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by phil480
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Pop up headlight motor alternatives?
Replies: 10
Views: 552

Re: Pop up headlight motor alternatives?

Hi David, Interesting about the light switch. I don't have a spare, but would that cause only one headlight not to work? The right side works as it should. If you do have a spare motor that would be helpful. First, I should probably get a multimeter on the connections to confirm the wiring to the mo...
by phil480
Mon Jun 07, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Pop up headlight motor alternatives?
Replies: 10
Views: 552

Re: Pop up headlight motor alternatives?

My experience is that bridging the relay contacts and then let the motor run continuously for 10-15 minutes will revive 9 out of 10 popup motors. Only if the internal nylon cog has been worn out of the motor itself is seized you're SOL. Hi Brinkie, The manual screw still works for me so I'd say the...
by phil480
Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Pop up headlight motor alternatives?
Replies: 10
Views: 552

Pop up headlight motor alternatives?

Hello, Does anybody know if a pop up headlight motor from another car fits the 480? I know there's a Ferrari one but obviously will be more expensive to get. The Mazda MX-5 looks very similar. Just wondering if anyone has tried to source an alternative when the 480 one are hard to find. My nearside ...
by phil480
Tue Apr 20, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 GT
Replies: 43
Views: 3223

Re: My 480 GT

Excellent news! You know all the parts you need for that? Alternator belt: 3PK595 Main Drive Belt: 6PK1555 Timing belt: K015370XS Oil filter - Volvo (shock! A 480 part available from volvo!) Air filter - Anywhere! Fuel filter - Please change it.... Bosch 0 450 905087 Plugs - NGK BPR7ES Cap - Lucas ...
by phil480
Tue Apr 20, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 GT
Replies: 43
Views: 3223

Re: My 480 GT

Great news, I am happy to report that my 480 passed MOT this morning with just one advisory "corrosion under side vehicle in places". We'll have that sorted soon, hopefully along with the high idle speed. I was certain that it would fail on the emissions or the idle speed being too high, especially ...
by phil480
Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 GT
Replies: 43
Views: 3223

Re: My 480 GT

Update 10/4/2021 I think we are almost there! Over the last few weeks we have got the beam back on and the back end all back together with new shock absorbers, torque arms, anti-rollbar links and all new bushings. New rear calipers and handbrake cables sorted as well. At the front, the lower arms we...
by phil480
Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Styling
Topic: 480 Wheels = controversy!
Replies: 29
Views: 2886

Re: 480 Wheels = controversy!

My picks:

1. Vesa -IMO the best looking, plus they are what is on my current 480
2. Avior -My '93 ES had these and I much preferred the look of them over the 5 spoke options
3. Castor -Maybe slightly controversial, but I like the retro looks of these, they look good on the older models
by phil480
Wed Mar 03, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: Wheel suspension and Steering (60)
Topic: Rear Trailing Arms : Overhaul
Replies: 10
Views: 3100

Re: Rear Trailing Arms : Overhaul

jifflemon wrote:
Wed Mar 03, 2021 12:30 pm
not a weird question at all - but first.... Where did you find bushes with Voids in them????

The voids are vertical when installed
Thank you for clarifying! I got them on eBay of all places, only 2 available, looks like Skandix item numbers on.
by phil480
Wed Mar 03, 2021 12:20 pm
Forum: Wheel suspension and Steering (60)
Topic: Rear Trailing Arms : Overhaul
Replies: 10
Views: 3100

Re: Rear Trailing Arms : Overhaul

This may be a weird question. Regarding the voided trailing arm bushes, is there a particular orientation for them to go into their bore? For example, the voids in a horizontal alignment or vertical? Or does it not matter?
by phil480
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 GT
Replies: 43
Views: 3223

Update, March 2021

I haven't posted for a while so I thought I best get an update in. Some progress at last, over the last couple of weekends I have got the rear beam removed with a lot of help from my father in law. We have cleaned up the beam, panhard rod and trailing arms, and he has managed to fabricate some new s...
by phil480
Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 GT
Replies: 43
Views: 3223

Re: My 480 GT

Sounds as if the Volvo people are going for perfection rather than being realistic about the age of the car. Brake disc back plates aren't an MOT item as far as I know - I suppose if there was a risk of a bit breaking off and getting caught in the brakes that would be an issue but otherwise... I'd ...
by phil480
Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 GT
Replies: 43
Views: 3223

Re: My 480 GT

Especially as the car is probably older than all their "mechanics". You mean, "Diagnostic technicians"? Maybe that is a bit harsh :? :rofl: I did get the luxury of driving a new XC40 R Design with all the gadgets on. Very nice to drive, but it's like a bloody spaceship and does most of the driving ...
by phil480
Fri Jan 22, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: My 480 GT
Replies: 43
Views: 3223

Re: My 480 GT

Okay, it has been a while since I last posted here. Unfortunately, it's not good news. I have a neighbour who is a bit of a Volvo enthusiast, so he was delighted to see a 480 parked on the street. Turns out he works at the local Volvo dealership, and was able to get me a very good price on a full se...
by phil480
Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: Parts, Accessories & Brochures
Topic: Parts Required - Rear Suspension Beam
Replies: 11
Views: 630

Re: Parts Required - Rear Suspension Beam

Phil, pretty sure I can help you out with an ICV at a non-"silly ebay price". I'll PM you... David Thanks David! I have replied to you. Regarding the rear beam; consider if it is wise replacing a 26 year old beam with another 26 year old beam. The spring seats are easily fabricated. There is a thre...
by phil480
Thu Jan 21, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Parts, Accessories & Brochures
Topic: Parts Required - Rear Suspension Beam
Replies: 11
Views: 630

Parts Required - Rear Suspension Beam

I am after some parts to get my 480 GT through an MOT and back on the road. Most importantly, I need a new rear suspension beam and spring holders (spring mount has broken on mine). Idle Air Control Valve - I can see some on ebay but thought I'd ask if anyone here has a good one I can buy. There are...
by phil480
Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Cars For Sale / Wanted
Topic: 1994 GT - eBay.
Replies: 33
Views: 2398

Re: 1994 GT - eBay.

GCooper wrote:
Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:55 pm
Apparently there are only 14 left on the roads, anyone here own one of the GTs?
I think my recent purchase will have put that count up +1 (mine was SORN). I think the one you have bought popped up on eBay the same day that I picked mine up (also eBay).
by phil480
Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Ignition fault, car not starting
Replies: 12
Views: 1626

Re: Ignition fault, car not starting

Thanks all. What I really should do is take the fuse out again and see if it replicates the problem. Boot hatch wiring does need attention as the cables are damaged. I had managed a bit of a repair to at least keep the wires separated and prevent any shorts. I've haven't got this sorted properly yet...
by phil480
Mon Dec 07, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Ignition fault, car not starting
Replies: 12
Views: 1626

Re: Ignition fault, car not starting

Update: Fixed, and it was such a simple issue that I really should have found earlier :wall: Seems that it was just a blown fuse that I overlooked initially. It was fuse 9 that had blown (marked Wiper Motors via CEM). I originally didn't check this because I could see that the wipers were working. A...
by phil480
Thu Dec 03, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Ignition fault, car not starting
Replies: 12
Views: 1626

Re: Ignition fault, car not starting

Hello Phil I also recently purchased a GT and had similar ignition issues. When you go to start the car is it turning over at all or literally no noise at all? Mine was driving around nicely then i left it after a short drive then couldn't start it again although the engine would turn. I had no spa...
by phil480
Thu Dec 03, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Ignition fault, car not starting
Replies: 12
Views: 1626

Ignition fault, car not starting

Hi all, I appear to have a fault in my ignition system somewhere. I'm hoping the weather isn't going to be too wet this weekend (not looking likely though) so I can start diagnosing the problem. What is happening is, I turn the key and the dash lights up as usual and I hear the rumble from what I as...