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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ukdave2002 wrote:
norustplease wrote:
Trip down to Higher Walton near Warrington on Sunday (today), where there was a small indoor show of about 40 cars at Walton Hall, organised by the proprietor of the nearby Cycle Museum. Very civilised, out of the weather, with a good cafe next door and the Cycle Museum itself just a short walk away next to the Hall. The journey down was about 30 miles, a bit arduous through Wigan and Warrington towns on the return trip, but the highlight was the ford on the approach to the Golf Club entrance for the show cars. good fun.
Picture shows the initial arrivals, my Volvo included. Quite a few pre war cars for once.
Are you perchance parked next to Mr Taylors 12/4 Coupe?

I am indeed.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As mentioned elsewhere, I have carried out a repair to the passenger door bottom, where some local rust had taken hold. This necessitated a welded repair to the bottom rail of the door and letting in some new metal into the doorskin.
A respray of the door panel up to the chrome strip followed.
Quite pleased with the result.
I also remade the door card using some thin ply, replacing the millboard type original, which was in a poor state. Need to order some new panel clips since the old ones, although salvaged, have lost their grip in many cases.
Didn't think to photograph the process, but below is a picture of the car taken yesterday for agreed value purposes.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Temperatures have risen above freezing now and I have taken to the garage to do some work on the Volvo. I had noticed some time ago that a few lumps and bumps had started to get worse on the A pillar alongside the vertical front wing seam. I had been putting off looking closer at this, and indeed spent some of my time repairing a small patch on the bottom of the offside door last year, by letting in a small area of new metal and replacing the channel that holds the door seal along the bottom of the door.
The car has hardly been used since, due to lockdowns and extreme weather/salt/snow but as the lockdown continues, I thought that I would unbolt the front nearside wing and see what was happening.
Last time that I did this on a car ( a VW Beetle) some of the captive nuts pulled out of the bodywork and had to be plated back into place. This time, I only had three to contend with that were actually out of sight in a hollow section, the rest had their captive fixings inside the engine bay, so anointing with Plus Gas followed over the Christmas break, with more being trickled into the seam down the rear edge of the wing in the hope that the bolts might release reasonably easily.
Finally last week I plucked up the courage to get started, switched on the electric radiator , unscrewed the Lokari liner from the front wing and got out my spanners.
To my amazement, all but one moved quite easily, however, the bottom one was solid and did not seem willing to turn under the influence of a 12mm spanner in the way that the rest had. The location was too tight for a socket and a 12mm ring just slipped? Odd!
I had an old Stanley socket set with a smart little stubby rachet and I dug that out. The wrench was still too bulky, but a 1/2 AF socket fitted like a glove. Of course, I should have remembered that parts of the Volvo are A/F!!!
More Plus Gas and a mini mole wrench clamped onto the socket! It slipped no matter how tightly I screwed up the mole.
Out with the Dremel and I carefully ground a couple of flats on the socket and re-clamped the mole onto the socket. It worked, and without destroying the fastening.
The wing came off easily, and just in the nick of time, there were several patches of iron oxide starting to form and creep out from the area under the flange. The wing itself, although cosmetically okay, was also starting to suffer from a couple of crumbly areas on the flanges, which I have cut away and replaced with new metal.
Grinding back the lumps and bumps has not revealed any real horrors so the metal has been cleaned up and treated and the whole mounting area will shortly be painted with a coat of epoxy mastic and the exposed part of the A pillar refinished. The rest of the area appears solid. There is an old small welded patch on the side of the footwell, but that appears solid and so has been left. it is above the Lokari anyway, so generally isn't subject to a soaking on a wet day.
I now await some more wing piping from Woolies. The original was the type which consists of leathercloth or PVC wrapped around a rubber pipe. The leathercloth had perished and was extremely brittle, so here is a chance to renew it. I have bought enough to do the whole car and may well investigate the other wings during the coming weeks.
Pictures to follow:
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photos as promised.



Mounting area pretty much factory at this end and a very effective coat of something bituminous over the inner wing areas, supplemented by me several times with an underbody wax. Local scrapings show blue paint underneath, so I am leaving well alone.
Bumper iron mounting is cracked and needs a welded repair, looks like the car may have had a minor shunt at some time sufficient to damage the mount. I will do that whilst the wing is off.



Remaining underwing area. 'A' post looks worse than it is. all the captive fixings are sound with some surface rust, a little pitted at the top but still solid. Have subsequently ground off all the muck and most of the rust and treated with Rustbuster Epoxy Mastic paint. Ditto the repaired flanges on the wing. It takes ages to cure in low temperatures!

All of this area is hidden behind the Lokari wing liners, so hopefully my repairs will prove reasonably durable, being away from the spray and dirt. I have a 5 litre can of Corrolan to treat the underbody with when I have finished fiddling with the wings. It is lanolin based and is the current favourite for rust proofing in the Scandinavian countries, being environmentally friendly as well as effective.

New wing piping has turned up, so today's job will be to manufacture replacements. A quick bit of stopper over the excavated bumpy bits and some touching up should have the status quo resumed. I feel then, that I should investigate the other side and carry out some similar work.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back together again, welded repair to bumper mount only partially successful, but is still accessible with the wheel off, so i will return to that when things warm up a bit!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Back together again, welded repair to bumper mount only partially successful, but is still accessible with the wheel off, so i will return to that when things warm up a bit!


Good for another 50 years!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Continued with my general 'going over' of the Volvo, with some minor touching up and then decided to tidy up the engine bay, a process which has been a bit of a rolling restoration over the last few years.
Having removed the air cleaner which is looking decidedly shabby, I realised that the plastic pipe that provides a vacuum link to the distributor has, at some point in time slipped out of its clip and dropped onto the exhaust manifold. Consequently approximately 15 mm of it is no longer a tube but a somewhat distorted lump of previously semi molten plastic.
There is also a plug in the inlet manifold that presumably fills a tapping for a vacuum take off for a brake servo, and it has a small hole in it. On a lesser car you would imagine that these two 'features' would adversely affect the performance, however I have noticed no change in performance....so perhaps when I fix these, it will go even faster!!!?
New pipe on order, I may just use some high temperature silicone on the plug as a temporary measure since it is sucking rather than blowing, although eventually I will have to try and tease the old plug out and replace it with something new.
The things that you find when you do your own servicing!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2021 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spotted a pinion seal leak on the back axle. it was fine when I greased everything up a few months ago. Is this inactivity's fault?
I have a new seal and will sort this out shortly.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Managed to persuade a friend to lend me his workshop lift for a few hours and so changed the pinion seal in relative comfort with the car up in the air.
Snowed on the way home....Spring in Lancashire.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Took the Volvo out on D i D to meet up with some socially distanced classic car friends, initially at St Catherine's Hospice Cafe in Lostock Hall for a coffee, and then up to Glasson, near Lancaster. probably about a 55 mile round trip, I would guess.
No serious problems, but some occasional binding from the handbrake, which needs a little investigation. No doubt an after effect of a long shutdown off the road.
A few other classics seen en route, although not as many as I would have anticipated on what was a glorious sunny day. The Ford Mondeo crowd were already there, and there were a few other cars, notably an E type, a big Healey, a large pre war Austin, and a nice Porsche 356. We had two Citroen Tractions, a 1960's Singer Gazelle, a 1930's Humber and a 1950's Mercedes SL, so a diverse mix of cars.

Also a lot of bikers, many on, again, vintage and classic machinery. All in all, a grand day out!
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