1st time with a lady called Volvo!

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lee-bob
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1st time with a lady called Volvo!

Post by lee-bob » Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:14 am

Hi all,just bought a 480 turbo.always loved them and their quirky looks.been trying to get my friend to sell it me for a few years now and finally I broke his resolve.ao I now own a 1992 model,which has lots of paperwork and history with it.its a a blue/grey colour which needs new rear arches.managed to get it for a decent price and another £100 on top for him to fit new cambelt kit and rear brake pipes! It is also fitted with modified vw coilovers fabricated by my friend who is an engineer/fabricator by trade.wht are your thoughts on modified vs original? All thoughts-advice welcome as I know from my other classic car that some views are original all the way or you get ostracised.hope to hear from members soon,ciao for now

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Jaster
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Re: 1st time with a lady called Volvo!

Post by Jaster » Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:59 am

First of all a warm welcome to the forum - we look forward with great anticipation to seeing your car and what you're doing with it!

We are a relatively small community and there are increasingly few cars around, so as far as modifications go I don't think anyone will have anything bad to say since it's another car being cared for and kept on the road vs ending up being scrapped and/or stripped for parts. Just don't go pulling out the engine and sticking it in an R5!

There's a chap on here by the name of Jeff who is doing a pretty comprehensive restoration job on a turbo at the moment, you might find his thread to be of interest: http://www.volvo-480-europe.org/forum/v ... 19&t=35212
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Re: 1st time with a lady called Volvo!

Post by dcwalker » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:42 am

Welcome!

Congratulations on becoming a 480 owner - ahead of you lie the pleasure of driving one of these great little cars, as well as the pain and frustration of grappling with their quirky ways. However you'll find a lot of help and support on here because we have all been there ourselves.

As for modification, Jaster is quite right - no-one on here will mind what you do as long as you are keeping a 480 alive and well. There are people on here (like me) who have done everything they can to fit accessories and extras but all within what was "original", and others who have modded away to their heart's content. We're not picky, we're not critical, all we all want to do is enjoy our cars.

So - keep us posted; let's see some pics!

David
Current: 1994 480 GT, 1995 Celebration 331 (plus 2004 C70 Collection & 1995 440 ES)
Previous: 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: 1st time with a lady called Volvo!

Post by frenchfries » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:13 am

Bienvenu

I took delivery of Skip a few months back and the road has been bumpy (to say the least), however I sort of knew what I was letting myself in for so, except a few "surprises" it is a real privilege to own one :)
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Re: 1st time with a lady called Volvo!

Post by jifflemon » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:15 am

Welcome aboard and lets see some pics!

I remember seeing one 480 that had coilovers - My concern would be the rears - I'm going to guess its using modified spring cups on the beam?

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Re: 1st time with a lady called Volvo!

Post by Alan 480 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:43 am

Cranna has coil overs on the rear, fitted onto trailing arms. . . .
Alan

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Re: 1st time with a lady called Volvo!

Post by jifflemon » Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:54 am

Yeah, I'm just wondering about the rear... See normally coil uses the top mount for locating the spring, but the rear of Volvo doesn't work like that, there's no "real" strength in that top shocker mounting, hence why I'm curious to see how they do it.

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Re: 1st time with a lady called Volvo!

Post by Alan 480 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:58 am

I'm more worried about the trailing arm!

We'll maybe get some info if arm was beefed up ?
Alan

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Re: 1st time with a lady called Volvo!

Post by lee-bob » Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:36 pm

Hi all,fronts are modified polo coilovers and the rears are modified lupo parts with custom mounts and brackets.hopefully I will be picking it up in the morning from my friends yard so I will try and get some photos and an idea of what I want to do to it

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Re: 1st time with a lady called Volvo!

Post by jifflemon » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:39 pm

Ah I think I know the car! Not seen it in the metal, bur it popped up a while ago on another forum!

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Re: 1st time with a lady called Volvo!

Post by lee-bob » Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:04 pm

Well good news folks,Volvo now has an mot,just taxed it and fitted mbc,straight pipe exhaust and with a coat of NATO green and BBS reps looks pretty good but then I'm biased! I will get some pics up as soon as I get chance as my iPhone camera doesn't work.

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