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I did something. Got the angle grinder angry and made some cuts. A friend took pics of this special moment.


I'm getting ready to make the first cut. Marked the cutting line with a masking tape.



Cutting the last part in the front, the roof is held up by the lift.



Roof is no more.


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Went to a small driving event on one of the local small islands (95m2). Was fun, Miata even can drive on forrest roads. Did scrape up some dirt with car floor but nothing bad. Didn't get stuck.





managed the get a shot of miata and my friend who is the owner.


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quick testdrive for the ex-van/pickup to see if the body flexes. Solid as a rock. With out added materials no twisting even with hard corners. Damn they made these things strong.



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We have some RWD volvos now:

62 Amazon

87 740 "van"

92 940 - green one (with out the front panels)

91 940 - red one - lowered, bistein B6, hotter cam - cruised car


And some FWD volvos now:

02 S80 D5

99 C70 T5


And some AWD volvos now:

04 XC90 D5

06 XC90 D5


+ Miata 😄


Some days we think we have lost our minds.

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"Local" Cars & Coffe visited with our red 940. Local by US standards - 4h drive - for us it is another country Latvia.









We also had Laitse Rally Park bring their Car Collection cars. I think you guys might like these. 



PS: Black licence plate is Estonian Road Administration Classic car registry plate. The vehicle must be minimum of 95% factry original - down to nuts, bolts, screws, fabric in the interior and so on.

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Removed some more of the old cab. This gave me access to roof structure, going to weld the rear part of the donor car to that and to the side on the bottom. With that fixed I'll cut of the roof and but on one from the donor.


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And more pics again 😄

I know, I'm hopeless in that part. But I keep a journal of the build like that.


Took her outside and this thing with light rear end now acts more like my 620 did. Nice.



Lifted the donor car near the building to get power to anglegrinder and went at it. Removed the rear pillars, still need to cut away the rear of the white car and the roof skin. You can also see our transport and crane truck - old Merc Actros 6x2.



Still need some trimming 😉 but this starts to give some idea where to but the rear part. Going to reinstall the seats to get the interior to perfect size.



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On 5/6/2019 at 9:03 AM, Aibast said:

We also had Laitse Rally Park bring their Car Collection cars. I think you guys might like these. 



PS: Black licence plate is Estonian Road Administration Classic car registry plate. The vehicle must be minimum of 95% factry original - down to nuts, bolts, screws, fabric in the interior and so on.

its stuff like that, that not only make threads awesome, but give a chance to learn at the same time. Thank you for sharing! 

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Like I always tell you all, we are insane in here. The green 940 Volvo.




We had an idea to turn that into a track day car for this event:


Youngtimer Time Attack

we have to 07.07 to turn this thing into a "race" car. 

The plan:

original B230FG engine gets a turbo and a new exhaust. This engine type has no cat as it was made for eastern-europe/ russian market. Has the best stock Volvo cam, so it might be a bit fun.

From my parts car we got proper stiff loweing springs and adjustable shock to match. Still thinking of going even lower and stiffer. We got a lot if stiff BMW springs in stock.

This is what is looks like @ the moment.


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We had a local Volvo guys meet and dyno day. Had a nice day and lots of fun = beer and proper sauna after some car fun.


Best looking car - P1800S restomod. T5 engine 246kw and 508Nm.



Video of P1800S doing donuts.





three generations of Volvo coupes.

From the back.

80's/90's era 780 Bertone

60's/70's era P1800S

90's/00's era C70


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it is alive, well, it drives  and is nice and stiff, no side roll.

Here still with out front end.



And at my house.



We had to cut front springs one coil shorter as the car was in nose up position.

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we had a treat this week end. Peking - Paris event went trough Estonia and they had a special stage here at LaitseRallypark. Was nice to see old cars used as cars 😄








The rest of the pictures


Short video by Autoleht


PS. Special for you Datsun fans.


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The "Green 940" survived the torture and worked fine. Got two runs in dry and then sky opened up and it rained for 4 hours, that didn't stop us having fun.







Dry track



Wet track



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As I have a lot to do desided to get additional things to do. I'm organizing a regularity rally for a 25+ year old cars.

Youngtimer Camp - Youngtimer Rally.

3h of driving and 115km - track based on a roadbook.


This is what a roadbook usualy looks like.



It is a time-speed-distance event. You must drive the course in the allowed time within one minute.


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The rally is done, not a lot of cars took part - only 15, but they loved it. Here are some pics of the last check point. Wife took the pics as I marked arrival times.




















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Had some time to but in the car again. Got the rear cab part in its proper place. It is now spot welded on. As the MIG didn't like the 0.6mm wire, I had to use 1mm wire. So only spots and even that looked like crap. But is stuck on.



Starting point



Adjusting and some seam repairs.



In its place after ten+ adjustments. I think I got the location right, a lot more room on the inside behing the seats and still allmost 2m of usable bed length. 


Did find out some strange things. First ´87 Volvo had thicker metal as ´92 Volvo.


This is a section of a roof side. This is the 87 one, duble thickness on the right side. You can see the bend water channel and the old cur roof skin. 92 one doesn't have additional metal in it. 


Then the "van" has some accident repairs on the right side rear corner, also that side is 2mm shorter because of that. The old inside wall that was behind the seats was 3cm  croked to one side and so on and so on. As I expected they made these things to look ok visuali with help of a hammer and putty.

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been making some things again. Went to new garage rooms, this time no rent as the building is ours.



got to a point where I did something on the car again. Cut away the old roof ...



... on went the new one. Added some steel to the sides ( 2mm sheetsteel )




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Sooooo.... here we go again. This year we needed a 30+ year old car for Oldtimers Winter Rally. Well we found and got one.

This time Toyota Starlet 1.0L from 1987. Great car as it was cheap and everything works on it. It even had insurance and valid inspection.


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a quick prep work for the regularity rally. Winter tyres on some wider rims for looks and Hella Rally 3000 spotlights for night time driving. Inside went four 12V outlets for a phone charger, camera, tripmeter.

Next week might get BMW E36 coupe seats to replace the originals ( I will keep these as I can revent this thing back to stock when there is a need).


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