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dude99Posted - 24 May 2017 : 16:43:37
Hello from France , i am looking for some help .
i don't have a saab 96 but i have a matra 530 with the ford V4 1.7 liters.
i have the project to improve it a little but parts are from saab 96 as matra doesn't existe anymore.
The idea is to buy saab 96 parts and change the camshaft for :
and putting lighter lifters :
and that :
Anyone can tell me if it is a good or a bad idea? Are the saabs 96 only with V4 of 1.5 liters engines or with 1.7 liters also ? i guess suppose that those parts are identical on boths 1.5 and 1.7L engines .right ?
your comments and suggestions are welcome and thanks for the help.

arnaud mariani
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mellePosted - 26 May 2017 : 00:17:31
Didn't know that!
RhysNPosted - 25 May 2017 : 13:30:52
If the headlights are the same as Renault 12, they're the same as GT40 (proper one) :)
mellePosted - 24 May 2017 : 22:27:31
By the way: I've always wondered if the Matra 530 headlights are the same as Saab 90/ 95/ 96/ 99 and Renault 12/ 16 items.
mellePosted - 24 May 2017 : 22:19:47
Welcome aboard Arnaud!

The Saab Sport & Rally Catalogue has good tuning information, you can download it from my website: Here is a direct download link: The tuning manual is section 6/ page 117 onwards.

Another good performance upgrade is electronic ignition, e.g. from a VW/ Audi:

Does the 530 have a high or low compression 1.7 engine from the factory? What type carburettor?
GeoffCPosted - 24 May 2017 : 19:18:40

The Matra looks good I have never seen one and wouldn't have known it has a V4! The later 96's had 1700cc engines and the Sonnet IIIs. But you are right the camshaft etc you have mentioned will suit both. If you are going to the trouble of higher lift cams and up rated valve gear then to get most benefit you certainly need to open out the inlet and exhaust tracts on the heads and consider the bigger valves. I don't know what carb you are running but again a twin choke weber makes a tremendous difference even without any other mods.

Would be good to see some pics

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