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Old 11-10-2007, 04:46 PM   #1
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Front End treatment

About a month ago I posted that I'd put a new grill treatment on my car and promised to post some pics. Better late than never?





Stock Volvo 240 front end, '86 - '93


Dark blue front panel is 2.7 mm. Lauan plywood. Diagonal opening is my attempt to honor the Vovo "slash" used on all Volvo grills. Top and bottom edges are cut curved in order to result in a flat line after curving the panel, similar to a windshield curve.

Primed with oil-base house paint and sprayed with Duplicolor. Pinstriping from Autozone, don't remember the brand, that was about $6. There are two strips of 1" wide plywood going across the back for additional strength, at top and bottom. Weldwood contact cement to stick them on. Curves were cut with box cutter after trial-and-error using cardboard and coroplast trial sheets.

Headlights buckets are NOT stock Volvo and are from an earlier mod project. Aquired from a '93 or '94 Isuzu pickup truck. Reflector and lens housings are Euro-spec, commonly called e-codes. Put out far more light than the USA-DOT spec.
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Currently getting +/- 50 mpg in fall weather. EPA is 31/39 so not too shabby. WAI, fuel cutoff switch, full belly pan, smooth wheel covers.

Now driving '97 Civic HX; tires ~ 50 psi. '89 Volvo 240 = semi-retired.
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Old 11-11-2007, 06:58 AM   #2
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ha ha
i thought the lambo had the goofiest front end
but i humbly hand the crown to you!
Thank you my friend!
Please do post a pic of front end of said lambo so I can appreciate it.
(I looked in the garage but didn't see a front shot.)
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Now driving '97 Civic HX; tires ~ 50 psi. '89 Volvo 240 = semi-retired.
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Old 11-11-2007, 11:15 AM   #3
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nice bruce. even if some think this to be ugly, as long as it's effective...so what!
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Old 11-11-2007, 07:45 PM   #4
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I just read your garage entry details.
DIY round headlights - cool!
Ya gotta get a friend to shoot some digital pics and post them. I'd love to see how it looks. There aren't too many of us cobbling together glass-lens headlights to replace lousy fogged plastic ones!

Or maybe a cell phone camera.
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Now driving '97 Civic HX; tires ~ 50 psi. '89 Volvo 240 = semi-retired.
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Thank you my friend!
Please do post a pic of front end of said lambo so I can appreciate it.
(I looked in the garage but didn't see a front shot.)
I think it looks cool. Gives the car a "batman mask" look, .

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Old 11-11-2007, 09:09 PM   #6
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... I think it looks cool. Gives the car a "batman mask" look, ...
Holy drag drop Batman - I think it's gonna glide forever!
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Now driving '97 Civic HX; tires ~ 50 psi. '89 Volvo 240 = semi-retired.
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