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Old 12-14-2017, 11:04 PM   #201
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Funny...I am at the same stage with the dash and have arrived at the same conclusions.

At a glance, it looks like the P1800 dash could be made to fit. And I fully agree it would be the ideal choice.

But then when I got to trying to make it work, it requires not only all new dash metal, but also re-designing all the HVAC stuff. Just not up to that especially as the design intent is to have as few bespoke parts as possible for future maintenance.

So, ended up with this plan and hope to blend in some retro with wood accents


Really look forward to your updates. Wish mine was going as fast as yours.

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Yeah, that looks about right. Since I have to add a bunch of material to the top of the E30 dash to get it to fit the windshield contour, I’m going to add the design “lines” that the Amazon pad had in it. I’m also going to add polished aluminum accents to match the Amazon dash (chrome). Finally, I’m going to delete the E30 drop down glove box and add a parcel tray instead (I think).

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Old 12-14-2017, 11:19 PM   #202
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Do you have a Volvo parcel tray? We have a repo not yet installed if you need to look at one?
I'm headed up again on Sunday.
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Old 12-14-2017, 11:58 PM   #203
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Do you have a Volvo parcel tray? We have a repo not yet installed if you need to look at one?
I'm headed up again on Sunday.
I don’t have one. I wouldn’t mind looking a stock one, but I’m gonna be gone pretty much all day on Sunday. I think pictures might be enough.

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Old 12-22-2017, 01:41 AM   #205
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Rad! Flat bottom to give you more schoochin' room for ingress & egress?
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Old 12-22-2017, 01:50 AM   #206
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Rad! Flat bottom to give you more schoochin' room for ingress & egress?
Yezzir. I’m what they refer to as “husky”. LOL. Plus it’s kinda sporty. Mostly just messing around. Eventually I want to put in a Nardi or something wood.
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Old 12-22-2017, 09:05 AM   #207
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How did you flatten it?

Thought sure you were gonna say somethin' about altered floor/seat heights and clearance for some heel/toe action...
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I really enjoy following this thread. Seems your skill set is matched with your imagination quite well. Haha. Look forward to seeing that interior as it gets completed.
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Old 12-22-2017, 11:02 AM   #209
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How did you flatten it?

Thought sure you were gonna say somethin' about altered floor/seat heights and clearance for some heel/toe action...
Cut hoop
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After round two of seat pan mods, Iíve got the seating position just about right. I really flattened it for two reasons. A) I like the look, B) BMW guys DONíT like it and I sometimes feel the need to toss in some hate with my build.
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Old 12-22-2017, 11:03 AM   #210
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I really enjoy following this thread. Seems your skill set is matched with your imagination quite well. Haha. Look forward to seeing that interior as it gets completed.
I think the door panels are going to be the most interesting part. Trying to decide exactly how I want to do those.

Somehow I keep picking cars to build that don’t have cup holders though, so I need to figure that out too.
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Old 12-22-2017, 12:02 PM   #211
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I absolutely loved the V70 cup holders in my 01 T5, and the plastic case is trimmed out in a way that it'll fit into a sheet metal box very easily and look finished. I'm gonna try jamming one of those between the seats in mine.
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Old 12-22-2017, 12:16 PM   #212
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sometimes feel the need to toss in some hate with my build.
LOL. Ingredients: Volvo, BMW, Love & Hate.
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Old 12-22-2017, 12:53 PM   #213
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I absolutely loved the V70 cup holders in my 01 T5, and the plastic case is trimmed out in a way that it'll fit into a sheet metal box very easily and look finished. I'm gonna try jamming one of those between the seats in mine.
I have a center console w/cup holder insert out of an E46 BMW. Iím gonna try and blend the two together, pull a mold and pop a part that other E30 guys could use and just source their own E46 cup holder insert.
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Old 12-22-2017, 12:59 PM   #214
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LOL. Ingredients: Volvo, BMW, Love & Hate.
IVe got a whole series of cars I want to build when I win the lottery. Hate fueled builds.
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Old 12-22-2017, 02:15 PM   #215
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Great work! And sometimes I just love the hate builds.
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Old 12-22-2017, 05:26 PM   #216
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Great work! And sometimes I just love the hate builds.
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Old 12-22-2017, 07:06 PM   #217
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Iím thinking the other way round. Dual 700 hp electric motors, awd American muscle.
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Old 12-22-2017, 07:33 PM   #218
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Iím thinking the other way round. Dual 700 hp electric motors, awd American muscle.
See, I donít think that would make anyone mad. Now putting OG real hydraulics and 13x7 wire wheels on an Enzo, they might create some anger
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youd be surprised at how much hate electrics get on the drag strip. Especially when hoods are open and theres a two coffee can sized motors knocking off turbo big blocks. Personally I want to do a through the road hybrid on some junky WWD car like a 850, then throw about 7-800hp at the rear wheels through a electric motor. Pop the hood, "oh look, little itty bitty 2.5t" running 8s
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:32 PM   #220
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See, I donít think that would make anyone mad. Now putting OG real hydraulics and 13x7 wire wheels on an Enzo, they might create some anger
No doubt the 13x7 wires would upset some -- but taking off those 14.8" rotors and calipers so they'd fit --- that might incur the death penalty by the prancing horse tifosi.
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Old 12-29-2017, 03:01 AM   #221
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Anyone else wondering if evolvo67 is having a craving for eating his hat now that he has seen the progress?
Dude, is it that important to you? As you can surmise from the fact that your rude comment was made on pg. 6 and the thread is now up to pg. 9 that I don't check in that often. Congratulations to Atom on making it happen.

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Probably not. Some people just are not fans of chassis-swap projects because they feel that it violates some kind of brand-purity rule.
If you know anything about my car you'll know that brand loyalty is really not my thing either. My issue with the change in direction was simply my disappointment with how close the original project was to completion when I saw it at IPD. It's Atoms car and he can do as he wants, but from my perspective I saw hours and hours of time and energy and untold piles of $$$$ being lost.

Atoms response to the above quotes is spot on!
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Old 12-29-2017, 03:09 AM   #222
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[QUOTE=hiperfauto;5702030 OP, did you check the direction the BMW motor turns and where the wipers park? There's a contact disc inside the gear housing that determines where they park and it may not be in the same place. You also don't want them going backwards.[/QUOTE]

Look at the photo of the wiper transmission. The wipers don't care which direction the motor rotates, they are going to go back and forth either way! As long as the radius of the arm on the motor is the same as the original Volvo the stroke length will be the same.

As far as the park function. Just run the wiper motor without the arms mounted and then turn them off. Figure out which way they where going when they parked and mount the arms accordingly. IIRC the arms can be mounted either way, pointing left or right when parked.
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Old 12-29-2017, 06:19 PM   #223
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Cupholder work



Test fitting in a real E30

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Old 12-29-2017, 10:24 PM   #224
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With cupholder



Relocating the battery to the back. This will replace the battery in the stock location

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Old 12-31-2017, 12:22 AM   #225
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Curious as to what you used to cut up the console? Doing some interior plastic changes on a OT project.
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