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 Post subject: Re: A Sexy Volvo...
PostPosted: September 11, 2018, 2:48 pm 
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Summer 2018

In order to wire up the door solenoids, I had to pull the doors off to drill a hole in the doors leading edge to snake the wiring through (impossible to do with the door on the car).. I took this opportunity to install new door 'stops,' which are also designed to hold the door open (which they don't do very well). I also spent some time getting the door and fender chrome to better match up..

It is interesting to note how 'thick' the door is on this car.. not a bad thing, just an unusually bulky design..

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PostPosted: September 13, 2018, 11:15 am 
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A recall pic of the back seat.. there are a few little areas back here I'm not happy with, but in the next 6 months or so I'll go back and chase them down and adjust to my liking..

Also a pic of my now dead Milwaukee drill.. a little sad as it was my dad's, and he's been gone now for a dozen years.. I have no idea how long he had it.. As the years go by, I have less and less of him and his things, but even so, I made myself throw it away :(

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PostPosted: September 13, 2018, 11:29 am 
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Preventative repair..

It was July 22, 2018 when I decided I'd better do some preventative maintenance as I was getting the car ready to take up to Reno (400 miles one way, over 100 degrees virtually the whole trip) in a few weeks for a car show.. It was the middle of summer, and daily temps here will find your car's weakness.. I wanted to be sure I'd done all I could to not break down, so I decided that although the alternator was working perfectly, it was in fact making a lot of noise, as they do when the bearings are nearing their end, so I swapped it out for a new one..

Surely this was a smart thing to do, but at this point I wish I had known I that it would not be the alternator that would plague me; I was giving attention to the wrong component entirely :roll: .. more on that in a bit...

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My '59 Berkeley 492 / VFR800 transplant build: "A Berkeley With Bite!"
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PostPosted: September 13, 2018, 11:33 am 
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Speaking of Heat...

This little motor runs hot (as turbo motors will), and before the Reno road trip, I thought it best to insulate the underside of the hood to protect the paint.. Pretty straightforward stuff.. it also helps clean up the look a bit..

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My '63 Volvo 1800 with a turbo inline 4 build log (LNF Ecotec compliments a Svelte Swede)
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PostPosted: September 13, 2018, 11:54 am 
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I'm Just So Sad :(

July 2018

I don't have the words... We knew our sweetie dog CC was old, and we knew she was near her end... ...we knew..

We tried to take a trip in early June that for various reasons didn't go well.. no one had a good time.. sometimes it just goes that way..

We decided to rent a cabin in July in Big Bear and take the dogs; it would make up for the 'bad' trip in June.. Big Bear is just a few hours from our home.. the girls invited a few friends, and between all of the people (a butt in every seat), and all of the gear, the bikes, etc, etc, we didn't have room for the big dog, CC. I told Lisa I could shift the load, and make a space for her to ride in the bed- if the family gets to go, she gets to go- how could we even think of leaving her behind?

We gave pause to having her ride in the back because it's so hot here.. She's done this many times before, and it's not that far.. the kids can even leave the rear sliding window open and tend to her; give her water.. It was going fine until about 15 minutes outside of Big Bear.. it quickly became obvious that CC was struggling.. Jesus what have we done??

I'm so sad.. The vet said this is far more common than people realize.. that once heat stroke sets in, particularly in older dogs, it's often something their elderly bodies simply can't cope with..

They told us not to blame ourselves, but damn it, that's all I can do.. The vet did their best, and for a time it seemed like she'd be ok, but she was simply suffering too much.. The head vet said if she was his, he'd put her down; it's almost a certainty she won't come back, and she's had a long life..

I'm so, so sorry CC.. You were THE best dog, and I miss you so terribly.. I will never again relegate a family member to the back of a truck.. God I miss you baby :cry:


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My '63 Volvo 1800 with a turbo inline 4 build log (LNF Ecotec compliments a Svelte Swede)
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My '59 Berkeley 492 / VFR800 transplant build: "A Berkeley With Bite!"
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 Post subject: Re: A Sexy Volvo...
PostPosted: September 14, 2018, 6:11 am 
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Awwwww mannnnnn... That's sad...
Godspeed, CC.

I think I understand your screen name now. CC liked to run, did she?

Peace, Love...
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PostPosted: September 20, 2018, 10:43 am 
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Thank you Gonzo :wink:

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Late summer, 2018

Kick panels..

I've made a pretty big effort so far in burying/hiding the stereo bits, but the front component speakers need to be exposed on some level to deliver the sound I want.. If I bury them behind vinyl with perforated holes, I'm worried I'll lose my highs, so here's the direction I took...

I used good old fashioned speaker grills (ugly :( ), and covered them with speaker material (fabric that is 'invisible' to sound waves).. Not sure about my color choice on these (found the off-white a tough match, so I went with grey to tie into the carpet and other small grey bits).. Anyway, I then flush-recessed the now covered speaker grills into the kick panels to make them look like they belong..

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My '63 Volvo 1800 with a turbo inline 4 build log (LNF Ecotec compliments a Svelte Swede)
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My '59 Berkeley 492 / VFR800 transplant build: "A Berkeley With Bite!"
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PostPosted: September 20, 2018, 11:03 am 
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Kick panel mistakes were made..

So here are the last few picks of this.. In general I like how they turned out aesthetically (LOVE the OEM fish scale vinyl :lol: ), but aurally they're not good enough.. I made a mistake in trying to keep the tweeter portlet so small, and it has ended up masking the high notes I was so worried about.. They sound ok, but it hurts the highs enough that I need to go back for a redo..

So as of this point (late September 2018), I've gathered a pair of generic 4" speaker covers to cover and swap in (red circle) where the tiny tweeter ports reside currently.. While it will make the speakers more noticeable than I wanted, it will also keep the tweeters on-axis for the driver, something that I think is even more important than a stealthy look..

For what it's worth, for last last month and a half (early Aug-late Sept) I've been daily driving the car to work with the stereo completely wired up (with the kick panels out for better sound)... I'm so, so please with how this audio system has pulled together :D ...I'm not an audiophile like some people, but I do appreciate a good, clean, powerful system, and I think I've pulled it off with my available resources.. I'm still fussing with kick panels and hiding the head unit, but in the meantime, whether it's jamming to REM, or listening to one of my podcasts, I'm really enjoying the how much the sound is adding to the driving experience..

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My '63 Volvo 1800 with a turbo inline 4 build log (LNF Ecotec compliments a Svelte Swede)
http://locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=16309

My '59 Berkeley 492 / VFR800 transplant build: "A Berkeley With Bite!"
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PostPosted: September 20, 2018, 11:26 am 
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The Speakers Behind Those Kick Panels..

Guess I should have put this part first :roll: .. A few pages ago in this build I explained that I wanted the speakers to be recessed into the kick panels to make them less obvious and intrusive into this classic car interior. (It would be ideal if I could hide the speakers entirely, but it's not coming together that way)..

So I had to make a pair of speaker 'barrels' for lack of a better term.. these serve to push the mids into the kick panel, and help to aim them at the driver to put them on-axis (the pics are deceiving- the barrels ending up being just a few inches deep once formed and cut down to fit) .. Not the most interesting part of the build, but it is part of the puzzle, so here they are.. Also, I got the tweets on-axis by making their mounts out of thin gauge sheet metal and aiming them up at the driver's ears..

All of this to be covered by the aforementioned kick panels..

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My '63 Volvo 1800 with a turbo inline 4 build log (LNF Ecotec compliments a Svelte Swede)
http://locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=16309

My '59 Berkeley 492 / VFR800 transplant build: "A Berkeley With Bite!"
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PostPosted: September 20, 2018, 11:37 am 
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Late Summer 2018

Loose ends on the headliner..

This is another failed experiment that requires a redo.. I wanted to eliminate the OEM headliner frame in an effort to gain an inch or so of headroom, but I don't like how this has come together. I've applied the headliner material directly to the roof, and it leaves too many unfinish-looking edges and lumps and bumps.. it looks amateurish, and it won't do..

I took the headliner frame (pic) and cleaned it up and painted it.. Next, over this fall/winter I'll get new headliner material and put it back together as Volvo designed..

Imagine, sometimes doing it the 'right' way is in fact the right way :D

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My '63 Volvo 1800 with a turbo inline 4 build log (LNF Ecotec compliments a Svelte Swede)
http://locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=16309

My '59 Berkeley 492 / VFR800 transplant build: "A Berkeley With Bite!"
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