Well...my SAAB needs another water pump. This one only lasted about 60k miles.
Interesting supercar drag race.
Finally assembled my Saab manual gearbox. Actually, it wasn't as bad as I feared. The only thing really tricky is one's confidence to tackle the job in the first place and secondly, the bearing preloads on the output and input shafts. The bearings need to be preloaded by tightening them against pressed-in bearing races. If anyone out there needs a detailed explanation, I'd be happy to explain.
I finally was able to get my hands on a manual transmission service manual for my Saab. Glad I waited because there is a procedure for running in and measuring the bearing preload on the output and input shafts. I would have missed that procedure. I don't actually think it would have made a difference for 30-50k miles but for longer than that who knows? Especially with Saab in bankruptcy and transmission spare parts probably difficult to find.
Looking forward to the Greenwich Concours D'elegance in about a month.
Just posted a fun profile picture.
The Saab transmission is still not in the car. I haven't had the inclination to spend the weekend in a garage while the weather is still so nice. Since it's a winter car, I hope I still have some time before the snow hits. Famous last words?...Hope not.
On an unrelated note, I just successfully changed the battery in my iPhone 3GS. Apple charges $80 for a relatively simple task...actually they give you a new phone of the model you have for $80 and don't even bother with replacing the battery. I spent $14 for a replacement battery which looks exactly the same as the original. It does take a little mechanical skill to take the phone apart but is very doable if you have the belief that you can do it. Just like car work. If you think you can, you can. If you don't think you can, you can't.
My Saab manual transmission assembly is almost complete. The biggest stumbling block I have are the bearing preload specs for used bearings. I haven't been able to find those readily. Other than that, it is almost ready to be installed.
Heading to Montreal for this weekend's F1 race. This is year two for turbocharged cars. Last year, one didn't have a need for earplugs as the cars were too quiet due to their muffled exhausts and lower redlines...13,000 as opposed to 18-20k during the previous two decades. Hopefully, this year they get a bit louder! Lewis Hamilton was robbed of victory last race at the Monaco Grand Prix by an ill-timed pit stop. He will try to avenge his unnecessary loss this sunday.