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by brinkie
Tue May 07, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Styling
Topic: wheel sizes
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Re: wheel sizes

If you are going to fit 205/50-15 tyres 7J would be perfect. Even the standard 195/55-15 will fit.
I have 7J rims on my V70, factory fitted with 225 width tyres.
See also: https://www.tyres-pneus-online.co.uk/ty ... dvice.html

Make sure the rims have the correct offset (ET)
by brinkie
Thu May 02, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: 480 with sliding vinyl sunroof in Haarlem, Netherlands
Replies: 12
Views: 270

Re: 480 with sliding vinyl sunroof in Haarlem, Netherlands

Just a thought. The roof is part of the car's structure and an additional crossmember gives extra torsional rigidity. This is why the roof of a car with moonroof is different, the crossmember is located further aback. If you take out both the metal roof and the crossmember connecting both B-pillars,...
by brinkie
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: 480 with sliding vinyl sunroof in Haarlem, Netherlands
Replies: 12
Views: 270

Re: 480 with sliding vinyl sunroof in Haarlem, Netherlands

I know whose car that is. Don't have a pic right here, but the roof is from a Renault Twingo.
by brinkie
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Celebration no.480
Replies: 6
Views: 277

Re: Celebration no.480

This is indeed one of the very last Volvo 480 that has been built; the last one off the line has number 594018, this one is at 594004.
by brinkie
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Horn connectors
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Re: Horn connectors

I followed the link to the Google drive, I think what Jeff said is right, just a spade connector.
by brinkie
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: 1990 Turbo Auto - Fox
Replies: 20
Views: 569

Re: 1990 Turbo Auto - Fox

3) Quiz that Volvo service centre. If they haven't got a wizened old grey haired bloke who starts to uncontrollably twitch when 480's are mentioned, it may be worth looking further afield. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: I remember I was collecting the V70 after a repair. At the counter, the old grey haired m...
by brinkie
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Howto manuals
Topic: How to fix the speedometer cable connector
Replies: 7
Views: 740

Re: How to fix the speedometer cable connector

Connectors are for swift installation of pre-made wiring looms in the factory. The speedometer sensor is passive, there are no parts in it that wear. Only the wiring itself can break. The speedometer circuit is made out of an oscillator (approx. 100 kHz), the oscillator itself is located on a small ...
by brinkie
Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo
Replies: 23
Views: 677

Re: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo

+1 for the can of Wheels Gose Round beer from Left Hand Brewery; I have never drank that particular beer but they make some pretty good craft beers. A couple of years ago I got "paid" for a speedometer repair with a load of spare parts and a bottle of "Wake Up Dead" Imperial Stout. I guess the name ...
by brinkie
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Body and Interior (80)
Topic: Parts for the venetian blind
Replies: 5
Views: 564

Re: Parts for the venetian blind

The reason you don't see many is because all the abovementioned parts were broken. It gives a nice "1980s" touch to the car, though. I would like to see how it works to adapt a cheap blind to the 480's rear window (and then sell it to gullible people for hundreds of euros, muhahahahahahah :twisted: )
by brinkie
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Dendy's 480 Diary
Replies: 87
Views: 4476

Re: Dendy's 480 Diary

I could hear the relay clicking rapidly as the passenger light tried vainly to lift itself out of the bonnet, so the first thing to do was to pull the relay out and re-flow the solder joints between the two boards, indicated here: https://i.imgur.com/k3n19Wy.jpg If reflowing of the solder joints do...
by brinkie
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Useful to anyone?
Replies: 3
Views: 262

Re: Useful to anyone?

Ah, I see what you mean now, the picture should be a life saver to anyone who got stuck in the search for a blown fuse. :) Then I should repeat that the fuse box configuration is dependent on the VIN number. At least two completely different fuse configurations are known to exist, and I'm sure there...
by brinkie
Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Useful to anyone?
Replies: 3
Views: 262

Re: Useful to anyone?

If it comes from a scrap car, you'll need to provide the exact VIN or at least the model year, because the fuse box underwent a number of changes.
If if is in your car, I would keep it. It should be glued to the lid, but the one in my car has come loose, too.
by brinkie
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo
Replies: 23
Views: 677

Re: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo

How is the speedometer/odometer in miles doing?
by brinkie
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo
Replies: 23
Views: 677

Re: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo

I have seen the car a couple of years ago, the upholstery has fungus all over the place. Some of the cars mentioned on the website as in concourse condtion, are actually in a very sorry state. We nicknamed the collection "Swedish Deception" :lol: The location is very posh, and so thinks the propriet...
by brinkie
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: ECU and ignition relay
Replies: 10
Views: 335

Re: ECU and ignition relay

By the way, the info centre *is* a red herring. You can start and drive a car without the instrument cluster fitted at all, only the alternator won't charge the battery as the charging is "ignited" through the battery light bulb and/or the 120 ohm resistor. There is no CAN bus linking all components...
by brinkie
Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: ECU and ignition relay
Replies: 10
Views: 335

Re: ECU and ignition relay

This may look like a silly question, but does your engine start?
I have had the same issues, all caused by a dead (well, almost) battery...
by brinkie
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: 1987 480 ES Project -- D-reg, 2nd oldest in UK
Replies: 176
Views: 5380

Re: 1987 480 ES Project -- D-reg, 2nd oldest in UK

D101 DWP doesn't look like a vanity plate to me, how can a car be re-registered on a different plate, both D-reg?
by brinkie
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Novice 480s
Replies: 22
Views: 952

Re: Novice 480s

I don't think the ECU is at fault. When they break down, you cannot start at all, or the idling is bad. Have you tried to read the fault codes from the ECU? The Siemens ECU has a fair bit of diagnostics, which will usually give you a clue about what's going on. See http://www.am.torun.pl/~ja/volvo/d...
by brinkie
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Lights - Bulbs and motors
Replies: 9
Views: 282

Re: Lights - Bulbs and motors

Regarding the pop-up motor check the relay first. Get a used relay from a junkyard to test with or if you have another Volvo 480 owner close that you can borrow from. I learned this the hard way after changing the pop-up motor twice just to find out that it was a 1minute fix by changing a relay tha...
by brinkie
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Engine (20)
Topic: B20FM ??
Replies: 3
Views: 195

Re: B20FM ??

I guess it must have some sound muffling, otherwise you'll get a very chirpy exhaust note.