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Old 04-13-2020, 05:16 PM   #226
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impressive work as usual.
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Old 04-15-2020, 01:01 PM   #227
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impressive work as usual.
Thank you - I'm happy with it overall.

Finally found a place that will cut the lettering in 3M vinyl, vs. printing, which is what all the local shops want to do, with no consideration for color matching.

In the mean time, I ordered a pair of another vinyl sticker that will go along the duct stripes like this:

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Old 04-28-2020, 09:20 PM   #228
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3M vinyl lettering finally came in, and it was a sunny warm day (for a change), so I got the lettering installed.

Went easier than I was expecting - has a nice firm transfer sheet that keeps the lettering positioned







3M 'Dark Red' scotchcal film. Matches the Volvo red reasonably well









I'm happy :D

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Old 05-14-2020, 09:40 PM   #229
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Won't be bringing the X1/9 to Carlisle :(

Had a little off-road excursion a week ago - right after finally resolving the part throttle/tip in jerky drivability issues







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Old 05-15-2020, 01:13 AM   #230
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Well ****. Hopefully there is no meat bag or oiling-related engine damage
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Old 05-15-2020, 09:33 AM   #231
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That sucks, I ripped the same corner off the front of my 780 a couple weeks ago but that was just backing up from an off road parking spot. I'm sure you'll have it sorted out quickly.
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Old 05-18-2020, 09:05 PM   #232
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Thanks, guys. I'm reasonably confident the motor is fine, I'll know once the oil pan is swapped.

Started on the nose. Chopped off a couple inches to get beyond the worst cracks



Took an S40 rear bumper cover



chopped off the top



sectioned the cover, and angled it to match nose, about 12º



Cut the grille surround off what was left of the fiberglass spoiler.



All that will be bonded together & merged into the fenders. Along with fibreglass panels around the headlamps back into the fenders







The underside will have some reinforcement, just to keep the contour from dropping

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Old 05-29-2020, 11:04 AM   #233
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Plugging away at the nose repair. Got the sheet metal HL cover panels welded & filled. Worked on the nose / fender / grille transitins to get it all to flow nicely with the chopped version. S40 bumper section is going to work just fine for the spoiler.



























The spoiler/grille surround will be removable, so I need to figure out the mounting for the inner verticals, and make separate headlamp framing that is attached to the frame instead of to the grille surround as it was previously.









Subframe section has been completed & shipped out yesterday, so I can get on to the motor work soon


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Old 06-05-2020, 01:46 PM   #234
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More back & forth (add material/remove material) on the nose & headlamp 'bucket' areas. Ideally, the surrounds should look similar to this:





The difficulty is in getting the interpretation of the inner vertical 'scallop' - my center panel is not the same as the original - I don't have the setback & taper that matches - mine is vertical drop, then chamfer - so my version is to be an interpretation of the original.

I adjusted my headlamp housing support system



to offset the entire assembly about an inch rearward, so that it will sit with a slight recess at the outer lower corner, the shallowest point.



There will be filler panels on all four sides to create the 'bucket'

Lower ones have been added here, along with tie plates to merge the fender skirt wrap below the marker lamp aperture in the the vertical grille surround.





I also need to reshape the headlamp cover areas, hence the additional bondo on top



Overall, I think the simplified form will look good.



Original modified fibreglass panel work back in 2016. Plan is eliminating all those hard corners around the headlamps & markers



Working on getting that inner radius - hopefully without cutting further inboard - that will make attaching the (removable) spoiler & grille surround more difficult. I think I will be able to create enough of a visual taper & contour to the 'bucket' with some addtional fibreglass & bondo work. Just time consuming getting L & R evenly shaped, since this is all eyeballed. I did make small contour guide plates to test general conformity, but it still comes down to does it look 'right'.




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Old 07-19-2020, 08:34 PM   #235
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Wrapped up the nose for right now - and moved on to the mechanical work needed to get it running. Dropped the subframe, swapped the oil pan, tack welded the replacemnt subframe section & took the car out for a drive for the first time in 3 monnths!





replacement, and new brake line I had to fabricate to replace the one crushed









Also painted/dyed the canvas targa panel





Looks really good from this angle :D



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Old 07-19-2020, 09:00 PM   #236
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This is simply OUTSTANDING! I mean, I consider myself pretty good at the mech/electrical part of building a car...but the artistry and craftsmanship around custom bodywork is something I'll never figure out. This makes me look twice at any X1/9 for sale .
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