetup

Last week I went with my family on a vacation trip to the northern part of Sweden. Northern Sweden is beautiful with its vast landscapes of high mountains, deep valleys, huge forests and coast. This time of the year the sun never sets either. The scenery is breathtaking, especially behind the wheel of a Saab 9-3X.

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Saab cars at Ramsele oldtimer meetup

Besides the family vacation, we also went to an oldtimer meetup in the town of Ramsele. There we met up with the Saabklubben localsection of Norrland. A member of the club had arranged for a dinner with a tour of the local power station Storfinnforsen the evening before the meetup. We even got to drive our Saabs across the dam (which, if I remember right, is the largest concrete dam in Sweden).

All Saabs are welcomed in Saabklubben and the cars on the tour ranged from Saab 93 to Saab NG9-5.

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Restoration of 1987 900T16 Cab

DSC_0160Here are two of my SAAB’s in sunny weather at my summer house.

I bought the Cab last autumn in Malmo and drove it to my summer-house in south-west of Sweden, in the belief that I had a car for the summer season 2016. It was not passing the MOT this spring – because of rusty floors. When uncovering the metal from the inside, I realized that I had a big job waiting in replacing the rusty floor panes. I have bought another (cheap) 900 with fine floors which I will “move” to the cab. Another project was to get all the vacuum controlled devices work. After replacing about 6m of vacuum rubber tubes, things started to work again – even the cruise control! The soft top and the rear window has to be replaced – it has probably been replaced some years ago by a non-professionel person, bad workmanship. The rear window lifts are not working – no 12V supply to the switches, even though the front lifts work (same fuse).

These cabs (900OG) seems to increase in value these days since they are approaching the magic age of 30 years. SAAB enthusiasts do everything to keep SAAB’s running! That’s the good reason why I want to save this Cab.

So far my SAAB’s are: 1987 900T16Cab, 1972 96 (newly restored by me), 1997 9000CSE and my daily car 2011 9-5 NG. I will keep you posted as the Cab restoration proceeds.

UPDATE 1:

There has been a winter in between since I last updated my report. During this time I have got a garage close to my summer house to remove and repair all the rusty panels in my car. Because of a leaking soft top, the floor has acted like a bath tub over some time. Since the floor mats are a noise cancelling type with foam on the underside, they have soaked up the water and kept it there – letting the rust eating up the floor pans. So all 4 floor pans had to be replaced. In addition there was rust on the inner front wings, down at the rear side. These are also repaired. I had to replace the windshield because of a severe crack. When we removed the glass, we found no steel to fix the glue on for the new windshield. The lower right and left corners were completely rusted. Soft as a biscuit. The garage made new replacement parts by hand. Fantastic good work.  The last issue was the left door. The paint looked like the surface of an orange. The paint shop grinded it to bare metal, applied a type of etching primer, and painted it black together with the windshield frame. THEN we could install the new windshield.

During the work, the steering rack started to leak oil – probably because of dry gaskets. A refurbished rack was supplied and we replaced the old one. The last issue was crack in the engine oil sump close to the drain screw. This is a common issue if the drain plug has not been changed, not used the right copper washer or used too high torque to tighten the screw. We managed to fix it by: First drain the oil. Pump cleaning fluid through the dip-stick tube and clean the inside as much as possible. Get the cleaning fluid out by using pressurized air. Let it dry over a week-end. Then grind the outside to a rough surface, and end the process by applying chemical metal around the drain screw where the crack was. The oil change has from now on to be done by using a vacuum unit to suck out the oil through the dip-stick tube.

Now I have to go to “Besikta” (Swedich MOT). I am really looking forward to get the car on the road.

Last expensive project is to change the soft top with one that is not letting the rain into the car.

UPDATE 2:

Last issue before the MOT, is to change the generator. It is dead, no charge at all. Tried to replace the regulator, but it did not cure the fault. BDS managed to get a refurbished generator within 24h. Good service!

The MOT is over. The car passed the exam! My wife and I celebrated by having a long ride with the top down in the sunny weather.

The next important task is to replace the soft top. This will probably be done in Denmark, both because of price and response from the workshop.

Then I have to repair the quarter- windows. They are stuck in the top position. After all it is a hobby – no hurry:)

Good News Keeping the 900 Classic Running

My Classic 900 has suffered two age related problems in the last while. The first was the Air Conditioner compressor leaking, and the second was clutch cylinder failure.

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I live north of Brisbane Australia, and was concerned I would never find service or parts as required. The Saab dealer I had bought my 900 from was not interested in fixing the clutch, claiming they didn’t have the right tools anymore.

Well, I was lucky that a local A/C service (Nambour A/C on Price street) went out of his way to find a new off the rack A/C unit that could be modified to fit, so now I have a brand new A/C that anyone can service. He also machined a brass fitting to replace the plastic junction that linked the heater to the radiator, because it shattered when moved. Good work.

I also found a local European mechanic (Sunshine Coast Roadworthy Inspection Centre at Kunda Park) who took on the clutch repair with no difficulty. He had to parts come from Victoria overnight, and replaced the master, slave and throw-out bearing. Wonderful to have the clutch right up again.

This has been a relief to me as I was beginning to wonder what would happen to my 900 if I couldn’t get it serviced. Looks like it will be around a few more years now. So, don’t be too quick to dispose of your Saab until you look for a solution that may be closer than you think.

Arnold

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Two of Swedens newest and happiest 9-3 CV owners who just drive off in their premier drive after the purchase at the MapTun Meet some weeks ago

 

It is no surprise for anyone in the SAAB Automotive world that after the window of the production in Trollhättan and the end of sale of new SAABs the whole SAAB world has taken quite a hard blow. But it is at hard times like this the need for all good forces to join and build something that is better compared to the present situation. I have through history (yes it sounds like I am a dinosaur with my age of 50) argued for a unification of first the various Swedish SAAB Clubs to make one good and strong that was by the way second by Jan-Åke Jonsson ex. CEO at SAAB Automobile. Then came TrollhättanSAAB that evolved into SAABSUNITED (SU). SU had some glamorous years when we where at the forefront with the latest news from the at that time alive production. The economic game with Victor Muller, Vladimir Antonov and the Swedish Government. And a successful Historic Rally Team to keep us both in the present but also in the glorious past of SAAB engineering and traditions. For Tim and me and some of the other contributors to SU this was a good platform to promote the cars and the brand we all so dearly loved.

So what is the future like? Well the cars that has been made are out there and are cherished by their owners.

But what can we collectively on a global level do to make it possible for everyone to enjoy their cars from the olive-green 92 with 2 cylinders to the B I G NG 9-5?

Why not form a REAL International SAAB organization with SU as the base. The name is good and then just add something like  “Where all the Worlds SAAB entusiasts gather”

Besides the great social activities around the globe and the happiness surrounding the brand there is one area that desperately needs to be worked upon.

The parts, spare-parts and re-manufacturing. Another area that need to dealt with its the emission of the old engines and its technology. SAAB organisations like SU and others desperately needs to be proactive and get started on finding retrofit catalytic converters and means to collect the oily fumes form the cute 2 strokers. Politicians and governments around the globe are coming down on old dirty cars and we have some of the dirtiest most inefficient combustion engines around in some models.

So hoar do we go about safeguarding the past challenge? My idea is to set up a BIG server with every nut & bolt imaginable on SAAB cars. All the listings of parts for every model should be found here. Making the system easy for people who has spare parts laying around the garage to label them and possible have them sold to a fellow SAABer who is out in the system looking for that part number. I know there is so much stuff with SAAB owners around the globe that the need for spare parts for daily drivers  and restorers can be supported for a long time. So let us make good use of the Internet and the great possibilities it gives us. For example I have a set of brand new 18″ 9-3 TurboX wheels. But where can I find the part number easily and where can I post it in a easy task way so that that potential buyer somewhere on the globe can see that they are for sale.

I propose that a parts platform as described had a 10% kickback on all transactions to SU and the potential NEW International SAAB Club. That money could ultimately be used to procure and produce sought after parts that are really gone and near impossible to find. Just like the silver plastic that sits under the rubber belt on the 99 76-78 models. Agreements can be negotiated with DHL or UPS for a collective best deal for the shipment. Who knows we just might have a CEO for a carrier here on SU who could help out. Same goes with someone with the expertise in setting up a program for the searchable parts function described above.

It is time for SAAB people to really Unite again.

 

 

 

Planned SU project vehicle: 9000 AERO

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Yes I have had a 9000S once, a silver metallic 1987. Originally sold in the US to a swedish correspondent working Washington DC. That was a fine car with all the bells and whistles of the TURBO version but no turbo. A 130 bhp super efficient engine with 6.5l/100km gas milage. The 9000 was when it came out as the first of 4 siblings (Fiat Chroma, AlfaRomeo 164 and Lancia Thema) in 1984 one of the best cars on the road. Never had SAAB Automobile made such a jump in technology. All previous cars dated back two decades. SAAB needed something more and new. The Swedish-Italian development was reaching the pinnacle of car engineering. The SAAB 9000 Turbo was a sales success and the performance and handling was so radical and new compared to earlier versions from the Trollhättan engineers.

The model evolved gradually and in 1993 the AERO model was launched after the previous Talladega limited run model. The Aero was getting super performance with a 225 bhp engine and a top speed of 240 km/h making it sweden´s faster production car ever. The acceleration on 3rd and 4th gear was better than most Italian exotics from Ferrari. The red color of the 9000 Aero was even named IMOLA Red. Was that a hint on what cars this swedish beast could take on? One guy who knows the 9000 Aero as his daily drive is ex. design manager Björn Envall who has a black AERO with some 580000 km on the odo.

Over the years as You might know I have restored and built quite a few 99 Turbos, now it is time to finally do a 9000 AERO. So what we are looking for is a 9000 AERO in a condition that could be made into a truly great car. I does not have to be in mint condition that will be done though the project.

So if anyone here has a car like this or know of a car please let us know. The preferred car would be IMOLA Red, manual transmission, black leather interior. But any specimen would be of interest really as long as it not rotten out and the interior is in a decent shape.

Lets once again Unite and do a project together here on SU similar to what we did when saving the last SAAB 9-3 TTid. With Your support and that of the long list of SU commercial supporters. This project would be doable. The project will be shown here on SU of course and will be peppered with in depth stories from the people who designed and built the 9000 cars. A teaser for all of You: the unique captains leather interior was originally designed in 1977 before the launch of the planned SUPER AERO 900.

Contact jtrued  [at]  gmail.com

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