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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:26 pm

July 19th:

Well Volvrat I has passed away and I am now breaking her for parts Sad

For those of you who don't know my original Volvrat, affectionately known as the OVLOV, this was her:



She died of a busted head gasket, that went with such style that the cam cover is welded to the head!!!!!



So bring on Volvrat II!! Very Happy The spirit of the rat shall live on!!! Volvrat II has already gained the name of Zippy Lea too


Went to auction yesterday, and picked up a 1997 Volvo 940 SE wagon, for £325!!!!!!!! 1 previous owner, 145k on the clock, really happy with it. Got a few issues with her though, like the tail gate handle doesn't work on the outside, and some of the lights on the dash don't work, but otherwise, it's all pretty sweet.


Redblock turbo lump, not too bad condition. Bit tatty on the exhaust system, so that'll get ripped off and a straight through pipe will be installed, and the paintwork is pretty scratched and tatty too, so it'll all be going matt black again, but no rust this time.

Interior isn't too bad at all so will keep that as it is pretty much.

Gonna stick the 15G turbo off the 850 T5 on it as well as the manual boost controller and increase the boost a bit.


Got my sounds to stick in there too, and the roof rack to chuck up top again too



Best bit is, I have the whole car to get to a suitable ratty standard, by the 8th of August for Retro Rides show!! So with my days off, that works out as 5 full days for:

- Respray
- ICE install
- Fitting of roof rack, air horns, steelies and other bits

And hopefully time for a straight through exhaust to be sorted out too





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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:27 pm

July 22nd:




Before:


After some matt black paint:




And a nice pic I rather like Very Happy
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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:28 pm

July 24th:

Couple of pics for y'all of my audio install Smile





And done a little bit more matt blacking too, now done from the top of the bump strips down, done the fuel filler flap too, and put another of my warning labels on, a flammable liquid one again Smile


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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:28 pm

July 25th:

Well I've been busy today and here is the result:



Not been flatted back yet so you'll have to forgive the patchiness, just it was getting too hot!


July 26th:

Some play pics Very Happy



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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:29 pm

July 27th:

Lotta photos, but nice photos of work in progress on the new side exit exhaust.

100% custom fabricated by the guys down at Incarsolutions in Crayford, Kent (01322 274 462) and it sounds IMMENSE!!!!














And of course, the all important video!
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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:29 pm

August 6th:

Pair of tights on the headlamps, actually wrapped around the glass itself on the main unit too, and not just stretched all over the back.

Also the roof rack is on there, and the painted grill too Very Happy




Oh, first touch of hawaiian theme for the Retro Rides show with Rat-Look.com


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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:30 pm

August 12th:

So after 8 1/2 hours of hard work, and I mean VERY hard work, I have a new turbo on the wagon

Again, much thanks to the guys in Crayford at In Car Solutions

The original (and somewhat buggered) 13C turbo is gone and the 15G turbo off my old Volvo 850 T5 is on! Wooop wooooop!!!

Sounds soooo much better, much beefier now, no smoke, quieter too, and it really pulls well, even though I've set the boost lower cos I still need to sort out the intercooler pipework as it's all jiggled about now, and the air intake was on the top, and is now on the bottom of the snail. Helluva lot of work, but my god was it worth it!

There is a circlip that holds the core into the housing, and it took my mate and I half an hour just to get it back on!!! 4" circlip made of 3mm metal



So here she is, in her shiny(ish) snailish glory!!


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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:31 pm

August 15th:

New door cards Very Happy Well, not exactly new door cards, but rather modified ones Very Happy




Done the steering wheel too, and ripped out the airbag too (I hate airbags, and it adds to the rat look plus I now have an ashtray that I can reach easily no matter what Very Happy )





Well after much arguing with, well, everything, I managed to get the new speakers in Very Happy

Unfortunately after all the work, found that the bloody amp has packed up!! Ah well, guess I'll get a new JBL one, been needing to replace my Vibe amps with JBL ones anyways, so now I have a good reason to!


I also started tinting my windows but the bloody neighbourhood chavs decided to f**k it up for me and I ended up slicing my arm right open as they jumped on the car as I was sitting in the back trimming it a bit. They're just lucky I didn't manage to get out the trunk in time before they rode off on their bikes Evil or Very Mad I've decided I can't be arsed to pay out for more tint film, so I'm just gonna paint the inside of the windows. 100% tint, and damn sight easier to do too Laughing


But here's the result of today's work:





Yes, they are shelving brackets holding the speaker pods up. There's another bracket on the other side too Smile Hey, it works eh?


I know you guys are used to nice tidy installs which cost a fair bit and take a while to do, but y'all gotta remember, I'm all about the rat look. This works, very nicely, and the set up in the old Volvo was tested just under 130dB out of two 10" subs Very Happy
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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:31 pm

September 3rd:



Good news and bad news folks.



Good news - the whole car is now matt black and looks awesome Very Happy


Bad news - the turbo seal has blown Sad Need to replace the turbo but luckily I should hopefully be getting one on Sunday off a mate of mine.




But enjoy the photos Smile





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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:32 pm

September 9th:


Well some sad news, the engine is dead Sad Checked everything and everything seems fine, but there is oil getting into the combustion chamber for some unknown reason.



Good news though - I've bought a Rover 3.5 litre V8 to drop into her!! Gonna be running on carbs and straight through pipes, so with a few little mods should see me to about 180 - 200hp Smile


This is my new engine Very Happy Not in yet, but will be sweet when it's in there!! Sooooo can't wait!!





Also ghetto tinted my windows. To those of you not completely familiar with the rat look scene, that means I painted my windows on the inside so they look tinted, but a fraction of the cost Laughing





Got a couple new stickers too. The top one is in anticipation of the new heart Laughing Don't go anywhere at the moment Laughing






I got bored today, so thought I'd play around with the car a bit.

Took the door cards off the rear doors, taped up and tidied the wiring, and painted it all matt black. Might do the same on the front doors too, but with speakers on there too Smile


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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:32 pm

September 28th:



Had some trouble with the bell housing Sad Went to fit it to the engine and found it didn't fit Sad Then looking around spotted in small writing "300TDI" so it's from the diesel Landie, not the V8 like it was sold to me as, so that was a pain in the ass, but a couple of phone calls to the place and they're sending me the right one free of charge and unless they can arrange a courier to come n get the wrong one, I've now got a bell housing to put on the landie gearbox I have and sell it so hopefully get more money from it that way Smile


Been cleaning today. Getting all the paint and crap off the rocker covers and the starter motor, and given it a bit of a polish, but it's still a 34 year old engine so gonna keep a bit of the older look on it, think it'll look nicer like that.

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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:33 pm

October 30th:



Here's that sticker I was saying about Laughing Very Happy






Well I got bored last night and today so this happened!!!




Total pain in the ass to do!!!!





And I've been busy tonight, this has all been made in the last hour Smile A lot of cutting with a hand saw keeping the volume down but I'm very happy with how it's looking so far Very Happy







Just bought some new gauges and dials for the car, seeing as how I'm gonna be running larger tyres on the rear and the V8 engine too, that means the speedo and tacho will be out, so I thought "stuff it" and I've bought this for a real sweet price!





The physical construction of the dash is now complete Very Happy

All that's left to do now for it is cut outs for the 4x 6.5" coaxial speakers that are going in there and the digital dashboard and then carpet it Very Happy








It's also going into the shop tomorrow for the V8 transplant to commence Very Happy
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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:34 pm

November 9th:


YAY!!! Engine is out!! And gearboxes are getting swapped over tomorrow, hopefully, weather providing! Very Happy


Now this is a very nice, wet hole Wink Laughing







November 11th:


Before I started work today I managed to get the old gearbox disconnected and out, and my mates got the new gearbox in so it's now looking like this Very Happy




And earlier it was all just a big gaping hole!






Unfortunately found that the propshaft isn't quite long enough, so looks like some machining will have to be done to get that to fit!
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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:34 pm

December 23rd:



Well a bit of an update for you guys. The prop was too short to meet the gearbox by 55mm, so that has been holding up progress for the last month, but that spacer is now made up Very Happy And now things can all start progressing again too Very Happy


As for the dashboard, it's now looking a bit different too. The dials are now in, and you can see now why I decided to strip the old dash out and make the new one out of MDF Very Happy



I've got the dials in and the headlamp switch in too. I just need to get the fuel gauge, hazard, and fog light switches in there too, and then I can carpet the dash Very Happy

Although the dials are there, they're not actually connected to anything yet, but they light up and look pretty Very Happy

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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:37 pm

January 12th:


Well now I've had some free time and the weather has been ok-ish (still been tipping it down though so getting soaked Sad ) I've managed to get a fair bit done so now, the next step is getting the engine in now Very Happy Woop!!!

I've got the prop spacer in place, which was a pain in the ass to do underneath the car on oil and rain soaked ground with loads of leafs around the place!! A lot of effort lying on your back under a car doing 4 bolts up with spanners. It doesn't sound like it, but the blood was gone from my hands after each bolt!!! Plus sneezing whilst under there and head butting the undercarriage really doesn't help! :lol

But here it is, in place, all bolted up Very Happy





Also been working on the wiring too, so I now have switches for the front and rear fog lights. The rear fog switch lights up when the lights are on, but the front one doesn't for some reason, but it works. I'll just sort out the wiring for it to light up when it comes to MOT time. No photos of them sorry.



Got my fuel gauge in too now, and here's a photo of it - it's the yellow thing :lol



It's a multimeter set to show resistance, so it works as follows:
2 = full
68 = 1/5 tank remaining
113 = fuel warning light would come on (if I had one)
131 = empty tank
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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:38 pm

January 26th:


I've fitted a triple pod into the car this morning, and found that the pod fits perfectly on the pillar. Bearing in mind, I have no pillar trim, I was really impressed by the fitment of it Very Happy Total cost for the pod + gauges = £35 Very Happy






Next step is to do the lights wiring loom tomorrow. Wish me luck! Laughing
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Post by Tim1137 on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:42 pm

wow...
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Post by xxfallacyxx on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:45 pm

Dude... that is the most epic ghetto rigging I have EVER seen.

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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:52 pm

Tim1137 wrote:wow...

Hahaaa, just wait till it's all done dude!! Laughing


xxfallacyxx wrote:Dude... that is the most epic ghetto rigging I have EVER seen.

Do you mean the dash, the "fuel gauge", the roof rack, or all of it?
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Post by xxfallacyxx on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:54 pm

The fuel gauge actually. That was the frosting on the whole cake.

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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 1:58 pm

Haha, yea, well it was $150 for a 52mm fuel gauge with the right set up, or $5 for a multimeter which essentially does the same thing when set on resistance.
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Post by Miamiluder on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 3:23 pm

your one crazy mofo dude alien

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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 3:30 pm

Hahaa, cheerd bud Very Happy
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Post by jd on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 7:20 pm

Fuck yeah. Love you crazy poms haha
Good to see the rat is coming along man!
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Post by Crazy_C on Thu 27 Jan 2011, 7:51 pm

Cheers bud Very Happy
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