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Catch up 13 December 2009

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Well that was the last of the historical posts. From now on the updates will be further apart as I don’t work on the car that often.

I have painted the oil cooler so it is now ready for refitting. I may well leave the freeze plug as is, it’s not causing a problem and the cooling system is not pressurised so I think it will be OK. I’ll make a final decision when I go to refit the oil cooler.

I bought some more bits from the guy selling stuff near me. A pair of used rear wheel arch vinyl covers as mine are rotten, a pair of ‘D’ window seals, one new, one good used and a pair of clips for the jack handle in the boot. I also bought a drivers side armrest cover on Ebay. It was advertised as being in the original grain, but of course it isn’t. I’ll probably buy a vinyl repair kit and attempt to repair the armrest I bought and also use this new cover to repair the one currently fitted to the car, I’ll then see which one looks the better.

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Grit in my eye 12 December 2009

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31st December 2008

Progress has been slow as usual but it has been happening. The rear axle is back under the car and the trailing arms and torque rods are connected. While doing this I decided to redo the paint on the panhard rod mount on the body. I only managed to get one coat of hammerite on it before I got some grit in my eye. By the time that was sorted out it was too late to put a second coat on immediately and I have to wait six weeks for the first coat to cure properly. With the cold weather I am probably going to give it a bit longer as well. I had given up on getting an alternator bracket from Scandcar so I bought an IPD version from eBay, whereupon Scandcar got back in touch and sent another bracket which has now arrived. So I now have two alternator brackets to choose from. The IPD version is the nicer of the two so I’ll probably go with that one.

No gap 14 November 2009

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26th November 2005

My order from CVI arrived yesterday, a heater valve gasket, a fusebox lid, some rubber buttons and some hosing for the defroster vents. Today I flushed the engine cooling channels out with some clean water and re-installed the heater housing. I still cannot definitely work out where the sensor is supposed to enter the housing, there is no sign of the gap that I am told should be there, nor is there any soft putty in evidence either. I shall use a hole that is in the front of the housing in approximately the right place, just next to the air flap, this has the advantage that I didn’t have to install the heater housing and heater valve as one unit as would be needed where the sensor tube to be sandwiched in a gap between the two halves. I also recreated the hard fuel line from the tank to the engine bay although I am not happy about securing the line where the flexible hose will join it to go to the fuel pump, there is no obvious clip so it is unsecured at the moment. The shock absorbers from Ebay also arrived yesterday. I ordered a replacement choke mechanism from Tony Barrett yesterday as well. While working on the fuel line I have discovered serious corrosion in the passenger side sill and front chassis member. This is no great surprise, but disappointing nonetheless.

New arms 14 November 2009

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9th November 2005

I cut down and fitted the upper radiator hose this morning and then ordered the replacement kunifer and connector, I hope I got it right this time! I did actually put a vernier caliper on the old connector this time so I have some chance at any rate. To check the thread pitch I pressed some blu-tack inside the connector which took an impression of the threads which I could then get my thread gauge on. I sent the first lot of kunifer and connector back to Automec who were very good about letting me mess them about like this. After investigating obtaining chrome backed wiper blades without much luck I decided to buy a pair of arms complete with blades on Ebay today. Looking at pictures of other 1800s on the net, I am not sure if the arms I have were even correct anyway, so these new ones should be better.

Imperial 14 November 2009

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Stub of hard line and connector

8th November 2005

Naturally I have now discovered the kunifer, clips and connector I ordered from Automec are all wrong, I am still trying to determine exactly what I need, the 15mm spanner to undo it appears to be a complete red herring as I now believe it may be an imperial sized fitting. As you can see from the image above, the connector and stub of hard line are in a pretty poor state and that’s my excuse for not being able to easily determine what it is. Talked to Brookhouse about the two radiator hoses yesterday, apparently the upper hose just needs cutting down. The suppliers have started to supply the same hose for the B20 and B18 engines, and the B20 takes a longer hose, so B18 owners have to cut it down. The lower hose went back and will be replaced with the correct one to connect to the oil cooler. The heater valve is due in this country imminently and will be sent on. I asked for a heater unit drain hose as well. A discussion on the 1800list has highlighted the fact that I am missing a plastic ‘scuttle’ from the fresh air intake and I was slightly miffed that one came up on Ebay but sold within a matter of hours before I could get to it. Looking at other pictures of 1800s on the net, it looks like the vacuum servo brake unit I have is not an original part but as I am not going for a completely stock rebuild it can stay as it is for now. If I come across the correct one at some point I may replace it as it does mildly irritate me.

Flaring 14 November 2009

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Engine bay with heater removed

5th November 2005

The poly link pin bushes arrived the day after I ordered them, which was good. I bought a couple of oil filters, a new battery -ve cable, some oil, DOT 4 brake and clutch fluid and some screen wash yesterday and I only went for some imperial sized spanners, which I also got. I spent about four hours on the car this morning and got quite a lot done. I removed the heater housing and flushed out the heater matrix. I renovated the fresh air vents, one had a choke cable operating it, I used bits from the vents I bought on Ebay and I still have one spare. I cleared the drain hoses from the fresh air intake which were full of debris. I replaced the windscreen washer piping that had rotted. I had previously discovered that the choke was stuck, investigating a bit more, I found that a vent cable had been substituted for the choke cable! Having just gained a choke cable I put it in its proper place. I used a cable oiler to oil the cables to the carburettors and boy was that a messy business. However the lever that connects the main cable to the two cables going to the carbs is incredibly stiff and does not seem to be removeable so I am going to have to fix that before the choke will work properly. I removed the fuel hoses so I could measure and get replacements. Some previous owner had replaced the hard line that should run from the tank to the engine bay with rubber hose, so I had better learn how to bend and flare pretty quickly so I can recreate that line. I put on the new radiator cap and reattached the expansion bottle to the radiator with the new hose and found that the bottom radiator hose I had been sent was the wrong one. My car has an oil cooler and the bottom radiator hose is a three way affair with the third, smaller pipe leading to the oil cooler but I had been sent a simple elbow without the pipe to the oil cooler.

New radiator cap and thermostat housing

Pile gets bigger 14 November 2009

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2nd November 2005

My order from Brookhouse arrived yesterday, hurray! I intend to remove the heater matrix and give it a good flush out before I refill the coolant system though and I still need the heater valve. The poly front ASB bushes I got from Ebay are the wrong size, they are for a 19mm ASB but my car has a 22mm ASB so I am trying to get them swapped. I bought some poly link pin bushes this morning on Ebay. The pile of new parts is getting bigger, I hope to be able to make it smaller soon as I start fitting them.

Cap off 14 November 2009

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31st October 2005

The radiator cap came off this morning without apparent damage to the radiator and I managed to identify the distributor as an 003. I ordered a bunch of stuff from Brookhouse including all coolant hoses but unfortunately the heater valve was out of stock. New stock is due to arrive in Sweden tomorrow or Wednesday so it shouldn’t be too long. I just won an instruction manual and hub puller on Ebay so a good day overall.

Not so bad 14 November 2009

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View of engine bay to rear

View of engine bay to front

28th October 2005

I take the battery out of the car and discover that the battery box has previously been repaired and what I saw from inside the car was the repair patch and not the battery. It may not be pretty at the moment but at least the battery is not in imminent danger of falling into the passenger footwell and it is one less job that would need doing before driving it anywhere. In the boot there is a short hose and I guess that this is the missing hose from the heater valve to the matrix, I wish I knew why it had been bypassed. I suppose it probably leaks and so will need replacing. The air vents I bought on Ebay have arrived when I get home from work as have the new air filters. I also bought a length of hose to replace the radiator to expansion tank hose that is rotten.

Rusty box 14 November 2009

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Corroded base of battery box

27th October 2005

I attempt to put some antifreeze in but give it up as I cannot get the radiator cap off. I use a soft brush to dislodge some more of the leaves etc in the engine bay, most of it is gone now and looking better for it (see below). I notice the battery box is just about completely destroyed by rust (see above) and that the fresh air vent is not closing on the passenger side. I manage to buy a pair of vents on Ebay as well as some poly bushings. Still cannot find the VIN. Looking at pictures on the web I decide that the worrisome pipe is in fact the heater control valve and should indeed have hoses attached. Lots of the hoses under the bonnet are looking the worse for wear including the fuel pipes so I think I shall have to replace them all. When I get home the POR15 tank repair kit from Frost has arrived so if I have time over the weekend I shall start the process. I also ordered a pair of chrome air filter housings from Gower and Lee that have a washable foam element inside for less than the cost of the Volvo elements and they would need replacing after 12,000 miles or so.