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  1. Guess it would have but one thing lead to the other and eventually only curiosity was left.
  2. Dig this.. Literally .. We wanted to repave a part next to the house where rain water didn't move. After heavy rain a larger puddle of water kept standing against the house for longer time. Don't have picture of standing water before the pavement went out but this is what it looked like, (left red stone) After taking the stones out water still didn't move that fast. The moss on the wall stones shows where the water often kept standing. There was a drain but it was blocked. Tested the drain by pushing a running hose in the drain pipe but after about 5 ft it stopped. Digging at the spot showed a brick drain collector with 3 pipes. One where we came from, one blocked and one leading to the back of the house. We were under the impression that rain water drainage runs to the front of the house to the street because this is how it has been done over the years. There is a ditch at the back of the house but it is 68 yard from the drain point.. Maybe there was more to it so we put the hose in the pipe leading to the back of the house but after 12 yard it stopped. Measuring the distance above grond with some assumptions led us to an apple tree... Hm.. Maybe a root growing through the pipe so after searching for the pipe with a metal pin at the collector point and again near the tree revealed something present near the tree at the same depth. About a foot and a half. Digging at the spot didn't turn up a pipe but debris.. Brick.. Lots of it. But no pipe. After more digging and removing brick, plastered brick and more brick we ended up in what appeared to be an old layered brick septic tank.. But no pipe.. Being fed up I called a plumber who I knew had a very long distance high pressure cleaning device with a transmitter. Just the right gadget for the job. Two days later the guy arrived and rolled out the equipment. A couple of minutes later the cleaner went underground and a lot of noise could be heard coming from under ground going in the direction of the septic tank after which it stopped.. briefly. The noise went on going underneath the terras in to the lawn behind the house after which it stopped again. The plumber said that it had entered some sort of well or another collector point but it was underneath the lawn. Using the very sophisticated receiver the plumber pinpointed the spot where the transmitter in the cleaner tip had stopped. Using the metal pin again there appeared to be something there and some more pinching gave us a contour which looked like a rectangular shaped box or lid so we started digging. (In the immaculate lawn..) Turned out to be another collector point with 4 pipes one pointing to the ditch. So maybe the drain was running to the ditch after all.. Next the high pressure cleaner was put in the pipe leading to the ditch and it went on for another 23 yard after which it stopped again. Pinpointing the location gave us a direction so we searched the ditch for a drain exit but couldn't find anything. One more try with the cleaner only progressed a couple of yard but that was it. After the plumber left I decided to get the mini digger and dig up the pipe at both locations which revealed that the angle of how the the pipe was running from the house was different from assumed. Another search revealed the drain exit in the ditch but turned out to be a couple of yards from the previous assumed location. The drain exit was overgrown and partially blocked with root/grass whatever stuff. In an attempt to clean the pipe a lot of rubbish came out.. Using the water hose again in the opposite direction from ditch to house it appears the drain was blocked little over 5 yard from the ditch at which point it appeared that one of the poles of a nearby fence was right on top of where the pipe ran. I decided to dig up the pipe between the two block points, about 8 yard, only to find an old cracked fence pole running right through the pipe and a huge tree root running in to the pipe. The only way to solve the issue was to install a new piece of pipe, Finding the larger brick chunks which are the remainders of an old pig stable made me curious.. Investigating the history of the house already gave me some knowledge but I hadn't expected to find old pieces of the stable. A bit of history, December 1944 our RAF friend made some nice aerial photographs and a couple of hours searching the photo's revealed the situation of the house at the time, The stable can clearly be seen at the bottom. This is Apple Maps 2012 data, A already had some pictures of the house dating somewhere '70's, And also drawing made in 1974 right before the stable was demolished. Some digging in the week before to map the sewage system outside the house already revealed a foundation of one of the main poles of the former stable. Which exactly corresponded with the location shown on the old drawing so I started searching for the foundation of the pole next to it to reveal this, So there had to be more.. and there was, This is the corner as shown in the picture. Turns out the foundation of the front and the side up to the big doors is still present..
  3. Don't know which one actually is better for flow but the R manifold uses higher temperature resistant alloy. The shorter runners mean less volume in the manifold between head and turbine which could be the cause for the earlier spool or quicker response. The pulsation theory might be true but the Japan runners appear far from pulse tuned with their unequal length. Maybe the R runner design might prevent flow reversal in the longer runners. Just guessing here except for the fact that the R manifold is the least cracking version. Remember that later ME 7 cars are basically running lambda 1 all day long until the exhaust temperature exceeds 950 degree C. Afaik the R manifold was introduced with the B5254T2 LPT engine which was also used in the XC90. Making that heavy car run Lambda 1 under most common circumstances probably meant Volvo needed some better heat resistant material, a fix for the crack at the back and maybe smoother response to get the heavy thing going. What is high HP?
  4. Well.. Afaik there are a few things going reaching numbers near 570Nm and ~380 HP but I am not a a believer. The torque is OK, don't think there is a real gain to be had above 5500 RPM with the stock turbo.
  5. No E85 for me. RON 98 is already hard to get in the area. Very simply put 9:1 is to knock happy. Difficult to get around. B5254T2, B5254T4 and B5244T5 come with the 93.2 crank as do the RNC-T engine's.
  6. The car is doing great. Problems so far are the TPMS system, not solved, and a clicking noise from a driveshaft which has been solved for the time being. Looks like the driveshaft came loose in the hub. No clicking for the last 1000 or so miles. What I didn't like from the start and what hasn't changed is the torque curve of the engine. There is a lot of torque available up to ~5K rpm after which the power winds down to fast for my liking. Compared to the IS-F I drove before this was a bit of a let down. The car is fast up to ~100 MPH. After that it is an average performer. Roadholding is perfect though. Maybe a contributing factor for the power experience because the suspension is more capable than the engine can deliver. Gearbox is better than expected. D-mode maybe a bit to slushy but at least it is predictable unlike the older GT's. The manual mode is aggressive and very direct for a GT. Another problem for the '15 V60P-6 is the '17 S60P-4.. That car is more sporty. Maybe a bit down on low end torque feel but not slower. Keeps going to redline which is thrilling. Up to 125 mph not much slower compared to the IS-F and about one and a half second faster compared to the V60P. The 8-speed gearbox is perfect.
  7. I wouldn't.
  8. B5244T5 <--
  9. The B5234T 2003+ isn't bad either and maybe a simpler upgrade. EDIT: Sorry made a typo with the year. Should be 2003 instead of 2013.
  10. Ah.. The fifth wheel.
  11. The perfect gardening companion..
  12. About those 336's, I don't think a suitable bracket is available. The Focus RS also uses these brakes but uses the wider mount pattern of the bracket afaik. P80 is different also. @Commander Riker, TNX! Some doors are 1.85 mtr. Others are little over 2 mtr.
  13. After nearly 15K miles with the DOP 850 T-5R it was time to look out for something more suitable for a daily driver for my son. A bit to much mileage on the T-5R for my liking but my son was very happy with the car and I thought would become a struggle to get him out of that car which he adores so much. Not that he never gets to drive the 850 again but with the parts becoming harder to get I think 13.5 K miles in the last year alone on that car is pushing it. Having had my share of P2's I didn't think it was a wise choice to look for those models specially not R models. Lot's of imported cars in my country with high mileage and costly repairs waiting. The P1's appeared to be a better choice. Thing is that in Europe we had a lot of versions of those models. Various diesel versions which were popular in lease and a whole lot of gasoline versions starting with a 1.6 engine. I don't think my son would give up a mildly tuned T-5R for a 1.6, 1.8 or 2.0 NA version.. Eventually we ended up with a ten year old V50 T5 6 speed AWD. Car has done 100K miles. Reasonable money but not cheap because those models are rare in my country. Car came with some nice options like NAV which wasn't all that common at the time. Also came with some lesser desired options like silver mirror caps and roof rails. About a week after arrival of the car I had the Volvo dealer perform a check up on the car after which it turned out some minor fixes were needed. The AWD spline was gone.. My son mentioned a sort of snap sound coming from the driveline of the car when he pulled up from a traffic light. This was only once. Think it was the spline giving up. Although new the wrong front rotors were mounted. AWD uses 320 mm rotos and 316 or so were mounted which cause an occasional grinding sound coming from the front brakes. All other were mainly minor ageing defects. In the mean time there was a Simons exhaust fitted all of a sudden.. Turned out my son had ordered it because there was a rattle in the original one. We ordered so Eibach springs and looked at removing the roof rails but the replacement strips are very costly and need painting also so we decided to change that at a later time. Being in the middle of moving to the new house I had the car to the dealer perform the repair of the AWD. While at the dealer there was a same color used V50 on the lot without the roof rails and I jokingly suggested to exchange the parts. Which they did.. At no cost. Great service. My son working as a cleaner at a local paint shop in the weekends painted the mirror caps together with his boss, the painter, and as expected he came to me the other day if he could fit the C70 18" Midir's of mom's C70 which were shelved in the "Shed". These Midir's are wider 8" vs 7.5" for the original P1 Midir's and the ET is 45 instead of 52.5 so I wondered if they would fit but the do although barely at the front. The C70 is a half breed when it comes to platform size. It is basically a P1 with a wider body but not like the P3's which have near similar body width but wider platform size. Anyway, progress so far, Car isn't tuned but there is a larger downpipe mounted so I suspect there has been some kind of tuning on the car in the past. Engine/turbo needs further checkup after which a tuning will be added. New filters and fluids has been done. New TCV also but there is slight overspool on the turbo probably caused by the larger downpipe. Could also be a bad actuator.
  14. Yep. Plus one design radiator which is backordered. The window in the staircase, Was looking for a sort of industrial look. Needs further finishing. About the Polestar.. Unfortunately Volvo in the Netherlands screwed up the registration of the car and didn't manage to deliver the registration plates in time. From what I could find it appears the car received it's licence plate numbers this afternoon after 3 'o clock. Not enough time to get the paperwork back and forth. Needed to produce the plates. Like already mentioned the plates should have arrived last Tuesday but apparently the type approval for this model wasn't ready.