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      1998 Pewter Silver/Light Taupe V70 AWD

      I am now the owner of a 1998 Volvo V70 AWD Pewter Silver/Light Taupe with 191k miles on it. This will be an ongoing project with plans to this becoming a daily driver. I purchased the car on Saturday January 21, 2017 for a whopping $250. The car will need a head gasket (milk shake oil), timing belt kit with water pump, PCV breather system, accessory belt, all coolant hoses, plugs, wires, and cap/rotor. Once I have the head removed I will be able to see if the car needs a head rebuild. The car also need some serious interior cleaning and a left front fender. The car came with good records that ended in about 2011. I'll be contacting the shop that did the more recent work and see if they can give me more info on the car. I'm wondering if the PCV and timing belt were actually done. The car has new brakes and shocks, no oil leaks, no rust, and a fairly clean looking motor. I do need to get an electric fan and replace all the vacuum lines.







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      I also picked up a set of ABM headlights with HID conversion for $100 from the guy.


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      I'm sitting at a total investment of $420 including the rental trailer. This should be a good project car.

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      I would say that's a good deal! The wheels alone are worth what you paid for the car.
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      Quote Originally Posted by ScottishBrick View Post
      I would say that's a good deal! The wheels alone are worth what you paid for the car.
      Thanks. Those are '98 R wheels right?

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      Quote Originally Posted by galexie64 View Post
      Thanks. Those are '98 R wheels right?
      16" Meteors.
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      I would highly suggest redoing the head while its off, at 191k the valve stem seals are at the end of their life. I noticed that the steering wheel and trim suggest a base awd model, you may be lucky and not have nivomat shock sin the rear. The difference is easy to identify: nivomats have a rubber bellows around them while standard shocks look like a normal tube design.
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      Thanks for the suggestion of rebuilding the head.

      I'll have to look at the rear shocks when I get home tonight.

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      Quote Originally Posted by galexie64 View Post
      Thanks for the suggestion of rebuilding the head.

      I'll have to look at the rear shocks when I get home tonight.
      This is what the standard shock would look like



      and what the nivomat would look like

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      They are the nivomat.

      Where can I get a shop manual in pdf? I'm looking for something I can load on my tablet. I've seen the 850 one.
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      Nice find, have fun with the restoration project. Once it's done ... you'll love it.
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      Quote Originally Posted by whitev70r View Post
      Nice find, have fun with the restoration project. Once it's done ... you'll love it.
      Thanks.

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      Used Parts I Need
      o Light in drivers door
      o cup holder
      o windshield washer Sprayer 99 or newer
      o headlight wiper arms
      o taillights
      o plastic undertray
      o alarm horn
      o electric fan
      o grill
      o drivers doors Seal
      o roof trim

      New Parts I Need
      o head gasket
      o PCV
      o timing belt
      o Spark plugs
      o wires
      o Cap and rotor
      o air filter
      o fuel filter
      o rebuild head?
      o radiator hoses
      o accessory belt
      o heater hoses
      o overflow tank and hoses
      o turbo coolant hoses
      o thermostat
      o oil filter
      o intercooler hoses
      o motor oil
      o coolant
      o tranny fluid
      o gear oil


      -Should I go with silicone intercooler hoses?

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      My recommendations would be Volvo blue box parts for the head gasket, pcv, spark plugs. Do88 silicone for the radiator, turbo, heater hoses (replace the heater junction block they fail), behr heater core, wahler thermostat, mann/mahle filters, Castrol 0w40 synthetic (available at Walmart!) oil, any dextron 3+ ATF, skip the silicone intercooler hoses. Contitech for the t belt and serpentine (accessory), Bosch for the cap and rotor, bougicord for the wires.

      The rest of the interior parts are best found on the forum/junkyard. I realistically have everything you need but shipping would make it a deal breaker.

      Suggestion:

      Remove the angle gear and replace the collar sleeve/coupler as preventative maintenance and good insurance against a failure destroying the angle gear splines.
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      Thanks for the info. I was looking back through the records and the plugs, wires, cap, and rotor were replaced in 2011 and only 30k has been put on since then. I'll replace the plugs obviously because of the head gasket but I may hold off on the wires and inspect the cap and rotor.

      I talked to the guy who worked on the car during the time of missing records between 2011 and today. He said he replaced the oil pan because she put a hole in it (lives on a gravel road). He said the timing belt needed replaced and there was noise coming from the tensioner pulley but he didn't do the work. I'm assuming it is really bad but I'll know once I get into this.

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      I have a couple of near new front grills, PM me if you want one
      NEVER buy a used door seal unless they have stopped making them. By now, even if it's in one piece, it's fairly well dry rotted!

      Your interior is called Oak/Arena not "Light Taupe"
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      The only reason I'm even replacing the drivers door seal is because there is a chunk missing. This will be my budget dd so spending money on a new door seal is out of the question. Putting my funds into getting it running is more important to me.

      I'll let you know on the grills.

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      Here are my other projects:
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      Just went to the pull and pay and picked up some parts.

      o cup holder
      o headlight wiper arms
      o alarm horn
      o electric fan
      o grill (its an aftermarket mesh grill that I will paint black)
      o drivers doors Seal
      o floor mats

      And a bunch of other miscellaneous parts.

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      You're off to a good start. Remember, listen to some of the more knowledgeable members here, many of us have been through this multiple times!
      These engines and drivetrains have their own weirdness and some of it is difficult to work on
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      Love the Galaxie!! Got any more pictures you can share? In high school (~2008/9) my friend had a 63 500 XL that I still want to buy.
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      Quote Originally Posted by JRL View Post
      You're off to a good start. Remember, listen to some of the more knowledgeable members here, many of us have been through this multiple times!
      These engines and drivetrains have their own weirdness and some of it is difficult to work on
      Thanks. I'm sure I will have a ton of questions once I get into the motor. I like weird and difficult. The one part I have the least amount of knowledge on is the fuel injection and turbo.

      My Mazda is fuel injection based off of Bosch L-jection. I has a heck of a time getting it tuned. There is no code reading so it is like tuning a carb but 100 times worse.
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      Back to the work at hand, cleaning and cleaning and cleaning and cleaning .........

      I started by vacuuming the carpets only to find out I had to pull the seats. After pulling the seats I found the center console needed to be pulled. After that I found I needed to pull the carpet to clean the pad. After that I found I needed to clean the metal pan. I don't know how anyone could keep their car this dirty. I'm not going to be able to save the carpet and I'm going to need to source a clean used carpet.

      Under the rear seats:


      Rear floor:


      Under the driver's seat:


      What the car looks like now:

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      Erie usually has some good used carpet sets or sections. Buy a black set. It's a nice contrast to the tan seats and of course MUCH easier to clean and to keep clean afterwards

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      Quote Originally Posted by JRL View Post
      Erie usually has some good used carpet sets or sections. Buy a black set. It's a nice contrast to the tan seats and of course MUCH easier to clean and to keep clean afterwards

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      I'll keep them in mind if I can't find a carpet locally.

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      OMD. That interior is (was) horrible. Good work on removing it. I agree with JRL.
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      I'll keep them in mind if I can't find a carpet locally.
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      I borrowed a commercial steam cleaner from a co-worker for the weekend. I'm going to pick up some cleaning solution and distilled water today. I'm excited about getting this car clean and I like the idea of the steam disinfecting the interior too. I don't know what bacteria this car is growing.
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      I worked on cleaning the interior of the car. I was able to borrow a steam cleaner from a coworker. The steam cleaner saved me many hours of work. I had to spend a couple of hour experimenting to find the best way to get the car cleaned. I also watched a bunch of youtube videos on steam cleaning a car interior.

      Headliner was vacuumed then steam cleaned with the brush attach covered in a microfiber cloth. A couple of big tips that I leaned watching videos are make sure the headliner is in good shape and not loose before you think about using steam, second move the steamer around a lot so you don't build too much heat and water. I still need to go back and vacuum one more time.

      The dash and floor pan were cleaned with the steamer's nozzle and wiped off with a microfiber cloth. This method worked really well getting in tight places as well as cleaning the dash switches.

      The seats were the hardest to get clean. I ended up spraying the seats down with diluted Simple Green then using a house hair brush to lather it up and finally wiping it off with a microfiber cloth. After that I used the steam cleaner with the small scrub brush attachment and finally wiped it down with a microfiber cloth.

      The door panels required a combination of the seat method and the nozzle.

      I still need to shampoo the rear wagon area carpet.

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      Quote Originally Posted by galexie64 View Post
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      o windshield washer Sprayer 99 or newer
      No. 850-'98 washer nozzles are vastly superior to the '99+ ones. Sure, the fine droplets you get from the '99+ nozzles are really cool when you're cruising around town at 20 mph, but try them on the highway........it all goes straight over the car. The low profile of the 850 nozzles looks way better, too. One of the first mods we did to my dad's '99 after I bought my first running 850 was to upgrade his car to 850 washer nozzles.

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      Quote Originally Posted by JaredR View Post
      No. 850-'98 washer nozzles are vastly superior to the '99+ ones. Sure, the fine droplets you get from the '99+ nozzles are really cool when you're cruising around town at 20 mph, but try them on the highway........it all goes straight over the car. The low profile of the 850 nozzles looks way better, too. One of the first mods we did to my dad's '99 after I bought my first running 850 was to upgrade his car to 850 washer nozzles.
      I think your 99 washer pump may be weak because even at 80+ ive never had issues getting washer fluid evenly dispersed on any of my 3 99's and the rest of the p80 fleet ive been around and driven. Hell we put 99+ nozzles on the 940s and it made cleaning the windshield far more efficient.
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      Quote Originally Posted by ScottishBrick View Post
      I think your 99 washer pump may be weak because even at 80+ ive never had issues getting washer fluid evenly dispersed on any of my 3 99's and the rest of the p80 fleet ive been around and driven. Hell we put 99+ nozzles on the 940s and it made cleaning the windshield far more efficient.
      Interesting hypothesis. Is there a pressure spec for that? Wouldn't be hard to hook up a pressure gage and find out.

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      I'll snag then the next time I'n at the pull and pay, it's not like they will be expensive. I'll let you know if they work good.
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      Post 98 nozzles are MUCH better than 98s and earlier.
      I don't know what you drove but all of mine work perfectly and do not get plugged up from being so tiny
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      One of the nozzles on the car is broken anyway so I might as well change them both out.
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