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#31 ONLINE   Ghosty

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 06:23 PM

I'm not bothered about the leather I don't think, it'd detract from the 'old car' feeling a bit. I really liked the green velour when I first saw it, so when I looked on the V5 and it said 'green' I got sort of excited, I had a feeling it'd have the green seats. 

 

That looks really smart, well done! The left switch is the toggle for front or rear speakers and does it have fog lights built into the headlight?

 

Cheers Trig - thanks, that seems possible. I'll have to have a mess but I want to put my own radio in it first as I know how it works better.

Not sure re:headlights, I thought these came with separate driving lights. The cutouts where they would be aren't holed either.

 

Black toggle is aftermarket for sure. Where do those red wires clipped up to the bulkhead go?

 

The starter motor is operated by a button on the steering cowl, that's the wiring for it. Service history had something about a dicky ignition switch in it. 


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 06:25 PM

Radio were not standard either and had to be bought extra and dealer fitted.


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 06:35 PM

How about this'un?

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 06:44 PM

Awesome!

You now need to go have a cup of tea and slice of cake at tebay services

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 06:53 PM

How about this'un?

 

That's a non-standard hole  :shock:


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 07:08 PM

Radio were not standard either and had to be bought extra and dealer fitted.

 

It seems to have used to have a Volvo radio as I've just found a manual for one with the car's user manual in the Volvo branded binder thingy. Generic Pioneer CD/radio unit in there now, but I'm going to swap it out tomorrow.

The user manual leaves me none the wiser on the knob and switch.

The point about front fogs = immobiliser might be true too, as I don't think that red LED is original either. 


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 07:11 PM

I wouldn't mind betting the toggle switch is for switching the caravan electrics on / off.
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Posted 08 August 2017 - 07:15 PM

Doh! Towbar, that's a good point.

 

Funny wire could be alarm related?


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 07:25 PM

Your alarm system doesn't look like an original to me, I bet the additional wiring for that. The original alarm systems aren't that good in old age and cause problems, mines been re wired and hacked about a bit.
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Posted 08 August 2017 - 07:26 PM

Pleasing.

What's the story with the 'adjustable suspension' then?



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Posted 08 August 2017 - 07:26 PM

you can see the outline of the fog light holes in the front bumper not sure if they are pop out panels


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 07:28 PM

Your alarm system doesn't look like an original to me, I bet the additional wiring for that. The original alarm systems aren't that good in old age and cause problems, mines been re wired and hacked about a bit.

 

It isn't factory, there are several stickers saying so! The siren is the BFO black box on the left side of the bay.

I've just noticed that red wire leads to it.


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 07:31 PM

Pleasing.

What's the story with the 'adjustable suspension' then?

 

It's a Monroe self levelling kit for towing. you get to the valve, gauge etc under the boot floor on the left, opposite side to the cubby hole full of emergency bodge bits. Judging from some info Six-cylinder PM'd me it might have been retrofitted - both Monroe and Nivomat systems were possible to have but not on an '87 estate.


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 07:31 PM

Pleasing.
What's the story with the 'adjustable suspension' then?


Yeah this! What system do you have? Monroe? You got a little pressure gauge in your boot under one of the side panels?
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Posted 08 August 2017 - 07:32 PM

Yeah this! What system do you have? Monroe? You got a little pressure gauge in your boot under one of the side panels?

 

That's the one!


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 07:33 PM

It's a Monroe self levelling kit for towing. you get to the valve, gauge etc under the boot floor on the left, opposite side to the cubby hole full of emergency bodge bits. Judging from some info Six-cylinder PM'd me it might have been retrofitted - both Monroe and Nivomat systems were possible to have but not on an '87 estate.

That's what mines got. I'm going to replace mine for standard though as it leaks pressure when loaded up.

It's good for towing though, worked a treat on mine when I towed my Capri shell recently.
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Posted 08 August 2017 - 07:51 PM

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4356/3630...

 

It even fits on the drive - just.

Excellent purchase, Max!  Proud of you, you will never regret this.  Everything about the car looks "right."

However, who the fuck did you allow to park it wrong way round?  Sack them immediately!


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 07:54 PM

Looks good that.

Was worried it would honk of dog with the front badge and the dog guard but seems not. Nice one :)

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 07:57 PM

Excellent purchase, Max!  Proud of you, you will never regret this.  Everything about the car looks "right."

However, who the fuck did you allow to park it wrong way round?  Sack them immediately!

Wrong way round?

It was Old Man anyway hahaha.

 

Re: the dog guard, the guy had a dog but hasn't for a number of years. There's no discernible smell inside, of anything.


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 07:58 PM

Oh and it has 11 months' MOT :grin:


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 07:58 PM

Looks a very good buy. All for the price of a knackered vectra.
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Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:03 PM

Another thing I forgot to mention is the Kenlowe automatic gearbox cooler!


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:11 PM

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:17 PM

2 pages in. When's the turbo swap? ;)

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:28 PM

2 pages in. When's the turbo swap? ;)

 

 

This is one of my favourite videos on YouTube next to the leg shots of daytime TV presenters.


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:30 PM

2 pages in. When's the turbo swap? ;)


Forget that, we demand more pictures of green velour and headlight wipers. (Superb purchase by the way)
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Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:30 PM

https://www.youtube....h?v=iqF0Vvilu9A

This is one of my favourite videos on YouTube next to the leg shots of daytime TV presenters.

White (Block) Power!

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:31 PM

 

This is one of my favourite videos on YouTube next to the leg shots of daytime TV presenters.

I didn't realise you were that much of a Matthew Wright fan!


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:40 PM

I'm not that bothered about turboing it, tbh. It's all the car I need!


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:50 PM

I'm not that bothered about turboing it, tbh. It's all the car I need!


Fair enough, lad! Get the two buckets out. :-)

It is true what they say about fuel consumption, though. I had a 2.0 carb redblock 360 (B19) and it was shit on fuel.
Dropped a 2.3 turbo in, didn't matter if I rolled like an OAP or caned it everywhere - it was the same!
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Safe now. Everything's lead lined.

 

 





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