My 480 journey begins here

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nigel poustie
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My 480 journey begins here

Post by nigel poustie » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:59 pm

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Here's a picture of my recently purchased 480 celebration, after a good few months of looking and some valuable help from you guys I am now a proud 480 owner. I'm sure I will be asking for your help again in the future but for now I feel I've got a beauty!
1995 -storm grey Celebration - 108

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Re: My 480 journey begins here

Post by nigel poustie » Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:00 pm

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Here's another photo
1995 -storm grey Celebration - 108

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Re: My 480 journey begins here

Post by nigel poustie » Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:01 pm

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last one
1995 -storm grey Celebration - 108

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jamescarruthers
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Re: My 480 journey begins here

Post by jamescarruthers » Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:39 pm

Looks lovely. I do like a black 480. That must be a pretty rare colour Celebration as most people bought them in red. Well done.
1987 Volvo 480 ES, 507274, 217 - Red
1992 Renault Master Mk. 1. Machzone Chateau camper. 2.0 LPG
2008 Mini convertible (Mau)

Previous 480's:
J123 CFU -- ES
J449 MNL -- ES
D864 CPV -- ES
L691 JFC -- Turbo
F70 MNR -- ES
H858 FGV -- Turbo
E981 KHM -- ES (509849)

nigel poustie
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Re: My 480 journey begins here

Post by nigel poustie » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:08 am

Thanks, I'm told it's 'storm grey' which I've never seen In a celebration.
1995 -storm grey Celebration - 108

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dragonflyjewels
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Re: My 480 journey begins here

Post by dragonflyjewels » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:31 am

The Celebration came in Flame Red, Racing Green, Storm Grey or White. Red was the fashionable colour, whilst green was favoured by the golden oldies who had fond memories of BRG. Storm grey and white were only bought by people who did their own thing rather than follow the herd. Well done on finding a rare colour, the blue /purple undertones are just lovely and this looks like a very nice example.
Hope you bring it along to some meets so we can have a good look !
Sylvia

Snazzy - 1993 Paris Blue ES red dipstick 2.0i bought 2001
Lethal Lily - 1991 White Turbo with richmod
hubby has
Sven - 1994 Dark Green GT
Evil Eva 1992 Paris Blue Turbo with Robou mod

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Re: My 480 journey begins here

Post by dcwalker » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:35 am

That looks lovely - well done! :D

Storm grey was a lovely colour but did not seem very popular in 1995 - over half the Celebrations sold were in Burgundy Red metallic. I hope you enjoy the car and that we see both you and her at a meet sometime next year.

BTW, sorry to be picky Sylvia, :wink: but there were only three Celebration colours - burgundy red metallic (or Flame red on the continent), white satin and storm grey metallic; the BRG was introduced for the GT and then continued on the standard models for the last year or so of production.

All the best

David
Current: 1994 480 GT, 1995 Celebration ???/480
Previous: Celebration 269 (sadly abandoned project), Celebration 73, 1992 ES, 1988 ES - and numerous other non-480 Volvos!

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Re: My 480 journey begins here

Post by Alan 480 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:38 am

tidy looking motor, must keep looking . . . . .
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Post by dragonflyjewels » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:04 pm

Been racking my brains to recall where I got the info on colours, I think it might have been the man who had 4 Celebrations - I'll have to ask him. Bet dc has a sales brochure saying 3.
On a different tack, we are on the Costa del Sol at the moment and yesterday there was a lovely dark blue 460 with a Madrid plate parked next to our scruffy 850. Total surprise, we've spent a lot of time here over the years and never seen a 4 series before. I took photos to post a 'spotted' but my laptop's gone on the blink so I can't get them loaded on my website.
Sylvia

Snazzy - 1993 Paris Blue ES red dipstick 2.0i bought 2001
Lethal Lily - 1991 White Turbo with richmod
hubby has
Sven - 1994 Dark Green GT
Evil Eva 1992 Paris Blue Turbo with Robou mod

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Re: My 480 journey begins here

Post by Martin Mc » Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:36 pm

Congratulations on your acquisition Nigel - that is a very good looking car! What was the story of your acquisition? It is a lovely colour (I would say that, though!). Are there any jobs that need doing, and is she going to be a daily driver, or a weekends and meets only?

Cheers!

Martin Mc
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Re: My 480 journey begins here

Post by dcwalker » Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:30 pm

dragonflyjewels wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:04 pm
Been racking my brains to recall where I got the info on colours, I think it might have been the man who had 4 Celebrations - I'll have to ask him. Bet dc has a sales brochure saying 3.
Good to hear another 460 survives - they seem to be the rarest of the family these days!

You are right Sylvia, I do have the Celebration brochure which specifies the three colours and even has a nice little palette with examples of them on it...

Enjoy your travels! Shame you're not in a 480 though :wink:

David
Current: 1994 480 GT, 1995 Celebration ???/480
Previous: Celebration 269 (sadly abandoned project), Celebration 73, 1992 ES, 1988 ES - and numerous other non-480 Volvos!

nigel poustie
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Re: My 480 journey begins here

Post by nigel poustie » Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:18 am

Congratulations on your acquisition Nigel - that is a very good looking car! What was the story of your acquisition? It is a lovely colour (I would say that, though!). Are there any jobs that need doing, and is she going to be a daily driver, or a weekends and meets only?

Cheers!

Martin Mc
Hi Martin.
I was PM'd by a member - Andrew, a little while ago and after a few back and forths over email I went to look at it and was happy. I've been looking for about 6-8 months now, so was chuffed to be contacted.
I'll be using it as my family car, I have a van for work. So it won't get heavy use but it will be used.
A couple of jobs I've noticed I could do are:- as you can see the passenger side headlight doesn't close completely. There is a very slight leak in the boot, that is going to take time to locate exactly where it's coming in.
apart from that it's pretty spot on,
To be honest, I'll probably just enjoy using it for now though.
Cheers
Nigel
1995 -storm grey Celebration - 108

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Re: My 480 journey begins here

Post by jamescarruthers » Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:49 am

If you are lucky with the headlight you'll just be able to adjust the top cover down
1987 Volvo 480 ES, 507274, 217 - Red
1992 Renault Master Mk. 1. Machzone Chateau camper. 2.0 LPG
2008 Mini convertible (Mau)

Previous 480's:
J123 CFU -- ES
J449 MNL -- ES
D864 CPV -- ES
L691 JFC -- Turbo
F70 MNR -- ES
H858 FGV -- Turbo
E981 KHM -- ES (509849)

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Re: My 480 journey begins here

Post by dcwalker » Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:26 pm

jamescarruthers wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:49 am
If you are lucky with the headlight you'll just be able to adjust the top cover down
Yes, as James says - if you pop up the headlights and remove the black plastic surround (one screw each side, two above the light unit) you can see the four bolts holding the cover on. They are designed to be adjustable - if I remember rightly they need an allen key (or torx?) and you can loosen them slightly and then adjust the cover itself.

If that's not the answer it's also worth checking that the wiring to the lights below isn't fouling the headlight unit when it is closed - I've known it where sometimes people replace the DLRs and don't route the wiring back through the front properly, and it needs to run clear of the space the headlight closes down into.

Good luck!

David
Current: 1994 480 GT, 1995 Celebration ???/480
Previous: Celebration 269 (sadly abandoned project), Celebration 73, 1992 ES, 1988 ES - and numerous other non-480 Volvos!

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Re: My 480 journey begins here

Post by arthuy » Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:08 pm

Great looking example, same as mine but much better cosmetically.

Very jealous. Does it sit high at the rear? curious as I recently changed my rear springs and think I will need to do the fronts in order to level it up again.

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Re: My 480 journey begins here

Post by nigel poustie » Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:35 pm

Great looking example, same as mine but much better cosmetically.

Very jealous. Does it sit high at the rear? curious as I recently changed my rear springs and think I will need to do the fronts in order to level it up again.
Thanks!
No, it pretty prefect in that regard.
Yes, as James says - if you pop up the headlights and remove the black plastic surround (one screw each side, two above the light unit) you can see the four bolts holding the cover on. They are designed to be adjustable - if I remember rightly they need an allen key (or torx?) and you can loosen them slightly and then adjust the cover itself.

If that's not the answer it's also worth checking that the wiring to the lights below isn't fouling the headlight unit when it is closed - I've known it where sometimes people replace the DLRs and don't route the wiring back through the front properly, and it needs to run clear of the space the headlight closes down into.
I did take the cover off the other day and had a look, I think you'd need to take the nose cone off to get at the bolts (if I'm looking at the right bolts) 2 on either side, right?
It's seemed more involved than I'd time for at the time so I put it back together, i'll return to it another day. Thanks though!
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Re: My 480 journey begins here

Post by dcwalker » Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:12 pm

nigel poustie wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:35 pm

I did take the cover off the other day and had a look, I think you'd need to take the nose cone off to get at the bolts (if I'm looking at the right bolts) 2 on either side, right?
It's seemed more involved than I'd time for at the time so I put it back together, i'll return to it another day. Thanks though!
Yes, 2 on each side. You should be able to reach the back bolts with an allen key - you want the nose-cone in place to keep checking the adjustment...

David
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Previous: Celebration 269 (sadly abandoned project), Celebration 73, 1992 ES, 1988 ES - and numerous other non-480 Volvos!

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Re: My 480 journey begins here

Post by nigel poustie » Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:17 pm

[quoteYes, 2 on each side. You should be able to reach the back bolts with an allen key - you want the nose-cone in place to keep checking the adjustment...
][/quote]

Thanks david, I'll have another look when I have more time.
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Re: My 480 journey begins here

Post by nigel poustie » Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:37 pm

Hi All.
I have just encountered my first problem!
The headlights are coming on but not popping up.
Any thoughts?
Cheers
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Re: My 480 journey begins here

Post by jamescarruthers » Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:11 pm

There's a pop up light relay which probably wants a clean up as your first port of call. It is in the engine bay on the R/H side up in the scuttle with the wipers. It will be a big tall one with 'pop up relay' on it.‎

If this problem persists and you need to drive at night, you can raise the lights using the little knurled ‎knobs on the end of the motors. This is described in your hand book. If they go back down when you close the bonnet then you can pull the fuse or the motor plugs once they're raised.

‎There's an inhibit safety interlock with the bonnet switch. Override this by jamming a screw driver in the recess for the bonnet latch. Try selecting the lights on with the switch then moving the manual knobs a bit, this might also get things moving again. 

Ideally you want to get the lights doing a few (say 10) complete revolutions to help clean the relay contacts internally.

Motors can fail but I'd have thought it unlikely that both would be dead.
1987 Volvo 480 ES, 507274, 217 - Red
1992 Renault Master Mk. 1. Machzone Chateau camper. 2.0 LPG
2008 Mini convertible (Mau)

Previous 480's:
J123 CFU -- ES
J449 MNL -- ES
D864 CPV -- ES
L691 JFC -- Turbo
F70 MNR -- ES
H858 FGV -- Turbo
E981 KHM -- ES (509849)

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