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Old 09-14-2019, 04:03 PM   #26
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Impressive and quick work!
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Old 09-14-2019, 04:38 PM   #27
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All panels are getting prepped, primed and painted. I am considering POR-15 for the underside and even the floors inside the car. I really want this thing 100% rust free and rust proof.
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Old 09-15-2019, 03:08 PM   #28
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Impressive and quick work!
Thanks. It helps be 2 people working. Phones are turned off, we just keep churning away.

I'll add up the hours later tonight but we have quite a few hours already into it.
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Old 09-15-2019, 07:29 PM   #29
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Agree with Matt; impressive how much progress you are making in such a short period of time. We're so lucky that VP is there for the vintage Volvo models; such good quality especially on the body panels!
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:54 PM   #30
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Agree with Matt; impressive how much progress you are making in such a short period of time. We're so lucky that VP is there for the vintage Volvo models; such good quality especially on the body panels!
Seriously. For those going to the VCOA meet in SLO next week, they will be there. Lennart and Marie-Louise are as nice as they are knowledgeable.

I'll throw up more pictures on this car soon, not much was done this weekend but this week should see some good progress.
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Old 09-17-2019, 01:53 PM   #31
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Looking great - impressive work so far. Seeing your progress is making me regret selling my wife's '66 1800S a few years ago. We called it the Duckling because it was so ugly. It needed roughly the same amount of bodywork and panel replacement but had a super thick paint job and some nasty lap welds underneath from prior repairs. It ran and drove wonderfully though, which would have been a great head start on a body restoration. Ah well! I will live vicariously through yours and didenpx's!
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Old 09-17-2019, 08:00 PM   #32
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Seeing your progress is making me regret selling my wife's '66 1800S a few years ago.
Want me to hunt it down? I think someone in New England bought it, right?
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Old 09-17-2019, 08:57 PM   #33
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Want me to hunt it down? I think someone in New England bought it, right?
Yeah, it was an interesting fellow in the Boston area. Car was #91 light green originally but had been repainted black. I have no capacity for another project right now but it would be cool to see if he made progress with it.
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:08 AM   #34
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It would be cool to see what happened to it. The light green is a neat color too, you don't see many of those around.

This is where we stopped last Wednesday. Good progress but still tons of prep needed on just about everything in the picture.

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Entire right side still has tape from being blasted (some of the trim was seized on, etc....), many spot welds were left on and there is surface rust in all of the rails and hidden areas.

Another quick test fit:

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The red on the tail panel is a reflection of a massive stain of red engine paint on the garage floor.

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Rocker is just sitting on there, it's not welded on.

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Pulled the wiring out of the rocker and started prepping that area for SEM Rust-Mort and primer

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A neat connector I had never seen on a Volvo before. VW's had them, as did French cars:

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Still need to finish off a patch panel for the front of the inner rock. It's too thin for comfort and even if it's not a structural area (all A pillar panels tie together above the weak area), I don't want to leave it as-is.

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Old 09-18-2019, 09:47 AM   #35
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Tons of prep left:

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Patch panel 1/2 made:

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Working on 2/2

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Got a fun little surprise....
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I had prepped the axle off of 6501 and planned on using it in 1311. It would save me time and give me a little more in the garage. Well 1311 is an M40 car and has a 4:10 axle, and 6501 is an M41 car and has a 4:56 axle.....
Not swapping anything, I'll do the axle for each car individually.
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:52 AM   #36
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I wanted to get the inner panels in paint ASAP. It would help me determine whether we scanned a good panel for the paint mix and also get these areas sealed and ready for install.

Monday was paint day, mixed with heading to a friend's parents' house to repair the power steering on their 2004 BMW

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I forgot to get a picture after the etch primer, but it's a yellow-green color and must be covered with filler primer within 8 hours.

Laid a little color, soooooo satisfying:

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Got pretty close to the correct shade of red, may try to tweak it a little more

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Old 09-25-2019, 07:42 PM   #37
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Rocker done on the driver's side. Fitment is dead-on. I'll need to trim the fender patch to get the correct line on the rocker but that shouldn't be too complex.

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Passenger rear corner needed some love. There was rust on the bottom of the wheel well.

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Old 09-25-2019, 07:50 PM   #38
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Rear corner 2 months ago as a reference:

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It will be finished off with the TIG welder, it's just tacked into place for now.

Ass end is coming together at last:

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Rear set pan on passenger side was rusty. Thankfully the frame rails are rock solid, as is the trailing arm mounting bracket. Eric at Hi Performance Auto sent a patch panel which took me the better part of 6 hours to get down to the correct size, and free of the frame rail and brackets

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Some thick metal underneath that portion of floor:

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Next up: passenger outer rocker panel. It had been hit and was rusty.

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I'll be pulling back some of the rear quarter and some of the fender to get the new rocker in place.

Still hoping to send it to paint next week, I'm cleaning the underside to find any rust or damage that needs to be cut out and replaced. So far, so good.
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Old 09-25-2019, 07:50 PM   #39
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Man, I wish I had this kind of skill, excellent work!
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Old 09-25-2019, 07:55 PM   #40
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Man, I wish I had this kind of skill, excellent work!
Thank you. Skill or insanity ? I'm leaning heavily on my buddy to help me with the welding. We both obsess over details, which can slow progress but makes for better results.
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Thank you. Skill or insanity ? I'm leaning heavily on my buddy to help me with the welding. We both obsess over details, which can slow progress but makes for better results.
I don't know anything about that mentality
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Old 10-02-2019, 07:10 PM   #42
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I have a bunch of 1800 parts that I cant seem to give away on fleabay. If you have a need for anything, let me know and I'll check out what all I have.
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Old 10-02-2019, 08:12 PM   #43
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I have a bunch of 1800 parts that I cant seem to give away on fleabay. If you have a need for anything, let me know and I'll check out what all I have.
Want to send me pics of what you have ? I need a ton of little things, it may be easier to see what you have go from there.

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It might be easier to send you the boxes! I’ll get pictures this weekend
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Old 10-13-2019, 11:51 PM   #45
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Trying tp update this thread and sucking at it.

The car went to the body shop for paint on Friday, huge milestone on a car that was sold to me as a rust free roller and was anything but.....

Next up was the patch panel on the driver's fender. After trying a vendor in Canada, I opted to get a better panel from VP-Autoparts. Thicker metal, better fitment.

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And done. Forgot to take during pics

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At this point, we were in a bit of a hurry. I really wanted to get the car out of here no later than 10/15 due to some forced down time. We did it, with a few days to spare but there were some long days put in to get there.

Took a Saturday away from welding fumes to clog my nose with JB Weld dust:

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Got the driver's quarter on. So much quicker than the patch on the passenger side. Perfect fitment.

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Welds were ground down to allow for the trim.

Working on a patch for the area above the tail light. That was a nightmare, the car had been hit hard and the metal had been cut off altogether.

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Had to cut away the fuel recess area and use one from a donor.

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It made me realize that the trunk panel wasn't exactly as good as I had hoped:

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I'll need to continue trimming the area around the filler neck (trunk floor) to get the tank to sit back a little bit. Hopefully it will line up with the fuel filler.

Did some color on the engine bay. Did the same etch/filler primers first and then color a few days later:

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Did some of the interior too:
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A few more days of work, some long nights and the back panel was on. It went on amazingly quick but the prep was 4+ days of work. Like most panels, it's made to be a tad longer than what you need so a lot of careful trimming was needed.

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I'll update when I have worthwhile progress from the bodyshop.
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I'm curious how you dealt with the quarter panel where it attaches to the rear nacelle (or whatever the back piece is called) in this areas below the trunk floor that you can't access for welding.

Great progress all around; congratulations on keeping to a schedule and reaching the pant milestone!
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I'm curious how you dealt with the quarter panel where it attaches to the rear nacelle (or whatever the back piece is called) in this areas below the trunk floor that you can't access for welding.

Great progress all around; congratulations on keeping to a schedule and reaching the pant milestone!
We drilled small holes all around the base and welded it to the "structure" of the car that way. We clamped the panel beneath the trunk lid to the rear quarters to get everything to fit and line up. VP's panels are perfect.

Met with body man yesterday, it was a humbling experience. I knew the driver's fender patch wasn't perfect but he pointed out a lot of mistakes that were made during welding. We tried to go too fast and could have saved time in the long run by doing butt welds over a longer period of time.

Next car is on the rotisseries and getting floors and frame work done (it's heavily braced) but I'm tempted to let the body shop finish the welding of the outside panels to avoid repeating mistakes.

Live and learn, I guess.
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Next car is on the rotisseries and getting floors and frame work done (it's heavily braced) but I'm tempted to let the body shop finish the welding of the outside panels to avoid repeating mistakes.
Live and learn, I guess.
I'm tempted to do the same thing with my rear quarter patches. Doing the floors on my 142, I think I'm probably not a competent enough welder for finish bodywork.
Your progress is inspiring!
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I'm tempted to do the same thing with my rear quarter patches. Doing the floors on my 142, I think I'm probably not a competent enough welder for finish bodywork.
Your progress is inspiring!
Thanks, it's been a journey so far!

A rotisserie is really handy. It takes up a ton of room but it's so much safer and easier than working on your back!
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Some progress, very little of which is mine. Neeko, the body man I am using for the final body work and paint is moving quickly on it.

As it sat 2 weeks ago.

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