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Old 07-26-2018, 08:31 AM   #1
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Default 1966 amazon estate resto/severe mod

I love standard cars, but i love more modified specials,

I dont want to offend any volvo purists as my project is quite extreme,

Ive recently aquired a 1966 amazon estate from evil bay,

My intention was to find one in a poor state for not a lot of $, as i want to use all running gear from a newer car,

I found one

It is totally knacked all over, some fiend s used silver roof flashing to repair rot, as well as silicone, putty, blue tac, fibre glass, riveted plates etc.....

seams are all swelled and non existant, it is basically on life support now !

Im disecting the full volvo floor as it is BEYOND REPAIR, and using a 323i bmw floor,

I can use M3 six speed evo trans, and evo rear end,

Also ive a 960 24 valve motor lyin around that will fit nicely

Will put some pics up if anyones interested ?
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Old 07-26-2018, 09:24 AM   #2
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Of course you should post pictures!
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Old 07-26-2018, 12:27 PM   #3
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A few pics of the amazon, just arrived back to base here







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Old 07-26-2018, 12:32 PM   #4
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a few more .......







Donor car 1998 323i BMW SIX CYLINDER

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Old 07-26-2018, 12:39 PM   #5
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Amazon looks crusty. Perfect to cut in half.
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Old 07-26-2018, 12:47 PM   #6
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323i BMW, Now a lot less !









More of volvo..


A posts were rotten, a panel you can see into car as it wasnt present




A post we part repaired to put some strength back in, most of floor and bulkhead dissolving, as are floor to sill panels, but we wont be needing those as you will see








BMW trimmed a bit more off its sides, ready for amazon to be lowered into place
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Old 07-26-2018, 01:23 PM   #7
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Some more....



Time to get serious with the grinder



Nicely does it...


1x front end cut off






1x front end for sale, please enquire... seriously all funds re couped go back into the build


Not a lot of pics but its floor s been totally removed as you can see..


We put the ramp under the roof for lowering it, as there is no strength left anywhere at all now, we braced it first as we didnt want it to fold in two as it went up






We split the bmw factory floor seams, and put its rear end into position for a look and a measure.



volvo lowered onto bmw rear floor, (nice)


Side view


Arch and sill were filler/bondo so no probs as we will be replaced new, plus bwm rear arm mount is a small issue later on,




After lots of measuring, and re measuring, and one more final measure, we tacked it in its resting place


All braced up, you are going no where !




Old sill we removed, offered up to see whats happening, we will use all new panels so 100 per cent


So solid we raised it on the ramp, no issues, and we were all over t moon




Inner sills need to be ready for lowering body down, front of floor will be trimmed and put under soon,

Not far off really






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Old 07-26-2018, 01:31 PM   #8
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More...









New sill, quick peek


Look at difference, new arch, and fillered/ bondo d, actually a replacement arch




thats all for now, it will be rolling on 4x wheels in the next day or so,

Will post pics of our progress
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Old 07-26-2018, 01:35 PM   #9
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Amazon looks crusty. Perfect to cut in half.
Yes we swept most of it up, rust clouds were not at all amusing in our unit
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Old 07-26-2018, 01:37 PM   #10
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What happened to the C63??
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Old 07-26-2018, 01:45 PM   #11
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Car was badly repaired so i sold it, was well p!ssed, been on lookout for a volvo since,

No 242 s could be found, so i decided on an amazon

I want some decent power out of a six cylinder 24 valve volvo motor im about to turbo
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Old 07-26-2018, 06:29 PM   #12
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That is one huge project. Should be nice when done. Did you see the project car where a guy put a 142 body on top of a V70 chasis and drive train?. I can't find the thread, but you may consider doing the same. Volvo on the outside and BMW on the inside.
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That is one huge project. Should be nice when done. Did you see the project car where a guy put a 142 body on top of a V70 chasis and drive train?. I can't find the thread, but you may consider doing the same. Volvo on the outside and BMW on the inside.
Isn't that what he's doing here?
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Old 07-26-2018, 06:42 PM   #14
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I didnt see it no ?

it will be a six cylinder 24 valve volvo motor , m3 evo six speed manual trans, as well as m3 evo diff,

on an e fourty six final drive
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Old 07-26-2018, 07:25 PM   #15
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Check this out.
http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=343188
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Old 07-27-2018, 05:04 AM   #16
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Nice, i love 142 s.
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Old 07-28-2018, 05:23 AM   #17
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Look great. Sell me the radio cover
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Old 07-29-2018, 05:53 AM   #18
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A few more pics, inner sills are taking shape, and we trimmed the front section of floor, ready to move into position,





















Next job is to fold some metal 4" x 70" strips 90 degrees, these will be welded to its inner sills for sitting the floor into its final place,, we will try our best to make it look neat, you will see tommorrow what i mean,

Also need to order some door skins as mine are full of filler / bondo and sit proud of its sills and look turd
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A few more pics, we put the front half of floor into position in order to line it all up square

Some pics of the strips i folded, these will be welded to the inner sills, the floor will sit on top of them.













Brake servo and clutch servo are in the way so must be removed.





Bonnet / hood hinges needed to be made smaller, as it just would not fit.



Like a glove i believe, cant beat my trusty tape measure, no laser guided instruments here





Nice



Now we need to start making up a front end, wings / fenders ive got are not pretty and we will struggle a bit, lots of messing about now, and head thrash





Nice fit







Will put some more pics up asap as we steam on.
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Old 07-30-2018, 04:41 PM   #20
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Since you are going to be using the BMW suspension why not just put the BMW motor and tranny in. A lot less work than trying to mate the Volvo engine to another transmission.
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:34 PM   #21
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M3 motors are silly $, Im using a volvo motor as ive one laying around, i chose to use the bmw as the trans and rear diff can take some power, and will bolt straight into any bmw of same year,

Plus im aiming for 800 ponies from my turboed six pot volvo motor, so will wipe most bmw s
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M3 motors are silly $, Im using a volvo motor as ive one laying around, i chose to use the bmw as the trans and rear diff can take some power, and will bolt straight into any bmw of same year,

Plus im aiming for 800 ponies from my turboed six pot volvo motor, so will wipe most bmw s
Between rebuilding, re-rodding, re-pistoning, and sleeving the Whiteblock won't you have spent more money than on a low mile S54 while having much worse cylinder head flow, fewer and more expensive gearbox options?

I mean a Whiteblock is very cool indeed, but I hardly believe that it's cheaper in the long run when you plan on having it put out that much power.
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Old 07-31-2018, 03:30 PM   #23
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Too expensive are bmw motors, for same price i can buy some nice bits for my volvo motor

For what ive priced up, its not too bad at all to say its power output vs a stock bmw motor

My volvo motor i paid £350 for complete car, and still to take remains to my scrap yard for some more coin back,
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Between rebuilding, re-rodding, re-pistoning, and sleeving the Whiteblock won't you have spent more money than on a low mile S54 while having much worse cylinder head flow, fewer and more expensive gearbox options?

I mean a Whiteblock is very cool indeed, but I hardly believe that it's cheaper in the long run when you plan on having it put out that much power.
You don't need to sleeve a whiteblock. Closed deck conversion is worth doing but sleeving isn't a requirement as long as you're using the earlier, smaller bore blocks.

Rods and pistons, that's kind of the norm across the board for anything really.
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I thought so about sleeving, turbo is most costly part

A few more pics...

tacked plate to make 100 per cent


We made a start on the front end.



Cut out for strut top but fits real nice











Same as opposite side




more to follow soon...
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