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Re: drop links, I read on here someone's ingenious solution to getting them off was to simply use a large breaker bar to sheer the nut off, by tightening it rather than trying to undo it and having to deal with the spinning ball joint. Never tried it myself but I can't see any reason why it wouldn't work

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If that doesn't work I'll give you a unit with code at the next meet.

I owe you a coffee or beer!

 

Code came through for free and so we now have toons.

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Re: drop links, I read on here someone's ingenious solution to getting them off was to simply use a large breaker bar to sheer the nut off, by tightening it rather than trying to undo it and having to deal with the spinning ball joint. Never tried it myself but I can't see any reason why it wouldn't work

 

I think this method might just strip the thread, that's what happened when I used an impact gun to do mine up. My preferred solution if they don't have flats is to use an open ended spanner to dislocate the joint, then grip the ball with a pair of mole grips.

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Got some time and sunshine today to play.

 

Cheeky shot of the youngsters

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And the more mature members

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First off the v40 was still letting in a trickle of water so I iced the outer lights

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The indicators needed tangoing

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Then continued stripping interior. I think it is going to be a carpet out jobbie

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I need to work out how to remove the front seats without setting off airbags.

 

The sound deadening is sopping wet so needs a good dry day.

 

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Swift has been running cold. Bonnet up. What a tiny battery 07fd0b77e9059f7b579eb9103618ed54.jpg

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Diagnosis -fucked

 

New one didn't fit. A bit too big

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Will rectify that tomorrow. Tomorrow is clean xantia and oil change, before putting it up for sale.

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To remove seats without setting off airbags and tensioners I just disconnect the battery and go have a coffee. Come back to car half hour later and rip out the seats!

 

Not failed me yet and I've plenty of experience with it :D

Hbol says there is a special clip you put in the side to stop it going off manually. Unsurprisingly both of mine are missing

 

I didn't know if this is because it is side impact bags.

 

Half tempted by the leather interior on eBay! But cash flow is a bit shit at moment.

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Put the interior back into the v40 and one of the seat back rest bolts has cross threaded. Fucksticks.

 

 

Looked at removing the door in the swift and one of the screws holding the door on is rusted tight. And is at the bottom of the pull close. Fucking cars.

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Serviced the swift in readiness for Scottish trip this evening after the departure of lespace. Aided by my furry apprentice

 

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Its great not to have to remove plastic covers etc.

 

New and old

 

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Not so sparky

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No1 cylinder plug was covered in a grey deposit.

 

Off with the cap

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I love neat touches that help things along. Firing order plus rotation

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Aside from a dodgy HT lead (set on order) all done in 20 minutes for less than £30.

 

Runs a lot smoother and idles better.

 

Next job was the drivers door handle. Previously the scene of an attempted break in

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Following 320 advice I took a chiesel to the stuck screw and got the door card off. a029b9cca4bc6694f7a25ef110c3236b.jpg

 

Handle was one of those jobs that you need 15 hands for, so no pictures. New one fitted. 57369ef722b3df7383454a647e5985dd.jpg

 

Took the opportunity to look at the dropping window. It has broken a metal tab at the bottom. If I could use a sparkly stick it is a two second fix. Will see what the options are.

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More jobs seemingly done with ease. You're due a PITA full day of little achievement soon.

How did the apprentice do? Manage to stop him eating the old filter?

He was very well behaved, managed not to lick or eat anything bad. Thanks for that bucket man! Today was such a thing.

 

Decided that the sun had got his hat on, I would fit new door locks to the swift. The passenger one works with some wiggling and drivers doesn't.

 

Locks were £12 for both including 2 keys.

 

 

Drivers side knocked off with ease, I set sail for the passenger side.

 

Take 1 door, with funky trim.

 

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Add some trim tools

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A dash of rusty screws

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A smattering of impact driver

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Gas mark2 for 10 seconds and success33b3e94a81f2718d8bab6a91ab0aeed8.jpg

 

Then off with the door car

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To behold the promised land

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That was the were the warning signs began. The outer handle cracked so added that to the buy list.

 

Took the opportunity to sort out the window. It has been dropping off its rails. You can sort of see it is out of it guide5f630d8ce1dd82f66ac10f2d650b0e42.jpg

I was expecting a cracked runner like the drivers side.

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Job fixed. Slides easily and is slipperyer that a lard coated eel.

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Handle back in and the end is in sight. 5a8de7e0725294a893150b4e08002839.jpg

 

Then it all went wrong. The inner handle cracked and the rods fell out. I spent an hour trying to get it back together. Then chucked tools in the car and left it for today.

 

Volvo is booked in for an MOT tomorrow. Expecting a fail on drop links and perhaps crack in windscreen.

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