Oli's 1992 Volvo 480ES Limited Edition

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Re: Oli's 1992 Volvo 480ES Limited Edition

Post by 100 » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:30 am

jifflemon wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:55 pm
1) those front shocks look like Sachs ones.... maybe they e been replaced, but that spring cup alone would be reason enough for me to have pulled it all apart!
Interesting! Are they considered a decent unit? I am familiar with Sachs from their use in touring cars and the Clio Trophy but don't know what their basic products are like. The spring cups look worse than they are, but I take your point!

I took a few more pics whilst poking around, is there anything else worth attention?

Front:

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Rear:

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jifflemon wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:55 pm
2) centre cap stickers - am working on it as I’ve got some Taurus wheels to refurb. As James has already said, there’s nothing worse than a mismatched centre cap paint; although coming in at second place would be a matching centre cap that was missing its reflective sticker.....
I'd already anticipated the colour difference between the wheel and cap as a potential problem but assuming they are painted at the same time, with the same gun then there shouldn't be too much variance? I've no knowledge/experience of painting metal vs plastic. Good to know a sticker solution is in the works.
jifflemon wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:55 pm
3) trust me when I say you’ll find petrol is the single best thing for cleaning that black grime off the back of the wheels... have a look at my thread way way back in the early days!
I find a piece of old clay works wonders! I gave up after the first wheel because there was so much of the black over spray that it just wasn't worth it.

How I keep the wheels on my other car:

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Re: Oli's 1992 Volvo 480ES Limited Edition

Post by jifflemon » Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:44 am

you may find this post useful.....

Sach shockers are good - However, the only real test is removal!
The shocks on the green car appeared fine. Only once removed did I realise just how shot they were!

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Re: Oli's 1992 Volvo 480ES Limited Edition

Post by 100 » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:12 pm

jifflemon wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:44 am
you may find this post useful.....
I know this isn't what you intended me to take away from that post but, there are different size fuel tanks?!
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Re: Oli's 1992 Volvo 480ES Limited Edition

Post by jifflemon » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:19 pm

early cars have a 48 litre tank, later cars a 60 litre tank (I think!)

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Re: Oli's 1992 Volvo 480ES Limited Edition

Post by Robou » Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:01 pm

Well, it is you asked, but it very much looks like one of the rear springs is giving up.
Too old to bother
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Re: Oli's 1992 Volvo 480ES Limited Edition

Post by jifflemon » Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:06 am

Robou wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:01 pm
Well, it is you asked, but it very much looks like one of the rear springs is giving up.
I have to admit, I initially thought that - I'm presuming you mean this:

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At first glance it looks like the spring is missing a chunk, but on closer examination, it's actually the bolt from the Tie rod.

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Re: Oli's 1992 Volvo 480ES Limited Edition

Post by Jay-Kay-Em » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:08 pm

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Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:23 pm

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Y'know, you get so bored of looking at tired examples on eBay, it becomes kind of depressing. Endless 480's teetering on the edge of break or sell. Muddy tyres, mucky footwells and bad rear lights.

Then, you read threads like this, with clean, polished, tyre dressed, cared for examples... and a picture still generates a 'wow'.

A 'wow' no different to when I first saw the 480 as a young lad.

Great updates and an inspiration to get back in the garage.


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Re: Oli's 1992 Volvo 480ES Limited Edition

Post by 100 » Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:32 am

jifflemon wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:06 am
Robou wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:01 pm
Well, it is you asked, but it very much looks like one of the rear springs is giving up.
At first glance it looks like the spring is missing a chunk, but on closer examination, it's actually the bolt from the Tie rod.
Yes, thankfully it's just the bolt in the pic.

Jay-Kay-Em wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:08 pm
Great updates and an inspiration to get back in the garage.
Thanks! As I said before, I bought a very good example of a 480 so rather than this being a great resurrection it's simply maintenance and some fixes here and there so I can't really take credit for it!

Managed to fix the passenger heated seat button at the weekend with Will's help. I'll attempt to take the seats apart one by one in an effort to replace the thermostat. The heated seats aren't exactly up to modern standards so whether I'll change the whole heated seat pad remains to be seen. Might be easier and with a more satisfying end result.

In other news:

My front right brake pads are rubbing the disc so suspect the pistons are not returning properly. I'm debating putting some Turbo brakes on the front rather than rebuild or source a new standard caliper. Probably a good idea after, when following me, Will commented, 'your brakes must be very hot the way you drive' - I've decided to take it as a compliment. Can anyone confirm that the rear brakes on a Turbo car are the same as the rears on a standard?

I'm also having an issue with my idle control value, at least I think this is the cause of the problem. Sometimes the idle bounces and it can make maneuvering around n tight spaces quite awkward, often leading to stalling. I've had it cleaned when the car was at a garage last year but I'm sure there is something more that can be done to mitigate it - any ideas? It's bloody annoying!

The exhaust has always rattled slightly at high RPMs but now rattles just at idle. Giving the tailpipe a gentle push with my foot stops the rattle so I assume it's hangar related - just need to get under the car to have a look which is easier said than done!

Also discovered that the front splitter has been repaired in the past, so something to consider getting properly repaired in the future, but it's very much at the lower end of the priority list.

So whilst the clean picture above tells one story, the reality is always slightly different! Not that any of the above is particularly serious of course.
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Re: Oli's 1992 Volvo 480ES Limited Edition

Post by jifflemon » Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:52 pm

100 wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:32 am
Managed to fix the passenger heated seat button at the weekend with Will's help. I'll attempt to take the seats apart one by one in an effort to replace the thermostat. The heated seats aren't exactly up to modern standards so whether I'll change the whole heated seat pad remains to be seen. Might be easier and with a more satisfying end result.
This is a good idea.... Original volvo pad on the left, Modern one on the right.

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Not only that, but you can replace both fronts and add pads to the rear seats (or have spares!) for LESS than the cost of a single replacement heated seat thermostat.
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Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:32 am

My front right brake pads are rubbing the disc so suspect the pistons are not returning properly. I'm debating putting some Turbo brakes on the front rather than rebuild or source a new standard caliper. Probably a good idea after, when following me, Will commented, 'your brakes must be very hot the way you drive' - I've decided to take it as a compliment. Can anyone confirm that the rear brakes on a Turbo car are the same as the rears on a standard?
Rear calipers the same. I'd obviously recommend overhauling both front and rear before fitting of course!
100 wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:32 am
The exhaust has always rattled slightly at high RPMs but now rattles just at idle. Giving the tailpipe a gentle push with my foot stops the rattle so I assume it's hangar related - just need to get under the car to have a look which is easier said than done!
Probably the rubbers - There's not many on them! two rubber doughnuts hold the middle pipe (probably long gone!) and two mounts hold the backbox; The proper volvo ones are worth hunting down.... I've been trying to find (without success) a bulk supplier so I can hold them in the little shop of horrors. They look like this:

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