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  1. Just did a test drive there, it's going really well. Only casualty seems to be the temperature gauge not working. It looks like the actual sender on the engine has failed as it's gone completely open circuit, so a new one is on its way. Next up, I have more fun upgrades.
  2. Fuck sake. I did near enough 900 miles in the Amazon to get to Rustival and back. And I'd do it again tomorrow. Between us we put over 900 miles each on the 205 and the Toledo on our FOTU road trip last year. It's not a long way.
  3. Wait a second... No, really, @MrsJuular noticed that the Volvo branded spark plugs (which weren't cheap) looked like they were held together with glue. I was doing a (yet another) spark test with them all lying out on top of the engine block, except this time it was starting to get dark outside. This time I noticed how thin and crappy the spark looked, which prompted a closer look. Ironically I bought these spark plugs last year to try and sort the running issues that were likely caused by the burned #3 valve which I have now fixed. I hadn't thought those "genuine Volvo" plugs would contribute their own issues. So I chucked on an old set of NGK plugs I had lying in the boot, and... Running perfectly! MOT time now.
  4. Rewire complete. Have made a few changes. The switched fusebox is fed from a master 100A relay which is triggered from the ignition key. This takes the heavy load off the ignition barrel which could get extremely hot with all of the current for all systems passing through it. The coil is fed straight off the barrel and is unfused, as it should be, so even if the relay fails the engine won't stop. Apart from that I made sure all cable ends had good quality spade connectors and heat shrink wrap with adhesive. This way they're pretty tough and reliable and eliminates some of the nasty and corroded original connectors. The engine bay is much cleaner now without the fusebox, relays, and associated wiring nests. Wiring for the reverse lights and overdrive now run inside, and I've packed the gap around the gearstick with insulation to cut down on road noise. Important upgrade done to the brake lights. The original brake light switch is a fluid pressure switch which tends to only activate when you're standing on the pedal. I've changed it for an electrical pedal switch, which needed a bracket made up. A real pain to drill the bolt holes for this in the pedal box so the top hole is in at an awkward angle. Still it does the trick and is a massive upgrade. The lights now come on as soon as you touch the pedal. While the steering wheel was off I swapped the steering column coupling bush as it was really sloppy. The steering column shroud also got a coat of paint after I did some repairs to the cracking brittle plastic with some epoxy. Last few bits done inside. A new hazard switch. I then remembered I bought a set of instrument panel stickers off Demon Tweeks. So I then did what I originally meant to and sorted the dash light graphics. Before. After.
  5. This one will do an actual charge rather than a 'charging slowly' which is all most other adapters I've tried recently seem to manage.
  6. Vans are definitely the best vehicles to drive anywhere in, as other van and lorry drivers let you out, and everyone else gives you space. It also helps to have giant mirrors and a better view ahead. My Trafic has only 115bhp to carry a tonne and a half plus camper conversion, but 290nm of torque. It will sit at 75mph in cruise at around 2000rpm and is probably the best motorway car in the fleet. I do also enjoy losing people on twisty roads in it, you can see the union flag brake lighted Mini drivers puffing up to explode from rage.
  7. Liked for the doing it properly approach. If you cut off more of the outer panel, can you not weld it back on once you're done, then continue with the angle section repair? If you cut it out with a thin 0.8mm disc it'll fit back together beautifully.
  8. I spent most of my time driving a 59bhp 205 diesel on the wrong side of the road just trying to get past arseholes. No need for anything more powerful as most people drive everywhere at 40 anyway.
  9. Two things I noticed driving the Autobahn were that people knew how to merge correctly at speed, and that there wasn't a lot of L2 hogging. It helps that people have no hesitation flashing at those who are in L2/L3 when the lane to their right is clear. Does Germany have any motorway specific training / test involved in getting licences? I found it a lot easier and more relaxing to drive there, even doing 100mph in a van!
  10. I worry that the ones that are already camping out in lane 2 are doing it because of a perception of safety. Though I admit there's also a big wedge of ignorance there, it's not uncommon for people to state blindly that lane 1 is for trucks and lane 2 is for cars.
  11. @MrsJuular found a low profile USB adapter for the cigarette lighter that blends in really nicely, check it out below left. It's so discreet and easy to add/remove that I don't know if I will bother adding any USB ports.
  12. Related, I'd love to see a separate test and licence required to use motorways, since it seems such a daunting concept.
  13. You'll have to wait for the sound video because I just did this. The wiring on this was getting on my tits. Had a lot of instances whereby things work but not quite all the time, or fuses randomly blowing. The original factory wiring is shite. I have now ripped out EVERYTHING. You can see on the right here that the back of the fuel gauge stands in as an unfused positive terminal for almost everything under the dash including the wiper motor, indicators, heater fan and who knows what else, held on by a piddly 6mm nut. That is going to change. I present the main light switch. Again, unfused and permanently live, with the permanent live cut and twisted into the feed to the small footwell lights, from factory. The big feed to the wiper switch. Again, some dodgy chaining of big positive wires going on here. The circuits which are fused are run off a shitty engine bay fusebox which is riveted together, and the rivets are starting to come loose causing random dropouts. That and the small issue of continental/glass fuses being total shite and hard to come by when you need them most. Solution : bin off the fusebox in the engine bay, and run everything off a pair of blade fuseboxes inside the footwell. The fusebox on the left is the permanent live one, which will run the interior dome light, indicators / hazards, and headlamps. The box on the right will be ignition switched, but I am also going to add a main ignition relay so that the ignition switch isn't constantly handling all of the current running through the entire car. I know it's designed to take it, but the switch (and key!) can get very hot and I'm just waiting on the contacts burning out, especially if I decide to add any more load in the future. The important thing is that everything is going to be fused, and that the fuses are going to be easier to replace when needed. I seem to be doing this all off the top of my head, WCPGW.
  14. Diesel engines of any arrangement sound better than any petrol I6 or V6. Bonus opinion. An I5 sounds way better than any V8.
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