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So, I've been wanting a P3 XC70 T6 for some time. Initially I had a schedule for arrival and then move on to much grander things, I started with a 06 Xc70, move on to an early P3 S80 T6, then an XC70 T6, go to the facelift XC, and then maybe Land Rover, Mercedes, or Jaguar after that . My car budget was growing in a linear fashion I was working my way up the ladder. Pretty much the normal “American dream” idea in automotive terms.

But life threw me curve balls and medical emergencies and my car budget went from growing in a linear fashion to shrinking rapidly. I went from a 2006 XC70 to 2009 S80 T6 base to 2010 S80 T6 Executive, to a 220k 2006 base XC70. All my car money went to the usual places it goes in emergencies, and it sucked. It sucked a lot. In that bad place though, I discovered a resource I wouldn't have thought of as being helpful: Swedespeed. I tried blogging, therapy, and the normal outlets you go to when in bad places, but surprisingly, making my high mileage car survive was a better outlet than the others. Through this constant chatter, I've deepened friendships and gained some new ones. For that, thank you Swedespeed for being an outlet, and thank you Volvo wagon community for being such only an awesome resource and safe crash zone.

I'm especially grateful for @Because_Sweden, @Atherzoll, @FreedomFries and @Young Satchel. You guys are the best and have made my dark days significantly easier to bear.


This brings us up to today where my budget and the car I wanted are starting to align. Life got better and the car budget is rebounding, and it's time for another vehicle. I had been watching for a nice P3 for a long time, but if getting one, I wanted a really loaded one. I went from a nice P2 XC to an LR2 because it was much easier to find an LR2 optioned as I wanted it than to find a P3 Xc in budget, T6 or no.

I actually habitually check the entire United States for the car I want. Every. Single. Day. No lie, it takes up the first 30-40 minutes of my day. Each morning I scan to see what's coming up to see if there is something I want. Well, a two weeks ago I saw it, a 2012 with all the options I wanted plus a little blue badge on the back. I weighed options, I cross shopped for other Xcs, started a thread asking for photographs to try and sway my wife to a white alternative car requiring less work, but in the end, the car requiring the most work was the car for me and I bought it. You can read a little about that process here


For those not in the know: I run part of my family's business, L&B Auto in Rustburg VA. We've specialized in Volvo for over 30 years and have not only build a reputation for ourselves, but also a huge car collection. The salvage industry runs in my blood. Well over half of my extended family run salvage yards, work in them, or run some sort of business in relation to the automotive industry. By the time I was 21 I had purchased, drove, and then sold more cars than some people have owned in their lifetime. I'm not bragging, and it's actually not quite as much fun as it sounds, it just is a reality of anyone who works in this industry. Cars become like stocks, purchasing cheap, letting them mature, and then trading them off only to do the same with another stock. In reality, it can be quite soulless and those who make the most money usually buy and sell boring cars. The numbers can be glamorous, but the nitty gritty can be tremendously tedious and time consuming for a good finished product.

So, this build thread is to not only give a look into what the rebuild process looks like, a little glimpse into modern salvage industry, but also to provide interesting new sights of the cars we love. You never really understand your car until you've pulled it fully apart and put it back together again.

Here are the photos I took when it was delivered in it's full raw form. Tomorrow morning I start pulling things apart, ordering parts, and making it the car of my dreams.

A few days ago, the car was delivered and the build thread commences!

Lets have some fun!

Here is the day it was dropped off while still on the truck.


A few photos before I do anything to the car.









 

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Rolf and I await!

 

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Whoa, I did not realize when you were searching for a P3 you were talking about wrecked P3's! Wowzer, this should be exciting! Bring that P* back from the grave! :eek:
 

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Whoa, I did not realize when you were searching for a P3 you were talking about wrecked P3's! Wowzer, this should be exciting! Bring that P* back from the grave! :eek:
I was searching many different sources, but it did including salvage. I had gotten away from it for several years because of the time commitment, but this car was to good to pass up.

When I get a pet, I almost always get a rescue. For cars, I don't call them salvage, I also call them rescues. They were abandoned in their moment of greatest triumph - protecting their owners. My car shelter checks for diseases, makes sure shots are up to date, treats their wounds, and I unite them with a new family.

This is my other latest rescue

 

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Knew you'd been quiet for a while, but just figured busy. Hope whatever it was has been sorted out. Don't need more details, as that is far too personal for such a private thing, but glad you're back!

Looking forward to the progress of this fine auto, as it sounds like you've finally found a keeper (well, for you). :)

The care you take and the details you share on your repairs and upgrades have always been good reads. I'm in for this ride!
 

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Progress is made and the vital parts are fine.



The frame rails didn't take damage



The power steering reservoir and intake manifold were not so fortunate



Left over pieces to sort out what I need to keep and what's OK to pitch.



The iron grill mostly survived...

 

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Unfortunately, a job like this often translates to a one man operation. There isn't really enough space for two to work and you end up getting in each other's way. It's more fun that way though. :)


And Zed, the difficult years with medical emergencies are behind me and was resolved about a year and a half ago. I haven't been posting much because the first quarter of the year is usually insanely busy and the lack of daylight hours restricts activities.
 

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Well aware. I'm better on collaboration, but for someone who knows what they are truly doing, I'd be in the way big time. Love the fetcher, and the wheel is awesome. Find the other three!
Unfortunately, a job like this often translates to a one man operation. There isn't really enough space for two to work and you end up getting in each other's way. It's more fun that way though. :)


And Zed, the difficult years with medical emergencies are behind me and was resolved about a year and a half ago. I haven't been posting much because the first quarter of the year is usually insanely busy and the lack of daylight hours restricts activities.
 

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I made great progress today.

I pulled everything apart on the front end and collected nearly everything to make it safely mobile on it's own power.



This is how I left it, now with a functional intake and power steering reservoir. I also replaced a damaged ac line that I forgot to take pictures of.

I have a social function to attend and couldn't go any further. Two of my brothers are going to work on it briefly this afternoon in my stead as the car must be fully mobile and out of the bay it's in by Monday 7 am.

Further work being done:

* Bolt points for the bumper bar straightened
* Radiator, condenser, and intercooler installed
* Radiator support installed
* A damaged coolant hose replaced
* A couple damaged wiring connectors changed

We will see what free time there will be in Sunday and perhaps the repair will progress even further.
 

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Holy ****, you're gonna have this thing on the road in no time!

Awesome...


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