50 year old volvo road trip from Winchester to Murmansk

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50 year old volvo road trip from Winchester to Murmansk

#1 Post by classicswede » Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:33 am

A customer of mine who I converted his Volvo Amazon 122s to LPG has decided to take his car on a road trip to kick off 2015.

You can follow his adventure here http://murmansk2015.wordpress.com/
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#2 Post by richyb66 » Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:40 am

Brilliant!!

I'd love to do something like that but I'd need to leave the missus at home because anything more than a couple of hours in the car with her always ends up in an argument.

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#3 Post by kbs » Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:26 pm

richyb66 wrote:... need to leave the missus at home because anything more than a couple of hours in the car with her always ends up in an argument.
Thats why underslung tanks are so good, plenty of room in the boot when the whinging from the passenger seat gets too much. (Your choice which of you goes in the boot).

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#4 Post by rich r » Tue Jan 13, 2015 4:06 pm

That was indeed an entertaining read. I think I'd have liked to do it in something a little larger with a heater capable of coping with -39°C though :)
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#5 Post by classicswede » Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:53 am

It looks like a great adventure. The heater is a problem you can have on any car but these old amazons are well equipped to tackle such low temperatures, the heater is even in the engine bay. I don't think he had a radiator blind that would have helped.

I think getting through such harsh conditions does make you feel alive at the end of it.
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#6 Post by LPGC » Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:58 pm

Very interesting. Maybe they should tag along with the Top Gear crew next time they drive through South America and try the other weather extreme, maybe fit a 'special' private plate and experience the Argentine welcome.

I want an adventure like that! Was invited to the BRC European rally, son nagged about going, was too busy at the time and would have meant fitting BRC on one of my cars.. Hmm I have a second hand 6 cyl BRC Sequent56 kit on the shelf, put it up for sale but could always fit it for a tour (they insist all vehicles have BRC fitted), then remove it when I got back home :lol:

Well done on the conversion Dai... Seems some of us remember to top up antifreeze, not just water, where needed after fitting the reducer.. At -36deg centigrade, good job eh! :wink: Another thing I thought of, at one point the guys on Murmansk2015.com were driving in -38degC.. at which point we'd expect tank pressure to be only a couple of PSI (compared to maybe 25psi when it's freezing here). I wonder how a sequential system would have faired - would suspect in such cold climates an aspect of (particularly) sequential reducers that would become more critical would be it's thermal transfer properties. Must have fitted a decent front to rear flow pipe etc mate?

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#7 Post by classicswede » Thu Jan 15, 2015 5:07 pm

It's twin tank so that would help but the never got the change to run LPG in the extreme cold as they ran out and could not get any LPG so far up north.

I had some paperwork from the 1930's on LPG and they were suggesting to wrap the bottle with a heater hose to warm it for cold conditions.
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#8 Post by Gilbertd » Thu Jan 22, 2015 6:29 pm

That's my kind of holiday. None of this mucking about sightseeing or anything like that. Drive somewhere to prove you can, take a couple of photos, have a couple of beers and a nights kip, then drive back again.
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#9 Post by LPGC » Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:23 am

classicswede wrote: I had some paperwork from the 1930's on LPG and they were suggesting to wrap the bottle with a heater hose to warm it for cold conditions.
I nearly mentioned a point about tank heating. As said though, wonder how your single point install would work at such low temps, wonder how a sequential system would work at such low temps.
Gilbertd wrote:That's my kind of holiday. None of this mucking about sightseeing or anything like that. Drive somewhere to prove you can, take a couple of photos, have a couple of beers and a nights kip, then drive back again.
I nearly mentioned you too, mate. Some of your exploits have also made interesting reading and made me wish I was doing the same kind of things. I agree with your sentiment, although I don't mind sightseeing regards a good view, on a road trip I don't mind if that view is only out of the car window. I love a good road trip - Other year me and my son just took off on a spur of the moment 'lets just jump in the car and go' trip, only to Scotland but with the main intention of getting as far North as possible in half the time we had while setting aside the other time for the journey home. Exciting, a little surreal, and giving a great sense of adventure and freedom. Wasn't so good when the alternator packed up in Scotland on a bank holiday weekend though, no chance of getting another Chrysler alternator or any bushes for the existing unit! Only made it back under own power and (almost) on time at all because I bought a little generator and used that along with a small battery charger to (almost) keep the battery in enough juice to power the vehicle electrics (on only side lights and cutting the petrol pump wire)! Since son has had his own car, I've told him we should do it again in his car and fingers crossed we won't have any problems next time.

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