Saturday, June 15, 2019

Baby's got new shoes

The original wheels on the Volvo are four inches wide with 165/70/15 tires. Anything over 60 MPH on the highway and things got really squirrely .
Last year while scrounging behind dad's tool-shed I found some old Ford Ranger rims with 185/60/15 tires that needed new stems . So I brought them home and stashed them in the barn . I just replaced the valve stems and put them on the car and it makes all the difference. Now 75, even 80 mph is possible without inducing too much pucker factor . The Ford ranger wheels just barely clear the lower ball joint by about a half inch , but they work and the car drives so much better .
Added some DaveBarton.com bling too . Seems Volvo got their nose all bent out of shape over the prancing moose Ferrari parody , and sued Dave so he can't use the Volvo name anymore. But they are available on E-bay if you search .
Got an old grill badge we've had for years installed .
That should throw a few for a loop at the car events .
The valve cover has been looking a bit ratty for a while as that silver crinkle paint dad used on it was not heat proof and was coming off in big flakes .
So I de-greased the engine and transmission and stripped the old silver paint off the valve cover and repainted it with some 500 F resistant engine paint . Have a new valve cover gasket on order too .
Given I had a wide selection of Marden's Discount .99 cent spray cans.
I chose the one that claimed to be Volvo green . . . .
I'm guessing Volvo Penta , hey why not? Dad would have approved of the marine engine theme .


9 comments:

  1. Y despues decis que no sos habilidoso...

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    1. Nada de esto requiere gran habilidad. If you can walk and chew gum at the same time you can do it too.

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    1. Yea, it looks a bit cleaner now and even drives better.

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  3. I had a 67 Saab 96 that used the same size tires. I did not have to worry about its 3 cylinder 2 cycle producing enough speed for it to get squirrely.

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    1. I remember those, they had the three speed manual shift on the column. I always liked the looks of those.

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    2. Yes, on the column, but they were in fact four speeds. Fun cars.

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  4. Oh gawd I love that Ferrari rip off. And I love that engine! That car is as interesting inside as outside...

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    1. And it runs like a sewing machine too. It has the distinctive whir of a push-rod engine long forgotten since overhead cams and timing belts have taken over.

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