Jump to content
danthecapriman

Operation Pig Iron: Volvo 740, sorting bits of trim. Pg 19.

Recommended Posts

As many of you might have read on the grin thread and my thread about yank headlights on Volvo 740's, I should have acquired myself this one. I've just got a few pics of said Volvo pre rescue as it sits.

 

For those who don't know, it's an 88 740 estate in 2.3 auto GLE spec (my favourite!) which was owned by my sisters boyfriends grandad. He passed away this year and the cars just been sat unused since mid 2015.

The family are clearing the property and I was told the Volvo and others were going to most likely go for scrap. I said I'd take the Volvo and asked for a price only to be told I could have it!

 

The Wolseley 1300 apparently is already spoken for so hopefully that will be saved or at least donate some parts. The Volvo should become mine at some point but the caravan and Omega will probably get weighed in.

 

So here are the few pics I have to go on.

 

34818402863_fb406d7719_o.jpgIMG_0331 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

 

34818402463_0099da069f_o.jpgIMG_0332 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

 

34818403583_282a920fcd_o.jpgIMG_0329 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

 

34818426673_4cf5c900e5_o.jpgIMG_0333 by Dan Clark, on Flickr

 

The Volvo looks ok from the little I can see and having run an MOT history check it seems a good one. It's a low miler at 90k and seems to of only done a couple of thousand miles between tests. Most of the fails seem to be for stupid stuff.

 

So the plan at the moment will be to try to get it running and moving then try to get it back home. At the moment it's a 100 miles or so away.

 

To be continued...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Registration number: R553KMW
 
  • Vehicle make VAUXHALL
  • Vehicle model OMEGA
  • Date first used 17 October 1997
  • Fuel type Diesel
  • Colour Silver
 
MOT history of this vehicle
  • Test date 16 July 2014
  • Expiry date 17 July 2015
  • Test Result Pass
  • Odometer reading 166,893 miles
  • MOT test number 4974 6799 4193
  • Advisory notice item(s)
    Nearside Front Sub-frame rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement (2.4.G.2)
    Offside Front Sub-frame rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement (2.4.G.2)
    Nearside Rear Brake pipe slightly corroded (3.6.B.2c)
    Offside Rear Brake pipe slightly corroded (3.6.B.2c)
    Offside Rear Vehicle structure has slight corrosion (6.1.A.1)
    Offside Vehicle structure has slight corrosion (6.1.A.1)

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Omega does look alright. Apparently it's a Diesel and done 160k odd miles. It's not of any interest to me but I can ask if you want?

I would imagine it'll be a similar story to the Volvo, so no MOT and on SORN.

 

Edit; thanks for that Supernaut!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is (out of test and on SORN) but be interested to hear about it and the caravan, please.

I shall make enquiries!

I'd imagine the family would just want the site clear tbh. I've no idea about details of the caravan though!

 

No promises at the moment though, I'd hate to let anyone down over it and bear in mind I've not seen any of these cars myself yet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great catch with the Volvo, that looks like a very fine example - doubly so with tan leather, I'd be really quite jealous.  Hope it doesn't need much doing.

 

Yes, I'd like to know too!
It's most likely a load of crap but it'd be nice to think there'd be a lovely old Austin Sheerline or something in there that's been sat since the 70's!

 

Better yet, an Aston DBS 6 that's been sat there since they were worthless in about 2002.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Same engine as the P38 RR, it responds well to chipping too.

 

What a pisstake it would be driving it to a prebooked MOT in Liverpool with a pikeywagon on the back  :-D

Someone on here's probably going to end up doing it.

Tbh I'm surprised there's so much interest in it. I didn't think they were that well regarded on here.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Interior is most likely to be leather as velour GLEs aren't common and it looks beige or Caramac. In saying that, Volvo did a bewildering range of interior colours on 700s so it could be anything!

Looks a good save though and if it's a decent one shouldn't require more than gentle recommissioning to see the road again. They're bad for seizing caliper sliders if left sat.

More pics PLZ when you take ownership.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Interior is most likely to be leather as velour GLEs aren't common and it looks beige or Caramac. In saying that, Volvo did a bewildering range of interior colours on 700s so it could be anything!

Looks a good save though and if it's a decent one shouldn't require more than gentle recommissioning to see the road again. They're bad for seizing caliper sliders if left sat.

More pics PLZ when you take ownership.

More velour that you think, light met blue and light met green had velour as standard, but as you say Volvo would build you anything your ordered with 12 weeks delivery. I sold them new at this time and had a 1986 blue/green 740 GLT inj standard leather build with black Trico plush, because there dog could not grip the leather. The worst colour combination I had build at a customers request was a 1990 760 GLE in solid Ivory with Caramac plush!

 

The other things that pack up though standing are fuel pump relays behind the ashtrays and fuel pumps, there are 2 of them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It does look like leather of some kind in the pics. Velour or leather is fine with me but I do really really like the tan/caramac leather so fingers crossed it's that. In the rear view it looks like a tan coloured bit of boot trim through the back window.

My last saloon had black leather which was lovely. And I nearly got a metallic green estate a while back with green velour seats and green lower dash trim! It looked brilliant.

My saloon had air con too, I wonder if this one does as I think it's a fairly rare option.

 

The fuel pumps I know about. I had to fix one of these years ago in the garage. The underfloor one seemed to work but the in tank one was a right pain in the arse to sort out.

Hopefully it'll not be too bad since it's not been off the road all that long but I think it'll be worth the effort bringing back up to standard.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Same engine as the P38 RR, it responds well to chipping too.

 

What a pisstake it would be driving it to a prebooked MOT in Liverpool with a pikeywagon on the back  :-D

same shit dfferent part of west derby :lol:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Similar Content

    • By Supernaut
      What does £191 on eBay get you?
       
       
       
       
      An E36 BMW 316i with two sets of wheels, a DAB radio, an MOT until December, 110k miles on the clocks, a slightly* fucked back box and a bit of grot on the driver's side sill.
       

       

       

       

       

       

       
      This is co-owned between me and 17-Coffees and our plan is to do a light restoration and just generally piss about with it. It's actually really nice to drive, and is surprisingly brisk for only being a 1.6.
       
      Yes, the alloys are getting sacked off ASAP as it came with the original steel wheels with all-but-new Toyo Proxes on them!
    • By PhilA
      Well, here we go again. I bit the bullet and bought me this.
       

       

       
      It's still up at the lot right now, there will be a miniature Collection Thread embedded in this thread when I go fetch it. Hopefully if the weather's good, that'll be this weekend.
       
      So, what is it?
       
      As the title suggests, it's a 1951 Pontiac Chieftain.
      It's got a flat-head straight eight hiding in the engine bay, 4.4 litres of it. It's bolted to a 4-speed Hydra-Matic Drive gearbox. No torque converter on this one, just a fluid coupling. 116 horses at a screaming 3700 RPM, 240lb/ft at 2000. It idles at 375 RPM. Redline just shy of 4k.
      Did I mention it's quite big? Sixteen foot eight from end to end and it seats six people in comfort. Every door has a quarter-light, too. Comfort is provided by properly sized tyres and (quite surprisingly for the age of it) double independent wishbone front suspension. Steering is via worm/wheel steering box so is moderately direct and the brakes are hydraulic drums all round. Modern and scientific!
       
      It's an honest example; looks to have had a "restoration" about 15-20 years back and the rust is coming through the seams and filler. The bottoms of the door skins have gone, the bottom of the A-pillars have gone (the front doors, on a single hinge a piece still open and close with one finger!) And it's got a couple holes and blebs in all the places you would expect.
      Not much electrical works. It needs to be completely rewired because someone has "converted" it to 12V. Thankfully it was originally negative ground so that's a good start. Gauges and such can be driven from a 6V bucking converter.
      Engine has had some work done on it- starts and runs nicely with very little greb coming out of the exhaust. It's got a few gaskets that need replacing and the tappets need some major adjustment, the gearbox engages gears correctly, the steering is okay but has a lot of slack in the center and the brakes work well, dont sink or feel spongy but need adjustment.
       
      More to come. I'll post up more pictures when I get it home.
       
       
      --Phil
    • By Zelandeth
      Well I've been meaning to sign up here in forever, but kept forgetting. Thanks to someone over on another forum I frequent poking me about it recently the subject was forced back into my very brief attention span for long enough to get me to act on the instruction.

      I figure that my little varied fleet might bring you lot some amusement...

      So...we've got:

      1993 Lada Riva 1.5E Estate (now fuel injected, as I reckon the later cars should have been from the factory...).
      1989 Saab 900i Automatic.
      1987 Skoda 120LX 21st Anniversary Special Edition.
      1985 Sinclair C5.
      2009 Peugeot 107 Verve.

      Now getting the photos together has taken me far longer than I'd expected...so you're gonna get a couple of photos of each car for now, and I'll come back with some more information tomorrow when I've got a bit more time...

      Firstly...The Lada. Before anyone asks - in response to the single question I get asked about this car: No, it is not for sale. Took me 13 years and my father's inheritance to find the thing.


      Yes, it's got the usual rusty wings...Hoping that will be resolved in the next couple of months.

       






      Next, a proper old Saab. One of the very last 8 valve cars apparently, and all the better for it. I've driven two 16v autos and they were horrible - the auto box works sooooo much better with the torque curve of the 8 valve engine. Just wish it had an overdrive for motorway cruising...









      Next up a *real* Skoda...back when they put the engine where it belongs, right out the back. In the best possible colour of course...eye-searingly bright orange.







      Seat covers have been added since that photo was taken as it suffers from the usual rotting seat cloth problem that affects virtually all Estelles.

      Then we have possibly the world's scruffiest Sinclair C5...



      Realised when looking for this that I really need to get some more photos of the thing...I use it often enough after all! We have a dog who's half husky, so this is a really good way of getting him some exercise.

      Finally - again, I really need to take more photos of - we have the little Pug 107.



      Included for the sake of variety even if it's a bit mainstream! First (and probably to be the only) new car I've bought, and has been a cracking little motor and has asked for very little in return for putting up with nearly three years of Oxford-Milton Keynes commuter traffic, before finally escaping that fate when my housemate moved to a new job. Now it doesn't do many miles and is my default car for "when I've managed to break everything else."

      I'll fill in some more details tomorrow - I warn you though that I do tend to ramble...
    • By scdan4
      That bit hiding up behind the air filter and infront of the turret



      made a prolonged, loud, farty vibratey noise (loud enough to be clearly audible in the cabin with the radio on) twice today, both times it did it the nose was pointing down a steep hill and we had just parked and turned off the engine.

      It goes on for best part of a minute, so managed to track it down. Initial impressions are fuck knows what it is but it's clearly been bodged in the past. The yellow hose has clearly been disconnected sometime, by someone, for some reason, somewhere.



      Thats the blighter.

      Does someone want to tell me why it's blowing raspberries at me?


×
×
  • Create New...