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    Turbo tool shed

    First off hi from a new member, looking forward to learning a lot from the community!

    So where to start with this one..

    I've always wanted a fast estate as I find the whole concept totally perverse and never really found an excuse to have one until now.

    I have a bunch of other cars including a Alfa Giulietta as a daily, but my favourite is probably my Clio cup race car - it is the definition of grip, corners like a house fly...



    Anyway, I digress: I've been looking for a estate to pull my Brian James and to do tip / building merchant runs due to an ongoing house project, it will also be used every year for the run to LM with my mates. I looked at TDI vags and a few other marques but having had a V40 1.9 D a few years ago I really wanted another Volvo. Cut a long story short my friend linked me to an ad for the 850 which in all honesty I hadn't considered as an option due to age. Anyway, the price was sub 350 so well within budget, it had FSH, towbar and once I took it for a drive I knew it was a car I needed in my life - I was shocked at the performance, the 5cyl sound and the old school addictive turbo lag

    Exterior wise is a little rough, but mechanically it felt sweet so I shook the chaps hand and away we went.







    So, engine is healthy having tested it, going to repair all the broken bits, service everything then start some upgrades which are probably the common done thing around here so not particularly exciting. I've been looking for a new project recently anyway now the clio is reliable so this is a perfect excuse to get the tools out again.

    It already has a absaloute (sp?) map but I don't really like the delivery (although there may be an underlying TCS issue there). I need a decat down pipe and cat back, a bigger turbo and some other supporting bits and pieces before having a live engine calibration. Have picked up some titans from @Ettienne on here (who mentioned the forum - hence I am here) which have then been refurbed, going to chuck on some eibachs and fresh dampers. Looking for an R front bumper (imaginative...) and then I'd love to get the car repainted in Radical blue.

    Any recommendations on where to locate a reasonably priced straight flange downpipe, a 18T turbo (seems to be the best bang for buck based on research) and a R front bumper would be gratefully received!



    Here it is in its slightly ghetto boxy glory.





    Cheers!
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    If its just a normal t5 then a 16t would be a decent upgrade, though that would depend on how much power you want as the 18t will flow better higher up the revs.

    Just be careful how much boost you run low down because the con rods are a weak point.

    Oh yes, welcome to the site
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    Good intro.

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    It's a diesel, Liam!

    Welcome aboard

    I've got an 850TDi among my fleet, excellent work bus.
    Sounds like you got a bargain too.

    The engine is a VAG AEL lump, basically a 1.9 TDi with an extra cylinder.
    They respond really well to a bit of fiddling, sound good too when pushed!
    The person to speak to on here is Martin Smith, his TDi is pretty naughty.

    Afaik, a 16t works really well, an 18t prob wouldn't work really due to the lower exhaust gas temp from the oil burner.
    First weak point is usually the rod bolts, then a wobbly flywheel and DMF from the torque, after that you'll lift the head with too much boost.

    Looking forward to a bit of TDi action

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doingitsideways View Post
    It's a diesel, Liam!

    Welcome aboard

    I've got an 850TDi among my fleet, excellent work bus.
    Sounds like you got a bargain too.

    The engine is a VAG AEL lump, basically a 1.9 TDi with an extra cylinder.
    They respond really well to a bit of fiddling, sound good too when pushed!
    The person to speak to on here is Martin Smith, his TDi is pretty naughty.

    Afaik, a 16t works really well, an 18t prob wouldn't work really due to the lower exhaust gas temp from the oil burner.
    First weak point is usually the rod bolts, then a wobbly flywheel and DMF from the torque, after that you'll lift the head with too much boost.

    Looking forward to a bit of TDi action
    his new car is a T-5

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    Hi all, thanks for the welcome! Sorry to disappoint but It is in fact a T5 I have a powerful diesel in the form of the alfa so I'm a big fan of TDI power normally.

    A member contacted me with a R bumper for sale so that's made my day, the whole boot is now full of spares so I need to have a big day and get it all fitted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by p fandango View Post
    his new car is a T-5
    Quote Originally Posted by pingpong View Post
    Hi all, thanks for the welcome! Sorry to disappoint but It is in fact a T5 I have a powerful diesel in the form of the alfa so I'm a big fan of TDI power normally.

    A member contacted me with a R bumper for sale so that's made my day, the whole boot is now full of spares so I need to have a big day and get it all fitted.
    My bad!

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    19T maybe slightly more available than 18T
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    Hi Tom you got here then lol, I've still to dig the R bumper out of the loft, but it is on the list!

    Looks better with the titans.

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    Managed to make some progress with the shed over the last few days.

    First job was to swap out the discoloured and cracked headlight. None of the washers or wipers for the headlights work either and were in pretty bad condition so I've pulled the whole lot out for the time being, kind of in two minds however as its a classic volvo feature so may reinstate in the future.



    Took a long day on the car and managed to get the front shocks, wishbones, eibachs and track rod ends fitted to hopefully improve the super lose steering. All standard bits, aside from the springs, not interested in poly'ing or stiffening things really - it's not worth it frankly; nice compliant ride with plenty of shove it what I am after

    Most frustrating thing is that in a past life I had a fully equipped workshop with a ramp, working on the floor makes everything just that little bit harder - hey ho!

    Also did the cam & aux belt, water pump and thermostat (to solve the dipping temp on the road) as well as fluids and a few other bits and piece.



    Engine generally speaking is nice and dry, no leaks either side, although underneath someone has bodged some silicon on what I think is the Turbo oil return pipe, not sure if it requires any attention however.



    Belts are a pleasure compared to the F4R renault engine, its a 4hr job even for the experienced, only thing that had me scratching my head was that the new aux belt was about 6" longer than the original but after some quick research online it appears they changed the belt routing which explained the extra length.



    Happy with the progress so far, more updates to follow - it has a lot of work ahead of it this week moving some other cars around so I'm pleased i've managed to get the long overdue service bits done.

    Cheers
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    Welcome aboard mate, jeez you don't hang about do you? I feel thoroughly ashamed of myself when I see how much progress you have made in a short period of time it takes me forever to get anything done with my car.

    Good update too we like pictures, most of us can't read!

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    You did all that in a day?!

    You ever been up for mechanic of the year?!

    Christ, me and Jamesy were made up when we did his Eibachs and Billies in a day, between us, with a two post lift!!

    Also, I was proud of myself to have done both timing belts, tensioners and all filters on my 850TDi in 4 1/2 hours.

    *Scurries off feeling rubbish about myself *

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doingitsideways View Post
    You did all that in a day?!

    You ever been up for mechanic of the year?!

    Christ, me and Jamesy were made up when we did his Eibachs and Billies in a day, between us, with a two post lift!!

    Also, I was proud of myself to have done both timing belts, tensioners and all filters on my 850TDi in 4 1/2 hours.

    *Scurries off feeling rubbish about myself *
    Haha - I did say long day... I'm not mechanic and never have been (strictly speaking) but it's been great to dust the tools off again.

    I bled the coolant system in the dark if that makes you feel better! Plus I was on my own so no one to distract and I managed to lock myself out of the house so no extended tea breaks either.

    Honestly the belts are a joy, no locking tools required, great access, built in timing marks - not sure why the other small number of engines I've changed belts on don't use the same design philosophy, hats off to volvo! Took just over an hour I reckon.


    Quote Originally Posted by Orca2 View Post
    Welcome aboard mate, jeez you don't hang about do you? I feel thoroughly ashamed of myself when I see how much progress you have made in a short period of time it takes me forever to get anything done with my car.

    Good update too we like pictures, most of us can't read!
    Thanks for your comment, hopefully there will be some more updates shortly, I do have a boost hesitation issue that I need advice on diagnosing but I'll get some videos up for that.

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    Only pulling your leg, Fella.
    Well done, that's a fair old whack of work for a day!
    I'm by no means a mechanic either, just someone with constantly sore knuckles, any experience I have is from previous f*#k ups, but I have an excellent knowledge of swear words

    TBF, when I was on with Jamesy's springs, he spent more time lubing his nuts than anything else!

    Oh, can't remember if I said welcome
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