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Old 02-06-2017, 03:19 PM   #1
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I have had many Volvo's over the years. Many of the cars have been on my 'want to own at one point' list. The Volvo 360, Volvo 242, Volvo 760 Turbo, Volvo 142.

There where just 2 Volvo's left, the Volvo P1800 and the Volvo 780.
A few weeks back i saw a 780 popping up at a guy who does demolition racing. Usually a sign that the car was bought cheap and ready to be destroyed.

It looked terrible in the photo's so i made him a partial trade plus cash offer for it. Weeks later he send me a message i could pick it up.



When i got there i was in for a surprise, this must have been one of the first car that looked worse in real life then the photo's. However the offer i made him was very low and i already had the trade in 740 on the trailer so what the heck, i got the 780.

This 'gem' has been build in Italy and lived its whole life in France, been imported around 2008 to the Netherlands where back then cars up till 1986 where tax free. Around 2011 the rules changed and this model with a Diesel engine went from taxfree to 140 euro per month in tax alone.

I assume it has been parked under a tree with the sunroof open because the interior is shot. strangely the underside of the car has zero rust, curtsy of its life in salt free and sun drained France.

The good thing is car runs, steers and brakes fine, engine (diesel) runs good no smoke.
Most of the electric work, even this crazy radio frame


I could go on about this car but i guess pictures work "best" ..










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Old 02-06-2017, 03:25 PM   #2
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That radio cover is amazing, sounds like it needs some lube though.

Good luck with the project, kinda wild to see a diesel since we never got them in the US.
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Old 02-06-2017, 03:31 PM   #3
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That radio cover is amazing, sounds like it needs some lube though.

Good luck with the project, kinda wild to see a diesel since we never got them in the US.
The radio cover was amazing to find out for sure, i never saw one before. I will lube that thing up as it will go out and be replaced with a 7" radio/dvd thing if i proceed with the project. To be honest I'm a bit held back as parts are wildly expensive and the monthly tax costs.

Since this wont ever be a mint condition restore i might consider trowing in a B234 (and maybe even the turbo manifold of a B204GT i have on the shelf) With the diesel out it will only cost 120 euro a year.. ill have to see whats involved with a swap like that.
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Old 02-06-2017, 03:35 PM   #4
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NA D24 grrrrr,

Probably haveafreshly rebuild D24Tic for sell not so far from you

Have a nice time working on that Bertone
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Old 02-06-2017, 03:39 PM   #5
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NA D24 grrrrr,

Probably haveafreshly rebuild D24Tic for sell not so far from you

Have a nice time working on that Bertone
Not looking for more Diesel stuff, from what i feel now i will swap it out for the B234 at one point. This 780 is a mess but when i walk out of the garage and see the lines of the car i'm in awe.. The 780 is such a great looking car..
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Old 02-06-2017, 04:04 PM   #6
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good score! i have seen it for sale, but because it was a Diesel i did not wan't to buy it.
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Old 02-06-2017, 04:10 PM   #7
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Is it a factory Diesel or swapped?
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Old 02-06-2017, 09:50 PM   #8
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780 factory diesel with a manual transmission. Bizzarro world for the US.
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Old 02-08-2017, 01:45 PM   #9
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good score! i have seen it for sale, but because it was a Diesel i did not wan't to buy it.
Yeah that Diesel is a pain tax wise

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Is it a factory Diesel or swapped?
Trying to figure this out with the VIN, the papers say " 780 TURB.IN " but it has a D24 (non turbo) and the strange thing about that is that the 780 never had a D24, only D24T engines.

The A/C lines are disconnected too and no A/C compressor so my guess is that it had its engine replaced at least once.

It can also be that it used to have a B230ET or a B204GT and somebody cannibalized it for the engine and somebody threw in a Diesel.. I will get more info on the 780 forums

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This thing is bizzarroo for sure
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Old 02-08-2017, 02:42 PM   #10
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Show us the Vin, will try to look, what engine it had.
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Old 02-08-2017, 03:17 PM   #11
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Cummins 12v 6bt swap.
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Old 02-08-2017, 03:46 PM   #12
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B6284T in and it will be a real good car
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Old 02-10-2017, 03:29 PM   #13
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Seems like it A d24t at the start

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Old 02-13-2017, 05:06 PM   #14
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hey Boris, my brother told me that you found a 780! What kind of rear axel does it have? solid or IRS? what axel ratio? Should be long if it was for a D24T.
I like that color (or what is left of it...)

It seems to me that this car screams for an engine swap like Leon suggested. That smooth 6cil will suit the car perfectly.
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Nice find even if it is a little rough. I would go B234 if you can find one or B230FT
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hey Boris, my brother told me that you found a 780! What kind of rear axel does it have? solid or IRS? what axel ratio? Should be long if it was for a D24T.
I like that color (or what is left of it...)

It seems to me that this car screams for an engine swap like Leon suggested. That smooth 6cil will suit the car perfectly.
Solid axle

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Nice find even if it is a little rough. I would go B234 if you can find one or B230FT
I have two spare b234 engines here. Somebody tips me that a 16v shares the subframe of the diesel.

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Old 02-19-2017, 02:59 PM   #18
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The moonroof would not close completely anymore. It did before with a little push. My guess the motor was fried.
I changed it for one out of a Volvo 760 from 86 and was happy to see they swap over.
Not so happy to see that its still not resolved.. what would be the first thing to look for ?



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Using this* video (*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrZAaQ2plKc ) *I got the roof back up again, the sound tarmac plates has come undone in the slide and got stuck to it. I will need to take the headliner out to remove the tarmac plating from inside the moonroof situation.
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Old 02-28-2017, 06:07 PM   #20
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I was going to keep it as stock as possible. So I got set of Pegasus Replica Wheels 18 Inch instead


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Time to clean out this mess, starting with the backseats cleaning. Took 2 bottles of conditioner but its sort of soft again.




Need to remove both the front seats to get the headliner out but none of the switches worked, i tried powering the motors them self and the clicked but no movement in the rail. I tore the seat apart and i found the problem, the left rail was rusted shut, i had to hammer hard to get movement and access to the bolts




I needed to swap the french papers for dutch ones and plates, i got a temporally plate number. you can write it on some white cardboard and write the letter but i made a little project with it.

Took 2 old plates and painted the backside, vinyl cut letters (one in carbon i ran out of black )




Having the plates done, i needed to check the car for drive-ability and found out the radiator was done for it. I had a 940 petrol version in stock and i made it fit just so




Having fixed that i was ready and i could get some Vpower diesel, to mix with the old stuff in the tank



At the government check station




Papers where all fine, waiting for the official plates now
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put those meshies all around and lower it. I think some stock tail lights will go a long way to making this a lot better looking. Have you thought about turboing it?
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Old 03-18-2017, 10:28 PM   #23
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The radio cover was amazing to find out for sure, i never saw one before.
I also have never seen another except for mine, until I've seen this. I took mine out for some reason and never got it back in, it's on the shelf somewhere. I think it never worked, how does your work? It opens with the key on ignition, or?
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Seems like it A d24t at the start
D24TIC, actually. Both from the VIN code "75" and the fact that D24TIC was only factory diesel in 780's, no D24T's, no D24's.

It seems like your car wa 167th Bertone ever made, considering the fact that VIN code "G" says it's 1986, which was first year of production...
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I have two spare b234 engines here. Somebody tips me that a 16v shares the subframe of the diesel.
I thought they all had IRS's back there!?

Someone tipped you correctly, at least regarding 1986 N/A diesels, not sure about TIC's, since I never had a TIC older than 1987, and that car had the same crossmember as B230's.

Your car, having received D24 N/A, might also have -1987 diesel crossmember, which would have driver side motor mount welded in, just as B234F does.



BTW, as for your sunroof woes, I'll bet you your motor is out of sync. I think I explained procedure a couple of times and there should be a how-to somewhere on Brickboards...


Great car, even in that condition. Good luck!
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Nice work Borris.
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Old 04-09-2017, 06:45 PM   #25
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Both doors and one fender had some rust damage, i found a 780 parts car in bruxel (belgium)
I picked it up and sold the empty shell for just about the price i picked it up (minus the fuel for the trip)

Good to have some spare parts of this rare car! and a complete spoiler!






And off she goes to Germany where she will be used for " banger racing"




One thing was a little sad, i got all the paperwork with the car. At one point i has been in a magazine in Germany. too bad the PO took it as far apart before i got my hands on it. I might have taken this body instead if it where more complete



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