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Johann

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I'd just go with the mechanical - it's so simple.

Should be..

Bought a new pump today. Wanted to unbolt the old one but one of the bolts was loose. It was glued to the engine with silicone. The whole surrounding was one big silicone mess. Bolt was broken, a part still in the block. Inside the silicone blob I found a spacer in 2 pieces, sort of phenolic spacer between pump and block. After some cleaning I drilled a hole through the center of the broken bolt and used a left threaded tap to try and get the bolt out... Guess what, tap snapped. Added a nice piece of hardened material. :angry:

So.. 35 Euro's down the drain. Need to find a way to mount a cover in place of the fuel pump.

Electric fuel pump it is.

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Someone reminded me to put something back in place..

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Ordered a Scitech intake plenum originally developed for the Ford Focus RS MK2 but since the C30T5 uses the same form factor engine it also fits this car and also all other cars which use the 5 cylinder RNC engine. This means it also fits the new US S60 T5.

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Didn't do much with the 142. Still need to fabricate a blocking plate in place of the fuel pump.

The bad news, yesterday I was in a bit of a hurry and had to pick up the kids from a WWII event in the area. My brother was attending this event with a couple of his tanks..

(In this case a US Stuart M5, a Stuart M3 and a British Bren Carrier.) Because there had been a lot of rain and the site was extremely muddy I decided to take the Opel Blitz which has become more and more a delight to drive with the turbo engine. I must admit that maybe I was driving a bit to spirited but the the back roads I was driving were nice and smooth so I thought.. Until I drove over a sort of bump or groove in the surface where both front wheels hit at the same time. I already felt that the front axle took a big hit but that wasn't the biggest concern.. The crank pan was so I stopped and checked and saw a small crack in the crank pan and oil seeping through.. :( Not much but enough. Checked the oil level this morning and it lost near half a liter overnight.

Changing the crank pan was still on the to do list.. Already had a shortened 960 pan ready but it turned out this also doesn't fit because of a steering rod running in parallel with the axle leaving to little room for the oil reservoir part.

Bummer.

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Sorry to hear about the Blitz. :(

I still love the green mirrors and dig the collection of springs you have there. :lol:

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Two issues to address, that sucks. Sounds like the fuel pump blanking plate is going to be easier than the oil pan, though.

Is there a story behind the green mirror covers? You had something similar on the 850, no?

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You had something similar on the 850, no?

When building SDM the car was missing mirror covers. Received covers from a Volvo 850 club member but they had a different color. Posted a poll on the Dutch 850 forum asking which color to use. Posted several options with it and one was this picture,

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Made a blocking plate last week,

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Used a wide variety of bolts.. :rolleyes:

And found a place for the fuel pump,

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And someone had fun with a big CNC.....

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nice. think it would have been faster on a manual mill

Cool, I admire your craftsmanship. :huh:

In the meantime we struggled on and ended up with this,

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No it's for the old B5254FS NA engine I want to install in the 142 sometime whenever... With the engine straight up there will be little space for an intake. Currently exploring some ideas but I though an extra intake bridge could be a nice welcome. Still had the drawings from the V1,

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Update,

It has been a lazy last 2 months. Didn't do much with the current cars.

Removed the panhard bar from the 142 last month to change the bushings but it turned out the bushings didn't fit. Added to that the original bushings didn't look all that bad so after derusting and painting I put the bar back last week.

Drove the car around the industrial area near my house a bit, car still isn't registered. After that I went to a place our company bought last month to take some pictures,

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It is a 14700 square meter property with a 10000 square meter production/warehouse building which had been abandoned for the last two years. It's next to my house with only one neighbor in between.

It used to be a textile printing factory but all the printing equipment was ripped out so the floor in the production area is one big mess. Makes nice pictures though.

There is also a workshop and since most of the building won't be used for the coming months I have the opportunity to use this workshop space for at least the coming 4-5 months. Means the Opel Blitz, the SDM and the 142 can be stored in a dry and heated place during the winter. Last pic above is the workshop area.

Have been busy with some other cars. Future SD plans. I bought the 142 because it was very cheap and free of road tax because it is an oldtimer. I was also curious about these types of cars. The body isn't in a very good shape. There isn't much rust anymore, most has been repaired already, but the sheet metal is out of shape. The more I was working on the car the more I kept thinking that transplanting a 5 cylinder in this car wasn't a good idea. Added to that the old B20 does have it's charms. Every time when I open the hood it simply tells me the B20 belongs in this engine bay. For this reason I sort of decided to abandon the 5 cylinder transplant plans. I also looked at other engine options, the so called red block options, and I simply can't get around the fact that I find these types of engine's to be butt ugly on the eye. No aftermarket plenums and big turbo's can change that. The only type of red block which looks slightly attractive is the 16V version but even then it means I will be stuck with a 4 cylinder and I had my share of 4 cylinders with the C30 and don't want to go there again. I like 5 cylinders and want to keep it that way. Added to that I always liked the 240 series cars better.. The 142 is nice as it is.

So the plans changed..Again.. Went hunting for other options last month and found a couple... Part of the deal was a parts car and I didn't own it for long... Arriving home with the car on the trailer both my sons came checking out what the fuzz was all about. My oldest son is 14 years of age now and as of November 1 this year some laws in my country for getting a driver license have changed. The age for getting a license used to be 18 years. It basically still is but now the kids are allowed to start taking theoretical exams at the age of 16.5 and take practice exams at the age of 17 after which they are allowed to drive a car but only with an experienced co driver present in the car who has had a driver license for at least 5 years. This until the day they turn 18. My son also started technical education this year and will be working with metal machining and welding equipment and the way it looks now the boy has golden hands so I thought it would be nice opportunity to start working on a car, his own car... So.. before the car was unloaded from the trailer I had already given it away.. ;)

The car in question is a '78 244 2.1 K-Jet,

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Paint is terrible. Rear fenders are gone and probably some floor panels but it will give my son a chance to work on the car and hopefully have it in a road approval kind of state before he receives his driver license.

Car has been designated SD-Jr.

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Nice update.

I agree with you on the decision not to update the 142 w/a newer engine. Makes some sense if you are doing a full-blown revamp of the whole car, but otherwise keeping it essentially original seems like a good plan.

My son's 1st Volvo ('98 V70XC) also required him to learn how to perform a transmission replacement & general servicing. It can't hurt for any youth to have these skills, if they have the inclination.

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