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#81   2016-09-07 02:49          
Sensing an nice feature

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#82   2016-09-08 04:55          


The Swedish Situation

The Swedes are quite a curious people. They've given us some of the most niche yet successful things in the world. In the 70s, there was ABBA. in the 80s, there was IKEA. However, from those years and still going on today, the Volvo remains as the most popular Swedish export. So, it's no wonder why in Europe and all over the globe the Volvo has become a staple in nearly all cliques of car culture. From track-day 240s to commuter 850s, and everything in between, the cars from the Swede manufacturer have definitely earned their place in the wide, wacky world of car enthusiasts.

So, it's rather understandable that I jumped at the chance to take a look at Smurf's Volvo 850, even if it meant driving up to Washington state in the non-reclinable bucket seats of my FC RX-7, which also gets roughly 15 to the gallon on the highway. Maybe I should have taken the Porsche. I dunno.



From 1991 to 1996, over 760,000 Volvo 850s were produced. So, it's exactly the point I made in Grunge to Glory; there's so many, you have to make yours unique!

And make it unique, Smurf has definitely done so. The front bumper sports a one off lip from Doge's shop, for starters. Tracing upwards takes us to the yellowed headlights and eBay eyelids. Smurf told me that he had done the yellowing himself with some film, and the eyelids were supposed to come in the factory red, but were so off he decided to spray paint them black and put them on anyway. Keep moving up, and you'll spot the bike rack that actually has a accompanying bike, spotted on the left of the car.



As the hood opens and the camera moves up and to the left, a whole new world of this car opens up. We can openly see the impossibly clean interior of Smurf's daily driver, the custom black roof, and no, your eyes are not fooling you, that is not the original longitudinal five cylinder in there. That is, in fact, a 4G63, the same engine that Brian O'Connor fried the piston rings of in Fast and the Furious. Interestingly enough, Smurf is not the person that did the swap. Rather, the previous owner did it with more than likely intentions of showcarship. However, the previous owner hastened the swap, and left it naturally aspirated (not that there's anything wrong with that) and also with the bog standard four speed 2G Eclipse FWD transmission (which is totally not okay). Also seen are the HRE 501s the Volvo sits on, the drop provided by the ever classic cut springs.



The rear is completely stock, but this angle is particular goes to show how neat and taut the fitment is on this Swedish shotgun of expression, I still cannot believe that there are no actual coilover kits on this car. Imagine, cutting a spring in your garage and the fitment coming out this well. Insanity, I tell you.



Despite the fact that the first 850s are 25 years old now, Smurf's is somehow impeccable in it's sincere cleanliness. I'd be lying if I didn't expect to smell the new car smell when I saw the interior for the first time. In here, not much has happened, aside from Smurf painting over the wood grain of the original interior with the same black that rests on his roof and eyelids.



Seriously, look how clean it is!



So, I sincerely am a fan of this Swedish shooter of surprising subtle style. (Sorry.)



In all seriousness, I love what Smurf has done with his Volvo, especially considering that it's a rather uncommon model to be modified like this, and that he's displayed clear lack of fear and self-doubt when making decisions in this build. Call me a fan, and keep me posted on what happens to this car in the future!

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#83   2016-09-09 23:19          
@GoverningNick Heey that's pretty good.

so i found a wrecked legacy for V$700 and decided it'd be easier to pull the engine out of this than get one online.


We pulled the engine out and handed the shell off to a friend with a legacy so he can pick whatever is left off and send it to the scrap yard.

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#84   2016-09-10 03:50          
This Volvo definitely deserved a feature. Love builds that slowly progress over time.
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#85   2018-01-10 04:23          
Holy fuck I'm still alive? Oh, ok then. I've been attending a T-TEN school since my last post and that required moving out of state. Because my program is a live-in program i haven't had much need of a car so after selling the Beetle, i tucked the Evolvo and E36 away in storage and said goodbye to my beloved Cascadian homeland. So I'm in Utah now, and pretty much my life revolves around work and school. Recently my school sent us all home for the holidays so i took the opportunity to pick up something for myself. Yup! Another shitbox.


I felt i wasn't going full euro-trash with the Volvo so i went out and picked up a '92 Jetta. Really wanted a 2 door but couldn't find one in decent shape for my price. But this one is all i need for now.

Engine- Rebuilt Einvagen GTA ((too lazy find a good mod for a vw)) with DS Blackseries internals and carb'd, butt dyno says around 220hp or so

Suspension- Skunk2 coils

Brakes- cheap aftermarket rotors and calipers that weren't machined (had a really bad pulsation until we machined them)

Wheels- Salad shooters with a hub/spacer thingy (forget what they're called) that allows you to bolt authentic salad shooters on a 4 lug VW

Body- Its been a while since i was big into VWs so i can't name all the stuff thats been changed but I'm sure the grill and lights have been changed (mostly because the radiator core support has been cut)

Interior- Plaid GTI seats and Nardi wheel (not woodgrain unfortunately)

When i get the time I'm going to look at a new project but it might be a little while.
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#86   2018-01-10 07:56          
man its nice to see you back. An MK2 Jetta is so sick - but you should definitely pick up something of the RWD variety sometime :P
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#87   2018-01-10 11:44          
It's been a long time since you were here. Nice to see you back again.

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#88   2018-01-10 17:04          
@Marcus Thanks man. I don't want to give too many hints as to what the project will be but the E36 will be donating some parts.

@Skip For real, it's been a minute and I'm glad to be back.
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#89   2018-01-18 20:09          
So as i come closer to the new car, I'd like to reflect on my first.

My older brother use to race Hondas back in the day so Civics always had my eye. One of my brothers buddies wanted see how cheaply he could swap a stock EG to rhd. The result was a lot of sketchy oxy-acetylene cuts and tac welds. He decided it wasn't exactly show-quality (pfff, whatever that means). So thats how i got my hands on it cheap cheap cheap.


When i first got her, she was full monster truck status. Not sure what wheels were on her but they had to go, a long with the high profile tires and stock ride height.


After my brother found out i got a Honda he was stoked. So stojed in fact, he sold me a set of Work Equips and found me a set of adjustable coils, both for a deep discount. I even found myself a hatch wing and rear lip (had to cut the muffler off to fit it).


A while later my brother decided to move out and made me a deal. Anything i could dig out of the garage that fit my car i could keep. The only thing i could find was the Webers and crazy ass exhaust (both came off his drag ef), he looked at me sideways when i told him i was gonna use them. Had to spray the head cover to match. Also found a new lip and fogs.

Looking back, this is where i should have left it.



But of course the paint and wheels contradict (my actual reason for rattle canning it)
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#90   2018-01-18 21:22          
WHY DID YOU RATTLE CAN IT
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#91   2018-01-18 21:36          
Cause swagg.
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#92   2018-01-18 21:58          
Looks better than my pos anyway. But hey, mines 2001 styled so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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#93   2018-01-19 02:17          
wow i want a civic now
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#94   2018-01-19 02:37          
@Skip but i love the look of early 2000's builds, as long as its not all cosmetic.

@Monkey yea now i want another. I would gave to do things way different this time around, this thing was a fucking ticket machine. It was so bad i could only take back roads because if a cop saw me it was a guaranteed stop.
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