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Greetings!

I've been around this forum for years, but have never made a proper thread for my car. I'm doing enough stuff with it now, that I think it's time for one!

A little history on the ol girl.. Way back in 1998, my mom bought a brand new V70, base model NA, Nautic blue, cloth seats and hubcaps. I was about 7 years old at the time, and was a total car nerd even then. The Volvo dealer had a black/black M56 C70 coupe in the showroom then, and I was in love! Such a cool looking ride. The salesman that sold her the V70 thought it was cool how much I loved cars, and we became friends over the years, as my dad and I spent almost every Saturday going to the dealerships to collect brochures and look at new cars.

Fast forward about 9 years, and I got a call from my salesman friend.. He said he knew I'd been shopping for my first car, and he might have something for me. That something being a 1 owner, mint 34k mile C70 coupe! I'd had my heart set on a BMW, and honestly hadn't thought of getting a Volvo at all. When he said C70, I had a flashback to that black one I sat in back in '98, and I said ok I'll come have a look... My dad ended up going to look at it while I was in school, and came to pick me up after school that day... Needless to say, it was love at first sight when I saw it sitting in the pickup line at school! The car was absolutely mint and perfect, and I knew I had to have it...

Fast forward again 10 years later, and I still love the car just as much as I did on that day I first saw it. It's been my one and only car for that whole time, all sorts of fun times with friends in high school, moved me into my first college dorm, and taken me to my first real job after graduation. I had my first date with my soon to be wife in the car, had it in several car shows throughout the years, and overall just had a ton of great memories in the car.

Euro Auto Fest 2008 by Logan Abner, on Flickr

Autocross Carlisle 2009 by Logan Abner, on Flickr

Moving Day 2010 by Logan Abner, on Flickr

A couple years ago, I started to notice that the C70 was starting to show its age a bit. Obviously, I've kept it very nice, but it was no longer that 34k mile minter I brought home in 2007 haha. It had about 120k miles then, and was starting to need a bit of love. So I started to tear into it and replace stuff! I started by refurbing the cooling system, suspension, all new plugs and coils, and the PCV system.

PCV by Logan Abner, on Flickr

New Suspension by Logan Abner, on Flickr

All that stuff really breathed new life into the car. I was a flight instructor then, and right as I finished up those repairs, I got my first "real" flying job, flying twin Cessnas for a small regional carrier. Training was in Cape Cod, so I took off in the C70 for that long journey. After training was done, I was sent to a small town in northern Missouri to fly. So another long drive in the C70, and it performed flawlessly!

Once I got settled in there, I continued to work on the car. The mechanicals were pretty solid then, so I started working on some cosmetics. Metal door lock pins, an R gauge cluster, new grille emblem, and a thorough detail!
Aluminum door lock pins by Logan Abner, on Flickr

R cluster by Logan Abner, on Flickr

New grille logo by Logan Abner, on Flickr

2002 Volvo C70 Coupe by Logan Abner, on Flickr

2002 Volvo C70 Coupe by Logan Abner, on Flickr

2002 Volvo C70 Coupe by Logan Abner, on Flickr

Interior by Logan Abner, on Flickr

One bigger problem that cropped up in Missouri was the rear window. The weather stripping had dried up and fallen out years before. I'd never worried much about it, but I started to notice some rust forming! I don't mess around with rust, so I took it to a local body shop that same week, and had them remove the window, file away the light surface rust, and then rustproof it and reinstall everything with new weatherstripping.

Rust around the window by Logan Abner, on Flickr

Window seal repair by Logan Abner, on Flickr

Window seal repair by Logan Abner, on Flickr

New window seal by Logan Abner, on Flickr

Fast forward again, and I'm back in Kentucky now, with a better job flying a small private jet, and the work on the C70 continues! I don't have a garage right now, so I'm kinda limited to the work I can do. Luckily I have a good mechanic that I trust.
My goal for now is just to get it to a good driver condition again. It needs brakes badly, and has a coolant leak I believe from the turbo coolant hose. But overall it still runs great.

As I'm achieving that goal slowly but surely, I've also been gathering parts for the next stages of the build... I've got a fairly low mileage M56 and most of the parts for the swap. Got an R bumper, though it's in poor shape and needs to be completely restored. I also found a good set of the original Propus wheels, though they're waiting to be refinished as well. Oh, and some jewel taillights from a 2003 or 2004 C70.
Propus by Logan Abner, on Flickr

Jewel taillights by Logan Abner, on Flickr

My current project is a black interior swap! This started when I found a silver on black parts car in Tennessee. Car was pretty gross, but the seats to be in good shape under all the dirt and grime.
New seats by Logan Abner, on Flickr

As it turns out, the car only had around 50k miles on it when it was hit on the right side! So the seats were absolutely mint underneath, and I quickly bought them, along with the dash, console, and door panels. Wow did they clean up nicely.
New seats by Logan Abner, on Flickr

New seats by Logan Abner, on Flickr

So yeah that's my story! I hope you all will enjoy this thread as the car progresses. I bought a new car to serve as a daily driver, so the C70 is enjoying a well deserved retirement and refurbishment.

Once I get a garage, hopefully next year, the real fun will begin. I'm planning on pulling the engine to do the transmission swap, and just fire the biggest parts cannon I have at the engine bay. New and refurbed everything!! Hoping to build it up to around 300hp, which should be more than doable. I have the humble goal of making the nicest C70 in the US haha. New paint, full custom interior, just completely restored to better than new basically.

No spoiler by Logan Abner, on Flickr

It'll be a very long term build, but that's ok! It's sitting in a storage unit now, patiently biding it's time...

As she sits now by Logan Abner, on Flickr
 

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Sweet! Will be following.

Our timelines are about the same, I bought mine in 07 with 39k on it.
 

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Working on getting the rest of the things I need for the black interior swap. I've been talking to a guy in Massachusetts with a black interior parts car and he's working on figuring out how to ship everything! The coupe-specific trim stuff has been quite hard to find.

Interior swap parts by Logan Abner, on Flickr


A couple days ago, I raced to a junkyard about 2 hours away because I saw they had a coupe come up in the inventory.. But of course it was a tan interior.

Should just need a dash now. I've got the pad, but need the lower main part.

My dash it in pretty good shape, no cracks as far as I know. How easy would it be to swap over just the black vinyl panels to my dash?
 

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The lower part is all one piece unfortunately. All the way from the windshield to the console. Easy to swap, but a pain to ship.
 

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There are 2 charcoal coupes in my local yard. Dash you might be able to get at L&B from prolix if you were down for a road trip.
 

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I'm trying to get the stuff from Re-Volv in Massachusetts. I would LOVE a road trip, but my work schedule is pretty much on call every day and only know of days off like 1 day before. So it probably wouldn't work out, but thanks though. Really hoping one turns up in a local yard haha.
 

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Got another little piece of the interior swap (maybe) worked out today.
I'm basically planning on breaking the sunroof trim piece when I take it out lol, and besides it'll need to be painted or dyed black. I found this rubber stripping on ebay that I think will work in its place. It's an interesting looking pattern, didn't realize it looked like that! But it might add a little visual interest to the interior, we shall see.
I've got a lot going on, but hopefully I'll get to see if it works soon.

Rubber stripping by Logan Abner, on Flickr

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I feel like I've unearthed a barn find!! First time I've been to the storage unit in a couple of months unfortunately. Work has just been crazy busy. Should settle down in a few more weeks and then we can get down to business.

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Nice job. How did you clean up the seats? Leatherique?


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Nice job. How did you clean up the seats? Leatherique?


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Just a few passes with some Griot's Garage interior cleaner and leather cream. It really didn't take too much work, I was surprised.
 

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Well, I went to do some work on the car today, and found some troubling things...
I've got a coolant leak, which I believe has been tracked down to the coolant hose to the turbo.

As I was crawling around under the car, I discovered a nice little oil leak! It looks to be coming from somewhere on the front of the engine. Not from the top, around the cam seals, but lower down. And maybe a little drip from the bolt hole for the timing belt cover.. Is there supposed to be a seal or something around that bolt?

And the power steering reservoir is leaking AGAIN, just replaced it 6 months ago or so with a new OEM part. Just so annoying I was hoping to get this car back on the road reliably very soon. And I'm not sure what to do.

Since I have no real work space, I pretty much have two options. Rent a Uhaul and trailer the car back home to my mechanic 3 hours away, and leave it with him to see what he can do with it. Or, leave it parked in the storage unit until January when my lease is up at my apartment. I've been planning to move to a house or duplex or something with a garage, where I can buy an engine hoist and other proper tools and really start the restoration.

What would you guys do in my situation?
 

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Front leak may be dipstick o ring.

Check the cam seals but that drop on the cover may be the ps receiver leaking. Just get a reservoir from a 2005+ car as well as the reservoir to pump hose. It's a better design and bolts right on.
 

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Ok I'll check the dipstick seal, I didn't think about that, thanks!

Wouldn't be the first time I've mistaken PS fluid for oil... lol

Thanks for the tip on the reservoir, I didn't know they had updated the design! Thanks again.
 

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Ok I'll check the dipstick seal, I didn't think about that, thanks!

Wouldn't be the first time I've mistaken PS fluid for oil... lol

Thanks for the tip on the reservoir, I didn't know they had updated the design! Thanks again.
You absolutely want to source a used one.....the hose is like $70 alone.
 

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Jeez... I’ll see what I can find.
I really hope I haven’t been this stupid and caused myself all this grief for the stupid PS tank haha.
Can’t believe I’ve had this car 11 years and am still such a noob. Oh well.


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05+ XC70s and S60s are all over the yards here now, so it shouldn't be too hard to find a PS reservoir and hose if you're early enough. I don't go a lot but if I spot one I'll snag it for you. I've already done my C70.
 

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Ok thanks! I'll probably just end up biting the bullet and buying a new one. Just don't like putting used rubber hoses and stuff on the car.
 

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I went nosing around the car a little bit more today. Did my best to get some photos of the moisture on the lower part of the engine. It doesn't smell like oil, so it's probably PS fluid.
Leaks by Logan Abner, on Flickr

Leaks by Logan Abner, on Flickr

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Leaks by Logan Abner, on Flickr

I just can't figure out how the fluid would get there, with the timing belt cover in the way. There's a little bit of wetness on the outside of the cover, nothing on the inside.
Leaks by Logan Abner, on Flickr

Only other thing I'm seeing is some possible seepage from the bolt that holds the cover on.. Is there supposed to be an o ring on that bolt or something?
Leaks by Logan Abner, on Flickr

Oh, and the timing belt appears to be walking as well.. Oh well, it's about time for a new one anyways.
Leaks by Logan Abner, on Flickr

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Could be your front cam seals leaking? Might want to do those when you replace the timing belt. Have you heard any noise coming from the timing belt? Looks like a lot of rubbing on the cover
 

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I went nosing around the car a little bit more today. Did my best to get some photos of the moisture on the lower part of the engine. It doesn't smell like oil, so it's probably PS fluid.
Leaks by Logan Abner, on Flickr

Leaks by Logan Abner, on Flickr

View from underneath:
Leaks by Logan Abner, on Flickr

I just can't figure out how the fluid would get there, with the timing belt cover in the way. There's a little bit of wetness on the outside of the cover, nothing on the inside.
Leaks by Logan Abner, on Flickr

Only other thing I'm seeing is some possible seepage from the bolt that holds the cover on.. Is there supposed to be an o ring on that bolt or something?
Leaks by Logan Abner, on Flickr

Oh, and the timing belt appears to be walking as well.. Oh well, it's about time for a new one anyways.
Leaks by Logan Abner, on Flickr

Leaks by Logan Abner, on Flickr
I would suggest doing a genuine Volvo belt. I had 2 cars with walking belts and all new hardware and it was the belt. There are counterfeit conti belts circulating. Not even kidding. A contitech NA representative confirmed this. Why anyone would knock off a Volvo t belt is besides me but it's apparently a real issue. Look out for anything made in Mexico.
 
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