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Thread: Volvo C304 (4x4) Restore and fitout

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    Friday 1 December 2017

    Public holiday so up 4am and reach IPOH 190K away 22 hours later as I have the pocket rocket 1.5litre Suzuki Swift while Adam borrows my Isuzu to collect his "Volvo" and will drop by when he has collected it some 8 hours later. Later I realise I have left my mobile phone at home so I head back to wonderful Kuala Lumpur 7pm.

    They have not got back to KL with the Volvo till late due to the traffic hell which is public holidays. So it becomes a bar session instead. The Volvo is outside my house on the trailer.

    Saturday 2 December 2017

    I head to Penang with Adam in the Isuzu towing his Volvo.


    Unload time at the boat factory.


    We rebuild the fuel tank for the Volvo it will be tig welded during the week.


    Then it's time for Kuala Lumpur 365k away and return the trailer and hit the bar before 12.00am. Then the crap starts. We have to repack all the trailers wheel bearings there goes over an hour. Then the lights fail on the trailer and we blow a fuse in the Isuzu more lost time. Then a fast 10k test on the trailer makes the wheel bearings hot. So it's a slow trip back to KL we arrive in the time at 1:0am to be told bar closing lol. I sleep in on the Sunday morning no Volvo work.

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    23 December 2017

    Up 4am and on the road to avoid the traffic. 7am I'm sitting having breakfast 190k has whizzed past with the help of ZZTOP and BLONDIE.

    The speaker panels are back and I test fit them. Still have to get the smoked Perspex and the LED light for the gecko fitted.


    I finish 8.30pm and find a hotel - really expensive like 4 times the rate I normally pay.

    Sunday 24 December 2017

    I get some help and we fit the 50" LED light then we realise the bottom panel needs to be remade with some more reinforcing it drops 5mm in the middle. Rats!


    The speaker panel is bolted down with 1 rivnut to replace.


    It's 3pm time to head back to KL for XMAS dinner. Mr Brown will not let me pat him as I leave. 6pm Iím sitting back in KL getting cleaned up for XMAS dinner.

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    30 December 2017

    5am on the road head off to Ipoh again actually the drive is getting to me. This is bad damn motor bike groups thousands of them heading north on their 150cc scooters then it rains making it even worse and I need new front tires. The mighty little Isuzu since I have started 2 years ago reassembling the Volvo has done 98,000 killer meters

    I work on the roof panels by lunchtime I have carved one out. Meantime Brett comes in and starts making the bracket for the wiper motor. He has also made the left side of the air cond ducting only the right to do and made the new top for the blower. I realise I have also left my phone at home again.

    I start on the rear panels also and get long ways then realise I need to fix up the design a little.
    7pm home time back to KL I cannot be bothered with the excessive overnight rates for a holiday weekend. I end up in the bar with my mates and itís a long night.

    31 December 2017

    6am I wake up late and just step on it to IPOH the 190k goes past not so nice I need new front tires and it gets dicey rapidly after 120kph in the rain.

    The right roof panel is done.


    The finished wiper motor. Just need the arms and the wipers completed.


    I toil away all day and get the rear panels ready and then realise I need a little redesign on the top portion. Doing big panels by myself is not easy on the guillotine.


    Final pics of the year before I head home.



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    6 January 2018

    I wake up late 6am I'm on the road and I have a set of Volvo axles in the rear to deliver to Penang tonight.

    9am at the workshop fed and ready to go.

    Lunchtime itís down to get new front tires and a visit to the bolt shop for 150 rivnuts to fit the rear panels.

    Bolt down the gearlever cover - it's marked ready for final cut and prep. The rear panels are now split into 3 parts a top 100mm piece (4"), the middle part (in the next pic) and the bottom piece.


    8.30pm I finish up after spending 4+ hours making the top rear panel twice - first one ended up as an alloy template.

    7 January 2018

    Mornings work, make the middle panel.


    Mid afternoon I have the bottom panel bolting down started but I need a double fold done to finish it.


    The middle panel fits finally but needs the bottom panel and top panel bolted in to finish it.


    I bolt in the centre console and slip the steering wheel on and the engine cover. Gear lever cover is cut and trimmed and the holes all drilled to test finally bolt down


    It actually looks really good.






    Time for home its 6pm

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    The Drone followed us on our holiday

    Part 1

    https://youtu.be/uxi4JTUuL2k

    Part 2

    https://youtu.be/gxkcKcC3hto

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