We wrote recently about Lee Kelso YouTube video series following conversion of a 1989 SAAB 900 turbo convertible from automatic to 5-speed.
He is happy to report the car is back on the road and now a veteran of several car shows and the Great Lakes SAAB Club’s meet-up in Ypsilanti, MI.
The scope of the project grew from a simple tranny swap to include a new turbo, steering rack, axles, radiator, water pump, alternator, brake/clutch master cylinder, starter and much more. He is 18 Youtube episodes into the project and now chasing down oil leaks, wheel bearings and other problems common to owners of 30-year old SAABs.
>The series is more than just a DIY how-to. Lee try to educate and explore the unique engineering that makes these cars so…SAAB. As the scope grew, so did the video production effort. The first episodes were shot and edited on a Samsung smartphone. Now he uses multiple cameras, wireless mics and LED lighting fill my rented garage.
The most rewarding part of the journey has been engaging with SAAB owners around the world. More than 50,000 views and 1,400 subscribers later, he has made friends in Sweden, UK, Spain, Mexico, Latvia, Estonia and more.
When he has been stumped, Facebook SAAB group members have been a fantastic resource and so generous with suggestions and advice. The experience confirms that not only are SAABs special and different, so are the people who preserve them.
Thank you very much to Mr. Lee for his words and his efforts in producing these Saab videos.