So first I would like to say thank you to everyone on here who has indirectly helped me. I would have been in worse shape with my XC70 than I am now. Thanks! Second, I am really really new to this posting a project and breaking my inhibitions on expressing myself to a public audience (especially for something that is really near and dear to my heart, my family's Volvo's have helped me through some dark times, so there may be some self-deprecation in my giant posts, if this gets green-lit). So please be patient with me, (or don't, I'll still respect you for what you say, your call) and since this is during the Covid-19 Pandemic, I would like to wish you, your loved ones, and all the people who have to work during this that you are all healthy, and that we can look back at this post in the (hopeful) not so near future, and think "glad that's over".
Now that I got all that emotional stuff and other things out of the way, lets start with the goal, then the back story of my self and my car, and what has been done so far. So please, give me your thoughts and suggestions, your experiences, and everything in between. ( PS it probably wont follow this order Also, prepare for bad humor, some typos, and some errors.) Cheers!
Ever since I was little, there was always a Volvo Wagon in my life, and when my mom had her 03 XC70, I wanted to make it into a near replica of ipd's XC70R All Terrain, but instead of the metallic orange, it would have stayed the stone black that her car was. Fast forward a 13 years, and 137,000 miles later, the transmission went (we weren't really gear heads so my mom got her 2016 S60) and I when I got my permit, I got a Chrysler Pacifica... (good car, it really didn't care if it got hit, but when something stupid broke, it BROKE) I had finally had enough of its stupidity, and traded it in on my current car, (lighting round for the specs, GO) 2012 Volvo XC70 with the 3.2 with AWD, premier package (I think?), flamenco red exterior and bright? cream? tan? interior leather, and I got it at 102k and I'm almost on 105k.(and yes, i know extremely well i would have a LOT of fun with a t5 or t6, but im already attached to it, so unless, someone has a free totaled half cut t5 or t6 with nearly the same mileage and wants to help me Frankenstein it to my car, not gonna sell it) (PS here's the VIN, have fun: YV4940BZXC1119192)
Okay, so I don't want to do everything that ipd did to their XC70R, buttttttttttt, it would be nice for some of the things (no particular order):
A light bar on my roof and my inspiration on type is from Mynameideasweretaken's V50 (rip for the car, and hi Michael, I'd check him out if you haven't yet he is awesome, he is kind of the reason I was inspired into actually doing this in the first place)
A roof rack which I am conflicted on, either Thule, or a over landing rack that is almost the length of the rails, and that I can mount the aforementioned light bar to, and some CB antennas to.
The TFT cluster swap that Volvosweden (also pretty good, I'd check him out if you haven't) did to his 09 XC70, and since D5T5 and Swedespeed have a lot of documentation I will probably do it.
The entire shifter handle/mechanism upgrade ( on the fence, I may just change the knob instead to the R design) that is seen in the s60 and s80 threads
A suspension lift: (MAYBE)
an IPD skid-tray (will happen)
upgrade all interior bulbs to LED
do some graphic work on the rear side windows
upgrade from my tires to some Goodyear at3 tires (or something that fits and has a somewhat aggressive tread, not knobby, but somewhat aggressive)
add a rear 12 volt jack, and make a rear cargo area power system with ac inverter outlets
power tailgate (I would really love to do this, within reason)
remote start (I have vida and the dice tool, if someone in DM's can answer my questions on VDASH, or possibly get me the individual software for my remote start, also I don't have the PCC)
upgrade the sensus to have nav, voice commands, and some possible homebrew goodies (this is really pushing my knowledge of programming)
and probably a few other things
whats done so far? welllllllll the passenger seat OWS cushion was replaced (yay, a lot of money for something that would just be a slight annoyance for others), the day of this post I replaced the battery. I painted the "XC' in the cecino rims black, replaced the center caps with the older black ones that just say "VOLVO" that (could be wrong) P80s, P1s, and early P2s had.
mounted a gopro hero session 4 to the rear view mirror arm area below city safety parts.
mounted a swedespeed plate frame (which is amazing)
slapped some stickers and mounted a Sweden badge to the grille, and that's about it.
ok, so lets go over my background:
I'm a community college student, majoring in IT (I'm really good at building machines, programming is ehh, and servers and stuff like that I'm comfortable with)
I'm 20, live with my parents, work just at much as i do school, but I'm also a PC gaming guy, ( I know sounds like a bad dating profile bio)
My ADD and ADHD have pretty much helped me obsessively research the life out of everything Volvo related (granted I'm flaky, I had a Chrysler for like 4 years, so of course I lost some knowledge)
I'm really good with computers, which if anyone needs help finding cheap computers, or needs some hardware help with computers, just DM me, I'm more than welcome to help anyone on here.
Ok, I'm done talking for now, if you made it this far, you are braver than i for reading all "that", but thank you, and I would love to hear your thoughts
Also this is a possible mod question, but how can I post pictures?
I kinda feel stupid asking.