First of all, sorry for the photo bombing!
I'm quite new to this forum but have been lurking around A LOT. Thought that I should do a progress thread as well. Nothing fancy to be honest...
In May 2012 I bought a really basic Volvo V50 with the small 1.8F engine. Was looking for a R-design to start with but they're a bit more expensive.
After a while I saw that there was quite a market for scrapped Volvos and if you're lucky, you could get the parts for almost nothing!
So it began.. My inner child was born! I'm getting a R-design on my own! I have NO expertise regarding cars other than a high interest for it but I've never done anything to a car before. #yolo?
What's been done:
Roof spoiler [x]
Newer trunk handle with chromed stripe and and spaced out VOLVO [x]
Fully LED conversion inside and outside [x]
Silver rails [x]
R-design mirror caps [x]
R-design front spoiler [x]
R-design rear spoiler [x]
R-design side skirts [x]
New rims, Dotz Roadster HG 19" [x]
Lower it! Eibach Pro 25mm [x]
New brake pads all around [x]
Paint brake callipers, silver [x]
Iron badge grille [x]
R-design grille badge [x]
Replaced the foglights with OEM DRL modules [x]
R-design pedals [x]
Dual exhaust 
R-design gear knob 
R-design steering wheel 
R-design gauges 
Strip the car of the silver rails (Something for 2014) 
Replace the waterfall, door handles etc since the old ones are quite worn out 
Any other ideas?
This is how it looked when I bought it:
At first I just bought the things that I came across and through eBay.co.uk I found a roof spoiler which already was painted in the right color, and in good condition too. ~£100 with shipping included.
I have A LOT of pictures going through each steps when I'm modifying the car so I'll be carefull with uploading them since they might take a lot of bandwidth for you. But if you'd like to see those pictures I'll just upload them.
Looking waaaay better with the spoiler!
After a while I got a hold on the newer trunk handle with wider spacing between the letters and also the chromed trim. ~£60 shipping included.
Then I got this baby, also in the right color, maybe you can guess which one I'm changing to. ~£100 including shipping. Gotta love the R-design!
Had a haaaard time to remove the front bumper to be able to remove the spoiler from it but then it just went like a charm.
Decided to change some bulbs, here you can see the foglights. Original to the left and new LED to the right:
Left foglight changed:
Both foglights and left parking light changed:
Since the more updated models of V50 came out I really would like to have those silver roof bars but they're damn expensive! Even at scrappers! But one day I got a hold of a guy in my town who recently bought a black V50 and he didn't like the silver bars at all and wondered if I'd like to just swap my black ones right off!
"I'll be there in 10 minutes" I said, lol. £0!
Got a new rear spoiler, R-design of course with cut-outs for double pipes and towing hook.
Until now I still havn't got time or money to get the double pipe-exhaust but the plan is to get it done this summer. ~£60 including shipping, had to get it re-painted ~£30.
Removed the rear bumper:
New one vs old one:
Found a guy who had a pair of these R-design mirror caps for a cheap one. ~£50.
More R-design! Got these from a S40N, fitted right off! ~£80, re-paint ~£40.
Got the side skirts really cheap but these little buggers ruined me! £60 for small plastic thingies!!!
But I had to get them to be able to fit the new side skirts... Oh well.
New vs old:
Got her a bit of cleaning:
I saw you guys talking about road salt earlier this year, this is how the Swedish motorway is treating you after 500 miles in 2 days.
And at last... This is were I am today with the new wheels on. Dotz Roadster 19" with 225/35 tires. £small fortune.