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#1 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 26 November 2015 - 05:41 PM

The story begins some weeks ago, when a free Volvo 740 was flagged up via a Facebook group. Naturally, it found its way to the Scotoshite page, where it caused much excitement.

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Myself and CMS entered into a friendly debate about nabbing it but the trail went cold. We both contacted the seller, but no contact. CMS played with rubber bands while I just felt disappointed. Story is, the owner had sadly passed away, and his son was trying to find it a new home. For whatever reason, I got contacted recently and yes, it was still available. Emails and messages were swapped and I agreed to have it.

 

The Volvo is in Hertfordshire. This is about 200 miles away. The initial plan was that I would drive over in the Nippa, as Mrs DW is heading to Leicestershire tomorrow. I wasn't hugely keen on this as the Nippa is fun for about 20 miles, and then not much fun at all. It's just a bit small. Then a better plan presented itself when a cheap Volvo cropped up in Haverfordwest. One P. Andamonium asked whether anyone could collect it and get it closer to Essex and himself. Well, this just seemed too good to be true!

 

Panda's Volvo looks like this.

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Always a bit worrying when the photo is taken quite so far away... but it's a 940 Turbo. Nice. It has taken some sorting, but we're there now. Both cars are insured. Both cars will be taxed. We're still trying to work out the logistics at the England end of things. If there's anyone living in Herts, you may be able to assist!

 

My long, long day begins early tomorrow with a blagged lift into town. Then it's three hours (!) on a bus to Haverfordwest...


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Posted 26 November 2015 - 05:58 PM

I love it when a plan comes together! Im intrigued by the 740- looks to be an estate from the roof rails, perhaps a caravan club badge on thr grille, but what colour is/ was it? Looks throughly Leonard hatred-ed. Looking forward to live updates!
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Posted 26 November 2015 - 06:02 PM

Hellooooo all. Yes, we are both crazy, I know!


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Posted 26 November 2015 - 06:06 PM

I was going to wish you good luck, but this trip involves driving two of Volvo's finest so you won't be needing any luck. It'll go perfectly and you'll complete the trip feeling as fresh and comfortable as when you started!

Looking forward to updates.
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Posted 26 November 2015 - 06:20 PM

I will cruise Haverfordwest looking for stranded Volvos !! And get the necessary pics !


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Posted 26 November 2015 - 06:30 PM

I'm due there at 11:14. I'll be looking pretty frazzled I guess.


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Posted 26 November 2015 - 06:37 PM

Ye all have little faith... we SCTSCH aren't Volvo apologists for the sake of it.
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Posted 26 November 2015 - 06:53 PM

I love it when a plan comes together! Im intrigued by the 740- looks to be an estate from the roof rails, perhaps a caravan club badge on thr grille, but what colour is/ was it? Looks throughly Leonard hatred-ed. Looking forward to live updates!


I reckon the colour is Blue Green Met. Could be a GL or SE hard to tell from that shot.

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Posted 26 November 2015 - 07:04 PM

740GL estate in what was probably once blue green metallic. 


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Posted 26 November 2015 - 07:25 PM

740GL estate in what was probably once blue green metallic.


Manual or Auto?

Sorry to say the 2 Ltr cars were rather sluggish neither a nice revver or a wall of torque, they were a tax break cars when company car tax was based on engine size and prior to that GL's used a 2.3 carb engine that had much more torque.

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Posted 26 November 2015 - 07:27 PM

So how does a Volvo 740 Estate fit into your fleet when you all ready have the XM diesel?

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Posted 26 November 2015 - 07:32 PM

Interestingly when the catalytic converter was introduced, on the 2.0i cars with cats you could opt for a 2.3i cat engine for no extra cost.

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Posted 26 November 2015 - 07:33 PM

That looks decent for a freebie, low mileage and good MOT history.

If it's a manual would it have the 4+OD 'box?

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Posted 26 November 2015 - 07:39 PM

That looks decent for a freebie, low mileage and good MOT history.

If it's a manual would it have the 4+OD 'box?

 

Quite! I couldn't really give a monkeys if it's a bit sluggish at the asking price of nowt. It'll still out accelerate a 2CV. No idea on the gearbox. Guess I'll find out tomorrow.

 

We're still a little bit stuck on Volvo handover. Panda can't meet me when I need to be collecting the Volvo, so that leaves me stuck 200 miles away from home with two Volvos. 


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Posted 26 November 2015 - 07:41 PM

Could you stash the keys somewhere for p. Monium when he's ready to collect it?

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Posted 26 November 2015 - 07:46 PM



. Panda can't meet me when I need to be collecting the Volvo, so that leaves me stuck 200 miles away from home with two Volvos.


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Posted 26 November 2015 - 08:02 PM

Quite! I couldn't really give a monkeys if it's a bit sluggish at the asking price of nowt. It'll still out accelerate a 2CV. No idea on the gearbox. Guess I'll find out tomorrow.
 
We're still a little bit stuck on Volvo handover. Panda can't meet me when I need to be collecting the Volvo, so that leaves me stuck 200 miles away from home with two Volvos.


Sorry, not meaning to belittle your fine Volvo 740 in my favourite colour for them, just my personal road test report from 1987!
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Posted 26 November 2015 - 08:04 PM

That looks decent for a freebie, low mileage and good MOT history.

If it's a manual would it have the 4+OD 'box?


GL's have 5 speed gearboxes rather than overdrive.
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Posted 26 November 2015 - 08:15 PM

Could you stash the keys somewhere for p. Monium when he's ready to collect it?

 

That's some sort of option. I'm just a bit worried about leaving a car somewhere with the keys accessible. 


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Posted 26 November 2015 - 08:24 PM

Put a series of faults on it (rearrange plug leads, disconnect coil, clamp on fuel line etc) to stop it getting nicked if they find the keys

For added fun, don't let on what the faults are. It'll be like a gameshow, where the prize is a Volvo.
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Posted 26 November 2015 - 08:46 PM

Cant be many folk desperate enough to own a Volvo let alone nick one ?


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Posted 26 November 2015 - 08:49 PM

what odd shit do you have on the svm that they didnt travel (for them) a small distance for a FREE volvo :o :lol:

 

3 hours on the bus :o


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Posted 26 November 2015 - 08:54 PM

Put a series of faults on it (rearrange plug leads, disconnect coil, clamp on fuel line etc) to stop it getting nicked if they find the keys

For added fun, don't let on what the faults are. It'll be like a gameshow, where the prize is a Volvo.

 

Bring it on, I love a good puzzle.


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Posted 26 November 2015 - 09:02 PM

Love complicated double collecting capers, I would wish you luck but it's a Volvo so that is redundant.

Hope the bus is a B10 or such like
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Posted 26 November 2015 - 09:02 PM

I just want to wish you good luck. We're all counting on you.

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Posted 26 November 2015 - 09:02 PM

Bring it on, I love a good puzzle.

This has got to be worth a live webcam .. The launch of Shite TV
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Posted 26 November 2015 - 09:09 PM

Love complicated double collecting capers, I would wish you luck but it's a Volvo so that is redundant.

Hope the bus is a B10 or such like

 

Some chance. It'll probably be an Optare Metrocity - a bus described as ideal for city and town environments. Er...


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Posted 26 November 2015 - 09:18 PM

I'm also going to pick up a Volvo tomorrow, going from Bury St Edmonds to Bedford.  Another Volvo not going to Scotland, what the hell is going on?

 

Good luck with the trip, DW.  As it involves ancient Volvos the bit most likely to go wrong on the whole adventure is your bus not arriving.


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Posted 26 November 2015 - 09:19 PM

I love early 740s and, equally, the lengths shiters will go to to get a car they don't need for nowt. Never thought the 2.0i was all that slow in my old 240. It could hold decent drifts but that was down to the fact that the tyres were absolutely shit and I drove it like a twat because young



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Posted 27 November 2015 - 08:28 AM

I officially declare this caper open. After a lift in a T plate Octavia, I waited for a bus. Savvy moment.

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