The saga continues..

Two years since my last update, about time for a new one. Progress on the car is still being made, altough very slowly. Lots of bodywork was neccessary because of some rust and the many old poorly repaired damages covered under fat layers of bondo, probably done in the US. They all where redone in a proper way. Now the body is nearly finished and I hope I can drop it off at a paint shop within a few months.

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I’m also busy rebuilding the front suspension and the rear suspension will be next. This so the car can get back on its wheels asap after painting.

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Car transported

As I am finished with removing of all the tectyl and sanding down the car (including doors, trunk and hood lid) it was time to bring it to the guys who will sandblast the car and repair the rust and old badly done repairs which where buried below layers of filler.

So pulled it out of my garage for the last time for transport. Much of the car has been sanded down to bare metal. As I said, I found some rust and old bad damage repairs (probably done in bondo-USA..) below the layers of paint and filler, which need attention.

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Doors, trunk and hood lid sanded down to bare metal.

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Door skin of both doors are pretty much banged up, so I got some NOS door panel skins for a very good price from http://www.volvokv.nl.

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I also found 2 new panels to repair the rust in the rear fender in front of the rear wheels, both sided. Bought at www.vp-autoparts.com.

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As I said in a previous post, the upper panel on the nose is also damaged so I got a good 2nd hand replacement part.

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Furthermore there are 2 more damages which will probably need new panels, so I’m still looking replacement panels for this. Damage on the LH FWD side and RH fender:

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The floorpanels where the last parts where I had to remove some tectyl, so from now on no more scraping ;).

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Picked up a trailer (had to remove the security first..)

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Pulling it on the deck

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Tied it down

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Tight fit, luckily I measured the width of the trailer and my driveway before 😉

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And dropped it off at the bodywork garage. It was a bit strange to leave it behind, but it’s near my folks home so I will take a look often to see the progress. Well see how it goes and if the guys are going to find more rusty stuff or old damages or something like that. Ofcourse I hope not, but you never know with a car of 50 years old.

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Lots of interior scraping work

Everything is removed from the interior, so finally the real fun work can begin! :(. Removing all the glue, adhesives, sealant, isolation panels, dirt etc etc. Especially the sealant at the seams is a bitch. But working with plastic scrapers, a fire torch and lots of patience does the job. The interior is almost done, just some more sealant at the seams has to be removed.

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When the interior is clean, I can start with the underside of the car. This will take the most work because underneath the car is completely covered in a 1/2 cm thick layer of tectyl.. For this work I can borrow some sort of restoration stand, so I can put he car on its side to work on the lower side of the car, kinda like as in the image below. It is fitted on the wheel hubs, so the frond and aft suspensions cannot be removed from the car.

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This would even be better, but then it would not fit in my garage:

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And I also want to build something like this, a sort of transportation stand:

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I would like to make something like that, but the frame has to support the car at the jack points, because the front and aft wheel suspensions will remain installed (because of the restoration stand I will use fits on the wheel hubs) untill the car will go to the shop for sand blasting.

Or I could just do it without a restoration stand and do it like this.. 😉

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Removed ceiling and windscreens

First removed the windscreens and then the ceiling. The ceiling I removed with the help of my brother, this was quite the painstaking job, as the ceiling will damage very easy. The wood all around is 47 years old and consists of 2 layers of fine wood, this because it has to be flexible to fit in the curves of the roof. Between the two layers of wood, there is a fine layer of glue. This glue has been deteriorated after 47 years of service and can easily let go of the wood is forced into bends too much. Luckily we removed it almost completely intact. The ceiling does need some attention, because it is a bit dusty and old. Maybe treat the wood with some sort of wood-dye and paint the ceiling? I still have to find out how to do this. Again, luckily there is lots of info to be found on the web about this.

The windscreens where also an easy job. We just found some more small rusty spots hiding behind the windscreen rubbers. Again a good indication that this is the right time to restore the car! Next time I will make a summary of the rusty spots wich are now visible.

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The sunshades are also worn. I read some articles about how to restore them. Apparently you can cut them open and fill them with some sort of foam wich will harden up. This way you can give the sunshades their original form back again. Also see: http://volvo1800s.up2dateprojecten.nl/restauratie/zonnekleppen-ontroesten/

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Here you can see a small damage, the wood has cracked a bit. Not a big problem I guess.

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Started with disassembling the car

I started to disassemble the car, as the car has to be stripped completely to get it sand blasted and painted. I removed some parts under the hood (and the hood itself) to prepare for engine and transmission removal. I also removed some parts from the exterior (chrome strips, grille, bumpers, rear and front lights etc) and interior and making lots of pictures in the process, as all this has also have to be put together again, some day.

The car in my small garage.

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I put it on stands, looks kinda like a spaceship from Star Wars now.

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