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Old 04-25-2016, 01:33 PM   #26
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Looks cool.

The wheel bearing should already be the larger style. Only thing different needed to change to vented rotors is the calipers. Rebuilts are pretty cheap.
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Old 04-25-2016, 03:30 PM   #27
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Good job on the paint cleanup! Thanks for the motivation.
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Old 04-25-2016, 06:03 PM   #28
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Good job on the paint cleanup! Thanks for the motivation.
Thanks! It's sometimes amazing what just cleaning up your old garbage can do. LOL Gotta make the best of it.

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Looks cool.

The wheel bearing should already be the larger style. Only thing different needed to change to vented rotors is the calipers. Rebuilts are pretty cheap.
Thanks!!
I need to followup with some close up pictures. This car had something like brake fluid spilled on the roof and trunklid (i'm guessing vandalism), which caused a bunch of heavy checking, down to the primer. So I just made the best of it by wet sanding and waxing it anyway. There's also a ton of slight waves and dents, like some kids walked on the trunklid. Luckily, the white paint hides all of that very well. It's pretty ugly up close, but it looks great from across the street. I don't mind, because it's going to be parked outside and daily driven anyway.

Thanks for the info on the wheel bearings! It'll be a lot easier to just change the one bad wheel bearing, and upgrade the brakes later. You saved me a lot of time and a some money. And at that point, I will get rebuilt ones rather than used Picknpull like I was planning, which will probably result in better brakes. Much appreciated!
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Old 04-25-2016, 06:23 PM   #29
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Looks cool.

The wheel bearing should already be the larger style. Only thing different needed to change to vented rotors is the calipers. Rebuilts are pretty cheap.
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Thanks! It's sometimes amazing what just cleaning up your old garbage can do. LOL Gotta make the best of it.



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I need to followup with some close up pictures. This car had something like brake fluid spilled on the roof and trunklid (i'm guessing vandalism), which caused a bunch of heavy checking, down to the primer. So I just made the best of it by wet sanding and waxing it anyway. There's also a ton of slight waves and dents, like some kids walked on the trunklid. Luckily, the white paint hides all of that very well. It's pretty ugly up close, but it looks great from across the street. I don't mind, because it's going to be parked outside and daily driven anyway.

Thanks for the info on the wheel bearings! It'll be a lot easier to just change the one bad wheel bearing, and upgrade the brakes later. You saved me a lot of time and a some money. And at that point, I will get rebuilt ones rather than used Picknpull like I was planning, which will probably result in better brakes. Much appreciated!
That said which rebuilds are worth buying? The parts store ones are well-known to use mismatched halves resulting in brakes that will never bleed properly...
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Old 04-25-2016, 06:38 PM   #30
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Old 04-25-2016, 08:54 PM   #31
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That said which rebuilds are worth buying? The parts store ones are well-known to use mismatched halves resulting in brakes that will never bleed properly...
I know there are lots of opinions out there, but I bought a Kelsey-Hayes rebuilt caliper from RockAuto and it worked fine. I checked to make sure it didn't have mismatched halves before installing by using a piece of wire to poke in the bleeder valve passage to make sure that the fluid passages were oriented correctly per this diagram from another TB member:
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:50 PM   #32
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They have marks on them that tell you if they are oriented correctly or not. It's always great to make sure manually yourself though I guess.
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:28 PM   #33
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The one I bought did not have any visible dimples at the one end like I was expecting.

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Old 04-27-2016, 02:28 PM   #34
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looking good.
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Old 04-27-2016, 11:30 PM   #35
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looks great!
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Old 05-02-2016, 05:33 PM   #36
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Got only a tiny bit done this weekend, chipping away at it little by little.

The side trim was in OK condition, but it had a few blemishes. One of the worst blemishes was on the black part of the rear quarter trim, and that stick is somewhat hard to find since it's 242 only. So in an effort to make the best of it, I pulled the black rubber off the trim, and gave the remaining stainless trim a nice subtle brushed finish. I prefer the early stainless-only trim, and had no idea that all I had to do was remove the rubber to get a very similar look! Also trimmed down the plastic caps on the ends, to match the new profile of the trim.









I love the clean look of it against the white paint. I'll tweek out on the trim's end caps at a later date, maybe with a bit of satin nickel paint to better match the stainless.


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Oh, and as promised, a few close-ups of what I imagine to be brake fluid vandalism, but it's sort of odd. Most of the spots are slightly larger than a quarter. Maybe some really aggressive tree sap?









There's maybe 10 spots all over the roof and trunk, but they're pretty subtle from far away. That first close-up is the darkest spot, middle-height towards the right of this image:

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White rocker. Yay or nay?











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Old 05-02-2016, 07:22 PM   #39
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No. There is a SEM paint to match the factory rocker color
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I'll say black. Plus it hides road tar better.

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Old 05-02-2016, 08:06 PM   #41
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I'll vote yes on white rocker.
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Old 05-02-2016, 08:13 PM   #42
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Pluses and minuses to both, in my mind: black, as stated before, hides imperfections better. White does make the car look a bit lower on the sides though, which I like. How about you pick one, and I'll do the other?!
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No. There is a SEM paint to match the factory rocker color
True, trim black. That's what I originally planned on doing, but then I had this nagging idea about the white paint. Tower Paint sells a rattle can (expensive rattle can!!) of real automotive paint with a capsule filled with hardener. You take the cap off the can, and use it to pop the hardener capsule, making it strong enough for high-impact panels like the rocker. Best part is that they will match factory paint off the paint code, so you can just order it in 189 White, for a factory perfect match. Since I plan on using it for the front airdam and hood, I was thinking "what else could I paint..." hence the rocker idea. LOL

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I'll say black. Plus it hides road tar better.

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I'll vote yes on white rocker.
Some controversy! nice. It's different, and subtle. It could maybe look good... And really, only Volvo people would ever notice, and who cares what they think, right? (me, apparently.)

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Pluses and minuses to both, in my mind: black, as stated before, hides imperfections better. White does make the car look a bit lower on the sides though, which I like. How about you pick one, and I'll do the other?!
That's why I like the white airdam! But the white rockers also make the car look fat and chunky, which is not a good look IMO.

In my opinion, the white airdam on my car looks a little strange, because the rockers and butcheeks are black. It hangs down below the imaginary line across the bottom of the car, where below it everything else is painted black. I was hoping that the little black piece of rocker trim would help continue the imaginary line from the back of the car, but also make the white airdam look more appropriate.
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In my opinion, the white airdam on my car looks a little strange, because the rockers and butcheeks are black. It hangs down below the imaginary line across the bottom of the car, where below it everything else is painted black. I was hoping that the little black piece of rocker trim would help continue the imaginary line from the back of the car, but also make the white airdam look more appropriate.
My vote is rockers and airdam black. The car looks great either way though
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White. It makes the wheel wells look longer or hang down more. White is probably the only color you can get away with this anyway.
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Why not, Volvo did color matched rockers on pre 81 cars
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Why not, Volvo did color matched rockers on pre 81 cars
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shows the car's lines better. The "no thrills" early cars look so clean and simple vs mid and late models --- thats why 86+ look so stupid IMO

while black airdam because it blends with the skinny front and back black bumpers

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plasti dip the dam or side in white or black and see how you like it


your pshop sucks - makes it look way fatter then it really is

but that car would look better with the pinch weld spot (bottom of ca) painted black


the stuff that's on the roof is from tree sap not brake fluid

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My God I love that car. That is what first caught my eye and turned me on to the idea of a 242!
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Old 05-03-2016, 09:30 AM   #50
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I painted my '90 4 door rocker panel white, then black and now it's white again white makes it look lower IMO
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