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  1. Black

    Volvo Starter Discount

    And....I would share photos of the job but having image hosting difficulties... And....a little bit of searching for photo how-to's went a long way.. \
  2. Black

    Volvo Starter Discount

    Just another short post in case it helps someone plan ahead. I picked up a starter for my '04 780 and using one of the occasional "save $30 for purchases before the end of the day" coupons from Ebay, I only paid $150 for a starter with a 2 year warranty from seller UQquality. Lo and behold, my OEM starter went out a few months later and the advance purchase saved me nearly $400 by buying the Ebay version instead of the dealer version that only came with a 1 year warranty. The removal itself wasn't too bad, it's 3 bolts; 2 of which are best accessed from under the truck with a ratcheting wrench (I believe 18mm) and the third which comes from using an extension from the top side since it's on the 'back side' of the starter which you can't get to from the bottom. Helpful hint; Remove the electrical wires before you remove the 3 mounting bolts, including the little teeny tiny wire (5/16 bolt) running to the solenoid. After removing all the bolts, I pulled the starter from the top of the engine and put it back in the same way. Beware, that sucker is a tad heavy but not unbearably so. I ended up buying 2 replacement bolts from Lowes because one of the factory ones had buggered up threads and whoever the previous mechanic was just left the third one out (the one on the backside). I'll have to find the package but they were Grade 8 and relatively cheap at $1.40 each. All in all, it took me about 90 minutes but I could do the next one (which'll be hopefully never) in less than an hour. This is also a good time to check your battery cables for corrosion, I found a couple that were suspect that I plan on replacing on soon. For making your own cables, a hydraulic crimper works wonders but I've been using a $17 hammer crimper for awhile without many issues. That said, I saw a $25 squeeze type crimper on Amazon the other day and I just might have to give it a go. Next purchase is to keep my eyes open for an online sale on a box of relays since when you buy online, you can usually get something like 4 for the price of 1 from a physical store.
  3. I had tiny thumbnails but just figured out how to add full size pics so...here you go.
  4. Thankfully it was a quick and relatively painless install and I didn't need the extensions or universal joint after all. There wasn't much ratchet swing, but a socket/ratchet combo will allow you enough movement to remove/install the sensor and once it's broken loose, you can use your fingers to loosen it the rest of the way. It's a tight fit though, so you might have to put the socket on the sensor, then attach the ratchet to the socket, loosen it up, and then remove the ratchet from the socket, and then remove the socket. All in all, it took about 15 minutes from start to finish and the next time it'll take about 5-10 (hopefully there isn't a next time though). Anyway, got it installed, fixed a suspect looking small alternator wire, fired it up, and.........everything is all good now. The oil pressure is reading 60 psi at idle, all warning lights have disappeared, and it's good to go. I took photos to help the next person but need to load them from my phone.
  5. That's a GREAT answer! Love it The starter is another money saver...I paid $130 for an Ebay starter that came from an independent shop with a warranty. So far so good w/no problems or hang ups. The sensor will wait until tomorrow morning, I had an unexpected visit from aunts and uncles and I'm enjoying their company instead of the Volvo's for now.
  6. The sensor is located on the drivers side of the block, near the top and in the middle. It's right behind the two big horizontal plugs and is the top most of two identical looking sensors. That probably reads like gibberish but once you open the hood, you'll see what I mean. If it weren't for all the wires in the way, it'd be about a 10 minute fix. As it sits, it looks like it'll take a universal joint, a couple extensions, and holding my mouth just right to get it out of there.
  7. Hi all, There's not a whole lot of meat to this post other than to say that today my dash alerted me to an electrical fault with my oil pressure sender (2004 Volvo 780 w/D12). I verified the fluids were good, kept driving, and then the sensor gave me a low oil pressure warning which shut off the truck. To keep going, I unplugged the sensor and continued on my way. When I called the dealer to buy a sensor, it came in at $326.95 (Part # 1077574). The non-OEM sensor with the corresponding part number sells on Amazon for $18 and ships next day with Prime. At that price, some of us might think about buying one to keep in a safe place on the truck "just in case". I'll install it tomorrow and let y'all know if it solves the problem (it should but perhaps in addition to being partly made of Gold, the Volvo OEM part has some special properties).
  8. I don't see what you're getting at or where the parallels are...
  9. I agree with everything you said and yes, air bags are much more versatile than leafs. My thought with leafs was that it's an easy way (relatively) to achieve side to side articulation with a bit of up/down travel....if the springs were mounted front/back anyway. It's interesting you gave the air bag example for pickups, I was thinking for a 20K tongue weight (thinking along the lines of my gooseneck), two 8k leafs with backup air springs would give a decent loaded ride and still allow some side/side when off camber and the trailer's empty. This is based off a WAG and nothing factual, just spitballing.
  10. Thanks, I was able to look your picture which led me find out that Silver Eagle tow dollys are pretty common and was even able to find a parts diagram online. My thought was to mount the leaf springs parallel with the frame rails but they went perpendicular....now the search is on to see if anyone’s already done that. Thanks a ton for this, I might end up messing around and building one just to play with and see what happens.
  11. This is somewhat of a random question but has anyone seen a gooseneck/5th trailer hitch build that uses leaf springs instead of airbags? I found myself daydreaming at breakfast this morning and after thinking about it on the drive and during lunch, it seems like it would work with a few strength modifications. I'l likely never build it but since I dissect project ideas as my form of mental gymnastics and trying to stay sharp, has anyone seen such a thing or can point out why it wouldn't work? It wouldn't give you any front/back articulation but the side to side/compression articulation should be plenty. Actually, if you used 4 leaf springs you'd have some front/back articulation also...
  12. FWIW, I occasionally run on waste motor oil and have a couple 330gal totes full to the top and never had a problem with flexing, leaking, dripping, etc.
  13. Black

    Bumper Pull Hitch

    Good call, I forgot about the pin. Other than a vertical pin, it sounds like below the bumper it is...
  14. Black

    Bumper Pull Hitch

    Any thoughts of cutting a square hole in the tube and welding the receiver tube into it? Aside from the added support, it seems like it'd be a "cleaner" look.
  15. Black

    Winch capacity......

    Just a thought but a 12k winch from Harbor Freight is under $300. Should you put it on a removable mount and your rig ever gets stuck, you can move it to the truck and use it to pull yourself free...
  16. Black

    Bumper Pull Hitch

    Hello, I went with the Draw-Tite 4907 7" bracket kit and the Draw-Tite 41991 hitch. This is a Class V universal fit hitch that's specifically made for heavy-duty and commercial vehicles with frames up to 62". The ratings are 16k lbs gross trailer weight and 1,600 lbs max tongue weight although it can be reinforced to handle more. It's cheaper to buy the components separately then as a kit and all together I spent ~$130 for the hitch and about $15 in bolts.
  17. For my own planning, I assume a 6% interest rate and a 3.5% withdrawal rate. While my withdrawal rate probably won't change much, I expect to beat 6% (Vanguard easy 3 fund portfolio) quite regularly so that's my worst case scenario. I've found a wonderful tool called Firecalc (there's other variations out there) that run a simulated retirement strategy as if you would need to withstand the worst ravages of inflation, the Great Depression, and every other financial calamity the US has seen since 1871. I figure that if my numbers can withstand that, then it is likely to withstand whatever might happen between now and the day I no longer have any need for your retirement funds. https://www.firecalc.com/
  18. I’m curious how you got to this number as at the somewhat popular 4% withdrawal rate, 5 mil generates $200k/yr. Perhaps you’re just in a much higher socioeconomic class than most and this is their current expenditure?
  19. I wasn't born into the white middle class but even so, being born American is the greatest lottery win that anyone could ever receive. For all of our shortcomings, we literally are the land of opportunity. I'm grateful for the gifts I've received but also grateful for my work ethic and willingness to do things that my peers deem as beneath them or not worth their time. It's not a zero sum game in that just as I can recognize that my own decisions have played a part in my relative success, so too has the stroke of luck in being born in the U.S, being married to a faithful and loving woman, and having parents that cared enough to raise me with Christian morals and shape me into a responsible adult. All that said, It's a much more interesting story to tell folks I was born into a log cabin that I built myself:)
  20. Bob, Rather than buying a new controller, do you think a 12V relay would've solved the problem with the controller? Thanks for the writeup!
  21. I'm about 8 years away from pulling the plug although if it wasn't for the lifetime health insurance I get for retiring, I'd probably walk away right now. Charity will be the largest single slice of our budget by far, we're fortunate to be rather simple folks and I can't imagine any non-health related scenarios where we aren't struggling to spend down our nest egg balance. If we run low during a year, we'll just have to scale back for a bit. That said, I'll heed the advice and make sure to maintain a healthy liquid balance for when I get too tired/old of fixing my own stuff and splurge on a new Volvo:)
  22. Just to switch it up a bit, I'm a law enforcement officer (which means I'll retain health insurance) that plans to retire at the age of 49 and full-time for at least a few years, and probably more if I go international. I'm aiming for a nest egg of $4 mil (real estates, stocks, 401k), am married with 5 dependents, and estimate yearly spending of $125,000, most of which will be charitable donations. I'll also be collecting a roughly $38k pension once I retire. In case a bad guy gets me tomorrow, I will carry life insurance until retirement that pays out $875K which means my wife will be able to retire immediately (currently 39) and the kids will all be good to go. All of my calcs and spreadsheets say I should be good but since I've never been there, and many of you have, does anyone see any glaring faults in my planning or have cautionary tales to share?
  23. Did you get it started? What'd you end up doing?
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