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Operation Pig Iron: Volvo 740. Refurbished alloys & new tyres.


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#331 OFFLINE   danthecapriman

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 12:31 PM

Waiting for paint to dry is terribly boring!!
Primer is about good now, seems to have filled well so I'll let it go hard before trying to flat it off.


While I'm waiting I've tried to touch up the passenger side rear wheel arch. This has a nasty dent/crease and scratches on it which will suffer I think once winter sets in and the bastard road salt comes out.
Ive not even bothered trying to fix the damage as it really needs pulling out and sorting properly but I've touched in the damaged paint which had gone to bare metal in places.
I think the damage was most likely from the previous owners gate!

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35587831456_967e21a004_o.jpgIMG_0335 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

After:

37039349223_07c516a80c_o.jpgIMG_0737 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

Still there of course but a bit less noticeable and more importantly it's covered and weather proof now.
Long term plan will be to have this sorted at the same time as the roof and bonnet.
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#332 OFFLINE   danthecapriman

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 05:02 PM

Blue

37666396486_d475bb6cec_o.jpgIMG_0739 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

Colour is on. It's had two coats for now. Annoyingly the shade of blue is slightly off but it's supposed to be the right colour.
It's a bit rough at the moment as I had to brush it on! I'll leave it to harden for a few days then try flatting it back with some super fine wet & dry before trying to polish it up and lacquer.
I think it'll look ok after that, though it's likely to always be visible. It's the best I could do in the time and conditions.
The good thing is that there's no longer a hole in the roof to let the inside get damp or rot the floor again! Once the roof gets resprayed you'll never know.
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Posted 15 October 2017 - 09:46 PM

This is all you need......! 

 

 

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 10:11 PM

^^
Hmmm, I wonder!
I've never seen a vinyl roof on a 700, or a 200 until now for that matter.
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Posted 15 October 2017 - 10:48 PM

:shock:


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My name is Max!


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 07:04 PM

When the hell did tyres become so sodding expensive!?

Im not into budget crap so naturally I expect to be paying a bit more but jeez. Anyway, full set of 5 brand new Goodyear 185/70/14T's on the way to be fitted Saturday.

I suppose I can never be accused of being cheap!
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Posted 17 October 2017 - 07:07 PM

I'm going for Avons. £50 a corner...


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1987 Volvo 740 GLE

 

My name is Max!


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 07:19 PM

^^
Hmmm, I wonder!
I've never seen a vinyl roof on a 700, or a 200 until now for that matter.

 

The Italian market 'Super Polar' special edition 240 estate which was made in the early 1990s came with a vinyl roof as standard. I believe that the red car in above photo is such a car. I used to regularly see a well-used white example on UK plates in Deal a few years ago :)


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 09:36 AM

New tyres are fitted. I mean tires, since this is now a yankee spec!

37098536504_6d2607c255_o.jpgIMG_0748 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

Goodyear's all round, full set of 5. Not the cheapest but a good tyre and they look great too.
I'll get them all fitted today and then drop the car back onto its wheels again.
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Posted 20 October 2017 - 01:41 PM

All on, car back on its wheels.

37811477141_aecf17a5e3_o.jpgIMG_0750 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

37811490951_189781bd79_o.jpgIMG_0749 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

37141162703_4fe442a968_o.jpgIMG_0751 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

37779881202_4bd85de3f2_o.jpgIMG_0752 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

Don't they look a whole load better than before!

Fitting them wasn't completely without issue though as the powder coat is much thicker than the old paint which meant they were all extremely tight fit around the hub. I had to carefully scrape the powder coat down with a sharp stanly knife blade in the end.
You can't see it of course as it's inside the hub section of the wheel but I've put a thin coat of copper grease around it too just to help it slip on and not seize.
I've also made sure all four wheels were tightened properly and that they're all tight up against the brake disc/hub underneath.
I've also cleaned the original stainless centre discs as they were caked in dirt and brake dust.


It's looking great in my opinion! I really like this car!!

Once this incoming crappy weather has passed I need to give the car a thorough Hoover out and wash as it's not been done in a while and is looking a bit dirty now. I'll treat it to a coat of Autoglym resin polish then too. Ready for winter.
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Posted 20 October 2017 - 05:12 PM

Looks good. Very good.

Carry a brace, and recheck after a few miles.

Powder coating under the nuts may crack/ flake , leaving the nuts slightly loose
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Posted 20 October 2017 - 05:14 PM

^^
Hmmm, I wonder!
I've never seen a vinyl roof on a 700, or a 200 until now for that matter.

 

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https://flic.kr/p/bWhXUa


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 05:35 PM

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7231/71779...
https://flic.kr/p/bWhXUa


Do you know what? That actually doesn't offend my eyes!


Looks good. Very good.
Carry a brace, and recheck after a few miles.
Powder coating under the nuts may crack/ flake , leaving the nuts slightly loose


That's a very good idea.
When I tightened them up I undid them again afterwards just to see if any powder coat had come off under the nuts tapered face. A few had scratched the powder coat away, some hadn't.

Is it likely they will loosen off?
I'll drive it around a bit locally when I can then try the nuts with a brace.
Currently they're tight to 85Nm and I've also marked every nut and stud top with a chalk line just so I can see if any move.
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Posted 20 October 2017 - 05:43 PM

Those look really nice Dan - in fact the whole car looks really good. You were right about the centre bores though - I shall bear that in mind when I get some boots for my Saab at the end of the month.


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 06:19 PM

Those look really nice Dan - in fact the whole car looks really good. You were right about the centre bores though - I shall bear that in mind when I get some boots for my Saab at the end of the month.


I had a feeling they'd be tight on their centres. It's not by a huge amount but it makes tightening them down hard work! You might get away with it but a new sharp Stanley blade around the bore soon cuts off enough of the powder if not.
Well worth the cost getting them done I think!
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Posted 22 October 2017 - 12:58 PM

This came out for a drive today aswell as the Mercury.
I ran it around the block quick then stopped and checked the wheel nuts. All ok, none had come loose. It did feel a bit 'off' somehow though!
I went back home and checked the tyre pressures, you'd think since the tyres were brand new they'd be spot on wouldn't you? Well, they were all way too high! One was nearly 40psi!!
I think the tyre fitter needs his pressure gauge calibrating.

I've backed them all off to the correct pressures. Then went out again.

Much better!
Drove it for a good 80 odd miles and it's bloody lovely to drive now. So smooth and quiet. Just goes to show how bad the old tyres were. The rears mainly I suspect as they were ancient and in poor condition. Really happy with it now. Looks good and drives great! Amazing the difference some new rubber can make.

Got home again so popped off the centre caps and checked the wheel nuts again with the torque wrench.
There were a few on each wheel that had slackened off a tiny bit, not much but they had come slightly loose, so I've re-torqued every nut on all wheels to 85Nm again then popped the caps back on again.
They should be fine now I think but I'll check them again in a few months time or something, just to be safe.

37803985266_44ff69b190_o.jpgIMG_0758 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

Look how wide the Mercury is compared to the Volvo!
They're offsides are parked level. The Volvo's not exactly a small car but I've never noticed quite how fat the Mercury is!
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