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The Volvo C304 restoration.

Discussion in 'Volvo Trucks' started by cicak, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. cicak

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    29 January 2017

    14/15 January was a charity trip into the jungle to deliver food to the Orang Asli after the monsoon rains

    Then the factory was unavailable the next weekend.

    So 29 January was second day of Chinese New year so I'm back on the Volvo. Ihave the mighty RED Landcruiser after fixing the aircond and a few other items to make life comfortable for the wife on our Journey to IPOH for Chinese New Year.

    It's decided after measuring the pedal travel and position etc that the pedal axle needs to be 30mm lower to give 40mm of travel and match up to the lower position of the fulcrum needed.

    We are working on the pedals when we hear a mewing noise a close investigation reveals 4 kittens in the guillotine and one angry mamma cat.

    She runs leaving me to sort out a box and warmth for the kittens - they are cold and wet and Mr Brown is locked away he will kill the kittens.

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    We finish the brake pedal off and its mounted in the bracket. It all fits in the proper place. I make a bracket for the clutch arm. It does not fit well however there is a 20mm height difference. We need to remake the clutch cylinder bracket.

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    The clutch needs a spacer bush made its a bit loose.

    That obstacle means I can work on the accelerator pedal.

    30 January 2017

    Work on the pedal continues and it's mounted in place it looks like it will work . I mount the steering column to make sure niothing is in the way.

    Home time - wifey decides its CNY we have dinner with Mum before leaving. 9.30pm we leave Ipoh for the 200k drive home. Yup you guessed it CNY traffix was so bad atfer 2 hours I had travelled 9k on the highway. 6.5 hours later at 4am in the morning I arrive home exhausted. I keep the wife awake the whole way as punishment for making us leave late lol.
     
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    2 February 2017

    Public holiday in KL train up arrive IPOH 1.00am - Tired I collect the trusty Isuzu from the workshop 8.30am

    Back to KL in the evening

    4 February 2017

    I'm starting to hate this drive I just sit on 150K for the 190k just keep outta my way.

    First job finish the accelerator pedal off a few mods it will be finished. Like heck, I decide to add a clamp to stop the cable top moving and causing issues a few more hours are lost making sure itsLate in the arvo down to the bolt shop - hey it's open I get 4 imperial UNC 1/4 inch bolts. They don't fit damn.

    The go faster pedal is slowly getting completed.
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    5 February 2017

    Mr. Brown smells cat and eventually finds mama cat upstairs and a 2 hour watch and wait game. Mama cat proves she is cunning and eventually slinks away unscathed.
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    First job finish the accelerator pedal off a few mods it will be finished. Like heck I decide to add a clamp to stop the cable top moving and causing issues.

    It's all ready in the arvo and finally looks better. Then the 4 bolts for the door stop will not screw in.

    Late in the arvo down to the bolt shop - hey its open I get 4 imperial 1/4 inch bolts. They don't fit damn.

    The go faster pedal is slowly getting completed.
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    7 February 2017

    Another holiday - take joe from the home with me. We work on brackets for the seat bottoms etc.
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    9 February 2017

    Another Public holiday the drive to IPOH is easy less than 90 minutes still on 150k.

    First job finish the accelerator pedal off a few mods it will be finished. Like heck I decide to add a clamp to stop the cable top moving and causing issues.

    We take the clutch pedal miles away to a engineering shop they are also open. They specialize in GEAR cutting. More on this later as they can make PORTAL gears hmmmmmmmmmmm.They will have the nylon bush ready

    Saturday. The day cruises by working slowly to finish the bracket.

    The go faster pedal is slowly getting completed.
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    10 February 2017

    Bolt shop take a pic of the thread with me. Crossed thread and a UNC tap and I run around all 4 bolts on the right door then the left door and all the bolts now fit. Now the bracket bolts in and the go faster pedal all works. The inspector gives it the thumbs up. Then it's painted.

    Mr Brown excited to see me as usual.
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    The completed go faster pedal.
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    Then only thing left commence the brake line fitting. We prepare the Volvo to move across the workshop. By 4.30pm it's across the shop and on the hoist with a lot of effort its sitting on wooden planks on the hoist.

    6pm hometime.
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    11 February 2017

    Strip the volvo brake lines out then down to the parts shop for Toyota and Volvo hoses and the hydarulic shop for new pipe and fittings. $550rm is emptied from my wallet.
    3pm back in the workshop after 4 hours/away I get the Rear brake lines done but I have to go steel pipe brake to brake as the flexible hoses are not the right length so we will get more monday and fix up the issue. Meantime I finish the piping to the master cylinder for the rear brakes and will sort out a longer flexi hose next week.
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    12 February 2017 - Sunday

    Fit the clutch slave cylinder and lay the piping out till I run out of pipe as I cannot find the 2 spare 5 foot lengths I saw in the workshop Friday.

    Cut the panel under the passenger seat in the wheel well to give access to the injector pump etc.

    Fit the drivers floor.
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    Cut out the 2 sidelights fill panels as the new sidelights from Volvo are much bigger and need new mounting
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    16 February 2017

    Work on the steering disassemble and reassemble the steering column parts so the worm screw works properly.

    Rebolt it all in and the brahe booster yet again.. Chasing parts etc and the day is gone.

    17 February 2017

    Work on the steering again bolt in the top half of the steering and it all fits nicely.
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    3 March 2017

    Drop into friends workshop to get the alloy watertank remade into stainless steel. There is his immactulately finished PINZ. In the shop is my friends PINZ all the light grey panels are new and designed in-house. They look so factory that he has more pinz's lined up after to have the same operation done.
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    4 March 2017

    Day Trip to the Volvo I was going to drive quietly since the Isuzu'as rear tires started sliding out during the week in the rain. However, it's dry so I sit on 140k instead. Work continues on brake lines they are getting so close to being finished. We order the new hydraulic cylinder for the power assist steering. 2 weeks and can collect. Then it's an emergency run down to the tire shop for 2 new rear tires for the trusty ISUZU.

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    Back to Kuala Lumpur in the evening as tomorrow it's my birthday and I have 4x4 driver training to run. It's a much safer 190k run back home with the new Michellin sneakers on it.

    Mr Brown throws a sad when I leave.
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    Get to Ipoh and realise no Fone however, the workshop is opened for me. Work on the brakes and clutch piping all finished except I miss getting the last pipe correctd as they have moved the mounting brackets 30mm and there is no more strech left as the hydraulic shop closed 5 minutes ago sob.

    11 March 2017

    The workshop is locked cannot get in. Damn the wrong message was conveyed to the workers and I cannot ring them. So I head home to KL a days work lost.
     
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    18 March 2017

    My last full weekend on the Volvo until after June as I have 14 kids from the orphanage to teach kayaking on Sundays until their 5 days kayaking adventure with me in June.

    Inspection shows

    Front mudflaps mounting points bolted on.
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    Steering arm has been shorted 40mm resulting in reduction of steering turns from 2.25 to 1.5 making it nicer to drive.
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    Rear electrics panel is almost completed.
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    I finish the rear piping and all the way to the front and sheath the piping under the dash.
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    I grind down the front holding nuts 3mm to make the joining nut on the pipe to flexi hose tighten up and the front brakes are then completed and make the firewall to the master cylinder piping up.
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    Right rear mudflap mount
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    and left
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    Power steering assist cylinder collected. Before you ask yes its equal pressure both ways even though it looks single action. It will be mounted to the DIFF next week.
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    The hydraulic shops beginnings was for the tin mining industry in IPOH.
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    The brake and clutch piping all protected, holding brackets will be made next weekend
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    I finish the rear piping and all the way to the front and sheath the piping under the dash.

    Clutch pipe is relayed as one piece from slave cylinder to firewall

    Wahoo they are all finished and tightened down.

    Knock off time

    19 March 2017

    9:10am damn the gates been locked I cannot get in. I give up and go home at 10.00am. Another day lost.
     
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    Some good progress! Going to be one heck of a truck, keep it going.
     
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    Well it's been 8 weeks at least since I last saw the Volvo. After being off work sick for 6 weeks with a stomach virus from something I ate and now training the orphanage kids for the August Kayak adventure I took a day off work to visit it for progress.

    Meantime in the 7 weeks I have obtained new front windows cutoms made and cut for the wonderful price of 40USD a pair for 9.7mm laminated autoglass oh and I left it at home damn curses. I have new LED headlights. The new stainless steel water tank is still being made.

    So whats been done.
    - Powersteering is almost completed
    - Rear 12v power panel is completed no pics as the Volvo is way up on the hoist.

    They collected the power steering parts from the engineering shop and I fitted then to the power steering

    cylinder. Went down to the hydraulic shop cut the hoses to length and got new ends fitted. Then connected the power steering hoses to the new cylinder. New holding brackets for the left and right hoses made and mounted. Could not fit the top power steering hoses as the Volvo is way up on the hoist. But next visit I will have it done.

    Mr Brown was so happy to see me he decided to help me on the workbench while I chopped 10mm off the mounting bolts.
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    Finally it was all bolted down. We may have to change the design of this does not work.
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    Discussion on the switch rollcall we have 5 to buy to have them able to complete the front switch panel.
    Then it was time to test out the new LED headlights. Ooooh they are cool. Bonus they have sidelights and indicators built into them.
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    So now we can weld in the inserts I made and touch them up with paint etc.
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    A few things left to do:
    - Air conditioning
    - Assemble doors
    - Build new Drivers dash panel
    - Wipers build and fit
    - Connect remaining switch panel wires
    - PTO find switchs and refit
    - Test everything
     
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    Took the week off to take 17 orphanage kids on a 4 day intensive kayaking training camp. Then had the Friday to myself. So a visit to the Volvo was in order. 5:5am Leave KL with young Joe from the orphanage with me . 7.30am in IPoh for breakfast and 8.15am at the workshop.


    So whats been done.
    - Powersteering is almost completed - still have resivior to mount
    - Bull bar was bolted down but not correct so I have this to fix today.
    - Rear floor has been bolted down
    - Covers are being made for the inside of the door locks.
    - The side bars on the bumper have been remodelled to protect the underneath of the cabin door frame.

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    Then we moved onto the power steering resivior - cut hoses ready to bolt it in. Damn the braket is imperial bolts 6mm will not fit. We need to go to the bolt shop later.

    Cut and fit the brake booster vaccum hose.

    Then we found the engine mounts we had missed bolting down the underside of the engine mount locking washer. So we made 2 8mm washers from steel and bolted them in - 1 hour gone

    Connected up a missed brake pipe part.

    Then it was time for a test fit of the glass we had so happily brought from KL.

    Great dissappointment they did not fit. Turns out some idiot made them bigger than the exact tenmplates we supplied. Quality was terrible. They were returned to the glass factory much tot he anger of the big chinese shop manager who looked like he wanted to string the cheap bangaldeshi labourer up when he explained how he made the windows.
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    Then Joe tried out the hammock setup and gave it the thumbs up.
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    Oh we missed getting to the bolt shop.

    Soon it was hometime and the end of a very unsuccessful day and Mr Brown decided to get friendly with Joe by holding his hand with his teeth.
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    Final view of the Volvo before I see it in a couple of weeks.
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    So whats left
    - Doors assemble and bolt on
    - Air COnd to do
    - Dash wiring
    - Switch Panel to be cut out
    - Power steering final connection
    - Fix the loose rubber hose we found under the engine
    - Window wipers buy and fit
    - PTO Switches find and install
    - GEar lever hole repair
    - Windows fit.
     
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