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Cylinder Headache

I fitted a new battery and tried to crank up the engine of the wagon. It turned over and came to life for a brief few seconds, then it died and spewed dirty looking oil through the air cleaner box! I tried again after cleaning up all the affected parts and the same thing happened. … Continue reading

New Year, New Project Car

In retrospect, my 240 TIC project did not really roll as it should. There were some repairs and maintenance done but they were not exactly “Stage 0” stuff. You should never pick your only daily driver, your work horse, as the project car unless you are willing to go without a car for the duration. … Continue reading

Lowered Brick

Garnered enough courage to do it finally: Slamming my old brick down in the weeds! After doing lots of reading on the subject, I decided to take the lowered path of cutting my springs on July 1st and managed to finish the project on July 3rd. A younger and fitter enthusiast might be able to … Continue reading

Ball-joints, Bearings and Bumper

Hey, long time no write! I hit a road hump a few weeks back and have been getting some annoying noises from the front end. But I cannot pinpoint exactly from where the noise is coming from. The front suspension parts are shot anyway as I can shake the wheels in every which way, so … Continue reading

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get … Continue reading

PCV Service

I had a problem with the Brick’s Positive Crankcase Ventilation system for quite a while but was too busy to look into it. When I saw oil patches on my floor, my first thought was the oil drain plug had leaked again. But upon closer inspection I noticed that the oil was coming from the … Continue reading

Push Button Starter

My old brick now sports a push-button starter just like those found in expensive fancy cars. The only difference is the one in my car is simple and cheap; an upgrade done out of necessity than anything else after the starter switch stopped working last weekend. It almost left me stranded at the Gunung Semanggol … Continue reading

Leaking Pumps, Part 2.

When I replaced the PS pump some time in August last year, I thought that would be the end of my power steering woes. It was in fact the beginning of a series of leaks in the system. Those people who have been messing with old Volvos long enough would have this to tell you: … Continue reading

A Little Dash of Class

The plastic dash inserts have become a little boring after a while. I have previously covered them with self-adhesive sheets that simulated the look of carbon fibre. That improved the looks of the brick’s cockpit a bit but still it didn’t bring out the elegance that I desired. I have always admired the classy looks … Continue reading

Boot Opener Switch

It’s time to take take out the old boot opener switch and make the one mounted in the glove compartment work like it should. An easy task for the expert but for a newbie like me, tracing out the five-wire existing switch was a bit daunting. Worked up enough courage yesterday to open up the … Continue reading