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Old 02-04-2020, 10:47 PM   #176
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Not perfect, not terrible but it was free...

After searching eBay and the interwebs for a replacement bolster, I decided to attempt to make the replacement myself before forking over $70-$80. I used the foam from my seats when I sold the covers, and the old and beaten one as a template. Not having a hot knife or electric meat slicer, the next best thing was a fine tooth hacksaw blade. I was in a zone and didn’t get too many step by step pictures but you get the idea.





Another hour of trimming from this before it fit and looked decent...





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Old 02-06-2020, 01:32 AM   #177
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ummm thats like perfect. brilliant craftmanship
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Old 02-06-2020, 10:06 PM   #178
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ummm thats like perfect. brilliant craftmanship
Thanks!

I modified the headrest posts and now they fit in perfectly. Super stoked with the results, now I just need to weld the Volvo seat rails to these frames and they’re done. Then back to work on the manifold...this was an unexpected side project.





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Old 02-07-2020, 11:31 AM   #179
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Those seats are gonna look great in your car. Well executed.
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Old 02-07-2020, 11:52 AM   #180
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Man, that is perfect! Looks like it could have been a high performance factory option!
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Old 02-09-2020, 09:14 PM   #181
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Thanks fellas!

It’s been tough doing any work on the 242 this winter, we’ve had a lot of snow and it’s just been cold out. After getting one of the headrests in, I had to get the drivers seat mounted to get an idea of what’s to come with the interior.

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Old 02-10-2020, 10:56 PM   #182
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Amazing looking!
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Old 03-03-2020, 08:13 PM   #183
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Update!

Finally had a chance to make some adapter plates out of 1/4” x 3” flat bar to adapt the seat frames the the 240 rails. I had to use 3/8” spacers to make room for the bolts, all the hardware is stainless which looks great. I also redid the engine bay harness as the old loom was dried out and cracking.

















The seats really feel amazing and sit just right, so much more head room and no need for a gangster lean.

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Old 03-03-2020, 08:39 PM   #184
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Nice fastener choice to attach the flatbar to those seats. Don't forget to chamfer those sharp corners (plate radiusing) so to avoid cut knuckles in the future. Bare steel, or are you going to powder coat those plates?
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Old 03-04-2020, 09:43 AM   #185
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Nice fastener choice to attach the flatbar to those seats. Don't forget to chamfer those sharp corners (plate radiusing) so to avoid cut knuckles in the future. Bare steel, or are you going to powder coat those plates?
Thank you.

This was just a mock up to test fitment, height, positioning...etc. they’ll be disassembled, smoothed out, and painted before I call it ‘done’.
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Old 03-10-2020, 11:21 AM   #186
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Looks awesome, loving the 240 headrests on the Recaro's for the OEM+ look.
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Old 05-01-2020, 11:47 AM   #187
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Not a lot going on lately, been posting little updates on IG. I made a little more progress on the intake manifold and had some great weather to get the underside of the hood looking the way I want. I repaired the B pillar chrome trim that had a dent in it and source all new stainless hardware for under the hood.






























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Old 05-01-2020, 11:51 AM   #188
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Old 05-04-2020, 05:17 PM   #189
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Old 05-04-2020, 10:46 PM   #190
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Inspirational! Awesome work
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Old 09-13-2020, 06:45 PM   #191
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Default Overdue Update...

Haven’t updated this thread in awhile however, I’m very much working on the car when I can. Not going to go into much detail, the pictures will speak for themselves.

Although these wheels were already 5x108 I had to drop them off at a machining shop to have the centers opened up to 65.1mm. Now a perfect, hub centric fit.







Slowly replacing more hardware to stainless



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Looking good Derek. Those wheels are great, I'm jealous
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Old 09-14-2020, 12:40 PM   #193
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Looking good Derek. Those wheels are great, I'm jealous
Hey Patrick!

Yeah, I'm pretty excited to get some tires and spacers for the rears so I can mounted them soon! Through IG, I met John Durham, who I believe you might know. He got his current GT from Chase and I know you and Chase exchanged a Volvo or 2, including this one.

Hopefully at some point if you're ever back in Spokane we can have a mini meet, your build is very inspirational!
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Hey Patrick!

Yeah, I'm pretty excited to get some tires and spacers for the rears so I can mounted them soon! Through IG, I met John Durham, who I believe you might know. He got his current GT from Chase and I know you and Chase exchanged a Volvo or 2, including this one.

Hopefully at some point if you're ever back in Spokane we can have a mini meet, your build is very inspirational!
Ha, I sure do know John. I traded my GT to him (big regret). I actually didn't know Chase ever had a GT, so thats cool. The Spokane Volvo world is very small...
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Old 09-15-2020, 12:59 AM   #195
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Door panels complete, I’ll add nylon pulls as well.











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Old 09-15-2020, 12:58 PM   #196
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nice & simple...good work!
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Old 09-15-2020, 03:54 PM   #197
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Without reading, I thought- God wood door panels are going to look like ass. And I was right.

But then I kept going and saw the final product! Those turned out really good! I like them

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Old 09-15-2020, 06:06 PM   #198
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Very nice! Can you make me a set now?
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Old 09-15-2020, 11:40 PM   #199
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I absolutely love those Recaros, and I am quite a bit envious! Nice work on the door cards too.
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Old 09-17-2020, 12:32 AM   #200
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No armrests/grab handles, eh? The stark simple look, well done. How are they fastened to the doors?
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