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Old 06-21-2010, 01:48 AM   #1
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"Here's the key, make it run!"


Thats what my parents said to me about mid April 2009. This car has been in my family since 1993, and it was bought used at Don Docksteader Volvo in Vancouver with 45000km on it. It has been(and still is) a reliable car. About November 2008, it died on us. unknown cause at the time, but it was restarted and driven back home and was parked in front of my family's house for 6 months. Then in Mid April, My dad drove it halfway around the block before it died again. My dad and I later pushed it onto a small pad in our property next to the back alley. That summer, I became a mechanic.



These are older pics, It takes alot of time to upload the photos to the internet (they are 2-4MB each!) I will try to keep you posted on dates. These are all from the summer of 2009



This was the only reason I wanted to fix it.

Interior is black, its just a bad photo.




Sweet! Found the owner's manual!

Oh, hang on!


Ewwwwwwwww!


I threw it out btw.

Stupid aftermarket sunroof!

Caused this

I fixed the result of this at school this year(more info on that later!)

Dirty!


More to Come!

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Old 06-21-2010, 11:36 AM   #2
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thats a strange key, ive never seen one of those before
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Old 06-21-2010, 11:40 AM   #3
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It's the one I have...
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:34 PM   #4
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The key is not the master one, its a copy of it.

Summer 2009
Found the cause of the problem, dead alternator. I took it out.



Toast.


Got myself an alternator from the junkyard for $75. I thought it was a good deal, but the guy sold me the wrong one. It didn't fit and it only made 55amps. (It was for a B21 or something)



Gosh it was hot last summer!



I finally did get the correct one $140 including the trade of the old one.
random shots



Found my car on Google street view. Which is wierd, because the car is in a back alley. Google drove down my back alley!

Random night shot


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Old 06-21-2010, 12:45 PM   #5
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looks like a solid car, straight body, clean interior, m47

obligatory: lower, alloys, repaint trim black
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:08 PM   #6
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obligatory noted and +1'd

thats a touch too much for an alt broseph.. oh well.

if it runs it was worth it.
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:09 AM   #7
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Summer 09

Almost forgot my 2 lame startup videos


The car sounds bad, but its just the video/mic. Its an old video. I'll make a newer one sometime.
I took off the door card. I later put it back on.

Ewww!


I started to tackle the task of cleaning the PCV system.





All because of this stupid box



Inside #1


Dirty!

Any ideas on what caused this? The intake pipe had a bit of oil in it too.


In November 2009, I drove the car to school to fix in my Auto mechanics class. It has been there all year. I am about ready to take it home this week.

Leaky sunroof

Parts!



Front cam seal (ended up not needing replacement)

Since I had to check for leaking seals under the timing belt anyway, why not replace the seal and the belt. I later found out they didn't really need replacing, but I learned a lot doing it.


This takes us to March break 2010, where My parents needed a 2nd car for spring break, so we got it insured for 10 days. We drove it around with not quite aligned steering and a broken driver's side motor mount.


Don't worry, I want to lower it, and get some alloys(Virgos or Hydras? Hmmm!)
However, black paint is cheaper, so I will be doing that first

Next I will post the pictures of fixing some (minor) holes in the floor. Teaser:

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Old 06-22-2010, 06:53 AM   #8
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Damn, thats one dirty oil soaked engine Looks like the interior just needs a clean out, nice looking car.
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Old 06-22-2010, 05:38 PM   #9
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Did you check the price of a new/rebuilt alternator at the parts store? Couldn't have been much more than you paid. Looking forward to seeing your progress.
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Old 06-22-2010, 05:57 PM   #10
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http://www.fcpgroton.com/product-exe...ategory_id/111

that's what goes bad with the alternator
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Old 06-23-2010, 12:16 AM   #11
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Did you check the price of a new/rebuilt alternator at the parts store? Couldn't have been much more than you paid. Looking forward to seeing your progress.
The one I got was rebuilt. it doesn't spin as freely as the old one, but I'm hoping it just means it makes more juice!

@thevolvokid Thanks! If I had know about this I would have tried this first. The old one was filled with oil inside though.
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Old 06-23-2010, 12:36 PM   #12
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Found this in the junkyard in March


At this point in time (March 2010 to Now) I had replaced the motor mounts. I just don't have any pictures.

I recently just fixed some holes in the floor caused by a leaking sunroof. :(






Putting it all back together


I got my N license May 7th!


I've got some photos of the underside of the car which I will upload later, but I put the car on temporary insurance to get it home from the school, and to drive it around for a few days!
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:10 PM   #13
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Yay!
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Old 06-23-2010, 06:58 PM   #14
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I like your floor hole pictures
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Old 06-24-2010, 02:04 PM   #15
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Still bringing you up to date.
Last week.

I took off the driver's side ball joint and turned it one turn in to help fix the crooked steering, but it wasn't enough. maybe another turn will do.


Dirty M47!



My patchwork. its better than what the photo shows.



Leaking?!

Checked the fluid, there is lots.


Look what came to paint my neighbor's house!

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Old 06-27-2010, 10:24 PM   #16
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How it could look

How it does look. :D

In the shop, ready to be driven home!

Small photo shoot.







The motor may look clean, but my redblock is looking black right now.






when I drove the car out of the shop on Wednesday the trip odometer had 285km on it now it has 480km. alot of driving in 5 days.

The car is now off the road and ready to be fixed over the summer. First on the list is appearance. I've already removed the driver's side pin stripe. I will be painting the side trim and removing the decals under the windows. the car also badly needs the oil pan gasket done, so that will follow next.
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:19 AM   #17
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Still working on the car. My internet is sort of working, and lots of the pics are 2MB+ each so it takes time to upload them. Currently I've painted the side trim/grill, removed the intake manifold to clean under it, and put the car on ramps to see whats going on in the oil pan. Its currently hanging loose under there waiting for me to figure out a clever way to remove it with basic tools and the scissor jack.

Also, anyone know a good glue to stick the side trim to the door? Spray on adhesive isn't cutting it.


White tips, looks like I drove it a bit too hard.

Side trim painted



It passes the 5 foot test.



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Old 07-16-2010, 01:34 AM   #18
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lookin good mayng! good place to start. would love a manual 245.
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Old 07-16-2010, 08:57 PM   #19
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Its too damn hot to work during the day. 30 degrees C outside. inside the car I put this thermometer on the dash.

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More pics of putting the trim back on. Its all falling off now though. needs a better glue!






Finally put it on ramps to work under it.


Painted the grill





No pics, but right now the pan is loose under the car(not removed)


I saw a video on the interweb on clearing up foggy headlights with just toothpaste. I'll try it on my broken turn signal lenses first
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Back up top. I removed the intake manifold to clean under it.







WTF?!




Found it in #4. I don't think I dropped it in there, I don't remember removing something like this. strange, maybe thats why the car is slow. :D

I haven't done much lately, its too hot out and I need some motivation.

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Old 07-17-2010, 01:06 AM   #20
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You don't need to remove the trim to remove it.

And spray adhesive is not going to keep it on. You need to go out and get a roll or 3M trim adhesive.
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Old 07-27-2010, 01:20 AM   #21
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More trim painting
First did it this way



Then found a better way, by removing all the trim and painting it.


I bought some adhesive double sided tape to stick the trim the the car. I've a few peices on and I am going to see if it can stand up the the heat.


I also painted this











Debadged


I've now gotten all the residue off.

I've removed this to do the PCV system and to clean the engine bay.


I am also replacing the oil pan gasket


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Old 07-28-2010, 01:11 AM   #22
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Got the pan off!



This isn't sludge, its just a reflection



Now I've got to clean this Sh!t
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:16 AM   #23
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wow! what did you remove the pan for? +t?
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:28 AM   #24
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I can empathize man, keep up the good work!

edit: read Brian, he's replacing the gasket.
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:28 AM   #25
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need more than a scissor jack. we try not to die here on TB.
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