The Doors, Riders on the storm

The right door, had filler and has a shallow dent in the middle of the panel


The left door, had loads of filler and damage


And as it appeared it had a LOT of filler, a 1 cm thick layer to be precise. This due to a dent. So I guess the doors will need 2 new skin panels.

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Also the trunk and bonnet lid are almost finished, finally no damages found



Do you feel lucky punk?

As mr. Callahan would say. Sanding the car is making progress, and, when grinding away the spots with filler the metal showed some old repairs, I already found some 8 spots:

On the nose in the area below the emblem buckled and dented, pretty bad so I got an replacement part


The right side


Most of the damages are just damages, no rust. There is some rust at the bottom corner of the aft fenders in front of the rear wheels so this will probably mean some cutting and replacing panels.


And above the rear wheels


Damages at the right front fender, here there also is some oil canning


A poorly repaired hole in the door sill

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Sanding away 6 layers of paint

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The left side also had some surprises

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Damage on the side at the front of the fender


Some damage at the rear upper wing


The rear looks pretty OK, just some minor dents


All in all I’m feeling not so lucky. On the other hand, it’s a 48 year old car so it is bound to have some hidden damages. When I’m busy sanding I keep wondering what the stories behind these  repairs are ;). When did it happen? Who was driving? Who was he/she? What kind of work did he/she do? Where was he/she going to? Did he/she was married or have kids? And did the accidents happen in the states? What did it hit and how fast was he/she driving? Where was it repaired and who repaired it? I would love to have a time machine and go back in time and check out to see in what kind of lives my car was kept. Offcourse when I would have such an machine then I could also prevent these accidents so I would have easy restoration time now ;).

But anyway back to present, as I said most damages do not have rust, but we have to decide what to do with it. Best would be that all damages will be replaced with new or better 2nd hand panels then filling it up with filler again, but as sheet-metal of 1800’s is frigging expensive we’ll have to make a cost / benefit decision. To be continued..

This old advertisement of Volvo nicely shows that a Volvo is just a Volvo, a loyal reliable small sports car made for everyday use 😀


And last but not least, my best Clint eastwood imitation 😉


Truly Saintworthy

While sanding down the car the dust gives a nice effect with the sunlight, I feel the Saint in my presence (and a big fat layer of dust everywhere) ;).


Recently the guy who is going to do the sheet metal work and welding came over and we made a plan of action. I will sand down the car to bare metal as much as possible and in a couple of weeks I will bring the car over to him. First thing then is sand blasting the car inside out and after that he he will start with the repair off all the bad spots and do some modifications. When that has finished, the car will go to the paint shop. Unfortunately he could see some bad rusty spots of which I thought would be not much of a problem, so there will be some major cutting and welding. But hey, that’s the whole idea of this resto ;).

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Sanding down the filler is a pain in the ass, it takes pretty much effort to sand it away until metal will show. At the right front fender I found some damages buried below a thick layer of filler, maybe a new panel is needed here.


And I glued the two patches of leather (which I painted) on the second seat bottom frame, quite a time consuming job. Now wait a while for the glue to dry and I can put the seats completely back together. Possibly I will paint another layer of black leatherpaint on the patches, because they got damaged a bit during the gluing.

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Collateral damage

So I was planning to do lots of work on the 1800 this weekend when my girl called and said she was having problems with her car and parked it on the side of the highway. She could put it in gear, but the car could almost not pull up, so probably the clutch was shot..

So, pulled the gearbox of the 106 and found a good worn out clutch, luckily not a broken tranny. Put in a new clutch, drive shaft seals, new clutch bearing guide and new oil, all works OK again now.

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The frenchie also needed some attention due some other overdue maintenance so did that as well.


Also already a while ago, but I bought a new car for myself, a ’97 940 low pressure turbo IC. I had some problems with the seller (they would do some overdue maintenance as they said they would do but did not do it after all, and as a grande finale, afterwards it appeared that they drove 460 KM with my car when they had it at their shop…), but that’s over now. I build in some nice extra’s; cruise control, engine- and interior heater, courtesy light, voltmeter in the dash, dashcam, MBC (set at 0.5 bar, I could go higher but for now it’s enough), original ‘in dash’ HPT boost gauge and an extra boost gauge (to see how much boost there exactly is as the original gauge does not have increments), also installed a rear spoiler and had it sprayed in grey together with the mirrors. I’m still looking for leather seats (with electric adjustable seats). I’ts a good car and it drives excellent.


And as always, my cat is keeping a sharp lookout 😀