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Alternator 55/60W brush set

Posted Oct 7th, 2009 at 13:34 by BrianH

How can a 245 run on an alternator charge of 9.4v in the dark and keep running??
On a 40ml round run this morning, noticed the wipers seemed to be slow and the headlights dim, the dash dim and the speedo and rev counter doing strange things.
Half way through the journey checked battery with th engine at idle and it gave 9.4 v instead of 14v.
15 miles later I was home although on checking the battery it was dead flat at 10v with engine off!!
Checked the alternator and...
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Pully bolt B200E

Posted Sep 8th, 2009 at 23:03 by BrianH

I have torqued the bolt for years, plus what I can manage on a 16" leaver.
The important bit is to carefully engange the keys through the belt guides.
The belt drive and the pully key ways. Feel it slowly engage fiddling right and left, tap it in with a lump hammer............feel it though......
Volvo is 60N/M plus 60 degrees rotation. Not easy.
So my when the keys began to slip all timings where at risk.
OK got a scafold pole from A1 hire, free to return,...
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When things go wrong

Posted Sep 6th, 2009 at 22:36 by BrianH

First major engine problem in August, 2 bar pressure on number 2 cylinder. The others were 12b. Mileage 403k miles. Suspect number 3 exhaust valve.

Volvo 'suggested' 1500, indepedant Volvo specialist 600. Volvoman East Yorkshire, posted a head for 75. Took it down to the workshop and they put it through the washer and sure enough it was a good one as it worked very well when I bolted it on. Quite easy on this low tech. B200E engine.

The origonal head had three cracks...
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Posted Jul 11th, 2009 at 22:59 by BrianH

Then there is Volvo Competition Cataogue. 167, Dukes Road, Acton, London.
Alan Allard book Turbocharging & Supercharging.
Superflex Polyurethane for the suspension.
BJ Acoustics for less noise. Often thought I would like to try their lead sandwich.
Gordon Finlay. 'LPG dual fuel converions for automotive engines' Vol 1 Euopean LPG systems. Mine runs on a Dutch Groot system from cold (no perol switch over). Used this book to recondition the unit after 100k.
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Posted Jul 7th, 2009 at 20:28 by BrianH
Updated Jul 11th, 2009 at 21:49 by BrianH

Special tools.
Well I was keen to check the tappet gaps.
I looked at the photos in the Haynes for the home made item. As it looked hard work I rung Jack Cluer, Technical Director at that time. He said it does not work without a struggle. Get the two Volvo tools. They worked well, one to depressed the tappet spring the other gripped the shim. A rotation and out. Great fun. This was 19th April 1999. Two were at .2mm one at .25mm. Reshimmed to .30 to .35mm.
The head gasget was...
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