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Old 09-25-2017, 04:28 PM   #126
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Looking good! I like that. Bottom one, but it definitely depends on the placement. Around the edges I like 2nd from the bottom, and through the center sections I like the bottom.
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Old 09-25-2017, 06:11 PM   #127
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Is suede centers on seats even still considered cool? Or is that all played out now. I kind of want to break up all vinyl everywhere
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Old 09-25-2017, 06:25 PM   #128
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Isn't quilted inlays the new thing?
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Old 09-25-2017, 07:15 PM   #129
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Tuck and roll my friend, tuck and roll.
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Old 10-18-2017, 06:14 PM   #130
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I know it's been a while. I've been crazy busy at work. Only real thing I've got done is making a grommet for the fuel filler. Seems like a silly thing (and it's ugly as all get out), but it's something. The weather is changing and I need to focus on getting the car sealed up.

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Multiple layer cutouts.



:Missing pics of cardboard, masking tape and aluminum tube to replicate filler tube:

Fill the bottom grommet area with platinum silicone, then add thixotropic agent to the remainder and brush over the space filler until about 1/4" thick.



Separate the base mold, peel off the rest and trim the end



Slide it over the filler neck and locate the split in the base over the opening.



Like I said, boring and ugly, but something
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Old 10-18-2017, 06:23 PM   #131
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Boring? Not really look at it from my point of view, I get to look up..... thixotropic.
Was looking at this rear 3rd of a Amazon roof, yesterday by my shed thinking I am overdo for a metal run. Wonder if Adam has an update? And here you are.
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Old 10-18-2017, 06:25 PM   #132
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For clarification, the base stack up is as follows. It creates a solid ring with a 3/16" thick "flange" on both sides of the metal where the hole is cut out like a regular grommet would be.

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Old 10-18-2017, 06:27 PM   #133
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Boring? Not really look at it from my point of view, I get to look up..... thixotropic.
Was looking at this rear 3rd of a Amazon roof, yesterday by my shed thinking I am overdo for a metal run. Wonder if Adam has an update? And here you are.
Fancy word for silicone thickener. Let's it stay on vertical surfaces.

I transferred to the government side of things at work and have been traveling a bunch for work. Just got back from Washington DC. Going to try and get the windows back in soon. Maybe this weekend. I put the two sections of hatch back on with new seals.
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Old 10-21-2017, 04:52 PM   #134
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Still need to make some upper spring perches and top plates. That's it for now besides incremental progress on stitching together and metal prep

Where did you get the threaded sleeves?are there different diameter options ?
Awesome fab skills buddy!!
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Old 10-22-2017, 12:29 AM   #135
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Where did you get the threaded sleeves?are there different diameter options ?
Awesome fab skills buddy!!
Those are actually $45 eBay coilover sleeves with QA1 springs. Depending on budget there are a TON of coilover sleeves in different diameters out there (they're mostly centered around 2" I.D.). Coleman Racing, Speedway Motors, JEGS and Summit all have coilover sleeves.
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Old 10-23-2017, 12:51 AM   #136
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Atom: It was a pleasure to drive up to IPD a few years ago to meet you and your wife and see this wagon in its earlier form. So glad the Headquarters project is seeing movement again!
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Old 10-24-2017, 11:43 AM   #137
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Anyone else wondering if evolvo67 is having a craving for eating his hat now that he has seen the progress?
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Old 10-25-2017, 02:49 PM   #138
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Anyone else wondering if evolvo67 is having a craving for eating his hat now that he has seen the progress?
Probably not. Some people just are not fans of chassis-swap projects because they feel that it violates some kind of brand-purity rule.
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Old 10-25-2017, 03:58 PM   #139
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Probably not. Some people just are not fans of chassis-swap projects because they feel that it violates some kind of brand-purity rule.
I'm in this group. I can admire and respect Adam's work, but it's just not my cup of tea. As long as he likes it, that's all that really matters.
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Old 10-26-2017, 12:36 PM   #140
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I think car builds are like politics or religion. If you go into a conversation trying to change someone's mind you're going to wind up disappointed. I don't base my builds on whether or not I'm going to make someone eat their words or change their mind. I typically set some criteria in the beginning, have a weighted scale for different priorities and wing it the rest of the way.

I've personally never fallen into the "brand purity" trap. I think, besides a concourse restoration, all builds for all brands wind up swapping non OEM parts. With Volvos there kind of is a lot of that. Different turbos, different suspension, different wheels, T5 trans, LS swap, etc, etc. When do you set the line of demarcation that is "too far"? I've just taken the next step. I will say that I did research all the Volvo chassis' I could get my hands on before I went the route I did, but a few of my criteria were 1)aftermarket support 2)ease of swap (I don't have a garage, driveway work needs to be simple in "Nonis" terms) 3) IRS. There were others, but those all factored into my decision to go E30.

To each their own. We are all in the car game together. We are all spinning on the same planet. It is what it is. I'm looking forward to getting it finished up, enjoying it, using it to strike up conversations and I will let other people drive it so they can get another level of appreciation for it.
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Old 10-26-2017, 01:19 PM   #141
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^^Well said.^^
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Old 10-26-2017, 01:41 PM   #142
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To think I've been ignoring this thread because it was about an Amazon.
Holy isht! :D
I love this!
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Old 10-26-2017, 01:50 PM   #143
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To think I've been ignoring this thread because it was about an Amazon.
Holy isht! :D
I love this!
Tell your friends. as much as I hate to say it, when interest on the forums tapers off, so does my drive. Maybe not to get work done, but to post about it. I fall into this "meh, no one is watching, I'll skip posting pics". Then there's also the times where I post everything, then I think I'm oversaturating the thread.
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Old 10-26-2017, 01:54 PM   #144
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With this level of craftsmanship, it is IMPOSSIBLE to oversaturate the thread. ;)

As for brands and loyalty, in an instant, one company buys another and it all changes. Besides, there's no tellin' what gets cooked up by any manufacturers' "skunk-works"....



Got tired of hearing guys argue at cruise-ins about whether it came with a V8 from the factory.

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Old 10-26-2017, 02:49 PM   #145
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Please continue posting photos/updates. Myself and few friends really like the previous iteration of this wagons and all enjoy following along with the progress you're making lately!! While I almost never post on TB, I do check in on various projects pretty regularly to use as inspiration/motivation for my own projects.

That's a long way of me saying thanks for taking the time to document all the work you've done to this project.
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Old 10-28-2017, 09:04 PM   #146
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Drove the Amazon around the block for the first time ever. No hood, no lights, seat not bolted down, exhaust rattling like crazy and smelling of unburnt fuel, but it made it.

Today is an important day.
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Old 10-28-2017, 09:32 PM   #147
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Outstanding. E122 alive.
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Old 10-30-2017, 12:18 PM   #148
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Very cool! That has to be exciting. Looking forward to a video!
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Old 10-30-2017, 03:14 PM   #149
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Old 10-30-2017, 03:20 PM   #150
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Drove the Amazon around the block for the first time ever.
Write the date in your garage.

My Dad's garage has an old rotary phone that's been there since the early 80's; the wall around it is covered in decades' worth of customer phone numbers, part numbers, etc. We also make note of the date of garage milestones - When the LS1 went into his V90, first starts, first time my 242 drove up the road..

It's really cool to have a 'memorial wall' like that, I think.
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