BX 19 TRS Auto Estate "Bertie"

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BX 19 TRS Auto Estate "Bertie"

Post by Joris » Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:34 pm

Hi everybody!

I would like to introduce you to Bertie.

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Some of you might have seen something about him already on facebook and I've had a few posts on the forum.

In short Bertie came into my life when I was looking around on ebay when my Volvo 480 was showing it's age a bit to much and it would be to much of a hassle to get it registered on UK plates and get it MOT'd and moved from the top of Scotland down to Edinburgh.
Although there has always been a curiosity to own a BX I wasn't necessarily looking to buy. But after a slightly intoxicated minimum bid on ebay it turned out that nobody else had bid on it and I bought a '87 BX TRS auto estate for 400 pounds, sight unseen.

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It actually seemed to be a good deal with a years MOT ,allegedly 4 new spheres, 80.000 miles and little rust.
After the 500 mile trip to Sheffield and picking up the car it only took me 3 days to bring it back up north again.
There were some minor hiccups.

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There was a lack of LHM, a couple of leaking points and a substantial fuel leak.
Coming unprepared without LHM or some rubber hoses it was waiting a night at a Services after being picked up by a tow truck driver.
The following day we managed to fix some of the problems and carried on halfway to go and fix some more problems.

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Eventually it made it all the way back up North.
Having come home it turned out there was a leaking octopus.
That took a while to fix. Other problems that I've fixed were a stuck heater tap and I did a massive cooling system flush.

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It helped me move down to Edinburgh where the oil cooler decided to be leaking. Which was in an absolute horrible state.

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I'm urgently looking for a replacement after false promises from somebody who would supply me.
Can anybody help me out with one?

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Re: BX 19 TRS Auto Estate "Bertie"

Post by Joris » Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:48 pm


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Re: BX 19 TRS Auto Estate "Bertie"

Post by jamescarruthers » Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:59 pm

Hello.

Firstly, your car is Olympic blue... so it's a winner

Secondly, you've had a Volvo 480ES... so you're a winner

Thirdly, as far as I know, the oil cooler is nothing special and you can fit an aftermarket one with ease.

Good luck with the car. Nice big engine, wafty, Olympic Blue... absolutely worth having and working on! Well done.
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Re: BX 19 TRS Auto Estate "Bertie"

Post by rutter123 » Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:10 pm

I have an oil cooler if you still need one, it's from a diesel but I think they are the same.
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Re: BX 19 TRS Auto Estate "Bertie"

Post by Joris » Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:15 pm

Thanks!
Now I just need to fix all the leaks to make it more habitable!

Well I think you're a double winner, 2 480's. And 1987's as well.
Hmmm so anything that would fit on there should do the job just fine?

You forgot to mention 1 thing, thirsty ;).

I haven't had the full comfort yet, I've just ordered 2 rear spheres and I've got a new (I think) accumulator in the car.
It drove lovely though when it was loaded to the brim when I was moving house!

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Re: BX 19 TRS Auto Estate "Bertie"

Post by Joris » Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:16 pm

rutter123 wrote:
Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:10 pm
I have an oil cooler if you still need one, it's from a diesel but I think they are the same.


Oh that would be very good, I'm also after the hose from the oil cooler to the thermostat...
I don't think that would be the same.

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Re: BX 19 TRS Auto Estate "Bertie"

Post by jamescarruthers » Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:33 pm

Yes, probably very thirsty although a tune up might be helpful. Maybe an LPG conversion one day? As it is carb, it's not so difficult as it just hoofs the gas in through the air intake. I had a 16 TRS with LPG and it was great. If I had a BX again I think it would be basically yours but with LPG and maybe saloon.

For the cooler: look here as it was discussed on the 480 club recently and the BX one looks similar. Compare the dimensions https://www.volvo-480-europe.org/forum/ ... =8&t=35578

I'm not sure where you are in Scotland but I bought one of my BX's up there from a member on here called Aerodynamica. He is a lovely guy and very very knowledgeable about BX's and Citroen hydraulics. (I realise this must be like going on holiday and people saying 'Do you know Hamish?'!!!). Might be worth giving him a shout.

Two 480&s yes... only just acquired the second and it is a great project which I a loving working on. Full geekery here: https://www.volvo-480-europe.org/forum/ ... 23&t=35570

What happened to your 480? Dead?
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1992 Renault Master Mk. 1. Machzone Chateau camper. 2.0 LPG

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A966 XRL -- BX 16 TRS
H767 BEG -- BX 14 TGE
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Re: BX 19 TRS Auto Estate "Bertie"

Post by jamescarruthers » Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:37 pm

Oh, wow, I've just clicked the links to when the car was previously mentioned on here. I've seen your car in the flesh and know the old owner jeremyC5. He had it in Cambridge but never did manage to get it on the road. I'm really pleased it's found a good home. He must have sold it to the guy is Sheffield.

I'll give him a call. I imagine he'll be delighted to hear it made it all the way to Scotland on its own steam (hiccups aside).
1987 Volvo 480 ES
1992 Renault Master Mk. 1. Machzone Chateau camper. 2.0 LPG

Previous BX's:
A966 XRL -- BX 16 TRS
H767 BEG -- BX 14 TGE
B316 AMP -- BX 14 E

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Re: BX 19 TRS Auto Estate "Bertie"

Post by rutter123 » Sat Apr 28, 2018 4:02 pm

I'll dig the oil cooler out tomorrow.
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Re: BX 19 TRS Auto Estate "Bertie"

Post by Kitch » Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:55 pm

Good buy!

Hate to burst the bubble, but that's not Olympic Blue though! :)

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Re: BX 19 TRS Auto Estate "Bertie"

Post by jamescarruthers » Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:56 pm

Oh no! What is it!!??
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1992 Renault Master Mk. 1. Machzone Chateau camper. 2.0 LPG

Previous BX's:
A966 XRL -- BX 16 TRS
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Re: BX 19 TRS Auto Estate "Bertie"

Post by Tim Leech » Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:31 pm

Magnetic blue, olympic came out in 1989....sorry
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Re: BX 19 TRS Auto Estate "Bertie"

Post by St.Eve » Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:43 pm

Is that really olympic blue? I really don't think so, its much more "blue" and much less "silver" than this one!
Anyway, a nice ride. I just recognized its way lower at the front / upper at the tail, so it looks kind of sporty, which is looking damn nice on that estate! :)
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Re: BX 19 TRS Auto Estate "Bertie"

Post by Joris » Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:07 pm

Yeah I believe it's magnetic blue as well.
Speaking about colours... The window surrounds aren't black but do need attention..
Does anybody know which colour this should be?

Many thanks :)

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Re: BX 19 TRS Auto Estate "Bertie"

Post by Joris » Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:11 pm

St.Eve wrote:
Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:43 pm
Is that really olympic blue? I really don't think so, its much more "blue" and much less "silver" than this one!
Anyway, a nice ride. I just recognized its way lower at the front / upper at the tail, so it looks kind of sporty, which is looking damn nice on that estate! :)


I've been driving around for a while with it's bottom pointing upwards because we moved the rear height adjuster when fixing the petrol leak on the roadside. And It took me a while to get it sorted again.
It was some interesting handing trough the twisty mountain roads in the far north of Scotland..