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The death and resurrection of "Blue", a 2002 XC70

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The death and resurrection of "Blue", a 2002 XC70

Post by sanchius » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:12 am

The death and resurrection of "Blue", a 2002 XC70.

Our daughter grew up with Volvos.
Our first family Volvo was a tidy '74 142, then a very fast silver '82 Turbo wagon.
Her first car was a jet black 83 245t and she liked to say, "It has room for one cute boy and 2 spares!"

A few years ago, we passed on to her our 2002 XC70, which she immediately fell in love with.
When fitted with its very aggressive set of Hakkapeliitta studded snow tires, it's almost unstoppable in winter.
She named it "Blue" and it was perfect for her commute, camping and mountain adventures around Colorado.

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Earlier this fall, "Blue" was totaled by a high-speed deer strike out on the sage flats south of Salida, CO.
Our term for roadside deer is "Sandbags on stilts". And they are just about that smart, too.
On the upside, it didn't come through the windshield, no one was injured and everyone but the deer and the vehicle is OK.

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I've put dashcams in all my cars because young inattentive/texting drivers keep running into & totaling them and then lying about it, and just a month before her birthday present was a dashcam for Blue

To see the dash-cam video of how fast this happened, either click on or open in a new window the image below or try this link... Volvo Deer Strike (You may have to enable pop-up windows for flickr.com).

[Caution - not for the sensitive - contains screams, a loud 4-letter utterance, and the tumbling aftermath of a high-energy deer impact]

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The fact the deer was just in front of the reflective sign made it much harder to initially discern.
And her boyfriend earned major dad points for his immediate gold-star response.

We had it towed to a repair shop near home, where it was officially declared totaled.
It was in such good shape otherwise that, with the encouragement of Abscate here, we decided to buy it back from the insurance company and make a run at resurrecting it ourselves.

It required about $500 in replacement parts: hood, radiator+intercooler+AC condensor, grill, bumper cover, head & fog lights, power steering pump & line, radiator support, etc

And a lot of measuring, hammering and restraightening in the passengers front corner.

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We were fortunate that there were lots of donor XC70s in the yards and almost everything was bolt-on replaceable.
But the fact that there are subtle differences in some of the parts, like the PS pump, did cost us some time.

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After about 5 days worth of parts hunting in the boneyards and hard restoration work in the garage, Blue is back on the road!
The hood color match is very close, but not exact. That's easy to fix once a matching XC70 shows up in the yards.
We even upgraded her to the $$$ late model HID lamps.

Needless to say, our daughter is over the moon.

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Re: The death and resurrection of "Blue", a 2002 XC70

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Re: The death and resurrection of "Blue", a 2002 XC70

Post by RickHaleParker » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:14 am

Be glad Moose don't come this far south. One cannot toss a Moose like she did that deer.


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Re: The death and resurrection of "Blue", a 2002 XC70

Post by BlackBart » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:39 am

That's impressive work - you did all this at home? Did you need to replace that upper crossmember / radiator support?

I hate deer at dusk. Ugh.


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Re: The death and resurrection of "Blue", a 2002 XC70

Post by matthew1 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:06 am

Great work indeed. I’ve been on that stretch of road many times. That deer caught serious air.

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Re: The death and resurrection of "Blue", a 2002 XC70

Post by sanchius » Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:41 am

abscate wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:40 am
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Tuna our Husky, says, "Thanks, Abs!"

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BlackBart wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:39 am
That's impressive work - you did all this at home? Did you need to replace that upper crossmember / radiator support?
Thanks! Yes and Yes.

The original black upper radiator support xmember was crumpled, but the new one you see was a dead simple bolt-on replacement that provided a great alignment template for reattaching & straightening the broken/twisted px-side light & radiator support frame (the light-colored wrinkly diagonal piece between the center of the red farm jack and the black AC fill port in the pic above).

That black top xmember also provides great camouflage covering the crumpled HL/Rad support frame below it.
There's very little visual evidence of the damage now.

We spent a lot of time making the part to replace the broken px-side bumper tab that the lower px-side of the xmember bolts to and reattaching the broken spot welds on the HL/Rad support frame so that everything was properly located and aligned.

But this was not our first rodeo and my son did most of the hard work.

He was particularly outstanding in figuring out how to relocate the interface wiring harness pins to run the new HID's off the old harness.
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Re: The death and resurrection of "Blue", a 2002 XC70

Post by 850 LPT » Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:58 am

Wow, I am really glad your daughter and her boyfriend came out of that unharmed.

You did some really nice work on that car, very impressive.
And I applaud you to your choice to save it.


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Re: The death and resurrection of "Blue", a 2002 XC70

Post by sanchius » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:07 am

Daughter called a few nights ago. "Dad, Blue just died on me. It starts fine, but when I put it in gear it just dies."

"OK, let me see what I can find. But since I'm back in Nevada, you and your brother will need to fix this."

I google various Volvo sites for the symptoms, possible causes and solutions to suggest to them...
- Might be a locked up torque converter, did the trans fluid get contaminated somehow with the deer hit?
- Unclean MAF or throttle sensor?
- Did a sensor connection/wire get damaged or missed reconnecting?
- Big vacuum leak somewhere?
Hopefully it's whatever is cheapest/easiest to fix.

This is a solid, well-maintained vehicle, so I'm not too worried.
I amazon them a cheap but well reviewed OBDII reader to get more data.

Son called last night. He has found the problem.
We missed tightening a hose clamp and one of the turbo hoses popped off the intercooler.

Really BIG vacuum leak.
The upside is that this is a 2-minute, 0$, fix.

Whew, I love easy ones...



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Re: The death and resurrection of "Blue", a 2002 XC70

Post by BlackBart » Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:11 pm

sanchius wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:07 am
Really BIG vacuum leak.
haha, yes!

I sometimes get the call from another city where the child is stuck in the middle of an intersection blocking traffic, in the rain, at night, and "it keeps stalling, dad!"

"umm...uhhh...I never said I knew what I was doing!"


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Re: The death and resurrection of "Blue", a 2002 XC70

Post by abscate » Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:42 pm

Sanchius

Blue looks like Arctic Pearl Metallic - Colour code 444 - can you have Ms Sanchius snap a pick of the inner plate on the left fender and confirm? We will watch our for matching hoods out here - a lot more activity out here in Volvo Boneyards

I love how quickly she re-composed, well done.

On that stall out - a quick way to check for vacuum induction leaks that are giving poor running.

Car off, disconnect MAF

Start car and try. You will pop a MAF code, but if unmetered air is getting in, the disconnected MAF will force the ECU to run from lookup table instead of metering, and it will run quite well.

Woof!


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