Pool Car R3

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Re: Pool Car R3

Post by jifflemon » Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:42 am

Alan 480 wrote:
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:40 pm
for cleaning the area around the plugs I made up an adaptor for the hoover with a section of 6mm air line, mahooosive sook so when scratch about with a 'pointy thing' it wheeches the debris out and away from the plugs, I could have used the air-line but then the cr@p is blown all over the place....
Have thought about doing similar - Spark sized tube adaptor to sit over the top. Crap being blown everywhere doesn't really bother me, cos the engine bay clean sorts that....

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Re: Pool Car R3

Post by Alan 480 » Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:59 pm

jifflemon wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:42 am
Alan 480 wrote:
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:40 pm
for cleaning the area around the plugs I made up an adaptor for the hoover with a section of 6mm air line, mahooosive sook so when scratch about with a 'pointy thing' it wheeches the debris out and away from the plugs, I could have used the air-line but then the cr@p is blown all over the place....
Have thought about doing similar - Spark sized tube adaptor to sit over the top. Crap being blown everywhere doesn't really bother me, cos the engine bay clean sorts that....
yes if you are planning to steam clean it the cr@p won't matter :-)
I should have also said can be used with long thin screwdriver (and LOTS of care) with the plugs removed to clean up the seat of plugs against the cylinder head..
Alan

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Re: Pool Car R3

Post by jifflemon » Tue Jan 19, 2021 9:25 pm

So.... More cleaning. :D

First up, the boot carpet was removed, along with the rear plastics.

This revealed a few things:

A surprising solid rear floor

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and a rather large spider living in the rear wheel cover.

Screamed and threw it into next doors garden. Contemplated burning it to play it safe, as I've plenty of spare ones...... :rofl:

Then took the rear seats indoors; The lower parts had already been removed; Although perhaps "removed" is quite the right choice of word.

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Lower rear seats had a little get together with two of my friends

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and then the rather damp carpet was given the same treatment...

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There's two reasons for using Pet carpet cleaning solution; The first and most obvious is that I've got a dog and its what I use on my carpets! However, the second is that cleaners designed for dealing with pet odour have a active enzymes to kill bacteria and nutralise the odours.

The upper seat backs were removed and given the works - This is just from the two upper seat backs....

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The boot carpet wasn't vac extracted - It was that filthy that I just scrubbed then power showered, then repeated until only clean water coming out of it. It drip dried in there for several days which made showering fun! The things I do for these bloody cars.....

With the rear looking clear, it was time to clean some more....

the before

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and the after

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it may not look that different in the photos, but the cobwebs have gone and the floor has been vac'd and scrubbed with degreaser. All goes to getting rid of the musty smell!

Finally, see the picture with the blue stuff on the carpet? Well, imagine sticking your head (or camera phone) into the arch (where you can see the sound deadening and the release cable) and looking back towards the wheel arch....

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That's what you see....

and what you don't see, is any rust!

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Re: Pool Car R3

Post by MisterH » Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:33 pm

Is it ok that I am finding this thorough clean really captivating? It's like watching a forensic investigation. I'd better get to bed before I think of anything dire, my car hasn't had this level of taking apart, while I know it is solid, I just want to believe...
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Fix Central Locking
Fix drivers side speaker
suspension creaking below 40mph

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Re: Pool Car R3

Post by jifflemon » Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:34 pm

Been getting tired of seeing stuff like this

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So, with winter hopefully gone, this weekend saw the weather get in the dizzying heights of "being able to work outside for more than 5 minutes without my fingers turning blue" :rofl:

First things first, fill the sink with boiling water.....

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The blue container screws onto the cavity wax injector, and the milk bottle contains a .9l of dynax-s50 and .1l of white spirit to help thin and make it flow easier, because its still not THAT warm out...

Half an hour of high pressure fun later and the rear arches, Sill and door cavities are looking like this

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Lets just say there's a good coating in there..... :roll:

So, next step was to get the front seats out, which of course meant dealing with the seat bolts..... :angry:

For anyone who has never dealt with seatbolts, three things you need to know.

1) They're a Torx 50 headed M10 bolt, lock-tighted in place at the factory
2) They've probably been sat in damp water soaked carpet at some point in their life.
3) Access to them, particularly at the front, is not the easiest.

Meet "the easy one"

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I however, was not worried. Because I have spent money on what is possibly, my absolute favourite tool. Say hello to my little friend..

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An inductor gun does all the work of a traditional "hot spanner" without any of the worries about setting the car, yourself or your surroundings on fire. Wrap that little coil around the exposed bit of bolt under the car, hit the button and 12 seconds later, the bolt is cherry red and comes undone with absolute ease. Never in my life have I been so happy.... :lol: The instructions warn that 2 minutes is the maximum amount of time the tool should be used on a single bolt; Honestly, I think after 1 minute any bolt would be liquid! :rofl:

And here's a bolt, cooled down, showing no damage at all

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And thus my living room gained a new pair of seats

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Of course, removing the front seats left us with some more challenges....

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But this is not our first rodeo.....

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Drying the carpets would be great if the heater worked.... which it didn't.

A quick bit of troubleshooting led me here, tucked up in the corner near the CEM, viewed through the removed glovebox.

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after re-making the three earths, we had a working fan, but no means of changing direction, which means....

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Re: Pool Car R3

Post by MisterH » Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:18 pm

Wow I can feel the glee coming through the screen of my phone reading about that bolt heater!

That vent control panel is different to mine, either this is one of the last of that style or mine is one of the first of the simplified style (no buttons)
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Fix Central Locking
Fix drivers side speaker
suspension creaking below 40mph

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Re: Pool Car R3

Post by Jay-Kay-Em » Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:45 pm

Car seats in the house and fed up with the cold working conditions.... snap!

Just skimming the old photos and its good to see other cars with trim panels removed. In particular, the wiring harnesses secured with whatever tape the factory could find, and the mounting method of the red "bulb-monitoring" box at the nearside rear quarter. I looked at mine and laughed saying no way that's factory... .errrr yep it is!

One day, maybe one day, i'll have a 480 with stripy carpets. We can but dream :D

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Re: Pool Car R3

Post by Alan 480 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:52 pm

an inductor gun does all the work of a traditional "hot spanner" without any of the worries about setting the car, yourself or your surroundings on fire. Wrap that little coil around the exposed bit of bolt under the car, hit the button and 12 seconds later, the bolt is cherry red and comes undone with absolute ease. Never in my life have I been so happy.... :lol: The instructions warn that 2 minutes is the maximum amount of time the tool should be used on a single bolt; Honestly, I think after 1 minute any bolt would be liquid! :rofl:

Jeff
and are these within the reach of your average penny pinching (adopted) Aberdonian?


JKM
I have stripes on the carpet too, but sadly of the orange/rust colour :wink:

serious amount of graft going into these 'rescue vehicles'
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Re: Pool Car R3

Post by jifflemon » Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:58 am

Jay-Kay-Em wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:45 pm
Just skimming the old photos and its good to see other cars with trim panels removed. In particular, the wiring harnesses secured with whatever tape the factory could find, and the mounting method of the red "bulb-monitoring" box at the nearside rear quarter. I looked at mine and laughed saying no way that's factory... .errrr yep it is!
Am contemplating selling some Duct tape on eBay as "genuine Volvo 480 mounting tape" :rofl:

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