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Old 09-07-2010, 11:29 PM   #1
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Default Little Low Red Wagon - The other Volvo wagon

Well I figured since I was bored I'd start a build thread to throw my pics throughout this project. I had started one over on turbobricks so I copied and pasted it to here:

The influence behind my build has been my experience with modifying my truck. I spent countless dollars to get it low and in the end...I have a truck for sale that I'm losing money on. With the wagon I plan to have this project completed or at least close to how I want it for less than $2500, car included. I guess I kinda wanna prove you dont have to have a lot of money to have a fun car. Hell for that price all your gonna find is sunfires, neons, and old boats.

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(now sold...to fund the Lolvo)

The story:
I purchased the car for $500 from a couple that owned Volvo's for the last 10 years. They seemed pretty knowledgeable and because they had owned so many, I got a nice big box of extra parts, lights, fuses. relays (some of them are retarded expensive), a set of tail lights and a complete dash.

Here is the pic from the ad...at this point I had no idea what addiction would become of this. I was looking for only a beater to get through winter with. I wanted a wagon, awd or rwd and less than $1500. I had a few picked out, a subaru wagon with 4wd, a 4wd corolla (that sold before I could look at it), and a gold 1990 Volvo wagon (which also sold on me before I could look at it). Then I saw this one...and I ended up being able to see it that night. They were asking $800 which I thought was fair but it needed a lot of suspension work and brake pads. Not to mention it ran really rough. I offered $500 and they said sure, just get it out of here!



everything taken apart (valve cover leaked so bad it smoked)



Then I figured I may as well doa good job and paint the cover while Im at it. After all, a cheap mod is always appreciated.



a little elbow grease...



did a full tune up and ran 2 cans of seafoam through it and it runs 2000 times better, smooth idle and a lot more power. Very happy with the results.





Next a messed around a bit



cleaned her up a bit and waxed it quickly in the shade with a beer







I bought the car with the virgos and in the back were 2 steelies and I almost got rid of them.

Wanting some nicer wheels I decided to use the steelies and run the virgos in winter because I've started to **** them. Problem was I had almost no money. I went to the wrecker and bought 2 volvo steelies to match and found matching beauty rings and volvo hub caps with tires - $50. Then I bought some primer, paint and clearcoat - $20. My friend sand blasted them for me for free at his shop after hours. (Yes I got it for free but its not cheating on the budget because you too can make friends with good connections)



to this...



to this...



wheels + painted like so for $60.

color turned out funny but i assure you their dark red.




Interior is kinda messy/dirty for now; it was a $500 car...







Some parts I have laying around...





Sept 3rd 2010

Wellllll I woke up to a flat tire today...figured I may as well get the 14"s mounted instead of wasting what little money I have on fixing a tire I dont want to use anyway.

I picked all 4 of these tires up off kijiji for $20 with 10/32nds left on them using kijiji for the budget build ftw. Yes their winters...winter is coming...in spring I'll be buying white walls and over winter (hopefully) I can get to the air ride install.

I reaaaally need to invest in a better camera









Sept. 6th

Well I goto change my oil...and I cant get the filter off. I only tighten them by hand so it wasn't cranked on with a wrench...try a wrench to get it off...cant get the wrench on. Now im like wtf...sooo I look under it and it turns out both motor mounts gave way and my oil filter was the new motor mount lol. Ordered 2 mounts from Napa and threw on some Bob Dylan and went to town. Gonna do the tranny mount once it gets here. Apparently this is a common problem with these 3 mounts...

The motor had shifted and the oil filter was resting on the bottem rubber piece lol


Driver side...


new one


Then I cleaned the car a bit and snapped a pic


And then a can of seafoam...




also found this Subaru I might pick up for winter to keep the wagon clean and I'll be able to leave it on jack stands if I need to

$1200


Now I just have to wait for my pancake air tank and 2 valves from suicidedoors.com and I'll start on the rear...
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Old 09-07-2010, 11:38 PM   #2
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Factory mounted gum dispenser ftw





This is still a serious build, but I'll be having fun with it - the way it should be.
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Old 09-07-2010, 11:57 PM   #3
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looks like a good build and lol at the gum dispenser.
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:08 AM   #4
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You going to get euro headlights?
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:15 AM   #5
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is your sig a photoshop or have you not posted all the pictures of the build? either way it looks awesome!
my parents always had those wagons when i was younger
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:30 AM   #6
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Sick man, keep going.
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Old 09-08-2010, 12:07 PM   #7
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love it, if you can make it look like your sig that would be awesome.

great wheels/color combo
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Old 09-08-2010, 12:49 PM   #8
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dope! I cant believe that's where volvo decided to mount the radio.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:54 PM   #9
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You should rock these, and slam it!

http://www.memoryfab.com/wheels/used/20100706140830
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:20 PM   #10
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this build is awsome so far, what does the little button on the shifter do?
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:28 PM   #11
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Gotta love a good budget build. Gotta do one some day

Is it just my iPhone or does that thing have immaculate paint still?
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:34 PM   #12
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very cool so far...I love 240 wagons cant wait to see where you go with this
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Build looks awesome man! I'm also a Volvo guy and love the was slammed wagons look, get it done and be one of a few Volvos on AIR!

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Old 09-09-2010, 01:23 AM   #14
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this build is awsome so far, what does the little button on the shifter do?
im gonna guess its the lockout for reverse
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button is for my 5th gear lol or overdrive :P not sure why they did that...

as for the paint, its in really good shape with a few spots on the doors that could be fixed up but whatever. $500 car, im not gonna be too worried about it. Im also on the look out for an efi set up so i can add a turbo and throw one on for super cheap but we'll see what I can find at the local wreckers.
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:50 AM   #16
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Just noticed the "LOLVO".
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lol

thanks for the support guys, im just shopping around for a cheap reliable winter car right now and then i'll be sinking my hard earned pennies into a pancake tank and start the rear

also the photoshop in my sig was my original vision of what I wanted, but it'll be a bit lower in the end
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also found this Subaru I might pick up for winter to keep the wagon clean and I'll be able to leave it on jack stands if I need to

$1200


Now I just have to wait for my pancake air tank and 2 valves from suicidedoors.com and I'll start on the rear...
another wagon... woot! woot!
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Hm.. don't I know this from TB?
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:20 AM   #22
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sweet project dude, WAGON LOVE!
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:02 PM   #23
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I like where you're going with this build, I can't wait to see it slammed!
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I'm loving what you did to the wheels man! that red and chrome looks hella sick! but ehh 1200$ for that shitbox?(no offense) but seriously for that subie wagon 1200? you can get those here in that state for like 250 euro's wich is like 360$ or so? anyway I LOOOVEEE YOUR WAGON!
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I'm keeping my eye on this build, very nice so far.
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