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Maybe it was out of boredom;

The Saff is back in Denver with Aaron getting a heart transplant, Darton sleeves, Wiseco 10:1 pistons, 2.56 liter, new rods, KM cams... that’s a story for a later date. But I don’t curently have a Volvo to drive and I get kinda twitchy and angsty when I don’t have a Volvo to drive. Jane’s p3 na XC70 does not really count.
 

Maybe it was out of jealousy;

My co-worker Eliot has a clean black on black ‘98 S70t5a that always makes me long for the uber clean ‘98 s70 t5m (also black on black) that I stupidly sold 7 years ago to buy Ben Kaplan’s spendy coilovers for the Saff. It made sense at the time, but lord have I questioned that decision subsequently. It had an R bumper and springs and yellow konis (which don’t seem to exist anymore?!&@$), and it was owned by a doctor and only serviced at a dealership and it even had non delaminated door panels and it was immaculate and I sold it because I was dumb. And still am, to be fair. Maybe dumber. Happens with age.

 

Regardless, I found a 161k bone stock ‘98 S70 T5M down in Grants Pass, a quaint meth-driven Southern Oregon hamlet. Did I mention they like their meth? The fella who was selling it knew enough to know it was a somewhat rare car with the factory m56, but he didn’t want an arm and a leg for the car and after talking with him for 45 minutes I knew he loved it and cared for it and that I wasn’t insane to send a deposit and book a one-way flight to nearby Medford. I swear most people who buy one way tickets to Medford, Oregon are doing so with the express purpose of transporting meth or sticky-icky or both back up to Portland. But not me, no sir. My addiction is far more dangerous and difficult to kick.

Scary virus-laden plane ride:

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Craigslist pics:

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The plan is to keep this one stock, or mostly stock. Famous bleeping last words, right? But srsly... the Saff scratches that itch and then some. So, the plan when I bought this one was to lower, put on the Heicos that used to weigh the poor Saff down with their 28 pounds of girthy 10-spoky goodness, R bumper (I have a spare), paint correction and Jewels.

 

So this weekend the car got full stage zero:

-Bosch cap and rotor

-Bosch plugs

-Bougi wires (this b-itch is bad and bougi)

-Bosch fuel filter

-Bluebox PCV, complete 

-Air and cabin filters 

Previous owner replaced the Tbelt and water pump with an Aisin kit 8,000 miles ago, so happy day. Previous owner did not replace cam seals at that time, and now I get to do that because mr. cam seal is leaking, not so happy day. That will be later.

Also put some H&R’s on along with the Heicos.

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Today on my lunch break I dropped the car off at my paint guy’s place for R bumper, re-spray rear bumper, rear spoiler, door trim, roof trim, PDR, and paint correction. Should have it back Friday.

 

All that’s missing are the Jewels, which I’m hoping to grab from Will the Scott, and some R door panels. Who has em? Can’t find any on this coast and everyone that has them on SS are on the other coast and don’t want to ship.

 

Anyway, I impulsively bought another Volvo and I’m a little bit ashamed and might go cut myself or ask a bum to put a cigarette out on my arm. Because, well, that’s what sick people do.

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This is awesome, excited to see where it goes.  Seems like the perfect car for a nice stereo to solidify its status as a nice cruiser

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dont cut or burn - just do meth. you now know EXACTLY where to get it.

 

This is awesome, but I am more interested in what Aaron is doing to the saf! Do share on that soon!

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2 hours ago, andyb5 said:

This is awesome, excited to see where it goes.  Seems like the perfect car for a nice stereo to solidify its status as a nice cruiser

Thanks, and my thoughts exactly. Cruiser that still looks good enough to drop by a cars and coffee and not sully up the place, if there is ever such a thing as cars and coffee again.

It is really kind of neat and novel to drive around in a stock T5... I kind of forgot how nice a job Volvo did with these right out of the box, lol.

2 hours ago, gmsgltr said:

dont cut or burn - just do meth. you now know EXACTLY where to get it.

 

This is awesome, but I am more interested in what Aaron is doing to the saf! Do share on that soon!

😂😂

No doubt, and I’m pretty sure meth use creates some nice open sores, so kind of a win/win.

 

I’ll more thoroughly cover the Saff’s new engine build soon... long story short is it looks like either a cracked block or head gasket failure on the motor from last summer, and I had regretted not going full-in with Darton sleeves the first go around so I decided just to do this right. The higher compression will greatly improve low-end umph and the cams will improve the top-end. Keeping the gen2 Garrett gtx3071r because I *really* like the turbo and Aaron also suspects we’ll be able to coax a bit more power out of this setup and get me well over 500 awhp, which is silly. 

I am addicted to Volvos and allergic to money, so here I am.

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lol

awesome man cant wait to read/see more

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I got the car back from paint today;

R bumper resprayed and fitted, Rear bumper resprayed, Rear spoiler resprayed, Door side trim resprayed, Roof trim cleaned up and resprayed, 6 panel PDR (I didn’t know it was that bad), Full paint correction. New rear mudflaps fitted and a shiny new “T5” trunk lid badge.

He took the flaking factory roof trim coating/paint weirdness off and applied a lightly textured plasticy bed-liner material. I’m not super impressed with that, but it looks ok- certainly better than before and considering the OEM S70 roof trim is for sure coming out of Sweden these days, if it’s even still available, I will live with his solution. This used to be something I would have messed with, but I’m old and over that shizz. Plus, I doubt my homespun solution would have looked as presentable as his. 

There are definitely people in the world who are skilled at photographing black cars. I- Well, I am definitely not one of those people. Let’s be honest, I can’t take a picture anyway. But the Saff is so forgiving in its coppery, bronzy, goldy, pearly goodness that even a hack like me can create images that are nice to look at. So, what I’m driving at is the pics don’t do this car justice... it’s *really* clean.

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looks amazing - now send it to Aaron ;)

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9 hours ago, gmsgltr said:

looks amazing - now send it to Aaron ;)

Thanks man, I’m kind of blown away how well it cleaned up. Definitely some swirl that they couldn’t get out from previous negligence, this car lived outside for the last decade, it’s a miracle the paint is as good as it is.

And don’t plant those kinds of ideas In my mind, lol. When I got it back last night I took it for drive and I think I got into boost one time. Cruiser status for this one, slow and easy. I swear. 
 

Next up, tint, then putting on some new wheels. To be continued 
 

 

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On 7/16/2020 at 8:48 AM, bmdubya1198 said:

Nice find! The car looks great!

Thank you, I appreciate it! Totally scored... hard to find them clean and unmolested these days.

17” wheels really do fit the P80 better, and seeing as how I’m aiming for an OEM+ build, I put some Titans on. I definitely prefer these to the Heicos, but they really need to be refurbished- pretty good amount of rash. These were once on a Japanese T5R... thanks Taras (@5x108heavyweight)!
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Other maintenance stuff, changed out the nasty transmission fluid with some fresh  Redline fluid.

Also, I grabbed some 302mm brackets and threw on some Centric Powerslots along with some Bosch Quietcast pads, replaced the front rubber brake lines and flushed the brake fluid. Now the brick sort of stops. Whoever thought it was a good idea to put 280’s on these cars was hanging out in Grants Pass too much. 280’s are terrifying.

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Titans > Pegs

Tell me about it, 280s SUCK. I just put new 302s on my R, since the last owner decided to just throw 280s on it (and somehow I didn't bother to actually look at them all this time) with the 302 brackets, and WOW, the difference is incredible. The car stops on a dime now, whereas before it was terrifying. Emergency stops were next to impossible.

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