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by brinkie
Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Wheel suspension and Steering (60)
Topic: Rear Trailing Arms : Overhaul
Replies: 10
Views: 2035

Re: Rear Trailing Arms : Overhaul

I have heard, but have not checked this myself, that original Volvo bushes are still available.
by brinkie
Tue Mar 02, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Cars For Sale / Wanted
Topic: White Auto on C&C auctions
Replies: 9
Views: 170

Re: White Auto on C&C auctions

It's the main reason 480's have electronic gremlins. Moisture creeps into the cable connections, or in case of an early car, the CEM, and causes corrosion. Early CEM (before 1991) had connectors on top with wiring to the side repeaters in the front wings, allowing water to seep into the enclosure. C...
by brinkie
Tue Mar 02, 2021 8:00 am
Forum: Cars For Sale / Wanted
Topic: White Auto on C&C auctions
Replies: 9
Views: 170

Re: White Auto on C&C auctions

The wheel arches look surprisingly tidy, everything else, not so much. Given this is a Phase 1 car with CEM-01, you can expect MANY electrical problems with that amount of moisture in the car. It's a good starter for a project though, if you can get those replacement rear light cluster covers from F...
by brinkie
Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: E10 Fuel
Replies: 13
Views: 185

Re: E10 Fuel

t would mean 70/30 all year round here? assuming that the ethanol tended to 'not evaporate' properly, will I (not) ask which food stufs were not grown to provide the fuel :wink: The problem with ethanol-fuelled engines is that they won't start at lower temperatures. E100 (100% hydrous ethanol) like...
by brinkie
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: E10 Fuel
Replies: 13
Views: 185

Re: E10 Fuel

Short answer: DON'T PUT E85 IN YOUR CAR UNLESS IT IS CLEARLY DESIGNATED AS FFV (FLEXIFUEL VEHICLE)! Long answer: E85 is a blend of bio-ethanol and unleaded petrol, in a 85/15 mix (winter 70/30). If your engine likes running on ethanol at all, it is highly corrosive and will eat into your fuel system...
by brinkie
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: E10 Fuel
Replies: 13
Views: 185

Re: E10 Fuel

Well, here's a report from mainland Europe, where E10 has been introduced a couple of years ago. I've been driving my daily car, a Volvo V70, for almost 4 years now and have recorded fuel consumption right from the start. In 2018 I've driven from the Netherlands to Norway (with a ferry from Kiel to ...
by brinkie
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:49 am
Forum: Cars For Sale / Wanted
Topic: Switzerland: 14500 GBP for... well...??
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: Switzerland: 14500 GBP for... well...??

There was an immaculate white 480 Turbo automatic for sale last year in Luzern. Only 51,000 kms and genuinely in perfect condition. I've spoken to the owner, a Dutchman who migrated to Switzerland, many times. But nobody wanted it. It's still for sale, now from The Netherlands. € 10,950 https://www....
by brinkie
Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Instrument cluster/speedometer repairs
Replies: 36
Views: 8319

Re: Instrument cluster/speedometer repairs

Update: Sending parcels the UK is difficult at the moment because of Brexit and coronavirus. DPD has suspended service to the UK and DHL only offers next day delivery at vastly inflated prices (£50 for a parcel) The Netherlands is currently in lockdown because of the coronavirus spreading, all non e...
by brinkie
Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Meetings
Topic: Next meeting
Replies: 17
Views: 4293

Re: Next meeting

I'm all in, but given the rate of reopening in this country run by lobbyists (and then relapsing in a next lockdown probably) it will probably be September before I'm allowed to do anything abroad. :wall:
by brinkie
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Cars For Sale / Wanted
Topic: Pre-Production car for sale in Belgium
Replies: 11
Views: 1284

Re: Pre-Production car for sale in Belgium

I take serious issue with this James. You can't take a 480 on a dead straight road, it needs corners! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: it does! Seriously, I know quite a few cars that got a new identity this way. Some were "educational" cars, Volvo donated them to schools, the cars were completely new and unus...
by brinkie
Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Cars For Sale / Wanted
Topic: Pre-Production car for sale in Belgium
Replies: 11
Views: 1284

Re: Pre-Production car for sale in Belgium

In the UK you can try a single vehicle approval and a Q-plate if all else fails. In The Netherlands you can't, because for registration without registration papers you need the help of the manufacturer or importer, and Volvo will tell the authorities that the car has never been registered and has of...
by brinkie
Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Cars For Sale / Wanted
Topic: Oh look, another high price
Replies: 13
Views: 351

Re: Oh look, another high price

MisterH wrote:
Wed Feb 17, 2021 11:06 am
Even with ones as expensive as these? Would be good to get hold of some renaults and put the engines back in 400s
No, only the project cars of course. They won't scrap a 480 turbo in good condition because those are too expensive for them to buy.
by brinkie
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: Cars For Sale / Wanted
Topic: Oh look, another high price
Replies: 13
Views: 351

Re: Oh look, another high price

Then again, a 480 Turbo in this condition is becoming increasingly rare. Even in its native country they're still snapped up by the banger racers and for engine transplants into Renault 5 Turbo. The car has become too rare and has proven too difficult to maintain for the boy racer brigade, who used ...
by brinkie
Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Cars For Sale / Wanted
Topic: Pre-Production car for sale in Belgium
Replies: 11
Views: 1284

Re: Pre-Production car for sale in Belgium

Bump to an old topic. I've asked the seller if it could be registered. Their response: there are no registration papers and registration would probably be difficult, but why on earth would you want to drive it, as it has only 77 km and you would like to stay it that way. Dutch 480 enthusiasts recall...
by brinkie
Mon Feb 01, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Cars For Sale / Wanted
Topic: 480 in the USA for sale
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: 480 in the USA for sale

H467AAL is still registered in the UK (Export marker: No), tax and MOT ran out a couple of months ago, apparently he never bothered to get it registered in the USA.
by brinkie
Wed Jan 27, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: 1988 Volvo 480 ES - A New Era Dawns: One year on
Replies: 111
Views: 6908

Re: 1988 Volvo 480 ES - A New Era Dawns: One year on

I started to dislike Top Gear because of their childish, bullying kind of humour, Harry's Garage on the other hand is one of my favourites. Especially because Harry Metcalfe has a very balanced view on motoring, a kind of wisdom perhaps. Seeing the videos of going to the Arctic Circle in an old Roll...
by brinkie
Tue Jan 26, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: 1988 Volvo 480 ES - A New Era Dawns: One year on
Replies: 111
Views: 6908

Re: 1988 Volvo 480 ES - A New Era Dawns: One year on

I've given away my set of Pollux alloys with snow tyres for the 480 last week to a friend who has his 480 as only car. Snow has become rare here due to global warming (at best we've got a mild frost at night and lots of cold rain during daytime) so I'm not bothering to put them on. When it snows, I'...
by brinkie
Mon Jan 25, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Battery: Ah, CCA and dimensions
Replies: 15
Views: 664

Re: Battery: Ah, CCA and dimensions

Volvo used the same battery since the 200-series and have been using it until the stop-start systems became commonplace (those systems require AGM batteries), so it's the only part for the 400-series that main dealers have in stock! If the battery of my (petrol) V70 dies I can take the one from the ...
by brinkie
Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: Cars For Sale / Wanted
Topic: B18FT engine (attached to a renault)
Replies: 16
Views: 248

Re: B18FT engine (attached to a renault)

Modern cars now have to look so agressive now, there aren't many pleasing shapes about, granted there are a few that are nice, like I am fond of the Pug 508 The 508 is definitely my favourite too! I am a sucker for French cars as I've been raised with Renaults and Citroëns and I have driven many Pe...
by brinkie
Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Cars For Sale / Wanted
Topic: B18FT engine (attached to a renault)
Replies: 16
Views: 248

Re: B18FT engine (attached to a renault)

Cars have become increasingly similar in shape, because a car that looks familiar sells in numbers. It's like popular music that only consists of four chords, it has to sound familiar to sell. Cheap econoboxes and FWD SUV's (which only see asphalt) are just like such pop music, where the singer even...