740 & 760 Volver Pestanya - Volvo 740 GL 1989 Project (2016 - Present)

RomerJon17Ansett Driver (@RomerJon17) Frankston, Melbourne
edited December 5 in General
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VOLVER PESTAÑA - VOLVO 740 GL 1989 PROJECT (2016 - PRESENT)

I finally have a probationary licence to drive my Volvo 740 GL 1989 on the road and it's now my car to look after, but it's still on my mother's name. This Volvo was a family vehicle for over 15 years and it was in bad shape when my mum driven many times. Inside the vehicle has minor cosmetic damage like cracks, scratches, missing part and physical damage by a human. I have good heart on my Volvo 740 GL 1989 and I would love to restore my vehicle slowly and make it look new again like the car was released on the sale.

When my car is fully serviced, except the interior and exterior of the car. I will put this car on a road worthy certificate and transfer my name onto my Volvo 740 GL!

Kilometers ran over 400,000+ (The dashboard was replaced with a 2nd hand dashboard due to faulty fuel gauge)
Regulary check water coolant and oil every week


Here are my lists for future repairs and completed.

Future repairs & upgrades:

- Repair the odometer and trip meter
- Install a car alarm system and central locking
- Repair central locking at the back right passenger side
- Repair door warning lights and interior lighting electrical fault when opening the door
- Repair Gear Stick
- Install Left Tail Light Assembly - Passenger Side (Chrome Trim) with gasket, also install gasket on the right Tail Light Assembly Driver Side (Chrome Trim)
- Replace or restore interior plastic trims
- Install a new condition or 2nd hand in good condition black dashboard top or install 940GL dashboard
- Replace the carpet
- Repaint and polish the exterior of the car
- Remove some scratches and dents
- Repair the seats and cover with seat covers for protection
- Repair and restore rear tailgate lights
- Hardwire Garmin Navigator to the fuse box
New repairs not listed will be mentioned on progress list.

Progress:

?Repair the cooling on the air-condition and remove whistling noise when the fan is on motion until August 2017?
- Repair rear tailgate lights until ???
- Repair the odometer and trip meter until ???
- Hardwire Garmin Navigator to the fuse box until ???

Spotted problem and completed:

- Water hose collapsed and repaired by RACV on April 2017
- Replaced radiator cap with non-genuine on April 2017
- New wipers fitted on February 2017
- Replaced air-filter hose on June 2017
- Restored alloy fuel hose on June 2017
- Replaced rubber braking pad on June 2017
- Replaced few misc parts on June 2017
- Spotted Faulty Master Cylinder and repaired on October 2018

Accomplished:

- Upgraded Radio head-unit with Kenwood KDC-BT600U CD Receiver with Built-in Bluetooth | $131.60
- Installed Kenwood Kfc-e1365 5-1/4" 250w E Series 13cm 2-way Coaxial Speakers Pair 130mm 2x | $68.00
- Power Antenna Aerial AM FM Radio Mast kit | 1980s Volvo 1384704 Electric Power Antenna 1384704-1 740 760 sedan Genuine OEM Volvo Part | $70.42
- Replaced a Power Antenna Aerial AM FM Radio Mast kit - Special thanks to Vee_Que
- Replaced Alternator belt $20.00 and power steering belt | $17.00
- Rewired aftermarket radio with insulated straight wire butt connector electrical splice crimp terminal Z224 | $6.00
- Installed a Volvo Single Din Car Radio Stereo Install Dash Mount Trim Panel Bezel Kit | $16.00
- Certificate of Roadworthiness 2018
- Refilled Brake Fluid
- Secured Battery
- Installed new Rack Ends x2
- Installed new front brake pads
- Installed LHF Lens
- Secured Lach Boot
- Repaired Air-condition
- Clicking Noise Removed
- Overdrive Repaired
- 4 New Supercat Tyres
- Wheels Aligned
- Installed Dash Cam
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  • RomerJon17Ansett Driver (@RomerJon17) Frankston, Melbourne
    edited December 2016
    Upgraded Radio head-unit with Kenwood KDC-BT600U CD Receiver with Built-in Bluetooth | $131.60

    My friend helped me to install aftermarket radio and it wasn't easy at all, because the previous owner who owned this car snipped the cables too short! He didn't ask me the payment for installation, so I took him to KFC for doing a good job instead! :+1:

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  • Welcome @RomerJon17 A word of advice before everyone else jumps in and says it - don't use Volvo dealers, the cost is going to kill you. Berry Motor Group, Voldat or Masons, depending where you are. I assume you are in Vic from the plates?

    Also, it's a very good idea to learn some DIY stuff to keep costs down. Lots of help on this forum.
    RomerJon17TerryAVee_Quesucksqueezebangblow
  • Although sounds like you are up for fiddling on the spanners. Plenty of knowledge and help to keep the 7's on the road around here. Welcome!
    RomerJon17
  • Welcome @RomerJon17 A word of advice before everyone else jumps in and says it - don't use Volvo dealers, the cost is going to kill you. Berry Motor Group, Voldat or Masons, depending where you are. I assume you are in Vic from the plates?

    Also, it's a very good idea to learn some DIY stuff to keep costs down. Lots of help on this forum.

    Hmm, yes I've been Berry Motor Group and Masons who have repaired my Volvo and I noticed their price is extremely expensive. The interior work I am worried about, because there are cracks showing up due to the weather. Is there any good Volvo repairs rather than going to Volvo dealers to avoid high expense?
    Although sounds like you are up for fiddling on the spanners. Plenty of knowledge and help to keep the 7's on the road around here. Welcome!

    I rarely see much 740's on Victorian roads... My friend and especially the VIC Roads Test inspector liked my car. :+1:
  • Welcome.

    You'll find this guide very handy.

    https://www.brickboard.com/FAQ/700-900/FAQSummary1.htm

    They may all look similar, but 700s had a lot of very subtle running changes over their production run.
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  • jamesincJames (@jamesinc) Oz Volvo Ice Fortress
    Cracked interior components are pretty common, you might have to hunt around to find good ones.
  • Vee_QueVee_Que (@Vee_Que) South Eastern suburbs Melbourne.
    If you think berry's is expensive, your next option is to do it yourself, I've had 7 series volvos for almost ten years now, cracked plastics is normal, and you become friendly with the self serve wreckers to get bits you need, keep in mind some 940 parts are interchangable too.

    If you look up youtube, you can probably find how to Polish the paint up and remove the scratches.
  • If you think berry's is expensive, your next option is to do it yourself, I've had 7 series volvos for almost ten years now, cracked plastics is normal, and you become friendly with the self serve wreckers to get bits you need, keep in mind some 940 parts are interchangable too.

    If you look up youtube, you can probably find how to Polish the paint up and remove the scratches.

    I will take some photos around in the interior later and spot some cracks. Some might need a replacement.
  • Vee_QueVee_Que (@Vee_Que) South Eastern suburbs Melbourne.
    We have a fortnightly social event that you can come along too, not sure when the next one is due to the holidays, but it should be soon...
    RomerJon17
  • @RomerJon17 try Voldat. In my experience of using both them and Berry, Voldat is cheaper.
    RomerJon17Ex850R
  • @RomerJon17 try Voldat. In my experience of using both them and Berry, Voldat is cheaper.

    They do restoration! :D :+1: Thank you so much @Chris !

    My Power Antenna Rod finally came to Australia. My new radio doesn't like my broken antenna and 4 stock speakers!
    Ex850R
  • Ex850RSnoopy (@Ex850R) Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.
    Great blokes at Voldat, you cannot go wrong.
    Look at Jollys Wreckers too where you take the parts off as well.
    cancer sucks
    RomerJon17
  • RomerJon17Ansett Driver (@RomerJon17) Frankston, Melbourne
    edited January 2017
    I've removed the old antenna out of my car and replaced with a new antenna all the way from Hong Kong. I did positive, negative and powered antenna cables properly, but it doesn't want to extract the antenna rod. The electrician will investigate the problem and I hope it's not the antenna itself defective.

    I've sent a message to the seller who sells them from Hong Kong and he will give me one for free and hopefully tested before sending to me. It comes with 90 days warranty which is good. :)

    ==============================
    The petrol tank has an airlock which doesn't completely fill up the tank. Is it possible a Volvo mechanic remove the airlock when fuelling up the tank? I know how to fill up the tank properly with an airlock but I have to be careful not to pick up overflow! :(
  • Vee_QueVee_Que (@Vee_Que) South Eastern suburbs Melbourne.
    The hose joining between your two tanks on the breather is probably cracked, an airlock isn't removed the way you seem to think it is. Also, buy a test light and see if there is power to the electric antenna, you will go broke paying people to fix every little thing on this car...
    RomerJon17
  • RomerJon17Ansett Driver (@RomerJon17) Frankston, Melbourne
    edited January 2017
    The hose joining between your two tanks on the breather is probably cracked, an airlock isn't removed the way you seem to think it is. Also, buy a test light and see if there is power to the electric antenna, you will go broke paying people to fix every little thing on this car...

    Excuse my sentence, I wasn't suppose to say remove the airlock. :/
    It's not that necessary to repair the breather and I fuel up approximately 30 litres 2 days in 1 month.

    I've finally picked Kenwood 6" after-market speakers for my Volvo. I will let the expert to install the speakers for me and do some diagnostic wiring on the radio head unit because I'm pretty worried about electric tape doesn't last long. I will get that done next month asap, otherwise, the radio will stop working.

    About the powered antenna, I will ask the radio electrician if it has power. Otherwise, I have to ask the seller to send me another one (covered with 90 days warranty) but TESTED before sending overseas!
  • Vee_QueVee_Que (@Vee_Que) South Eastern suburbs Melbourne.
    Have you tested it yourself? Stereo installers in my experience are butchers with no qualifications, so to say an expert is a stretch. You really should learn to do this stuff yourself!

    With the antenna, you can pull it out and power it from the battery terminals also. Then you'd know if it works as I reckon it will.
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  • jamesincJames (@jamesinc) Oz Volvo Ice Fortress
    Yeah the guys who installing stereos usually just butcher the wiring harness and tape it up, never seen it done nicely.
    Vee_Quebgpzfm142
  • The old "twist and tape"
    previous: 67 Mini Deluxe, 84 BMW 318i, 04 Hilux, 74 KE20 w/ 4age turbo, 06 Ford XR6T, 12 Isuzu Dmax
    current: 08 Volvo V50 T5 AWD, 16 SS Sportwagon
  • RomerJon17Ansett Driver (@RomerJon17) Frankston, Melbourne
    edited January 2017
    The old "twist and tape"

    That's what my friend did to my radio and he did the same thing to his radio. I might re-wire the radio head unit cables with Red Heat Shrink Butt Splice Connectors.

    The stock speakers work but plays in cross-ways. I'm not to sure if it's the cable causing the problem or the stock speakers itself. My friend will help me to install Kenwood speakers for free and I hope all the speakers work.

    The antenna isn't urgent for repair because the FM radio still works with 40 - 60 percent signal, but I always use Bluetooth to play my own playlists or play digital stations on my phone. What you said about testing the powered antenna with my battery terminal on the car, I will try to test with that.
  • Is there a place I can buy a new or 2nd hand carpet for my Volvo 740GL 1989. It can be the entire thing or the front because the driver side carpet is ripping to shreads pretty bad. :/
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