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Vogon's been driving the Volvo with the driver's side armrest halfway detached because he removed the screws to troubleshoot the driver's side door not opening from the outside and couldn't get it to detach it at the top of the armrest.

It was starting to annoy me, so I Googled it and found brickboard.com, then on to one of the forum member's websites to step-by-step directions on repairing the door handle. I followed them and found not only was the stop pin missing and the ear of the collar it goes through on the handle was broken.

A replacement door handle is relatively inexpensive to replace, so I thought I had it under control until I looked further and found the linkage way out of place and the spring that connects the linkage to the stop pin also missing. *sigh* Not sure what I'm going to do about that yet, but I asked at brickboard about the specs of the spring so I don't munge that up.

Around my attempts at troubleshooting beyond my limited car expertise, I got an earful from Vogon about how the Volvo is a POS that's not worth repairing (I have no idea what it needs to have done since it hasn't been seen by a mechanic yet) and how he hates driving it (he hasn't taken the Mustang to the mechanic either, instead driving the Volvo for the last two months).

If it wouldn't further piss him off, I'd suggest selling the Volvo.

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anonymosaurus
Jul. 19th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
Uhm...you do know a mechanic who will give estimates in exchange for a meal. And it doesn't even have to be a very good meal. :-)
polyhymnia
Jul. 19th, 2007 06:07 am (UTC)
But knowing Melissa I'm sure it would be a very good one!
oddharmonic
Jul. 19th, 2007 08:00 am (UTC)
If you want to set up a time when you're in the north Dallas area, let me know. I'll pay cash for your expertise, make you a meal and send you home with leftovers.

For reference, my Volvo is a 1984 240GL, automatic transmission, B23F (2.3L) engine. She didn't come with much maintenance history so I expect to have all the zero-level preventative maintenance done, plus have the exhaust fixed. The tailpipe is on the verge of falling loose from the rear silencer.

I'm not as car repair ignorant as Vogon thinks I am, I'm just new to poking around in non-VW European cars. I have a Bentley manual in transit right now.
anonymosaurus
Jul. 19th, 2007 08:27 am (UTC)
I am always in Plano, and I can always use cash...send me an email to number1eye4u at gmail dot com and I'll send you my digits. I'm actually free tomorrow after like ten AM, and Friday all day.
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