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Old 05-20-2013, 08:36 AM   #26
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Fantastic. Love the history of the car! Keep the updates comming
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:34 PM   #27
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That sounds a special car! Well done on finding it, and then the hard work to get it CAMS sorted.
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:45 PM   #28
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Shoot, I stopped checking T-bricks during finals and totally missed this, sweet car, to say the least!
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:05 AM   #29
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Momo Star wheels or Gemini like in Volvo terms (15*7 with 22 Positive offset) arrived from the good ole USA (Thanks Tom P). Here is one pictured next to the Bathurst Globe on one of the spare cars. We are going to use the Momo's for the wets and the Bathurst Globes for the slicks.

We have modified the cage for safety and are off to buy a race seat and new 6 point harness on Friday to get up to the mechanics for fitment. Work is progressing

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Old 06-04-2013, 11:11 PM   #30
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Very nice! Shame it needs to stay non turbo. Is there any way the car could be changed to group a spec?

What was your previous race car? I'm guessing you're otherwise a holden man?
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:11 AM   #31
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No Sorry - It has to be group C Spec for historic racing purposes.

Previous race car was a VK group A Commodore

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Old 06-05-2013, 05:58 AM   #32
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Awesome looking wheels peter and good to see some more progress on the old girl, im really looking forward to seeing it out on the track.

Btw sweet photo of your group A commy
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Old 06-07-2013, 04:34 PM   #33
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K and I went and bought a Cobra Suzuka seat and ROM 6 Point harness today both FIA approved. Delivered to our mechanic and also checked on progress. Here is fuel storage and delivery system almost finished with Volvo standard pump and damper still to be mounted and braided fuel line to be run to the standard Volvo fuel delivery line that runs from rear of car into engine bay. The roll cage has also been modified for greater safety with some other mods still to be done including additional side intrusion bars beside driver and passenger and another bar behind drivers seat once seat mounting and positioning has been sorted. This will be done next week and he will then fit new injectors and seals and fire the engine.

The rear parcel deck and tunnel will be lined with aluminium to separate fuel storage from cabin. As Group C race cars ran standard interior apart from drivers seat and safety belts and cage we will be fitting our mint interior up. This includes rear parcel deck, seat belts (will not be used during racing), door cards etc. We also have a mint board to fit to front of the rear boot area to cover the aluminium panels that will be installed in the indented holes. Our trimmer is modifying the standard upper rear seat insert to fit around the roll bar mounts onto the rear wheel arches. The bottom insert will just fit up as normal. We also have an as new hood lining that will be fitted when we remove the screens for paint. The passenger seat will be standard Volvo.

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Old 06-07-2013, 06:02 PM   #34
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That fuel cell is really high and far back. Going drifting anytime soon?
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Old 06-08-2013, 08:45 AM   #35
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I really like what you are doing with this project. A+ from me.
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Old 06-08-2013, 09:10 AM   #36
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wow. that's awesome.
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Old 06-08-2013, 09:15 AM   #37
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Nice work.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:57 PM   #38
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Sorry No progress to report at present on the car. Still with our mechanic. We did however attend an historic race meet at Lakeside Raceway in Brisbane last weekend and in the course of conversation with a stall holder selling memorabilia it was his car that caused the damage to the back of the Volvo during the race in 1979. His co-Driver was driving it at the time. He is going to check his photo archive for us to see if he has anything from 1979 that we dont already have.

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Old 08-03-2013, 09:16 AM   #39
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wow nice nice mate.

i am a former holden man who as turned to a volvo as well....
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Old 08-03-2013, 12:24 PM   #40
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Excellent work gentlemen. Looking forward to more updates on this build!
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Old 08-03-2013, 02:35 PM   #41
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I never knew about Group-C, and Volvo's presence in it, until your build thread & back story.

As a fellow owner of a 1979 242, your build is one of my greatest inspirations!

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Old 12-15-2013, 07:48 AM   #42
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End of year update. Sorry no pictures at present. Like I said they always take longer than first thought. My partner in crime in the car spoke to our mechanic today and significant progress has been made in the last couple of weeks. We are now targeting Mid February for a shake down for the car although it is unlikely to be all stickered up. This will be the first of a number of shakedowns planned and our first race meet should be July 2014.

Work sorted in past week

1. Fuel system all sorted.
2. Dry Break fuel filler fitted along with flap in boot to match original race spec.
3. Race seat and harness all fitted.
4. Roll cage modifications complete including side intrusion protection and other changes.
5. Inlays fitted between boot and rear seat and on rear parcel deck.
6. Fitted new injectors and seals

Jobs in the next couple of weeks.
1. Fit new clutch and pressure plate and change gearbox oil.
2. Fit new bushing to shifter along with new knob and overdrive switch.
3. Fit new brake pads all round.
4. Modify exhaust and fit new side pipe. He is not happy with the current factory replacement exhaust to first join. It is hanging down a little low so he is going to cut some off it to get it as close to floor as possible before fitting the side pipe. Don't want to rip it off should we ever venture over any major ripple strips which is always possible.
5. Fire the car up and tune.

Planning to get car back to us by second week of January and mechanically it will be track ready.

In the past week we have sorted out our supply and fit for the race stickers so that is all ready to go once we give him the go ahead.

We are starting to get very excited and hanging to get it back into our own garage to get the paint sorted and the interior in from the donor car.

The next update in the new year should have some photos

Have a merry Christmas and a safe 2014 one and all.
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:41 AM   #43
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Seeing as though I could not supply any pics here is a link to some great Group A racing from 1985. The Turbo Volvo way quicker than ours will be in Group C form but great footage to watch for Volvo fans

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Old 12-19-2013, 08:33 AM   #44
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Loved the video mate, looks like feb is going to be a big month for our volvos haha.

Merry Christmas to you.
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Old 01-11-2014, 09:15 AM   #45
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Happy to report that Substantial progress has been made. We are presently on target to have a mechanical shakedown on the track mid February. It will be without grill and interior after which we will return car home and perform paint, transfer mint interior and sticker work. It will then be returned to make up dummy drop tank to match race day and have final inspection and photos before sending off final paperwork for historic logbook and Historic certificate of Description. At present we have reinstated the dry break fittings but do not intend to hook up to tank. Photos not best quality but give an idea of progress. The Dry break fitting into boot and flap is pretty crude but we have tried to recreate the original as much as possible. We picked up some brand new Kumho Slicks 200/580/15 and these have been mounted on the Bathurst Globe rims but we will shake down the car using the semi slicks.

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Old 01-12-2014, 06:21 PM   #46
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Nicely done. Even in this relatively tame incarnation I always like seeing proper race cars come together.

I'd be interested to hear more detail on how you've sealed the bulkhead against fuel, specifically the C pillar.

And have you braced the front lower control arms?
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:40 PM   #47
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Awesome.
Although roll cage design back in the '70s and '80s was frighteningly basic. It's a surprise more drivers weren't killed!

This car is features in a few photos in the '79 edition (cant remember what number in the series that is) of The Great Race books. (published by Chevron Publishing).
if you don't have them, my Dad has the full set, up until the end of publishing at #31, so I can dig through them and scan relevant pages.
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:33 PM   #48
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Thanks for comments and will give more details once finished and Ash we do have the magazines from 1979 so all good. Thanks for your offer though

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Old 01-12-2014, 10:17 PM   #49
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Awesome story and so glad you are resurrecting this great piece of Volvo race history!

That roll cage scares me though. The front down bars should not be bent like that. Those will easily collapse in a big roll over. Also the rear down bars to the fender wells do almost no good. They should be tied into a suspension point or at least a structural frame rail area. If your rules allow you to pass through the rear firewall, attack them to the frame rail at the rear shock point.
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Old 01-13-2014, 06:51 PM   #50
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Ahh the "mobile chicane" Good to see it back
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