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The Full Banana 10-21-2013 09:59 PM

It's less than 1 mile west of the old house. The garage really is pretty great. Already have compressed air. Soon there will be 210v, heat, and possibly epoxy on the floor.

Lift would be nice, but probably no room once all the woodworking stuff gets set up...

Stiggy Pop 10-22-2013 01:17 PM

what about a movable system like a MaxJax?

Homer 12-16-2013 12:17 AM

Bump, because well yeah.

The Full Banana 12-17-2013 12:05 AM


Originally Posted by Homer (Post 4771759)
Bump, because well yeah.


Not much has happened with this car over the past two months because there have been a lot of contractors in and out of the garage doing various things, but it seems that most of that has finally come to a close. So, now I can get BACK TO WORK!

Here are a few sloppy pictures of some things in process.

Control arms sandblasted, boxed, primed, painted and undercoated.

95 b230ft from the wagon. Need to finish cleaning this up so I can repaint the block, replace a few seals, etc.

Flocked '87 dash. This will go in as soon as I get the driver-side firewall panel bolted in (which I also just finished painting)

BBS RC304 17x8 et38. Stripped the plastidip off of these. I'll test-fit and decide if I want to run these on this car in lieu of the 18s I had on the wagon. At <17lbs, it's hard to say no.

Front suspension staging area. Found both ball joint boots torn last night (only <5k miles on them), so I'll be ordering a fresh set to toss in with the Kaplhenke QSRCs, and then this all can get bolted in.

Hodginsa 12-17-2013 12:32 AM

Just a random thought, but you sure thats an 87 dash? the center hole says differently. I want a flocked dash haha

The Full Banana 12-17-2013 12:39 AM

The dash came out of my '87 245. Perhaps someone swapped it before I got the car? At any rate, it's not an early dash so I'm happy.

Dirk242 12-17-2013 05:13 PM

I think you're doing a great job. Nice work!

2fast242gt 12-19-2013 03:04 AM


Originally Posted by Hodginsa (Post 4772859)
Just a random thought, but you sure thats an 87 dash? the center hole says differently. I want a flocked dash haha

i had a 90 with that hole, volvos are weird in many ways. I would never feel comfortable claiming a dead set cutoff date on any production parts ect.

Old Iron 12-20-2013 07:37 PM

Great project, awesome progress so far!

volvowagoon 12-20-2013 10:48 PM

My 89' has the hole in the dash as well. I'm pretty sure they filled it in for '92 and '93.

Homer 12-21-2013 01:26 AM

Look at those tiny brakes. I bet they can't even stop the car.

The Full Banana 12-23-2013 09:32 AM


Originally Posted by Homer (Post 4777863)
Look at those tiny brakes. I bet they can't even stop the car.

Who needs brakes when you have jackstands?

I took this week off, so I hope to make a decent bit of headway. Tonight's progress:

Cleaned and prepped



and ready for the next step!


550 12-23-2013 09:51 AM

I rike!!

Sir Psycho 12-23-2013 11:05 AM

Painting the block is always one of the most encouraging steps in all these project threads!

SquareD 12-23-2013 12:08 PM

I'm enjoying this build. Keep up the great work.

2fast242gt 12-23-2013 02:29 PM

Needs morr grabber green block lol

wisturbo 01-03-2014 09:12 PM

Looks great, Tom.

The Full Banana 01-05-2014 05:39 AM


Originally Posted by 550 (Post 4779491)
I rike!!


Originally Posted by SquareD (Post 4779593)
I'm enjoying this build. Keep up the great work.


Originally Posted by wisturbo (Post 4788316)
Looks great, Tom.

Thanks, guys!

Managed a solid day of progress, and I'm pretty happy with how things are coming along.

Dash is in (kind of). The flocking is definitely doing it for me.

I ran most of the chassis wiring today--perhaps I'll finish that tomorrow and start thinking about where I want to mount things. I'm trying to keep it pretty tidy and not have too much stuff in the bay.

Front suspension is also in, aside from a few touches here and there.



And the unintentionally blingy alternator.

I had some other things show up in the mail today that I forgot to take pictures of, so I'll likely toss up a quick update tomorrow as well.

elpress 01-05-2014 07:26 PM

Good progress Tom!!


Josh 01-06-2014 12:45 AM

what did you use to flock your dash?

The Full Banana 01-06-2014 01:34 AM


Originally Posted by Josh (Post 4790327)
what did you use to flock your dash?

I used this kit: http://www.flockit.com/index.php/pro...on-fibers.html

For the price, I couldn't resist trying it out. If I were to do it again (which I would), I would use a roller or hvlp to apply the adhesive. I think it's just one of those things that you have to do a couple times to get down.

In other news, a package showed up from AZ yesterday. I'm pretty excited at the prospect of being rid of the limp-wristed m47.


2fast242gt 01-06-2014 03:47 AM

I really like where your taking my old 242 I'm really glad it went to you. Everything seems so well placed and thought out. I'm excited to see it on the road again with a volvo power plant. The dash and enginebay really set the car off well. Is that adapter plate steel?! Looks steelishh in the picture.

Råda 01-06-2014 09:01 AM

Great build, I like

justlie 01-06-2014 11:43 AM

YAY. I like progress.

Old Iron 01-06-2014 03:35 PM


Originally Posted by justlie (Post 4790684)
YAY. I like progress.

Hell yes!

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