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On 12/30/2015 at 5:44 AM, tuner4life said:

Interesting.. You are right. The shipping is cheaper from EST. Not sure why I didn't check them previously, but I had already ordered from Viva when I posted previously. Thankfully there was only about a $3 difference in total price. Definitely will be checking EST first in the future. 

 

Frank is a great guy too.

Love what you're doing with this wagon, I admire your patience and thoroughness. It will be a great car once you're done.

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19 hours ago, matt b said:

Frank is a great guy too.

Love what you're doing with this wagon, I admire your patience and thoroughness. It will be a great car once you're done.

Thanks. I've had enough of these cars to know that what gets left undone will almost always come back to haunt me in the future, so I try to stay on top of things, and upgrade for longevity whenever possible. Especially considering that my wife and 6 month old will be the ones primarily using this car, it needs to be as safe and reliable as possible. (Plus there is nothing I hate more than having to redo my own work because I cheaped out the first time around).

No real update on the car right now.. Sitting outside the shop over the weekend while I work on some other projects, got snowed on... Waiting on more parts.  Went to the junkyard again the other day and got some more piddly trim pieces, another pair of rear lock actuators, seat switch, etc..  Almost got a charcoal 3rd row setup but it was pretty beat so I passed.  Also currently working with Don from http://www.sounddeadenershowdown.com/ on some deadening solutions for the exhaust drone inside the car without actually changing the exhaust. That stuff is fascinating to me.

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Well the next project (and hopefully last large project before this thing starts pulling daily driver duty) is underway..  Doing evaporator, heater core, heater hoses, heater pipe mod, ac system reseal, ac accumulator, dash lights, radar detector install, etc.. And anything else that I find to be out of place.. I'm following the instructions on Matthew's Volvo Site. So far I have the engine side disassembly complete and will start on the inside tomorrow. Going smoothly so far..

 

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On January 5, 2016 at 10:32 AM, tuner4life said:

Thanks. I've had enough of these cars to know that what gets left undone will almost always come back to haunt me in the future, so I try to stay on top of things, and upgrade for longevity whenever possible. Especially considering that my wife and 6 month old will be the ones primarily using this car, it needs to be as safe and reliable as possible. (Plus there is nothing I hate more than having to redo my own work because I cheaped out the first time around).

No real update on the car right now.. Sitting outside the shop over the weekend while I work on some other projects, got snowed on... Waiting on more parts.  Went to the junkyard again the other day and got some more piddly trim pieces, another pair of rear lock actuators, seat switch, etc..  Almost got a charcoal 3rd row setup but it was pretty beat so I passed.  Also currently working with Don from http://www.sounddeadenershowdown.com/ on some deadening solutions for the exhaust drone inside the car without actually changing the exhaust. That stuff is fascinating to me.

I had the dreaded drone from my obx exhaust so when I built the wagon I did this to it over the entire floor front to back

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it helped quite a bit, particularly the spare tire area. I tried it there first and that quiets things down noticeably. Used Peal N seal from Lowes. About $75 for the entire wagon floor. 

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Definitely doing something very similar to that, but adding some other barrier/sound blocking materials. Should be interesting. I'm going to use a decibel meter before and after to compare the differences.

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Progress as of last night: Everything is out, Dash and HVAC on the floor, A/C lines capped off to prevent moisture. Parts everywhere..

 

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What I noticed:

-Dash mounting points are in perfect shape!

-Evaporator and Heater core both junk

-Turn signal canceling parts broken (looks like it only comes as the complete clock spring. yay..)

-Steering column adjusting lever broken (oops)

-Center console parts, especially around shifter and e brake tabs broken off (PO was a little special methinks)

-Should be able to source most of the various small parts from my parts car.

 

This job really hasn't been as bad as I expected it to be so far. We'll see what tonight holds...

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Didn't get much done last night. Just replaced the evaporator and ran the heater core through the dishwasher. My wife found that amusing. Also pulled a good turn signal switch, column adjust lever, and clock spring from the parts car for the wagon. 

Oh yeah, and I also cut the heater pipes and gutted the firewall plate in preparation for using heater hose instead of the pipes. 

I'm hoping to make significant progress tonight with reassembly.

 

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4 hours ago, tuner4life said:

I also cut the heater pipes and gutted the firewall plate in preparation for using heater hose instead of the pipes. 

A couple lessons I've learned from various iterations of my own heater core hoses. Use a pair of brass elbows on the outside of the firewall to allow you to disconnect the engine-side hoses from the firewall. The 90* elbow also helps the heater hose clear the intake pipe without rubbing or kinking the hose.

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They'll work fine. I got rid of mine and then realized I needed them :monkey: so I used regular plumbing brass elbows from the hardware store  

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Alright, This job is complete!!  Everything is back together and seems to be working (things related to that project anyways). I'll be having the A/C charged in the next week or so if all goes well.

Over the weekend I completed the following: Heater core is new and blows super hot now, heater pipes replaced with hoses, DO88 Heater hoses, A/C evaporator, Dryer, many various seals and o-rings. Cluster lights replaced, Radar detector hard wired, Cigarette lighter wiring repaired. Airbag clock spring replaced, Turn signal switch replaced, Steering column adjust lever replaced, Drivers power seat switch replaced, Drivers Heated seat switch replaced, PRNDL indicator repaired, Both rear door lock actuators replaced, Licence plate lights replaced. I think that's all of it. There is some funky attachment on the firewall with an electrical plug on it that the throttle cable runs through that I think I broke when changing the heater hoses. This has resulted in the gas pedal feeling slightly floppy.. I'll deal with that later.. It works for now.

We drove it around locally last night and every thing seemed to be working great! Heat was hot, seats were warm, engine sounded good, even tested out the AWD in an iced over parking lot and it was truly glorious! Got groceries and went home. I was going to drive it to work today. This morning I hopped in and went to crank it up and NOW IT WONT %&$*@# START!!!  It cranks just fine, and occasionally spits once or twice but it would not start. I swear this car is the most ungrateful shitpile I have ever owned! With no time to diagnose it I switched over to my 1997 LS400 (which fired up on the first try after sitting for several days outside in the cold), and left for work which is where I am now mentally going over what might possibly be wrong with the wagon from hell this time.

 

My thoughts are:

-It was -2 deg F outside. I fully expect that I will get home after it has warmed up a little and it will fire up right away leaving me to create more special words and names for this car.

-Battery low on voltage? Being so cold, and seeing that the battery is a little on the older side. Maybe it just didn't have that little extra kick to fire the coil. Sounds weird, but I had this happen on an old Honda once. New battery cured it. 

-Fuel pump possibly dead? Could be, Couldn't really hear it, but didn't spend a bunch of time listening for it either. This is the worst possible scenario because it would force me to complete the rear subframe project now that I was planning on pushing off until next year. Par for the course I suppose.. Then I got to thinking a little more....

-Maybe the fuel is just frozen?? I usually put a bottle of "Heet" in the tank of my cars when it's this cold. I hadn't done this to the wagon yet.. Plus it has been in a heated shop for the last couple weeks and it was about 40 deg warmer when it went into the shop then it was this morning.. The combination of that temperature differential, and the lack of "Heet" in the gas could cause condensation which would then freeze because I live in the antarctic hell that is northern IN. I am really just hoping that this is the issue. I am going to add a bottle of "Heet" tonight see what happens. I'm working 12 hour days the next 3 days, so the f#@%er will probably just sit till Thursday.

-Could also just be any random sensor not reading correctly.. MAF, Cam sensor, etc.. CEL is not on, but I just put the battery back in last night, so might be something pending, I'll check it sometime. Thankfully I bought that Manual swap donor car for my 1998 C70 so I have a parts bin that I can try various things from if necessary. I even had the forethought (just lucky I guess) to park the wagon pile right next to the parts car pile in the driveway. So swapping parts out will be a short walk lol.

 

Seriously, I have never had so many issues with a single car in my life. Thankfully I have a few Toyota products that actually function as reliable transportation while I slap fight with this Wagon.

 

 

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Upon further research, I'll be swapping the FPR and ECT sensor from the parts car and see if they make a difference.. Seems to be common problems.

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It's alive and taking nourishment! Swapped the fuel pump relay between my 2 jobs and it fired right up. All seems well again.. For now anyways...

 

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What a great feeling it must be, to complete all of those repairs at once.

...and of course, now you get to focus on what's left.  Eh.

I have had really strange no-start issues with faulty fuel pump relays.  Usually, its after a good drive and restart, that the car won't start.  After the first time, I disassembled the relay and found faulty solder joints.  I repaired the relay and keep it in the car now, along with a handful of other failed (and repaired) electrical parts... lol.

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