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Just to prove it happens to all of us, on my way home from a local car meet on one of my may checks of the gauges I noticed my temp higher than normal. On the highway the temp was high but still well below the red, in stop and go it got a little hotter. Got back home which was not far and let the car idle, aux fan was on temp gauge up and down as throttle was applied. As I was checking things out noticed the upper rad hose had no pressure and no flow seen at the expansion tank. A $16 thermostat was at fault, 10 min later it was fixed. This could be fatal boys! In the winter we see some t-stats stuck open and the result is no heat this is the first I have had on these cars stuck shut. It is easy to change 2 torx screws and do not take the hoses off the t-stat housing picks up with them attached, and minimal coolant loss if that is a concern. The cost is well behind that of an overheated engine!
 

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Thanks for the heads up! I replaced mine in January. Hard part was keeping myself from freezing.<P>Prospero
 

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Prospero, what stage is the car at? And how about you? The car had its first real taste of victory tonight since the upgrades in the shape of a Mustang, he was not very happy with his defeat and had some choice words at the next stop light, all I did was smile for once I did not have anything say which is very rare the car did all the talking! Hope things are well with youo and your car!
 

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George, since I bought the 850 in November and did 90% of the work outside...by January I was ready to take on Polar Bear competitions. Antifreeze...now I see why my Bulgarian friends drink vodka and brandy in the winter time. Bad for the liver but keeps one from freezing. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>Prospero
 

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Sean,<BR>The car is getting done this week if all goes well. I will be installing an R front bumper and am debaiting on the painting of the trim and top sides of the bumpers to match the rest of the car. I still have another day to decide as the parts are getting in today and I will spray them on Wednesday. Tell you what, the car is easy to work on. The body parts are built to come off with relative ease and hopefully will line up even easier. I will be spraying the parts at my friend's shop around town and am doing all of the labor on my own. I finally buffed the hood and fenders lastnight and will do the rest of the car during the week. My new toy for the car should be here in early july, good for many extra horses! All in all, the car is going to come out much better than it was before the accident. I guess I am too. I am 97% over the back and neck pain with no remaining damage. While not being able to do my usual workout on abs and back, I worked on the pecks and arms which has made a nice change in looks. (not to mention dropping 10 lbs from the workout and sauna time.) I have settled with the insurance company and collected the money on Friday afternoon. I ordered all of the parts you sent me the numbers on (thanks again) and should see them today. I even replaced my sparkplug wires Sunday! Felt like a waste though as they only had 184000 miles on them and the date code of 04-94. Damn cheap wires! Couldn't even get the full 200k out of em. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"> The car does run better, thats for sure. Now to complete the brakes and I'll be done. I have to order the parts today (charles linden's friend with cross drilled and slotted rotors by bremeb) and install them next week sometime. I also ordered the sunroof stuff as well as a few other things. I will try to snap off some pics as I go. Thanks again for the help and the well-wishes. Catch you later on.<P>Prospero
 

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Prospero,<P>Maybe if you snapped some pics of your work in progress on your 850 Turbo conversion and did a little write up, George could post it on the homepage as a little "feature" article. What do you guys think? <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"> <P>BTW, if you decide to paint all the rubber trim, make sure you prep them really well. Also, I know that there are a ton of people who want to know how this comes out because they have been thinking about doing it on their 40/60/70/80 series cars.<P>-Drew<p>[This message has been edited by InDy (edited 06-25-2001).]
 

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I don't mind sharing all info that I have. I will snap off as mant pictures as I can but what I'm wondering is what you meant by turbo conversion? Its already a T-5, what more could I want? Wait. Don't answer that question. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P>Prospero
 

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Prospero,<P>Ooops, I should have said "R" conversion. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"> Maybe something along the lines of putting the "R" front bumper in and the fog-lights, as well as doing the body work and possibly painting the mouldings and how you did that. I am sure there are a lot of folks who would be interested in that. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>-Drew
 

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I will try and take as many pictures as I go. I have decided to NOT use the OEM Volvo fog lamps as they are just plain weak. I am going to make my own set-up as time allows. I will take measurements while I have the car apart. I need to nab a digital camera for some good pics, guess I will do that tonight. <P>I'll be back!<P>Prospero
 

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Prospero,<P>I wonder if you could fit some nice powerful projectors behind the OEM "R" fog-light holes. That would look pretty slick. Maybe something good from PIAA, CATZ, or Hella for instance. You could probably also get projector driving-lights, that might be even more useful, I dunno.<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.cyclegadgets.com/Products/PIAA/piaa910.gif"> <P> <IMG SRC="HTTP://USACARAUDIO.COM/images/PIAA/1100lamp_02.gif"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://USACARAUDIO.COM/images/PIAA/1000lamp.gif"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://USACARAUDIO.COM/images/PIAA/1200lamp_02.gif"> <P>-Drew
 

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Oh damn, I love the way you think! That will be my first approach, but if I don't get the look I want I will do my own thing.<P>Prospero
 

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Sorry to disappoint you guys..thos fog lights are too big for that R bumper foglite opening. Trust me, I've looked around....if you put them on...they won't look like a perfect fit and will look very silly and ghetto.
 
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