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Old 14-11-2017, 09:34 PM   #91
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Just read this whole thread, cracking read, some amount of cars you go through lol love it!


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Old 14-11-2017, 10:32 PM   #92
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Nice to see the tank getting some attention, more please, i know its nearly winter now, but its an interesting project you've got matey.
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Old 17-11-2017, 01:02 AM   #93
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Great update lad! Very nice seeing the red returning! Gotta love these old shape volvos

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Brilliant thread...Love the Old Volvos
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This brings back memories, my mom had an 850R when I was 17 (cough not that long ago) and not many new what it was. I used to love seeing things disappear in the rear view mirror! the look on the faces used to really make me smile.

Lovely to see one being brought back and the effort you're going to is awesome!
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Nice to see the tank getting some attention, more please, i know its nearly winter now, but its an interesting project you've got matey.
Thanks everyone for the encouraging words!
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Yesterday I decided to spend a few hours on tidying up the wheels, each wheel was kerbed pretty much on their whole circumference! Couldn't leave them like that and a proper wheel refurb is off the cards for now at least!

I had a friend fit the tyres for me as a favour, which was generous

Firstly I just gave the wheels a general clean, as you can see they don't look too bad considering their age and the mileage of the car.

Volvo 850 R Volans 15-11-17 001 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

Volvo 850 R Volans 15-11-17 002 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

Then I used some autosol on them to get some of the really bad stuff off.

Once they were as clean as I could get them I got clever with how I decided to refurb the wheels...

Volvo 850 R Volans Kerbing Repair 15-11-17 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

Yep, I went and rather laboriously touched in all the damage all the way around!

New set of centre caps (cheap copies).

Volvo 850 R Volans Centre Caps 15-11-17 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

All done, about 4 hours total but they look much better.

Volvo 850 R Volans 15-11-17 006 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

Volvo 850 R Volans 15-11-17 007 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

Volvo 850 R Volans 15-11-17 008 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

I also fitted the new rear pads, discs, fuel filter, oil cap seal and the newer style C70 'fan' washer jets.

As always, more photos in the album if you care...

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Old 17-11-2017, 06:32 AM   #94
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Brilliant! It's coming together really well!!!

Flippin love that big car!

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I've always followed the thread but I've subbed now that you're cracking on with it. Love these shaped 850/V70's (I had a C70 with that face, my folks had an 850 for a long time, still find them more comfy than an S-Class [that I've been in, I don't own or drive one]).
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Brilliant! It's coming together really well!!!

Flippin love that big car!

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I've always followed the thread but I've subbed now that you're cracking on with it. Love these shaped 850/V70's (I had a C70 with that face, my folks had an 850 for a long time, still find them more comfy than an S-Class [that I've been in, I don't own or drive one]).
I think the P80 C70s front seats are the best seats in the business!!
Hugely comfortable!
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Well, well, well..

Yesterday morning the car was entered for an MOT for the first time in 5 years and it only went and passed first time with no advisories and flattering comments from the tester!

OK, not quite true, when I got there it was evident that the horn didn't work, I forgot to check that!
Quickly Googled the fault to find that it was simply fixed with a little self taper in one of the earths in the steering wheel.

But no, the only thing he mentioned was that the exhaust looked a bit scabby, just surface stuff.

DSC_0307 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

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What do you do with a car that has been idle for the last 4 plus years as soon as it passes its MOT?

Drive it of course!

Today I put it straight to work and drove it to Nottingham to deliver an interior.
Brave or foolish?
Well 230 miles completed without a hitch, completely effortless. I am SO impressed with this car, especially when you consider how long it has sat for, its mileage and its age!

Volvo 850 R 19-11-17 001 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

Volvo 850 R 19-11-17 002 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

And to think, I was given this for scrap!!

I still need to change the PCV system, cambelt as it's just about due, paint the calipers (I haven't painted them yet as I wanted to be sure that they were in good working order.).

Oh, and sort that paintwork! It is still covered in Meguiars No7 as I haven't had the weather or time to do it yet!
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Old 19-12-2017, 08:54 AM   #97
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this came up on my facebook last night and instantly thought of you! any good? if I wasn't halfway through doing my garage roof I'd have taken a look at it

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this came up on my facebook last night and instantly thought of you! any good? if I wasn't halfway through doing my garage roof I'd have taken a look at it

Thanks for the thought but I think I have enough for now

Once again, sorry for not updating this enough, I'm slacking!

A few days after my last post the mileometer decided to stop working, I cursed it by only saying a few days before that it was amazing that it still worked. Me and my big mouth.

Not a massive deal, it is almost always a gear on a motor in the tachometer which I could confirm as the digital trip gauge was still working.
Ordered some new gears on a Wednesday and they arrived on a Saturday so I fitted them straight away!

I managed to do 457 miles in less than a week before it stopped haha

Volvo 850R Stuck Mileometer 25-11-17 001 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

Simply enough task to remove the speedo by taking the top of the dash off and it comes apart easily.

Volvo 850R Stuck Mileometer 25-11-17 003 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

And the failed cog with the new £15 replacement black cogs. I don't think I've ever spent so much on something so small!

Volvo 850R Stuck Mileometer 25-11-17 004 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

All assembled ready for the motor to be installed.

Volvo 850R Stuck Mileometer 25-11-17 005 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

While it was all apart I added on the 54 miles I cover while the mileometer was in-op.

Also I righted this bend in the dash as best as I could with a heat gun on the back of it and bending it to shape gently, been caused by someone trying to get to the speedo without removing the dash properly.

Forgot to take any after photos though, d'oh!

Volvo 850R Beige Dashboard Corner 001 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr
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At the moment the car isn't in use and hasn't been driven since 3rd December actually. I'll explain later.

Took it over to Swindon to drop off some scrap Alfa Busso cylinder heads to an interesting French bloke looking to use them for an cool project.
Anyway I digress.
I can't think of a better vehicle for some fast A-road or motorway driving, it still doesn't look like much but it goes like £*#!

Special parking reserved for me in Ikea Bristol

Ikea 850R 03-12-17 1 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

Ikea 850R 03-12-17 2 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr
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Obviously we had some snow recently, it stayed safe where it was.

850 R 10-12-17 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

850 R Snow 11-12-17 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

Sadly, one member of the fleet didn't survive the snow, the Alfa. The snow and the frost has killed the paint on the bonnet. Moisture has got into the stone chips and run down lifting the lacquer. On Sunday it was absolutely fine, Monday it looked terrible . On the same Monday before I noticed the paint damage I had ordered some new suspension for the car, I swear this car is cursed haha.
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Anyway, back to the 850...

Since the car isn't in use I decided about bloody time I sorted a few things out. Let's start on the bodywork.

That front bumper is seriously letting the car down, the main reason I haven't bothered sorting the paint as it would still need this bumper!

850 R Damaged Bumper 001 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

850 R Damaged Bumper 002 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

850 R Damaged Bumper 003 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

I can say it looks much worse in person than the photos suggest!
Someone has had a crude attempt at repairing it before.

850 R Damaged Bumper 004 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

850 R Damaged Bumper 005 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

850 R Damaged Bumper 006 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

850 R Damaged Bumper 007 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

A real mess, now in the bodyshop, I supplied just the bumper and they quoted me just £125 to do. Bargain, we shall see...
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And this is the reason why I stopped driving the 850 mainly, I 'accidentally' bought another motor. Came just in time though so the 850 could avoid the snow

V50 D5 05-12-17 001 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

V50 D5 05-12-17 004 by AcidicDavey, on Flickr

I've never really liked the S40/V50 range before owning one but I'm very impressed with this for a boring modern car. It's a V50 SE Sport D5 Geartronic if you care.
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Nice new v50!

weird question i know..

whats the MPG like on the 850R? is it reasonable?
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Nice new v50!

weird question i know..

whats the MPG like on the 850R? is it reasonable?
Thanks, it needs a bit of a detail but it's a really nice car considering.

Not great, about 15-18mpg around town. 22-25mpg real world average for me.
Just about 30mpg at a cruise on the motorway.
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