Hi all! I've been a lurker on here for years, so I figure a bit of a backstory is necessary:
My parents purchased our '95 850 GLT new in October '94, just before I turned 1. The 850 has been my faithful companion ever since; from my blossoming car addiction at age 2, being the car I learned to drive in, to the wonderful news I received just the other day: it's finally mine for good!
Now that my Dad has relinquished control of the car to me, I figure it's time for some upgrades and repairs that have been neglected over the past decade.
Admittedly, it's not in the best shape. There are dents, dings, and scratches galore. The seats are cracked and torn (most likely beyond repair). More things were worn out than I'd have ever allowed if I hadn't been a broke college student. That being said, now that I've been working, I finally have the funds to make all the changes I've dreamed of for years. In the last year, I've managed to do (or have a shop do) the following:
-New shocks all around
-New o2 sensors
-New control arms/ball joints
-Throttle Body Cleaned
-New timing belt (this somehow survived being 70k miles past it's change date)
-New coolant level sensor
-Rebuilt gauge cluster for new lights/fixed broken odometer gear
-New spark plugs, distributor, wires, etc.
-New coolant, brake fluid, oil
-New rotors and pads
At this point, mechanically the car is in much better shape than when I took it over. It does still need some repairs, namely:
-New knock sensor
-New steering shaft u-joint
-Windshield weather stripping replaced
-Sunroof drains cleaned
-New fuel filter
-(I'm sure there's a few other things I'm forgetting. It's a work in progress for sure).
While I'm at it, I'll probably throw some small mods in too. So far I'm working on the following:
-960 Throttle body plate
-Intake thermometer cool air mod
-New wheels (edit: wheels sold before I got there, looking for different OEM 17s)
-Grom audio 3.5mm audio hookup
-R front Bumper
-Delrin Subframe Bushings
I'm always open to thoughts, suggestions, concerns, and anything else. Though this ended up being a bit long winded, I'm hoping that some of you veterans on here will be able to steer me in the right direction with what the things I'm doing. Especially since my plan is to never have this car leave my side.
Most people think I'm crazy for pouring so much money into an old, N/A, banged up Volvo. They're wrong. I'm just crazy for the Volvo.
(I'll update with some pictures when I get home! Work computers don't make this easy).