Reliable Honda Engine: a spectral fleet thread

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Re: Reliable Honda Engine: a spectral fleet thread

Post by ghosty » Mon May 20, 2019 4:37 pm

I shall refrain in future.

The Civic is reliably running (if a little rich), and the gearbox issues are 95% gone. The fuel pump and VTEC box are now on a switched feed (and I thought carburettors meant I wouldn't have a fuel pump relay!) as I've realised I'm all too likely to forget to use the on/off switch.

The thermostat housing needs changing for one with a temperature sensor boss, as the engine fan relies on it and is currently inoperative.

In other news I'm picking up the keys to the free S90 this evening, to be collected soon.
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Re: Reliable Honda Engine: a spectral fleet thread

Post by fried onions » Mon May 20, 2019 8:22 pm

Nice work. Will we see you on Wednesday?
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Re: Reliable Honda Engine: a spectral fleet thread

Post by ghosty » Mon May 20, 2019 10:03 pm

Yes, I'm coming, probably in the Civic or 850 though. S90 isn't going to be insured for a bit as it needs a few things doing, MOT, a damn good clean, and possibly some tyres.
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Re: Reliable Honda Engine: a spectral fleet thread

Post by ghosty » Mon May 20, 2019 10:53 pm

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It's a bit dusty, but there's a mostly clean car under there. Front bumper has a couple of scrapes and there's some lacquer peel on the bootlid, but otherwise it's straight.

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Boot full of bottles, a new pair of jump leads, something in genuine Volvo packaging, and some genuine Volvo touch-up paint.

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CD changer, a nice surprise.

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This lens will be replaced, if I could get repro lenses for R8s and a 740 this should be doable. It looks as if someone's tried to paint the bumper.


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Oil looks ok.

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Engine bay is dusty but tidy, and the expansion tank looks to have been recently replaced.

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Steering cowl has been replaced at some point, and the one on there has been hand painted or rattle canned hearing aid beige (wonder if it was a black piece from a 940). I seem to remember RWD Volvos can have ignition switch issues (my 740 had a momentary switch for the starter motor), and this has separate keys for doors and ignition, so I wonder if that's what's happened.

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The rest of the interior is tidy, and almost all of the trim is intact, but the centre console armrest had lost its latch, and was a bit wobbly.

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Lots of keys and remotes.

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Wheels in good nick, and two new tyres on the back, though one was flat. I think the locking key was in the glovebox - if I find it those will be going bye-byes. Front tyres are cracking a bit round the edges, I'll likely replace them as my old 740 really didn't like having bad tyres on the front, especially in the wet.

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Radio fascia, climate panel etc in good nick, and the code was present in a pile of odd bits of paperwork on the passenger seat - along with a code to get more keys cut! Same radio that I have in my 850 as found in U-Pull-It for 15 quid, as it happens. Great sounding unit and they fetch decent money too. OE CD changer is a big bonus and a bit on the rare side.
It's all a bit Bluesmobile though, no cigarette lighter.

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Said pile of things. Mostly things relating to previous sales of the car, a receipt for the two new tyres, an a couple of other bits like the user manual. I was also given an envelope containing the V5 and a couple of other bits. The bit of plastic beneath is the sunroof motor cover, that I put back in place.

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I was slightly surprised to see the clocks are low-spec and look the same as 940 ones, though I didn't pay them much attention - no trip computer (what you don't know can't hurt you I suppose), analogue odometer etc, just the long strip of warning lights at the bottom. :shock: I remember looking at 3VOM's 960, it has clocks more similar to my 850 which is interesting.

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Cruise control. :D

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Bolster wear not too bad. The suede inserts on the front seats aren't looking too smart, that said it is a decidedly odd choice imo. The (p?)leather will clean up well anyway, if nothing else.

It's a sound car, needs a damn good clean inside and out but it's tidy and should be a good runner. Watch this space for updates.
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Re: Reliable Honda Engine: a spectral fleet thread

Post by Hooli » Mon May 20, 2019 10:58 pm

Lovely, I did enjoy driving those old buses when I worked at a dealer.

I won warning light bingo in one of these too, I spanked it back from Kent on a 2hr or so drive & when I got back every warning light on the dash was lit! it still run & drove perfectly though.
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Re: Reliable Honda Engine: a spectral fleet thread

Post by ghosty » Mon May 20, 2019 11:18 pm

There's a few more pics now, think you caught me accidentally clicking submit instead of preview.

It's a tidy thing, I'm looking forward to driving it.
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Re: Reliable Honda Engine: a spectral fleet thread

Post by stillOrange » Tue May 21, 2019 6:58 am

The radiator is new. Oil and cooling liquid did less than 1k miles but that was done 2 years ago.

You don't drive it Max, you cruise ;)
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Re: Reliable Honda Engine: a spectral fleet thread

Post by stillOrange » Tue May 21, 2019 8:16 am

Ohhhhh and the lighter is ....
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Re: Reliable Honda Engine: a spectral fleet thread

Post by John F » Tue May 21, 2019 10:42 am

Fisher-Price gearbox again, I see... :|
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Re: Reliable Honda Engine: a spectral fleet thread

Post by ghosty » Tue May 21, 2019 4:38 pm

I don't think these even came in manual tbf.

I'm collecting it on Friday!
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