Paris the Unicorn joins the club !

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Re: Paris the Unicorn joins the club !

Post by dragonflyjewels » Wed May 11, 2022 3:08 pm

I can see Paris had a visit to the Pamper Parlour

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Far more illumination than any other of our 480s - Blackpool cry your eyes out :lol:

In the short time David had her, the dash came off to sort out various switches that weren't working, which turned out to be greenery growing inside. Obviously been wet behind there at some point in the past but there's no evidence of it on the carpets. Have to keep an eye on that. Anyway, thanks to David there's a lot working now that wasn't before and the inside had a good clean as well, so a big well done for cramming so much into a short visit.

I had a bit of a panic when I went through the pile of bills that came with her - no cambelt since 2005 ! However, the bills were all from the same garage, and nearly all for an annual MoT and service. No bill for 2011 or 2017, so a quick check on the online MoT history which showed a pass every year and the evidence was pointing to missing bills. A phone call to the garage resolved it all - cambelt changes done in 2011 and 2017, and they very kindly emailed me a pdf of their work history records. Perhaps the previous owner kept records of cambelts separately as reminders of when to get it done again ?

With Snazzy in for servicing and Lily on sorn, I've been using Paris and even with me getting in and out of the passenger door, the driver's hinge has got noticably worse. The door now won't even stay locked shut. All I do is close it gently whilst pushing in and up with my knee to hold it in position whilst I lock it. I've tried opening the driver's window before I close the passenger door but as soon as I pull away the drivers door unlocks and shows daylight over my shoulder. She's booked into the bodyshop for mid July, so she'll be off the road until then.
Sylvia

Snazzy - 1993 Paris Blue ES red dipstick 2.0i bought 2001
Lethal Lily - 1991 White Turbo
Paris the Unicorn - 1991 Paris Edition
hubby has
Sven - 1994 Racing Green GT
Evil Eva - 1992 Paris Blue Turbo

no previous 480s - can't bear to sell any

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Re: Paris the Unicorn joins the club !

Post by dcwalker » Thu May 12, 2022 7:33 am

No way could she leave here with dashboard lights out! :lol:

So pleased to read that generally speaking Paris is shaping up very nicely, Sylvia. Shame about the door, but a common problem easily fixed, albeit annoying it stops you driving her for the foreseeable future...

David
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Previous: Celebration 331 (re-homed with Richard S), Celebration 467 (returned to Martin Mc); Celebration 346 (re-homed with Alan480); Celebration 269 (scrapped abandoned project), Celebration 73 (sold on after 6 years), 1992 ES, 1988 ES - and numerous other non-480 Volvos!

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Re: Paris the Unicorn joins the club !

Post by dragonflyjewels » Tue Sep 27, 2022 6:52 pm

I arranged to 'borrow' Paris from the bodyshop so she could go to the French club's annual meet. The door is much better now - the split by the lower hinge has been welded up, it's about 95% there now but could do with some less worn hinges. I'm guessing her previous owner had a habit of leaning on it. Al and I got the interior back in - I'd been working on the leather and we'd taken the plastics out to save a bit on the bodyshop bill. The back end got welded here and there and the intact rear bumper bar got treated, then a respray of the rear quarters. I got cold feet on the cambelt so a quick plee to Jeff and she got belts, water pump and dizzy replaced ready for her 1100 mile round trip, first to Germany to see my daughter and grandson, then across to Poitiers for the meet. Probably didn't need the belts but it was just peace of mind and the dizzy turned out to be pretty much shot.

Safely parked up on my daughter's drive

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Whilst working on her Jeff spotted a small leak which seemed to be coming from the gearbox, so as soon as we got to Germany we took her in to have it checked and it took a litre of oil to top it up. Presumable it's been leaking for some time but gone unnoticed.

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Then it was France, where we received a warm welcome from our many friends, particularly a lovely Belgian couple we meet up with the night before. Here's Paris parked behind their 480 on a visit to a dam to look for clues for the roadbook.

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We were staying in a chalet on a campsite next to a lake, so we all lined up for photographs with a lovely background.

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Next year the meeting will be in Compiegne, north of Paris, so a much easier journey. If anyone else fancies coming along, they will be very welcome. When we first started going, there were around 35 cars but this year it was down to 19.
Sylvia

Snazzy - 1993 Paris Blue ES red dipstick 2.0i bought 2001
Lethal Lily - 1991 White Turbo
Paris the Unicorn - 1991 Paris Edition
hubby has
Sven - 1994 Racing Green GT
Evil Eva - 1992 Paris Blue Turbo

no previous 480s - can't bear to sell any

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Re: Paris the Unicorn joins the club !

Post by dragonflyjewels » Mon Oct 24, 2022 8:21 pm

Paris has now gone into our Pedantic garage man for her mot and check of the leaky gearbox. From there she will be 'test driven' back to the bodyshop. She will have the luxury of a heated and dehumidified store whilst awaiting the rest of the work - doors, front wings and front bumper to be sprayed. Whilst the bumper is off the bar will get rust treatment. Thanks to dc, she has two sets of spare door hinges to see if they are any better than hers.
Sylvia

Snazzy - 1993 Paris Blue ES red dipstick 2.0i bought 2001
Lethal Lily - 1991 White Turbo
Paris the Unicorn - 1991 Paris Edition
hubby has
Sven - 1994 Racing Green GT
Evil Eva - 1992 Paris Blue Turbo

no previous 480s - can't bear to sell any

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Re: Paris the Unicorn joins the club !

Post by MisterH » Mon Oct 24, 2022 8:36 pm

The French meet does look epic, being a French speaker (after some acclimatisation) I have always wanted to go.

How did you find getting about without the dreaded UK sticker on the back? Not much trouble? I refuse to put one on, and I have a lot of reproduction late 80s/early 90s Seacat Hovercraft ones (if anyone wants any)
Current Jobs to do (23/1/22):
Fix Central Locking
Fix drivers side speaker
Annoying Scratching Squeak
Water leaks
Complete Front O/S rebuild

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Re: Paris the Unicorn joins the club !

Post by dragonflyjewels » Mon Oct 24, 2022 9:03 pm

We just have the small UK stickers intended for motor bikes. Been using them for years and never been stopped.
Sylvia

Snazzy - 1993 Paris Blue ES red dipstick 2.0i bought 2001
Lethal Lily - 1991 White Turbo
Paris the Unicorn - 1991 Paris Edition
hubby has
Sven - 1994 Racing Green GT
Evil Eva - 1992 Paris Blue Turbo

no previous 480s - can't bear to sell any

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Re: Paris the Unicorn joins the club !

Post by 100 » Tue Oct 25, 2022 12:31 pm

MisterH wrote:
Mon Oct 24, 2022 8:36 pm
The French meet does look epic, being a French speaker (after some acclimatisation) I have always wanted to go.

How did you find getting about without the dreaded UK sticker on the back? Not much trouble? I refuse to put one on, and I have a lot of reproduction late 80s/early 90s Seacat Hovercraft ones (if anyone wants any)
I was in France for a couple of weeks this year and drove most the length of it with no issues. I don't think anyone cares, rightly so. I can't remember many putting the GB stickers on 'back in the day'?

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Re: Paris the Unicorn joins the club !

Post by Jay-Kay-Em » Tue Oct 25, 2022 2:28 pm

dragonflyjewels wrote:
Tue Sep 27, 2022 6:52 pm

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Very cool photo. Original font plates. Nice and shiny. Good rear lights.

Plus, fleck on the rear seat backs. Those who know, know :wink:
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