Having tightened up the assorted exhaust clamps I started up the Saab. Very refined, not quite what I'd expected. Some do prefer a noisier exhaust, it can get wearing after a while though. I can't get over how smooth this little engine runs, there is very little movement on the mounts and it revs very freely. Idle is down as 800rpm in the book, it's difficult to get it to sit at that without running too rich or stalling. The plugs were very oily when I cleaned and gapped them.
The carb may be jetted too rich, then again I may need to change the points and set the dwell angle properly. These Saabs were known to be thirsty, they may be an engine that just likes a drink, the Fiat twin cam is another. Compare to my Datsun 120y, they will easily top 40mpg, even driven very hard, a '96 will struggle to get much more than 25.
I will have to bite the bullet and change the points, maybe the distributor is worn, I noticed a little play in the spindle.
Unlike many I do prefer points, when they are set right they are every bit as good as electronic ignition and are easy to diagnose faults with, I've found an awful lot of electronic systems to be less than reliable.