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Old 05-24-2010, 05:01 PM   #1
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In the summer of 2009, I bought my first car.

(then)


(now)


The Story

The body and interior were in immaculate condition. Previous owner was an old Chinese man who parked it underground for 20 years. Took it out once a week on Sundays, didn't do much maintenance on it.

That, and he also slashed open the sagging headliner about a week before I bought it; his attempt at fixing it.

Go figure.

The car finally got some good use, and then stuff happened. A minor accident, a leaking heater core and cracked radiator showed up. Seals and rad hoses blew. Just stuff that should've been done over the years deciding to show up all at once.



Took a long while to fix it all up, then decided to get my hands dirty and learn how to do some work myself. The car ran beautifully for quite a while. Not bad for a 20+ year old car with just over 120,000 km (~74,500 mi) on the clock when I bought it.

Then I decided to really start modding it.

As my daily driver, suspension was the first thing that I built up. iPd sway bars went in pretty early and made quite the difference, followed later by the standard Bilstein and iPd mods. Lots of cosmetic bits in and out were put in. The rotting headliner and old sunroof were replaced with the trim, headliner and glass moonroof from a late-model 960 at a local junk yard. Toyed with performance, but it never got outrageous.













As Modded As it Ever Was:

EDITED: NOVEMBER 18, 2013:
Engine
  • Airbox delete, replaced with K&N cone filter (Feb/2012)
  • Gates Racing kevlar timing belt (Apr/2012)
  • Modified 3" thelostartof exhaust (Apr/2012)
  • mullen1120 aluminum heat shield (Jul/2012)
  • Perrin manual boost controller at 10 PSI (Jul/2012)
  • TLAO-chipped 954 ECU from a '95 940 Turbo (Jan/2013)
  • TLAO-chipped EZK from a '95 940 Turbo (Jan/2013)
  • iPd aluminum engine oil cap (Mar/2013)
  • iPd oil filter magnet (May/2013)

Suspension
  • iPd 25mm/25mm anti-sway bars (Jun/2010)
  • Bilstein HD rear shocks (Mar/2011)
  • iPd sport springs by TME (Mar/2011)
  • iPd adjustable panhard rod (Mar/2011)
  • TME upper strut brace (Aug/2012)
  • Cherry Turbo lower chassis brace (Nov/2012)
  • Bilstein HD front struts (May/2013)

Wheels/Tires
  • Summers: 17"x7" Team Dynamics Monza, Pirelli P ZERO Nero rubber wrecked
  • Winters: 15"x6" Volvo Omega, Goodyear Nordic rubber/15"x7" Volvo Multi-X, General Altima rubber????????????? blown tire

Exterior
  • Modified '90 780 Bertone Turbo front bumper (May/2011)
  • OEM 940 front mudflaps
  • LED parking, licence plate lights
  • Silver OEM-branded roof rack towers by Thule, Thule 300 locking knobs, 50" load bars, various attachments, OEM-branded bike carriers, late-model fairing, old-school roof-top box
  • OEM clear sidemarkers (Jun/2010, replaced with better set May/2013)
  • OEM '90+ 740 E-code headlights
  • OEM '90+ 740 E-code corners (Nov/2010; one fell off on highway, both then replaced with one new from Volvo Sweden, one new from SCANTECH, Feb/2011)
  • OEM 700/900 snowcap (white one Nov/2010, traded for black one Feb/2011, traded for mint black one Jul/2012)
  • eBay replicas of Hova red/clear taillights (Jan/2011)
  • 6000K bi-xenon HID headlights (Jan/2011)
  • OEM '90+ 744 décor panel (Mar/2011)
  • 100K High Mileage badge (miles) with smokeyfan1000's grille bracket (Jul/2013)

Interior
  • '95 960 sedan headliner, sun visors, glass moonroof (Aug/2011)
  • OEM black molded floor mats
  • LED lights in dome light, trunk, hood, dash, glovebox
  • OEM coin tray (May/2010)
  • iPd black fabric dashmat (Jun/2010)
  • OEM Roma steering wheel (Apr/2011)
  • OEM Volvo horn button for Momo steering wheels
  • OEM 700 plastic trunk mat (Jun/2011)
  • A handle above the driver-side door. It's really handy. (Jul/2012)
  • OEM leather cupholder armrest (Jul/2012)
  • OEM black dome light (Mar/2012)

As It Sat When Sold:
EDITED: APRIL 24, 2014:
Engine
  • Gates Racing kevlar timing belt
  • iPd catback exhaust by TME Sweden
Suspension
  • iPd 25mm/25mm anti-sway bars
  • Bilstein Touring front struts
  • Bilstein HD rear shocks
  • iPd sport springs by TME Sweden
  • iPd adjustable panhard rod
Wheels/Tires
  • Summers: 16"x6.5" Volvo Hydra, Mirada Sport GTX P205/55R16 (fronts), Toyo Proxes A05, P205/55R16 (rears)
Exterior
  • 1991 Volvo 740 front bumper
  • LED licence plate lights (?)
  • OEM clear sidemarkers
  • Rolled rear fenders
Interior
  • Handle above the driver-side door
  • LED dash lights
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:22 PM   #2
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Looks good! At 140km it's barely broken in. I'm at 413km on my beater and it's still going strong.

(Now cut them sprangs)

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BTW where you at in Van?
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:29 PM   #3
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Killarney/Champlain Heights. You wanna help me cut them sprangs? Hahaha
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:15 PM   #4
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Nice camera skills mayne.

Gold granny series represent!
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:30 PM   #5
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Thanks! I'm just a n00b...although that does give me a few ideas for a 604 meet....hmm.
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:00 PM   #6
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Looks good! At 140km it's barely broken in. I'm at 413km on my beater and it's still going strong.

(Now cut them sprangs)

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BTW where you at in Van?
I'm an idiot. Did I say 140,000 km? It's only 127,000 km LOL
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:43 PM   #7
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Nice car!
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Old 05-27-2010, 12:04 AM   #8
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Old 06-03-2010, 02:44 AM   #9
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New!

The Volvo Tray of Great Holding™


Cupholder armrest

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Old 07-10-2010, 07:48 PM   #10
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New stuff!

Now with sidemarkers:



With dashmat:



And the requisite prancing moose livery:



E-codes on their way!
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:56 PM   #11
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[QUOTE=+Kardboard+;3166477]

Last summer, I bought my first car.

Since then, I've discovered that while the body and interior were in immaculate condition, the old man who was the first owner and sold it to me didn't really do all that much maintenance on the LOLvo. That, and he also ripped open the sagging headliner about a week before I bought it in an attempt to fix it.

Go figure.

A few months, one minor accident and finally making the decision to spend more on the car, I'm here. Leaking heater core is fixed, howling, dying blower motor of doom is fixed, cracked radiator is fixed, this and that under the hood are fixed.



The car runs beautifully at the moment, and the only more-major things to take care of right now is a moderate oil leak at the rear main seal and some work on the rear brakes. Not bad for a 20-year old car with just over 127,000 km (80,000 mi) on the clock.

The few goodies I've got in there (or in my basement) at the moment:
  • cupholder armrest, coin tray (May 2010)
  • IPD Euro sidemarkers (Jun. 2010)
  • IPD 25/25 anti-sway bars (Jun. 2010)
  • Volvo dashmat (Jun. 2010)
  • 1991 E-code headlights, corners
  • 960 door handles
  • 960 mirrors
  • ipd 700-series headliner repair kit (Summer 2010)
how long till out of basement = into car?
looks clean man congrats love em prancin mooses or meeses or what ever the plural is
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how long till out of basement = into car?
looks clean man congrats love em prancin mooses or meeses or what ever the plural is
When I have time. Which I don't.

Oh yeah, just reached 130K kms. hahahaha
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:39 PM   #13
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I have to say, I hate the 'electric beige' Volvos. But that just makes it all the better when they're in great shape and fast.

Good pics and nice car.
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Thanks! I prefer "ice gold" to "electric beige."
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Old 07-12-2010, 09:38 AM   #15
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man, I hope the paint on mine cleans up half as nicely as yours has.
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He kept it underground for most of its life...and then I bought it.
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:30 PM   #17
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E-code headlights! Not in the best condition, a little dirty and a little cracked, but the lenses are still much sharper and clearer than my stock, yellowed, ones.



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Old 10-31-2010, 07:40 PM   #18
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Nice camera skills mayne.

Gold granny series represent!
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Nice! Ice gold FTW.
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Old 11-03-2010, 02:42 AM   #20
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E-codes are in! The corners are not in the greatest of condition, but everything else is peachy. Looks great. Pics in the daylight tomorrow!

Also snagged these guys for cheap:



Bilstein Tourings for the front, HDs for the rear.

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Old 11-04-2010, 01:44 AM   #21
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Headlights are in! Much brighter, much clearer, much classier.










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Old 12-09-2010, 04:36 AM   #22
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Update!



Gathering more stuff instead of studying:

Full exhaust (stock Turbo downpipe opening up to 3" pipe, Dynomax muffler, Mandrel bend side exit, also cat)


Tip from IPD's 850/S70 Turboback Exhaust


Got a snowcap (in white lol) and a roof rack too, on the car and ready for skiing!







But this is what's interesting today:





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Old 01-03-2011, 08:25 PM   #23
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clean 740. nice thread i need to re-do my thread in a more organized fashion.

if your looking for some 740 parts let me know ive got a basement with a full parts car.
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:14 PM   #24
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You have inspired me to get e-codes, they look so baller!
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:24 AM   #25
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IPD sport springs on the way, a Perrin manual boost controller, as well as an SE spoiler, some painting for my existing parts as well as a possible new wheels from another local...

Now if only I didn't cheap out on that SE kit I could've had earlier.
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if your looking for some 740 parts let me know ive got a basement with a full parts car.
Nice! Too bad you're so far though. I'll keep you in mind. Thanks!
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Heh, but yours would be different from mine. I haven't really seen these non-fog E-codes around. Probably the one of few, if any, here in Vancouver.
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