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Jimmys old Saab
V4 Beginner

United Kingdom
98 Posts

Posted - 28 Mar 2017 :  13:11:17 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Not had much time to work on the 96 recently but next winter there will be lots happening including work to the now removed engine.
I will be cleaning and painting the block, rocker covers and sump anyway; I'm considering getting the flywheel lightened, having unleaded inserts in the head and bigger valves....has anyone had this work done recently? Whom did you use?

andydeans3
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1578 Posts

Posted - 28 Mar 2017 :  22:53:26 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Jimmy

Any decent engineering shop will fit the hardened valve inserts for you, to allow you to run on unleaded, without additives. No point in me telling you where I got mine done, since you seems to be in Gloucestershire, and I'm in Fife.

Malbrad do upgraded heads with bigger valves, and hardened inserts I think.

Andy

1978 LHD SAAB 96
1978 MGB Roadster
2008 LHD "Classic" Renault Twingo
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UK_Sub
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2337 Posts

Posted - 29 Mar 2017 :  09:10:01 Show Profile Reply with Quote
You're not far away from Graham MacDonald at The Saab Shop (Bromyard) - he can do that engine work for you.

https://en-gb.facebook.com/pg/TheSaabShop/about/?ref=page_internal
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Jimmys old Saab
V4 Beginner

United Kingdom
98 Posts

Posted - 30 Mar 2017 :  01:39:56 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Bromyard- lovely spot and not a million miles away; I shall be taking their advice...Thanks.
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pchristy
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1788 Posts

Posted - 06 Apr 2017 :  08:55:52 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Malbrads do exchange heads, with hardened seats and bigger valves, but they ain't cheap!

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UK_Sub
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2337 Posts

Posted - 06 Apr 2017 :  10:50:42 Show Profile Reply with Quote
What do Malbrads heads cost? Last time I got a quote to just add hardened seats, it was upwards of 350!

Decided it was cheaper to keep some petrol additive in the car instead.
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melle
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
3418 Posts

Posted - 06 Apr 2017 :  13:56:53 Show Profile Reply with Quote
As Andy already said, any (automotive) engineering shop should be able to do this work. I suppose Malbrads farm out machine work and charge their customers a little extra for the service?

www.saabv4.com
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deggsie
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
404 Posts

Posted - 06 Apr 2017 :  17:21:19 Show Profile Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by UK_Sub
What do Malbrads heads cost? Last time I got a quote to just add hardened seats, it was upwards of 350!
Decided it was cheaper to keep some petrol additive in the car instead.



Just looked up the price on Malbrads website = 654/pair (big valve/hardened seats) plus exchange surcharge.
I'll stick to additive too !

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RhysN
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United Kingdom
411 Posts

Posted - 09 Apr 2017 :  05:21:18 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I had a long chat with Graham the other day (it was supposed to be a quick call!). A real enthusiast and great to chat with. Very helpful and worth a call in my humble....
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