1971 Saab 96

  1. melle Member

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    Interesting. The only damage I've seen on a cam gear was where someone tried to remove a flywheel and attempted to lock the engine with a big screwdriver between two cam gear teeth. Both failed, ouch...

    That makes sense. There are people who rally V4s to the max and swear by fibre, others use steel gears on road engines.

    Great info on the balance shaft weights, I've been meaning to weigh a few for ages, just never got around to doing it.
     
  2. Rannsachair

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    Decided I will fit an electric fan and do away with the fan bearing on the timing case:
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    Cut off the bearing mounting
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    turned an alloy plug with an o-ring grove. Tapped a blind hole in the back of the plug and loctited in a cap screw retaining the plug with a large washer.
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    Timing case assembled to engine:
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    Sump back on:
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  3. melle Member

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    Although I think a mechanical fan is normally more than adequate on a healthy V4, I think it's a wise decision to install an electric fan because the balance shaft bearings have an easier life this way. Your plug looks more than solid, most people simply use a core plug. I used a 99 or 900 fan on my 96, works a treat. However, I have a Taunus 12M timing cover without a bearing bulge, not sure this fan would fit with your modified cover. More info in my thread on the V4 forum.

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  4. Rannsachair

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    Thanks for that @melle , interesting thread.

    I picked up a set of lightweight cam followers with my cam,
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    Saves about 25g per follower, the lightweight ones are hollow.

    Next job will be porting a spare set of heads to match the Simons/jetex exhaust and twin choke manifold
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  5. Rannsachair

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    Thanks to Melle I have a twin choke manifold rather than and adaptor on a standard single choke mainifold:
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  6. melle Member

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    Sorry about the grime, it was the cleanest one I had!
     
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  7. Rannsachair

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    Not been doing much for a few months, now over heart surgery so gently back to this project.

    Bumpers had seen better days, so strip down revealed some hidden flaws:

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    So managed to pick up a NOS of ebay corner section for £26 and a clean second hand centre section for under £20, painted inside and rub down and paint brackets and new fasteners:
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  8. melle Member

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    Shiny! And more importantly, good to hear you're on the mend.
     
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    Good work as always Take care after the heart op. allow plenty of time for recovery and energy levels to return. Hope you continue to recover well.
     
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  10. Rannsachair

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    Cheers, I am probably not the best patient, managed to hit a pothole hard going to Glasgow a week and a half after the operation and was running late for a meeting. So I parked my car in a car park and jogged the quarter mile to the office where my meeting was as I was late. After the meeting I went along to casualty with chest pain and breathlessness....The Doctor did say to me "did you really think it was a good idea to go running so soon after heart surgery?" . My sheepish reply was that no one told me not to... No damage was done, but ended up off work for a week and a half!
     
  11. jpmillermatic

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    glad you ended up okay after the post surgery work out.....my buddy had stints in 3 arteries and had at least one set back on the road to recovery.

    those bumpers look great!

    JP
     
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  12. Rannsachair

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    So cleared out the shed to get the body shell back under cover:

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    So how to remove a car with no wheels from under the tarpaulin, into the shed?
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    Out with the railway sleepers and two trolley jacks:
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    Just fits:
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    And in its new home:

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  13. melle Member

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    Good to see an update on this one!
     
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  14. Rannsachair

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    Cheers Melle, I realised the only way to get it done was to downsize my collection and create some space, so sold my newer Triumphs: Trident and Trophy.

    Just got the twin choke manifold you supplied aqua blasted:
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  15. slim_boy_fat

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    That's a depressingly well-organised work space. :thumbup:
     
  16. jenki Member

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    Glad you are back working on the SAAB, hope you are recovering well after the op.
     
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  17. Rannsachair

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    I should have taken a before photo: rest of the Saab is in my father's shed and I took 5 trailer/landy loads to the tip.
     
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  18. Rannsachair

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    Funny enough I got hell from the wife when she came home and saw the car in the shed :whistle:
     
  19. slim_boy_fat

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    Because of the hard 'clearing' work you'd done might have been too hard on you & she was concerned for you? :whistle: :D Surely it won't be under her feet tucked in there? :dontknow:
     
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    Never happy them wimmens, you cannot win.
     
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