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Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 03-11-2017, 12:45 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 56,306
Posted By ratmonster
Just a brief update on the cheap Westlake tires: ...

Just a brief update on the cheap Westlake tires: so far, so good. I still like the road feel, the general quietness, the improved handling. It's only been a little over a month, of course. Just,...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-31-2017, 08:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,664
Posted By ratmonster
If you find the leak and it's accessible, there...

If you find the leak and it's accessible, there is a fuel tank repair putty you can get from most auto parts stores. Decent temporary solution. I had an old Grand Marquis with that crap on the tank...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-29-2017, 09:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,589
Posted By ratmonster
Does it have a sulphur/rotten egg smell? That is...

Does it have a sulphur/rotten egg smell? That is often an indicator of bad cats. A strong fuel smell might mean that it isn't sufficiently burning it's gas because of a poor fuel/air mixture. That...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-26-2017, 02:10 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 56,306
Posted By ratmonster
You shouldn't have an issue with that setup. ...

You shouldn't have an issue with that setup. That is a common size combo.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-25-2017, 07:22 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 56,306
Posted By ratmonster
I feel ya. They lost one of my lug nuts. I...

I feel ya. They lost one of my lug nuts. I still don't understand how - they just took them off and sat them down. Only went with them because of the discount.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-25-2017, 07:22 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 56,306
Posted By ratmonster
I'm skipping this one. No engine swaps or +T for...

I'm skipping this one. No engine swaps or +T for me. Just lower stance. Then drive until explosion. When I want a powerful car, I'll just go buy one. My wife's next car is likely to be a Ford...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-25-2017, 12:00 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 56,306
Posted By ratmonster
I understand why you wouldn't run them, but my...

I understand why you wouldn't run them, but my handling is sooooo much better now! If it weren't for the Wilt Chamberlain suspension height causing body roll, I think Ragnar would be the best...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-24-2017, 11:31 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 56,306
Posted By ratmonster
Mine came from Walmart's website. Had them put...

Mine came from Walmart's website. Had them put on at Walmart. My wife works there, so discounts abounded. Cost under $200 for four tires, installed, free lifetime rotation.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-23-2017, 11:18 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 56,306
Posted By ratmonster
Cut springs - the poor man's friend. Most of the...

Cut springs - the poor man's friend. Most of the guys here who buy lowering springs wind up cutting them anyway to get lower anyway, so that's where I'm gonna start.
Forum: performance & modifications 01-23-2017, 11:15 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 16,687
Posted By ratmonster
Jazz musician, huh? My uncles are all blues men....

Jazz musician, huh? My uncles are all blues men. I'm a bit of a metalhead, but the better metal has strong jazz influences. So I have a lot of respect for jazz.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-22-2017, 05:40 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 56,306
Posted By ratmonster
Topped out at about 70. But it is exceedingly...

Topped out at about 70. But it is exceedingly rare that I drive more than 70 mph. Also, this car is used almost exclusively for driving within a 20 mile radius. We did drive it to S.Carolina...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-22-2017, 05:17 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 56,306
Posted By ratmonster
Experienced the new tires today on wet roads with...

Experienced the new tires today on wet roads with a little standing water/puddles. No indication of hydroplaning, felt sure-footed. Pleased so far!
Forum: performance & modifications 01-22-2017, 02:02 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 16,687
Posted By ratmonster
I'm 39. And lowering pre-dates millennials by,...

I'm 39. And lowering pre-dates millennials by, what, 50 years? Lowering is part of automotive life, dude. Besides, with these cars, lowering it beyond the point of utility would mean lowering it...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-22-2017, 01:56 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 16,687
Posted By ratmonster
If there is no other reason I could ever give up...

If there is no other reason I could ever give up this site, John V, you are reason enough to stay forever. I don't know what you smoke, but pass it, would ya?
Forum: performance & modifications 01-22-2017, 01:50 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 16,687
Posted By ratmonster
There seems to be a strangely mixed bad TB when...

There seems to be a strangely mixed bad TB when it comes to modification. Some things are socially acceptable, some are off limits. I don't guess I'll ever really understand. But it is nice to...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-22-2017, 10:06 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 16,687
Posted By ratmonster
This thread has gone places I never imagined. ...

This thread has gone places I never imagined. That being said, I've learned a lot from you guys, and will have to mull it all over. I won't be driving at insane speeds, so I don't know how much a...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-22-2017, 12:02 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 16,687
Posted By ratmonster
I'm going for wider track, which I happen to like...

I'm going for wider track, which I happen to like the look of. Based on your sig pic, it looks like you like wider track too. So I'm not 100% sure what you're getting at. But styling is beauty,...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-21-2017, 11:53 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 56,306
Posted By ratmonster
Okay, fair enough. i didn't realize it was that...

Okay, fair enough. i didn't realize it was that big of a difference. However, they are mine now, so they are gonna get ridden hard and put away wet (or dry) until they explode, go bald, get stolen,...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-21-2017, 10:28 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 16,687
Posted By ratmonster
That would be a big improvement, just to have the...

That would be a big improvement, just to have the front and back more similarly spaced.
Forum: performance & modifications 01-21-2017, 08:07 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 16,687
Posted By ratmonster
Question about wheel spacers

I realize this might be odd, but I have a very specific vision in mind for my 1992 Volvo 245. Other people might not think it's all that cool, but I'm doing it for me - not them. So bear with me,...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-21-2017, 07:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,113
Posted By ratmonster
Could be a fuel pump relay overheating. Common...

Could be a fuel pump relay overheating. Common problem on these cars. Dunno how you check it, except swapping in a known good relay. Maybe someone else knows more on the subject.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-21-2017, 05:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,863
Posted By ratmonster
I'm told there is a Volvo guy in southern Alabama...

I'm told there is a Volvo guy in southern Alabama or Georgia, does nothing but part out Volvo's. But I don't have contact info. Maybe someone else knows who this is?
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-21-2017, 05:20 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 56,306
Posted By ratmonster
I will work on this.

I will work on this.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-21-2017, 05:16 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 56,306
Posted By ratmonster
Here's the info from the tire sticker" ...

Here's the info from the tire sticker"

Westlake
195/60r14
Standard load
86H
Black sidewall
TL
UTQG: 500 A A
M+S
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-20-2017, 09:32 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 56,306
Posted By ratmonster
Perhaps. But I wanted to stay smaller diameter...

Perhaps. But I wanted to stay smaller diameter because I will be lowering it soon. Less chance of rubbing.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-20-2017, 08:08 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 56,306
Posted By ratmonster
Cheap Chinese tires seem okay!

My car is a 1992 Volvo 245. It has over 300,000 miles on the odometer, and the odometer stopped working in 2009. In all likelihood, my car has in excess of 400,000 miles.

Seeing as she is...
Forum: showroom 12-15-2016, 06:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,726
Posted By ratmonster
Sounds like a great project. Keep us updated!

Sounds like a great project. Keep us updated!
Forum: website & board 12-05-2016, 10:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,791
Posted By ratmonster
Sounds like an interesting project - Welcome to...

Sounds like an interesting project - Welcome to the site!
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-03-2016, 10:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,520
Posted By ratmonster
Not gonna take the bait. I'm just not...

Not gonna take the bait. I'm just not interested in what you have to say, only person I have blocked.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-03-2016, 10:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,520
Posted By ratmonster
It's worked for other stuff. I think cars are...

It's worked for other stuff. I think cars are the product of someone sinister that I don't want to pray to - Satan, Cthulhu, Wayne Brady - somebody too scary for me.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-03-2016, 10:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,520
Posted By ratmonster
I found it as hazards were working, and I wasn't...

I found it as hazards were working, and I wasn't sure if these cars had separate hazard/flasher units. But all is good in the world now! The very limited world of Ragnar.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-03-2016, 08:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,427
Posted By ratmonster
My exhaust is all rattles and clanging too. Will...

My exhaust is all rattles and clanging too. Will fix when care.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-03-2016, 08:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,520
Posted By ratmonster
Checked the fuse, was fine. Disconnected and...

Checked the fuse, was fine. Disconnected and cleaned the contacts, accidentally turned on the brights. Worked fine, but saw a tiny spark. Cleaned mounting points of switch in case it grounds that...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-03-2016, 06:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,520
Posted By ratmonster
Turn signal - full failure

So he's a 1992 Volvo 240 wagon, or 245.

Turn signals stopped working today. Fuse block indicated that tail lamps are on the same circuit as signals, so I checked, and tail lamps still work. As...
Forum: website & board 11-30-2016, 08:31 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,447
Posted By ratmonster
Not at all, mang. This was about stuff in PM...

Not at all, mang. This was about stuff in PM only. I'm down for what ever piles of brown I step in when in the public setting. I can defend myself well enough with a keyboard. Off-topic can be a...
Forum: website & board 11-30-2016, 08:27 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,447
Posted By ratmonster
Yeah, turns out the spelling is pretty bad at 2...

Yeah, turns out the spelling is pretty bad at 2 in the morn.
Forum: website & board 11-30-2016, 02:34 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,447
Posted By ratmonster
PM sent.

PM sent.
Forum: website & board 11-30-2016, 12:08 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,447
Posted By ratmonster
Being harassed in PM

Who do I talk to when I have asked a member of the board NOT to contact me via PM but they continue to do it anyways?
Forum: projects & restorations 11-26-2016, 10:37 PM
Replies: 3,257
Views: 2,049,104
Posted By ratmonster
You're sick! Sick I say! Sorry your car is...

You're sick! Sick I say!

Sorry your car is giving you the blues, I hope you get to realize your dream soon!
Forum: showroom 11-26-2016, 01:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,686
Posted By ratmonster
Sweet ride, just one thing I don't like - you did...

Sweet ride, just one thing I don't like - you did the checkerboard roof before me! :-P

I was thinking of doing some custom touches, and your car literally already has ALL of them. Nice to know it...
Forum: showroom 11-25-2016, 04:47 PM
Replies: 9,759
Views: 5,931,086
Posted By ratmonster
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p66/Wesley_Hord...

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p66/Wesley_Hord/Mobile%20Uploads/20161125_153357_zpssbpbovhf.jpg...
Forum: showroom 11-25-2016, 01:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,831
Posted By ratmonster
Very nice car!

Very nice car!
Forum: showroom 11-24-2016, 09:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,828
Posted By ratmonster
Lots of views, but no comments. I guess I didn't...

Lots of views, but no comments. I guess I didn't screw it up too badly then! Still looking for wheels for the future, and gotta bring her closer to the ground.
Forum: showroom 11-24-2016, 09:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,828
Posted By ratmonster
Fixed.

Fixed.
Forum: showroom 11-24-2016, 06:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,828
Posted By ratmonster
Ever wish your $700 Volvo....

Ever wish your $700 Volvo looked like a $30,000 car? Maybe you did, but that's kind of ridiculous. I really can't relate.

However, , have you ever wished your $700 Volvo looked like an $800...
Forum: projects & restorations 11-17-2016, 12:28 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 30,961
Posted By ratmonster
Some notes - 1) Your car looks great 2) ...

Some notes -

1) Your car looks great
2) We have the exact same radio!
3) Love the wheels
4) Your lady is not ugly
Forum: showroom 11-14-2016, 08:40 PM
Replies: 3,824
Views: 5,456,007
Posted By ratmonster
This is pretty much my goal for my wagon. I have...

This is pretty much my goal for my wagon. I have these same Volvo steel wheels, painted black. I plan on adding chrome nuts and possibly trim rings to the wheels. As for the body, I want to paint...
Forum: showroom 11-13-2016, 02:03 PM
Replies: 3,824
Views: 5,456,007
Posted By ratmonster
It's the color of cat barf, with a hideous ricer...

It's the color of cat barf, with a hideous ricer wing, but rolling on stock wheels. Five doors of fail.
Forum: website & board 11-10-2016, 08:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 853
Posted By ratmonster
Can't update my Avatar pic

Deleted post, nevermind. I guess I figured it out...?
Forum: showroom 11-08-2016, 11:24 PM
Replies: 9,759
Views: 5,931,086
Posted By ratmonster
Thanks for the info! I think it looks great -...

Thanks for the info! I think it looks great - simple, pure, Swedish as hell.
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