Speedo cable

I pulled the dash out of the Volvo, sure enough the cable was not in it, so put it back. A couple of days later I drove the car and it is working. That’s the power of not being able to change my thoughts and explore other possibilities. Although I guess I was able to in the end.

Now about 4 years ago I 3D printed a new part which fixes the cable into the dash, the old one had broken, but I never fitted it because this did happen for 4 years. So now I came to try it..

Two issues with this part, although I copied the original and beefed it up a little, I failed to recognise that it has to assembled onto the cable when it’s made, and secondly when it printed it came out slightly on the small side, I had this same issue with many parts that I later printed on the same machine. So this is junk and has gone back in the door pocket where it shall remain. The speedo cable shall remain floating in the dash..

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Speedo cable

That’s misleading. I set out tonight to remove the speedo cable from the Volvo to see where it is broken. Later on this evening, having not removed it, I realised that I think the cable has just dropped out of the back of the speedo. So tomorrow evening perhaps I will pull the dash off and see if putting it back fixes it. That’ll be a win if that’s the case.

Back to this post, I noticed that the hinge on the left hand garage door on the Volvo side was coming away from the frame, so I had a hack at the wood but really just made a mess.

So I found another bit of timber the right size and cut off that length of door frame.

Found two concrete screws that would do the job and drilled some holes and ran some 3 inch long screws through the hinge.

While I was working on the door I also fixed the bolt, some of these screws were no longer working that well, and I can see why now that they’re out.

Then because I had failed to cut the frame very square I had some wood filler to try to keep the weather out of the joint and to cover up my poor workmanship.

I made up far too much so put the remainder of the filler here:

So that was my evening spent not doing as I planned, but still it was a good outcome, and hopefully I wont have to do what I planned anyway as no doubt the speedo cable is not broken after all.

Volvo battery isolator

Fitted a battery isolator to the dodo today. This should help stop me having to bump or jump start the Volvo when I don’t drive it for a few weeks.

Did a really bad job of soldering the wire to the terminal. But it seems to have worked.

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Volvo bottom ball joint

I replaced the bottom ball joint on the Volvo at the weekend, should have bought a ball joint splitter, it was hard getting the taper to come apart. I wound up beating a could of sockets in on top of the nut and then undoing the nut against them and then beating the joint with a hammer. It came apart in the end.

Old and new
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Volvo Alternator

After the voltage regulator failed I purchased second hand alternator for £30. I fitted this and it turns out that it works perfectly.

One new “old” alternator.
Looks like it’s always been there..

I also swapped out the Land Rover starter motor for a new one. It’s made a hell of a difference, I think in part because the old one was rusting from the inside out because of water ingress over 9 years.

New and Old.

Volvo 50k miles

The Volvo 340 is now a high miler. Done ticket over 50,000 miles on the 24th September. I baked some sweet chesnuts from the tree outside the front of the house, i slit them all, but still a few exploded in the oven and the photo of some bits on the ground is showing the remaining fixings from the removing the plastic under-tray from Hannah’s car. I removed it to change the oil, but sheared off or drill out the fixings as they were so badly rusted, I replaced the tray using zip ties, so it will remain to be seen if it’s still there when I change the oil next time.

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Snowed

A few pictures of the snow.

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Almost done

The Land Rover has reached a state of almost completed. The brakes are being bedded in and one edge of one patch welded up. Then as soon as the brakes start to pull straight it’ll be in for an MoT.

We had a little snow this weekend, only a little. They had more than 6 inches an hour east of us. I didn’t know that until this morning when I spoke with a colleague.

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Slow progress

Made some great progress on the Land Rover with some help. Got bits shotblasted, then galvanised, other parts just painted. Dragged it all down to Cornwall in the Volvo, one wing went via Hannah in the Mazda. Also visited the Great Dorset Steam Fair on the way down on the Thursday. then spent a few days building up the Land Rover.

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Stihl Bar

I picked up a Stihl chainsaw bar for Alan the other day, something of a beast. A double ended milling bar.

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