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New Project! 1968 Volvo P1800

Discussion in 'Member's Build Threads' started by 68EFIvert, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Fst Blk

    Fst Blk Well-Known Member

    Ouch. I'm seeing a 6 figure build here easy. That is gonna be an awesome car.


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  2. 68EFIvert

    68EFIvert Well-Known Member

    My dad always told me speed cost money. How fast do you want to go?.…. I want to go pretty fast.


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  3. Mach1 Driver

    Mach1 Driver Active Member

    wow, look at all the custom fab
     
  4. Mach1Mark

    Mach1Mark Ramrod extraordinaire Donator

    Look at the size of those BRAKES !!!
     
  5. Horseplay

    Horseplay Well-Known Member

    Parts alone can get ridiculous. When you start hiring out the work it can get down right ugly fast.

    This is one of those rare cases though where the final result sure looks like it might actually be worth the coin.
     
  6. 68EFIvert

    68EFIvert Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the compliments guys. I am at the most expensive part of the build now. I can't do metal work to the level I want so I had to farm out that labor. I don't trust my welding to weld in a new subframe So I am going to have to hire that part out.

    I hope it will be worth the effort, planning and expense when it is done. I really do feel it could be the nicest classic Volvo I have ever see when it gets done.

    I was able to finish one of the headlights on Friday and hope to get the other one done this week. When I do I will post up some pictures and photos of what I did to make them.




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  7. Fst Blk

    Fst Blk Well-Known Member

    I think this car will be SICK. I think you've taken the best of the Volvo styling and removed the ugly lol.
     
  8. 68EFIvert

    68EFIvert Well-Known Member




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  9. RapidRabbit

    RapidRabbit Well-Known Member

    Daaaamn! That is amazing.

    I've always loved the 1800, but that is how it should look.

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  10. Fst Blk

    Fst Blk Well-Known Member

    Like I said, you have removed all the ugly from the original body. That thing is so streamlined and sleek.


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  11. Fast68back

    Fast68back Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Thats so cool
     
  12. Mach1 Driver

    Mach1 Driver Active Member

    That car has really sweet lines. What color are you planning for that gorgeous body?
     
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  13. 68EFIvert

    68EFIvert Well-Known Member

    It will be painted an Aston Martin Color called Tungsten Silver. b12ce2960c9331b014d60338a7f021aa.jpg c9dac270de3bc60346561f2cf973352c.jpg


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  14. Mach1 Driver

    Mach1 Driver Active Member

    ....shaken not stirred
     
  15. rbohm

    rbohm Active Member

    mel, a buick 215 V8 and T5 slip in quite nicely. do us falcon guys a favor and take the mustang T5 and the S-10 T5 and swap the tail shaft housings. that put the shifter where you need it in the spitfire and you also get the GM bolt pattern for mounting to the bell housing, and us falcon guys also get a trans with the shifter where we need it to clear a structural support and we get the ford bell mounting pattern.

    as for building an old volvo, i have thought of doing that as well, but i would use a P444 or a P544, and swap in a 289/302/C4 combo, and build it to look like a small 46 merc.
     
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  16. 68EFIvert

    68EFIvert Well-Known Member

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    The car is finally up on the frame jig at the suspension shop. Now the fun part will begin! The more I have looked at the new suspension from Ron Sutton Race Technologies the more I am impressed with it. It has very similar design characteristics as the road race cars at the chassis shop. Everything is heavy duty from the steering rack to tie rods to control arms to spindles. Everything!

    If you are looking for the absolute best suspension for these cars look no further. It is not a simple bolt in but it should unsurpassed when it is together. I will post specifics about the handling once the car is on the road.

    http://shop.ronsuttonracetechnology.com
    The front valance has been removed to make the removal and replacement of the suspension easier. The factory valance is only slightly lower than what is showing now. Mine must be about 5" lower in the front.

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  17. Mach1 Driver

    Mach1 Driver Active Member

    Wow. How wide are those front tires?
     
  18. 68EFIvert

    68EFIvert Well-Known Member

    Those are the narrow tires. The track day tires will be as wide as the rear; 315/30 18.


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  19. 68EFIvert

    68EFIvert Well-Known Member

    Out with the old......
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    Time for the new to go in......
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  20. Fast68back

    Fast68back Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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