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  1. prasamin

    Project Pras

    Ice cold!
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    Project Pras

    Well, I am editing through all of these posts to get to the good stuff, and only keep some of the bad stuff. The point of this thread is to, of-course, chronicle my project, and secondly, provide feedback and information about involved vendors and companies so that people can take advantage of the good ones, and try and bring down the bad ones! In December of 2006, I was pretty content with my car, and the way it was. I had already begun collecting parts for an engine build, but I wasn't planning on any body work. That all changed with this little incident: I was pulling out of work, and a guy on a bicycle, not paying attention, slammed into me and landed on my hood. The damage was minor, but I would have needed work on the hood and fender (probably new), and work on my Erebuni front. What ensued, well, was total mayhem. I decided to take the engine out, get it rebuilt, and at the same time, get custom body work done. I ordered all my Volvo parts from FCP Groton, who was and still is the only vendor I deal with for OEM parts, unless I'm in a pinch and run to the dealer or a member for something. For my aftermarket parts, I decided to contact Joseph aka JHEIII874T5M. I ordered my wastegate, injectors, turbo, and blowoff valve from him, and also my Quaife limited slip differential. I got the lines and fittings for the turbo from Mark aka BlackT5. I ordered hoses from Sig at StylinMotors. I wasn't set on tuning yet, so I kept my RICA tune, and got a "base map" from John aka JRoss for my setup. For body work, I went to a local shop (BlackJack Autobody and Paint) that had done work on my car before, including my Erebuni kit, restoring my Tritons, and other minor paintwork such as the hood. They were patients of mine at the dental office, so they cut me a really good deal. I went with them because they had worked on my car before, we had become good friends, and because they were close to work, and I could go in anytime I wanted to help with the car, learn, and throw some ideas at them. So, I first took the car over to an engine builder that worked on VW cars, and had been referred to me by a couple of VS members, and a friend who really trusted the guy, and knew his work. The builder agreed to remove the engine, and do the build with the parts I provided. He had a machine shop that he used, so he was going to handle everything with the engine. I would just need to get the parts to him. I ordered China rods from R-Sport, which arrived on time, and I ordered pistons in stock compression, OS1, from R-Sport, which promised them in one or two weeks. Well, it ended up being almost 2 months, during which time I really reamed Jonathan at R-Sport, got desperate and was searching for other pistons, but just ended up waiting for the R-Sport ones. During this two month wait, my engine builder got frustrated, and handed me my engine back in a million pieces. I don't really blame him (I blame R-Sport), but it really got me stressed out since I was getting closer to leaving for India, and I needed the car back together. I was getting desperate to have the engine done, so I called a VS member who had worked on Porsches, and he agreed to do the assembly in his garage. He had a machine shop he used, so he took care of boring, balancing, etc, and then assembly. I also decided to give VMS a chance (wow, what a mistake), and I ordered a performance head from Terry, and got it a month and a half later (was supposed to have it in a week). The head looked good, and even Mike (the engine assembler) said it looked good, and the shop also said it looked good. We should have examined it closely, but we didn't have the time, and we expected a $1500 product to be 100% good. Mike got the engine assembled, and when he got the head on, the intake cam wouldn't spin, so we were at a loss. We took the engine over to the guy who did my manual swap (and had worked on race engines), and he tried, no luck. During the inspection, he noticed a crack in the VMS head...well, we put the cam cover on once, and that crack became opened up and a piece of the metal fell off....We now had confirmation of VMS quality control (non-existant). I was getting really desperate since I had very little time before I had to move back to TX and then off to India. I bought another head, had it rebuilt, and tried that on, and intake cam wouldn't spin. We tried boring that one, and it still wouldn't spin. Now, I was in a pinch, and I decided to buy a stock motor and put it in the car so I could get home. Got it, and got it in and the car running. Here are pics of the VMS head and it's quality....shitty porting, shitty quality....We tried this head on atleast 50 times, and then the other head too! I called Terry a hundred times when it was taking forever to get the head, and after we found out it wasn't working, and after we found the crack. He told me some crap about his niece getting in a wreck or some shit (we all know how many of his family members have died when there was a problem with his parts). He told me that the head was good when it left him, and that they do quality checks on all of them, blah blah. Long story short, I lost $1800, and Terry claimed he went bankrupt, even though his site is still up, along with another one. Don't ever buy from Terry Coon. Okay, so you know about why the engine took so long, and all of the stuff associated with it. It should have been done in February or March, and it ended up getting done in July, mainly because R-Sport took 2 or 3 months to get me the pistons, and then the cylinder head issue. Now, let's back track to the body work. I was expecting the body work to be well on it's way in January, and hopefully done by February or March, to coincide with the engine, but that was not going so well. BlackJack was REALLY busy, and since I was getting a deal, my car was worked on very sparingly, and usually after-hours, and while I was there. Don't get me wrong, the guys worked really hard on my car when they could, but I needed the car back. From December to April or May, this is the progress: In December, after getting the engine pulled, I towed the car to BlackJack, and pulled off the door panels and other extra stuff to permit a proper paint job. We had planned to shave the handles, do a flat hood with scoop, fender vents, wide body, and a candy red paint job. We didn't have any plans for the custom body work, and just kind of went along as the days went by. Alot of it was my thinking, and alot was BlackJack's thinking, but it was just going really slowly. We used lots of fiberglass, and did lots of welding. Here are pics in December: Here are pics of how the hood was going in January and February. It's really hard for me to picture things, so I had to have BlackJack help me with how things would look. I thought the hood vent looked pretty darn good, and I liked where it was going. I also liked the idea of the flattened hood. In the meantime, we did some M5 fender vents (I got a new used fender for the side that was hit), and I decided to do something else which hasn't been done before.....mold in a V70R bumper, and get rid of the Erebuni front. For that, we cut the top off of the V70R bumper, and put it right over the 850 upper bumper piece with rivets, and then molded it in with urethane and figerglass. We had also started working on making the fenders wider. We were doing things all over the place just to get the basic ideas onto the car. Notice that it was March by now, and alot still had to be done. The pistons still hadn't arrived, and the whole VMS ordeal was about to ensue, and I had already been handed back my engine in a million pieces by the original engine builder. Here's more of the hood vent and bumper coming along. That's my boy Juan at BlackJack welding in the pieces: Now it's April, and there is still alot to be done, including the paint job, and putting the car back together. I'm freaking, and still no pistons! WTF! We're going slowly, but the shaved handles and side trim has been welded and fiberglassed:
  3. Dannon Oikos Full House. Best commercial of SB48. Uncle Jesse still has it.

  4. They don't need no stinkin' D-Rose!

  5. prasamin

    Interior Upgrades

    yeah, i received mine yesterday, and by the way the cardboard was flexing, i thought it was probably broken, but naww...it's all good...nice looking piece. i'll have to install it in 2015
  6. Nooooo.....Russellllllllllll!

  7. Email was compromised yesterday. If you received an email with a link from me, disregard it. If I ever personally send you an email, it won't ever be a forward, and it will have a clear and specific subject/title.

  8. prasamin

    Interior Upgrades

    Cool beans. I see mine in the batch.
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    Project Pras

    yeah, it's a precision laser device....need to minimize interference so that when a laser is shot, it really has the best chance at detection.... I was thinking about cutting rectangles into the mesh of the grill and mount the sensors from the inside-out, but it would have yielded very similar results to just mounting them out front....atleast this way I salvaged the grill if I ever get rid of the sensors...
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    Project Pras

    Hussein, I didn't take many pics of the welding to close the handle recessions.....that was done about 7 years ago.....but it was done properly ie the handles were removed and metal plates were welded in (rather than just filling with bondo lol)....same was done to close the recessions where the grey plastic bump trim was on the fenders and doors.... as far as poppers are concerned....they are just normal solenoids under the door panels that pull the handles when the relay for that particular door is activated. I was so busy at work while all the work was being done that I never got a chance to come around to take pictures.
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    Project Pras

    I was also looking for a nice touchscreen/nav setup for the car so that I wouldn't have boredom during my drives, and so that I could get around easily in San Antonio etc.....I already had an aftermarket setup, so I sold that and started my hunt for a headunit that would do everything i need....BT, Nav, connect to the overhead screen, dual zone, HD, Pandora, USB, etc.....and at the same time i wanted a backup camera... I went against everything Steve told me, and bought a $15 CMOS license plate camera off of Ebay from China.....install was pretty simple...had to remove the tailgate, and I did the clips at the same time....had to run the wiring behind the handle/lock panel without drilling any holes....just added a rubber washer in the screw hole i ran the cables through.... Since I didn't have a headunit, I connected it to the overhead, and I have to say...i can't tell any difference in picture quality between this and my neighbor's Alpine CMOS.....If this things goes for a year, at $15 I'm very happy....great unit and you can't see it mounted on the plate, and you can't see the wiring either....
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    Project Pras

    So, during this time, I was planning to take the car with me to San Antonio for the next 2 years of school, so most of this was just cheaper and easy small stuff I needed to do to get it ready for daily driving. One of the "bigger" things I wanted to do was to have some type of defense in the car.....so after some research, I settled on getting LI along with the 9500ix radar detector. I spent a couple of hours mounting the sensors in front of the grill using zip ties and a level. For optimal performance, the sensors should be parallel to the road, and facing straight forward, and as close to the headlights as possible. I had to cut small slits in the mesh of the grill to push the wiring through, and I ran it under the the fire protector on the underside of the hood, to the passenger side and through the pass through in the firewall (same one I have the TT USB cable running through). Then the wiring made a turn to underneath the drivers knee bolster, where I have a bunch of wiring and power/ground sources anyway. The CPU is located in there. Then, I had to mount the power switch and parking aid toggle somewhere accessible, and the easiest part to drill holes into and be able to replace in the future if need be was the cover down there. Towards the top is the power switch for the LI, and just below it is the parking aid switch/toggle. I don't like any wiring showing, so I got a hardwire kit for the passport, and a rear view mirror mount for it....this was pretty simple and straight forward. If any of you buy the mirror mount, know that you will have to trim the screws down a bit in order for the radar detector to mount in at a good angle, and to maintain adjustability for the rear view mirror...otherwise the mirror will hit the backs of the screws and won't budge... Below, you can see the radar detector mounted, and you can also see the "short" shift and knob I went with.....love the setup. In the above picture, you may also notice the wiper arms....i hadn't done anything with the wipers in probably 10 years....remember, I lived in Los Angeles, and we rarely had rain there, and when we did, rain-x treatment took care of me, so I never used the wipers....suffice to say the blades were not in good shape front or on the rear V90 wiper. I went ahead and ordered some Piaa Si-techs for the front and just a basic valeo for the rear. This was in preparation for my test trip to San Antonio to make sure the car was capable of getting to most places that I will need to go for the next 2 years. The bumper is still a surprise in this....i'll have to post pics of the car later after all of the small talk here!
  13. OHHHHHHHHHH!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  14. Let's go Rangers!

  15. 6 more years of Tony Romo? I guess we'll have to look into high school players to see the playoff win future of the Cowboys.

  16. LOS BULLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. prasamin

    Interior Upgrades

    You were saying that we need to put a rubber seal/strip towards the front of the piece or something, right? or can we go without that?
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    Project Pras

    I know man...i have a Nikon that got dropped by someone, and has been taking blurry pics for a while, and I didn't know it until i emptied the memory card....sucks but i've been taking all my pics the last month or so with the GS3 camera, so those should be okay once I get around to posting them. gotta tell you I'm falling in love with this car all over again.....these minor touches are really doing wonders.....
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    Project Pras

    There was also this issue with my dash that had been bothering me for many years....the rubber seals that surround my doors had also broken when the paint job was done....so pieces were hanging off, and some parts missing, and old clips were used to hold things on.....so I went to the junk yard to pick up some seals, and a dash pad in GREAT condition with no warping or peeling......Alex hooked me up with the new clips to attach all the rubber seals....so i attached the seals using the clips and 3M double sided tape where the factory had done the same (I didn't get pics of the seal install, it was pretty straight forward and not much fun)....but you can see the condition of the original dash pad before: Total cost for dash pad and seals was $40...not bad! And here is the replacement getting ready....transferred the airbag over: Much better:
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    Project Pras

    Somewhere early in this timeline, I figured I might as well install the short shift kit Kristian had sent me 5 years ago....I had received one of the first kits he sold, and there was an alignment issue with that batch.....Kristian was kind enough to just send me the updated final version of the plate 5 years after I bought the initial kit...class act! First is the pic of the original, and then of the new one installed.....it took me about 45 minutes to install..pretty straight forward! Have to say it's amazing, combined with the shortened shifter......awesome feel to it. a little notchier with the brass bushings Hub and wheel centric adapters?.....MST quoted me $190 shipped for a pair of hub and wheelcentric adapters with studs pressed in....42mm
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    Project Pras

    You may or may not remember the bumper looking this funny....something was definitely not right about it lol Then, of course there was this small issue caused by the old man about a minute after I got on a plane to India 6 years ago! Thanks Dad!
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    Project Pras

    I had bought a complete S60R rear BBK for my car about 7 years ago, but never got around to putting the kit on....Aaron was kind enough to do his first powdercoat on my calipers many years ago, and Reid was kind enough to get them and hold them for me for the last several years. I was finally able to get them from Reid and have them installed. I had the calipers, rotors, brackets, and new pads sitting around for 7 years! This is the day the rear BBK and trans oil was done....hmm....where's the bumper, you may ask...
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    Project Pras

    I also had some time to play around with spacing I have 15mm spacers up front, which are nearly perfect (might go with 17mm later), and I had 25mm in the rear, which always bothered me because the wheels sat too far in after getting the custom fenders.....so, I got a great deal on some 32mm adapters, so I bought them for some trial fits, and realized that even those weren't enough.....so, I stacked some spacers together until i got the wheel exactly where I wanted, measured the stack, and ordered spacers from an online store that made them for me hub and wheel centric for $130....yeah, about $70 cheaper than Motor-sport tech, and same quality, and great service.....if you need the guy's info, PM me and I can tell you....I ended up needing 42mm....yeah, 42mm....but it looks AMAZING....final reveal pics will come later for all of this stuff!! here are pics with the 32mm on there etc....not enough for me: Here is a pic of the 42mm spacers...the stacked set is 25 + 17mm spacers = 42mm....had those on for a couple of weeks to trial them, and while I waited for the 42mm set...
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    Project Pras

    I also had a very occasional slight grind when going into 3rd....i was dreading that it was a syncro issue...but Aaron suggested that I flush out the old fluid and use RP or Redline....I ended up with Royal Purple....and guys, I have to tell you, the difference over the OEM Volvo fluid is NIGHT AND DAY. It doesn't take as long for the fluid to warm up, so the shifting is easy within seconds of startup, and it shifts silky smooth......and GUESS WHAT>>>>NO GRINDS. don't ask me how, but no grinds since switching to Royal Purple....I have no explanation for it....i also don't remember the OEM Volvo fluid being that color that you see coming out....strange....