900 Classic 1987 Convertible, restoration

I started to post my project 2 years ago, but it is still ongoing. The more I am “drilling” into the depth, the more is revealed.  The 2017 summer I drove to Aalborg to replace the soft top including a new heated rear window. On the return trip to Sweden there was a terrible rain storm. We really tested the new soft top! Back in the garage I found water in the trunk so I realized that there was leakage somewhere. The rear quarter windows lift did not work + suddenly the soft top  hydraulics stopped working. The decision to make a winter project to get the car in a better condition was taken.

What I have done so far this winter:

1. Repaired both lift motors – driving cog wheels stuck with hardened old grease. Cleaned and greased. In the same run I removed the lifting mechanism so I could clean the drainage outlets and make a proper rust protection. Greased the mechanism before installation.

2. Repaired defective hydraulic cylinder – O-ring was leaking, probably due to age and lack of usage. Dismantled the cylinder and change the ring. Cleaned the hydraulic system and reservoir. Full instruction found on You-Tube.

3. Electric window heater did not work – The time-relay was missing. Purchased a used one on eBay.

4. Water leakage was localized to be caused by many rusted spots in the rear inner wings, lower part on both sides. I have cut out all rusted areas and have to make by hand replacement plates and weld them. The process is ongoing. There is also heavy rusted areas in the trunk floor along the side to side joint. I have not yet decided what to do.

5. The rear axle is heavily rusted. I plan to remove it to get it sand blasted and painted. I will replace the shock’s. They are probably 30 years old – as the car.

I guess this is about all I can manage to do this winter. I hope to get the car on the road by end of May. Time will show.

Saab Heritage Museum in United States

You may have read this elsewhere, but Tom Donney Motors is creating a museum dedicated to Saab cars in South Dakota, USA.  His web site (http://www.tomdonneymotors.com/personal-stock/) says these are from his personal collection, which is quite impressive.  It includes the oldest Saab in USA as well as NG 9-5.  Personally, I do not mind not seeing 9-7x there, but it should include 9-4x.

It opens in two year.  Definitely something to consider if you are going to see Mt. Rushmore.

Replacement Air Bags are Finally Available

After about 18 months of waiting, I was finally able to get replacements for the defective Takata air bags in my 2008 9-3 convertible and my wife’s 2010 9-3x sportcombi in the past week.  GM handled the air bag replacement in my wife’s car, even though it is a SWAN model.  Apparently, safety recalls remained with GM even after the sale to SWAN.

If you have been waiting, it’s probably time to find the nearest authorized SAAB service center and see if you can schedule an appointment.  They needed about one week’s notice to get the parts in.

SAABS have always been fun and safe, and its nice to know that the safety is back!

Editor’s note: During the management transition period no posts were approved. We apologize for the delay. PaulF’s post dates back to May.

Didi is no minor player

Several Swedish news outlets like SvD or Sverige Radio are talking about a letter of intent signed by Didi Chuxing and NEVS yesterday in Beijing with the presence of the Swedish Prime Minister Löfven. It would have been nice if the Swedish PM of those days would also have shown his endorsement some years ago.

There is no official information about the contents of ther letter, but Didi should become a big shareholder of NEVS, where big is smaller than 51%.

Didi has also placed an order over some thousand cars at NEVS.

Didi is no small player, it is currently worth US$ 35 billion after acquiring Uber China. It is also an interesting company to invest into. One of the companies that have invested into Didi is Apple with US$ 1 billion, another investor is the Chinese Alibaba, wich is the Chinese version of eBay.

Is this good? Yes, it is as NEVS noticed that they will need more money to get all those cars on the road. But the Center of gravity moves further to China. Mr Bergman says that this will have no influence on Trollhätan as development center and production facility for NEVS but as always at NEVS nothing is for sure as long as it hasn’t already happened.

This time is for real, at least regarding their media activities [Update]

It looks like we will at last see the presentation of a new car by NEVS. Yes it will be at CES Asia on June 7 in Shanghai.

First Chinese Car news outlets have begun to write small posts about it, but they seem to have missed a couple of things.

Regarding the looks of the car they point at a rather old picture of the 9-3 at the time they had to stop using the SAAB emblems. That was a rather ugly front grille and made the car rather ugly.

Photo by Reuters

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We are NEVS, and other things going on at NEVS.

There has been more going on at NEVS than usual in the last months. At the end of February they announced their framework agreement with CATL regarding Battery supply, which seems to be a big deal as CTL has managed to increase their production capacities just to be second behind Tesla/Panasonic and leaving behind LG-Chem or Samsug SDI. I talked too NEVS, and that meant that the battery package had to be slightly reengineered, but all in all it was a good thing for NEVS. As a side note, CATL is since January owner of 22% of the shares of Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki. Yes, the Automotive world is quite small.

Last week NEVS announced its cooperation with ICONIQ, another e-Car brand from China. It looks like having an e-Car production license in China is not that bad. NEVS will produce the ICONIQ Seven, a Luxury Battery-Electric-MPV, that has been developed in Austria by Magna, designed in Italy by Studiotorino and has financial backing from the Arab Emirates by W Motors (the makers of the Lykan,the first Arab Supercar). The ICONIQ seven will be produced in the Tianjin factory starting from 2019 side by side with the NEVS 9-3. So it looks like at least one production facility from NEVS won’t stay idle.

On a side note, NEVS seems to now be willing to develop further cars on the Phoenix 1.0 platform (9-3) till 2020 when the first phoenix 3.0 will be launched. We’ll see!

But I wanted to talk about something different.

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