Calipers

The pistons where stuck in the calipers, but after a little pursuation I got them out. They did not came out with air pressure from my compressor, so tap them further in, put air pressure on it, tap them back in etc etc. After a while a loud bang and out they came one by one.

Then clean it all up to prep for painting. The bolts, clips, pistons and brake pad pins will go with the second batch to be zinc plated. The seals are all pretty much shot, so I need to find new ones.

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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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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

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The right side

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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.

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And above the rear wheels

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

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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

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Some damage at the rear upper wing

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The rear looks pretty OK, just some minor dents

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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 😀

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

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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) ;).

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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.

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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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