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'67 Volvo 210

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1967 Volvo 210

Click here to see the first half of the work

5/10/07: door bottom-new bottom and lip

Driverside door bottom renewed

5/14/07: Sand blasting the floor

5/15/07: Driverside rear inner fenders partially stripped

Passenger side inner fender as found

Floor underside blasted

Blast hole in floor found after blasting being cut out in order to make a pattern

5/16/07: Rear inner fender stripped and ready for blasting

Hans fine tuning body work

5/23/07: Spare door body work done and ready for primer

Rear door body work done, ready for primer

Passenger side door body work done and fitted to body

Nose, inner fender shows rust along bottom

5/24/07: Nose flange done and ready for paint

New flange welded into nose, driver side, passenger sdie has been done before

Nose processed and ready for body work

Chemically stripping the hood

Stripping under the hood

Under hood will need a light sandblast to eliminate rust

Hood stripped down to perfect bare metal. No abressives used-so its left just as it came from the factory

6/11/07: Hans sandblasting the bottom of the door

07/03/07: Clutch linkage assembly-all pivot points welded up and reground or rebored to round

Frame stripped down and ready for cleaning

Front end out spindles and control arms already done-cross member will be cleaned and painted

Front end ready for sprucing up

Rear end-as removed

07/05/07: Frame stripped

8/07/07: Oops! Somebody touched the sandblasted metal. The graphic effect the acid in sweat has on bare metal...

8/08/07: the final blast...at last

8/17/07: At long last in self etch primer

Firewall in self etch primer

Final body work before priming

Final body work

Floors, final before primer

Starting to prime

Self etch under floors

Exterior in primer

Great lines- Hans and Denis are the dynamic duo-an unbeatable combination to get perfect body work and paint

8/27/07: Springs-old and humble. Not much good anymore and beyond restoring (we have ways around that...)

Springs are sprung! Note the over-sprung lower leaves-too late for this spring

8/28/07: Front cross member degreased and ready to sandblast

Hans and Denis, the dynamic duo once again, degreasing the frame to get it ready for sand blasting

Denis, 'having a blast', working on the frame. If only the undercarriage componants had been blasted when new, they would likely still be sound

Denis getting up close-the new generation of blast media does such a nice job, extensive sanding is no longer necessary to get a glossy paint job on

blasted parts!

8/29/07: Chassis parts in veriprime-a self etching prep coat that will give the primer better adhesion

Brake backing plates, front springs, suspension trunions all ready for final prime and black

Cross member almost done

rear end

9/13/07: New springs-what a relief it was to find them! The old ones were beyond repair


Restored frame, showing new rear cross member-another great part from out friends at VP (the best in the business)

A portion of what Hans has ahead of him...

A fresh rear end is a thiing of beauty

Brake drumbs- 3rd phase, after blasting and truing

New springs, freshly painted

For those who choose to stoop to look under the car when it is finished: Shiny black is not the original color of the frame on this car.

210 frames were painted body color even though they were painted before the body was attached. Other components were, however, painted black. We choose to paint all undercarriage components one color for practicality and aesthetic continuity. In some cases it is problematic to define where to craw the 'color' line on a nut and bolt undercarriage. Black always works, and is an outstanding contrast-especially on a red or white body. Here (as you will see) as the work progresses, the black frame color is a far more pleasing treatment than as if the frame were blue against a blue floor.

Idler arm assembly

Upper control arms

If car parts were prepped and painted in this fashion originally, redoing them would likely be necessary

9/18/07: Rear brakes, completly renewed-a thing of beauty

Frame without Hans

Frame with Hans

9/25/07: Brakes done right

10/01/07: Rear axle bumpers, showing stages of rebuilding

Motor going together

Motor in process

10/04/07 Wonderful European delivery single stromberg carb. Showing old diaphram in bad condition-behind is new diaphram

Carb body-shows a lot of crud

Motor ready for reinstallation-doesnt get much better than this!

(other side of the motor)

No matter how nice a motor may sound or perform, if it is out for detailing, it's a good idea to at least look at the bottom end. Here, Hans has the

pan off to replace the front and rear engine seals with upgraded rubber seal housings from IPD. When this is done, it is best to pull the pan and replace the gasket. He is also looking at the oil pump for excessive PCV buildup. If it were bad, we'd look for further problems in the bearings.

10/10/07: Transmission painted the original color

Engine ready to go back in chassis

10/16/07: Engine in chassis-SWEET!

10/22/07: Finally, the body meets the frame

Hans custom made new boy to frame mounting rubbers

Raising the frame up to the body to reattach

10/31/07: Reassembling heater box

Engine bay close to complete

11/07/07: Awaiting paint!

Floors in primer and seam sealed

11/13/07: Rusted out section of inner fender being replaced

Good as new now

The following sequence shows the final painting process of the 210. From pried then final painting of the main body-as done when these cars were new, for optimal protection of the metal parts. All parts-fenders, doors, nose panel, even nuts and bolts-are separately painted. The original intention of paint was of course to protect the substrate from rusting. Over time, the look of the "finish" became important in its own right and transcended the simple protective covering. We are hopeful that our efforts satisfy both the intrinsic requirement for long-term rust protection and provides a beautiful finish as well.


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