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Old 07-21-2015, 08:18 AM   #201
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Thanks Tuff - Much food for thought in all that. Will let our guy know and get him pondering too before we jump
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Old 07-24-2015, 02:54 AM   #202
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Sorry post cleaned up due to Photobuckets extortion attempt most photos lost on this page - apologies

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Old 07-24-2015, 03:23 AM   #203
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Looks and sounds good on the track!

Nice that they provide you some shelter in the pits.
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Old 07-24-2015, 03:35 AM   #204
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Thanks

They look after us well most likely due to the heat but we get garages/carports at every track we run at. Some charge you for it but well worth it that's for sure
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Old 07-24-2015, 04:18 AM   #205
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Fwiw, Geminis are 16x7.

Good work! Loving this, is there any way to make it a turbo car in line with the rules?
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Old 07-24-2015, 04:31 AM   #206
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These momo stars definitely 15*7 so must not be geminis. Some one must have ordered them for their volvo in the day. Came out of usa and have volvo caps

No luck on turbo. Has to be as it was in 1979 or slightly tweaked within the group c rules of that year.
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:13 AM   #207
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I have Aussie replicas of the Momo Stars, made by CSA and they have Volvo caps on them too. Mine are 16"x7".

Great updates as always! Seems unreal to see the car so restored now and actually being raced. Way too cool.
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Old 07-26-2015, 05:41 PM   #208
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Well Lakeside classic 2015 run and done. Weather held out and a great crowds turned out on Sunday for a great days racing across all categories.

Car went well and we finished all races with very few issues. Had a tyre delamination on warm down lap after last race and we have one weeping welsh plug. Both issues easily sorted before our final race outing for this year.

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Old 07-27-2015, 12:21 AM   #209
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Here are a couple of professional photos courtesy of Ian at Shifting Focus

Lakeside Raceway Map - Great Historic track with lots of off camber corners and lots of Armco and very few gravel traps. If you go off the track most likely you will tag a wall with little forgiveness. If you damage the Armco they charge you $260 a panel to replace



Heres a link to you tube footage of last race Sunday - Footage shot from Bus Stop

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Next Meet is Muscle Car Masters at Eastern Creek in Sydney in September.

http://www.musclecarmasters.com.au/

Will post an update then

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Old 07-27-2015, 12:42 AM   #210
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very awesome. contrats!
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Old 07-27-2015, 05:13 AM   #211
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Vintage race car over load! Looking great out there!

How was the handling?
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Old 07-27-2015, 08:19 AM   #212
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Handling was improved. We dropped rear down 20mm since last race meet and adjusted koni front shocks from medium to hardest setting. It felt right everywhere except up around the eastern loop where it wanted to be a bit taily and required a little peddling to keep in line. It is telegraphing everything so no surprises and can feed small corrections in. Up around the eastern loop you have to be super cautious to stay on track as it drops off sharply on grass downhill to armco.

Yet to check photos but i don't think we had any where near the weight transfer as last time.

At this stage looking to try 400lb springs on front and 250 lbs on back. Also aiming for ride height neutral or even down at back slightly. As we cant run coil overs sourcing and getting height right is going to be a challenge.
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:41 AM   #213
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That's good. Always takes a lot of effort to get one dialed in, but sounds like you are on the right track with a good base to work from.
Are you still running a rear sway bar?
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:10 AM   #214
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Yep

28mm front and 19 rear
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Old 07-27-2015, 03:05 PM   #215
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Might try taking it off completely before lowering the rear more.
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Old 07-29-2015, 12:07 AM   #216
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Duly Noted Tuff
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Old 08-23-2015, 01:41 AM   #217
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Car prep done for Muscle Car Masters in Sydney on 5th and 6th September and car and trailer loaded up ready to go.

We have made no changes to suspension yet but she has had a full service/spanner check and replacement of one weeping welsh plug and some new non Glycol based coolant, a missing exhaust system bolt and one new rubber mount on fuel injection system. Also had to replace the shredded slick so will have two new tyres on board as well. Everything else appears to be behaving as it should.




Will post up some shots when we get back

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Old 08-23-2015, 08:53 AM   #218
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At this stage looking to try 400lb springs on front and 250 lbs on back. Also aiming for ride height neutral or even down at back slightly. As we cant run coil overs sourcing and getting height right is going to be a challenge.
Peter where do you want to buy the 400lb springs for macpherson struts?? does anyone produce stuff liek this for volvo 240?
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Old 08-24-2015, 07:36 AM   #219
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Have not found anyone yet. Will let you know how we go. We cant go to coil overs as not allowed under the rules.
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Old 08-24-2015, 08:00 AM   #220
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You might be able to get those springs from Classicswede in the UK (that's also his username on here).
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You might be able to get those springs from Classicswede in the UK (that's also his username on here).
this!
lesjofors spings are definitely a step up against the stock springs, nice for a DD, but not stiff enought for 100% racing
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Old 09-07-2015, 06:15 PM   #222
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Just returned from Muscle Car Masters 2015 in Sydney at which the car got a great reception but we managed to damage the bottom end in race 1 after a day of drama at Fridays practice.

At the last race meet one of the welsh (core, freeze) plugs started to weep and we thought we would do the right thing and replace it before the next race meet. In hindsight we should have just let it weep. The best way to put it after having it blow 2 welsh plugs is that we think we now know how it needs to be done but the experience came at a price.

On the Friday at practice the car blew some smoke in turn 1 on lap 2 and the temperature gauge jumped to red hot in a matter of seconds but the damage was done. It had spat the Welsh plug and emptied the coolant By the time the car got back to the pits there was not even steam as there was no water left at all. To say it was hot was an understatement.

We knew it most likely would have warped the head but we had driven 12 hours for the weekends activities so did not intend to give up without having a go at fixing it. We fitted Welsh plug number 2 with some further advice from those with more knowledge and fired the car up to ascertain if we had warped the head. No surprises as the answer was yes. It was 1.00pm Friday afternoon and we had a gracious offer from the owner of Peninsular Engine Services at Brookvale in Sydney that they would machine the head if we got it off. So we stripped the head off it and at 3.30 pm I set out to travel the 50kms from Eastern Creek to Brookvale in Friday afternoon Sydney traffic. I did not arrive at machine shop until 5.30pm and the guys got to work. They had other work to do as well on another car so I did not leave the machine shop until 8.30pm.

Here is the head getting some love




I arrived back at the pits at 9.30pm and we set about putting it all back together. We had a full Head Gasket kit in our spares. We managed to have it fired up at 1.00am in the morning with some work to do on sorting timing when we returned in the morning. So we hit our beds at 2.30am and had to be up at 5.30am as we had to be at the track by 7.00am. We had qualifying at 9.00am.

We tweaked the cars timing and it was running strong and sounded good and we had no leaks and Welsh plug appeared to be holding. So it was off to Qualifying.

I ran the car on the dummy grid whilst waiting to be released and it was idling well and temperature and fluids all good so we rolled out once given the green light. Upon accelerating onto the track I did not know but it spat Welsh plug number 2 straight out and dumped water all way from turn 1 to turn 2. I was concentrating on watching temperature gauge and getting heat in brakes etc so did not see the trail but as I turned into turn 2 the car went straight around and I knew straight away that I had water onto brand new slicks. I gathered it back up and temp gauge was still at 80 so I nursed it back into the garage with gauge only getting to 120 and at least this time we had steam so were confident we had not most likely hurt the newly machined head this time.

So we were onto Welsh plug number 3 and more consults with those who know more and we did as instructed but also made a retainer and drilled the small self tapping holes in block just as a precaution. I had to seek special permission which was granted to run from rear of grid in race 1 as I had not Qualified.

Even though we had not hurt the head the car was not quite running as crisply as it was nor could we seem to get the timing in a sweat spot but time was up and it was off to race 1 from rear of grid

Here is race 1 dummy Grid ready to roll out



Car was behaving itself on the out lap so I fell into position for the rolling start and away we went. I was very tentative in first couple of laps waiting for something to let go but started to get a little comfortable and settle into something of a race head space but it started to backfire on deceleration at top of track and I ran the full length of the straight and headed to turn 2 on my last lap. Coming out of turn 2 the fire went out in the engine and I pulled it safely off the track out of the way and had to wait for a flat tow back to pits. The car would turn but not fire. Back in the pits we got the car to fire and it ran for approx 3 seconds before stalling again with lots of blew smoke so we knew it was game over for the weekend. Our guess is the heat on Friday damaged the bottom end to and we have a standing bet that it will be piston 4.

So we packed up everything but the car and cleaned her up so at least we could leave her on display on Sunday as we knew the original driver was going to be at the track and of a number of people who wanted to see the car.

The car got a good reception and due to the controversy back in 1979 surrounding the car people either really love it or hate it. By far more love it than hate it but let the haters hate I say.

We were approached on Saturday if we would be happy to have Spencer Martin the original Driver and Peter Williamson the driver of the Toyota Celica who had the very first in car camera installed for the Bathurst race (world first too if not mistaken) in which he commentated as he went when possible use the car as a backdrop for the interview. This footage is found on one of the early pages of this build and during this commentary he makes comments like "heres that Bloody Volvo" or something similar. It was a great interview to observe and there was plenty of media attention so who knows what will make print or the DVD of the event.

Spencer got to see the car for the first time since 1979 and we got him to sign the glovebox for us as well as our display board. He is an absolute gentleman.

Here is the car Cleaned up ready for Sunday display but no racing



Spencer Martin Left and Peter Williamson right in front of the car



During interview with Spencer and Peter



Spencer signing the glove box for us




An overview from back of track to pits and main grandstand



We will gather our breath over next couple of weeks and then fit the spare engine for the moment whilst we figure out what is legal for engine modifications under the rules and set about building a motor.

The car back home awaiting some attention

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Huge Thanks to Kris for spinning the spanners and to the huge assistance from Phil and Daniel at Peninsular Engine Services in Brookvale Sydney for their advice and machine shop services. These guys know their Volvos so if you are looking for someone in Sydney for Volvo engine rebuilding these guys are worth a chat.

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Old 09-23-2015, 07:52 AM   #223
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Well we finally got around to getting the car off the trailer and spending a bit of time sorting out a plan of attack.

We have started to gather information on the rules for what modifications we are allowed and possible suppliers for a purpose built engine. This is ongoing.

The car actually started and ran with no smoke but running on 3 Cylinders. For giggles we performed a compression test on it and checked the plugs when removed. Cylinder 4 definitely oiling up and we had compression of 140,130,130,120 on one through 4. When we pull the engine down the issue will be revealed for no 4.

In the meantime we checked over our spare engine that we intend to drop into the car until the engine is finished. We already know it has really good and consistent compression on all 4 cylinders but we are going to drop a new timing belt on as well as changeover the water pump and everything else from the current Engine. The 405 head has been reconditioned and it is running a H Cam already. Once we have it in the car we are going to take it to the track for a practice day to get a feel on how it compares to the engine we started with as well as check our lap times. Not an exact science but will give us a sense on how quick we need to get purpose built Engine done as it is not really budgeted for at present.

We also checked the 03rd block we have and plan to use for the purpose built engine and measured each bore. It is a virgin original B23E cast 12/78 engine so should be a good base to start from for the bottom end.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:13 AM   #224
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Would it be legal to fit a float switch to the coolant reservoir hooked to an idiot light?
Altronics in Perth have a suitable unit for about $35. Instant notification of a drop in coolant level.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:14 AM   #225
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one click, two posts. yay.

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