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by mathrock
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: 1990 Turbo Auto - Fox
Replies: 43
Views: 1555

Re: 1990 Turbo Auto - Fox

Yes, I need to stop popping the dog to the woods in it, Jeff! Haha. Might use it for uni a bit in September (on dry days! :wink: ), about 40-50 mile round trip. Not done nearly as many mile as I thought I would this summer. Just saw the RADwood Goodwood event on August 11th I'd love to have gone to...
by mathrock
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: So, today was the day...
Replies: 199
Views: 14982

Re: So, today was the day...

jifflemon wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:15 pm
Did you replace the droplinks? I'm considering it, but then if it ain't broke, do you replace it with finest chinesium? :?
I did :-/ The boots were torn and the right side joint was bad.
by mathrock
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: So, today was the day...
Replies: 199
Views: 14982

Re: So, today was the day...

I recently did the whole front suspension as well and definitely agree that the ball joint was the worst part of the process! Almost stripped the nut and then once finally turning, it was slow going with one flat at a time. :angry:
by mathrock
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo
Replies: 24
Views: 997

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

It's been a while since I've updated progress here. Been fixing up a ton of things on the 480 Turbo in preparation for the Radwood 80's/90's car show. For those not following the 480 Facebook group. This past weekend we took the 480 on it's first major road trip, ~300mi round trip to the Radwood car...
by mathrock
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Am I mad?
Replies: 8
Views: 307

Re: Am I mad?

The discrepancies between the needed parts and your stock of scrap parts can be cobbled together in this part of the world and sent to NZ. Thumbs up! brinkie and others here and on the FB groups have definitely been an enormous help with getting my USA Volvo 480 Turbo back in shape! The car has a g...
by mathrock
Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: leaking auxiliary water pump
Replies: 26
Views: 3062

Re: leaking auxiliary water pump

Ok, new ring is in place and cleaned surfaces mate perfectly. http://i1063.photobucket.com/albums/t515/JRT480/Fotografia2660_zpsse5as8z1.jpg I know this is an old post, but do you happen to know the o-ring size you used? The aux water pump on my 1993 turbo is leaking in the same spot yours is and I...
by mathrock
Thu May 16, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Wheel suspension and Steering (60)
Topic: Bilstein B4's
Replies: 16
Views: 807

Re: Bilstein B4's

On Demon Tweeks, why is it that the description of all these dampers are "Rear", or maybe I'm being dense. https://www.demon-tweeks.com/uk/search/shop-by/q/bilstein%20b4/vaa__vehicles_code/59171ce6af48b/ Also Jeff, could you elaborate on springs, I understand you went for Lesjofors, may I ask why? ...
by mathrock
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 life is just beginning!
Replies: 94
Views: 4006

Re: My 480 life is just beginning!

Here's a couple pictures of the battery cutoff installed on the negative terminal. My car has a non-original negative ground cable (it came that way when I bought it, it's on the list to replace at some point). https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47646417931_42c630c82e_z.jpg https://live.staticflick...
by mathrock
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:24 am
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 life is just beginning!
Replies: 94
Views: 4006

Re: My 480 life is just beginning!

I would definitely recommend against installing the battery cutoff switch on the positive side. It's a spark/fire/safety hazard as you significantly increase the surface area that contains the positive voltage. I successfully installed one on my negative side. I'll try to take a picture and post back.
by mathrock
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Wheel suspension and Steering (60)
Topic: Bilstein B4's
Replies: 16
Views: 807

Re: Bilstein B4's

I just ordered B4s front and rear (shipped to the USA) from Demon Tweeks at the end of March. They arrived on my doorstep in 4 days!

https://www.demon-tweeks.com/us/bilstei ... 19-019871/
by mathrock
Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo
Replies: 24
Views: 997

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

Installed the front nose cone badge today! Trimmed some 3M tape https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7813/32571859087_676c47ee96_z.jpg Laying out install location https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7815/46602954405_d1d7d53b85_z.jpg Looking good https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7897/46602954355_2b7c683c4c_z.jpg ...
by mathrock
Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo
Replies: 24
Views: 997

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 mathrock
Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo
Replies: 24
Views: 997

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

How is the speedometer/odometer in miles doing? Tonight I installed the new speedometer and instrument cluster. My previous one had started to fall apart with the gauges flaking and becoming see through. Robert sent me one from the Netherlands which had the speedometer in miles per hour (MPH). He e...
by mathrock
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo
Replies: 24
Views: 997

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

Robert, I haven't yet tested it out. I'm waiting until the current odometer in km matches what you set on the replacement one in miles. I think I only have 48km to go. I'll definitely post here with pics and progress!
by mathrock
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo
Replies: 24
Views: 997

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

I changed my oil for the first time this weekend. I attempted this last weekend, but was foiled by the unusual (in the USA) drain plug. Ordered a set of 8mm and 10mm square drain plug bits via Amazon. Drain plug bits https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7827/46685306364_cd3dc60d21_z.jpg Previously I had p...
by mathrock
Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Body and Interior (80)
Topic: vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?
Replies: 12
Views: 372

Re: vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?

Moreover, I did not paint my dashboard surround since I was worried that it will be too shiny compared to all the switches, knobs, etc. Did you paint also these other elements? Thanks. No, I didn't repaint all the other switches and trim inserts. The black matte paint with satin clear matched close...
by mathrock
Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Body and Interior (80)
Topic: vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?
Replies: 12
Views: 372

Re: vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?

I like that but I'm going to press ahead with my experiments! I'm going to fill, sand flat then try a mat black paint, and if that fails a mild sand and the wrap! Will keep you posted! Tim I did this with my cracked dashboard. it turned out really well. Just take your time and pay attention to deta...
by mathrock
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Howto manuals
Topic: 480 pictures of parts you tend not to see.
Replies: 17
Views: 9290

Re: 480 pictures of parts you tend not to see.

The keyhole light - found it behind the door panel... http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/5575/sam1269.jpg and put it back where it belongs, on top of the lock: http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/2023/sam1271.jpg and it works as it was intended to! Since these pictures are dead links, here's some pi...
by mathrock
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Body and Interior (80)
Topic: vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?
Replies: 12
Views: 372

Re: vinyal wrapping a tatty dashbord surround?

dragonflyjewels wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:12 pm
There is a thread on dashboard renovation where the damage was only on the edges, which was repaired then covered with a 20mm wide strip of black PU leather. Sorry to say I can't find the thread, but it looked very neat when done.
cracked instrument casing problem solved..