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  1. 12 points
    I am speed! ___ Love these two pictures I got this past weekend
  2. 8 points
    The 1 day a year that it's totally clean!
  3. 7 points
    "mY cArS nOt ReAdY fOr ThE tRaCk"
  4. 6 points
    Michael and I were fortunate to have our cars selected to be within Oblivion, effectively a Canadian Radwood and probably the best car show I've attended. I was placed within the front lot with an AMG Hammer, F40, XJ220, 560SL, pair of Saab 900 Turbos, Lada Niva, Ford EXP, etc...
  5. 5 points
    Took my own photo because the guys at the local cars and coffee don't know what it is/could care less.
  6. 5 points
    At a local car show earlier today. It was quite a show. There were 415 cars entered, and the host venue ran out of show parking and had to turn people away. For an American-car centric show, I got a surprising number of people asking me about my car.
  7. 5 points
    Put about 6,000km on the car since I last posted, and it has continued being good to me! A couple weeks ago I replaced both rear wheel bearings and parking brake pads and hardware, along with the final original engine mount - the passenger side one, and trunk struts. It's nice that I've only had to spend about $300 on parts for the last 12,000km of driving... After the mechanical work I spent a day and a half detailing the interior and exterior. I haven't been as lucky with the cosmetic stuff as the mechanical - the clear coat on the rear wing has begun to fail pretty badly, the headliner droop actually came apart at the rear window so it's taped up for the time being, and back in May someone appears to have dropped a bike onto my driver's side rear door and left a nice big dent! That said, those are terribly difficult or expensive fixes, and the car still cleans up like this 🙂
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  9. 4 points
    This is it, dirty after driving 500km. Nebulas are in the garage at home. Ottawa roads are like driving on a pubescent kids face.
  10. 4 points
    New car in stable
  11. 2 points
    Got the clear front side markers on the 944. 😎 Need put the clear side markers on the 955 one day too. 😂
  12. 2 points
    708WHP now 🙂 Another roll race sunday. 165mph goal.
  13. 2 points
    Well, I've been inactive here and the old topics are locked. http://volvospeed.com/vs_forum/topic/172629-wackou-t4-hx35/ http://volvospeed.com/vs_forum/topic/173216-wackou-t4-hx35-2017/ Just wanted to share latest activities with my T4. Had standing mile competition in August. Before that I removed blow-off valve and it had a positive effect on power. I also got Kinugawa billet 7+7 compressor wheel in my Holset HX35. Launch control and flat shift were activated in Megasquirt. Although I did not use flat-shift, because it probably will kill the gearbox. I ran 282 km/h or 175 mph in 1 mile. Some say I should have more than 450hp for that speed. Idk. I am also wondering how to calculate my gear ratios. I've looked at M56 ratios and can't figure it out. At least calculators don't show me the same number as I see in real life. I'm wondering what could be the top speed at 7200 rpm (current limiter)?
  14. 2 points
    Driving for a few more months before I yank the motor and trans. Untitled by britt edward, on Flickr
  15. 2 points
    What a mess... At least the 3" think Intercooler will ride again (my design). It's a big mother. Built by BEL Intercoolers of Texas. Getting close now. Just a few more items to work out. O2 Sensors are missing, so need to buy new ones. Vacuum lines need refreshed, same with battery cables. Running without an AC for now. I'll get to that once it's on the road again. Oil Cooler is fitted, as is the pass side axle. SO, the pass side suspension is also complete. All engine mounts are in as torqued to spec.It's down to just checking and rechecking things. And the Intake plumbing and battery mounting, etc. Might be ready for a first fire up soon. Lots to do in the Interior and Exterior, but those can wait until its under its own power.
  16. 1 point
    The replacement bike. 1986 Alan Record, then immediately ordered new brake cables, Brooks C15, cork bar tape, new tires, etc... Let the restoration begin.
  17. 1 point
    Pull relay 18 and see what happens
  18. 1 point
    Price: $2250 OBO. Certainly willing to work out a deal if you'd like to buy the M56H Swap Kit as well. Selling a beloved, fast, fun 1997 850R (854R) Sedan. I'm the third owner, car was originally sold here in San Francisco Bay Area, had a brief stint in Connecticut (i think 6-ish months), then was a Sacramento car before I purchased it about four years ago. I wouldn't hesitate driving it across country (I did about 600 miles in it about a month ago). Stats: 1997 850R 158890 miles 189 White Exterior: X70 Door Handles (The front two are in the kit of parts) Engine: 18T White Injectors FCP Sport Silicone Couplers Silicone Boost Lines Ford Focus RS BL3Z-9K378-A Turbo Control Valve ARD Tune iPd Exhaust Suspension: H&R Lowering Springs with new-ish Monroe Sensa-Trac (~15k miles) Genuine Volvo Strut Brace Interior: Aftermarket Unit with USB Input Aux USB ports (5V/3A) Antenna Up/Down Switch Homelink Mirrors Lighted Map Light Every bulb on dash has been changed. What doesn't work / issues: -Driver's Seat Back (there is a brand new cable included with the purchase of the car - not pictured.). -Engine Ticks Randomly (compression verified at 140 +/- 5psi), highly suspect this is due to oil pick up tube and o-rings. Started about 2k miles ago. -Oil Leaking from Turbo return line. -Paint could use a polish (hey, it's a 23 year old car!). -Has the standard 850 dash rattles. -Door handles in front don't match (the correct handles from a X70 car are included with the purchase of the car). Some recent work: -Re-sealed the top half of the cam carrier cover. -Replaced the door lock actuator on fuel tank door. -Oil changed recently, along with fuel filter. Comes with: Two boxes worth of spare parts (see last photo of spread). Many things that are spares or useful for making the car perfect.
  19. 1 point
    Mike slow down please
  20. 1 point
    It's simple, take part numbers from FCP or VADIS/VIDA and paste it into their search. Then they typically come out the cheapest of all for blue box bits.
  21. 1 point
    I searched for my 04 2.3 from reputable suppliers that could provide some history, such as a compression test, on the engine. V&S Auto Dismantlers in California was a really good option but unfortunately they were on the wrong side of the country. I talked to one of their reps about a couple different engines that I was interested in. The added shipping costs made it more realistic for me to find more local instead. I ended up getting mine from Re-Volv in Massachusetts.
  22. 1 point
    There are a few posts about the Spartan controller and the issue with output impedance, someone had an issue and built a low pass filter to condition the signal. The wiki also doesn't state anything about the issue with the Spartan controller, I'll add something. Though from how quiet this thread is nowadays it seems people have moved on? In the end it was a post I found from Venderbroeck saying that the tank pressure input had the best result for the Spartan controller as the non-linearity was non existent on that channel. Yeah I knew A19 had an offset (0.7V if I recall) so I was using the accelerometer ground as the connector was already wired in and my 850 doesn't have the accelerometer, then I tried A18, then I swapped the pin to the tank pressure input which worked. Yes the accelerometer channel does work for logging, just needs some code adding to the binary. I've also got the barometric sensor channel working as some code is needed to switch the channel
  23. 1 point
    I think I found the car. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1998-Volvo-V70-AWD-TURBO-5-SPEED-MANUAL-TRANSMISSION-STOCK-M58/293201449734?hash=item44442b1306:g:tRkAAOSwBHJdYzGX I know it's rare, but I would think this to be a $4000 car, tops. Thoughts?
  24. 1 point
    I got an engine for my 850 from Gundies in Bellingham. I believe there was a 30 day warranty on the engine as well. I used it for 2 years without issue. Call around to see what is available and if they have been tested, mileage, any warranty, etc.
  25. 1 point
    I would suggest something that you can hear/see run. I pulled an engine from the PnP a while back. Never heard it run though. In the end, a waste of time and money. I've had good luck with finding something on ebay. A few places post videos of the engines running in the cars. The '01 RN motor we put into the wife's '97 GLT was from such a place. It needed cleaned up, but I didn't split the block/head. Just cleaned the oil pan, new timing belt, etc. Been doing great. Picked up another motor from the same place. Had a vid and it wasn't pulled from the car until after I'd bought it. (The other engine we bought had been out for a few months). The only other way i'd pull on myself is from a donor, on my property. I'd have to deal with getting rid of the rest of it, but pulling one in the yard sucks. I did it solo.
  26. 1 point
    Meanwhile in my neighborhood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhNsSf0CspE
  27. 1 point
    This is a bit of a long read as it’s culminating about 12 months of work, but here goes: So last September, my S70 T5 SE developed a tick the morning that I had to move 150km away for a co-op job that started the next day. That tick turned into a knock, and after an unsuccessful visit to a mechanic with hundreds of dollars down the drain, I limped then towed the S70 home over Thanksgiving long weekend. That weekend, I picked up this red 850R sedan after looking at a few other (likely more reliable…) cars, but it was still the one that felt just right. I had seen a mint red 850R sedan a few years prior and the image of it was so stuck in my head that I could turn this R into one just like it. I was smitten. I also had snow tires and a roof rack with bike attachments from the S70, and a whole lot of transferable knowledge from working on the S70 which helped. I brought the 850 home the day after test driving it, cleaned up the interior and exterior, and drove it 150km back to my job. It had 227,742km when I bought it. The more I drove it, the more things I noticed were quite wrong with it. The steering wheel pulled abruptly left when braking, the brakes shuddered, it was misfiring at high load, the PCV was clogged, timing belt was 10 years old, sway bar links were clunky, trunk struts were blown, it wasn’t making full boost, MAF to turbo intake hose was falling apart, gas cap didn’t always unlock, antenna got stuck halfway raised, it needed an alignment, passenger side door check was completely cracked, etc… The poorly repainted front bumper and projector headlights didn’t help it aesthetically, either. What the hell did I get myself into? I got myself into a project daily driver, that's what Since then, I’ve been tackling these issues one-by-one, along with a few upgrades. Here’s the day I got the car Sadly, the Volans had to come off the day that I got it since I knew snow wasn’t too far away. Cleaned up the filthy engine bay Then, one of the HID bulbs burnt out so I switched to the stock headlights (the swap was inevitable…) A few weeks into ownership I replaced the PCV system, as I knew it was likely original and would wreak havoc if left unaddressed… Yep, that’s a bit overdue. Discovered the intake pipe was a goner Much better. Replaced pine needles with an actual cabin air filter, and a Midwest ABS module Had a big scare when I discovered I was losing coolant rapidly and had a milky residue all over the dipstick… I thought the head gasket was a goner, but it turned out to just be a leak from the coolant expansion tank hose connection to the thermostat, coupled with a big decrease in ambient temperature causing condensation on the dipstick. Did a combustion gas test in the coolant tank which showed no combustion gases, and haven’t had any similar symptoms since then. Then I went for some adventures in the snow Next up was the timing belt, water pump, idler and tensioner pulleys, and tensioner. This turned into a bit of an ordeal since I didn’t have all the proper tools to make it go smoothly, but in the end it worked out thanks to a lot of help via text from Mark (BlackT5). Finished it just in time to catch the ferry over to school for class the next day… Also sourced a used intake pipe from a 1998 S70 T5 so it’s not 100% correct, but did the trick Discovered the dizzy cap was a little overdue… And replaced the sway bar links with Lemforder ones Picked up a really nice hood from Mark and knew I wasn’t alone in this crazy little Volvo world hahaha Got it aligned, which actually unveiled some bigger issues - tie rods were totally shot, and even though the car then drove straight, it tramlined really badly after the alignment! Finally had time to detail it Then the day after, the antenna got stuck halfway up, and the gas tank leaked after a fill-up. Great! Discovered the true meaning of understeer at my first autocross Check out that body roll and mid-corner understeer, how yummy Dat squat on accel Weighed in at the track scale at a spritely 3190lbs with no spare tire and 1/2 tank of gas. Then finished the semester and moved back home for an 8 month co-op. Finally, I had time to work on this thing! Swapped out the awful 850R steering for my S70 T5 SE wheel Drove it 1100km without a hitch. Hit 234k at this point Blacked-out the grille, then got to the brakes! 302mm zimmerman rotors, StopTech Sport pads, and stainless hoses 2 new front calipers, and a new driver’s side rear caliper, which had a seized piston causing the pad to wear massively. The brake hard line was also seized to the caliper which required cutting it and reflaring for the new one. Next up, I pulled the lowering springs and 25mm rear sway bar off my S70 and installed those, along with new control arms, inner & outer tie rods, transmission torque mount, fuel return hose, vacuum tree seal, new-style red handle dipstick and dipstick tube. Then got pulled the bumper off and got to work on that, along with another alignment where I saw another 850R for the first time since that mint one a few years ago… Rear sway bar in… Alignment with a twin The damage to the bumper from previous owners was worse than anticipated… 3M Plastic bumper repair Lots of filler primer later… Paint! The look is finally complete! It’s finally looking just like that 850R that I had seen a few years ago! Then replaced the spark plugs and wires with the relatively new ones from my S70. Finally got rid of my high load misfire, gaps were about 0.048"… Hit up the local Cars & Coffee This EVO II stole the show Vancouver has pretty good taste in cars Went to another autocross Finally got a Thule fairing after looking for a good used one for years! And unveiled the shiny finish from beneath the rust of the exhaust tip Fresh oil pan and oil cooler line seals Picked up a T5-R shift knob to replace the S70 knob I had been using Then a factory SC-815 radio to finally replace the useless touchscreen And now it’s at 242k on my snow tires with perfos :D It’s been quite the adventure so far, and I still have lots to do, but it’s mostly the little things at this point. The antenna is still stuck, the fuel door solenoid has been disconnected so I don't have to manually pull it open, and I haven't yet replaced the fuel vent hose to prevent the leak. I also need to make a tow hook bracket for the license plate so I don't get a ticket for the current placement. There's probably more that I can't think of right now... That's alright, I'm still enjoying the car!
  28. 1 point
    Does it have a sunroof? If so, making sure those drains are connected and flowing freely is job #1.
  29. 1 point
    Getting ready for tonight. Tearing down and getting everything prepped. Tomorrow new struts, lowering springs, IPD sway bars, sub frame bushings, tune up, PCV, water pump, timing chain too!! Figured while I had so much stuff off it would be the best time to get in there and get a good starting point. Please wish me luck guys! Steve
  30. 1 point
    I think you need more than one s60 😄
  31. 1 point
    Some things never change... KEVIN
  32. 1 point
    Replaced the driver seat belt so I can drive the car again. $500 new, $23 wrecking yard. Luckily I found a few in the yard. First one I pulled did the same thing mine does, not unwind, but the second one works fine. Then I installed a short shift in the spider.
  33. 1 point
    Anyone know the best way to clean the crud out of your turn signal lenses? Got a nice pair of jewels having this issue. The only way I know how to pop the lenses off is to let my gf back the car out of the garage... 😆
  34. 1 point
    From your references, I'm assuming you're talking about the engine oil cooler lines. I would definitely NOT recommend deleting them. I find it very odd you've gone through two sets in 169K miles; these were new OEM volvo lines? I rebuilt both my engine and transmission oil cooler lines for less than $60 or so total and wasn't that difficult either. Dry as a bone ever since. http://volvospeed.com/vs_forum/topic/173439-damn-oil-cooler-lines/ Full credit to @tuner4life who was my inspiration. Related post about when I did the trans cooler lines: http://volvospeed.com/vs_forum/topic/173679-weepy-oil-cooler-line-repair/
  35. 1 point
    Because @flyfishing3 (Mike) has a thing about tattoos. Did this guy steal his idea from you and then publish it on LinkedIn?
  36. 1 point
    yeah, he's not done being creepy.
  37. 1 point
    Guess they hit everywhere! Pretty cool.
  38. 1 point
    Bought another S60. Only 106k miles and a binder of service records!
  39. 1 point
    tomorrow is my last day at Volvo, actually. I'm done with dealer life, I want to have a life again Only mods I would do are sway bars and maybe a mild suspension drop, this thing is a land barge. Maybe an intake too
  40. 1 point
    Still not warm enough to sit outside.
  41. 1 point
    Because you said, " I thought compression was in the coolant but no coolant missing,no overheating,no coolant in the oil." That indicated everything is working fine. The coolant system works under pressure, by opening the cap while engine is HOT , you release that pressure and coolant/water comes out immediately. When you put water back in and close the cap, there is air in the system which will self bleed if you don't constantly opening a hot coolant system. Did you use 50% coolant/50% water? Sounds there is nothing to be concern.