What did you do to your Volvo today?

Help, Advice and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's extremely popular car line -- Volvo's 1990s "bread and butter" cars -- powered by the ubiquitous and durable Volvo inline 5-cylinder engine.

1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
1997 - 2000 S70, S70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70, V70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70-XC
1997 - 2004 C70

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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Post by Cookeh »

As a direct result of the BTCC 850s are highly desirable here whilst no-one seems to care about 240s/7/9XXs. Bit of a shame, but the 850 was the only Volvo we saw in domestic motor racing and the only one to get into the heads of the populace.

Oddly, given the relative numbers sold, 240s are more common than 850s, which may also factor in over here.

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Tried out the repaired FP (103) relay in my T5 this morning. Car fired right up and idled fine for a couple minutes. Pulled it it out and stuck it on the shelf for a spare. Picked up enough capacitors to do 10 relays for under $5 from Digikey. One of the SM resistors had gotten knocked loose when trying to remove the old caps, but that was easy enough to fix. Also reflowed a couple of the larger soldered connections on the coil, etc.
Going to check my stash to see if I have any others lying about to make more spares.

My yellow '77 242 probably got the most attention, but the '80 264 got it's fair share. Pic from when I sold it a little over a year ago.
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Now I'm finally getting time to work on my '78...which is going to be a fun project.
'97 854 T5 - Manual Swap, M4.4,COP, P2R Brakes, 16T, chassis bracing, XC70 nose swap
'97 855 GLT - Hers. RN swap/16T/exhaust/302s/Flashable M4.4, chassis bracing, 2 kid seats
'78 GLE - Waiting in the wings. Future whiteblock/T5 swap.

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Post by bmdubya1198 »

I would love a Passat W8 manual wagon, but from what I've read, they're one of the most unreliable engines ever made. Super cool and unique cars though. They didn't make many of them.
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Post by abscate »

Watched Liverpool drop its first game at Anfield in 4 years ? They played well but lost on a questionable PK

Luckily , I used the two hours to finish the passenger seat reskin on Evita the 1999 S70

2 hours from seat out to seat back in , nice!!

Note difference on C70 and S70 seat bolsters, both seat bottom and seat back are different. You can swap the seat bottom foam but you can’t swap the seat back foam due to different SIPS
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Post by bmdubya1198 »

Looking good!

Replaced a hose clamp on the turbo coolant return hose earlier. I noticed while trying to figure out this awful whining noise (yeah, that's still happening) where a little bit of coolant was going. I had just topped off the expansion tank after noticing that the level was just below minimum.
Don't use those cheap auto store/harbor freight Chinese hose clamps on anything crucial or hard to reach! They are awful... strip out and skip very easily and loosen up over time. I replaced it with an ABA brand clamp. Just opened up the old one, slipped it off, opened up the new one, and clamped it down nice and tight. No coolant loss and the clamp wasn't misshapen!
Maybe that's been seeping for a while and that's why my coolant level slowly goes down.
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Post by abscate »

But they are so shiny, you get 10 for a dollar, less 20%m and a free flashlight your better half can use to try re- tighten the clamp on I95 one night....

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Post by bmdubya1198 »

abscate wrote: Fri Jan 22, 2021 2:22 am But they are so shiny, you get 10 for a dollar, less 20%m and a free flashlight your better half can use to try re- tighten the clamp on I95 one night....

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They got rid of the free flashlights after the 31st :( .
Maybe once covid is over the free coupons will return!
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07 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 180k
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99 BMW 528i
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Post by Cookeh »

Abscate, would you be willing and able to see if normal 850/S/V70 seat skins fit over the C70 bases, with their better bolstering? As I understand from previous posts of yours they'll fit from a mechanical point standpoint, but are they way off aesthetically?

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Cookeh wrote: Fri Jan 22, 2021 12:55 pm Abscate, would you be willing and able to see if normal 850/S/V70 seat skins fit over the C70 bases, with their better bolstering? As I understand from previous posts of yours they'll fit from a mechanical point standpoint, but are they way off aesthetically?
I just finished the reskin, and as much as I love you, its a tall ask to deskin it again

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Im going to say there is no way they will fit the taller bolster on the C70 seat - Ill try stretch it over the seat to show this though?

Look at the difference on the seat bottoms here...
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Post by bmdubya1198 »

Yeah, I doubt the S/V70 skin would fit the C70 cushions. You might just barely be able to get by with the bottom, but the back would have to be stretched quite a bit.
00 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 202k
03 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 122k
07 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 180k
92 245 White/Beige 249k
98 V70 GLT Black/Beige 205k
00 S70 GLT Mystic Silver/Taupe 254k
99 BMW 528i
84 BMW 318i
04 Saab 9-5 Aero
01 Mountaineer 5.0- to tow all these cars
Sold-
91 944 Turbo
93 944
98 S90
95 850 GLT
01 S60 2.4T
88 744 Turbo M46

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