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Old 03-02-2010, 11:09 PM   #1
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Im trying to decide if I want to remove the molding off the sides of my 240 and fill the holes in when I have it painted. I know it really helps to prevent door dings but 242s and wagons look better without it. Im still up in the air about it on 244s. Can you guys post some pics?
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:25 PM   #2
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I'm actually debating doing the same. I'm sitting tight for some pics first though!
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:32 PM   #3
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Since mine is a '89, it had the lower body plastic and rocker trim as well. I shaved everything (including the butt cheeks) and had the car re-painted, then the belt line trim was painted on, and the whole car clear coated. I really like how it came out, and now I don't have to deal with trim coming loose.
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:38 PM   #4
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in my opinion, shaving the upper/chrome molding on the doors looks sweet but i prefer to leave the lower door molding on but paint it black.
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:23 AM   #5
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I did it to my black '78:


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Old 03-03-2010, 12:58 AM   #6
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The side moulding is nice when those SUV's park real real close, so that way you can leave them a little parting gift as a thank you for giving you a handful or two of inches to open your door and sit down. I hate college kids parking skills even more. Basically you need that moulding to **** **** up.
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Old 03-03-2010, 02:04 AM   #7
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im currently doing this on my 244, ive got one side all done and really like how its looking. I'd post up picks but its half blue half primer haha. Doesn't really show it off too well
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:03 AM   #8
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I did mine.. i like it. if you leave the trim on it will protect against dings.. other then that its all preference i guess.

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Old 03-03-2010, 11:28 AM   #9
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gawd, i will never see too much of that 242
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:53 PM   #10
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gawd, i will never see too much of that 242
thanks man that means a lot.. you just wait until u put my rims on it and lower it some...
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Old 03-03-2010, 01:53 PM   #11
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I hope shaved240 posts his pics here. His car looks nice with Volans, too.
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Old 03-03-2010, 06:49 PM   #12
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I think I'm sold, thanks guys. I cant wait to get started...but keep the pics coming.
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:16 PM   #13
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I then added some vinal pin stripe.


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Old 03-03-2010, 09:30 PM   #14
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Hmm... that 245 with black Dracos doesn't look half bad at all... wonder if I could pull off the same look on my 244? Would keep tire costs to a minimum too! lol. Instead of buying 17" low profiles...
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:42 PM   #15
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slammed+dracos=profit
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:46 PM   #16
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They dont even need to be black.


btw 205-50-15's are way to low..

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Old 03-03-2010, 09:52 PM   #17
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205-50-15's it is then!! And I want a black wheel to atleast make a stock Volvo wheel look a little different. It'll look kickass with my silver 244... or maybe a dark bronze?? I'll figure it out. First step would be to actually BUY the Dracos first! LOL

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Old 03-03-2010, 09:56 PM   #18
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Yeah, i don't understand why most people don't like Dracos, they are lighter and have more offset than Virgos. Be sure to take some pictures after you get them on! We should let this thread get back on topic with side molding though. ;)
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Old 03-04-2010, 12:32 AM   #19
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What I'd like to see, though I doubt it's ever been done, is not only remove the side moldings, but shave down the raised portion where the molding was.
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What I'd like to see, though I doubt it's ever been done, is not only remove the side moldings, but shave down the raised portion where the molding was.
hella work to do that. and one would have to be super good at body work to pull that off
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:12 AM   #21
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I did mine.. i like it. if you leave the trim on it will protect against dings.. other then that its all preference i guess.

what offset are those MSR's in the first pic and are you running spacers?

I have been thinking about this but I like the molding when it is black.
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:19 AM   #22
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i think they were 45mm all around. i had adapters put on..since the front adapters were the same as the rear it pushed out the fronts too much i thought.
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Old 03-04-2010, 06:07 AM   #23
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What I'd like to see, though I doubt it's ever been done, is not only remove the side moldings, but shave down the raised portion where the molding was.
There was a Swedish 240 that had it done, but the car was a pretty wild custom, so the effect was lost in all the other stuff done. I am actually working on doing this on one of my 242s, and it is really tough. Sometimes you can shrink out creases like that, but the Volvo steel is too thick for that. We'll see how it goes with method #2.
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Old 03-04-2010, 06:48 AM   #24
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Something for me to think about come new paint time one day. I like the trim, but not the price the clips cost to put it on every 2 years.
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Something for me to think about come new paint time one day. I like the trim, but not the price the clips cost to put it on every 2 years.
Hmmm ... NC, which state is that? Is it a heat-and-cold-cycle thing that breaks the clips? They don't seem to break here, the only cars (narrow-trim or thick-trim) that you see here with missing waistline trim are the ones with other damage.

I umm'd and ahh'd about the trim for my (242)GT ... but looking at a few cars with & without, I decided my preference was for the 1981+ matte-black GLT-style trim. When it's removed, all I can see is a ridge where there's "obviously" supposed to be trim but now there ain't. The only reason I was considering it is 'cos the Group A cars had no trim at all ... but that still didn't sway me. I fitted the gutter trim too, would've fitted the under-door trim line that matches but don't like the potential rust implications.
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