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Problemchild1976 Jan 12th, 2022 21:51

JJs Project Thread - 240 GL Estate
 
Thought Iíd do what I normally do with cars and thatís track my work on the car :)

Self indulgent some may say but forums are so much better than places like FB for capturing info and if my posts help just 1 person then thatís a win.

So before I start, a bit about me.

Bristol based middle aged and married with a kid and Iím a big kid really.

Iím an aero engineer and I love all things tech and mechanical.

I have a pretty big Tamiya RC collection and at the moment 4 cars on my drive which the missus thinks is a massive problem.

Cars I currently own:

2006 Smart ForFour BRABUS - 1.5 turbo. highly modified. Mapped to 210bhp, lowered, paddle clutch, lightened flywheel, stainless exhaust, big brakes etc etc.

2010 Smart Fortwo cdi - 800cc turbo. Mapped, lowered, widened

2021 Peugeot e208 EV - standard at the moment but small body kit to add when the weather gets better.

and the reason Iím hereÖ.

1989 Volvo 240 GL estate 2.0L 5 speed

Picked it up Saturday. Bodywork is ok but there are some rust patches that need sorting but nothing too major.

All interior has been stripped, electrics fixed, heater refurbed, seats and carpets cleaned and like new, cam belt and aux belts done, windscreen replaced, headlights refurbed, plugs/oil/coolant all done.

So runs well. Collected from London, drove to Ipswich to collect a 3rs ROM of seats and then back to Bristol - so a 400mile trip to get used to it :)

So pics from the day I picked it up

https://i.imgur.com/W91PXHcl.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/rvlTuXyl.jpg

My list of jobsÖ.


Rust treatment
Stone chip paint
X Sun visor clips
Rear speakers
Replace front speakers
Rear hockey stick and clips
Wing mirrors
X Rear bench
Side light bulb
X Dash bulb
Washer bottle
Mist jet washers
Mats
Door pockets
Steering wheel glue / drill


JJ

Moomoo Jan 12th, 2022 21:57

Heís a handsome fellow! Biased opinion!:teeth_smile:

Hope all goes well.

Andrew.

Problemchild1976 Jan 12th, 2022 21:59

Quote:

Originally Posted by Moomoo (Post 2799514)
Heís a handsome fellow! Biased opinion!:teeth_smile:

Hope all goes well.

Andrew.

Thanks - sorry the images are so big. On the forum I run with this software it auto resizes. Iíll see if I can remember the coding to shrink them :)

JJ

Problemchild1976 Jan 12th, 2022 22:05

Some pics of the work done by the previous owner

https://i.imgur.com/j4ajQfol.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/h1Xnv7ql.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/5Wemur0l.jpg


And the rust

Rear arches are pretty good

https://i.imgur.com/psjPooYl.jpg

And the 1 bad area

https://i.imgur.com/5Nj7zaql.jpg

JJ

Moomoo Jan 12th, 2022 22:13

Itís odd how some 245s rot out on those rear corner and some just donít.

I always thought it was the rear corner aerial leaking but mine has one and it is perfect but injected with waxy stuff now.

Sounds like youíre the man for the cure.:teeth_smile:

Problemchild1976 Jan 12th, 2022 22:26

So this evening Iíve been looking at the under bonnet light - what an amazing little device.

Gravity assisted mercury filled switch that activates the light when the bonnet angle is enough! Wow this needs rescuing :)

So checked the bulb continuity - ends corroded but cleaned up

Looking at the light unit itself - very corroded/oxidisation and just canít get continuity end to end. In fact I can barely get continuity on the initial tab 2mm apart.

https://i.imgur.com/RgU5fRKl.jpg

So needs a clean upÖÖ Iím getting out the Cola :)

Soaked each end for an hour and itís much better (I assumed the mercury switch was water tight because of the mercury)

Looks much better now but still struggling with continuity

https://i.imgur.com/6laq14dl.jpg

So I stripped it down further - removing the whole mercury switch from the light unit and then the mercury unit from the switch

https://i.imgur.com/edKg6mel.jpg

Tested the mercury switch and it was working ok.

Lots of cleaning of the metal with contact cleaner, grit paper and a craft knife to get good contact surfaces meant I started getting continuity across more of the light unit

Switch unit first

https://i.imgur.com/sjjuRwdl.jpg

Then the whole unit

https://i.imgur.com/uqC9Gevl.jpg

So now I know the light unit works as it should - time to try and work out if there is power to it under the bonnet hahaha

JJ

Problemchild1976 Jan 13th, 2022 00:25

Well Iíve tried as much BB code as I can to make the images smaller but just canít work it and I run my own vbulletin forum - so the owners must have the code disabled :(

JJ

Othen Jan 13th, 2022 06:45

Quote:

Originally Posted by Problemchild1976 (Post 2799552)
Well Iíve tried as much BB code as I can to make the images smaller but just canít work it and I run my own vbulletin forum - so the owners must have the code disabled :(

JJ

I think you are using Imgur to host your images? If you select the 'Huge thumbnail' option in the sizes box (bottom right hand corner) rather than the original before copying the image it will come out about the right size for these pages.

Good thread.

Alan

Problemchild1976 Jan 13th, 2022 08:23

Quote:

Originally Posted by Othen (Post 2799572)
I think you are using Imgur to host your images? If you select the 'Huge thumbnail' option in the sizes box (bottom right hand corner) rather than the original before copying the image it will come out about the right size for these pages.

Good thread.

Alan

Hey Alan,

I use the imjur app so only get the option to copy the link. No size options at all :(

Iíll see if there is an upload option to minimise the size but I donít recall one

JJ

Othen Jan 13th, 2022 08:37

Quote:

Originally Posted by Problemchild1976 (Post 2799580)
Hey Alan,

I use the imjur app so only get the option to copy the link. No size options at all :(

Iíll see if there is an upload option to minimise the size but I donít recall one

JJ

Good morn,

Is that an app on a cell phone (I didn't know there was one!)? It may be that you would have to use the web version to get the resize. You may see the control in the bottom right of the box:

https://i.imgur.com/Kv7BdgSh.png


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