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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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