The 1969 Saab 96 Rally is coming along nicely. Last weekend we got as far as installing the crankshaft and pistons. This weekend we got a little more done on the engine. Here’s what we did:
The first job on the high-flow oil pump was to upgrade the oil pressure. This can be done by inserting a washer under the oil pressure regulator spring (drill a hole in the cap, put a screw in and pull the cap out, shut the hole by welding). It is also a good idea to check that there’s no dirt or filings in the pump – even if it is a new pump.
Timing gear cover and oil pan
Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos of putting the timing gear cover seals in. But basically it’s just two paper seals with a plate in between. Just use a healthy amount of gasket glue to make sure it doesn’t leak.
The crossflow intake manifold has a lot bigger port size than the stock Saab heads. So the ports on the heads need to be opened up a little.
So – there’s still a lot to do. We need to finish grinding the ports before we can continue to put in all the new valve mechanism pieces. Also the block needs to be painted. And we need to figure out a more elegant carburettor linkage…