Dans septic wannabe ovloV!

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Post by Danthecapriman » Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:03 pm

I’m currently bored slouched on the sofa, so decided I’d finally put another of my cars on this delightful forum. :mrgreen:

I had an 87 740 saloon a few years ago, bought for a few hundred quid just because I love old rwd Volvo’s. It turned out to be an absolutely superb car and I pretty much fell in love with the 700 models after having that. They just suit me perfectly... slow, big, comfortable, square, shitty mpg and all the other things that make a car great!
Like the total retard I am, I eventually sold it having done loads to it to pull it back from just an old banger to a really nice car it was in the end.
Having sold it I watched it leave with its new owner and felt bad about letting it go immediately and regretted selling it. Still, I had no space left and a Yank incoming, so something had to leave.

This was the car,
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I spent the next couple of years without a Volvo. Something weird for me as I’d had a rwd Volvo of some sort since I was 18 (a red 340 GL). Basically, it wasn’t sitting well not having one so I started looking around for another 700.
It couldn’t be just any 700 though...
My preference having got to know these old Volvo’s so well is for the original flat fronted 700, ideally an estate this time, must be a 2.3 ‘red block’ engine with the K-jet injection system, must be an automatic (I can’t stand manuals!, especially in big wafty cars) and I’d like a good colour/interior colour combo too!
Having looked around it dawned on me that these cars were becoming more difficult to get now than they used to be! The newest flat fronted 700’s are over 30 years old now and they do seem to be disappearing quickly with their poor omgmpg and popularity for certain motor sports!

This was where I got lucky! Call it fate (or being terribly unlucky depending on your view point!), but I was talking to my sisters boyfriend one evening about old cars and he mentioned his recently deceased grandad had an old Volvo which was now sat on his driveway. It had been sat nearly three years and the family were starting to gradually clear the estate but the cars left would be likely going for scrap shortly...
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Post by Danthecapriman » Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:09 pm

I registered my interest for the Volvo but tbh, I expected something much newer (and therefore of no real interest to me) but thought I’d see what the cars were first.
He texted his dad to get some photos for me which come through a day or two later.

This was the first sight I got of what was there.
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Fuck me! Yep, I’m interested!
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Post by The Reverend Bluejeans » Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:23 pm

I had HHU869K, a Mini 1000 in the same colour (Blaze). Came from Bristle.
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Post by Danthecapriman » Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:46 pm

The Wolseley was already spoken for unfortunately, I’d have had that in a heartbeat if not! The old caravan was going with it too. These went to my sisters boyfriends sister-in-laws dad. Or something like that, I forget! But I recently saw a video of it earlier this year, now driving on a public road so it’s in good hands. When I saw the Wolseley it was in surprisingly good condition. I’d expected it to be rotten underneath having sat outside for some time and been off the road since the early 90’s. Plus, it’s one of these which are known for rot!

The Omega was a diesel Elite spec car making it very high spec. Although I was interested specifically in the Volvo and Wolseley this Omega actually turned out to be in pretty good order. Rot was minimal and certainly no cause for concern MOT-wise. It did have a pretty bad fuel leak though, which was the pump pissing out. Though it wasn’t for me (too new), it would have been a shame to see it cubed so I spoke to the owners son and managed to get it a new home with a member on AS. He got it back on the road, used it for a bit and moved it on. As far as I know it’s still going.

Leaving us with the subject of this thread... the Volvo!
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Post by Danthecapriman » Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:51 pm

The Reverend Bluejeans wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:23 pm
I had HHU869K, a Mini 1000 in the same colour (Blaze). Came from Bristle.
That Wolseley had, until the property was cleared remained in the Bristol/Bath area its whole life. When I went to see these cars the house was in Bath.
It was properly solid too which I couldn’t quite believe tbh given how long it’d been sat around. I’ve got an idea it must have been inside the garage for the majority of its life but got turfed out much more recently before the owner died. Oddly though, the garage had nothing inside really apart from odd bits of cars, some tools and a bit of junk. I can’t believe it had been outside since the early 90’s though when I’m told it came off the road.
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Post by Danthecapriman » Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:13 pm

The Volvo then,

Looking at the pics showed it to be a nice colour (Green Blue metallic), a flat front car, 2.3 red block powered with K-jet (a B230E engine for Volvo lickers!), it was an Auto too and the interior was in beige/tan. That’ll do me nicely!
It’s also a GLE spec, same as my old saloon which is my preferred spec! Told you it was fate!

Suitably enthused I let them know I wanted it and asked if he had a price in mind... ‘come and get it and you can have it’ was what I was told!! Nice.
I arranged to go get it one weekend. The original idea was to drive it home to a pre booked MOT, but I got cold feet about that part in the end! It’d been sat completely un moved for a few years and not actually started for a good year or so either so I chickened out and got some guy from eBay to transport it home for me on his Transit recovery truck. Easy and safe.

Here’s what it looked like on collection day.
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It was fucking filthy! Green slime and moss all over it, rotting leaves and crud everywhere too. One front tyre was flat and the battery was obliterated! Inside, it’d clearly been sat - it was very damp and mould growing on the carpets and seats.
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I took a load of tools and spares with me to try to get it running or at least moving before the recovery truck arrived later that day. Checking everything over revealed no obvious issues. Hooked up a new battery and cranked it over, which it did easily enough. Decided to just go for it and once some fuel came up from the pump it fired straight up and sat idling well enough. Pop it into D and it crept forwards, into R and it creaked as the handbrake came off and reversed straight off the driveway! Easy!! I drove it up and down the private access road and it seemed pretty good. It was a bit rough, but considering it’d been sat a while I couldn’t complain. All considered I think I got away easily really!
Once loaded up, we headed home back to the south coast.
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Post by Danthecapriman » Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:26 pm

Once back home we unloaded it from the Transit, which had apparently struggled the last few miles of the trip! Something had happened to the engine on the way back on a hill resulting in a loss of power! I never found out what it was but I think we were pushing the weight limit on that truck a bit!?

After it was off the truck I ran it up the road and back, just for the hell of it. It seemed pretty good and improved with just that bit of use!
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Low mileage too.
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Post by fried onions » Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:27 pm

Take them. Take them all.
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Post by Danthecapriman » Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:44 pm

fried onions wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:27 pm
Take them. Take them all.
This was all started 3 years ago. I’m just putting all this onto here from t’other place.
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Post by Danthecapriman » Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:59 pm

First job was a jet wash and shampoo to get rid of the green scum and gunge.
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It wasn’t a great time to do this sort of thing. It was January and pissing with rain after I got it home!
Now the car was a bit cleaner I decided to have a look at giving it a much needed service and see why it was running a bit rough. It was rough enough that if you tried revving it or putting it into gear it’d stumble or cut out.

Turned out to be the dizzy cap and rotor arm.
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Hardly surprising really. The date stamp on the parts was from the same year the car was made! The cap contacts were severely worn and the cap was fractured and broken. Amazing it could run at all.

Front brakes were in dire need of a rebuild too. New discs and pads and a set of new sliders too.
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