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Well hello everyone! I've been going about my build for a while now with no threads/pictures/posts on anything except instagram (@eric_samuelson), soOoOoO I figured it was about time that I put together a thread with everything I have done so far and for everything that is to come! I'm going to list current mods and a current photo right off the bat and then try to post as many pics as I can of my process since day 1 in the first couple posts and we'll see how far we get :D











2005 XC70 white bought with 115K miles in October 2016 (Longmont, CO)

Visual:
-Gloss sandstorm vinyl wrap
- 17x8 method race wheels MR502 5x108
- Yokohama Geolandar MT G003 225/65/17

-Yakima Roof box
-Yakima slim shady awning
-rhino rack narrow roof basket
-shovel/axe mount
(all on OEM Volvo cross bars)

-custom grille with 1” square steel mesh and 245 hatch badge
-Elevate Volvo hood vents
-Genright off-road Jeep center vent

-custom built rear spare tire carrier swing out
-R wing

Suspension:
-Bad Swede 2” spring kit
-CCP 2” puck kit
-CCP .5” subframes pacers all 8 corners
-XC90 front axle swap (with spacers)
-IPD HD front endlinks

-IPD skidplate with custom extension

Engine:
-IPD boostability silicone piping
-dual funnel air filter with water repellent cover
-Forge recirc valve
-Viva upgraded TCV
-IPD oval tube catback bumper side exit (just resonator)
-IPD billet oil cap
-R turned XC fuel rail cover (not R swapped)
- do88 full silicone coolant lines on their way

Interior:
-Executive gauge cluster
-executive wood steering wheel (with working radio controls)
-R gauge cluster shroud
-custom boost gauge pod molded into gauge trim
-altimeter for altitude awareness :D
-Cobra CB radio
-Cobra radar detector hardwired
-custom switch panel for auxiliary lights (soon to be upgraded)
-kenwood stereo
-R shift knob (color matched vinyl)
-fire extinguisher in passenger footwell
-custom sewn rear overhead ‘attic’
-vinyl wood print flooring in rear cargo area
-custom built collapsible bed frame with matching flooring
-boss 10” removable subwoofer
-WWII case first aid kid
-Vintage tool box with all necessities
-rear hatch mounted machete/hatchet/surplus shovel

Lights:
-Element LED overlander XS up front on Swedish market P2 bracket
-Element LED side shooters amber ditch lights on custom brackets
-Element LED amber cannon Fog light retrofit
- Element LED 2” cube lights in front bumper air flow slot
- eBay 13” slim bars on both left and right side roof rail
-Element LED micro pods wired to rear fog switch on the rear roof rail ends
-Element LED optix mini 6” wired to backup lights on spare tire carrier
-Lasfit LED low beam bulbs

I will include more process photos in the next couple pics. Thanks for following along!



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Day 1 driving home with no plates still













The car from day one to about a month in. Bought the springs right off the bat but didn’t get them in til the following spring


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Boost gauge incorporation












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Pics are going on chronological order from when I first got the car also if they don’t make sense initially haha

First rendition of the roof box

Got it for $40 with some broken hinges and no key so I riveted the hinges back in and bought some new locks and struts





Got the bad Swede lift on the following spring



And then the method race wheels with cooper discoverer 235/60/17






Shovel mount and a custom roof platform made from electrical conduit haha. Worked well though




And roof box V2

 

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Air intake box made from an office trash can. Seems kind of sketchy I know, but with heat tape it never gets warm enough to melt. I’ve used it since I built it with no issues and keeps heat out of the intake!










First time muddin on 4th of July 2017




XC90 axle spacers dremeled out of 1/4” thick washers with 1” ID and ~2” OD




Custom made window vents from Masonite using CAD (cardboard aided design) to mock originally




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Kissed a deer and busted the grill



First pic with the new tire carrier (more detailed pics to come)



Shiny engine bits :D
Who says an off-road car can’t keep a clean engine bay?










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R wing









Added the fire extinguisher before attending IPD garage sale last May (2018)



Some pics at mt. hood





A sick roller from Spencer (@borkstatus) leaving IPD last year




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Some detail shots I took last summer (mostly up to date still)

Tire carrier:








Exhaust bumper exit









Interior stuff


















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Yakima awning





Beginning of the wrap. I did it myself in my garage mostly because I knew I didn’t have to do the bumpers and whatnot. It came out pretty good for a first time venture I think













Finished product









Element LED Prerunners I had before the Overlanders




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Cargo area flooring





And bed platform






Before CCP spacer lift



And after












New tires this spring






Matchy matchy



Rhino rack cage added and my IPD photo contest entry



Extended skid plate










And that leaves us up to date I think. I tried to put as many pics of the bigger, interesting stuff, but if you have any questions about anything feel free to post and I’ll do my best to answer questions or get extra pics of stuff! Thanks again for scrolling through [maybe] the quickest posted build thread


A couple more shots from Spencer (@borkstatus) from Davis in CA last week





 

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Enjoyed the read and pictures. How did you decide on which xc70 you wanted to custom build?


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This thing is awesome! Kinda different getting introduced to the build all at once...but thanks for taking the time to do this. It’s a pretty solid overland rig for sure. Can you post some more details of that rear tire carrier?? I’m very curious about that...


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Enjoyed the read and pictures. How did you decide on which xc70 you wanted to custom build?


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I knew I wanted to do the P2 because of the bad Swede option when I was first looking, but I looked for over a year before I found the one I got with low enough miles and a good enough history definitely satisfied with what I got haha


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This thing is awesome! Kinda different getting introduced to the build all at once...but thanks for taking the time to do this. It’s a pretty solid overland rig for sure. Can you post some more details of that rear tire carrier?? I’m very curious about that...


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I’ve got a couple pics up there with the detail shots of the hinge and mount, but I can try to get some more for sure


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