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by zapcity
Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Lily's transformation
Replies: 86
Views: 5798

Re: Lily's transformation

Looking forward to the report on your new exhaust. Mine is booked in for a full system at Demand just before she goes into her winter hibernation.
by zapcity
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 life is just beginning!
Replies: 94
Views: 3972

Re: My 480 life is just beginning!

At last, I have a front lip spoiler! Given the state of the original I'm very pleased. The repaired area has a slightly different profile, but you wouldn't notice it unless you knew what you were looking for. Photo shows it at its worst, but in reality not really noticable. Just pleased to be able t...
by zapcity
Wed May 15, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Parts, Accessories & Brochures
Topic: WANTED: rear lamps covers
Replies: 12
Views: 525

Re: WANTED: rear lamps covers

You can try Daniël Lindenburg on the Volvo 480 facebook page. He seems to have a selection of used items in various states (about 130euro/pair). With restoration you should be able to get something presentable. As David said, new (or as new) are very rare. Daniël listed a pair in February for in exc...
by zapcity
Tue May 14, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 life is just beginning!
Replies: 94
Views: 3972

Re: My 480 life is just beginning!

Thanks all. A VESA refurbish is on the cards for the winter. Along with a full underseal and a stainless exhaust its going to be expensive! I've been quoted £300-350 for all 5 (I picked up a spare on eBay just in case), by a company I've used before. I usually ceramic coat my wheels with Gtechniq C5...
by zapcity
Mon May 13, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 life is just beginning!
Replies: 94
Views: 3972

Re: My 480 life is just beginning!

So I've finally updated my signature. "Coming soon" replaced with "Arrived"!! :hopping: Managed to get the loose mudflap fixed Friday evening. Had to grind off the outside wheel arch screw heads and drill out one of the interior screws. One came out with a screwdriver which was unexpected. The good ...
by zapcity
Thu May 09, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 life is just beginning!
Replies: 94
Views: 3972

Re: My 480 life is just beginning!

Update from MOT and mechanic check. High tickover - My fault. Cleaned the ICV but didn't relubricate. A quick blast with WD and all ok. Whining fuel pump - fuel filter changed and sounds much better. Worst case it might need a change at some point but ok for now. Lack of braking - Brakes and handbra...
by zapcity
Wed May 08, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 life is just beginning!
Replies: 94
Views: 3972

Re: My 480 life is just beginning!

Good ol' 480. :volvo: Never in doubt!! :wave: I was hoping it would go through OK, but pessamistic me is always expecting the worst. MOT history shows 39 miles between tests. :oops: Embarassing really, but I promise to do more miles in the next year. I'm 50/50 for Saturday. Our extension starts next...
by zapcity
Wed May 08, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 life is just beginning!
Replies: 94
Views: 3972

Re: My 480 life is just beginning!

Thanks for the how to link.

I asked the mech to sort the fuel filter while he had it for the MOT.

Seemed sensible as its an easy job in a workshop. How a nice 4 post lift would make life so much easier!

Anyway, MOT passed with no advisories. Very happy. :hopping:
by zapcity
Tue May 07, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Nora, my numberless Celebration
Replies: 55
Views: 1582

Re: Nora, my numberless Celebration

Great looking car. Will make someone a great useable classic.

Hate to think what might of become of it if you hadn't taken it on.

Have you still got your C70 also?
by zapcity
Tue May 07, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 life is just beginning!
Replies: 94
Views: 3972

Re: My 480 life is just beginning!

Side repeater fixed. Thanks David. Had a logical think about what I'd done recently. Fitted a battery saver on the negative terminal, and it is certainly a snug fit. After a dig around I found the repeater connector loose under the battery saver. Quick wiggle and reconnect and all ok. Spoke to my me...
by zapcity
Tue May 07, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 life is just beginning!
Replies: 94
Views: 3972

Re: My 480 life is just beginning!

Thanks David.

Repeater wasn't working at my MOT bulb check. Pre-DRL fiddling!

Given how they are closely linked could be related, so I'll try and have a check tonight. Cheers for the pointers.
by zapcity
Mon May 06, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 life is just beginning!
Replies: 94
Views: 3972

Re: My 480 life is just beginning!

Another short weekend due to weather, but managed to make lots of progress. Jobs done: - Old locking wheel nuts removed and new set fitted, Driver seat belt arm fitted, Door jams degreased and cleaned, Interior cleaned: carpets, leather etc. Full wash and 2 coats of Dodo Juice wax (Found 2 small lea...
by zapcity
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 life is just beginning!
Replies: 94
Views: 3972

Re: My 480 life is just beginning!

I've half a box of sound deadening left so I think it might be a winter project.

Given how much it weighs I might need some engine tuning to compensate!
by zapcity
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 life is just beginning!
Replies: 94
Views: 3972

Re: My 480 life is just beginning!

So a really successful day today. I nearly didn't start as it was blowing a hooley, but my plan of booking the MOT worked a treat as motivation. I started with repairing the door card inserts indoors. A previous removal had broken them at the weak points, and some of the clip mounting holes were ver...
by zapcity
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 life is just beginning!
Replies: 94
Views: 3972

Re: My 480 life is just beginning!

Pleased to hear you are making progress, even if more slowly than you would like! :D Fingers crossed for meeting you in May... All the best David Thanks David. MOT booked for 8th May. My local mech. is ex-Volvo and worked on the 480 at release (he's not a fan!!), so MOT should be OK unless I missed...
by zapcity
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Cars For Sale / Wanted
Topic: Blue ES on eBay
Replies: 16
Views: 635

Re: Blue ES on eBay

There's been a surge of good 480's making strong money.... which is starting to bring a lot of projects out of barns. but I can not imagine a 480 ever reaching Capri price level, which I am happy about, for me the 480 symbolises the fact that you don't need to fork out megabucks for a great car, I ...
by zapcity
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 life is just beginning!
Replies: 94
Views: 3972

Re: My 480 life is just beginning!

Thanks for the feedback. Really do appreciate it. I'm trying hard to get her on the road for Derbyshire as I want some face to face feedback good or bad! Everything I do on her is a first time job for me, but I'm slowly building a knowledge base, however being pointed in the right direction saves ti...
by zapcity
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Cars For Sale / Wanted
Topic: Blue ES on eBay
Replies: 16
Views: 635

Re: Blue ES on eBay

Sold for £2250. Strong money but it was a very nice ES.
by zapcity
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 life is just beginning!
Replies: 94
Views: 3972

Re: My 480 life is just beginning!

Finally got the front bumper assembled and back onto the car today. Pictures to follow. Location bracket inside the bumper had a pop rivet missing allowing it to rotate. Probably the reason it didn't sit straight to the wing originally. Bit of a sod to fix as the rivet gun wouldn't fit without drill...
by zapcity
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Cars For Sale / Wanted
Topic: Blue ES on eBay
Replies: 16
Views: 635

Re: Blue ES on eBay

I feel like a real idiot now.

Should have bought it over the phone.

Real bargain at 250!