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Harlard 05-14-2020 01:00 PM

At this point I would cherish the trim more than the car and would not want to install it for fear of weather and the motoring public in general :lol:

Stiggy Pop 05-14-2020 01:08 PM


Originally Posted by Harlard (Post 6079165)
At this point I would cherish the trim more than the car and would not want to install it for fear of weather and the motoring public in general :lol:

:nod: I kind of want to mount it like a giant Marlin and hang it in my garage

Bob 06-02-2020 04:13 PM

I remember hunting for those trim pieces for a 242 turbo car, ended up getting 6 of 7 through my local dealer but couldn't find the passenger door piece for a couple years...eventually ordered another rear quarter piece and cut it down to fit the door. Those are the details that make you appreciate the car!

volvowagoon 06-10-2020 04:46 PM

Wow :omg:

That is some patience right there. I'm glad you finally ended up ahead!

Stiggy Pop 08-12-2020 08:54 AM

I have done a few things with the car this year, so I'll have to make a small project update. But for now, something I'm pretty excited about (and was a long time coming). Not bad for a $400 barn car!



Vol242vo 08-12-2020 10:30 AM

Very well deserved, great article!

SquareD 08-12-2020 12:33 PM

Well deserved spread! Congrats!

Stiggy Pop 08-12-2020 07:53 PM

Thanks guys. Petrolicious usually features more swanky cars so I thought it was in good company. I met up with Alex (who was driving a european import 190e cosworth) a YEAR ago, so it's been a long wait to see the pictures! Glad the car shows as well as it does.

I have done a few more upgrades this year I can catch up on. First was to address some rear suspension complaints - mainly clunking and buzzing. Last upgrades back here before I finally put a real differential in it.


Parts above are replacing OE Volvo rubber TABs, IPD poly panhard, and IPD poly torque rods which had a heim joint on the axle end. Altogether a surprisingly rewarding upgrade. Clutch engagement was smoother and the rear end was quieter just backing it out of the garage. I think the spherical TABs are a little bit of magic, it tracks really well.




I also gave the underside of the car the annual detail and coat of wax. Still shining all these years later!


I also wanted an interim brake upgrade, so I grabbed some Porterfield R4-s pads and good fluid. They want some heat to get good bite but better than the stock pads. The car is still too fast for its brakes, though. At least on the roads around here.


Good time to put on a NOS master cylinder reservoir that Ian helped me get. So nice to get rid of the cruddy old one. Details matter!


And last but not least another step forward on the interior. I liked having the OE Volvo accessory gauges but they were hard to read and useless at night. I settled on what I wanted and decided to just do all of them at once. The gauges came with sending units so I had to get in for the oil pressure sender. It also gave me a chance to improve on my turbo oil drain heat shield (spot a scrap of NY state license plate shaped to the hose :lol:)


Gauges are Stack Pro Control digital gauges. I already had the fuel pressure gauge, so just had to finish off the top row. Really happy with them for style and functionality. The Pro Controls have some cool features which help justify the eye watering cost.


Also they have a yellow option so they look like r-sport gauges and that's pretty much most of the reason I spent the extra money on them :lol:


That's about it! Couple ideas lined up next but I want to get back to my truck first. For obvious reasons I'm a wicked homebody lately, so I'm hardly using the car. But when I want it, it fires right up and does it's thing. Getting to be pretty well sorted now which is rewarding.

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oldschoolvolvo 08-12-2020 09:14 PM

nice work! that thing moves :omg:

vwbusman66 08-12-2020 09:37 PM

Well deserved to say the least.

Cwazywazy 08-12-2020 10:20 PM

Ooh updates. The underside of your car is turning me on a little bit.

mikezohsix 08-13-2020 09:01 AM

Your dash and interior have really come together. The black headliner and trim look great. And the steering wheel is perfect for the vintage vibe. Well done!

Grendel 08-13-2020 07:53 PM

A neighbor to the north subscribing.

tbent142 08-13-2020 09:08 PM

Those gauges are so nice. Good choice. You didn’t have to modify the gauge trim/bezel at all? Look like they fit perfect.

Stiggy Pop 08-13-2020 09:37 PM


Originally Posted by tbent142 (Post 6105129)
Those gauges are so nice. Good choice. You didn’t have to modify the gauge trim/bezel at all? Look like they fit perfect.

Thanks! Nope didn't have to clearance the bezel to get them in.

Coupid 08-13-2020 10:02 PM

Those gauges are such a perfect match for your interior. I’m inspired to find a perfect match like that for my 740. Keep it up!

redblockpowered 08-13-2020 10:20 PM

Cool feature on a very cool car.

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