2-strokers at Intsaab

Here’s a great slideshow and video from Intsaab, the International Saab Club meet in Sweden a few months ago.


Thanks Martin for the heads-up

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  1. Thanks Swade and Martin. That last scene brought tears to my eyes—sort of symbolic of the end of a wonderful era, never to be seen again.

  2. I got one running!!! I collected 4 non-running strokers about 4 years back, planning on restoring them someday. Haven’t had time, working full time and building barns and putting up fence for my wife’s new alpaca venture. But I got so nostalgic for that sound after watching the video, I decided to try and fire one up. Picked the most likely one, put in a battery, checked fuel, resolved some wiring problems, then proceeded to break off a key in the ignition. Spent more time getting the key stub out then anything, found another key and yee-hah, it fired up.
    Got a little more sound than I wanted though. Unknown to me, the throttle return spring was broken, pushed the pedal to the floor and there it stayed. I panicked, expecting the old screaming engine to disintegrate, especially after sitting for many years. Fortunately it didn’t, and I proceeded to just work the throttle for awhile, just listening to the sound of it revving and imagining the day when I’ll have it on the road again.
    Found my wife back in the barn and said, “Did you hear it? Did you hear it? Did you?” and she replied “Was that you? What was it?” I told her what it was and she replied “Sounds like I’ll be raising kids again. That’s the last time I heard sounds like that.”
    Oh well, thanks again for posting the link. Nothing like the real thing though.

  3. Congratulations Ted!!

    If you’ve got some photos of the collection then send ’em on.

    Would have loved to be there when it first kicked over. You must have been smiling from ear to ear.

  4. Some photos here:

    The MyVintageCars photo shows my lineup of cars, the running Saab is to the left in the photo, between the Studebaker and the green Monte Carlo. All the other Saabs have seized motors. The Stude smokes worse than the Saab;-)
    The other 2 photos show arrival of the running Saab in Jan 2003 in the midst of a snow storm and the next morning. Doesn’t look like much, but after driving for about 4 hours in the storm, there was over 200 pounds of slush sitting on the trailer. The slush ripped most of the trailer wiring loose from hanging on and getting too heavy. Travelling to get these cars was great fun, with some hair-raising experience on each trip (swerving to avoid an exploded tire and the resulting out-of-control cement truck on Long Island, tornadoes in Kentucky, etc.).

  5. Forgot to mention about the “paint job” on the Saab with eyes and eyebrows. My grandchildren did that. Each of their names is on there somewhere. I think I’ll have to keep it painted like that–can’t bear the thought of removing it.

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