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I'm actually heavily involved in the R forum as the moderator there, but, life has changed for me a bit, and so will my car situation!<p>I just recently picked up a 1974 164E automatic with only 57K original miles. It's actually in really good shape. Purchased the vehicle from the nephew of the guy who purchased it new. Car has only been well-maintained . . . never "re-done," except that the interior has been re-done in cloth. <p>I'll be posting pics soon. I've actually got my friend (Volvo master tech) looking at it for me since I've got a broken hip now and can't really do much. Only a couple of mechanical issues: 1) low idle when engine is warm, 2) A/C is low on freon, 3) creaking noises in front suspension.<p>Future plans include: 1) new paint job, 2) new leather interior, 3) convert from auto to manual, 4) replace all suspension bushings with poly bushings, 5) performance springs/shocks/sway bars.<p>I know P2 cars very well, but I'm pretty clueless when it comes to these cars. So any advice/assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 

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Welcome to the Jurassic sector of Swedespeed.<p>Low hot idle is often caused by missing insulators on the injector mounts. Each mount is held on with one cap screw. There's supposed to be a phenolic washer between the top of the screw and the mount, and between the mount and the head. They are often broken and discarded when changing injector seals. The result is fuel vaporizing in the injector, resulting in poor atomization in the intake. There can be other causes, or course, but that's a common one.<p>May your hip heal quickly.
 

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Lee,<p> The 'creaking' noises in the front suspension happily just go back to basic maintenance. If you're lucky enough to have balljoints with Zerk fittings, just grease 'em up and watch the noise go away. I had a Ford Courier pickup once upon a time that I named Eeyore, because it 'brayed' every time I went over a bump. Grease shut it up.<p> [<B><I>addition</I></B>] ...After letting this post sit a bit, a random thought occurred to me.<br> Back in the day, 'un-greasable' balljoints could be helped out by slightly (and carefully) pulling back the rubber seal and repacking the balljoint with fresh grease. Depending on the joint, two or three applications of grease (with test drives in-between to 'work in' the grease) could be necessary.<br> [<B><I>end of addition</I></B>]<p> Failing that, look to the suspension bushings as the source of the noise. Grease is definitely a cheaper fix, though <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Alaric at 5:01 AM 7-8-2006</i>
 

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Thanks very much for the tips guys! I'll make sure to pass these tips on to my tech.
 
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