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Old 19-09-2018, 05:48 PM   #1
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Volvo V50 , 2.4i SE "refresh"

June/july of this year saw me needing to replace my Volvo S40 , Xreg,
lovely Small volvo , 1.8vvt engine with a 5speed adaptive autobox
id had that S40 for 9 years, spent far too much on it over the time and it was looking like i was going to need to spend 4x the re-sale value of the car JUST getting the rust on the body sorted.
Unlike Volvo's to rust, but close inspection had revealed it had both front wings replaced with pattern parts, the bonnet replaced , the boot lid replaced and a re-spray with blending in on the front doors and rear 1/4's
the clear coat was failing on the bonnet, the wings passenger front door, boot lid and the A pillars,,

So armed with,, next to zero funds, and a "needs" list
A/ Newer without rust
B/ volvo
C/ petrol
D/ auto
and a "would be nice if possible"
a/ A/c
b/leather
c/ estate
off i went on the replacement hunt

saw a couple of "that might be ok" cars and went off to view
Volvo S80 2.4 petrol, auto, full climate/leather SE lux spec (all the toys + then some) Snags being
it hadnt been moved for a year, since the last mot, Dire need of a full service, 4 new tyres , about 3months worth of cleaning on the outside and inside due to mould/green growing things, lichen algae and 12months of whatever landed on the car, £400 for the car,, about £950 in parts to get it to a point that it Could go for a mot to find out how much more £,,, "PASS"
Volvo S60 2.0t
stunning car, seller very helpful, even phoned me while i was on the way to view it, after agreeing the time with him to say "someone's just bought it, they phoned after you did but got here first"...

Then This pops up on autotrader,
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Volvo V50 2.4i SE , geartronic 04 reg 120k miles
a check of the paperwork, the receipts for its service's (partial Volvo main dealer + indy the rest)
general check of the car
test drive,, "mine"

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2.4i engine, geartronic box, full climate control, cruise full leather, load space cover, boot liner (lifted to reveal manky boot carpeting), MANKY car mats shocking paintwork auto dimming mirror, High performance radio/6 cd player

mechanically the car was 100% , MOT advisorys for the last few years were "bulb out" type ones or other simple consumables (wipers/etc)

the above pics give you some idea of the state of it
"project mank removal" starts

sadly i dont have many photos of the True state of the horrors i have found so far mainly due to "erk i dont want to look Too close"

When lifting the rear drivers foot mat to be greeted by sight of "crusty creamy spikey carpet" pausing to get a camera and document the " really dont want to look THAT close " or grab the Vax carpet washer and get stuck in removing "IT" , while telling myself it "has" to be just a spilt milkshake ,, not toddler chuck, the BAD two car mats go in the bin, This being the 2 cleanest of the mats , kept to use as kneeling/etc tools while dealing with the car,


and the cars carpeting gets wash #1


looking a lot better with brand new car mats on Clean carpeting

while doing the carpets i notice the cup holders between the front seats look in need of a clean, so lifting the rubber mat and noticing some marks around the trim edges and the holes in the base of the rounds i unclip and remove the cup holder insert



the cup holder insert itself was As bad that went in the utility sink while i delt with the car,
mopping up with tissue, (glad i was wearing latex gloves) and applying Gtechnic I2 "tri-clean" Liberally, and scrubbing away with tissue paper,

"phew"

i Still have not started on
The leather seats, the carpet under the rear seats, or the boot, never mind the paintwork/glass and trim

80grit sand paper would be smoother than the paintwork at this point

(more updates to follow, still playing catchup with the work done/ongoing and sadly not That many "before photos")

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Old 19-09-2018, 06:39 PM   #2
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Discovery of manky part 2

GRR forum logged me out while typing this the First time and ate it when i pressed submit new post.

Round 2

With the summer , progress had slowed a Lot, my drive is in direct full sunlight from dawn to nearly dusk,

While baking away this summer the car gets to august and decides it is going to show
"12v power service Urgent" on the DIM
illuminate the nice big red warning triangle with a I in it on the dash and the battery light for good measure.

bonnet up, a quick and dirty check of the battery 12.4v engine off, and less when the engine is running - alternators goosed .

double check time so out with the laptop and dice/vida setup, yups its fubar



it is in there,, somewhere honest !

but the engine bay itself while not pristine is not that bad, certainly better overall than the passenger cabin was !

1 of 150A alternator later from volvo main dealer as it was Cheaper to get a genuine one than an after market one,
and half an afternoon fitting it , quick check with the laptop/software and its normal service again,

i have at this point made a start on the paint work and Glass





this being after a couple or 5 rounds of
pressure rinse, snow foam , noodles + bucket washes, with detailing brushes for the edges/nooks etc, no wax and no polishing,
the clay came out and there is a Lot of volvo v50 to clay when you have to do All of it ,,
helped by the roof replacement going on over the road (roof #1) and the cutters they are using making impressive billowing clouds of dust meant the car needed a rinse/snowfoam/rinse before Anything was done, and sometimes a noodle +buckets wash as well,


Time for the black trim to go black, pass the Gtechnic W2 and a nail brush add some masking tape when dry and



And the roof bars, side trims and door lowers



slowly starting to get there, and then i find , thanks to claying the car that i have rust , (not a happy bunneh at this as i had Missed it when buying the car)

if you zoom in on the passenger front door
the leading edge , along the top of the black trim and the rear edge of the door there is also a bubble farm going on just by the body colour rub trim

,, Much mutterings and a mug of coffee later im off to the paint shops for a rough quote to get it fixed, thinking "reskin the door, paint it"
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Old 19-09-2018, 06:39 PM   #3
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Should be tidy after your magic touch mate. A good friend offered me his S60 T5 earlier in the year, but there was just too much borkage round the corner. Shame, as it seemed to pull nice, but my spidey senses were tingling over a few things. Was your S40 the one with the Mitsubishi GDI lump?
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Old 19-09-2018, 06:52 PM   #4
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"changing rooms ? no changing door"

Following the discovery of the rust (swear jar +102323)







off with the door lower trim to find,,


and


the drain hole has been spot welded up ?

checking the edges of the panel and





this has been reskined already
there is noticeable overspray on the door shuts and two tiny dots on the door mirror,,

a replacment door in the same Ruby red metallic , from a 04 car if possible for the chance of best match seemed the best bet financially



its a Very close match .

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Old 19-09-2018, 06:55 PM   #5
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Should be tidy after your magic touch mate. A good friend offered me his S60 T5 earlier in the year, but there was just too much borkage round the corner. Shame, as it seemed to pull nice, but my spidey senses were tingling over a few things. Was your S40 the one with the Mitsubishi GDI lump?
thankfully No, i had the volvo 1.8 vvt engine/aw55sn autobox version,
those GDi engines, while good for mpg are utterly horrible on emissions and coking up,

S60 T5 , lovely engine would need serious somethings to un-tempt me from one, even with the turning circle being close to the oil tanker like S80s
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changing door pt2

sorry got interrupted by a very insistent fluffy cat, (she is called fluffy)


With the door now replaced and a very close match, clay'd and cleaned, glass clayed/cleaned G4+G5 applied,



we are here with the outsides

the alloys NEED a refurb,



being the worst one



the best one

and the wheels Need a balance Properly



Knock on wheel weights, Really? on an alloy rim? really ?,,
the tyres 6mm / 5.5mm of tread on the lowest ! so they will be staying

The car is booked in friday for all 4 wheels to be done
full refurbishment , so all day deal,
£45 a corner , for taking them off, tyres off, dip/blast/powder coat, tyres on balanced and refit to car bit of a Owch for me,

updates as and when they get the wheels done,
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Old 19-09-2018, 08:47 PM   #8
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Interiour "all that glitters, probably is Glitter"

With the outsides looking like

and the wheels booked in for a Much needed refurbishment , the insides

Now the last owner had 3 kids
2 girls and a boy (the toddler,, see under drivers side rear mat, or dont!)
upon lifting the rear seats to clean i found Glitter,, and glitter stars, and glitter
seat cracks, seat seams, under the seats, under the carpeting + sound deadening and in the seatbelt clips, i have a Very posh dyson with a "glitter encrusted" dust collection container,,

is mostly "getting there" for the rears



the edges of the seat bolsters however are still showing discolouration , (that was the state of most of the seating ), despite the best attentions of autoglym leather cleaner and Gtecnic I2 -Tri clean, further work needed,



Drivers seat



Passenger seat

Both cleaner than before, but needing a Lot more work
there is cracking and a couple of scuff marks on both bases and bolster sides,
i was going to go for the glyptonite kit to refurbish them, but they sadly are out of buis (i hope im wrong) , the hunt shall start for a suitable alternative soon,

The boot

Aggh no that darn stain is Still there
the boot has been vac'd out and autoglym interior cleaner And tri-clean applied and worked in, but that is still there,, next up is remove the boot floor, wet vax it with a strong carpet cleaner "home brew" mix

while it is out the wheel well , wheel, and all the bits and things in there will be seen to, i have already removed the 4-5 half licked lollypops half a packet of cherrio ? type breakfast cereals (and the gooey mess they made) as well as Some ,but im convinced i havent got ALL the glitter out yet.

Boot plastics + plastics in the rest of the car are in on the "next" list, they have all been cleaned , just not Deep cleaned or protected.

Thankfully roof #1 has been finished ,, so getting the car washed to work on it is still needed as next door (roof #2 and over the road roof #3 next to roof #1 are being done , with a pause for the wind/rain of today)

i Doubt i will get much done before it goes in friday for the wheels, but now the weather isnt baking and the roof works are nearing completion, work can carry on

headlights have Slight hazing ,front fog lights and door mirror indicator repeaters have yellowing, so they are all up for a refinish
i Will get before/during/after photos of those
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Yey another v50 owner.
Great thread buddy.
Loving the posts so far.
When i purchased mine it was mucky inside too. Family car i guess.
Good fun when you get it nice and clean and so satisfying.
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oh a post FL one as well , which engine ? and do you have the aux input or usb for the stero system ?
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