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Old 08-07-2020, 10:49 PM   #26
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Sooo... Clearly, this is not a candidate for any sort of concours event.
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Sooo... Clearly, this is not a candidate for any sort of concours event.
It's gonna serve multiple purposes:
  1. Get me and my tools to work in the morning and home at night
  2. Replace my truck so I can sell it for $1000000
  3. Provide driving enjoyment
  4. Provide attachment points for modified powertrain, suspension, and brakes components
Love your list. Definitely gotta have goals!


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Like, maybe I could do that poseur-boy thing where I take all the paint off the hood and rinse it with saltwater or something?
Also, lots of stickers.
Definitely definitely gonna need more stickers.

Stickers = more BHp!

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Old 08-08-2020, 04:39 PM   #27
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Wow, some opinions...

It's your car, build as you want.

17's, big brakes, bigger engine, etc.
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Old 08-10-2020, 02:51 AM   #28
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Default Front suspension day!

Today was front suspension day!
New top mounts, ball joints, and new-ish strut inserts.
My friend had these inverted 40mm Bilsteins laying on his garage floor, and those are supposed to be pretty cool I guess? Anyways, they're in my car now.



I bought a pair of the Sachs "performance" inserts that I guess I have to return to Rock Auto if I decide I really like the Bilsteins.

I'm not sure yet. I was kind of enjoying that floaty 1970's American car feel that I had with the dead and leaking Boge inserts that were in there...

And now I know for sure that the rear shocks are pretty dead too. Couldn't really tell before!
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Old 08-10-2020, 02:59 AM   #29
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Oh also!
Now that this old girl has her new plates, she now has a name too.
Giselle the gazelle. Or something like that..
We're still working on it.
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Old 08-30-2020, 01:05 AM   #30
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I'm moving my art studio next weekend, so in preparation, I want to get some parts on there that I recently received. Rear shocks and springs, brake hoses and a new j-block, new headlights, and various other bits...

Last night, I brought the floor jack and some fraction of my stone collection. So, several hundred pounds in the back end...



And then unloaded this morning...



Today did not go as planned, or I would have started earlier, but I still have tomorrow.
I went over to a friends house to pick up a compressor, and ended up helping him clean his roof!
And then came home and put her up in the air to get a head start on tomorrow...

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Old 08-30-2020, 11:58 AM   #31
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Hey , well sometimes things don't go as planned. I know the feeling. I've been working in my wagon 4 4 years almost to the day i bought it. Almost done.
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Old 08-30-2020, 04:59 PM   #32
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You're making me appreciate how cushy my life is by virtue of having my own driveway. Your pic somehow reminded me of the pits at an old F1 track that I visited many years ago, Reims-Gueux. The pits are the area to the right of the white/red/white stripe in the pic. During the races the F1 cars would wiz past at 160-170MPH while the mechanics worked on the cars:


I'm not an overly cautious kind of person but I do want to ask, are those Harbor Freight jack stands? Us Volvoistas have to watch out for each other.

I hope all is going well today.
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Old 08-30-2020, 11:57 PM   #33
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You're making me appreciate how cushy my life is by virtue of having my own driveway. Your pic somehow reminded me of the pits at an old F1 track that I visited many years ago, Reims-Gueux. The pits are the area to the right of the white/red/white stripe in the pic. During the races the F1 cars would wiz past at 160-170MPH while the mechanics worked on the cars:


I'm not an overly cautious kind of person but I do want to ask, are those Harbor Freight jack stands? Us Volvoistas have to watch out for each other.

I hope all is going well today.
It's kind of like that F1 track, but the speed limit is 25, and there's a stop sign right behind me in all those photos.
And no, those are 20-year-old Napa jackstands. They've held many a 240!
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Old 08-31-2020, 12:14 AM   #34
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Totally laid in bed all morning, and got started at about noon.

I started with the IPD overload springs and Bilstein HD shocks in the back. I seriously thought about trying to remove the TA bushings (which are completely trashed), but I really don't have the tools for that, so they'll have to wait for another day.

Moved on to replacing the tie rods and rack boots. The tie rods don't have any flats on the joint end, but some big vice grips did the trick. Too bad I broke the shrink wrap on that fancy Harbor Freight Tie Rod Tool that ended up being completely useless.

And then the brakes.
The symptom was that I couldn't get anything out of the two upper bleed screws in the front. I took a shotgun approach and replaced the hoses and distribution block. Which turned out to be also completely pointless, because the real reason that I couldn't bleed the calipers was because the bleed ports were just clogged.
And the brakes are fine now.



This was also my first chance to really take a look around on the underside.
Notes:
-The shell looks sound. The original undercoating was still intact on everything I worked on.
-Diff pinion seal is leaking.
-Underaxle exhaust is welded in.
-Those are some skinny sway bars!
-TA bushings are dead
-One of the control arm bushings is dead
-Bellhousing is wet with oil, maybe leftover from earlier leak, or from the trans cooler lines that got cut and spliced with rubber hose.

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Old 08-31-2020, 11:43 AM   #35
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I have a TAB tool I can loan you when you want to take a crack at them. I ended up replacing mine with the Kaplhenke variety, but I suspect even OEM would make a huge difference in how the car feels.
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Old 08-31-2020, 12:22 PM   #36
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Old 09-01-2020, 12:15 AM   #37
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I have a TAB tool I can loan you when you want to take a crack at them. I ended up replacing mine with the Kaplhenke variety, but I suspect even OEM would make a huge difference in how the car feels.
Really? Omg that would be awesome! I'm sending you a PM!
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Old 09-01-2020, 12:25 AM   #38
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Nice stance.
Yeah, nice huh? Definitely has some rake to it now!
Just needs some nice wheels under there!
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Old 09-01-2020, 11:06 AM   #39
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good luck with the overloads. They didn't treat me very nicely. felt very oversprung and the rear axle would hit the shock extension limiters going over big bumps or railroad tracks at speed. When I loaded them down with 9 people in the car, they acted much better.

If you're gonna be hauling stones in the back though, that sounds more reasonable
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Old 09-02-2020, 07:36 PM   #40
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Nice stance.
That's the height of a wagon that's meant to do actual work.

I bought one years ago with lowering springs; the seller was really impressed and figured I ought to be, also. Imagine his surprise when I noticed a stack of springs in the corner of his garage, excitedly asked if those were the originals... he was more than happy to get rid of 'em to me, despite the puzzled stroke of his chin.

Raising the car back to normal was the very first "improvement" I got rid of. Even before the trip to the DMV.

To each his/her own.
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There is something missing on that exhaust manifold
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There is something missing on that exhaust manifold
That's because I'm doing it wrong!
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Old 09-09-2020, 12:25 AM   #43
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Did the trailing arm bushings yesterday. Fffffuuuuu......
I kinda killed the bolt and nut for the tool, and didn't get the bushings all the way in, so now my rear sway bar doesn't fit.
But I drove it to work this morning, and it's so much better with those two new bushings!

I just have to get a new bolt and do it again.
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Old 09-21-2020, 11:04 PM   #46
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New headlights!


Also, work is progressing on the new engine.
The block is machined and in the stand, assembled with a stock crank, long H-beam rods, and short flat-top pistons.
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Also, work is progressing on the new engine.
The block is machined and in the stand, assembled with a stock crank, long H-beam rods, and short flat-top pistons.
Doing the JVL special?
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Doing the JVL special?
Oh no! You have discovered my deep dark secret!
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Oh no! You have discovered my deep dark secret!
Hahaha. Should be a ripper when you’re done!
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I just spent a few hours with the gauge cluster. Swapped in a tachometer, and did the Temp Faker bypass. It actually says "Temp Faker" on the gauge face! What?!
I have a working temp gauge and a working tachometer now! But no dash clock anymore. And the odometer still doesn't work, but now at least I know where the gear is and how many teeth it should have!

Also, I picked up some new tires and wheels. My toe-in was outta whack since I replace the tie-rods the other week, so I didn't get them on the car yet because I wanted to do a rough toe setting first.
So I went home and did that with a tape measure. And then the fill plug on my jack broke off, so I didn't put the wheels on.

After I fix the jack and put the dashboard back together, I'll put up some more pictures.
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