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Old 11-08-2011, 06:56 AM   #1
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How wide is a 99? And what heads will work.

I may have a place in doors at my nearby other work to work on this car. The door seems 5.5 feet wide. But outside there may be a staircase in the way.

Also I can snag an 85ish N.A. 8 Valve head, will this work on the 78 B motor turbo?

I also plan on snagging the spindles and calipers from it, these bolt right up without much hassle?
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I may have a place in doors at my nearby other work to work on this car. The door seems 5.5 feet wide. But outside there may be a staircase in the way.

Also I can snag an 85ish N.A. 8 Valve head, will this work on the 78 B motor turbo?

I also plan on snagging the spindles and calipers from it, these bolt right up without much hassle?
It's as wide as a 900, I don't know how wide that is. Wider than a 96, narrower than a 9000.

An 8-valve H-motor head would not work without a lot of modification and I don't think there would be much benefit to it. There's a guy who put a 16-valve H-motor head on a B-motor block in his really nice red 99 sedan and it took quite a bit of modification, I remember seeing it at SOC10. You'd be better off going with either a complete H- or B- motor. Keep in mind that if you do the H-motor you'll need to put a dimple in the firewall to accommodate the water pump pulley.

Also, yes, '87 and early 900 front spindles and brakes will bolt right on. This is a good modification as it makes the front rotors on a 99 much easier to change. This is one of the first mods I did to my long departed '76 99 EMS that I drove in college.
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66" according to the internet, or exactly 5.5 feet! sounds a little tight to me.

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Years back when I had my 99 Turbo I liked using the very early B engine head. They seemed less prone to cracking. The easy way to tell them was that the exhaust studs/bolts used a 17 mm socket instead of the more common 13mm socket.
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66" according to the internet, or exactly 5.5 feet! sounds a little tight to me.

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Ok, so no on the head, I will hope nothing is tragically wrong with the one it's got.

I will definately grab the spindles and clippers off the 85 sitting at the Mt. Airy yard.
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Ok, so no on the head, I will hope nothing is tragically wrong with the one it's got.

I will definately grab the spindles and clippers off the 85 sitting at the Mt. Airy yard.
I MAY have a one of a kind 99 brake setup for sale if I upgrade them to the proper ones the car was intended to have... gives you later 9000 front brakes
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You should shoot for vented front rotors, the hubs are specific, should be all 86 turbos, and 87 turbos and S models. You should hold off and go to new ringgold with us, there are at least 4 of those cars there with good hubs, and that place is gonna be way cheaper than crazy ray's.

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has anyone thought of a tape measure. or maybe looking up the specs for a 99. just a thought.
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has anyone thought of a tape measure. or maybe looking up the specs for a 99. just a thought.
Hmmmm - Yes?
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I looked hi and low for a tape measure at the funeral home, no luck. Also when I have a tape measure, there doesn't seem to be a 99 around.
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They're the same width as a C900.
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Yea just measured the second garage bay, just under 8ft wide with enough room for C900, hopefully will have enough room so that I won't have to do the Dukes of Hazzard
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I might be wrong but shouldn't you stick to heads that came off a turbo due to them having sodium filled valves?
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According to thesaabsite, the exhaust valves are the same all the way up to 88. It's the intake valves that are NLA and car specific. But I don't yet know that I need them. Have to get the head off the car and take it to my machine shop.

As for New Ringold, I may head up in 2 weekends. I'm working my days off this week so that I can finally have kiss my ass money.
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As for New Ringold, I may head up in 2 weekends. I'm working my days off this week so that I can finally have kiss my ass money.
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Yea going to pick up a head at Fairfax, they wanted too much money to replace 4 exhaust valves on an 88.


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According to thesaabsite, the exhaust valves are the same all the way up to 88. It's the intake valves that are NLA and car specific. But I don't yet know that I need them. Have to get the head off the car and take it to my machine shop.

As for New Ringold, I may head up in 2 weekends. I'm working my days off this week so that I can finally have kiss my ass money.
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