The old girl has been getting more than her fair share of exercise as of late, commuting to Middlesbrough and back every day for the last week. To be honest
I feared the worst, but in reality the 9000 proved once again to be a capable, reliable, fast and extremely comfortable travelling companion. Emerged every morning
and evening after two hours behind the wheel feeling great, and ready to do it all again. The sign of a true mile muncher.
After a week of 600 miles of fast motorways and rush hour city traffic, none of the fluids had budged an inch. In fact, a week of proper use has probably done her the world of good!
A Saab wearing evening dress!
As a reward for all her hard work, I set to work finally spraying the shoddy rear alloy wheels. I mean, the fronts were only done in March, six months isn't that long!
Prepared the wheels initially by washing the faces, then rubbing these down with 600 grade wet and dry to give the primer something to key to. Masking up took what seemed
like forever, and a whole newspaper. The very cool retro 70's sheets were an attempt to prevent overspray on the rest of the car.
This close up of the wheel reveals the finish is in a very poor condition. Clearly in a past life a previous owner has sprayed the wheels a dark grey, and this has not
stood the test of time well. As with the fronts, I planned to give this two coats of grey build primer, rubbed down between coats, and two final coats of top coat.
The primer, as for the front wheels, is Simoniz Grey primer. This was applied in two even thin coats half an hour apart. The top coat is Simoniz 5 wheel silver, and
appears to match the original Saab colour very nicely.