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.

DSC_4376

DSC_4309DSC_4308

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

DSC_4176

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.

DSC_4198

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.

DSC_4307

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.

DSC_3948

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:

DSC_4322DSC_3622DSC_3626

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

DSC_4207DSC_4310

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

DSC_4370

Pulling it on the deck

DSC_4392 DSC_4393 DSC_4410

Tied it down

DSC_4417DSC_4419DSC_4420

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

DSC_4428DSC_4434

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.

DSC_4439

Advertenties

The Doors, Riders on the storm

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

DSC_3850DSC_3950

The left door, had loads of filler and damage

dsc_39533

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.

1 5

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

DSC_3968DSC_4060DSC_4061

DSC_4064DSC_4107

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

DSC_3639.1DSC_3949

The right side

DSC_3692.1

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.

1

And above the rear wheels

DSC_3687

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

DSC_3622

A poorly repaired hole in the door sill

DSC_3624 DSC_3626 DSC_3629

Sanding away 6 layers of paint

DSC_3678 DSC_3680

DSC_3718

DSC_3685 DSC_3696

The left side also had some surprises

dsc_3697-1DSC_3698 DSC_3720

Damage on the side at the front of the fender

DSC_3724

Some damage at the rear upper wing

DSC_3730

The rear looks pretty OK, just some minor dents

DSC_3700

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 😀

0a3460b9d3af3611c5790267f77a6ed6

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

DSC_3524

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) ;).

DSC_3538

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 ;).

DSC_3527 DSC_3544

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.

DSC_3529

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.

DSC_3533 DSC_3532DSC_3537

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.

DSC_3450(1) DSC_3455 DSC_3464 DSC_3482

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

DSC_3485

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.

DSC_3108DSC_3106(1)DSC_1441DSC_1442DSC_1450DSC_1928DSC_2024DSC_2031(1)DSC_2016(1)DSC_2033

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

DSC_2106

You have to be a very good, and usually very dead person to become a saint. And more importantly, you need to work three miracles. Now, get to work.

Time has come for another update. So I’ve come to the conclusion that this restoration thing is going awesomely slow if you would compare it to this high speed maniacal world where everything needs to be done by yesterday. I always thought that when I would do a restoration, I could do it way more faster than all these suckers who are working on a car for five years or so ;). But, I’m now somewhere halfway the restoration (I think!) and it has cost me already 1,5 years to get this far so I guess am as slow as everyone else :D. With your nose on the facts as mr. van Gaal would say. But, on the bright side, I’m still having fun with this restoration (set aside some medium mental breakdowns when stuff does not want to go the way I want it to go, but these ‘incidents’ do not tend to last very long luckily).

All in all I’m am doing my best and although I’m progressing not very fast, I work at a steady pace, almost everyday doing something. And I finally found someone who can weld and do sheetmetalwork! And this guy also knows a good painter, so good things. I’ve been searching for more than 6 months so I am pretty excited that the most important work finally can start. In something like a month we will bring the car to this guy’s workshop so he can start working on the car (when he is finished with a Jaguar and a Porsche, nice guys always finish last 😉 ).

So I´ve decided the color of the car will be red. It´s maybe not the best color for such a classic car, as grey, green or white would fit the car better I guess, but red is just such a nice color IMHO. Volvo used two kinds or red color on 1800´s, color code #70 on early P1800´s of 1961 – 1962 and code #46 on 1800’s from 1963 until 1973.  As I would like to keep things fairly original, I should use #46 as this is the red which was used on a 1967 1800S, but I’m not completely sure which I like more. So I need to think about that.

Volvo_P1800_61_70_8511_1Volvo_paint_color_code_70_Red_P1800_Jensen

For example, a car painted in #70 (above) and #46 (below):

Volvo_paint_color_code_46_Cherry_red

Volvo_1800S_67_46_2593_1

As you can see it is a bit difficult to show the correct color on a picture on a computer. I think the early #70 is a bit more ‘firetruck red’ than the #46, but I’m not sure. Best would be if I could see the color in real life. But even then I guess you would not be certain if it would be the correct color Volvo used as most cars have had a respray in their years. Lots of info about the Volvo colors can be read at: http://www.volvotips.com/index.php/general/volvo-color-codes/. A great website with lots of Volvo info, check it out!

Last moth I’ve did some work on the interior and as I decided the color of the car will be red, I am going with the red-black exterior-interior combination, like this:

Volvo_1800S_67_46_0692_4

http://volvo1800pictures.com/main/main_gallery_1800S_67_php.php

So, red exterior, black seats and panels and red carpet. The coulor combination I like the most! Searching for a nice 2nd hand, not rotten away black 1800s interior would not going to be an easy find. Impossible I found out later on. I also checked out of curiosity what it would cost if you would buy it all new, this would be around €2500. Not an option for my financial situation, to put it mildly ;). So, after some searching on the net I found some people who painted their seats with leatherpaint with pretty good results and a good price – quality. So I painted the interior black for approximately €40:

I guess he likes brown

DSC_2715 (Medium)

First some repairs and clean everything thoroughly. My seats are in good condition so no heavy tears or worn out cushions, perfect to be painted.

DSC_2792 (Medium)

Then the paint. It dries pretty quickly.

DSC_3111 (Medium) DSC_3115 (Medium) DSC_3125 (Medium) DSC_3127 (Medium) DSC_3181 (Medium) DSC_3186 (Medium) DSC_3228 (Medium)

The seat support and brackets are powedercoated and all nuts, bolts and seat rails are nickle-plated so all shiny new now. I’m assembling the seats as we speak. Well, not now as I am typing these words, but previously ehh, well, you know what I mean.

DSC_3261 (Medium) DSC_3267 (Medium) DSC_3269 (Medium) DSC_3271 (Medium)DSC_3305

I had to tap the threads of the 5/16 nuts in the seat bottom base, which were accidentally powdercoated, and gluing the covers on the bum frame.

DSC_3505

Next job will be to paint the interior panels, but first I have to replace the wooden panels with some waterproof ones and then I can paint the panels.

DSC_3349

Also the dashboard is finished. I was a bit in doubt if I would repad the whole thing, but this was not necessary. There where only 2 small cracks which I repaired (stop-drilled, filled up and painted) so I decided not to repad it. A repaired and painted fresh almost new dash (the holes will be covered by the radio):

DSC_2788 (Medium)

DSC_3216 (Medium)

DSC_3220 (Medium)

And cleaned up the rear axle and applied the first three layers of paint (1st & 2nd RX5, 3rd 50% RX5 – 50% RX10, next layer 5% RX5 – 95% RX10):

DSC_3242 (Medium)DSC_3394DSC_3398DSC_3399

And cleaning out the interior radiator, lots of sludge came out! The thing looks overall very good, possibly I’ll send it to a radiator shop for a check up.

DSC_3384DSC_3353

And after some polishing (still have to finish it)

DSC_3413

And all the bolts, nuts and brackets are nickle plated, looks very good! The only setback is that all this stuff is in 1 box now, and I have to find out where all these bolts and nuts came from LOL ;). So lots of work to do! Luckily I made loads of pictures.

DSC_3133 (Medium)DSC_3215 (Medium)DSC_3231 (Medium)DSC_3325DSC_3326DSC_3435DSC_3268DSC_3371

My girlfriend and cat helping me out 😉

DSC_3211 (Medium)

Parts painted

Picked up a lot of parts which are powder-coated, all looks really nice! I can almost start with piecing together the front and rear suspension. I still need to sinc plate all the bolts (I’m cleaning them now), nuts and rings, need to find some PU bushings and paint the rear axle (with RX5 –> RX10).

DSC_2574 (Medium) DSC_2575 (Medium)

And again dropped off some other of the last parts which also need to be painted.

DSC_2573 (Medium)