Saab holdup. Again.

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Well, here I am again. Waiting on more parts. I was working last night further on my car, and found a rather annoying feature on my extremely rusty steering knuckles. The strut sleeve is welded in place and not removable without excessive force.

I applied excessive force and mangled the existing sleeves.

The knuckles were removed due to completely shot front struts, a suspected bad passenger axle bearing, and a broken bolt inside the passenger wheel hub.

I got both hubs off, the bearings out, compressed one of the springs, pulled off the strutmount/bearing and found my little gift. By design, the struts are not removable. I spent about two hours hammering, chiseling, and praying attempting to get this stupid sleeve off. No luck.

Unfortunately this means that I will be yet another week without a working vehicle until the new parts get here. But oh look, the $35 subframe bolt gets here today. So I can finish replacing the passenger control arm. Because the current bolt stripped and is recessed, I ended up using my angle grinder to cut the old control arm in half at the bolt to get it off the car.

Holy cow, working out is hard.

For the past 9 days, I've been in an extreme (for me) workout regimen. Upping my calories to 3500, and working out nearly every day of th...… Continue reading