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Got some stuff done over the weekend.. Timing belt, water pump, crankshaft and camshaft seals, OEM radiator, Mishimito hoses, new to me intercooler, ignition tune up parts, part of the PCV system, silicone vacuum hoses, and the subframe bushing inserts. 

 

Also gave the camshaft cover a refresh as it was looking pretty shabby:

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I'm still playing with ideas for the exhaust, but luckily it looks like the section above the rear AWD is original and intact, so I'm going to reuse that and build a basic system in 2.5" for now.. Might go with 3" later on, but for now, I just need to get it on the road.  I got some cheap ebay mufflers for $30 each.. We'll see how they hold up over time, but they look great and the tips are perfect for the rear bumper.. Also going to do some modifications to the stock downpipe to make removal easier... It was a pain to get it off the way it snakes around everything. Plus there is a little bracket that is broken off.. Trying to determine if I really need to add that back in or not...

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A very generous Commander Riker gave me a pair of stock tail lights which I installed yesterday to replace the ricey spray tinted lights from the PO. Cant thank him enough for the hook up!

Here's what I started with:

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Here is the difference between the old ones and the new ones:

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Much better now!

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I then spent the rest of the evening screwing with the suspension. It all needs to be replaced including the pass side c/v axle. I have never had this hard of a time getting an axle out of the hub. The driver's side looks to have been replaced, but the pass side one is definitely original and the boots are torn. First I couldn't get the nut off. Tried impact, tried jumping up and down on a 4 ft breaker bar.. Then tried some heat and PB blaster to "shock" it loose. Finally after doing that several times and more impacting and jumping, the nut came off. 

Then I tried to get the axle to slide out of the hub... No such luck. Started with light taps, then medium taps.. Then said screw it and got out the sledge hammer.  Still nothing.. Tried using heat and PB blaster more hammer, nothing! I ended up pulling the whole knuckle/hub/axle assembly off the car. Tomorrow I'm going to cut the old axle shorter and take it to a friend's house that has a press and see if that helps. I am concerned that I have cooked the grease in the wheel bearing, so I may end up replacing that too. 

Here are my thoughts on the matter before going to bed last night:

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No pictures unfortunately, but over the weekend, I managed to finally get the axle out of the hub.. New axle, and new hub assembly on that side. Not taking any chances considering what I put it through getting the axle out. I also got the rest of the front suspension done. Replaced the LCAs, inner/outer tie rods and boots, IPD HD links, etc.. The struts are in remarkably good shape, so they will stay for now.

I then started working on getting the turbo drain pipe out. I am so glad I decided to do this while the downpipe was already out! Made it so much easier! Only took about 20 minutes. Now I'm just waiting on the last shipment of parts to come from IPD and I'll button up the mechanicals!  I'm debating about dropping the pan and replacing all those seals while it's apart. I have the parts, so I probably will. 

I still need to build the exhaust.. I'm not looking forward to that at all. And I need to get to the junk yard to pick up a bunch of piddly parts.. I'm definitely on track to get this done before winter though.

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Glad you're reusing the stock section over the rear diff.  It's unfortunately the best way to go on these cars and at least it's 2.5"    

Coming together nicely! 

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Definitely! I would hate to have to recreate the bends in that section!

 

I got the oil pan off last night to change the pick up seals. Everything looks pretty good, so surprises.  Going to clean it all up and put it back together tonight with fresh seals and Volvo OE pink sealant.  Engine mounts are supposed to be here tonight too. Yippee!

 

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Nice work!

Since you have the pan off, check the oil drain. The base of the square section drain channel makes an upturn at the bottom of the pan (under the baffle) so that's where any sludge will accumulate & restrict the drain from the breather box. 

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Thanks, I checked that last night when I got the pan out, I stuck a screwdriver in the hole and tried to knock anything loose, then sprayed it out with brake cleaner. It was very clean already, so that's a good sign.

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Despite a few interruptions, I managed to get the oil pan reinstalled last night.. I always worry about that "Volvo Pink" sealant considering how thin it goes on, but I've never had one leak so I guess it will probably be fine.. And that rectangular o-ring on the oil cooler thermostat is a huge pita, but after using some "hi-tack" sealant on it, it held in place long enough to get it bolted back on.

Then I worked on the engine mounts,

I found some of the mounts to have already been changed, or in very good condition. The rear mount is just a rubber bumper which is fine, the transmission end mount looks great, and the lower torque mount, while older, is firmer and in better shape than the OE one I replaced in the C70 just 2 years ago. Also the upper engine torque strut bushing was already poly when I got the car. The bad ones however were the front hydraulic mount, the right engine to subframe mount, and the firewall mount. I didn't get to the firewall mount yet, but here is the condition of the front and right end mount.. I think it's safe to say it was time for new ones. Replaced with Volvo OE, or Hutchinson where available.

 

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While changing the firewall mount, I realized that the poly bushing on the top of the engine was actually loose in the bracket.. It looked good from a distance. Oh well, I'll add it to my open IPD order.. Honestly, I'll probably take the poly bushing out of the C70 and put it in the wagon (It's discolored a bit over time and I care much more about the looks of the bay in the coupe) and put the new bushing in the C70. 

Does anyone have any idea what bushing this is? I've never seen one like this for a P80 before. The bushing is actually square and only contacts the bore on the corners. Also the bolt through hole is offset quite a bit. Weird..

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Didn't get nearly as much done on the R over the weekend as I would have liked, ended up working on the house instead and going to a family reunion.  

I am waiting on a fairly large batch of stuff to come from IPD, but there are a few parts holding up the shipment I guess.. In the meantime, I'm getting as much done as I can without those parts. I got the turbo oil drain pipe resealed and reinstalled. It really wasn't bad at all with the downpipe and exhaust out already. Glad I decided to do it now.

The I started on the Interior. Got the upholstery and plastics on the hatch off, no pics, not too exciting. Making a list of junk yard parts I need. Next up is removing the headliner to recover and replacing the sunroof assembly if I can fine a good one at the junk yard.

I also found a set of climate control knobs that I had taken out of the coupe because the rubber coating had gotten nasty. I remember seeing that the coating can be removed so I started to experiment. What worked for me is soaking them in a knock off of "pine sol" cleaner, then using a plastic wire brush (plastic bristles), and a green scotch brite (very gently).  I let the knobs soak until the coating got soft, then using the brush, the scotch pad, and my findernails, slowly and gently wipe the coating off. wasn't hard at all and only took about 20 min. So easy, I'm probably going to do it to the coupe soon too. As well as the window switches.

 

So here is a picture of the previous owner's painted knobs, and my "like new" bare plastic knobs:

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Didn't get to work on the car at all over the weekend, but I did spend a couple days taking advantage of LKQ junk yards that were having half off sales.  I got the following for $120.00. Pretty good if you ask me.

 

-Complete power sunroof assembly in perfect condition

-Passenger headlight

-Both front corner lights

-XC Grille

-Complete V70 Roof rack/roof trim (With cross bars!!!)

-Front pass door lock actuator

-Tailgate interior panel and handle trim

-2x pairs of side markers with harness portion

-Various trim pieces from the interior

-All new mint condition roof grab handles

-Various switches, knobs, interior plastic parts to replace broken/missing/painted hardware on mine.

 

That should keep me busy on the cosmetic stuff for a while.. Waiting on the last box of IPD parts to come in this week.

 

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I got a bit done over the weekend, but forgot to take very many pictures..  I did get this one though.. 

The front end is now right again. Replaced grille with an XC grille. Replaced broken headlights and corners with great condition replacements. Looks much better now!

 

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Just waiting for the silicone turbo coolant hoses to come in in the next couple of days, then I can finish putting the engine back together and start building that exhaust that I've been dragging my feet on...

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Beautiful car and excellent craftsmanship!  Where in Indiana are you at?  I'm in Kalamazoo.  

Dan

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