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Volvo 760 TURBOT DIESIAL. Shiters opinions?


Lankytim

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Yo Shitters.

 

I've been offered one of these for "not much". It's a 1989 saloon and has short MOT and sounds like it should just need a couple of plates in the floor and a handbrake cable. 

 

My XM is going off the road for some fettleage and I need a cheap set of veggie powered wheels. Are these Volvo lumps rated by anybody? A 760 saloon should be a very agreeable place to sit too.

 

NEED INPUT.

 

1987-1989_Volvo_760_GLE_sedan_(2011-11-1*

 

*not actual car.

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Yes go for it. If the body is solid and it fires up ok from cold it's a winnar. if looked after properly the d24 engines will just run and run.

 

It will smoke from start up and sound very clattery. They all do it. Normal checks apply really, ie coolant in oil, turbo spooling up ok, start up from cold should be pretty much instant if all is well.

 

I really rate these engines, some jobs are a bastard to do, ie timing belts and rear glow plugs, but they have plenty of torque, sound good and can be just as long lived as a red block IF you treat them carefully.

 

I wouldn't use veg in it at the moment, it's too cold.

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Should never have sold our 940 estate and we've kicked ourselves umpteen times for doing so.

 

The engine is sweet, but prone to pre turbo flat spot, you can cure this by just a simple 1/2 turn in on the (obvious by its grip seal) fuelling screw, not too much or she'll smoke like a reps  Aldi/Pissant/Mundane, that'll bring the power in much earlier, a dash of Millers helped keep smoke down and ours had a surprising turn of speed once done.

4 speed box with overdrive switch on gearstick, you could drive all day just alternating between top and OD once you'd tweaked the pump.

 

I managed to change all the glow worms bar one, and i'm a ham fisted swearaholic so anyone normal can do at least 5 if needs be, the 6th required pump removal and i wasn't going down that road.

 

Fuel gauges all seem to fail, i had the dash out and found a broken connection on the circuit board, cured that with a jerry rigged wire.

 

Cam sprockets have no Woodruf key i was told by a man who used to maintain VW LT vans (thats the engine), sprockets on taper only (effin dodgy that) so you need the correct timing kit to replace both cam belts, or some way of locking the camshaft and pump in place before you disturb anything.

 

195/65 x 15 tyres about as cheap a size as you can find and ride lovely, for some reason they handle well for an old RWD barge, stable at speed.

 

I'd have another 9er anytime, SE non leather seats warm and very comfy.

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Cam sprockets have no Woodruf key i was told by a man who used to maintain VW LT vans (thats the engine), sprockets on taper only (effin dodgy that) so you need the correct timing kit to replace both cam belts, or some way of locking the camshaft and pump in place before you disturb anything.

 

Only the front sprocket fits on a taper - the rear is just held by a highly torqued bolt. I guess as it's transmitting not as much load, it was deemed acceptable. I only realised the lack of Woodruff key *after* I removed the spocket to change the oil seal... Got it running OK by ear, then borrowed the locking kit from my local garage who are Volvo specialists. Access is easy in the van though!

 

They reckoned that back in the day, they did quite a few heads under warranty due to overheating caused by low water level, but apart from that no real vices to the engine. Mine's on 250k and running well.

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This only has 130k on it and is supposed to be a sweet runner. The corrosion worries me a little as I had a V6 760 and that was a real bodged up nail with grot everywhere.

 

Another issue, along with lack of pics is the distance. It's in that there London and I'm in Stoke. Oddly the owner is spending new years in Stoke and has promised to bring some pics up to show me. I have have hinted that it would make things easier for me if they gave me a lift back home with them but they have mentioned megabus and the like...

 

Basically, I want it cheap and on my doorstep or ill have a tantrum.

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Good/bad news! Turns out my XM isn't going to be off the road for very long, hopefully a week max, so there's no need for me to pursuance another big ass turdblower diesel.

 

Does anybody want the contact details of the seller? She's keen for the Volvo to go to a good home but hasn't specified a price, although I think scrap money would be accepted. 

 

A garage has looked it over for the MOT and it has a 4" by 1" rot hole in the edge of each front floorpan, and the battery tray needs a fettle with a mig, Same family from new, silver 130k, MOT till Jan 18th.

 

I'm throwing down the gauntlet....

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