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Gregory Garoppolo
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The turbo control valve (TCV) is a known failure prone part of turbo Volvos. The part fails because it opens and closes a lot, and I mean a lot, a lot. IPD makes a really cool video explaining the mechanics of it all if you're interested let me know in the comments and I will dig it up. The installation is supposed to be straight forward, but my T-5R's PO was awful. First, the TCV was not where

Gregory Garoppolo15 hours ago

It’s a really nice day out, so I am trying to get all of the prep work finished before I spray my front bumper. I’ve never had the correct bumper on the car while I’ve owned the car, I’m excited to have the car looking like an actual 850R for once!

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

Oh, that's gonna look so good once it's all painted up and installed. I had no idea the T-5R bumpers were 2 separate pieces

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Unfortunately, most of them are in more than two pieces these days ;-P

[]Brian Nguyen

Can't wait to see it all finished up! I definitely need to make some time for my bumper.

Yesterday I ordered my Volvo 242 a fancy new steering wheel to replace the bus wheel that currently directs my car and I made an appointment to get the car an alignment today as well, and maybe have them dial in a bit of camber for funsies while their at it. Alls I needed to do was get gas and then head to the alignment shop! I made it as far as the gas station. First problem, my co-owner

Here are the pre-sanding results from my rolled-edge painting technique that I tried out. The lines are much softer, which is more true in some areas than others. You can really see how the paint was able to bleed into some of the areas to allow for better blending. After I took this shot, I sanded the area but the primer came through in an adjacent area so I had to add another couple of coats of paint

A lot of us go out and buy old cars to fix up and make faster. Some of us do this with a plan and others go out and look for the best bang for your buck. Either approach is just fine, but know the difference. If you have money to potentially burn when your cheap project goes sideways on you because you were so busy bolting on a big turbo that you forgot to clean out the crank

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[]Tom Armstrong

I agree but I’d also like to speak more about the “plan”.

I’ve also pushed this idea on everyone so they’re not just throwing parts at a car. If you know you want to add more power in the in the future, and you need to replace your brake pads soon. Then research what performance pads do well on the car on a track. Upgrade things when you need to basically.

This way you’re not cooking your brakes later when you get that supercharger

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Exactly!

[]Randy Gross

Stage 0 is where I am trying to get my Miata currently. The urge was strong to just start buying and bolting on performance parts, but I knew from previous projects that was a recipe for a bad time. It might not be the glamorous way to go, but I will definitely feel better when I do begin the modding process, knowing that everything is up to spec before I start.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

The peace of mind is huge!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Not enough people put their cars to "stage 0" before starting modifications and then they wonder why things go wrong after. I try to make sure my cars are in tip top shape before modding but sometimes parts break and the "logical" thing to do is replace them with upgrades.

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[]Robert Sixto

This is kind of how my FC went, all the running gear was made new. Now though, I'm finding a need to make everything else work, the sunroof motor, the reverse lights, the little light inside the lock, the dome light. It's all the tiny things that don't necessarily effect the way the car drives, but how it feels.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I keep trying to do that with the track car! It's a waste of my time and makes no difference, and is probably better suited to be removed, but those little fiddly bits just drive me nuts! I must fix them all!

[]Robert Sixto

Just posted some Stage Zero work right now. You have officially made it a thing, I'll never be able to not think of it as stage zero. Lol

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Haha! Good! It should be a thing.

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I am working on repairing a ding that was on my roof and am about to blend the old paint with the new. I'm new to this process but here's a picture of what all of the tips that I reviewed recommended for helping in blending. The idea is to avoid hard lines, so you roll back the tape and then keep it softly adhered. This allows some paint to seep and creates a soft edge that is supposed

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

I just saw a Youtube video about doing that (One of MotionAutoTV's videos if I'm remembering correctly) and thought that it sounded like a pretty good tip. I'm definitely interested in seeing the results after it's all done. Maybe a before and after to compare how it did look to how it looks after being fixed?

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I've been messing with this thing on and off for months, and not quite getting the results that I want. So there's more a number of pictures at various stages. I'm going to try and wet sand it today and see if it looks like I can clear coat it without lines yet

[]Robert Sixto

I tried this a while back and it didn't really work out for me either, still looked like a fresh black rectangle against the old black paint! Lol. I'll be looking out for an update, and more pointers!

[]Gregory Garoppolo

That's what I'm trying to avoid!

It's turning into crunch time! The IPD Garage Sale is on Saturday and my car is covered in paper and it's bumper is grey and red instead of shiny black. Meanwhile, the turbo coolant hose still leaks but luckily is sitting in the box next to the replacement turbo control valve. Looks like I'm going to be busy this week!

Today I tried Meguiar's Mirror Bright wheel cleaner or the first time. I like Meguiar's products.I have been using their Ultimate Wheel Cleaner for years, and have thought that it was the best working cleaner that didn't cost silly amounts of money. The one thing I haven't like has been Meguiars upscale products; they just don't seem that different from the less expensive products. However, this wheel cleaner is different. It adhered better, dried slower, and cleaned better than

I purchased this kit because the kit that I wanted from do88 was on back order and the people at FCP Euro were happy to offer me a discount on this kit. Mishimoto also has an excellent reputation for quality in motorsports, so I wasn't worried about any short comings in the performance arena. The kit comes with everything you need to install new silicone reinforced intercooler hoses on your p80 Volvo (850/S70/V70). Installation is straight forward, although the

I have been getting a vibration while accelerating in the T-5R for months now and its been some trouble to eliminate all possible culprits. The issue is that I got overzealous with my front end rebuild and without fulling thinking things through, I went and replaced everything, including the front axles with ones that I later learned, are prone to vibration. I’m pretty sure that’s my issue but along the way I upgraded the intercooler hoses to ensure

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[]Tom Armstrong

Definitely sounds like axles if it only happens when accelerating, I believe Honda had an issue like that with their K-series CRV's. the inner joint is just too sloppy and you only feel it the you press the accelerator at any speed.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Thank you! I appreciate the second opinion. Literally the only other thing I can think of that might behave like that is the turbo control valve. It's oscillations slow as it wears out and it opens and close the waste gate. But with the new intercooler hoses and tune-up, it's making really good power again... I really don't want to take the entire front end apart.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Regardless of them not fixing your vibration issue you at least now have the piece of mind of knowing your hoses are in great shape. That, and I'm sure they look much better too. Hopefully you do get that vibration sorted out. They can be very annoying sometimes.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

There was definitely benefit from upgrading the hoses too. The problem is that I don't have a check engine light on, so I have no help locating where the problem might be is challenging. Previously I was getting bad gas mileage and vibrating, no though, my gas mileage is back in the normal range and I have no check engine light, so it's probably the axles and I might have had a small boost leak but I did a tune-up as well and that helped a lot.

[]Randy Gross

New hoses look good. It is always nice to remove one potential issue when troubleshooting. Hopefully you can get that vibration sorted too!

[]Robert Sixto

I've been contemplating some new hoses too, mine are looking pretty beat. Good point about the oil getting on them, I hadn't considered that.

I walk by this garage all of the time but have never seen it open before today. I was excited to see an old Jag hanging out in there. I love old Jags, but I fit terribly in them, so I mostly just like looking at them. I had to restrain myself from wondering into the garage to take a peak at that slab of walnut carved into a dash. Hopefully the Jag progresses from its current state and

I had the need to haul some scrap lumber on Sunday, and the Volvo swallowed it up easily . It's a very cleaver design letting the front seat fold down like it does so that 8 foot long pieces of wood are no trouble. My 850 Turbo wagon sees a lot of this type of work that is usually reserved for trucks but it never gives me any trouble. I tie big things to the roof and shove slightly less

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[]Maximilian Rockatansky

Nice man I love those old Volvo wagons. My family had multiple 240 saloons, a 240 coupe and a 240 wagon, a 960 and an XC70 for years. Now I’m doin a V8 swap on my 240GT. I’d like to get my hands on a T5/R for a daily driver. Those things are cool

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Thanks! I love those 242GTs! Great cars! there's one for sale with ownership since the 1980s and under 200k right now tempting me. What V8 are you going with?

[]Maximilian Rockatansky

The GTs are very rare in the Midwest due to being a Canadian model. When I was restoring my 240GT about 12 years ago, it was one of two in the state. I’m sure by now it’s the last one of its kind. I’m still in the early stages of planning the swap. I’d like to stick with a manual transmission, but am undecided. The 700R4 transmission and Edelbrock carb’d 350 small block seems like a winning combination.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Sounds like a fun setup!

I've been working on the front end of the T-5R over the past week. It's not done yet, but I do have a grill back on it, the bumper fully secured, and the upper surfaces buffed and polished but needing wax. I'm working on getting it's front lower valence painted as well as finishing some paint correction on the roof. I will then just need to buff, polish and wax the exterior and enjoy! That is until I notice

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

I vote go for the dark tint and a good stereo. Dark tint on a black Volvo looks great, especially being the T-5R

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I'll probably do the tint, partly because the cargo covers for these cars all disintegrated and the tint will make it harder to see what I am hauling. The stereo I keep waffling on but if I could get a clean looking double din with lights that match my interior, I would probably go for it.

Here's a nice profile shot of my 242, which is my favorite view of the car. I intend on getting a lower front valence and a smaller front bumper, as well as lowering the car, in time. The engine in these cars sits right between the two from strut towers, slightly towards the back. In two door form, this afforded these cars with 52/48 weight distribution. The venerable B23F, known for its incredible durability and longevity, cranks out

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

I'm excited to see how that progresses. There's definitely not enough modified classic Volvo's out there.

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[]Randy Gross

I will be keeping an eye on this! Have you thought of any places yet where you can drop a little weight?

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[]Craig Crall

That's a pretty clean example Gregory, thanks for sharing the pics. A nice classic. What do you have planned for power upgrades?

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Brought her home last night! She had been living at my buddies with a gerry-rigged up power steering pump converted to manual rack and blown out dampers with original steelies. Now she's home! And sitting on 16" Volvo 850 5 spokes, with functional dampers, good rubber and a manual rack! I'll take better pics later today.

P80 Volvos are prone to wiper arm spring failure, which leads to poor wiping despite new wiper blades. Consequently, I have replaced a few of them. And as a consequence of that consequence... Okay, the OEM Volvo arms last longer, I'm not sure how long but longer than the Scantech arms. I had my T-5R over 3 years before the arms it came with failed, and those were Volvo arms. The Scantech ones that I installed on my 850 Turbo

These old Volvos sometimes have the wipers stop working well despite new blades. If that happens look at the wiper arm, and if it looks something like the one on the left, then it needs replacing. The wiper arm on the right is brand new and you can see how flush it is supposed to sit. This can actually damage your paint when you open your hood, never mind being unsafe at highway speeds with how poor they work

I was taking some time to admire the competition for my Cabriolet back when it was new in 1994. The interiors in particular have a lot in common in feel and appearance. Same can be said for the boxy, simple and elegant lines of the exteriors. I think these are great looking Benzes and I would have happily bought one of them had an opportunity presented itself to me. Now that I have the Audi though, it's obvious, the

Who wants understeer? Not me, but other than having some of the worst understeer in the business, I do love the way Audis drive, particularly once that understeer is remedied. To this end, I purchased an 034 Motorsport rear adjustable sway bar with subframe reinforcement brackets. I also installed 034 motorsport adjustable sway links to remove any preload, and for their spherical dehlrin style bushings that are theoretically more responsive. The setup transformed the car. On the negative

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[]Tom Armstrong

Wow that’s a nice setup! I will concur that the rear bar helps a LOT with understeer. I was surprised with mine as well. Nice thorough review man

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Thank you!

[]Randy Gross

Swaybars and end links are next on my project list after I get the coilvovers installed. Are you going to get an alignment with more "sporty" settings or keep it close to factory specs?

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Until I get lowering springs I will leave it as factory settings. I probably won't go too aggressive once I have my springs though, I am using this car to learn to be a better driver, so I don't want the car to do all of the work for me! But I think maybe negative 1.5 in the front and 1.0 in the rear, without any toe in or out. That should help me unwind out of turns at least.

[]Timothy Markworth

I'm not some kinda professional driver or anything, but I like my vehicles to be practical and I never understood how understeer could be justified. If my choices are "ditch" and "another car", I'm picking ditch. The turn I could have made is better than the one I couldn't.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Agreed! But then I heard an answer and it was scary. My understanding is that a shocking percent of people panic by taking their hands off the wheel and at most hitting the brake, but possibly just freezing for a moment while completely removing hands and feet from the controls. Understeer is the most forgiving of these bad habits that drivers have, and the remedy is to let off throttle. I agree with you though, and perhaps we should have higher standards for driving? It's just a thought.

Have you ever seen that guy driving his slammed old car, with a slight lean to one side, almost like the body of the car isn’t on straight? I almost accidently became that guy today. Not only does this look ridiculous when it happens, it’s unsafe. What’s happening is the geometry of the suspension has changed, so now your car is literally sideways on its frame. You are now driving your car like a crab walks. Luckily my drive to the

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[]Steve Clasen

I should have my suspension back on this weekend but it's a 35 mile drive to get an alignment. Hopefully nothing like what you found pops up before we arrive. Will you have videos of your track day?

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Ooooh! Is that suspension work happening for the Triumph? New suspension plus a SBC in a TR6, should be fun!

You know, I don't have any equipment to record my track days, so that always depends on who I know at the meet. I would love to have a GoPro headrest camera to record video to review my laps but that's not in the budget yet. I do have a short video of my S4 going around a bend with me driving it from last year, but that's about it. Do you have a recording setup?

[]Steve Clasen

Actually the Triumph has been gone for years. It's only on Wheelwell hoping someone can tell me if it still survives. I have five cameras if I remember correctly, ranging from $50 to $130. One had a price of $199 on Amazon but with an incredible $150 off coupon. The $130 camera is a Garmin Verb with GPS but it's the older model. I used to track years ago but have almost no photographic record of those days. Now I'm making up for it. Looking forward to reading about your track days this year!

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I just checked out your video on the Legacy page, great quality! And you have better lines than those cars passing you on the straights. The cars that are passing you are what I am afraid that I am in my S4, compensating for bad turns with power. Your car looks like its setup more like my 242 will be, which is why I am stoked about the 242, a straight momentum car that will reward me for well executed turns and punish me for poorly executed turns.

[]Steve Clasen

Thanks for that! I bet your Volvo is going to be great fun on track. Just watch your mirrors and enjoy.

[]Randy Gross

When I lifted my Trailblazer, it did the same thing but went left. Adjustable panhard will fix the problem, I did have to modify the mount, but it probably won't be an issue for your car, I was going into uncharted territory when I lifted mine.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

It's a super common correction and as easy as could be, I just almost got ahead of myself! I never thought of this as a lift problem, but that makes sense, you are still changing suspension geometry, thanks for sharing!

I have been worried about my T-5R lately because there's been a vibration under load that is not speed dependent. It's pretty significant but everyone has always told me that these cars run bad when the plugs go, so since I didn't have a check engine light, I decided to start there. I didn't get to finish the job because I got side tracked cleaning and looking for yet another bolt the previous owner seems to have lost. It

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[]Randy Gross

Good deal! Tracking down those little problems can sometimes be a pain.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Definitely! The charge air hoses are all floppy too, so I think I might be leaking boost, which may be the remainder of the problem. I did get a few strong vibration free pulls last night which makes me very optimistic that I am on the right path here.

[]Randy Gross

Definitely check the charge hoses. I had an issue with one of mine that looked ok to the eye, but leaked under boost because the hose would swell and there was a crack!

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Exactly my thought! I had it happen on my S4, the hole only opened under pressure so you couldn't visualize it but the car would just fall on its face abruptly. As for the T-5R, I bough a bag full of Mishimoto silicone reinforced hoses to slap on there a ways back. That should solve any leaks and improve throttle response!

[]Randy Gross

Sounds like you got it covered!

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I hope so!

I am trying to give my front grill on the T-5R a mild custom look but it's not going as planned, so who's got some advice for me? The goal is to have a black back drop to the chrome grill. The problem I encountered was that the paint cleaner acted as a solvent and oxidized part of the silver paint that I was attempting to preserve. I am still proceeding as planned but I believe that I at minimum

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

Awhile ago a friend of mine had an 850 with the T5 engine that he made a custom grill for. I think he took one of those mesh style waste bins, cut it apart, flattened it, and zip tied it in place of the standard grille slats and found a way to get the emblem to still be on it. I'll have to see if I can find some pics of it. It sounded really ghetto when he told me about it but it ended up looking pretty nice.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Thanks for the input! The aftermarket grill that I have is an egg crate style one that I've thought about using and then just refinishing the OEM emblem so that it matches the new grill better. That's plan 2 for now.

[]Hayden Baker

I'm having a bit if trouble following what you're doing but you could try painting the silver last like you said and see how that works. I'm a big fan of no grill or minimalist grill so I just cut my out to remove weight and improve airflow. Also makes it possible to cover my oil cooler when I'm not driving on track

[]Gregory Garoppolo

That seems reasonable, my picture sucks. LOL. I got annoyed that things were going wrong and didn't take enough pictures. I think I might repost this in the next few days and get things staged better to solicit advice, with pictures of all of the appropriate pieces..

[]Tom Armstrong

I always look to rally cars(or Lexus) for exterior inspiration. A thin wire or honey-comb style black grille is what I've always gravitated towards. But if you are attached to this grille I agree that a buffer would work. If not you can try a 1500 grit sandpaper and go at it, and I like your idea about water dipping it too.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I like your idea and so I bought an egg crate style grill but I didn't like the way it looked in person without the badge, and swapping the badge over would create a mismatch look.

[]Tom Armstrong

Maybe just put a small emblem in the corner, like RS, Type-R, etc?????

[]Gregory Garoppolo

This is an interesting idea. I could use the OEM sash and badge, and then spray it to match the egg crate grill, and then attach a Volvo Sport, or T-5R emblem off to the side.... That could be cool. Thank you!

[]Tom Armstrong

Excellent

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You know its really good news when you're so excited you forget to take pictures! I haven't really bean able to drive the car too much because of a few issues needing attention. Well, that will all be resolved shortly. I have enlisted one of my local shops, R&R Auto in Portland, OR, to do some of the work and get the car road safe and setup well enough to take to a track day. Now I am impatiently waiting

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[]Randy Gross

Sounds like you are getting it together! Also caddywhompus is not used nearly enough!

[]Robert Sixto

Lol, caddywhompus, that's a new one for me. I like it.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Caddywhompus is great word! Glad you all enjoyed it!

I finished with the clay bar before the mid day sun set in. Now I will wait for the shade to return and then polish the car this evening but I did snap a picture to show the nice shine the clay bar has put back into the paint. Look how clear that reflection is! Not bad for 17 year old paint!

I didn't get a lot done yesterday because of an unexpected visit from a friend that is about to move away. Sometimes things are more important than cars, but only some of the time. Besides, he owns half of my Volvo 242! So it was car related, kind of, sort of. Anyways, I began clay barring my B5 S4 yesterday, which is the step that I take after washing, scrubbing with a tooth brush, and drying. The idea

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[]Robert Sixto

Man, I remember the first time I clayed my car, it was still fairly new at that point, and I couldn't believe the difference! The paint feels so incredible smooth afterwards.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

It's pretty remarkable what it pulls out of the paint!

[]Robert Sixto

Out of curiosity, what do you use for clay lube?

[]Gregory Garoppolo

It varies but yesterday I was just using soapy water. I like to use quick detailer and clay between bigger cleanings in order to keep things looking sharp though. You?

[]Robert Sixto

I would use whatever quick detailer I had on hand. Going forward I have some Optimum no rinse that I'll likely use at the proper dilution. Not sure when that will be, but curious to see if there's any difference. I never thought of just soapy water, probably a fairly efficient method.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

It's certainly seems to work and is cheaper than detailer. I keep meaning to buy a quirt bottle and mix up some soapy water in it and see if it squirts well or just creates useless foam. It would make quick cleanup jobs super easy.

[]Robert Sixto

It really is, even when you think it already looks and feels perfect, clay just takes it to next level.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Now if only the S4 would stay in my driveway so I could finish my project. I have scratches to buff out!

[]Jessica Pomerleau

Need to get my spring car cleaning done... I'm filled with dirt and pebbles 🤦🏼‍♀️

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I was thwarted for a second day in row and now my car is out in the city being dirtied instead of cleaned and shined. I guess I could clean the convertible instead, it is spring time after all.

I started spring cleaning my B5 S4 yesterday by giving her a thorough wash, including vacuuming hinges and scrubbing crevices and badges with my special tooth brush. The car looks fantastic from a few feet back, but years of living in a city and a few encounters with some autocross cones have left some marks. There are at least three places on my car where I was clipped by a bicycle handlebar, or foot from a cyclist. Those

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