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Repatriation Not Necessary - 1987 Volvo 740 GLE


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#91 OFFLINE   Ghosty

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 01:41 AM

I managed to get the sunroof open!
Seal is well fucked and the roof doesn't quite look like it's seating properly now.
There's a bit of rust inside the sunroof hole that needs sorting urgently. That bubble is just an extension of it.
I changed my radio too - took about an hour to work out how to get the old one out though. It was an ancient Pioneer that was probably fairly pricey at one point but sounded a bit shit and was quite hard to navigate. My Sony head unit is in there now and it sounds better. One of the rear speakers is broken alas.
It's still a mystery what the knob and switch do.

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 04:28 AM

If it's had an aftermarket hu in the past the fader knob has likely been bypassed already. Ignore it.

If the toggle switch is related to the towbar wiring it won't do anything obvious until you've got a caravan hitched up to it, aside from make a relay click somewhere in then" depths of the dash. Again, ignore it.

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 09:47 AM

A6028 Holmfirth?



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Posted 10 August 2017 - 11:39 AM

A6028 Holmfirth?


Top of Holme Moss, yep.
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Posted 10 August 2017 - 04:48 PM

Seeing as my bike wasn't playing ball I took a little time out to look at the Volvo. Went over the exterior glass with some glass cleaner, boring. 

 

Stuck some Back to Black on the mirrors. 

 

Before:

 

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After:

 

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I think it's going to clean up pretty bloody well.

 

Also looked at the bubbling paint on the roof.

 

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Nothing. :-D Badly need a new sunroof seal though - where am I going to find one of those?


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 04:59 PM

That is a top purchase. Even got me on eBay looking for decent ones....


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 05:10 PM

Nice job so far.
The sunroof seal technically isn't actually a seal. All it does is stop wind noise and wind getting under the sunroof lid. The water always gets past it but as long as your sunroof drain tubes are all clear (4 of them, one in each corner) it'll be ok.
Mines a bit old looking but still works ok. New ones, you might be able to get one from Volvo, maybe. If not you might have to try trim suppliers for a close match on the material/rubber and just buy it by the metre and make it fit.
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Posted 10 August 2017 - 06:44 PM

Do you ever get the feeling Benjamin's just using us?

 

Excuse me. I'd like to get by now.


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 07:04 PM

Badly need a new sunroof seal though - where am I going to find one of those?


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 07:36 PM

Max, that's pure lush.  These are at the very top of my 'someday' list.  Top shootin'!!  :)


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 08:45 PM

Needs tiny set of flames on the side and a liquorice rope dispenser. Other than that, perfect.
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Posted 10 August 2017 - 08:47 PM

I wanna see Ghosty's dog!


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 09:26 PM

I don't have a dog?

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 09:32 PM

I missed this somehow (sorry): well bought, chief, looks absolutely ace.


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 10:01 PM

Well bought, it's been a very green, very barge week on the forum.
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Posted 10 August 2017 - 10:19 PM

I need to post a picture of the spare wheel at some point. 

It's an absolutely pristine 14" alloy with a quite possibly original Pirelli tyre on it.


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 10:37 PM

Cor blimey squire, that is one lovely old Volvo.
Really makes me look back and regret selling my 760 GLE :-( :-(
When i shift the V70 and S60 - I'll probably replace them both with something like this.


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 10:45 PM

Just ordered a pair of new sidelight units for it. One is broken at the moment and the other is horribly faded. They aren't evenly bright either.

 

I want to get rear lights for it too eventually (the lenses are flat, cracked and brittle), but that'll have to wait a bit as they're £50 each :shock: I might try and clean them a bit with some toothpaste for now.


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 10:51 PM

I don't have a dog?

 

You need to watch Wayne's World. A few of us have noticed more than a similarity. :D


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 10:53 PM

Well now you've pointed that out, the response to this Volvo should really be...

 

SCHAWING!


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 10:55 PM

You need to watch Wayne's World. A few of us have noticed more than a similarity. :D

 

I've seen it but not recently.

 

I'm compared to Garth on a regular basis, happens at least once a week.


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Posted 11 August 2017 - 05:51 PM

Nice work Max! I think I'm starting to warm to Volvos...


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Posted 11 August 2017 - 06:45 PM

Well now you've pointed that out, the response to this Volvo should really be...

 

SCHAWING!

 

I currently on my knees bowing 'We are not worthy'.


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 07:49 PM

So, the sidelight units weren't looking too smart. 

 

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Driver's side is a giffer scrape, only one on the car.

 

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Passenger side one (original?), and one of the new reproduction ones.

 

They're super easy to fit - pull the lights out the back, undo a 10mm nut and push the unit forward. Access looks dicky on the passenger side but the washer bottle filler tube just pulls out, and then there's enough space for a small ratchet, so it's as easy.

 

Finished:

 

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The fit isn't perfect, but it's pretty good and the car looks way more presentable for it.

 

I also cleaned up the badges on the tailgate and put some filler on the converted rust around the sunroof aperture but that's all boring, no pictures of that.


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:30 PM

Reckon you have done bloody well there. Looks like a keeper.

 

Great colour!


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:46 PM

Aye, the colour is something I just can't get over. As noted I have the 1987 brochure for the 740, and having looked through it (and seen several colours around) I have to say silver-green metallic is the colour I'd go for. Darker colours only really suit the saloon IMO, I've never seen a red flat face 740 (wouldn't look right IMO), and I just don't like the white and silver, too dull.  I like the gold, it's just not 'me'. I don't feel.

Silver-green really suits the car I think.

Apparently black was available as a special order colour but I doubt many people took it up. 


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 11:44 PM

My 940 saloon and estate were both white. Liked the look.



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Posted 13 August 2017 - 12:37 AM

In black they do look rather like a discrete recently departed collection van, you know, the vehicle they use before the hearse is deployed.


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Posted 13 August 2017 - 05:30 AM

Private Ambulance.



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Posted 13 August 2017 - 12:33 PM

That's an odd thing to call them really, isn't it?  I suppose it's more palatable to most than the Corpse Van.


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