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by MisterH
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Body and Interior (80)
Topic: How do I restuff a 480 headrest (or get a new one)?
Replies: 1
Views: 19

How do I restuff a 480 headrest (or get a new one)?

'Evening all The passenger front side headrest has started to crumble, it is at the stage now where there is nothing between one's head and the hard base, a big issue in the event of a crash. how might I restuff the headrest so it either restores its old shape or improves it? I should be able to get...
by MisterH
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Novice 480s
Replies: 24
Views: 1174

Re: Novice 480s

However still have one major problem Speedo has never worked. I have taken it out and soldered the connections and changed all the bulbs so everything works apart from speedo. Next was to check the speedo sensor so took out the connector and soldered the wires together as advised but still no joy. ...
by MisterH
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Body and Interior (80)
Topic: Central Locking fix
Replies: 2
Views: 64

Re: Central Locking fix

Don't kn‎ow too much about this but the central locking is activated by a switch on the driver's side lock activating an actuator on the passenger side lock. So the idea of cleaning contacts up sounds pretty sensible as a start.   Also, the central locking system is controlled by the driver's side ...
by MisterH
Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Body and Interior (80)
Topic: Central Locking fix
Replies: 2
Views: 64

Central Locking fix

'Afternoon all by now I have worked out that the 480 is supposed to have central locking, and now I want to go about fixing the Central Locking When I unlock the driver's door, the red tab comes out just fine, but the passenger door's does not. both locks work fine, but the central locking feature i...
by MisterH
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: closest car to a 480? (that isn't a 480)
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: closest car to a 480? (that isn't a 480)

reason I bought the first 480 (now onto third) was I'd run a Scimitar previously (Se5a) but that was BEFORE the 480 appeared . .. . . So you think the 480 filled the gap left by the Scimitar after its departure in '86? (not counting the Middlebridge) yes but only when the two litre came along to gi...
by MisterH
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: 1991 480 ES "Williams" 2.0 16v conversion!
Replies: 11
Views: 180

Re: 1991 480 ES "Williams" 2.0 16v conversion!

as for the rear lights, i did have them lacquered at the time of the respray, however, the laquer was not thick enough so has flaked now, so a wee sand and re-laquer is in order :) Ok, but in the first picture of the car in factory spec, they looked like new, did you do anything to preserve them? Y...
by MisterH
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: 1991 480 ES "Williams" 2.0 16v conversion!
Replies: 11
Views: 180

Re: 1991 480 ES "Williams" 2.0 16v conversion!

WOW! I am not a fan of modded cars, but what you have done is nothing short of amazing! Do You have any plans going forward? It would make a fantastic Q-Car if it looked original on the outside, could create some nice surprises with that! Also, those rear lights look immaculate, have you done anythi...
by MisterH
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: closest car to a 480? (that isn't a 480)
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: closest car to a 480? (that isn't a 480)

Alan 480 wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:46 am
reason I bought the first 480 (now onto third) was I'd run a Scimitar previously (Se5a)

but that was BEFORE the 480 appeared . .. . .
So you think the 480 filled the gap left by the Scimitar after its departure in '86? (not counting the Middlebridge)
by MisterH
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: closest car to a 480? (that isn't a 480)
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: closest car to a 480? (that isn't a 480)

it was just a photoshop! Practicalities were never worked out! Although I can thank it for reminding me about the 480 and the slippery slope I'm now on! for me it was seeing a strange blue, wedge shaped car overtaking us while driving through Bosnia on our way to montenegro, still the only time I h...
by MisterH
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: closest car to a 480? (that isn't a 480)
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: closest car to a 480? (that isn't a 480)

Must admit, I’ve a slight twinge for the MK4 celica, as well as the earlier celica supra. https://pictures.topspeed.com/IMG/crop/201405/1982-toyota-supra-generat_1600x0w.jpg Now, in terms of appearance, how about this; one of my friends photoshopped a mk1 mr2, extending it to be a shooting brake st...
by MisterH
Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: closest car to a 480? (that isn't a 480)
Replies: 8
Views: 185

closest car to a 480? (that isn't a 480)

Good day all I have been doing some thinking recently, wondering what the 480's competitors would have been when new, as it is such a unique car. while pondering this, I realised that the Mk4 Toyota Celica is very similar to the 480: It is front wheel drive, has a hatchback, pop-up headlights, two d...
by MisterH
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: 480 buying guide in Classic Car Weekly
Replies: 3
Views: 111

Re: 480 buying guide in Classic Car Weekly

Errrr.... what to pay? :rofl: :lol: :rofl: I knew they were undervalued, but it must be the first car I have ever known that decreases in value the better the condition although to put a different spin, the car can now be put in the same bracket as all those barn-find Astons and Ferraris, that seem...
by MisterH
Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: 480 buying guide in Classic Car Weekly
Replies: 3
Views: 111

480 buying guide in Classic Car Weekly

https://i.postimg.cc/j5dwZ2mQ/IMG-3705.jpg laughed when I saw this 'what to pay' section: https://i.postimg.cc/zGsFtCFw/IMG-3706.jpg so what do you think, personally I am not sure what to think about the model getting more exposure, on one hand, I think the car needs an hour of glory, but on the ot...
by MisterH
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Speedo Fix failed - What to try next?
Replies: 19
Views: 402

Re: Speedo Fix failed - What to try next?

arthuy wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:10 pm
If you bare the ends and run a but of solder over the wire it gives you a stiff pin to insert.
Ok, shall try that, thanks!
by MisterH
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Speedo Fix failed - What to try next?
Replies: 19
Views: 402

Re: Speedo Fix failed - What to try next?

brinkie wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:56 am
That assumption is correct. :)
There are tiny numbers inside the connectors on the instrument cluster which correspond to the pin numbers.
How would I make the audio wires connect to the speedo sensor connector?
by MisterH
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Speedo Fix failed - What to try next?
Replies: 19
Views: 402

Re: Speedo Fix failed - What to try next?

did you get a chance to read it then? and if so what is the verdict? Again, swamped in trivial and non-trivial stuff... but I have grabbed the green book and found the information you required :) The signal is split over two connectors: Red connector pin 3 (black-brown wire) is the speedometer sign...
by MisterH
Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Cars For Sale / Wanted
Topic: 1987 car spotted on eBay
Replies: 1
Views: 63

1987 car spotted on eBay

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Volvo-480-es/202737741308?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3Df614d323969d4d70af0b7b23e02745f6%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D202737741308%26itm%3D202737741308%26pg%3D2481888&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=...
by MisterH
Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Speedo Fix failed - What to try next?
Replies: 19
Views: 402

Re: Speedo Fix failed - What to try next?

Hold on, the speedo cable in the early models is not using shielded cable. I will try and look the exact specifications tonight, I have a specimen of the red and yellow connectors and a piece of the wiring harness. However, I am a bit forgetful lately, having worked until 1 am last night while the ...
by MisterH
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Speedo Fix failed - What to try next?
Replies: 19
Views: 402

Re: Speedo Fix failed - What to try next?

Hardest part is pulling the dash out, very easy to do. Try bridging the pins at the dash plug, very obvious which ones they are as sort of separate from the other wires. (green and black are speedo). The cable from the connector in the engine bay can break in multiple places, which is why it is bes...
by MisterH
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Speedo Fix failed - What to try next?
Replies: 19
Views: 402

Re: Speedo Fix failed - What to try next?

I had the same issue with my 94 GT and it was the speedo cable plug under the airbox that was at fault. The wiring was snapped as in the post above. I cut the plug off both ends and soldered the ends together. Works perfectly 👍😁 I assume this is not the sensor itself? as I think we have soldered A ...