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#31 OFFLINE   Ghosty

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 03:45 AM

That Omega is exactly the kind of car I wouldn't mind for myself - big auto estate, fits multiple adults, space for bikes, comfy... 

 

 

if it did happen to be £free/cheap I'd possibly probably be interested (especially if any of my current raft of job applications lead anywhere), but for some reason it's eligible for a telematics box (and a mileage monitoring one too), whereas an equivalent Scorpio wouldn't be, which is off putting.


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 09:41 AM

It is (out of test and on SORN) but be interested to hear about it and the caravan, please.

Save the van! It looks like a Sprite Musketeer around a 1981 van. They are super vans.


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 11:41 AM

That Omega is exactly the kind of car I wouldn't mind for myself - big auto estate, fits multiple adults, space for bikes, comfy... 
 
 
if it did happen to be £free/cheap I'd possibly be interested (especially if any of my current raft of job applications lead anywhere), but for some reason it's eligible for a telematics box (and a mileage monitoring one too), whereas an equivalent Scorpio wouldn't be, which is off putting.


Ive asked my sister to ask the Q about the Omega. Just waiting on a reply from her boyfriends family. I'm not sure though if, being a diesel it'll be an auto or not though?

Save the van! It looks like a Sprite Musketeer around a 1981 van. They are super vans.


Won't it be fucked by now? It looks like it's been sat years.
Still, the Volvo and the Omega both look like they've tow bars though so shifting it shouldn't be too hard! Not sure what the old bill would say though if you got stopped with that lot driving to a pre booked MOT!?
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Posted 19 December 2016 - 11:50 AM

Those old CI vans were well built vans. As long as the awning rails have not let in any damp it should* be fine. Love these old Sprites, needs saving. What plate is on the van, might get an idea from that when it was last towed?


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 12:33 PM

Those old CI vans were well built vans. As long as the awning rails have not let in any damp it should* be fine. Love these old Sprites, needs saving. What plate is on the van, might get an idea from that when it was last towed?


I can't see a plate in the photos so I'll check when I go to get to volvo. But, it's blocked in by the Wolseley and the tax on that expired in 1992! So I'd think there's a good chance it's been sat for a long time.
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Posted 19 December 2016 - 02:47 PM

Most 2.5 diesel OMGas were auto. I do hope that one gets a chance to join the Autoshite family.

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 03:49 PM

Ive asked my sister to ask the Q about the Omega. Just waiting on a reply from her boyfriends family. I'm not sure though if, being a diesel it'll be an auto or not though?

 

 

Cartell says it is.


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 04:00 PM

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 04:05 PM

Nice one Trigger.

Looks like the Volvo didn't go far from where it is now, it's still in the Bristol/Bath area. Explains the low mileage. I wonder now if it's a one owner?
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Posted 19 December 2016 - 04:13 PM

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Looks like there is a fivers worth of CTEK comfort indicator (or similar) poking out of the bonnet of the Omega there.

 

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 04:18 PM

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Looks like there is a fivers worth of CTEK comfort indicator (or similar) poking out of the bonnet of the Omega there.
 
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Is that what the little black thing hanging out is? I assume that's some sort of battery charger or something?
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Posted 19 December 2016 - 04:29 PM

He's had the Volvo since 1991 and the Omego since 2001.

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 05:02 PM

Further research says that autoboxes are standard on the Omega Elite, but manual was a no cost option.

Shame it's a '97 as '98 added a load of stuff to the spec.


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 05:17 PM

IT'S A GODDAMN ELITE JESUS I WANT IT SO MUCH :shock:

 

 

 

I thought it may have been a Tourer with that rear wing but they only came in petrol 2.5 form if I remember my Omegas correctly.


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 06:22 PM

Just got some more pics of the Volvo.

OMFG look at the interior! This thing couldn't be more perfect!

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It's not perfect, I've noticed a few bits of bodywork that I want to address. There's a scuff to one rear arch and the sunroof lid has corroded but my old one was the same and I had the roof re sprayed to sort that.
It needs the battery changing and possibly the radiator replacing but I can do that where it is before moving it. I'd like to do the rad anyway as these autos have an ATF oil cooler in the coolant radiator which tend to leak into each other with old age which can kill the auto box.
I'm not likely to even see this before the new year now but I'm hell bent on having it and will start looking at ordering some parts.
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Posted 19 December 2016 - 07:44 PM

Is that what the little black thing hanging out is? I assume that's some sort of battery charger or something?


Yep, it provides a quick connection to a Ctek smart charger (if it is what I think it is!).

Comfort indicator (great name):

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Type of charger it connects to:

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 08:31 PM

The interior on the Ovlov..Hnnnnng spaff. I suspect this has a double thumbs up from SVM Heavy Industries


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 08:42 PM

With that number plate, I think the Ovlov should be called Mayhew.

 

That interior looks like a very, very comfortable place to be. They really got it right when they designed the interiors on these.

 

Sadly an E-plate 740 GLE saloon with the same interior has just been cubed at my local scrappers, which would have provided a mountain of spares for this one. Bumhats.


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 08:49 PM

Looks great for a freebie. I hope that it works out for you :)


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 09:29 PM

Great freebie! I bet the old girl will fire up with a new battery, because Swedish. That Wolselelyelyleeyyy looks likes it's been bloody well looked after until the old chap passed away. Rot spots in the limited photos look minimal for one of them. Interested to see where this goes.
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Posted 19 December 2016 - 09:45 PM

I'm not expecting any drama trying to get it started tbh, aswell as their swedish quality they are very simple engines so there isn't really much that could cause issues.
The only thing I am expecting trouble with are the brakes. My last 740 and 240 were both pretty sensitive to being left sat unused, the callipers soon started sticking.

The Wolseley does look surprisingly solid, although if it has been outside a long time it's the underside I'd be concerned most about! It looks a nice little car though on the face of it. I'll try to have a good look over it when I go up to get the Volvo.
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Posted 19 December 2016 - 10:41 PM

Got to be honest given the choice I would have gone for the Omega, comfyiest thing i've ever driven long distances....Still the Volvo looks nice



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Posted 20 December 2016 - 11:58 AM

I love these big old slabs of steel, best of luck with it!


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Posted 20 December 2016 - 12:49 PM

Looks fantastic,like the red strips on the bumpers too. Extra safety innit!
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Posted 20 December 2016 - 01:41 PM

Looks fantastic,like the red strips on the bumpers too. Extra safety innit!

Did they all have those red and white reflective strips on the bumpers?
I expect on most they've fallen off by now but I've not noticed many of these ovlov's having them.


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Always regretted selling it and I've wanted another ever since.
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Posted 20 December 2016 - 01:47 PM

I'm sure those bumper stripes were a Volvo accessory but the vast majority seemed to have them fitted. White on the front and red on the back IIRC?

My brother had a brace of 740GLE saloons a decade ago, both manual although the earlier (1985) one had cloth and a normal 5 speed whereas the later (1990) one had leather and the 4 speed with overdrive. Both had buggered headlinings and speedos/fuel gauges of course. Good cars though, comfy and solid.
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Posted 20 December 2016 - 01:49 PM

This is the sunroof on the new estate.

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It's actually worse on this low mileage car than it was on my old high miles saloon. Should be easy enough to sort though.
I think this estate might end up being a keeper!
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Posted 20 December 2016 - 01:55 PM

I'm sure those bumper stripes were a Volvo accessory but the vast majority seemed to have them fitted. White on the front and red on the back IIRC?
My brother had a brace of 740GLE saloons a decade ago, both manual although the earlier (1985) one had cloth and a normal 5 speed whereas the later (1990) one had leather and the 4 speed with overdrive. Both had buggered headlinings and speedos/fuel gauges of course. Good cars though, comfy and solid.

Mine had saggy headlining, it's a common fault. The foam disintegrates and the lining falls down away from the backing board. I used drawing pins in mine to pin it back up, gave it that luxury buttoned look! Mine was so bad it obscured the rear window and if the door window was down it used to flap in the breeze.

Fuel gauges are very common failures too, though it worked perfectly on the gold saloon above.
The electrics are probably the weakest link on these cars though.
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Posted 20 December 2016 - 02:07 PM

Me & Mrs Crab sorted the headlining in my 760 for about £50, took a good few hours like but turned out GR14 in the end.

How come so many of these have problems with the clocks? What happens to them, dry joints or something?
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Posted 20 December 2016 - 02:22 PM

I'm sure those bumper stripes were a Volvo accessory but the vast majority seemed to have them fitted. White on the front and red on the back IIRC?

Yep, they had them vertical patterns of reflective striping for 200s and 300s as well.

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