So in my last posts I told the touching tale of how I may or may not have abandoned my formerly beloved Saab to rot outside for twelve years, but eventually got back. It took a lot of time, and I’ll be honest with you, a lot of money.

Like... seriously. A lot. I could have bought at least two good 900's for what I paid to get my broken one back. But whatever, it is MY Saab!

This morning I got a facebook notification from the local Saab group. They’re looking for final numbers for their spring drive, which is on April 8th.

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Shit.

Ok... okokokokok. My initial plan with the Saab was to get it up and running by their Fall drive last year, but a tricky starter replacement had that date sailing by. Now I have three weeks to get this heap of junk capable of driving 120 miles.

Worth a shot... I guess....

The Good

Contrary to everything I just said, there is a lot that is OK with the old guy. I’ve recently:

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  • Replaced the clutch hydraulic hose (which was leaking)
  • 3 of the 4 power windows are working and I have a replacement motor for the 4th
  • I’ve fixed all the fuel leaks
  • The injectors, fuel distributor, fuel regulator, and MAF all seem to be in working order
  • The starter and battery are in good shape
  • The parking brake works
  • I’ve recently shampooed the everything on the interior
  • The clutch is new
  • All 4 brakes are new
  • New plugs and wires
  • The turbo seems to be in good shape
  • No rust to speak of... somehow

The Bad

So, all that said... there is a lot that needs doing before it can be road worthy.

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  • The driver’s side power window doesn’t work
  • The brakes don’t work and the (former) mechanic couldn’t get them figured out. Probably a leak somewhere?
  • The fuel pump leaks. Probably just needs a new gasket on the banjo fitting.
  • Needs new tires, obviously
  • The blower doesn’t work
  • The sunroof is stuck shut
  • The radio is shot and so are the speakers
  • The wipers are always on
  • The windshield desparatly needs to be replaced

The Ugly

But the real problems are:

  • It won’t start and I have very little idea why. At this point it almost has to be an issue with the fuel system pressure. I have the gauge but haven’t checked yet.
  • Coolant keeps disappearing and going *somewhere* but I don’t know where. It isn’t on the ground or in the oil so.... mystery!
  • Brake fluid keeps disappearing and I don’t know where it is going. Same story as the coolant.
  • A lot of the wiring is VERY crispy and likely going to cause some issues.

I got this?

When I type it all out... it sounds pretty bad. Not like... Dave Tracy bad... but still pretty bad. If the starting issue turns out not to be fuel pressure, I think I’ll have no choice but to bring it to a shop.

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Wish me luck!