and then there were 9...... (rescue cars that is)

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and then there were 9...... (rescue cars that is)

Post by dragonflyjewels » Wed Aug 31, 2022 8:50 pm

Very pleased to say we were successful in buying the Paris Blue 2ltr being auctioned on ebay.

As it is in Lincoln, it's not too far from David so he will be arranging to have it trailered to the Pamper Parlour.

It needs the clutch sorted plus all the usual stuff after sitting in a garage for many years. There doesn't seem to be much rust on it so we are hoping for a straightforward save on this one.
Sylvia

Snazzy - 1993 Paris Blue ES red dipstick 2.0i bought 2001
Lethal Lily - 1991 White Turbo
Paris the Unicorn - 1991 Paris Edition
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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: and then there were 9...... (rescue cars that is)

Post by dcwalker » Thu Sep 01, 2022 7:09 am

I am arranging transport as I type 🙂.

Once R9 arrives I will be getting straight to work. I think there will be a fair bit of reconditioning needed as she hasn't gone anywhere for a few years. But structurally she appears sound - and many thanks to Edie who went to check her over for us!

By the time she's ready to move on from me she'll have had a full service including belts, new clutch, new brakes, brake fluid, coolant etc etc and any suspension or other parts she needs so as to gey a shiny new MOT.

I will keep this thread updated as things progress.

So c'mon people, someone must be interested in the idea of owning a lovely recommissioned Paris Blue ES in due course - please do sing out! :lol:

David
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Re: and then there were 9...... (rescue cars that is)

Post by MisterH » Thu Sep 01, 2022 6:37 pm

Cheers everyone, chalk up another one!
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Re: and then there were 9...... (rescue cars that is)

Post by jifflemon » Thu Sep 01, 2022 7:16 pm

dcwalker wrote:
Thu Sep 01, 2022 7:09 am
So c'mon people, someone must be interested in the idea of owning a lovely recommissioned Paris Blue ES in due course - please do sing out! :lol:

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I can't believe you failed to mention the half leather interior! :rofl:

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Re: and then there were 9...... (rescue cars that is)

Post by dcwalker » Thu Sep 01, 2022 7:29 pm

:rofl:
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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: and then there were 9...... (rescue cars that is)

Post by jifflemon » Fri Sep 02, 2022 7:51 pm

its got THE half leather interior people......

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Late model ES, great colour, great interior, I'm genuinely excited by this one!

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Re: and then there were 9...... (rescue cars that is)

Post by dragonflyjewels » Fri Sep 02, 2022 8:07 pm

Same interior as R7, as well as Lily, my white turbo.
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

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Re: and then there were 9...... (rescue cars that is)

Post by dcwalker » Sun Oct 23, 2022 11:46 am

An update on R9 is clearly well overdue - forgive what follows being across a number of posts but I keep getting thrown out if I try to upload more than a couple of photos per post :?

Bearing in mind R9 - or Bluebell as she has been named - has been sitting doing nothing, she doesn't seem to be in bad shape at all in terms of bodywork. Her roof paintwork seems to have been attacked by something (perhaps a tree she has sat under for years dropping sap?) but the rest of her should polish up to a decent, useable finish. She will need some new wheels though - currently she sits on two Avior (7 spoke) and two Pollux (original 5 spoke) - as well as tyres (basically, they're rotten).:

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Having stripped the boot interior out it appears all dry in there, which is a bonus, with an unused wheel and jack set, complete with its screwdriver!

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I know, I obviously need to get out more :lol:
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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: and then there were 9...... (rescue cars that is)

Post by dcwalker » Sun Oct 23, 2022 11:50 am

I decided to start under the bonnet - before putting too much effort into cleaning I'd like to know she actually runs, plus my understanding is that she was laid up when "the clutch went" - until I can run the engine and try moving Bluebell under her own steam, I don't know whether I need to just adjut the cable, or embark on the huge task that is changing the clutch on these cars.

It was filthy dirty under there....

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Cant work with that, especially as the plugs are missing and I need to start with belts etc, so...

Time spent with grease remover, a brush, and copious amounts of water left the near side half looking like this:

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Re: and then there were 9...... (rescue cars that is)

Post by WillC9303 » Sun Oct 23, 2022 12:04 pm

In regards to the mismatched wheels, I believe the Aviors are the originals. I think 1991 was the last year for the Pollux’s. Alternatively, you could upgrade to a set of 15” Taurus wheels (there’s a set on Marketplace I believe). Would look really nice with the Paris Blue paint!
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Re: and then there were 9...... (rescue cars that is)

Post by dcwalker » Sun Oct 23, 2022 12:11 pm

WillC9303 wrote:
Sun Oct 23, 2022 12:04 pm
In regards to the mismatched wheels, I believe the Aviors are the originals. I think 1991 was the last year for the Pollux’s. Alternatively, you could upgrade to a set of 15” Taurus wheels (there’s a set on Marketplace I believe). Would look really nice with the Paris Blue paint!
I thought I'd lent my complete set of 480 brochures to Jeff, Will - are you sure you haven't nicked them? You're getting as bad as me!! :rofl:

Aviors are indeed the originals for a 1993 ES, the year they came in (on the 440 and 460 too).

Pollux were replaced by Atlas for 1991 onwards.

I always liked the Aviors, tbh - ideally that's what I'd like to see on her, for originality's sake, although ultimately she just needs a matching set of wheels!

Taurus were always fantastic looking wheels on the 480 (never worked on the 440/460 though in my view, where they were only ever options.....)
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Post by dcwalker » Sun Oct 23, 2022 12:21 pm

Back to the updates!

I then spent a happy day on a full service - new timing belt and pullies (not before time), Poly-V-belt (definitely not at all before time!), spark plugs, HT leads, distributor cap, rotor arm, oil filter (genuine Volvo of course) and oil.

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Cleaned and replaced washer bottle, complete with a replacement front pump, and expansion tank. And here the mystery began, because the coolant expansion tank was not just empty, but bone dry.....

A clue lay in how things looked around the thermostat housing:

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We've clearly had a leak there! The area around the water pump looked the same.
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Post by dcwalker » Sun Oct 23, 2022 12:50 pm

So I took the drain plug out of the radiator - and nothing came out, nothing at all.

Anyway, obtained nice new water pump and thermostat, and got on with the necessary dismantling. The system didn't look any prettier inside:

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Post by dcwalker » Sun Oct 23, 2022 12:51 pm

Much cleaning done; replacements a vast improvement!

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I refilled with plain water for now, because I suspect there have been further leaks - sure enough, everything is now sound (at least without a running engine) except the radiator itself, which is leaking steadily and I think explains why after so many years the system was bone dry. Once I've obtained a fitted a replacement and washed everything through, the genuine Volvo coolant can go in.

New battery is here, so once the coolant system is watertight I can try starting the car, right?
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Re: and then there were 9...... (rescue cars that is)

Post by dcwalker » Sun Oct 23, 2022 1:02 pm

Well, not quite, because the exhaust system (except, I think, the cat itself) is rotten.

So far I have replaced the downpipe (the flange meeting the cat was completely rusted away), the back box has just been delivered (the delivery guy thought it was some sort of tree sculpture thing in all its packaging ;) and I'm waiting for the centre section/ once I've fitted those parts, then I can see if the car runs....

"But what of inside?" I hear you cry!

Again, it was all rather grubby but is cleaning up well. Because I'll need to work on the instrument cluster and reassemble the dash (someone appears to have started taking it apart then stopped part way) I haven't done anything with the driver's seat or footwell yet, but the rest is looking pretty good I think :D

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See what I mean about the dash? Oh yes, driver's door card is off due to the need to repair the check-strap. Carpets all seem dry, leather clearly not been cleaned and treated for a while but it is responding well, and there is very little roof lining sag to report.

Still lots to do - brakes, broken spring at front, various suspension components etc. By the time she's finished this car will have undergone an intensive rescue job; I'm sure in due course she will make someone very proud :lol:
Current: 1994 480 GT, 1996 460 CD & 1997 440 LE with lots of optional extras
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: and then there were 9...... (rescue cars that is)

Post by Oscar WS » Mon Nov 14, 2022 7:41 pm

dcwalker wrote:
Sun Oct 23, 2022 1:02 pm
Well, not quite, because the exhaust system (except, I think, the cat itself) is rotten.

So far I have replaced the downpipe (the flange meeting the cat was completely rusted away), the back box has just been delivered (the delivery guy thought it was some sort of tree sculpture thing in all its packaging ;) and I'm waiting for the centre section/ once I've fitted those parts, then I can see if the car runs....

"But what of inside?" I hear you cry!

Again, it was all rather grubby but is cleaning up well. Because I'll need to work on the instrument cluster and reassemble the dash (someone appears to have started taking it apart then stopped part way) I haven't done anything with the driver's seat or footwell yet, but the rest is looking pretty good I think :D

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See what I mean about the dash? Oh yes, driver's door card is off due to the need to repair the check-strap. Carpets all seem dry, leather clearly not been cleaned and treated for a while but it is responding well, and there is very little roof lining sag to report.

Still lots to do - brakes, broken spring at front, various suspension components etc. By the time she's finished this car will have undergone an intensive rescue job; I'm sure in due course she will make someone very proud :lol:
Looking good, David. ;)
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