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Our new Cabriolet
« on: October 16, 2019, 10:59:49 AM »
Morning to one and all.
Just thought I'd introduce Priscilla (who someone may recognise?) My wife needed a new car earlier this year and I suggested this one which was for sale locally (I drive a Volvo 240 estate) Having owned it for a few months I can honestly say that it's been a lot of fun and well worth buying. It's my wife's first soft top and she's really taken to it in a big way. Having been a third car of the previous owner it has led a fairly cossetted life and the roof mechanism initially had a few glitches, but a good going over with WD40 and grease soon had it working nicely again. The rear windows got stuck which turned out to be because the switches were full of sand! Once cleaned they are happily working again.
The only issue at the moment is the window regulator on the drivers side has now given up the ghost and refuses to move leaving the window down about 4" - Not ideal! ???
Anyone know where I might get one - my local garage has drawn a blank after 7 different ones were supplied none of which fitted . . .

Cheers
Paul

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Re: Our new Cabriolet
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2019, 09:11:28 AM »
Greetings and Welcome to THE Cab Club

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Re: Our new Cabriolet
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2019, 10:53:42 AM »
Congratulations with your special car. Lots of helpful information to be found here. Hope you share some pictures.

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Re: Our new Cabriolet
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2019, 06:19:31 PM »
Have you tried ebay ? it might pay to take the old one out to compare as theres a few different types
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Re: Our new Cabriolet
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2019, 02:50:26 AM »
Hi and welcome.. Like almost said it might pay to take it out which is not difficult becasue then you can see if its the cable or the motor or the bushes. At the same time you can chock the window up with a length of timber to keep it closed until you find a replacement. There are some generic one on ebay and you can buy them with or without motor so i motor is working go for ones without motor because they are a lot cheaper.

Rear windows also have a tendency to clog up wit dust and link etc there is a link in here to clean without completely removing by popping the rubber cover in the door jams.

Good luck

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Re: Our new Cabriolet
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2019, 07:06:55 AM »
Are you sure it is the motor and not the standard electrical loom problem?

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Re: Our new Cabriolet
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2019, 12:02:30 PM »
Hello one and all
Many thanks for the replies and suggestions (Sorry for the tardy response - only just noticed that there'd been a few replies)  :)

Priscilla is now back home with the motor removed and window wedged up with a length of wood as suggested by Pete. It's looking hopeful that there is a replacement available in Glasgow (Thanks to MrBob). Once we've checked it's correct and sorted out carriage we'll get it fitted and say goodbye to a soggy bottom driving experience :o

I'll take some pics once the rain has stopped
Cheers
Paul

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Re: Our new Cabriolet
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2019, 11:07:16 PM »
good point 306.. could be door loom as well. need to test motor

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Re: Our new Cabriolet
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2019, 01:33:37 PM »
Well we've now got a window that closes again.  :)

Unfortunately there's also some sad news on the Priscilla front  :'(

She was struggling on the last couple of trips with power (foot to the floor maximum speed of 45 mph struggling) A trip to the garage confirmed my fears that there's a lack of combustion that points to a head leak between cylinders 2 and 3 . . . . so alas after a very enjoyable couple of months in the sunshine we have to look for something else. Anyone who might be interested in giving Priscilla a good retirement home just drop me a PM. Once we've go a replacement I'll take some pics and put up an ad. with further details

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Re: Our new Cabriolet
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2019, 02:54:57 PM »
Do not give up. Changing a head gasket in a 306 is a relatively easy job and if you can not do it yourself i will not cost you fortune to have it done by a mechanic.

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Re: Our new Cabriolet
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2019, 04:54:14 PM »
 :)
Thanks for the positive vibe, but unfortunately a combination of a wet bottom and no power have I'm afraid tainted the issue slightly for my wife (who needs a car to get to work with on Monday and covers a couple of hundred miles a week getting too and from work)

We could hire a car as a stop gap whilst this one's fixed, but the costs have started to accumulate and unfortunately reliability is more important than pleasure in the weather we've been having (bear in mind I'm also using a classic car as a daily driver myself and there's a limit to how much tinkering I can do by the roadside in this weather)

Cheers