SKANDIX News https://www.skandix.de/en/news/ News regarding Volvo, Saab, Rallyesport, Spareparts, Events as well as Press releases from SKANDIX. en_US Mon, 21 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Mon, 21 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 240 Relief tool upper wishbone for Saab 90, 99, 900 -93 https://www.skandix.de/en/news/relief-tool-upper-wishbone-for-saab-90-99-900-93/2100/
The relief tool for the upper wishbones of the classic Saab is finally available again.
It has not been available from the vehicle manufacturer for a long time.

This tool is clamped between the side member and the wishbone so that the spring does not have to be tensioned and removed unnecessarily for every repair. This presses on the upper wishbone and must actually be dismantled each time the steering knuckle is unscrewed. With the tool, the upper control arm is securely locked and the spring cannot do any damage.

The relief tool therefore means a considerable time saving when changing a suspension joint or axle boot. It is also helpful for other work on the front axle and drive shafts or even the complete removal of the engine and transmission, saving time and labour.

In the original version, the grip tab pointed upwards, this only fitted on Saab 90 and 99, on the 900 the wishbone is in the way. The new version of the relief tool is the more modern version 8393209-1, which also fits the Saab 900 up to 1993 without any problems.

The relief tool is now available in the shop under the number 1081959.

Advantages:

  • Safe to work with
  • Saving time
  • precise reproduction of the original tool

Vehicles:

  • Saab 99
  • Saab 90
  • Saab 900 (-93)

Reference no:
8393209-1 (replaces 8393209)

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Mon, 21 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 https://www.skandix.de/en/news/relief-tool-upper-wishbone-for-saab-90-99-900-93/2100/
Volvo 960 - A swimming pool on wheels https://www.skandix.de/en/news/volvo-960-a-swimming-pool-on-wheels/2098/
A pool of your own in the garden is something nice, but if there is no suitable space available?

If you still want a refreshing and mobile swimming pool, we might have the right solution!
How about an extraordinary pool in the car? This idea will probably make your heart bleed, but the idea alone is still quite amusing!

The "Garage 54" team from Russia dared to implement this crazy pool idea and the result is really something to be proud of! But now to the beginning of the whole story...

At the beginning of summer 2018, the "Garage 54" team had the idea of building a convertible from a grey Volvo 960 for the warm summer days. To do this, the boys first cut through the B, C and D pillars, then the roof was sawn through along the windscreen, leaving only a thin frame to hold the windscreen. To finally separate the whole thing from the vehicle, the team came up with something very special.

They took a long, thick rope and tied it to a concrete pole, the other end was attached to the body part to be removed. The next step was to go full throttle! - In less than 5 seconds, the roof and boot lid flew off, the side windows shattered and the desired convertible was finished. After a short drift round, it was back to the "garage" where the conversion work from convertible to "Volvo pool" began.

The entire interior was "gutted", all seats were removed, door panels dismantled, the boot floor and everything else removed so that there would be as much space as possible for the pool later. The accelerator pedal was replaced by a pedal on the steering wheel, the gear lever as well as the handbrake were extended. In the next step, the boys welded together a frame or substructure made of metal square tubes, to which the pool floor and the pool walls were attached. The pool was lined on all sides with thick plywood panels, then the entire interior was covered with a special pool liner so that no water could escape later.

In principle, the boys could have filled the pool already, but they didn't like the grey colour of the Volvo. So they decided to give the Volvo a summery look and repainted it yellow. Summer was coming to an end, so it was time to fill the pool, invite some pretty girls and go for a spin around town!


The converted Volvo certainly attracted a glance or two, because you don't see a mobile pool like this every day.

By now it was autumn and the "Garage 54" team didn't really know what to do with the Volvo pool, because just leaving it standing is not their motto. They didn't have to think long about it themselves, because the viewers of their YouTube channel commented diligently. They really wanted the Volvo to be turned "upside down". Of course, the Volvo should still be ready to drive. No sooner said than done! So the swimming pool became an "upside-down vehicle". So the pool cover was completely dismantled again, except for the metal frame, which was allowed to stay.

Then the engine, the steering wheel and a few other parts were removed from the Volvo to keep the weight as low as possible. Now it was time to turn the vehicle over. A whole nine men were needed for this. Then the Volvo, which had been turned upside down, was placed on the lifting platform, from where it could be placed on another vehicle that had been stripped of its bodywork.

Every part that interfered with the overlapping was rigorously cut off and removed. Once the Volvo, or what was left of it, was firmly placed on the other vehicle, the first test drive began.

This drive was a rather shaky affair, and the car didn't sound very healthy any more. Especially in the curves, it crunched, rattled and scratched strongly from all sides. In all likelihood, this drive was also the last one this Volvo was allowed to experience, but probably nothing more could have been taken out of it...

Maybe the idea is something for one or the other and the dream of having your own pool will soon become reality! OR LEAVE YOUR VOLVO 960 IN ONE PIECE AND DRIVE IT TO THE PUBLIC OUTDOOR POOL!!!
Have fun watching the videos.

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Mon, 14 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 https://www.skandix.de/en/news/volvo-960-a-swimming-pool-on-wheels/2098/
New reproduction: Locking knob hinged window for Volvo Amazon, P1800, 140, 164 https://www.skandix.de/en/news/new-reproduction-locking-knob-hinged-window-for-volvo-amazon-p1800-140-164/2091/
New SKANDIX reproduction: Opening window lever release button for Volvo Amazon, P1800, 140 and 164

The release lever knob for opening the hinged windows is made of plastic on the late Volvo 121, P1800 and early 140 and 164. Most plastics used in vehicle construction have run out of plasticisers after about fifty years and have often become brittle due to exposure to sunlight.

This is, of course, especially true of this knob, which sits in an exposed position on the hinged window. It often broke apart or fell off a long time ago. If the locking knob is still present, it is usually unattractively cracked and worn. It has not been available from the vehicle manufacturer for years.

We have now had a high-quality new part made from a very durable material. The hinged window can now be operated properly again and our well-kept classic car is once more a whole lot more beautiful. It is the many little things that turn an old car into a perfect classic car. One of them is this button, which often catches your eye immediately when you open the door.

Vehicles:

  • Volvo 121, 130, 220 (from 68)
  • Volvo P1800 (67-69)
  • Volvo 140 (-72)
  • Volvo 164 (-72)

Reference number: 672481

The button is now available in our shop under the number 1018220.

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Mon, 07 Jun 2021 00:00:00 +0200 https://www.skandix.de/en/news/new-reproduction-locking-knob-hinged-window-for-volvo-amazon-p1800-140-164/2091/
Radiator hose Oil cooler for Volvo 850, S70, V70, S80, V70 II and XC70 https://www.skandix.de/en/news/radiator-hose-oil-cooler-for-volvo-850-s70-v70-s80-v70-ii-and-xc70/2095/
The radiator hoses for the oil cooler of the Volvos with D5252T engine are available again. We have had them remanufactured according to original samples.
Of course, the thermal protection for the inlet hose is the same as for the original part.

Due to their design, the hoses are located in a somewhat unattractive place for radiator hoses: the two hoses for the oil cooler are often bathed in used oil when changing the oil in the 2.5l TDI engine. The oil filter sits directly on the oil cooler, so when it is loosened, waste oil leaks out and runs over the oil cooler onto the hoses, which is almost unavoidable. Now, engine oil is not exactly good for coolant hoses, it makes them soft and dissolves the rubber over time. Not everyone knows this, and often enough the hoses have not been cleaned or have been insufficiently cleaned after an oil change.

In addition, there is the normal ageing of the rubber parts, even the oil cooler itself can leak. If the oil filter is tightened too much, the oil cooler housing will warp. In most cases, oil will then start to leak from the rear side towards the flange.
It is always advisable to check the condition of the oil cooler when changing the oil or the hoses.

The engine will thank careful treatment and good maintenance with an almost eternal life: We know of several cars in our immediate vicinity that have long since exceeded 500,000 km.

So that they can continue to enjoy their everlasting diesel Volvo for a long time to come, the hoses are now available in the shop under the numbers 1043187 and 1056333.

Benefits:

  • Fit-precise moulded tubes
  • Thermally resilient
  • Easy repair
  • Operational safety is still guaranteed

Vehicles:

  • Volvo 850: all models with diesel engine
  • Volvo S70, V70 (-2000): all models with diesel engine
  • Volvo S80 (-2006): engine D5252T MSA 15.8
  • Volvo V70 P26: Engine D5252T MSA 15.8
  • Volvo XC70 (2001-2007): engine D5252T MSA 15.8
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Mon, 31 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 https://www.skandix.de/en/news/radiator-hose-oil-cooler-for-volvo-850-s70-v70-s80-v70-ii-and-xc70/2095/
Pulley for handbrake cable Volvo 140, 164, P1800 available again https://www.skandix.de/en/news/pulley-for-handbrake-cable-volvo-140-164-p1800-available-again/2093/
Deflection pulley for handbrake cable Volvo 140, 164 and P1800 available again!

The pulley for the handbrake cable is an important part. It distributes the force from the handbrake lever evenly to the cable to the two brake drums.


Unfortunately, with age it is often no longer in good condition. The fixing screw and the sleeve eventually rust and the pulley jams on the sleeve, the cable then rubs in the pulley. The groove becomes deeper, the mechanical load is higher than planned, and at some point it breaks. The ageing of the plastic makes it even more difficult.
A broken pulley naturally disables the parking brake, which has to work.

The vehicle manufacturer has not been supplying the pulley for some time, so we had this important part remanufactured.


With our pulley, the sleeve for the bearing (1064015) is already included. The pulley itself is designed to be more massive than the original.
It is available now in the shop under the number 1035303.

Advantages:

  • complete handbrake repair possible again
  • reinforced design
  • bearing sleeve included in delivery
  • long-term problem-free function

Vehicles:

  • Volvo 142 as of chassis number 52900
  • Volvo 144 as of chassis number 89900
  • Volvo 145 as of chassis number 9200
  • Volvo 164 up to chassis number 132566
  • Volvo P1800 as of chassis number 30001

Reference numbers:

  • Deviating pulley 680907
  • Sleeve 680908
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Mon, 24 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 https://www.skandix.de/en/news/pulley-for-handbrake-cable-volvo-140-164-p1800-available-again/2093/
Centre armrest locking handle for Volvo 960, S90, V90 https://www.skandix.de/en/news/centre-armrest-locking-handle-for-volvo-960-s90-v90/2089/
Finally available again: Locking lever and spring for the lid of the centre armrest Volvo 960 ll and S90/V90 (-98)

The opener for the centre armrest lid - also known as the locking handle or locking lever - is made of plastic and tends to give up due to age. The plastic becomes brittle due to age and temperature fluctuations, the return spring gets tired and at some point the lever breaks off.

The lever and the return spring have not been available from the vehicle manufacturer for some time. We have now had both manufactured and tested them for accuracy of fit. The design of the locking lever is more stable than the original part due to a different choice of material.

If the latch is defective, the lid can rattle unsightly while driving. This does not fit the character of these cars, and so a remedy was needed.

An open ear for the wishes of our customers

After our report "Innovations for the Volvo Klassieker Beurs 2020", we received a customer request if we could also have the opener of the centre armrest reproduced. After a short internal consultation, we said: "That's happened to me before" and the decision to reproduce it was made!

Unfortunately, we lost the spring for the locking lever when we removed it and it was no longer available. So we had to find a solution: without further ado, we got a sample for remanufacturing and also produced the spring. To round things off, we also included the pin in the programme.

All three necessary parts, locking lever 1063868, spring 1081280 and pin 1081279 are now available in our shop.

Benefits:

  • more stable design
  • looks completely like the original
  • pleasant haptics
  • no more rattling noises

Vehicles:

  • Volvo 960 (95-)
  • Volvo S90 (-98)
  • Volvo V90 (-98)

Reference numbers:

  • Locking lever 9145529, 9150342, 9150339
  • Spring 9145498
  • Pin 9145500
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Mon, 17 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 https://www.skandix.de/en/news/centre-armrest-locking-handle-for-volvo-960-s90-v90/2089/
Brake line distributor rear axle Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, V70XC https://www.skandix.de/en/news/brake-line-distributor-rear-axle-volvo-850-s70-v70-c70-v70xc/2087/
Brake line distributor rear axle for Volvo 850, S70, V70 and C70 available again!

The brake line distributor is located in front of the left rear wheel on the rear axle. It splits behind the hose from the body to the two lines to the rear wheels.

As the original lines are very long-lasting and the distributor is located in the "firing area" of the left rear wheel, it is often not possible to open the screw connection properly when it is necessary. This is the case when hoses or brake lines have to be replaced due to age, but also when the rear axle needs new bushings. At least for the two inner rear axle bearings, which connect the asymmetrical halves, the axle must be completely removed. And for this, the distributor must also be separated from the hose.

The distributor corresponds precisely to the original in dimensions, connections and fastening, but looks somewhat different due to its construction and is more massive than the original.

The new line distributor on the rear axle on the front-wheel drive Volvos of the 90s is available immediately from our shop under the number 1053041.

Advantages:

  • Complete repair of the brake hydraulics possible again
  • .

  • high-quality new part
  • more stable than the original
  • no hassle with corroded threads
  • Significant time saving compared to refurbishing the old part
  • .

  • no hassle with leaking connections

Vehicles:

  • Volvo 850
  • Volvo S70
  • Volvo V70 (-00)
  • Volvo C70 (-05)
  • Volvo V70 XC

Reference number
3516569

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Mon, 10 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 https://www.skandix.de/en/news/brake-line-distributor-rear-axle-volvo-850-s70-v70-c70-v70xc/2087/
Wood-clad Volvo C70 2.0T Convertible https://www.skandix.de/en/news/woodclad-volvo-c70-20t-convertible/2080/
Car enthusiast Reinhard Heuel reports on his unique project to equip a Volvo C70 with wood panelling. In the meantime, the vehicle has been completed.




The Making of a "Wooden Car"

Documentation about ideas and work to create an individual vehicle out of a series car:

For quite some time, I have been thinking about how to coat the exterior of a passenger car with a wooden surface. This vehicle should differ from already known, wood-clad cars in that no plywood, veneer or foil is used and also no scale-shaped pieces of wood similar to mini roof tiles should be applied in an overlapping manner.
For me, the only option was to use solid wood strips, which are glued to the outer skin of a car next to each other, following the existing contours, similar to a parquet floor. After trying out different types of wood, including acacia and spruce, I decided on oak as the local species. I used 18mm thick solid wood boards, which were sawn into 6mm thick strips. The lengths of the strips were sawn individually according to the dimensions of the body parts.

In order to be able to use the vehicle in traffic later on, the criteria, e.g. load and breakage tests on sample sheets, were agreed with the TÜV in advance.

Likewise, the approval of my liability insurance was obtained before the work began.

The wooden strips with a cross-section of 18 x 6 mm (sometimes 19 x 6 mm) were glued to the previously roughened outer skin of the car body using special adhesive. After that, all the wooden strips had to be fixed for about 1.5 hours with screw clamps and other devices to prevent the wood, which was under tension due to the curvature of the body, from coming off.

All this was preceded by the selection of a suitable car. At first, a VW Beetle came to mind, but due to its engine power, which did not seem sufficient to me, I decided on a Volvo. It was to be a convertible and after some time I found a suitable vehicle. Type C 70, year of construction 2004, with a mileage of 115000 km. In particular, the long-term quality of this brand was well known to me through the previous ownership of several Volvo vehicles.

On 04.10.2014 I started my work, which reached its provisional conclusion on 31.04.2015.


Finally it's finished! After 1,070 hours of work.


The way to the "oak runabout"

Wood coating "Volvo C70 Cabrio"

1. Wood coating process:
Wooden strips of solid oak, 19 mm wide and 6 mm thick are applied
the contours of the car body - are glued next to each other on the exterior
of the vehicle.

2. Wood:
Glued wood panels, solid oak, 19 mm thick, sawn into 6 mm thick strips.

3. Glue:
For wood joint "Henkel Ponal waterproof".

4. glue:
For sheet metal/wood connection "Uhu Ultra".

5. paint:
Wood primer "CLOU Schnellschliff für Außen" (Quick sanding for exterior use)
Top coat "Renovo Dickschicht" (5 coats with intermediate sanding).

6. preparation of the vehicle:
Sanding of all sheet metal surfaces with grit size 60

7. load test
Load test of the metal / wood connection by folding a glued sample sheet. The wooden strips withstand a bend of > 60° without detaching from the base sheet.

Text and images courtesy of Reinhard Heuel. Reproduction and distribution only with the written permission of the author.

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Thu, 06 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 https://www.skandix.de/en/news/woodclad-volvo-c70-20t-convertible/2080/
Mudguard for rear tank available again https://www.skandix.de/en/news/mudguard-for-rear-tank-available-again/2078/
An important spare part for your Volvo 850, C70 (-05), S70, V70 (-00) is available again from SKANDIX.

The mudguard at the rear of the tank is no longer available as an original Volvo part, nor does anyone offer it in the accessories trade. The original part under the car is often rusted beyond repair after twenty years.

Since this is a very important part, which protects the rear of the tank against stone chips, exhaust heat and collision damage, we had it copied from an original sample. This way, your Volvo can be restored to its original condition at this point as well.

To fit it, the tank retaining straps at the rear have to be loosened. To do this, the tank must of course be supported over its entire surface and should then also be as empty as possible.
In order to avoid further corrosion by rubbing the tank retaining straps, it is advisable to place a rubber pad between the sheet metal and the retaining straps as protection against rubbing.

Retaining straps and protective plate must be waxed or painted before assembly.

Advantages:

  • original look
  • reliable protection of the tank

suitable for:

  • Volvo 850
  • Volvo C70 (-05)
  • Volvo S70 (-00)
  • Volvo V70 (-00)

Reference no:
3531436

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Mon, 03 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 https://www.skandix.de/en/news/mudguard-for-rear-tank-available-again/2078/
Glass for Cockpit gauges Volvo P1800 available again https://www.skandix.de/en/news/glass-for-cockpit-gauges-volvo-p1800-available-again/1959/
The glass for the coolant / oil temperature gauge on the Volvo P1800 up to 1968 is now available in English and Swedish from SKANDIX under item numbers 1078203 and 1081533.

The original glasses on most vehicles have become cracked and blind over the years. Even though the functional repair of the instrument has been offered for some time, there has been no replacement part for the optical repair until now. Therefore, we have now had the glass newly manufactured.

As with the original part, the display is made of plastic glass and the scale is engraved into the glass from behind and painted white.

Article No. 1078203:

  • Language version: English
  • Water scale: 90 - 230°F
  • Scale Oil: 140 - 280°F
  • Fits for instrument: 1022335 (Volvo Reference 665260)

Article No. 1081533:

  • Language version: Swedisch
  • Vatten: 40 - 120°C
  • Olja: 60 - 140°C
  • Fits for instrument: 1048752 (Volvo Reference 665259)

Suitable for vehicles:

  • Volvo P1800 Jensen
  • Volvo P1800S until 1968

The lenses for the speedometer and the rev counter are also available as new parts from us: 1029284, 1036380. Thus the complete cockpit can be repaired true to original.

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Sat, 01 May 2021 00:00:00 +0200 https://www.skandix.de/en/news/glass-for-cockpit-gauges-volvo-p1800-available-again/1959/
Electric telescopic antenna for radio reception available again https://www.skandix.de/en/news/electric-telescopic-antenna-for-radio-reception-available-again/2076/
An electric telescopic aerial suitable for older Volvo models is finally available again!

For the older Volvo sedans of the 70s to 90s, there were always electric telescopic antennas for better equipped cars. No matter if 200, 700, 850, 900, S70 or S90, such an extra was available for all of them. In the past, Volvo replaced most of the antennas with other antennas, but for some time now none have been available.

Often the telescopes of older electric antennas are stuck or the retractable tape is damaged, so that a proper function is no longer given.

We have now included an antenna in our range which, with the original plug for the power supply and the square body seal, corresponds to the last available original part, as it was fitted to the Volvo 850, for example.
Of course the antenna rod is chromed like the original parts.
In addition, the antenna comes with a universal perforated plate so that the mounting can be adapted to all models.

Our antenna can of course also replace any manual telescopic antenna, for the connection only ignition plus, minus and the switch line from the radio are required.
For vehicles without a switch connection on the radio, the ignition plus can be used instead or an additional switch (e.g. 1026141) can be installed.

The new antenna can be found in our shop under item no. 1079569.

Advantages:

  • original look and function
  • chrome-plated antenna rod
  • strong reception for all FM stations
  • Attachment protection through automatic retraction and extension
  • perfectly adaptable for all models

suitable for:

  • Volvo 242, 244
  • Volvo 264
  • Volvo 262 Bertone
  • Volvo 744, 764
  • Volvo 780
  • Volvo 944, 964
  • Volvo 850 Sedan
  • Volvo S70
  • Volvo S90

Reference numbers:
9494387, 3533338

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Mon, 26 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 https://www.skandix.de/en/news/electric-telescopic-antenna-for-radio-reception-available-again/2076/
Brake drum puller for Saab 93, 95, 96 and Sonett https://www.skandix.de/en/news/brake-drum-puller-for-saab-93-95-96-and-sonett/2068/
For the exotically large bolt circle of the Saab classic series 93, 95, 96 and Sonett, the original puller for the brake drums and wheel hubs has long been unavailable. Universal hub pullers never actually fit because the 5x170 bolt circle is far outside the usual bolt circle sizes.
Commercially available two- or three-arm pullers are unsuitable because they can cause distortion on the hub or brake drum if they fit tightly.

On the Saab 96 GT and V4 with disc brakes, the puller is also required to change the brake discs because they are bolted to the hub from the rear.

Many reasons for us to include such a wheel hub or brake drum puller in the SKANDIX shop. This makes changing brake discs, wheel bearings or brake shoes on the front axle an easy exercise.
The puller is simply screwed onto the hub or brake drum with the wheel bolts.

Advantages:

  • Easy to use
  • Damage to the hub or brake drum is avoided
  • Saving time

Suitable vehicles (only for five-hole wheels!):

  • Saab 93
  • Saab 95
  • Saab 96
  • Saab Sonett ll
  • Saab Sonett lll/V4

Reference numbers (the puller was originally supplied in two parts):
7840028, 7841786

You can find the brake drum puller in the shop under item no. 1081551.

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Mon, 19 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 https://www.skandix.de/en/news/brake-drum-puller-for-saab-93-95-96-and-sonett/2068/
Door opener inside P1800E / ES https://www.skandix.de/en/news/door-opener-inside-p1800e-es/2073/
New inside door openers for the P1800E/ES are available again! Also the handle and the distance washer for the door opener.

For a long time they were only available as used parts, but now they are available again in our shop as faithful reproductions.

In a beautifully preserved or freshly restored vehicle, it is often the little things that are missing from a perfect finish. A worn or missing grip surface on the door opener is certainly one of them. The same goes for flaking chrome on the opener or scratches in the door trim because the spacer washer is missing. The spacer disc prevents the opener from rubbing against the door trim and is therefore an important "protector" for the door trim.

All these small flaws, which are often only noticeable at second glance, can now be easily remedied with the original perfectly corresponding new parts.


Door opener inside 1080396 Inside door opener for Volvo P1800E / ES

Door handle inside 1022551 Door handle inside

Spacer washer, door panel for door opener 1053857 Spacer washer, door trim for door opener



Accessories:

Suitable for the following vehicles:

  • Volvo P1800E
  • Volvo P1800ES
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Mon, 12 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 https://www.skandix.de/en/news/door-opener-inside-p1800e-es/2073/
A floating Saab 96 https://www.skandix.de/en/news/a-floating-saab-96/2070/
The perfect weather, lots of spectators, fun and the perfect waves rounded off the event around the "RED BULL RAPIDS".
And in the middle of the participants is a small group of SAAB fans with their SAAB 96 boat. With a lot of time and effort they finally created their boat and had a lot of fun. Just the right thing for us and therefore asked for a small interview about the creation.

Can you tell me something about your person?
I’m Matej from Slovakia and as expected I’m a SAAB fan. And it helped me to rally friends for the crazy plan to join the Red Bull Rapids event. As it was a team effort from the start, here is the team:

  • Andrej, the designer, who also lived with SAABs for the longest of us all. The final shape is his work.
  • Michal, who sacrificed parts of his workshop, breaks and free time to help build it.
  • Tomas who is another skilled and experienced builder. With Michal they were the strong men in the front.
  • Marek who helped organizing. He was riding in the back with me, helping to steer.
  • Milan and his dad who were the key players for the lamination process
  • and musicians Margita & Besna, without these girls we would not have show at the race day.

How did you come up with the idea to participate with a SAAB 96?
As somebody who spent quite some time on internet I knew of these Red Bull events and when it was coming to our city I wanted to take part. At that time our small group of SAAB fans was regularly meeting for small talk over a beer or two, a time where crazy ideas come up and fall into oblivion. This one did survive to the next day and slowly evolved from a SAAB looking shape cover for glued barrels to a fully laminated bullnose 96 look alike. To be honest the exact decision on model unknown (hint, beers), but the shape just lends itself to floating down a river, upside down of course. Then we focused on the story of 50th anniversary of Rally Monte Carlo win and it helped to finalize the specific look.

How long did it take to build the boat? Do you still have photos of the construction of the ship?
It was 3 weeks from the purchase of the first building materials (OSB & Styrofoam) to the race day, when even the night before we were still applying decorations. The first week was about preparations and making of the core from OSB panels. Second week was about gluing approximately shaped 10cm thick slices of Styrofoam and then grinding them to final shape. First half of third week was when the laminating process was done and rest was for painting, testing and such.

How were the reactions to the SAAB boat?
Compared to the other competitors who were going for the ‘cool factor’, we were not getting the most attention form the crowd. But displaying the SAABull with the wheels down, most people were intrigued on how we are going to ride that thing down the whitewater canal. We left the surprise of the “På Taket“ roll for the show on the starting ramp.
Of course the local SAAB fans were lot more excited. We have an annual event called SAAB Session Slovakia and we took it there the same year (2012). Kids were pushing it there and back and generally enjoying it. The next year we took it with us again, that year one of the activities was a rafting on a local river, so of course we took SAABull for a ride. The local guides were quite intrigued as they never saw anything like that going down ‘their river’.
We also got an article in UK Saab Enthusiast Magazine.

Does someone from your team drive a real SAAB 96?
Unfortunately no, but of course if anybody of us would be looking for a classic the bullnose SAAB 96 would be high in the list.

Did you win? What placement did you have?
The biggest prize was that we endured and finished barely on time. And that all the calculations were right and SAABull survived. As these Red Bull events go, the show and cool factor are valued a lot and we did not really prioritize those compared to technical aspect. Once we were in the water, delayed by the security officer not allowing us to push start our ~500kg heavy fully laden boat down the ramp, we were one of the fastest.

What happened to the boat? Where is the boat today? Are you still using the boat?
SAABull still exists, currently having the honor to be a decoration in a friend’s independent car workshop. We haven’t took it to water for some years partly because we don’t have the VW Transporter that it was made to fit and it would also need patching up of some dents from hitting the rocks head on. Right now it is displayed with those battle scars for the full effect.

Despite not winning any prize, 2012 was a great year for the team around Matej.
True to the motto "Taking part is what counts".


Info

When:
Saturday, 15th September 2012 from 15:00 to 18:00h

Where:
Areal Divoká Voda, Cunovo (Slowakia)

What:
Red Bull Rapids

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