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    Looking for ideas and advice

    Not been on here for god knows how long now but I'm getting back on the Volvo saddle.
    A while ago the head gasket blew on my R and I'm now getting ready to get it sorted and I'm looking for some helpful advice from you lot. Basically I'm looking at doing some upgrades to the head while it's off and have been considering an uprated gasket if there is one available, better cams and port and polishing. I did put a similar post on one of the facebook forums and got some help but just thought I'd ask here.
    Many thanks in advance folk.

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    80:20 rule is all I can say. 20% of the effort gets you 80% of the benefit. So, minor porting work, removal of flashings, a little detail work on the valve profiles and 3 angle valve seats will get you more benefit than fancy cams, polishing and "proper gas flowing" unless you have major dollars to throw around. manifold and gasket matching is worth doing as you build it all back up too!
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    New to Forum. I have a 1996 850 estate with recently refitted T5 engine, nearly immaculate, which for 7 years I took to Tim (and his little dog) at Volvogear in Pluckley, Kent for servicing, parts, advice and anything else Volvo. I would say there is absolutely NOTHING Tim didn't know about Volvos, particularly the 850. And being a breaker, there was no part he couldn't get me (four refurbed Titan wheels, for instance). Unfortunately, nay sadly, Tim and his knowledge has moved on and I need to replace him in the care of my beloved car. Right at the mo I am looking for a front left fender (did you know the front fenders were the only area of the 850 that were prone to rust?) and roof rails (the thinner ones) and someone to service it on a regular basis. As you can deduce from this, I only drive it. Short of talking Tim out of retiring, can anyone suggest? Peter, Sevenoaks, Kent.

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    Has Tim retired

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    Quote Originally Posted by abdul View Post
    Has Tim retired
    It's a different Tim to the one you are thinking of Abdul, Tim Williams is far from retirement and still busy in Coalville afaik

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    Now in an Audi...to allow more
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    But Tim W should deffo get a dog...


    He could train it to answer the flucking phone

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