Subframe repaired

We repaired the subframe and it’s now ready for powder coating.

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Test fit with piece of cardboard and then cut a piece of metal to fit in the gap, spot weld and if ok weld all around. We also fitted some extra rings on top of the towers for extra strength, probably not necessary but what the heck. My father is an excellent welder so this repair will last for another 50 years. Also the repair is solid enough to be able to withstand (if my girlfriend gives an ‘ok’ for the financial part) the (apparently) stiff bilstien shocks.

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Done. Also made some extra welds, the factory spot welds do not seem very strong, and added a towing eye (hopefully NOT to be used in the future..).

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The welds of the lower braces are still ok, no repairing required.

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Now that the subframe is ready I dropped off all the parts in need of new paint at the powdercoating guys (Waayenberg Coatings). Subframe will be coated RAL7040, pully and cooling fan RAL1004 and the rest just normal black.

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I also started sanding down the car, hopefully the painter will be coming over soon so we can discuss the plan of action!

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My 945 and my fathers V70.

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And last but not least I installed an MBC in my 945 😉

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Fuel tank looking good

The fuel tank cleaned up and looking good. Just needs new paint. Even the internals look very good, no rust. I had the intention to re-seal the inside of the fuel tank, but it is so clean, I guess that’s not necessary.

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Fuel tank sender is lookin less good. Resistance is jumping around when moving the float and does not de- or increase fluently (which explains the bouncing around of the fuel gauge). The resistance has to be in between 5-10 Ohm (empty) and 180-205 Ohm (full) (If I’m correct). Think I’m just going to put a new one in, they are not that expensive.

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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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Wrecked a drum

As I am disassembling all parts of the suspension for cleaning and painting, the rear axle was next: removing the drums, brakes, bearings and check the spicer gears.

As the axle is loose from the car and sometimes extreme forces are necessary to remove the drums, it’s a bit difficult to counter the force to tighten the drum puller. But, I bought a almost 100% copy of the original Volvo puller which I thought would have to do the trick.DSC_0788.

It worked ok, but it was just too tight. I used a 1,5m long pipe on the wrench, and for several days, heated the drum, banged it with the BFH (big facking hammer) I have, but no help, it did not bulge. At some time during the rampage the drum began to tear apart…

Then, as I allready wrecked the drum, I used a large Kukko puller and this did the trick. Installed the puller again, Heated it up again, and threw a bucket of cool water over the thing. A minute later there was a big BANG like a gunshot and finally it was loose! Victory was mine! Until I realized that this was only the right side………….

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BUT, the left hand side came of in like a half an hour of pulling. That was a big relief. It suggests that the RH side really was friggin stuck on the axle. But now I finally can continue with disassembling of the rear axle.

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Disassembled and cleaned rear axle, placed upside down to fully drain the oil

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Also started with the fuel tank

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And out comes an almost new fuel tank!

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I also did another small fun job, I cleaned up the oil pressure transmitter.

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A piece of art

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Placed the car on the stand and removed front suspension & rear axle

Placed the car on the stand (which I had to lower 25 cm) and removed the front suspension and rear axle, a pretty easy job like this. Next step is to get some chemical paint stripper that works on 2K paint (synthetic paint) or skip that and let the sand blaster do the rest. Good paint stripper is very costly and bad for you’re health if you’re not using the right precautions. Decisions, decisions.. 😉

The car on its stand.

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Rear axle removed. It will need new paint, brake lines, handbrake cables, new bushings, new brake cilinders, brake shoes, new springs, new shock absorbers etc etc. I will get to this when the car is away for blasting and painting.

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Front suspension removed.

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The battered and dirty front suspension; needs new bushings, all needs to be painted or powdercoated, clean or replace brake calipers, replace brake discs and pads, new brake lines, new engine mounts, new springs & shock absorbers, weld on a tow eye on the subframe and possibly reweld the shock towers (check for cracking).

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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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