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Forum: performance & modifications 07-09-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 397
Views: 46,541
Posted By Toybox
Thank you for descriptions in such simple...

Thank you for descriptions in such simple language -- it encourages experimentation, which I previously hadn't considered in any significant way.



To capture those photos for posterity (or at...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-02-2021, 02:25 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,317
Posted By Toybox
Well, only since you asked... Good grief,...

Well, only since you asked...

Good grief, seriously? You don't see any culpability? OK, let's watch one scenario unfold:


And what did the AMERICAN turbobricks way do to run a swede tuner...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-01-2021, 07:41 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,317
Posted By Toybox
Don't assume that longevity means anything. As a...

Don't assume that longevity means anything. As a famous playwright once said,

“With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.”
― Oscar Wilde
Forum: projects & restorations 07-01-2021, 01:47 PM
Replies: 3,257
Views: 1,600,861
Posted By Toybox
Nice. That reminds me of my stunt where I once...

Nice. That reminds me of my stunt where I once parked 2 cars in a 1.5 car garage just to see if it could be done... wonder if I have a picture.





And the fact that your garage floor is...
Forum: projects & restorations 06-29-2021, 03:36 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 28,154
Posted By Toybox
That paint is turning out nice! My gosh, how I...

That paint is turning out nice! My gosh, how I love single-stage enamel. :nod: It can really come back to life with gentle persuasion.

Been pondering your earlier statement for months... if...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-28-2021, 03:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,857
Posted By Toybox
So, wait... huh? The goal (presumably) is to...

So, wait... huh? The goal (presumably) is to make the car run as Volvo intended. You've found a couple of issues that are not as Volvo intended. But you've decided they're fine? I don't see it....
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-27-2021, 03:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,703
Posted By Toybox
What you describe is I think what came with the...

What you describe is I think what came with the Volvo R134a "upgrade" kit, perhaps 20 years ago. A new evaporator to fit into the existing dashboard, and the stickiest black insulation goop in the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-26-2021, 02:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,857
Posted By Toybox
2k miles per quart? That doesn't seem abnormal. ...

2k miles per quart? That doesn't seem abnormal. And it certainly doesn't match your description of "blowing a lot of oil".
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-01-2021, 03:13 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,969
Posted By Toybox
[/QUOTE] You've seen worse than installing...

[/QUOTE]

You've seen worse than installing the metal side toward the discs? Do tell!

Am ready for story time. :drama: Sometimes these are the best teachings...
Forum: projects & restorations 05-31-2021, 02:50 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 28,154
Posted By Toybox
Way back when our 1980 DL was a young puppy, the...

Way back when our 1980 DL was a young puppy, the best I could coax out of it was a 22 second 0-60 time. (4spd no OD; no idea of the gearing.) I'll be curious to see what you can do with your wagon....
Forum: projects & restorations 05-30-2021, 04:09 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 28,154
Posted By Toybox
Don't they measure approximately the same thing? ...

Don't they measure approximately the same thing? :-P
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-30-2021, 01:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,379
Posted By Toybox
You don't state your location -- it might not...

You don't state your location -- it might not matter, but I can think of one possibility that could:

IF you happened to be in CA, and if the car happens to have an original blue license plate,...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-19-2021, 01:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,802
Posted By Toybox
You've been given excellent advice on why you...

You've been given excellent advice on why you shouldn't allow this guy within 10 feet of your AC components. Perhaps he has other specialties, but this isn't one of them.



Not only alarm bells...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-19-2021, 01:32 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,287
Posted By Toybox
When you get near the end of the job, WD-40 will...

When you get near the end of the job, WD-40 will melt the rest. (Well, it would melt the whole thing, but it turns into a gosh awful mess. Peel away what you can, first.)
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-19-2021, 01:23 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,948
Posted By Toybox
The back seat is almost big enough for two...

The back seat is almost big enough for two consenting adults... :lol:
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-17-2021, 06:49 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,280
Posted By Toybox
My old Chrysler weighed twice that. Dual circuit...

My old Chrysler weighed twice that. Dual circuit front/rear, 4 drums. Felt wonderful.

You are of course correct that more weight presents more challenge, but if the dimensions are engineered...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-17-2021, 06:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,948
Posted By Toybox
Jeff's the seller, right? Did you alert him of...

Jeff's the seller, right? Did you alert him of this well-written description? Methinks there's a lot of tweaking potential, product development, if he has a mind to. In particular, I'd love to...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-16-2021, 01:50 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,280
Posted By Toybox
Yep. There's a marvelous pictorial of how/why,...

Yep. There's a marvelous pictorial of how/why, along with corrosion test results, at www.copper.org/applications/automotive/brake-tube/hydraulic_brake_tube.html...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-15-2021, 03:27 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,280
Posted By Toybox
^ +1 to Volvo going far above and beyond. :nod:...

^ +1 to Volvo going far above and beyond. :nod:

I don't even know of any other car that has a brake failure light. Or would need one.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-15-2021, 02:57 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,280
Posted By Toybox
Manual brakes definitely can work. I've driven a...

Manual brakes definitely can work. I've driven a lot of 1960s and 70s American vehicles so equipped, which I found exquisite. Wonderful feel, excellent modulation, not requiring a whole lot of...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-11-2021, 06:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,904
Posted By Toybox
Actually, your assertions point to not the...

Actually, your assertions point to not the raising of multiple windows, but the allowing of multiple stall situations concurrently.

I have met people who would happily keep their finger on a...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-10-2021, 12:03 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,948
Posted By Toybox
So, the new lines are perfectly straight, because...

So, the new lines are perfectly straight, because they're attached to some backing paper which won't bend without wrinkling? Hmmm. Cut reliefs in the paper edges, maybe?
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-07-2021, 02:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,107
Posted By Toybox
Agreed wholeheartedly. The leveler is the...

Agreed wholeheartedly. The leveler is the whizzimigig attached between the chain and the top of the engine -- you spin the crank to change the center of gravity and thereby the tilt. After...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-07-2021, 02:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,904
Posted By Toybox
Abnormally high current is pretty likely, when...

Abnormally high current is pretty likely, when the grease has been collecting dirt and drying out for several decades. If they were manual windows, you'd be noticing how hard it is to wind them up...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-05-2021, 01:33 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,948
Posted By Toybox
True. Note also, the longer traces will not be...

True. Note also, the longer traces will not be quite as hot as the shorter traces. Hard to know how much it will matter.


Holy cow. That doesn't even look like anything has been scraped off.
...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-03-2021, 05:01 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 24,161
Posted By Toybox
Any of them will work. The earlier ones are...

Any of them will work. The earlier ones are becoming very hard to find. The very latest couple of years are prized for slightly lower wind noise (better weatherstripping and flush mount glass) and...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-02-2021, 04:03 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 24,161
Posted By Toybox
Errr... of which cars do you speak? Some modern...

Errr... of which cars do you speak? Some modern motors are among the most reliable ever built. (I can vouch for several 5.0 mills from the 90s, and have read significant favorable reviews of the...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-02-2021, 03:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,788
Posted By Toybox
I've always admired the...

I've always admired the twin-hydraulic-circuit-per-caliper as the most amazing, over-engineered braking idea in the world. It's so amazing that the average driver couldn't even tell if a failure...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-02-2021, 03:34 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 24,161
Posted By Toybox
... and you'll end up with a beast with marginal...

... and you'll end up with a beast with marginal road manners that gets 12 mpg on a good day... :-P

I used to be a diehard carburetor fan, mostly because the earliest electronic engine controls...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-26-2021, 03:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,335
Posted By Toybox
No one has commented that an automotive lead-acid...

No one has commented that an automotive lead-acid battery really doesn't like deep discharges... if you are actually planning to tempt fate, you'll be much better off installing a marine battery for...
Forum: projects & restorations 12-21-2020, 04:54 AM
Replies: 3,257
Views: 1,600,861
Posted By Toybox
http://www.jon-erik.se/240/245-190.jpg

http://www.jon-erik.se/240/245-190.jpg
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-16-2020, 03:24 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,562
Posted By Toybox
[/quote][/quote] Um, whoa... I doubt any...

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Um, whoa... I doubt any insult was intended. Your comment hit me exactly the same way: a "do-all tool" is almost certainly referring to bolt tightness. In contrast, the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-10-2020, 12:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,297
Posted By Toybox
from...

from https://www.gocomics.com/closetohome/2015/02/03
https://assets.amuniversal.com/0a8fd14085c90132c101005056a9545d
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-07-2020, 03:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,297
Posted By Toybox
But officer, I have to go faster than 65, my car...

But officer, I have to go faster than 65, my car is not happy at 65. :lol:

OK, seriously... do you have speakers in this thing? Attach a waveform generator to create the exact frequency of the...
Forum: performance & modifications 12-07-2020, 04:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,383
Posted By Toybox
... and for what it's worth, that's not...

... and for what it's worth, that's not necessarily a Volvo pedal problem. A stiff pedal is common for even a bone-stock 5.0 T5 in the Mustang it came in. Power modifications that include stronger...
Forum: performance & modifications 11-05-2020, 02:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,718
Posted By Toybox
I've always suspected as much... good to know...

I've always suspected as much... good to know what a tuner has seen firsthand, thanks!

I wish we were allowed to deviate dimensions, in California. It makes intuitive sense to reduce restriction...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-29-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,013
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 10-29-2020, 01:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,795
Posted By Toybox
forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=355697

forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=355697
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-29-2020, 01:27 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,013
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: 46
Views: 12,553
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: 76
Views: 23,415
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: 2,793
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: 76
Views: 23,415
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: 23,192
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: 4,504
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: 2,368
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: 4,520
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: 2,800
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: 4,504
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: 2,858
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...
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