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Old 29-06-2020, 11:52 PM   #1
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1997 Volvo 850 GLT

Stage 0 Tune

Taking it back to factory specifications and hopefully showroom condition


Been a while since I've done any serious detailing so thought I would post up my latest acquisition








































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Old 30-06-2020, 12:01 AM   #2
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Very nice looking car. Shine on that looks great. Been looked after by the looks of it.

If it's dirty, clean it
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Old 30-06-2020, 02:54 AM   #3
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Old 30-06-2020, 08:11 AM   #4
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I absolutely LOVE that. My wife's uncle had an 850 2.5 saloon, and he offered it to me for 500 quid. I regret not buying that car so much.

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Old 30-06-2020, 09:19 AM   #5
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That looks show room fresh! (I mean look at the discs and plastics, they're perfect)

Has it been treated impeccably, or has some serious money been spent on it over the years to keep it like it is?

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Old 30-06-2020, 09:24 AM   #6
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Looks to be one of the nicest out there mate. Tip o' the cap. Gets me going more than most exotica.
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My new to me V70 D5 has plenty of surface area, it did replace 3 black cars...lol. On with the roof..

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Some good examples about on the Volvo Forum.
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Volvo paint comes up great, I had a P2 in dark green, everyone would comment on it.. theyd say "its old... but its brand new!" - it was a **** heap, then i detailed it and viola, it was as if it had brand new paint and APC made easy work of the interior and 20 years of grime.

Love detailing really old smelly mucky cars, new cars you expect to be clean, old ones, you expect to be musky and worn, but when its not its a time travel.

Got a P3 now... whilst i love it can keep up with modern drving styles and abuse, I still have fond memories of my p2 which I had to let go of due to too many faults (mainly poor previous ownership and me trying to squeeze 20k out of it each year).

P3, been over-looked after, gearbox fluid changed every 2 years, oil every 6 months (so easy on this one, no jacks required, even for the fuel filter), i just wish people would stop swining their doors into it at supermarkets! Mines covered in litle dinks that i see when polished, paints pretty soft from what i gather.
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That looks show room fresh! (I mean look at the discs and plastics, they're perfect)

Has it been treated impeccably, or has some serious money been spent on it over the years to keep it like it is?
It was one family owned until March 2019
The original owner passed away in 2008, it was passed to his spouse who didn't use it but her son who was living in France used it occasionally so it was kept MOT'd for a couple of years, then it was put on SORN for a few years before ownership was transferred to the son who was now in Bolton area. He ran it for a couple of years then put on SORN again for 3 years and sold to a 'stealer' posing as an enthusiast looking for an 850.

The dealer badly repaired the front bumper which was bashed and covered the car in some sort of horrible crap which took me ages to get off (there's still some on but will take time)

It was sold in April 2019 to the chap I purchased it from and I don't think he had much of a clue. He did keep it clean to the best of his ability and serviced by rip-off garages.

I bought it a couple of weeks after it had a new timing belt and water pump. Drove 230 miles home and the coolant bottle was almost empty. The water pump was leaking. Spent a couple of lockdown months sorting everything out and put it on the road 1st June

Oddly enough the discs & pads are the only non Volvo parts on the car. They were bought by the previous owner and he asked his MOT guy to replace the old ones, but the MOT guy said they were fine (the brakes were 23 years old and an anchor would have stopped quicker) I fitted the discs and pads then a load of genuine Volvo parts, Water pump, Timing and serpentine belt, idler pulleys, tensioners, coolant flush, all filters and oils, new tyres, removed towbar, replaced front bumper top section, fitted rear mudflaps, reset the service light (off for the first time in 5.5 years).

I spent a week cleaning the underside, the previous owner was a security guard and I think he must have drove along muddy building site roads. It wasn't caked in mud but was covered in watery muddy film which looked like it was covering something. The only rust on the entire car was the towbar which is now removed









Mileage when I bought it was 58750 and it's now at 59400
It was supplied with 2 x A4 folders of paperwork, original invoices and every MOT since 2000

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