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slickv40 blackened baulkhead to the rear of the engine.

Posted Apr 12th, 2011 at 22:06 by SlickV40

[B][FONT="Comic Sans MS"][SIZE="4"][COLOR="yellowgreen"][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/B]Well hopefully if I've got it correct and in the right place my first 'blog' since joining June 2010!
My V40 was looking sick then as I had got over-tired on the way back from the shops.In the car park I took the offside of the car along a concrete post some 2-3 feet high and scrapped the both doors!
I went on-line to "Find a Part" who found a part!
Very helpful, they helped me i/d paint code, found two doors and shipped them to me for around 80!
I fitted them by first stripping them down to see how they were built and hanging them even though they pleaded not-guilty!
Their condition was excellent, and a friend showed me how to stop and spray paint the other sill damage.
This gave me pride I have never known or felt in a car before. The Volvo per se(sic)? is an outstanding vehicle!
Seeing the safety impact tube within both doors led me to research Volvo safety fiitings that are standard to all their models in a uniform year-by-year progressive and methodical fasion. I do not wish to be in another make car unless I need to be.
I then set about deep cleaning the paintwork and use Autoglym polish having cleaned with a wax free car wash by hand.
Then I spent my hard-earned upon an alarm key fob since I lost the other one 2 years ago!
(Little did I realise it puts the expensive Insurance at risk were it stolen and the Manufacturers alarm not set..........)!
Bought 2 tyres 4 weeks ago on line, got 2 spare rims locally and stripped the rusty bits off then sprayed them with Hammeright.
What a surface! Coat 4/5 times at 15 minutes intervals, wet-on-wet, initial dry 1hr, then in the greenhouse 2 days! They went on like a dream with 60/70yr old levers dad had made for the old 1140 Enfield Combo tyres coming into their own, inflated with 12v pump! 48psi, in the greenhouse for 1/2 hour till the beads popped fully home.
Now one challenge. A few years ago a local trusted non- Volvo servicing Company pointed out a stainless steel tube at the rear of the engine compartment and the the baulkhead needed replacing. Very expensive then. As the area he then pointed out as blackened by the faulty pipe is now once again very black, can anyone advise me what the item is and is it nessesarily the cause of the soot as I know S/S is usually very robust - depending upon the quality of metals used. However Diesels mystify me! I can't find the spark-plugs even!(:loser:)
Ha Ha!
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