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Hey guys, I know I put up the last message, but you all were so helpful I thought you might have some adivce to offer about my latest conundrum. I was showing off my snazzy new cd receiver to my step sister, and was telling her all about the system I plan to install, despite the obvious boredom she was suffering (I said before, I *lurve* talking 850
) Anyhoo, I opened up the trunk to show where I would be putting my punchpocket, and a painful hissing/squelchy "fssssss!" emanated from the open trunk, sounding a bit like a snake farting... I guess. Instantly I recoiled, thinking that some gas was escaping my exhaust, or something equally unlikely, but then realized that the terrfying sound was actually my hydraulic arm that opens the trunk. Within seconds, I guess the liquid had leaked, and now it has no boyancy at all. It is heavy to open the trunk lid, and wont stay up
I think this is most likely caused by the temperature, as I live on a hill in Vermont, and its wicked wicked wicked cold right now, like -5 below. Could have this caused the leak? Anyway, has anyone had this problem, and how did they solve it? I am strapped for cash right now (actually, would rather spend the money on fun things for my car, not stupid-ass trunk thingies
) Also, I will begin driving again (insurance had my car on ice -no pun intended- for a couple of months, but it will be on v. soon... joy!), and I havent really taken it out since before it started to snow, and its been out in the weather, poor baby
What other problems or quirks might I face due to the exposure?
Thanks for all your help, I love the sort of "family" attitude of dedicated volvo drivers!
-Tim

PS Does SwedeSpeed have gatherings/meetings? If so, when and where? Thanks again
 

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Originally posted by boyracer_850:
PS Does SwedeSpeed have gatherings/meetings? If so, when and where? Thanks again
Yes, sort of, but not really. There's a bunch of us in the Washington DC area that will hang out for a few hours on a Sat/Sun afternoon about every other month or so. Nothing organized that's worth driving several hours for, and not much going on over the winter (unless someone calls for a GTG when we finally get some snow!).

There are already two events I know of next spring that are probably worth going to, and are sure to have Volvos attending. There's the Import/Kit-replicar show in Carlisle, PA on May 17-19, 2002. There were about 10 people from Swedespeed there last year, most being from VA/MD, but Sean (1FASTBOX) drove down from Canada, so it shouldn't be too bad for you coming from VT. I'd guess that there were 30-40 Volvos there the day I was there, maybe more. Go to the main page here, then 'features', 'show coverage', and you can check out the gallery section of most of the cars that were there last year. It's cool that everyone can show his/her car regardless of what it looks like and not be out of place.

There's also the VSA East Coast National Meet next April 12-14 in Miami, FL. VSA is mostly aimed at older Volvos, but I'm sure there will be a good mix of all years at that show too. There's also a good chance that there would be many rare older Volvos, like the 444, 445, P210, 123GT, 1800 Jenson body, and maybe even a P1900. Of course I'd expect Irv Gordon's P1800 to be there, and by then it will have crossed the 2 million mile mark.
 

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The way to go would be to purchase the rear spoiler kit as noted it comes with the struts for the extra wieght of the wing on the trunk lid. That is sort of like getting a toy and the repair all at once. Is it ever heavy without the struts working. The cold may have been a small factor, the only thing I can say is to never force any strut open, it should open under its own pressure, that is how to blow a seal, even with that said they do wear out.

I plan to go agin this summer to Carlisle, it was a good time.
 
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