1987 480 ES Project -- D-reg, 2nd oldest in UK

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Re: 1987 480 ES Project -- D-reg, 2nd oldest in UK

Post by jamescarruthers » Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:43 am

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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: 1987 480 ES Project -- D-reg, 2nd oldest in UK

Post by jamescarruthers » Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:48 am

Wings and back emd built up by the body shop. Addition of rear lights really made it look like a 480 again.

I took a trip to Lake's for the interior light loom which had shorted and melted on mine. Interestingly my original had the wiring for the rear grab handle lights which never made it to UK production cars. Sadly, no nuts in the roof so I couldn't rob the handles from a 440, which was my plan. There was a very distressed 480 in the back which had been run over with their crane but it did have the loom in still (and a few bits for R1 project car!).

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This shorting must have been a known problem as the later cars have a flat wire assy. going up to the interior light, as opposed to the earlier car's bundle which chafed snd comitted wire suicide.

I picked up some original springs from Jeff to address this car's tail-high stance with the Monroe springs which are just plain wrong. I presume that they think a 440, 460 and 480 are all the same so we end up with tall 480s.
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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: 1987 480 ES Project -- D-reg, 2nd oldest in UK

Post by MisterH » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:08 am

Going for painted bumpers then? You don't see many from this era with those, wasn't there an option for a lighter grey plastic in addition to the darker anthracite black option that mine has?
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Re: 1987 480 ES Project -- D-reg, 2nd oldest in UK

Post by cranna21 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:14 am

seeing this makes me want to save my wee '88 ES I have sitting :eek:

Sadly the GT is no longer with us, but I do still have 90% of the parts

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Re: 1987 480 ES Project -- D-reg, 2nd oldest in UK

Post by MisterH » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:18 am

What's wrong with the '88 car, doesn't look too bad from 20ft...
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Re: 1987 480 ES Project -- D-reg, 2nd oldest in UK

Post by cranna21 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:23 am

When I bought it it hadn't run in many years, I've still never tried, it arrived with no spark plugs and its been like that a while too.

I've robbed the odd bit from it, mostly superficial things with the exception of brake servo and I sold the exhaust as it was stainless steel. It had a lovely half leather interior that someone had retrofitted from a later car but the mice got the drivers bolster, not much of a loss as it was kinda knackered anyway as they all are but the rest of its still there - it needs the usual weldings and a good tidy up, it's also got a manual sunroof fitted!

it could be saved, and being an early car with early manual bonnet prop, old-style power steering reservoir and under bonnet light, I have this weird liking to it :lol: I think if I ever do anything with it I'd love to transplant a diesel into it, nothing crazy, just a reasonably modern Renault 1.9 dti or dci

one day maybe haha
'91 480 ES 2.0l 16v 'Williams' Conversion - 208bhp/230nm
'91 940 GL 2.0l Estate
'09 C30 2.0d R-Design

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Re: 1987 480 ES Project -- D-reg, 2nd oldest in UK

Post by jamescarruthers » Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:25 am

MisterH wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:08 am
Going for painted bumpers then? You don't see many from this era with those, wasn't there an option for a lighter grey plastic in addition to the darker anthracite black option that mine has?
Yes, painted bumpers. I just don't really love the black on red combination and if I'm paying for a respray I have to love the end result. In my defense of this crime against originality I can tell you that I asked John de Vries personally about the black bumpers and he told me that he never intended for the car to have them. They only exist in black as a Volvo cost cutting exercise. So I feel exonerated!

lighter coloured grey bumpers were only in the first year of production so you will only see these in the NL or Europe, I guess. The 480 was available in LHD for 1 year before they did the RHD ones for us. I saw one being broken up at Orlando's yard in NL and its chassis number much earlier than mine.
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: 1987 480 ES Project -- D-reg, 2nd oldest in UK

Post by jamescarruthers » Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:29 am

cranna21 wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:14 am
seeing this makes me want to save my wee '88 ES I have sitting :eek:
Make that 2021's project. I wonder who will be the first to have an electric 480?!
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: 1987 480 ES Project -- D-reg, 2nd oldest in UK

Post by cranna21 » Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:35 am

jamescarruthers wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:29 am
cranna21 wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:14 am
seeing this makes me want to save my wee '88 ES I have sitting :eek:
Make that 2021's project. I wonder who will be the first to have an electric 480?!
I kinda want to reserve that for my 940 :rofl:
'91 480 ES 2.0l 16v 'Williams' Conversion - 208bhp/230nm
'91 940 GL 2.0l Estate
'09 C30 2.0d R-Design

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Re: 1987 480 ES Project -- D-reg, 2nd oldest in UK

Post by Alan 480 » Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:50 am

cranna21 wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:35 am
jamescarruthers wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:29 am
cranna21 wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:14 am
seeing this makes me want to save my wee '88 ES I have sitting :eek:
Make that 2021's project. I wonder who will be the first to have an electric 480?!
I kinda want to reserve that for my 940 :rofl:
lots of room for lead acid batteries in there :-)
Alan

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Re: 1987 480 ES Project -- D-reg, 2nd oldest in UK

Post by MisterH » Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:44 pm

jamescarruthers wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:25 am
MisterH wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:08 am
Going for painted bumpers then? You don't see many from this era with those, wasn't there an option for a lighter grey plastic in addition to the darker anthracite black option that mine has?
Yes, painted bumpers. I just don't really love the black on red combination and if I'm paying for a respray I have to love the end result. In my defense of this crime against originality I can tell you that I asked John de Vries personally about the black bumpers and he told me that he never intended for the car to have them. They only exist in black as a Volvo cost cutting exercise. So I feel exonerated!

lighter coloured grey bumpers were only in the first year of production so you will only see these in the NL or Europe, I guess. The 480 was available in LHD for 1 year before they did the RHD ones for us. I saw one being broken up at Orlando's yard in NL and its chassis number much earlier than mine.
Ah well if it has come from him who are we to question? :lol:

Always liked the way the black bumpers gave it a very left field look, proving in my eyes that unpainted bumpers didn't have to look cheap, indeed they could look quite sexy if done right, though I do think that all colours should have had either a red or blue pinstripe on them if they had either red or blue piping. When its all complete I think it will look stunning, I do get what you mean on black and red, if we could have got black and grey bumpers that would have been interesting, but hard work to keep smart I imagine
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Re: 1987 480 ES Project -- D-reg, 2nd oldest in UK

Post by cranna21 » Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:52 am

Alan 480 wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:50 am
cranna21 wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:35 am
jamescarruthers wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:29 am


Make that 2021's project. I wonder who will be the first to have an electric 480?!
I kinda want to reserve that for my 940 :rofl:
lots of room for lead acid batteries in there :-)
Exactly sir! Haha
'91 480 ES 2.0l 16v 'Williams' Conversion - 208bhp/230nm
'91 940 GL 2.0l Estate
'09 C30 2.0d R-Design

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