Duchess The Volvo 340 CVT

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benji1985
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Re: Duchess The Volvo 340 CVT

Post by benji1985 » 15 Feb 2018 04:26 am

Hello all to give you an update, the new gaskets were fitted, the cylinder pressures are 180 to 200 psi, however she is misfiring and running like a bag of nails....
With the help of James, Chris and Mac we have narrowed the issue down to the ignition system.
turns out if you remove the vacuum line from the renix the car will rev normally (with it connected it wont get past 2.5k)
New flywheel sensor has been brought and I have 2 spare renix's on load to try.
The first spare renix did start the car at all, we swapped over coils etc
my renix and my coil = car starts (run not great)
my renix and spare coil = no start
spare renix and spare coil = no start
spare renix and my coil = no start

going to await new sensor and try spare renix number 2.

keep your fingers crossed

Ben

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Re: Duchess The Volvo 340 CVT

Post by ralf850gle » 15 Feb 2018 02:18 pm

Hi,

I would suggest to use a timing strobe lamp to check the ignition timing.

If the car is running bad on idle, the timing might be completely wrong.
The cause could be a wrong flywheel or wrong mounted flywheel, or a bad sensor...
that would correspond to the problems with the other Renix systems...

Regards
Ralf

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Re: Duchess The Volvo 340 CVT

Post by benji1985 » 16 Feb 2018 08:58 pm

Hello all.
So after a new flywheel sensor and renix, still getting a misfire at 2.5k.
So with some head scratching and help from Mac, and checking everything we finally found that the cog that drives the distributor was a tooth out thus the timing was advanced all the time.
After fixing this the car running great now.
Image20180216_154412 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr

after rotating the cam around by one tooth
Image20180216_155505 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr

sorted out the steering wheel and replaced the badge
Image20180216_165058 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr

Massive thanks to Mac

Ben

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Re: Duchess The Volvo 340 CVT

Post by benji1985 » 18 Feb 2018 09:57 pm

Evening all, bit more work done.
Upon reassembling the engine noticed the little brass fitting to the carb was leaking fuel, so with some guidance, removed the pipe and chamfered the hole edge, applied some araldite around the brass and pressed it in and then added some into the chamfer.
Image20180218_162322 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr

nexted moved on to the window trim that the paint peeled off, so as a test piece etched primed and then painted black, going to see how this comes out before doing the rest of the frames, but the drivers front door, passenger rear door and the windscreen trim all needed touched up.
Image20180218_193205 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr

more to come.

Ben

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Re: Duchess The Volvo 340 CVT

Post by benji1985 » 31 Mar 2018 03:59 pm

Good day, all.
After all the work she has had a good wash and a clean she was ready for her first proper outing, we went to north Cornwall for the weekend.
Ready to go
Image20180309_105505 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr
Here she is in north Cornwall after a flawless 70 miles.
Image20180309_184059 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr


I have a new genuine downpipe for her as hers is leaking slightly, cleaned it back and repainted it.
Image20180330_154107 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr
Image20180330_154117 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr

At the moment she is back with the painter to get the bodywork finished off from any little nicks from reassembly.

few little bits left to do, just little bits left.

Ben

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Re: Duchess The Volvo 340 CVT

Post by benji1985 » 09 Apr 2018 03:11 pm

Hello all.
As you are all aware the electric window motors can seize up and stop working, the pair I have are either noisy or slow. I managed to get hold of a second pair, one of which was seized up.
So with nothing to lose, I popped off the covers and started to dismantle them, took the motors apart and removed the spindle from the gear housing.
In my case, one of the bushes was pressed back into the plastic and the gear had seized up (the other one which had already been opened up was working but slowly). So after cleaning and lubricating the gears, all moved freely and the motors both spun nicely.
I decided that i could do a better job than using gaffer tape to secure the backplate.
First I drilled the plugs.
Image20180407_124927 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr
Then tapped the holes using a 3mm tap.
Image20180407_125610 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr
Then ordered some small bolts to match.
Image20180407_130026 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr
Now the gear housing needs fresh greese and a way to seal up the back plate (probably silicon)
Image20180407_124932 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr.


While all this was ongoing, Duchess was back up at the painter's getting all the finishing touches done, also had the rear window replaced because her one the heating element had burnt out and also her glass did not have the 3rd brake light option, now she does.

New rear wiper motor installed hers broke the other day
Image20180408_123329 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr
scarcely drilled the hole for the 3rd brake light wires, making sure all the filings were removed and hole painted up.
Image20180408_123338 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr
Managed to get the wire for the 3rd brake light through the boot lid
Image20180408_123346 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr
Refitted the 3rd brake light (not wired to the other brake light yet
Image20180408_143248 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr

few more bits and loose ends to tiffy up, but she is nearly there.

Ben

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Re: Duchess The Volvo 340 CVT

Post by benji1985 » 15 Apr 2018 10:06 pm

Hello all,
just a quick update on the window motors.
With a small bit of sealant around the motor join and the gear housing back.
Awaiting for the sealant to dry but now have a pair of fully working window motors :D
Image20180415_181639 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr

Ben

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Re: Duchess The Volvo 340 CVT

Post by benji1985 » 05 Aug 2018 12:31 am

Hello all, few little updates.
20/07/18
Added the chrome gutter trims

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20180720_173641 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr

Image20180720_173649 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr

Also added the new rear mud flaps
Image20180720_173705 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr
Image20180720_173713 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr


04/08/18
Today she has been cleaned and polished up, last few little bits have been done like sticking the badges back up etc
Image20180804_131843 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr
Image20180804_131854 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr
Image20180804_131859 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr
Image20180804_131904 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr
Image20180804_131914 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr
Image20180804_131923 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr
Image20180804_131932 by Benjamin Charlton, on Flickr

She is all set for the Mount Edgcumbe car show tomorrow, her first show.
Pics to follow

Ben
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Re: Duchess The Volvo 340 CVT

Post by 360beast » 05 Aug 2018 01:53 pm

Looks really good!

Are you going to leave the rub strips off? I used to definitely prefer it without them but I'm undecided now.

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Re: Duchess The Volvo 340 CVT

Post by SteveP » 05 Aug 2018 05:30 pm

Not so sure on the chrome gutter trim when the rest of the car has black trim but it's looking good. I reckon it needs some 360 style thicker side trims to match up with the bumper inserts.
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Re: Duchess The Volvo 340 CVT

Post by bogbasic » 05 Aug 2018 11:37 pm

Awesome work - great paint. Hoping to show colin340's red one this Sept since its almost finished bar a clean-out and MOT, etc.
1988 340 1.4 GL, 218k, 5 door (Grey Bess). Gone to CBA.
1991 340 1.7 GL, 64k, 5 door, petrol blue (Deep Blue).
1988 360 2.0 GLE, 140k, 5 door, ocean blue metallic (Blue Bess).
1989 340 1.7 GL, 108k, 3 door (Red Ness).
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Re: Duchess The Volvo 340 CVT

Post by benji1985 » 06 Aug 2018 01:44 pm

360beast wrote:Looks really good!

Are you going to leave the rub strips off? I used to definitely prefer it without them but I'm undecided now.
I do have some bump strips to go on.

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Re: Duchess The Volvo 340 CVT

Post by benji1985 » 06 Aug 2018 01:45 pm

SteveP wrote:Not so sure on the chrome gutter trim when the rest of the car has black trim but it's looking good. I reckon it needs some 360 style thicker side trims to match up with the bumper inserts.
Most of my chrome was faded and crap, so decided to just leave a little chrome around, bumper a gutters and door handles
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Re: Duchess The Volvo 340 CVT

Post by benji1985 » 06 Aug 2018 01:46 pm

bogbasic wrote:Awesome work - great paint. Hoping to show colin340's red one this Sept since its almost finished bar a clean-out and MOT, etc.
Good luck!

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Re: Duchess The Volvo 340 CVT

Post by MCHUDD » 07 Aug 2018 09:24 am

Hi Ben.
Class one. What about some chunky side trim.
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