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1998 V70 Xc From The Beginning... to the End

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Waiting for color samples for the "icsunonove" lettering. Ordered another sticker I feel is appropriate now:

 

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3M vinyl lettering finally came in yesterday , and it was a sunny warm day (for a change), so I got the lettering installed.

Went easier than I was expecting - has a nice firm transfer sheet that keeps the lettering positioned

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3M 'Dark Red' scotchcal film. Matches the Volvo red reasonably well

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I'm happy :D

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Car took a beating just over a month ago.

First, I drove it to work that morning, so I could log the part throttle & warm up issues. Poured with rain, so I was able to confirm no water ingress.

Finally  resolved the drivability issues earlier that afternoon after reviewing the logs. Had to go buy a new battery also - my MT-24F was about 7 years old & no longer likes to hold a good cranking charge.

Coming home from the drive to confirm throttle tip in & part throttle issues were gone, I rode over some debris in the bend of the  exit ramp for the NYS Thruway , and went sideways enough that I had to quickly decide whether to cut it hard & go right off the roadway onto the grass divide, or hit the guardrail.

Unfortunately there was the remnants of a post base where I left the roadway and it tore off the front sway bar and ripped out the oil pan (I found out after I stopped). The car dipped into the gully & slammed the nose hard. I steered it down the divide & back into the shoulder & turned it off. I looked under & saw all the oil gushing out. I don't know if I shut it down in time, probably 15-30sec from time of impact to shutdown. No injuries, just a little beat up from the nose dive image.gif.15953ab959eacd03da16943dbfc751d4.gif

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Center section took a hit

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Water pipes pushed in, but not ruptured, cover peeled back, floor pans pushed in

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holes where the swaybar was ripped out

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rad support pushed back - rad seems fine - AC condenser, not so much.

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I think all the spoiler bracing I added helped mitigate the damage, as that must have absorbed some of the initial impact - after all, the entire nose didn't explode on me.

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forward k20 subframe bent - pan ruptured, but not pushed in. so oil pump & baffle kit should be OK

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Mount ears 'look' OK - I'll find out when I take it all apart.

 

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I'll be welding the cover panels instead of bonding next time

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crack in fiberglass, popped the rivet plug, stress fractures in the glass above the strip

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Door shunted the post

 

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Further damage from the drop off the tow truck

 

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Cleaned the car & undercarriage to remove all the mud. At least it looks good from the 3/4 views image.gif.e4a16c4f47c2fae73ee05c2c42eb3933.gif

 

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Started on the nose. Chopped off a couple inches to get beyond the worst cracks

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Took an S40 rear bumper cover

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chopped off the top

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sectioned the cover, and angled it to match nose, about 12º

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Cut the grille surround off what was left of the fiberglass spoiler.  

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All that will be bonded together & merged into the fenders. Along with fibreglass panels around the headlamps back into the fenders

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The underside will have some reinforcement, just to keep the contour from dropping

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Plugging away at the nose repair. Got the sheet metal HL cover panels welded & filled. Worked on the nose / fender / grille transitins to get it all to flow nicely with the chopped version. S40 bumper section is going to work just fine for the spoiler. 

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The spoiler/grille surround will be removable, so I need to figure out the mounting for the inner verticals, and make separate headlamp framing that is attached to the frame instead of to the grille surround as it was previously.

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Subframe section has been completed 

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More back & forth (add material/remove material) on the nose & headlamp 'bucket' areas. Ideally, the surrounds should look similar to this:

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The difficulty is in getting the interpretation of the inner vertical 'scallop'  - my center panel is not the same as the original  - I don't have the setback & taper that matches - mine is vertical drop, then chamfer - so my version is to be an interpretation of the original. 

I adjusted my headlamp housing support system

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to offset the entire assembly about an inch rearward, so that it will sit with a slight recess at the outer lower corner, the shallowest point.

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There will be filler panels on all four sides to create the 'bucket'

Lower ones have been added here, along with tie plates to merge the fender skirt wrap below the marker lamp aperture in the the vertical grille surround. 

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I also need to reshape the headlamp cover areas, hence the additional bondo on top

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Overall, I think the simplified form will look good.

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Original modified fibreglass panel work back in 2016. Plan is eliminating all those hard corners around the headlamps & markers

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Working on getting that inner radius - hopefully without cutting further inboard - that will make attaching the (removable) spoiler & grille surround more difficult. I think I will be able to create enough of a visual taper & contour to the 'bucket' with some addtional fibreglass & bondo work. Just time consuming getting L & R evenly shaped, since this is all eyeballed. I did make small contour guide plates to test general conformity, but it still comes down to does it look 'right'. 

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I am really sorry you have to go through all this front end work again - the work and documentation, as always, is awesome and fun to follow

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3 hours ago, gmsgltr said:

I am really sorry you have to go through all this front end work again - the work and documentation, as always, is awesome and fun to follow

Thank you. I'll be happier with the revised nose once it's done - simpler form, closer to orginal.  The undercarriage damage, not really looking forward to that :(

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6 hours ago, gmsgltr said:

I am really sorry you have to go through all this front end work again - the work and documentation, as always, is awesome and fun to follow

Wow, yeah. Very glad it wasn't worse though! @lookforjoeHow does the car handle in general? Pretty predictable, or is it a wild child?

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15 hours ago, tighe said:

Wow, yeah. Very glad it wasn't worse though! @lookforjoeHow does the car handle in general? Pretty predictable, or is it a wild child?

It's like a go cart - it basically goes where you point it. It's really fun to drive. I don't know about the upper cornering limits - I didn't get to drive it that hard yet. The problem with stock X1/9's is that they stick like glue .... until they don't, at which point the the rear will spin out on you. With front & rear sway bars added, the wider track & sticky tires I have found it easy to go through winding roads/exit entrance ramps at much higher speeds with very neutral handling. Even in the accident, I was able to steer it off the road to avoid the guardrail - just unfortunate what was in my path as I did so.

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1 hour ago, lookforjoe said:

It's like a go cart - it basically goes where you point it. It's really fun to drive. I don't know about the upper cornering limits - I didn't get to drive it that hard yet. The problem with stock X1/9's is that they stick like glue .... until they don't, at which point the the rear will spin out on you. With front & rear sway bars added, the wider track & sticky tires I have found it easy to go through winding roads/exit entrance ramps at much higher speeds with very neutral handling. Even in the accident, I was able to steer it off the road to avoid the guardrail - just unfortunate what was in my path as I did so.

Sound like a lot of fun- until it's not! 😐 Last year I took a driving course at Porsche Experience Center in LA - it was great getting to drive such a small and low car (911 C4S w/PDK), and having the freedom of a consequence-free closed track to explore the car's limits. I would similarly describe the 911 as having go kart like handling. Next time I go I'd like to try a mid engine rwd car (manual Cayman GTS) to see the handling differences between the two setups (over/understeer, recovery maneuvers, etc). Would love to get a smaller two door to have fun with, but the V70 just keeps on ticking and I can't justify getting rid of it. 

Looking forward to seeing how you repair and improve the X1/9. 

 

 

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Wow, that took on a LOT of damage! Very cool to see the S40 bumper work so well for that front end.

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Wrapped up the nose for right now - and moved on to the mechanical work needed to get it running. Dropped the subframe, swapped the oil pan, tack welded the replacemnt subframe section & took the car out for a drive for the first time in 3 monnths!

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replacement, and new brake line I had to fabricate to replace the one crushed

 

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Also painted/dyed the canvas targa panel

 

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