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Fred's 1991 Volvo 240 Wagon 
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Took the 240 out tonight, drove around the corner, saw mrs, drove up on footpath to pick her up, she declined, drove around the block, back home again, all good. Sat it idling in the drive, came out 10 mins later, bad miss. Thought "I'll take it down the motorway and burn that off", sure enough, clears up with some load, but comes straight back after 10 or 20 seconds idling. Grrrr.

Never changed plugs, or checked leads, or cap, but I guess I'll have to now. Could be the can coil, too, I guess. Though load would make that worse, not better. Bad timing, just wanted to enjoy it tonight after browsing 240 porn on TB for some time.

It can sit till mid next week. Bigger fish to fry.

Fred.

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Sat Jun 18, 2016 12:15 pm
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Probably won't use this company, but the process you go through when ordering is pretty thorough and a good reference for what's out there.

http://www.motorsport-tech.com/wheel_adapters.html

I'll most likely use a local company to do the same thing. For reference, it quoted me 240usd + tax + shipping for four 25mm 65.1mm 1/2x20 studs (not sure if that's correct).

Buying these from AliExpress was a huge mistake ending in me being ripped off pretty badly. Still burned and pissed off about that. Oh well. Lesson learned.

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Sun Jun 19, 2016 9:35 pm
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(14:00:06) Fred: Went for a drive in the 240 to clear my head, got to the top of the hill, thought "i'll take a quick look", opened the bonnet, visible and audible arcing from centre post of coil to probably the ground lead :-D that'll do it.
(14:00:30) Fred: needs a longer lead, was always tight, and a little bit of motor movement will pull it out of position
(14:00:39) Fred: i "fixed it" once before, a long time ago
(14:00:55) Fred: if it had fresh plugs it likely wouldn't be so inclined to take that route out the side
(14:01:09) Fred: but with a fresh lead it'll be much less likely to be able to
(14:01:19) Fred: yippee
(14:01:28) Fred: keen to fix properly, so i took the suspect lead with me
(14:01:33) Fred: but it's no longer playing on my mind

Broken end of lead from being stressed/too tight to the moving engine: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 5215961088

Took a video, too, but CBF, OK, yes, I CANBF, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ym8G3-X6C74

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Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:38 am
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Yesterday, looked down, saw this: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 6953946113
Today, looked down, saw this: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 7120118785

Had this in the passenger seat of the 740 at the time: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 3062683648

Now the tag is in the recycling and the lead is in the 240 engine bay and I'm happy. Didn't try it, but what could possibly go wrong? :-D

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Tue Jun 21, 2016 5:14 am
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Apparently all my hard work was for nothing. Test drive/run revealed it was still arcing, though much more weakly. Good. But not good enough.

Used dielectric grease on it in bulk, after cleaning with jif, and washing dry with brakeclean, and cable tying the boot closed (there was some air gap), and in the dark you can still see it. Measured one lead, 7k, fine, pulled one plug, looked OK in the dark, but now I'm thinking "what's that speckled look?", in any case, gap not excessive, and not fouled with carbon: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 8016443392

So there are two things that might happen here:

1) Coil from parts car 240 might get swapped in
2) FreeEMS ignition control

One thing is for sure: I will not spend a cent on an oil filled can coil, ever again.

Another thing is pretty sure, too: You can't sub in a modern coil without fixing the dwell, it'll cook.

Maybe I should just do this:

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Bleh.

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Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:04 am
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Out and about with the caravan:

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And a sweet shot of the front of it:

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Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:16 pm
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Brake bleeding reference I stumbled upon. Good timing after maintenance thread earlier, what contortions! http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthrea ... 547&page=4

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Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:58 pm
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Went out to the Volvos to measure some things and found the battery dead (now on charge) and the passenger side sopping wet, as in a puddle well above the carpet at the deepest maybe 20mm of water. Ugh.

https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 5300481024

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Could not leave it in that state, so brought it inside, warmed it up, put the fan on feet and high and hot, and started pulling interior apart in the front. Wet vacuumed first and got what looked like most of it, but really was a fraction of it. Vacuum works exceptionally well for this:

https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 8113683456

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So while it was in, and I needed the engine running and fan blowing hot and fast, I thought I'd do the oil change, which involves a 15 minute high idle flush. viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2693&p=42082#p42082

But I filled it with oil before I drained the drain tray into a bottle, and when I did, discovered that this had fallen off, woops, n00b mistake: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 8796683264

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And while I was doing the oil change I noticed water in the battery tray, and rusty bolts, so I sorted that out, too:

https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 2666489857
https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 2569462784
https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 5901082625

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Also sorted out the tail gate switch by shimming it with 3/4 of a washer:

https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 9039097856

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And punched a couple of holes in the bottom to let the water escape more easily than via bulk evaporation over a period of 11 years:

https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 5232292864

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Finally I went out in the dark, cold and wet and climbed through it looking for water ingress, and found some, where I didn't expect it, the rear side window is leaking a little, but perhaps in the right wind, that little becomes a lot.

https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 6833591297
https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 5695695872

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And the reason I went out, engine build information, discussions on water pumps and so forth, by some of the internet's best experts/n00bs. :-D My contribution here: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2667&p=42083#p42083

EDIT 14/07/2016 5:37pm: Forgot to mention that in amongst all of that I rerouted an ignition lead that was touching the rocker cover and got it to clear everything, and the missing is totally cured! NO missing since I did that. Several drives with idling, WOT, steep hill climbs, burnouts, etc. Not a hint of trouble. HOORAY for simple fixes. Glad I got a longer lead in there regardless, though. It needed that.

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Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:42 pm
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Took it for another drive today to get some air through it, hot air. Rear window had moisture on it, the rest were clear. By the end, the rear had cleared without the demister. Only a short drive up the hill and back. Thought I'd put it in the driveway, until I did, and... viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2693&p=42087#p42087 bleh. Aside from dropping the trans, dropping the TQ converter, how difficult is this job to do? Sigh. Back on the street she went. And there she can stay for light use and regular top ups until the trans comes out. Oh well.

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Read about rear cam seal falling out last night, so went to find out, no, it's in perfectly and all the top stuff is dry, so yes, it's rear main, and apparently experts do it in 2 to 3 hours, so I may have some chance of doing it inside a day or so :-D :-p

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