Rear axle rebuild

Also still busy with the diff. It has been painted and many parts zinc plated. I lost most of the pictures I made when disassembling so it takes some time to figure out how it needs to go back together again.

The LH side has new bearings and seals and the backplate is back on. I am waiting on some more new parts, bearing kit for the RH side and new brake shoes. I also have new pinion seal, brake drums and one new hub (I destroyed a hub and drum during a failed attempt to remove them with the wrong puller).

When the other bearing kit is in I need to figure out how to shim the axles.

Car back home and made a proper dolly

As the bodywork of the car has nearly been finished, I got the car back home in my own shed again after some two years at the metalshop. Finally made a proper restoration stand to move the car around easier and prepare for the door reskinning. I bought a new 380v Mig mag welding machine, a Lorch M222.

Got the car home again

New stand

Started with reskinning the doors.

Classic Volvo exhibition in Rosmalen, the Netherlands

We went to the Volvo Beurs in Rosmalen, so nice to see some beautiful Volvo’s at this exhibition. Especially the P1800 / S / E / ES section, it was good for motivation to see some 1800’s in driving condition. Also, the parking lot was divided into sections, you had to park by type and parking was free if you’d have a Volvo!

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Nice!

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Looks exactly like my old Turbo!

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Stripping the paint

As a preperation for the sandblaster, I am using a chemical paint stripper so the sandblaster has an easier job. It seems the car has accumulated 5 layers of paint over the years and some patches of filler. It is hard to remove all the filler with the paint stripper, so I will leave this for the sandblaster. I haven’t noticed any major repairs yet, so thats good news, but we’ll see how the car looks after sandblasting. I suspect there will be some minor repairs visible then. I’m also working on cleaning up and preparing for painting of some parts of the rear + forward suspension (sway bars and such) and some other small parts and pieces. DSC_0263 (Medium)

The whole process of restoring the car is going a bit slower than I expected it to be before I started. But it doesn’t matter much. I want it all to be done the right way, so, if it’s gonna take more time, so be it. I hope the car is painted and back in my garage spring 2015. Rebuidling the car probably will be much more fun than scraping tectyl or working with paint stripper.

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Testing the rotisserie

I placed the car in the restoration stand today and it works okay. It´s a very basic rotisserie and it was originally built to fit an Amazon, but a 1800S is almost the same so it was a almost direct fit. The car is now back on its wheels again because the stand needs to be strengthened, I found some bad welds.

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Just enough ground clearance.

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Book tip: Zweedse Liefde (Swedish Love)

I have this sitting in my bookshelf for a long time now and I rediscovered it again. It is a compilation written by one of my favorite (dutch) writers: Martin Bril. Sadly, he died in 2009 which makes it a bit more special. It’s written in Dutch, so this probably won’t be very interesting for international visitors visiting this site.

Martin Bril liked and drove Volvo’s. He wrote some nice columns mentioning these cars over the years and these columns where collected and put together in this book.

Dear Martin, I hope you are still driving you’re Volvo wherever you may be.

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