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Old 06-10-2019, 10:08 PM   #51
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I finally sourced a used sunroof assembly.
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Old 06-16-2019, 10:34 PM   #52
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Today was the day to replace the busted sunroof with one that was working when removed.

I managed to get the headliner out while only slightly cracking one piece of interior plastic. I was expecting much more P80 plastic carnage from a job like this. I ended up deciding to cut the headliner wiring for easier removal.

Getting the 20-30lb assembly out and back in the car was pretty awkward to do solo.

Headliner out.

The old sunroof assembly.

No sunroof assembly.


Known bad sunroof. Lots of junk in the tracks. At the very least one of the cables needs to be replaced for it to function again. Another part for my junk Volvo parts collection.


known bad sunroof and known good sunroof


Now the car finally has a sunroof that works.

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Old 06-30-2019, 09:58 PM   #53
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I returned the exhaust back to stock. It seemed to be the simplest way to deal with the rust issues of the rear section.

I added a used IPD strut brace. I do find P80 cars benefit much in the ride quality department from adding these. The car feels noticeably better on bad roads.

I also noticed some rust on the under the rocker panel covers. I have not taken them off yet to see just how bad it is. I hope it's just a few spots of light rust. It kind of looked to me that the sharp edges of the cover have cut into the paint over time. I don't know if simple rust converter is the answer for this?

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Old 06-30-2019, 10:23 PM   #54
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Awesome job on the headliner/sunroof replacement, that looks like it was a chore! As far as the rust goes, I'd take a small wire wheel and take that rust down to clean metal, wipe with some alcohol or paint prep, then throw some converter on there. I like POR15 and Chassis Saver. From there you could decide if you want to fill the void or maybe it would hide well under the seal. Either way that'll fix it and stop the rust from continuing to grow.
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Old 07-09-2019, 08:57 PM   #55
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Awesome job on the headliner/sunroof replacement, that looks like it was a chore! As far as the rust goes, I'd take a small wire wheel and take that rust down to clean metal, wipe with some alcohol or paint prep, then throw some converter on there. I like POR15 and Chassis Saver. From there you could decide if you want to fill the void or maybe it would hide well under the seal. Either way that'll fix it and stop the rust from continuing to grow.
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I ended up using a POR15 kit I had. The rust was a bit worse than I was expecting. I should have either been more careful with the application or gotten silver POR15 paint. The rocker panel cover doesn't quite cover what I did.

This is what was hiding under the panel cover.



I definitely didn't do a perfect job. These areas don't get any UV exposure but I would like to rattle can them volvo 426 silver anyways.



What I don't understand is why the drivers side of the car has more rust than the passenger side.
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Old 07-09-2019, 10:11 PM   #56
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Last picture seems to show some rust bubbles. It might be better to sand the whole section down, apply more POR-15 and then go over the whole thing with a can of Silver paint.

That's unusual, these don't rust easily. I wonder if that panel had an issue to begin with or had prior collision damage done on it.
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There are bubbles but I didn't address them. I was not expecting to see that much rust when I started this. I'm guess I'm also torn on how effort I should expend on one of these cars.

Body work is not my thing. I'll probably address it slowly as I find time. I'm currently trying to get my house ready to sell while simultaneously cleaning up another property.
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:34 PM   #58
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Where did you get your exhaust parts? Looks good.
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Old 07-23-2019, 11:27 AM   #59
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Where did you get your exhaust parts? Looks good.
eBay. IAP brand? It survived UPS ripping the box apart. It seems to be of decent quality.
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Old 02-29-2020, 10:17 PM   #60
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Recently this trim moulding started to warp outward. It is apparently a piece of rusted out steel covered in brittle plastic. I'm not sure what function it serves? It's part #9483520.


Anyways, I ended up taking the whole piece off. Initially I planned to replace the piece with a new one but I actually think it looks a lot better without it. I also noted the piece had trapped a bunch of crud behind itself. That didn't seem like a good thing to me.

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I suppose I could also try a thinner piece of weatherstripping in its place.
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Old 03-01-2020, 12:10 AM   #61
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Good work, those solid upper torque mount bushings do fine on a manual, but always drove me nuts on autos at a stoplight.

FWIW, In regards to the dealer's comments about the rear subframe, that's not surprising. Seeing if a car can be aligned would generally only be given attention to when that is the task at hand. I've done pumps on 3 of these at work and I don't focus on anything other than what I have to do to drop it (unless there is some obvious, glaring problem) They often have dried up bushings in the whole rear suspension because most of those parts are NLA. I used too try to sell them on xc90s and the like, and we could never get them ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Unless the customer said something specifically about an issue the dealership would probably just ship the car. Also, on an older car like this the dealer mentality is to avoid a comeback, even if that means replacing the whole subframe.
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Old 03-01-2020, 10:37 AM   #62
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The last time it was at the dealer for an alignment it took the alignment. It has been driving perfectly straight since then. Sometimes I think it's down to who does it?

I also remember for awhile the dealer was blaming its equipment for the poor alignment jobs. The V70R at one point went back 3 times in a row...

I wish I knew of a shop that specialized in suspension work around here. I live in the land of brodozers, SUVs and jeeps, so nobody much cares about handling characteristics. The dealer is my safest bet.
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Old 03-02-2020, 01:17 AM   #63
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No alignment shops around? I have a few in the area that will only do alignments, they don’t replace any parts. Bummer.
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