Car back home and made a proper dolly

As the bodywork of the car has nearly been finished (aside from reskinning the doors), I got the car back home in my own shed again after some two years at the metalbasher. The painting guy is pretty busy, so I still have to wait a little while before the body goes to the paintshop. This gave me some time to make a proper restoration dolly and prepare for the door reskinning. I have a new 380v Mig mag welding machine now, a Lorch M222, so finally I can weld my own stuff! Starting with the dolly.

Got the car home again

Made a proper dolly to put the car on.

Started with reskinning the doors.

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Front suspension finished

The front suspension is assembled now with all the painted and new parts and it looks very clean. I’m also working to rebuild the calipers for cleaning and painting, but the pistons are stuck. So I need to sort that out. And I’m still a bit in doubt if I use the old and good, but a bit rusty discs or find new ones.

 

 

Now starting with rebuilding the rear diff. I’ve allready painted the axle, but I’m not completely satisfied with the result so possibly I’l do it again.

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Car sandblasted

It has been a while, but since my last post the car has been sandblasted. Luckily no additional large area’s of rust surfaced so were still sticking to the plan of action we determined before. Also some small sheetmetalwork has been started, but no no large parts have been cut out or something. 

So first the bad spots are going to be repaired and some modifications are made, then the car will be slightly sandblasted again and the car will be painted with epoxyprimer. So work is still in progress, to be contiued!

   

  

  

   
    
    
   

Classic Volvo exhibition in Rosmalen, the Netherlands

It’s already a few weeks ago, but me and my gal (she likes Volvo’s and knows all the different types, I am so lucky!) went to the Volvo Beurs in Rosmalen, what fun to see some beautiful Volvo’s at this exhibition. Especially the P1800 / S / E / ES section, it was good for the motivation to see some 1800’s in driving condition (other than the 1800 which lies in 20.000 pieces in my garage). 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 busy with a chemical paint stripper. The reason for this being that the sandblaster will need less work to remove the paint and hopefully, lower the costs. It seems the car has accumulated 5 layers of paint over the years and some patches of filler, all these layers of paint also means some extra effort with the paint stripper. I t’s 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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Whole lotta scrapin’ going on

As Jerry would say. This is a very very small update, I was in doubt if I had to put it on this site, but I like to make updates so here it is anyway lol 😉

As the stand has to be repaired first, I placed the car on some stone blocks and started scraping. With a heat blower gun it comes off pretty easy, but it’s a messy job.

Afbeelding

This took about 30 mins, I did some more but still lots to do. To be continued!

Afbeelding