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Styria 31st March 2015 05:06 PM

Saab prime movers
 
I usually go GA GA when looking at trucks, locos, ships and planes. Probably fifteen months ago, I went to Sydney Motorsport Park and marvelled at some of the absolutely beautiful monster trucks - the ones that carry the race cars and all of the teams' equipment.

One particular make of truck I find of interest are the two Saab Prime movers. This is the type I am talking about :

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/e...psr0rxqm0m.jpg

Ever wondered what's behind the fašade, such as bull bar, grille etc. ? I had the opportunity to photograph one the other day. It's amazing just how huge all components are.

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/e...ps9wgg7xvg.jpg

Regards Styria

motec 6.9 31st March 2015 07:52 PM

Re: Saab prime movers
 
Far be it from me to be a smart arse but these are Freightliner trucks . Which in turn means US built Daimler trucks. http://daimlertruckssydney-px.rtrk.c...s/freightliner
Saab was car division of Scania/SAAB now just Scania trucks after selling car division to GM in the 90's . Which GM then ran into the ground with neglect. http://www.scania.com.au/trucks/

sean sherry 1st April 2015 02:23 PM

Re: Saab prime movers
 
GM were no orphans....Ford Built a Jaguar on a Mondeo Chassis and even called it a Jaguar !

Saab was built on an Opel or Vauxhall something or other.

Nothing new in all this.... USA built R. R Cars. Phantoms I think.

Steinway Pianos were Agents for and built the first Mercedes into the USA,
in the early 1900s about 100 examples. One survives at the Mercedes Museum in New Jersey.

motec 6.9 1st April 2015 02:57 PM

Re: Saab prime movers
 
Hi Sean yes they are not alone. But my comment pertains to the Truck not being a SAAB or even a Scania . Its a Freightliner from the US and Daimler . :D

BenzBoy 1st April 2015 03:37 PM

Re: Saab prime movers
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by sean sherry (Post 61746)
GM were no orphans....Ford Built a Jaguar on a Mondeo Chassis and even called it a Jaguar !

Saab was built on an Opel or Vauxhall something or other.

Nothing new in all this.... USA built R. R Cars. Phantoms I think.

Steinway Pianos were Agents for and built the first Mercedes into the USA,
in the early 1900s about 100 examples. One survives at the Mercedes Museum in New Jersey.


Ahem, ahem....
The Americans put together Springwood Ghosts and early Phantoms but the mechanicals all came from the R-R factory in Derby - all the Americans did was to make and dress the body.
GM has managed to kill almost everything it has owned in the last 20 years - it's a rather stupid conglomerate of money men playing at making cars and ending up needing to be bailed out by the US Government.
Ford has not been much better although they did make Jaguars reliable by buying in parts such as airconditioning units from Nippon Denso (Toyota) the same was as Benz has done for many years.
Cars should be made by people who are engineers rather than bean counters and gung-ho middle managers.
Here endeth my rant for today.
Regards,
Brian

motec 6.9 1st April 2015 03:50 PM

Re: Saab prime movers
 
But the real point is the Truck is not a SAAB they never made them .Trucks were Scania. Its not a Volvo or Swedish truck its not even made in Europe. Its a US made Daimler .:p

BenzBoy 1st April 2015 04:01 PM

Re: Saab prime movers
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by motec 6.9 (Post 61751)
But the real point is the Truck is not a SAAB they never made them .Trucks were Scania. Its not a Volvo or Swedish truck its not even made in Europe. Its a US made Daimler .:p

10/10. You got it Mr Motec.
:D:D:D:D:D

motec 6.9 1st April 2015 04:09 PM

Re: Saab prime movers
 
Not being pedantic but correct identification of brand would be nice. Oh in Wollongong at moment seeing relatives.:D

BenzBoy 1st April 2015 06:18 PM

Re: Saab prime movers
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by motec 6.9 (Post 61753)
Not being pedantic but correct identification of brand would be nice. Oh in Wollongong at moment seeing relatives.:D

That is not being pedantic; it is being accurate. ;)

Mod1 1st April 2015 07:41 PM

Re: Saab prime movers
 
Warning:

Security systems have detected repeated backslapping, high alert activated.

Continued backslapping will result in general agreement and a likely GTG

BenzBoy 1st April 2015 08:10 PM

Re: Saab prime movers
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mod1 (Post 61755)
Warning:

Security systems have detected repeated backslapping, high alert activated.

Continued backslapping will result in general agreement and a likely GTG

With Motec in town (or close by) a back-slapping GTG sounds like a grand idea! Maybe lunch at a pub or club in the next week before Motec escapes?
Regards,
Un-Moderatable....:eek:

motec 6.9 1st April 2015 10:59 PM

Re: Saab prime movers
 
I will be driving up to Coffs next Wednesday. And returning on the 14th I don't need to be in Canberra for a training course till the 17th so we can see.

Styria 2nd April 2015 05:16 AM

Re: Saab prime movers
 
I really think that some of you missed the point. Who really cares whether or not the first picture illustrated a Freightliner, or Saab or Scania - whatever. Sure enough, so Saab does not, or did not, produce a truck, although I seem to recall that Saab Scania were always mentioned in one breath.

The point, gentlemen, is really this - how many of us have seen in reality what really lies behind the fašade, the bull bar, the grille - and, to be sure, the partially dismantled truck is in fact a...well, not a Saab, but a Scania. That's what this post is all about. BTW, the automatic spell checker tells me that I have spelled Scania incorrectly. No such problem with SAAB. :D Regards Styria

motec 6.9 2nd April 2015 07:54 AM

Re: Saab prime movers
 
He he . Yes until the 90's when Scania sold the car division to GM they were called Scania SAAB trucks. And the first one is a Freightliner. The dismantled one may be a Scania. Now to really blow your mind Volvo now owns Mack trucks and they have the same engines now. http://www.macktrucks.com/about-mack/

motec 6.9 2nd April 2015 07:55 AM

Re: Saab prime movers
 
I suppose I could just drive up to blow the raspberry in your face now. As I am in Wollongong at the moment. :D


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