Saab 900 Turbo

The ar­rival of the Saab’s re­fur­bished dis­trib­u­tor causes of­fice chaos

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1989 SAAB 900 TURBO T16

I tore into the pack­age that had ar­rived in the CCW of­fice, ra­bidly rip­ping off layer af­ter layer of plas­tic, card­board and bub­blewrap un­til I reached the glo­ri­ous con­tents, yelp­ing with joy. I raised its mag­nif­i­cence aloft for all to marvel at. On the neigh­bour­ing

Yours mag­a­zine desk, there was a brief as­ton­ished pause in the writ­ing of ar­ti­cles on flan­nelette night­ies and why mac­a­roons aren’t as good as they were in 1953. Your Horse‘ s rid­ing crop test fal­tered long enough for Nick Larkin to make good his es­cape. And there were scenes of minia­ture car­nage over on

Model Rail, as the 11.15am Tea Trol­ley to Lift En­trance de­railed fol­low­ing the mo­men­tary dis­trac­tion.

Only my CCW col­leagues truly un­der­stood. Be­cause what I was hold­ing in my hands was a freshly re­fur­bished and frankly glit­ter­ing Bosch 0237507008 JHU4 dis­trib­u­tor. And it was beau­ti­ful. Truly beau­ti­ful.

My Saab 900 Turbo has been very poorly for about six months – its var­i­ous ail­ments have al­ready chron­i­cled here. I’m grad­u­ally sort­ing through them, but the dodgy dis­trib­u­tor’s dam­aged wiring was a ma­jor hand­i­cap to its re­vival. New ones are un­avail­able and even parts are scarce, so I turned to the very en­thu­si­as­tic and knowl­edge­able Dragon Saab group on Face­book for ad­vice. The two rec­om­men­da­tions that sur­faced were Stephen Lewis Saab (stevelewis­saab.com) and Bill Jones at SAABits (saabits.com). Both were ex­tremely help­ful and happy to pro­vide ad­vice. In the end, I sent the dizzy to Stephen for a com­plete re­fur­bish­ment. But I’m sure I’ll need plenty from SAABits in the fu­ture.

The bat­tered and grimy unit was away for just over two weeks. When it came back, it looked al­most too nice to put back in a nasty, dirty car en­gine bay. Nev­er­the­less, it has now been gen­tly fer­ried by Volvo to Elling­worth’s Garage in Peter­bor­ough, where it will be fit­ted and the Saab’s tim­ing prop­erly set up. Will it work as well as it looks?

Watch this space.

It’s pos­si­ble that Richard loves his new dis­trib­u­tor just a lit­tle too much. BE­FORE The filthy dis­trib­u­tor and as­so­ci­ated wornout wiring, pre-re­furb. Not pleas­ant at all. AF­TER Lovely re­vamp job done by Stephen Lewis Saab.

RICHARD GUNN CON­TRIB­U­TOR

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