Seat lever

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just_somebody
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Seat lever

Post by just_somebody » Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:22 pm

Hey guys I have just got my hands on my first ever 480. A complete beginner with these cars but a few issues I’m hoping you can help me with. My passenger seat has no lever to move the back so somebody can get in the back. Just a hole where the lever should be. Is this part available or can it even be fixed with just putting another one on?
Many thanks.

Ps got a few other issues but I’ll post them in the electrical forum so I don’t get shouted at :D

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jamescarruthers
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Re: Seat lever

Post by jamescarruthers » Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:59 pm

The lever is attached to come metal cables to release the backrest lock.

It is very likely that if the lever is snapped that the cable also is. It isn't too difficult to replace but you will need a spare from a scrap car.

The backrest can be really easily removed from the car without having to unbolt the seat from the floor.

If you wind the seat backrest all the way back, you will see that it is hinged by two clevis pins, held in with two terry pins. If you follow the wires, you should be able to disconnect the backrest elecrics, cut the elestic (if it is still there) and pop the pins out and have a backrest that you can work on easily out of the car.

The upholstery at the base of the backrest is held together with hog rings You can bend or cut these to gain access to the inside of the backrest.

Once you've replaced the cable inside the backrest, the upholstery hog rings can either be re-used, or replaced like-for-like, or you can just replace them with very thin Ty-wraps. The elastic you cut can be tied back together, out of sight under the seat... a bit tighter too after all these years since manufacture.
1987 Volvo 480 ES, 507274, 217 - Red (Ness)
2001 Volvo C70 2.4T convertible (Olivolvo)
2003 Renault Avantime 3.0 V6 (Big Ren)
2008 Mini Cooper convertible (Mau)

Previous 480's:
J123 CFU -- ES
J449 MNL -- ES auto
D864 CPV -- ES
L691 JFC -- Turbo
F70 MNR -- ES
H858 FGV -- Turbo auto
E981 KHM -- ES (509849)

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jamescarruthers
480 Is my middle name
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Re: Seat lever

Post by jamescarruthers » Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:59 am

You are in luck! On the Volvo 480 UK Facebook group Daniël Lindenburg has new-old-stock NOS seat leverx with cables attached for sale. Be quick if you want them. They never come up for sale except from scrap cars!
1987 Volvo 480 ES, 507274, 217 - Red (Ness)
2001 Volvo C70 2.4T convertible (Olivolvo)
2003 Renault Avantime 3.0 V6 (Big Ren)
2008 Mini Cooper convertible (Mau)

Previous 480's:
J123 CFU -- ES
J449 MNL -- ES auto
D864 CPV -- ES
L691 JFC -- Turbo
F70 MNR -- ES
H858 FGV -- Turbo auto
E981 KHM -- ES (509849)

just_somebody
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Re: Seat lever

Post by just_somebody » Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:52 am

Cheers. Unfortunately I can not see the post or the person on there. Otherwise I’d drop him a message.

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jamescarruthers
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Re: Seat lever

Post by jamescarruthers » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:25 am

I am not a Facebook member so you probably know more about that I do if you can post messages!

On the public group titled: "Volvo 480 UK", you see that he posts quite often selling parts. His name is Daniel Lindenburg.

These link might or might not work!

GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/564695983586025/

DANIEL: https://www.facebook.com/people/Dani%C3 ... =-UC%2CP-R
1987 Volvo 480 ES, 507274, 217 - Red (Ness)
2001 Volvo C70 2.4T convertible (Olivolvo)
2003 Renault Avantime 3.0 V6 (Big Ren)
2008 Mini Cooper convertible (Mau)

Previous 480's:
J123 CFU -- ES
J449 MNL -- ES auto
D864 CPV -- ES
L691 JFC -- Turbo
F70 MNR -- ES
H858 FGV -- Turbo auto
E981 KHM -- ES (509849)

just_somebody
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Posts: 10
Joined: Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:51 pm

Re: Seat lever

Post by just_somebody » Sat Sep 26, 2020 7:20 am

Ok I’ve managed to get hold of him for the part. Then you both for your help, much appreciated

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jamescarruthers
480 Is my middle name
Posts: 1967
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Re: Seat lever

Post by jamescarruthers » Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:57 am

No problem
1987 Volvo 480 ES, 507274, 217 - Red (Ness)
2001 Volvo C70 2.4T convertible (Olivolvo)
2003 Renault Avantime 3.0 V6 (Big Ren)
2008 Mini Cooper convertible (Mau)

Previous 480's:
J123 CFU -- ES
J449 MNL -- ES auto
D864 CPV -- ES
L691 JFC -- Turbo
F70 MNR -- ES
H858 FGV -- Turbo auto
E981 KHM -- ES (509849)

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Re: Seat lever

Post by yorkievolvo » Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:39 pm

Does anybody have an e-mail address for Daniel?
James gave a Facebook connection but I don't do Facebook.
I need levers for both seats. The pax side one was missing when I bought the car and I snapped the driver's side last week.
Thanks.

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