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Forum: maintenance & nonperformance Yesterday, 12:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 621
Posted By Toybox
Good data point to know. I was taught that...

Good data point to know. I was taught that Aluminum heads warp not just with overheating, but also very, very slowly due to combustion pressure and time. Whenever I have removed one (typ 250+k...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance Yesterday, 01:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 197
Posted By Toybox
forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=355697

forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=355697
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance Yesterday, 01:27 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 621
Posted By Toybox
Errr... isn't a non-flat head one of the primary...

Errr... isn't a non-flat head one of the primary reasons the HG would fail in the first place?
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-13-2020, 07:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,228
Posted By Toybox
Wait a minute... in the very first post, you...

Wait a minute... in the very first post, you said the intank pump was drawing 3.1 Amps -- which implies it was functioning, even as you were beginning to chase gremlins. And you sure have mentioned...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-13-2020, 02:24 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,378
Posted By Toybox
What's wrong with shifting for passing? ...

What's wrong with shifting for passing?

"Good RPM" depends on where you live and what you demand of your wheels. There are vast stretches of countryside where it's so flat you can watch your dog...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-12-2020, 01:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 824
Posted By Toybox
I have seen the contacts melt the plastic, where...

I have seen the contacts melt the plastic, where the socket fits into the housing. I've always assumed it was due to an overwattage bulb.

In my attempt to locate a picture, I found this one...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-10-2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,378
Posted By Toybox
What you describe would almost certainly bother...

What you describe would almost certainly bother me. Well-tuned ears. I vastly prefer smooth and quiet.

So, it's worth adding another data point to your post: I've driven 2 different V8 T5...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-07-2020, 05:02 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,755
Posted By Toybox
And yet, very soon afterward, it coughed and...

And yet, very soon afterward, it coughed and started? Hmmm. (Did you omit telling us the step about waving the magic wand?)

Congrats! How very cool to see how you coaxed it into shape.
Forum: performance & modifications 10-07-2020, 01:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,200
Posted By Toybox
Isn't a 7.2" ring gear for the 1030? In which...

Isn't a 7.2" ring gear for the 1030? In which case, here are pictures of a 43-13 gear that measures as such. (Which is exactly what I recall putting in my car.)
...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-07-2020, 03:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 809
Posted By Toybox
Seldom do I see "shoehorn" and "bolt-in swap" in...

Seldom do I see "shoehorn" and "bolt-in swap" in the same sentence. :lol:
Forum: performance & modifications 10-07-2020, 12:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,246
Posted By Toybox
It would be difficult to find anyone more...

It would be difficult to find anyone more knowledgeable than Dan Stern. Lighting, bulb choices, mfr histories, regulations all over the world... and Volvos, to boot. ...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-05-2020, 09:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 679
Posted By Toybox
Hmm, I'm almost positive that my 3.31 ring gear...

Hmm, I'm almost positive that my 3.31 ring gear measured 7.2" when I installed the True-Trac. Doesn't that make it a 1030? I pulled the whole axle from a 1984 after it had done 20 years of faithful...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-05-2020, 03:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,200
Posted By Toybox
The 1030 is built the same way. The "3.73-up"...

The 1030 is built the same way. The "3.73-up" True-Trac is what fits the 3.54 and 3.31 gears also. There is no carrier split, in the Volvo.

Which means, if I understand this correctly... even...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-04-2020, 12:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 835
Posted By Toybox
Would you recommend that over powdercoat? My...

Would you recommend that over powdercoat? My thought is, if you're going to the trouble of refinishing (and straightening!) wheels, may as well make them bulletproof...

Of course, a quickie shot...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-04-2020, 01:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 732
Posted By Toybox
Good to know. Just curious; you're the first...

Good to know. Just curious; you're the first person I've heard voice any real experience in this avenue. How/where does Volvo's original airbag attempt relate to the story I remember seeing unfold...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-04-2020, 01:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 644
Posted By Toybox
Those two statements seem strange together, but...

Those two statements seem strange together, but it may very well be true.

Is leaking the only mode of octopus failure? I would think that if the failure warning light comes on and then corrects...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-04-2020, 12:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 553
Posted By Toybox
Permanent or temporary? For temporary, the...

Permanent or temporary?

For temporary, the gutter mount version work very well, either Thule or Yakima. At one point, there were Thule racks with Volvo branding cast into the end pieces. But...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-03-2020, 12:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,093
Posted By Toybox
Oh, I should have clarified, the maintenance...

Oh, I should have clarified, the maintenance issues I've experienced were for one-way trucks. And afterward, I discovered through the magic of the Internet that I'm hardly alone. I can't imagine a...
Forum: showroom 09-28-2020, 11:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,140
Posted By Toybox
That was this one. ...

That was this one. http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=356717

Sure, I didn't think rattling the seat would be sonically pleasing, either. But it's absolutely amazing. My...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-28-2020, 02:42 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,188
Posted By Toybox
Awesome! Truly a 70s color. Nice save, seems...

Awesome! Truly a 70s color. Nice save, seems mostly solid. (Haven't seen a cylinder head in that bad shape for quite a while.) Glad to see you're having fun bringing this thing back to life.

I...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-24-2020, 03:24 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,093
Posted By Toybox
Unless you fill it with car parts and other dense...

Unless you fill it with car parts and other dense things. We measured one at ~7000 lbs once. :omg:

Anything "one way" from U-Haul is somewhere between questionable and a death wish. They...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-24-2020, 03:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,173
Posted By Toybox
"with rubber that can slip"... you're thinking...

"with rubber that can slip"... you're thinking of the harmonic balancer, yes? Good thought. Even if you don't expect it to be off, it certainly can't hurt to verify that all the marks are pointing...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-19-2020, 01:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,378
Posted By Toybox
maybe you're just itching to change your username...

maybe you're just itching to change your username to makebrickgoboom ?

:)
Forum: performance & modifications 09-18-2020, 03:23 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,023
Posted By Toybox
Since the speedo cable attaches to the...

Since the speedo cable attaches to the transmission, the choice of axle housing is irrelevant.

If you had a later electronic speedo which reads from a tone ring on the rear gear, then your choice...
Forum: performance & modifications 09-17-2020, 07:33 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,023
Posted By Toybox
Bingo. My bone-stock Fox Body with 3.08 felt...

Bingo. My bone-stock Fox Body with 3.08 felt absolutely perfect. 225/60R15 tires gave 2000 rpm at 70mph. The 3.35 first gear was fun!!

Drove a different car (same basic powerplant) with a 3.54...
Forum: performance & modifications 09-17-2020, 07:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,994
Posted By Toybox
Without a doubt, you have identified the problem...

Without a doubt, you have identified the problem perfectly. If it cools down with more airflow, then that's what it wants.

New thermostat won't help a bit. That affects only the engine minimum...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-17-2020, 06:19 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,755
Posted By Toybox
I love that leaf spring bumper! :rofl: It...

I love that leaf spring bumper! :rofl:

It might even be a useful way to absorb some kinetic energy without damaging the frame as much. Except that it's too low to be of any use against today's...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-11-2020, 06:01 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,032
Posted By Toybox
Looking at Irv Gordon's habits would be a great...

Looking at Irv Gordon's habits would be a great starting spot, except that he used dinosaur bones and changed every 3k miles as has been pointed out. So it doesn't really tell us much about long...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-11-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,203
Posted By Toybox
Ah, at first I thought "e-fan" implied ECU...

Ah, at first I thought "e-fan" implied ECU control. But what you've got is wonderfully old school.

All you need to do is figure out whether the thermoswitch is flaky (meaning the relay is doing...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-11-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 14,482
Posted By Toybox
Very effective use of tape. Thanks for sharing!

Very effective use of tape. Thanks for sharing!
Forum: projects & restorations 09-11-2020, 02:12 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 14,482
Posted By Toybox
Of course. I was fully expecting to see all new...

Of course. I was fully expecting to see all new copper piping and maybe even a new garage roof before the end of the weekend....



See? It wasn't overkill, just preparation. :nod:
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-06-2020, 05:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,152
Posted By Toybox
There's not much to it, really. I tried to post...

There's not much to it, really. I tried to post a link in blue text, but let me spell it out: https://www.madisoundspeakerstore.com/bass-shakers/aurasound-ast-2b-4-pro-bass-shaker-each/

Each...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-05-2020, 05:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,426
Posted By Toybox
You've got the right idea, but the analog meter...

You've got the right idea, but the analog meter has to have high enough internal impedance to not drag the signal down. A digital meter will definitely show you an output, but obviously if it jumps...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-05-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,426
Posted By Toybox
[/quote] Aaah. Gotcha. I was thinking of it...

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Aaah. Gotcha. I was thinking of it in different terms. When dealership mechanics once asked a friend whether the Check Engine light was on steady or flashing, he said, "How about one...
Forum: performance & modifications 09-05-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 175,773
Posted By Toybox
Isn't it amazing how different it feels, driver...

Isn't it amazing how different it feels, driver vs. passenger? Faced with the same exact shenanigans, one person says "exhilarating" while the other frantically grabs any Oh Sh!t bar within reach. ...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-05-2020, 02:48 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,426
Posted By Toybox
"This year"? I'm not understanding your...

"This year"? I'm not understanding your reference.

Regardless, a non-buzzing frequency valve is a definite problem. That buzzing is the mechanism for dynamically controlling the A/F ratio --...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-05-2020, 02:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,152
Posted By Toybox
That makes me think the music is for you, not for...

That makes me think the music is for you, not for your neighbors. If so, you may wish to try a pair of Aura Bass Shaker Pro...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-02-2020, 07:36 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 10,481
Posted By Toybox
That's the height of a wagon that's meant to do...

That's the height of a wagon that's meant to do actual work. :nod:

I bought one years ago with lowering springs; the seller was really impressed and figured I ought to be, also. Imagine his...
Forum: projects & restorations 08-12-2020, 01:46 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 14,482
Posted By Toybox
That's how the best projects work, I'm afraid. ...

That's how the best projects work, I'm afraid.

I'm very pleased to see this car has ended up in the hands of a true craftsman. I well recall my reaction to the Craigslist ad, that such an...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-11-2020, 03:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,296
Posted By Toybox
Bingo. And you say it's running smoother now? ...

Bingo. And you say it's running smoother now? You'd be amazed how much that can help.


Well... technically, NOx is purely generated by high combustion temps, so I suppose "uneven" applies. ...
Forum: projects & restorations 08-09-2020, 03:40 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 123,244
Posted By Toybox
I have often noticed, your eye for still...

I have often noticed, your eye for still photography is exemplary. Always just the right lighting, angle, background -- heck, you can make that car look good no matter where it sits. Sure, it helps...
Forum: showroom 08-06-2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 253
Views: 342,192
Posted By Toybox
Are you collecting VINs of the lost, also? ...

Are you collecting VINs of the lost, also? Someone posted a new junkyard arrival in Florida.
http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=164474&page=1627

Before the junkyard's pictures...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-31-2020, 04:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,765
Posted By Toybox
I agree that you need to make sure the gauge is...

I agree that you need to make sure the gauge is accurate before freaking out. But the timing of your events does lend some suspicion... Don't know what cam you had in before, but I'd guess a cam...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-23-2020, 02:22 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,005
Posted By Toybox
Everything sounds good... How is it for brake...

Everything sounds good... How is it for brake dust? Both the amount, and the ease of washing it off?
Forum: projects & restorations 07-16-2020, 03:55 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 10,481
Posted By Toybox
I'd say that helps, really. There's a fine line...

I'd say that helps, really. There's a fine line between hobby and mental illness. Always keep 'em guessing which side of it you're on. :cool:

OP, I like your attitude.

PS. my Sweetie wants...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-21-2020, 02:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,303
Posted By Toybox
I think you found your own answer. If it doesn't...

I think you found your own answer. If it doesn't leak when you spray the bottom corner, I'll bet it does when you spray the top... which means you have a cute little river running down the A-pillar...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-21-2020, 01:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,517
Posted By Toybox
... and when it does leak, it allows water into...

... and when it does leak, it allows water into parts of the car that were never expecting it. There are no drain holes. At least not until the resulting rust creates them for you.

There is a...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 03-31-2020, 12:30 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,573
Posted By Toybox
Yep, pretty loud coming out of the manifold with...

Yep, pretty loud coming out of the manifold with no pipe. I'll bet that was a surprise when you fired it up! Sorry to hear someone would do that.

If it's a 94 then it probably had just the...
Forum: projects & restorations 03-30-2020, 11:07 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 86,164
Posted By Toybox
Good choice. You can always reuse a gasket, but...

Good choice. You can always reuse a gasket, but it won't be long before you receive an opportunity to do the job again. :lol:

Looking forward to seeing the finished result!
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 03-28-2020, 03:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,049
Posted By Toybox
And after one gets wet, you'll discover the...

And after one gets wet, you'll discover the wipers do weird things, like suddenly turn on without any driver provocation. :lol:
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