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volvoclearinghouse
volvoclearinghouse Dork
12/8/14 9:39 a.m.

I have some...other plans for the exhaust. Actually, my first thought was to turn the pipe 180 degrees and run it out through the hood, with a tractor flapper cap on it. But then I had an even betterer idea...

When I took off the wheels yesterday I discovered why the previous owner had mentioned he felt the brake pedal was mooshy. Some of the pads had separated from the backing plate and had a curvature to them. Pressing the brake pedal first flattened the pad before it would actually cause retarding force. 4 wheels worth of brake pads are on order. Surprisingly, they were quite inexpensive.

EvanR
EvanR Dork
12/8/14 10:37 a.m.
volvoclearinghouse wrote: 4 wheels worth of brake pads are on order. Surprisingly, they were quite inexpensive.

Meh. Not surprised. People will tell you parts are expensive for these. Sometimes that's true. But to the ElCheapo Brake Parts Company(tm) a brake pad is a brake pad, no difference to them if it's for a W123 or a Subaru Justy.

OldGray320i
OldGray320i Reader
12/8/14 11:32 a.m.
mndsm wrote: Please to lower it and stick amg hammers or some other coke head benz wheels.on it. It will rule.

This. Even if it were a metric ton of cash...

volvoclearinghouse
volvoclearinghouse Dork
12/8/14 11:57 a.m.
OldGray320i wrote:
mndsm wrote: Please to lower it and stick amg hammers or some other coke head benz wheels.on it. It will rule.

This. Even if it were a metric ton of cash...

Easy to spend other peoples' money. It's getting a set of $200 Hankook tires on the stock 14" Bundt Pan wheels. I don't want to lower it, since it may get driven in snow and also may see some autocross duty...

yupididit
yupididit Reader
12/8/14 6:50 p.m.

VCH nice pickup. I have a spare set of hubcaps that are the same color as your car. BGkast gave me a ton of w123 parts.

bgkast wrote: I love me some w123. I miss mine (all 7 of them )

Well I'm enjoying the latest. Lol. Could def use those headlights though.

DrBoost
DrBoost UltimaDork
12/8/14 7:12 p.m.

I put many miles on a W124. The only parts that were expensive were internal engine components (oil pump). Other than that, no surprises.

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair UltimaDork
12/9/14 12:49 p.m.
volvoclearinghouse wrote: I discovered why the previous owner had mentioned he felt the brake pedal was mooshy. Some of the pads had separated from the backing plate and had a curvature to them. Pressing the brake pedal first flattened the pad before it would actually cause retarding force. 4 wheels worth of brake pads are on order. Surprisingly, they were quite inexpensive.

look for frozen slide pins or improperly installed pads on the calipers with the bent backing plates.

volvoclearinghouse
volvoclearinghouse Dork
12/9/14 1:44 p.m.
AngryCorvair wrote:
volvoclearinghouse wrote: I discovered why the previous owner had mentioned he felt the brake pedal was mooshy. Some of the pads had separated from the backing plate and had a curvature to them. Pressing the brake pedal first flattened the pad before it would actually cause retarding force. 4 wheels worth of brake pads are on order. Surprisingly, they were quite inexpensive.

look for frozen slide pins or improperly installed pads on the calipers with the bent backing plates.

I will, thanks for the head's up. The calipers looked to be in good shape, from a cursory inspection; brake hoses, too. But calipers were pretty inexpensive, too, if they need replacing.

Got the tires today! $250 after all taxes, fees, valve stems, etc, for 4 Hankook Optimos, mounted on the 14" bundt pans.

Toyman01
Toyman01 MegaDork
12/9/14 3:59 p.m.

I'm pretty sure that Auto ADD was coined by someone talking about you.

Cool wagon. When will it be caged and Lemonsed.

volvoclearinghouse
volvoclearinghouse Dork
12/10/14 7:36 a.m.
yupididit wrote: VCH nice pickup. I have a spare set of hubcaps that are the same color as your car. BGkast gave me a ton of w123 parts.
bgkast wrote: I love me some w123. I miss mine (all 7 of them )

Well I'm enjoying the latest. Lol. Could def use those headlights though.

If the car dies on me, and I decide to part it out, you'll be the first one I ask about the headlights.

Just got 3 boxes in the mail last night- two from IPD for my Volvo and one from Rock Auto for the Mercedes. Mrs VCH told me she was going to wrap them and stick them underneath the tree for me.

volvoclearinghouse
volvoclearinghouse Dork
12/29/14 11:49 a.m.

Well, change of course. I got new tires on the W123 "wagen" and was all set to install the new brake pads and exhaust when along comes an offer to buy her. So I pocketted a nice chunk of cash and the car's going off to someone who has many fewer cars than I do, and can hopefully lavish some more love and attention upon her. Just as well, really. I need to get back to the Town and Country. Nothing gets done around Christmas. No-Thing.

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