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What did you do to your Volvo today? (now Sticky)

Help, Advice and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's extremely popular car line -- Volvo's 1990s "bread and butter" cars -- powered by the ubiquitous and durable Volvo inline 5-cylinder engine.

1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
1997 - 2000 S70, S70 AWD
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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today? (now Sticky!!)

Post by bill d cat » Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:51 pm

My wagon has never been garaged, and 21+ years of weather has taken its toll on the roof moldings, which were peeling. My wagon is a flat-top without a roof rack, so the moldings get full effect of the weather.

I found replacement moldings in the Genuine Classic Parts (Sweden) catalog, the price wasn't awful but one side (left/driver's) was available in limited quantities, "contact us". So I did -- they had one (1) left. So I ordered the pair, and a few days later received an e-mail back -- the pieces (which are indeed long and an strange size to put in a box) -- are too big to ship (I'm presuming that they meant "at any reasonable price".)

So for Plan D, I scraped as much of the old coating from the trim pieces as possible and used Trimbrite T9005 Blackout Tape (PepBoys, $6.99). I ended up doing each side twice. It seems to take doing it a couple of times to get it, more-or-less looking okay. I also learned that it is easiest to cut the tape to size with scissors first, instead of trying to trim it when applying.

It looks okay. (Or at least better then it did when I started.)
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'98 V70 T5 219K mi., 5-speed manual, third evaporator, third windshield, heated velour seats (fixed!!!), factory HD suspension, IPD stabilizer bar, Volvo strut tower brace and skidplate, XC grill, E-Codes, V-1, JB Weld, Duck Tape, zip-ties, Mobil-1 since new. Goal: to da MOON! (221,524 miles at perigee November 14, 2016.)

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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today? (now Sticky!!)

Post by bmdubya1198 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:37 pm

Picked up another one... this time it's an '01 S60 2.4t. Not too bad overall, I think it'll clean up pretty well. The PO said the transmission went out, which wouldn't surprise me being an AW55, but I have a feeling that it's not the problem. Apparently he took out the turbo to swap into his '00 S70 GLT which he thought had a bad turbo, but it turned out to be the head gasket on that car. The original turbo from the S70 was sitting on the passenger side floor, so I'll have to put a turbo in it before I start it. Not sure if I'll use this turbo or get one from the junkyard, there's a little bit of radial play. Plus I'm pretty sure this car should have a 14t, and the 2000 has a 13t, but I'm not sure on that. I'm also not sure that there's too much of a difference between them.

Only pic I have of the S60 for now. I need to wrap up a couple other smaller projects (engine replacement on my dad's buddy's Durango, changing the timing belt and cam seals on my brother's Miata) before I really tear into this one.
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I also replaced one control arm and inner/outer tie rod on the XC90, I need to do the other side in the morning so I can bring it to get the new tires mounted. The current tires are totally shot, I ordered some Nokian zLines from Simple Tire. They turned out to be just under $500 delivered with their sale this week, so really a great price for 255/50R19s! Plus they're pretty good tires from what I've heard, so we'll see how they perform.
bill d cat wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:51 pm
My wagon has never been garaged, and 21+ years of weather has taken its toll on the roof moldings, which were peeling. My wagon is a flat-top without a roof rack, so the moldings get full effect of the weather.

I found replacement moldings in the Genuine Classic Parts (Sweden) catalog, the price wasn't awful but one side (left/driver's) was available in limited quantities, "contact us". So I did -- they had one (1) left. So I ordered the pair, and a few days later received an e-mail back -- the pieces (which are indeed long and an strange size to put in a box) -- are too big to ship (I'm presuming that they meant "at any reasonable price".)

So for Plan D, I scraped as much of the old coating from the trim pieces as possible and used Trimbrite T9005 Blackout Tape (PepBoys, $6.99). I ended up doing each side twice. It seems to take doing it a couple of times to get it, more-or-less looking okay. I also learned that it is easiest to cut the tape to size with scissors first, instead of trying to trim it when applying.

It looks okay. (Or at least better then it did when I started.)
Looks like it turned out pretty well!


1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 193k
2000 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 188k
2001 S60 2.4T Black/Black 230k
2007 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 155k
1998 S90- Silver/Gray 207k
1995 850 collection of parts... crushed... still have parts, PM if interested!
1988 744 Turbo M46 Beige Metallic/Beige 188k- Still kicking myself for getting rid of this one

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Post by wizechatmgr » Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:56 am

Repainted front bumper cover black again. Took a lot of rock and salt/sand hits this winter. Will have to take a picture once the sun is out...


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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today? (now Sticky!!)

Post by abscate » Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:11 am

Nice cat bmwdub! Almost missed it. Be careful, cats can turn you into a left leaning Democrat...

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Post by bmdubya1198 » Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:23 am

abscate wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:11 am
Nice cat bmwdub! Almost missed it. Be careful, cats can turn you into a left leaning Democrat...

😀
Yeah, I shouldn't have to worry about that :mrgreen:

He needs to approve of every car I bring home... it took a lot to get him out of the back seat!


1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 193k
2000 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 188k
2001 S60 2.4T Black/Black 230k
2007 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 155k
1998 S90- Silver/Gray 207k
1995 850 collection of parts... crushed... still have parts, PM if interested!
1988 744 Turbo M46 Beige Metallic/Beige 188k- Still kicking myself for getting rid of this one

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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today? (now Sticky!!)

Post by manovlov » Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:41 pm

I've replace the belts, the PCV. I've have got the hands exploded because the bolts around the dipstick are peculiarly hard to get.

Now, she purrs like a cat :mrgreen:


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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today? (now Sticky!!)

Post by WhatAmIDoing » Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:59 pm

bill d cat wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:51 pm
My wagon has never been garaged, and 21+ years of weather has taken its toll on the roof moldings, which were peeling. My wagon is a flat-top without a roof rack, so the moldings get full effect of the weather.

I found replacement moldings in the Genuine Classic Parts (Sweden) catalog, the price wasn't awful but one side (left/driver's) was available in limited quantities, "contact us". So I did -- they had one (1) left. So I ordered the pair, and a few days later received an e-mail back -- the pieces (which are indeed long and an strange size to put in a box) -- are too big to ship (I'm presuming that they meant "at any reasonable price".)

So for Plan D, I scraped as much of the old coating from the trim pieces as possible and used Trimbrite T9005 Blackout Tape (PepBoys, $6.99). I ended up doing each side twice. It seems to take doing it a couple of times to get it, more-or-less looking okay. I also learned that it is easiest to cut the tape to size with scissors first, instead of trying to trim it when applying.

It looks okay. (Or at least better then it did when I started.)
I thought about attempting a similar project. But my idea was to tape off the area around the rails and spray it with generic flex seal (rubberized coating).Thinking one to two light, even coats will leave it looking pretty close to original.

Was going to put new sparkplugs in my Volvos today, but so far I have been totally unable to gap the Bosch coppers I bought. I don't know what metal this ground is made out of, but it's not copper. Putting all my weight on it against a hard surface and the gap didn't even change. I don't remember gapping sparkplugs being this hard.

Needed a small victory today after being foiled by the fuel filter and now the spark plugs, so I changed my disgusting cabin air filter on the '99.


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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today? (now Sticky!!)

Post by bmdubya1198 » Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:10 pm

Checked out the turbo for the S60 today, very small amount of radial play in the CHRA, but I think it's okay to put back in. The PO left it on the passenger floor because he was using it to troubleshoot his other Volvo... turns out it wasn't the problem. Apparently there were no issues with it, so I don't think I have anything to worry about. Just need to get the oil drain o-ring, I have everything else on the shelf.


1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 193k
2000 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 188k
2001 S60 2.4T Black/Black 230k
2007 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 155k
1998 S90- Silver/Gray 207k
1995 850 collection of parts... crushed... still have parts, PM if interested!
1988 744 Turbo M46 Beige Metallic/Beige 188k- Still kicking myself for getting rid of this one

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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today? (now Sticky!!)

Post by bill d cat » Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:07 am

WhatAmIDoing wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:59 pm

I thought about attempting a similar project. But my idea was to tape off the area around the rails and spray it with generic flex seal (rubberized coating).Thinking one to two light, even coats will leave it looking pretty close to original.
I considered that option, too. Some have suggested using black flexible bumper paint.

I also considered Deere "Blitz Black" paint (popular with "rat rod" builders), sprayed or applied with a brush.

To get the best result without overspraying I would have removed the trim and that would risk bending the unobtanium/aluminum trim pieces -- plus the clips holding them in place are 21 years old, too.

I noticed that the old Corolla "company car" has black tape applied to the window frames from the factory.

If it's good enough for Toyota...


'98 V70 T5 219K mi., 5-speed manual, third evaporator, third windshield, heated velour seats (fixed!!!), factory HD suspension, IPD stabilizer bar, Volvo strut tower brace and skidplate, XC grill, E-Codes, V-1, JB Weld, Duck Tape, zip-ties, Mobil-1 since new. Goal: to da MOON! (221,524 miles at perigee November 14, 2016.)

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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today? (now Sticky!!)

Post by brunocerous » Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:48 pm

Yesterday, I decided to transplant the harvested '99 XC bumper on to the '00 V70, which had a bumper that looks chewed up by normal NYC parking trauma. Crazy creaky bolts were holding it on the bumper brackets, but they came off easily enough. Almost all of the T25 screws underneath the bumper had ripped through the cover, so it was extra easy to remove.

Attaching the "new" bumper was a lot tricker and required some finessing (with a large screwdriver) of the bumper brackets so that the long 14mm bolts would align. I only got one in before it got dark.
bill d cat wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:51 pm
My wagon has never been garaged, and 21+ years of weather has taken its toll on the roof moldings, which were peeling. My wagon is a flat-top without a roof rack, so the moldings get full effect of the weather.
That looks great! Did you use any solvent to clean up the trim?
bmdubya1198 wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:37 pm
Picked up another one... this time it's an '01 S60 2.4t.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who bring home stray Volvos! :)
abscate wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:51 am
#sadtrombone

I shouldhave wouldave couldhave dragged a Uhaul down for the engine pick.

:-(

The wrath of SWMBO is not to be endured often, however.
I know! If not for the lady of the house, I would've just made room in the garage to pick the engine, etc. Maybe next time. :)


2000 V70, base, MT, 'The Silver Bullet'
1998 V70, base, AT, 'Blue Steel'
1998 V70 T5, AT, project
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