Sevenman's TVR (was SAAB) Blog

July 10, 2009

The Saab returns

Filed under: Saab — Administrator @ 4:40 pm

I travelled up to Birmingham on the train to collect the now fully functional Saab.

£396.86 for the headgasket, all the work, new thermostat and a few other bits and pieces such as an oil and filter change.

Seems ok to me.

Chatted with Paul at WMSS about his track car and what I should do with mine.

No matter what I do it will never be worth more than £1000, and the suspension work I want will cost that much.

Any comments on whether I should adapt the car for trackdays and at some point strip weight out, are welcome, or you can convince me to spend money I don’t yet have on an E46 M3.

Details of the work below for completeness…

Head Gasket Bill

July 8, 2009

Work finished

Filed under: Saab — Administrator @ 5:38 pm

Just spoke to WMSS, the car is ready, has been road tested, and all is fine.

The corner of the radiator where a few drops were spotted seems to be ok now the car isn’t over-pressuring massively, but if I do notice any future coolant issues, I’ll remember to check there.

Cost appears to be £396, and seems to include a fair bit of stuff including new head bolts, various gaskets, thermostat etc. I’ll post more when I get the full breakdown, but it’s a price I can cope with.

Collection will be on Friday, so I’ll post more info when I get the car back.

July 6, 2009

Head Gasket Update

Filed under: Saab — Administrator @ 5:22 pm

Just spoke to Paul at WMSS.

John has been working on the car, the head is off, and being cleaned up.

It seems the head gasket had gone, but there appears to be no further damage. The head is flat, and there is no pitting.

They are therefore replacing the head gasket and thermostat, and doing an oil and filter chainge too.

Hopefully this won’t be ruinously expensive. I am glad no further damage was done in the overheating incident.

July 2, 2009

Saab gone to WMSS

Filed under: Saab — Administrator @ 1:24 pm

Britannia rescue have sorted transport of my Saab to West Midland Saab Specialists

They normally only transport it up to 10 miles, and after that it is £1/mile.

I talked them up to 12 miles, but then I have a further 36 miles each way to pay, so an extra £72.

The truck arrived within an hour of calling, as they promised it would, and a different company this time

The chap had to use extra bits of wood to get it on the ramp due to the long nose and relatively low suspension.


And he only used a cable to one side, not both as the other chap had.

Cable attachment

A few more pics of the car loaded

loaded at slope

Loaded flat

He only did ties on the rear wheels, rather than all 4 as before, but they were pretty tight.

Rear wheel

I took a few photos of other bits of car while it was up there.

Exhaust silencer


Under front

Now it is a matter of waiting to hear something from WMSS, and hoping the cost isn’t too high!

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