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My garage is in Northern MA. I like American Muscle Cars and Foreign Performance Cars.

I'm usually in my garage for a day or so on weekends. Register and Follow me.
March 24, 2015 02:36PM SAAB needs another water pump. This one only lasted about 60k miles.

August 28, 2012 01:15AM

Interesting supercar drag race.

July 24, 2012 01:02AM

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.

July 12, 2012 01:22PM

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.

May 11, 2012 10:27AM

Looking forward to the Greenwich Concours D'elegance in about a month.

December 06, 2011 01:41AM

Just posted a fun profile picture.

September 28, 2011 02:00AM

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.

September 07, 2011 01:54PM

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.

September 06, 2011 09:06PM

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.

June 05, 2015 11:35AM

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.

As you can see in the reflection, the paint is like a mirror with no orange peel, waviness, and defects. This is as close to perfect as a paint job can get. This kind of work from a reputable restoration shop costs a minimum of $3,000 per panel, not including any metal work or rust repair. The devil is always in the details and without those details the paint will not look as good. This Ferrai Lusso was owned by Steve McQueen and recently sold for about $2,300,000. As you can also see, the panel fit is excellent. The reflection from one panel goes uninterrupted into the next. Even many manufacturers cannot get this right in their brand new cars.
This is a Ferrari 512 BBi, better known as the Boxer. Probably pre-1983 because of the lower half being painted black. The last two years of the Boxer had the whole car painted in the same color.
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