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  1. Interesting choice. These definitely look nice and I can see how sonething that's more engaging to drive might apeal after trundling round in a Passat for a while. Watching with interest.
  2. JoeyEunos

    Coolant woes

    It's this kind of stuff that was the catalyst for me to start working on my own cars about 10 years ago, I'm sure lots of other people here are the same. Paying someone £40 an hour to break stuff and speak to you like you're stupid gets old pretty quickly and is probably the main thing that puts regular folk off running older cars and forces people into hire purchase arrangements. The only stuff I don't do myself these days are jobs that I'm absolutely convinced I'd struggle with (Complex timing belts etc) I have a trusted garage but even they seem capable of getting things spectacularly wrong as per the 'Dex Cool' anecdote posted earlier.
  3. I really like the little Pug....All that graft to get the handbrake light to work properly would test the patience of a saint though, and that's ignoring the other jobs. Hat purposefully doffed to you for getting stuck in!
  4. TBF if it wasn't for he carport the whole thing would have been a fair amount more stressful... I can effectively control things where-as cars only get wet when I choose for it to happen in scientific and highly controlled tests *I point a hose at them or leave them out in the rain on purpose then see what happens* The carport is a relic from my MX5 days and was built with the intention that once I had it I could buy any shonky roadster I fancied without worrying about duff hoods as the 'port would protect them from water ingress. The irony is that despite owning multiple rag tops none have them have leaked even nearly as much as this 940.
  5. Yup that's right marra, I dun gon and beat water! Only 3 of the classical elements left to conquer, fire, earth and air (Please no fire) Meanwhile it's good to see you round these parts again chap. Your Fuelly link tells me that your Ovlov has only seen 3 fuel-up's meaning it must be performing in properly frugal fashion? As a red-block sub 25mpg Ovlov owner that's something that makes me slightly jelly....
  6. JoeyEunos

    Coolant woes

    I feel your pain. I had the timing belt and waterpump done on the Golf a couple of years back at my *trusted garage, when I picked the car up out of curiosity I casually asked what antifreeze they'd used (It should meet G12 spec) They shrugged and gestured over to a 25l drum in the corner, it had 'Dex-Cool' written on it. Anyone who's ever googled Dex Cool will understand.... TBF to them they're a decent bunch of lads, the VW coolant is red as is the dex stuff so easy to see how it could happen. I didn't want to kick up a stink, I just drove straight home and proceeded to flush and drain the coolant system to within an inch of it's life.
  7. For the last couple of weeks life stuff has been getting in the way (Poor me) but alas, we've finally had a dry afternoon and so with no other commitments I grasped the opportunity and reassembled what must once have been Britain's wettest Volvo. Seats back out to achieve ground zero again... Mrs Eunos had taken Eunos junior out so gubbins were laid out ready in the front room... The original underlay had clearly seen better days... I was aware of this and had spent £10 on an offcut of *luxury* demestic underlay to replace it, perhaps automotive underlay would have been better suited for the job but in the spirit of WCPGW I set about cutting some templates using the old stuff... New *luxury* underlay cut to shape and in place... Then rear carpet was fitted... After this the front carpets/underlay went in, followed by the all seats and interior trims... I must say the carpets look splendid after a proper shampoo and line dry, although being Volvo they were probably quite expensive/decent quality to begin with which I'm sure helps things along somewhat. To finish I took the car out for a run and then, as my water ingress worries are now completely resolved (touches wooden things) fitted a set of decent Bosch wipers as an offering to the water Gods in the hopes that they will allow me to put this whole sorry fiasco behind me...
  8. Great thread! Could the extra connection on the alternator be there to drive the battery warning light on the dash, the one that gives you a warning when the alternator isn't charging?
  9. As others have mentioned this is a cracker of a topic. A great read and just the kind of content I'd struggle to find anywhere else on the web. It seems like these were all over the place a couple of years back and then somehow disappeared all at once, nice to see someone putting some effort into looking after one.
  10. That headliner looks great, massive improvement!
  11. Yup, it's ability to creep is pretty impressive. Their bumf online makes a big deal of this and shows favourable tests against competitor cavity waxes, meanwhile on the can the info extols it's ability to "Penetrate flanges" *Snarf snarf.
  12. Thanks man, cutting edge technology with the tomato tin (I genuinely did cut myself on it) The sunroof was a pain to sort, the seals for them are NLA and as mentioned Volvo only used that roof from 95-98 IIRC so they're not exactly common. Top detective work! Yep, Lorna is indeed my neighbour. Do you know her through her business? She's a good sort and never seems bothered in the slightest by the fact that I'm always mucking about with cars out the front thankfully.
  13. Thanks chap. Yup, it's not good stuff to be using on a drive/anywhere you care about. No matter how well you think you've prepared you're 100% going to find some of it spills somewhere IME.
  14. After a few weeks of continuous testing running a totally carpet free state the Volvo remains completely dry after the sunroof install and heater control valve replacement. It's time to start putting it back together! Before re-assembly begins in earnest I thought I'd get a couple of little jobs done that are made easier by the cars current state of undress. First job I had a pretty badly torn drivers door seal... Luckily I have a set of good door seals amongst my cache of spares from the low millage scrapyard find 940 I posted about last year (See page 4!) After some rummaging the seals were found and carried downstairs... Removing the old seal is simple enough, no tabs or clips at all, they're held in place through pressure and a good dose of gloop from the factory. Going... Gone... 3M weather strip sealant was the gloop of choice to re-secure the replacement seal... And one of the new weather strip in place... Next job was cavity waxing. Admittedly I already got the car pretty good with a compressor over a pit last summer, but at that stage the interior of the car was in-tact so whilst all box sections were waxed the sills only really got accessed through the rubber bungs at the front of the rear wheel arches. Having a couple of tins of Dynax S50 wax knocking about and easy access to the inner sills made getting a bit more in there while I could irresistible. These useful covers pop out (Two on each side) to give great access to the inner sill area... Next, and adaptation was made to my Henry allow the inner sills to be hoovered out, ensuring I wasn't about to spray cavity wax over the top of various dirt/dust/road muck. Like most of my tools and workmanship this one's also pretty high tech, but if you look closely enough you'll spot it's a heater hose with gaffer tape wrapped round the end and jammed into Henry's nozzle. Either way, it worked quite well.... After that it was a time to give the full length of each sill a good soaking of wax... I'm always amazed at the amount that drains out under the car, the aerosol is only supposed to hold circa 750ml, it looked like lots more than that had drained out once I'd finished. In short, it's properly messy stuff. Basically I'm now at a stage where the carpets/trims need to go back on, after that's done the whole leaky Volvo fiasco with be over and done with and I can hopefully start to enjoy the car for what it is rather than spending my spare time constantly fixing it!
  15. Predictably the cable tie method of securing things for the heater valve wasn't a long term solution (The cable kept popping loose as the valve stiffened up when hot). A couple of days ago I made a more permanent job of it in a moment of Heath Robinson-esque brilliance using an old tin can to make a bracket to hold the cable properly. As it was... Tinned tomatoes with the new bracket cut out... The clutch pedal mount was removed and some holes drilled to mount the new high tech securing system... The cable now held firmly in place using the new bracket, a couple of small bolts,washers and nylock nuts.... I'd thought I'd give it a few days before coming here and running my mouth about it, but it actually works and works well! The 940 is now fully adapted to use a VW Golf heater valve and is cable operated thus totally circumventing the issue of the correct valve no-longer being available from Volvo.
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