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Old 09-02-2015, 08:58 PM   #201
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I would hate to blow out the rear window with wind pressure.
It's not that fast. ;)

Have you checked out the radiator in this one Tom? Suspect there are decent odds it may have similar problems to the wagon.
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Old 09-02-2015, 09:16 PM   #202
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Except for the miles. I have flushed and backed flushed it without the thermostat installed. 'Bout as good as it can get.

I will check the radiator core temp with my IR digital sensor to check for blocked core rods.
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Old 09-02-2015, 09:20 PM   #203
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Good idea on the IR -- this is an area where passage of time just sitting has the potential to hurt you as much as mileage. In fact, mileage with proper maintenance would concern me less.
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Old 09-02-2015, 09:25 PM   #204
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When I had the tanks removed on the V8 radiator the right hand side was packed with debris half way up the tank. Unfortunately, it fell into the big green tank before I could get a picture.
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Dancing around the fact that the engine no longer starts for some unknown reason I got the new AC compressor installed along with a couple AC hoses. I will get the remaining two hoses made Monday, or Tuesday if NAPA is taking the day off.

Note to the restoration manual: You have to mount the compressor to the bracket and then mount the assembly to the valve cover.

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Old 09-08-2015, 06:41 AM   #206
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Dancing around the fact that the engine no longer starts for some unknown reason I got the new AC compressor installed along with a couple AC hoses . . . .
Damn thing ran out of gas! Five gallons later it starts but is still not running correctly. Gotta be ignition timing.
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Old 09-08-2015, 08:55 AM   #207
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What size condenser?
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Old 09-08-2015, 09:33 AM   #208
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I used a 16" x 23" universal condenser which fit without major modifications. http://www.ebay.com/itm/181701114693...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Any larger will not. Your original 240 sheet metal mounting brackets are probably the same as my 260 version but I can measure if you like.

I had to cut a half inch off the left side condenser mounting bracket and make new holes for the screws. On the right side I forgot that the Volvo condenser 'in' from the compressor was pointing down. There is not room to solve that issue on the straight out the side fitting on the condenser with a 90* fitting. Since I had made the hose with a straight fitting I cut a 1 1/4" hole in the sheet metal bracket for access.

A 16" x 22" would avoid both of the above issues.

Better yet, I have a perfectly good original Volvo condenser that you are welcome to if you want. Strange how things go round in circles.

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Old 09-11-2015, 05:26 PM   #209
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Default At last . . . PAINT

Although it had quit starting out of total fustration I put it on a tow dolly and took it to the paint shop.


. . . drive in, drive out (er . . . tow in, tow out) . . . 26 hours.

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Prep bay



Taped and ready to spray



Sealer coat



Color and clear coat





Beautiful job! Found 3 tiny specks that will go away in the cut-n-polish.

Asked how much for the first time and then the argument ensued. I provided the top of the line color paint and activator the shop provided reducer, clear coat material, taping supplies and probably 10 hours of labor. He wanted $250! I was insulted and told him that the work was worth far more than that. I would be embarrassed to tell my friends that I only spent $500 total on the paint job even if it was only half a car. Gave him his damn $250 and slipped the painter $50.

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$250 is an insult. What was that , a buddy job? Boy did you win the paint lottery! Now the real fun , getting it started. Nice tow rope.
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Old 09-11-2015, 07:07 PM   #211
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That was a come-a-long rope to get it on the dolly.
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Old 09-11-2015, 11:38 PM   #212
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Like a horse - 'come along now boy'.....paint looks nice in the pics.

I selected a 22x15 (+/-) condenser with the kit I bought Tom. My original condenser brackets were on the condenser I gave you I think. But no matter as the new unit comes with brackets - and I'll fabricate whatever I need. Wouldn't want to re-use the original condenser in any event -- the newer designs reject a lot more heat for the same L x W.
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:58 PM   #213
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Looks even better in my driveway. If only the engine ran . . . .




Think the original brown/bronze will just have to do.

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Old 09-17-2015, 08:05 PM   #214
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Default Working . . . working . . . working . . . .

Got the trunk put back together and the new under hood mat installed.

The trunk carpet cleaned right up with Clorox Clean Up. Discovered that trying to scrub it just raised the carpet nap into fuzz. Best to just wet it with the bleach, let it sit and then blow off the dampness with an air hose. Looked as new after that. The tire cover and tool bag are still damp. The Bertone tool bag is the first I have ever seen like that.



The under hood sound deadening came off a JY turbo car. My Diesel also has that pad. Looks a lot better than the messy 34 year old hood underside. It cleaned up nicely but I hit it lightly with some black trim paint just to even out the color.

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Old 09-17-2015, 08:14 PM   #215
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Painting again and am not through yet.

First, I dug the exterior door window wipers out of the channel. They had hardened from the very pliable replacement rubber to hard plastic that could not be moved without breaking it into little pieces to extract. In fact, the parts down in the retaining channel could only be broken into 1" pieces and driven out one of the ends of the holder. Here is part of the pile of broken hard rubber/plastic after it was all over.



Between the two doors there was about 5 hours of labor to get that all cleaned up but it had to be done.

Then the black trim around the doors needed painting very badly. The driver door had been attacked with a coat hanger sometime in its past to unlock the lock knob. Scratched up outside and inside. The rest was faded as all the other horizontal surfaces.

All taped up after about 2 hours per door and ready for SEM trim black at about $20 per spray can.


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All better . . .


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Old 09-17-2015, 09:33 PM   #216
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Making progress and looking good. I hope that trim piece above the 1/4 panel doesn't give you any grief.
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And now you may have to do the mirrors. THE DOMINO EFFECT!
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:36 PM   #218
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No problem . . . .

I have a bag of lower trim plastic clips left over from the wagon. Already verified that they will work as suspected.

I'll send you the remaining.
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:38 PM   #219
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More I look at it the more I want to talk Nanci into black trim around the door frame.
Liking it.
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And now you may have to do the mirrors. THE DOMINO EFFECT!
Already cleaned up the mirrors and they should go back on looking good.

On my original '80 Bertone that I bought in about '85 the mirror reflective backing had deteriorated from around the edges. I took one off and had a local glass shop cut/grind new mirror material to fit and attached with double backed tape. No one would ever know.
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Do you find yourself thinking damn I took a bunch of stuff off of the car. It's all that little stuff that drives one nuts. Mouldings, headlights, windshield trim and don't forget all of that interior.
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Yeah, I have a large folding table covered with carpet that I have spread out all the pieces and parts into some semblance of order for reinstall . . . and a bucket for all the left over parts.

Still choking on the reproduction carpet install but it is coming up soon. All the leather interior is completely refinished so reinstall is all it is waiting for its turn. At least that part is easy.

Then . . . and . . . then . . . I have to remember that the engine does not run at the moment.

Working weekends . . . .
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Old 09-20-2015, 03:19 PM   #223
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More I look at it the more I want to talk Nanci into black trim around the door frame.
Liking it.
As the saying goes "better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission". I too think it would look better with black. DO IT!
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Old 09-21-2015, 05:50 PM   #224
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Actually, on the black car the chrome looks pretty good. Appears they were all chrome with most painted over at the factory.
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:54 PM   #225
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More I look at it the more I want to talk Nanci into black trim around the door frame.
Liking it.
Mr. Vader, your Bertone is ready.
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