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One fully reconditioned steering box
Maybe if I have any money left, not likely, I can get one of these bad boys from George: P1800 power steering
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I want to get some pics up so you follow the progress, I’m sure that many readers are thinking wait did he give up. Hell no, this is my legacy
What a fantastic site. Plenty of time since the last update but she is finally looking ready for final blasting and body repairs. Sills, tank and floor to go on next. Just the engine, suspension, gearbox & full interior wiring and lighting with bright work to go… Lol!
Winter seems to slow everything down but one key piece has come together and I must say is superb. The steering wheel may seem a simple piece but it has required very special attention my some skilled artisans to get it back to brand new and I mean totally rebuilt.
The alloy wheel parts had to be bright anodised and the outer part of the wheel went to PearlCraft http://www.pearlcraft.com.au/ in NSW to remove the cracks. An amazing job guys!
The wheel hub & horn retainer where also replated and polished. The dash is almost complete again with the final pieces of the new guages – the outer chrome surrounds – are off getting the tiniest dinks removed so they are perfect. Even the black inside the guages is being redone – perfect. Pics to follow when I see it.
Just keen to get the body paint off and see it all the sins revealed finally. Car is due to be completed start 0f 2012. Thanks for reading and leave any comments or questions,
Now I have to have the new damaged panel repaired at my cost. Not great. I am very unhappy.
More on the dash and the build going forward in a couple of days.
doors came back from stripping/blasting and one is in pretty good nick the other is shot and now minus a door skin – that skin is coming from my favourite people at vp-autoparts.se
The good one:
note the white chalk circle on the left hand side of pic – its where the door has had a repair and as Im finding all over the car the modus operandi was to knock in the damage and bog it over. Makes sense I suppose given the monocoque nature of the body but its a pain to cut them and knock out all the repairs.
The bad – missing something?
Even more odd is the number of resprays the car has had! The orginal colour according to the code on the id plate is a dark grey however we are yet to find any sign of that original colour. The car was red when I purchased it and as shown in this blog it has been red for 30 years. Prior to that it looks like it was yellow. check out this pic of the colours that are visible near the rear windows repair. It also shows another spot where the panel was knocked in and bogged :(. Im guessing that the car was stripped to bare metal almost on arrival to Australia and painted yellow – Those damn hippy bastards :O
Interestingly the original primer used on the Volvo p1800 was brick red and all the other primers used on this car are grey. Maybe, just maybe the colour of this car was actually yellow when it arrived. I wonder if anyone reading this blog knows if the p1800 ever shipped in yellow from the factory or was special ordered?