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1953 Volvo PV444
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The self parking mechanism is probably dirty and needs a clean. Unlikely to be the switch, I would have thought.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interestingly I have a similar issue with the wipers on my Firenza. In fact I have two issues - for some time they don't "park" quite at the bottom of the sweep of the wipers, they stop a little higher, and a quick push of the "flick wipe" switch takes them a little further down. But more recently I've noticed that sometimes they will operate once on their own, for no apparent reason. I think I'll have to take a spare motor to pieces to see what's going on.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The PV was pressed into service today for a drive over to the Avro Air Fair held at Woodford, former home to Avro, BAe etc etc.

It drove pretty well for an old car on crossplies in the wet. Now back home, I've a small list of things to check/grease/investigate so it'll soon be jacked up, wheels off, for work to begin. We don't have any shows coming up for a few weeks so no great rush, plus the MM's now departed to a new home so that frees up some time to spend on the Ovlov over the next few weeks.

Despite the weather forecast for the day being terrible, we were very lucky to get away with just a couple of brief showers. Saying that, the roads were fairly mucky in places - the car was a lot grubbier than it looks in this photo. More photos of the event as a whole to follow shortly.



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last time out, the brake pedal was showing signs of getting a little "long". Further inspection today revealed a master cylinder lacking in much fluid, and a damp backplate on one side at the front. So it's now up in the air, wheels off. Both drums were removed, the n/s was damp and clearly the wheel cylinder has been leaking, so that'll have to be done. The o/s looks ok but it'll make sense to do both.

Curiously, a 444 handbook (possibly for cars slightly later than mine) suggests that the front brakes are self-adjusting. However mine has none of the mechanism shown in the book, nor can I see any other obvious way of adjusting the front end, although the leading shoe on both sides do have single holes in them, which the absent mechanisms require in order to work, so it may have been self-adjusting at one time, but the fiddly bits have been removed by a previous owner. Further investigation required..!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The earlier 444 did have self adjusters, a very complex linkage with all sorts of springs, etc. most of which rusted away and were unreplaceable. Mine just fell to pieces, the car having been sat unused in a shed in Sweden for many years.
The 544 has an adjuster at the base of the backplate with a toothed wheel which is accessed through a hole and is manipulated by moving it with a screwdriver to expand or contract the adjuster as required.
I cannot for the life of me remember what I did to the 444 brakes beyond stripping out the old mechanism, relining and fitting new cylinders. With new linings, they probably were probably okay without a need for adjustment, which may be the view that your previous owner has taken. I suppose the logical step is to get hold of a set of 544 or late 444 backplates and substitute them with the later mechanisms.

Scandix do refurbished backplates and all the bits, at a price. I would try Amazon cars first however. They are into 544's and sometimes keep secondhand parts in stock.

https://www.amazoncars.co.uk/

I have a set of backplates on a rear axle which are off a later B16 car if you eventually get around to replacing those at some point, but these will not fit the front.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll probably go down the route of sourcing some later backplates at some point then, I did the same with the MM and fitted Series II plates to that which made life a lot easier (albeit for different reasons to now).

A small box of new goodies turned up the other day, so I spent this afternoon underneath the front end fitting new wheel cylinders. All being well I'll get on with bleeding them tomorrow. I also got in a new pair of track rods and bushes for the anti-roll bar links, as they're also looking somewhat secondhand.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brakes are now bled up with fresh fluid to all four corners, so I can cross that off the list (hopefully).

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New track rods fitted now too, the originals were in a very poor state and felt clicky, with play in both of them. The only downside is that the replacements don't have grease nipples, nor do they utilise nice old castellated nuts either.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Going back to the tax discs...the Y11802 is the pre-74 registration. Y is the county Västernorrlands. Post 73 all cars had to adopt the 3 letter 3 numbers.
I think the last disc is a crossover displaying the old and the new registrations.
Sweden changed their plates again in 2018 so as not to run out of “numbers”
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Taken during the brake and suspension job. There were axle stands under there by the way!!!!



Then "hurrah" - a show visit that didn't involve huge amounts of rain, although a few brief showers did pop along around the middle of the day, which must have been annoying for anyone planning to win a prize with their car.



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More miles have been piled onto the PV, and the list of fiddly little jobs outstanding continues to edge closer to the bottom of the page. No great shakes, but jobs like a good greasing, Waxoyling (other brands are available), and maybe a test run on radials as opposed to crossplies, are just some of the thoughts milling around in my head right now. Also, the central exhaust mount isn't the best and is resonating at certain speeds.




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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope that you had the engine switched off on your second shot....check the oil gauge!
Looking good though. I am just psyching myself up to do the rear springs on the 544. I had intended to do them last year, but just drove it instead.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

norustplease wrote:
I hope that you had the engine switched off on your second shot....check the oil gauge! ...


Ah yes, something else to add to my list (maybe) - gauge investigations. The oil gauge indicates nothing, regardless of whether the engine is active or otherwise Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Out and about the other day, brightening up Whitchurch high street. I noticed the first signs of salt on the road the other day (I think anyway), so how many more runs out I'll manage this year I don't know.



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The gritters have been about here as well over the last couple of days. Probably limits the scope for driving one's classic now. Seems a bit excessive, only a couple fo very light frosts in evidence. I can understand it on some of the very high level moorland roads, but in a relatively sheltered area like this, why bother.
Next thing, they will be complaining that they have run out before Spring.

Car is looking good.
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