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  • Do you have a Volvo getting on in years, or in miles?

    When you restore a classic or collector car, chances are very good it has a few miles on it, let alone quite a few years! Well, one car company, Volvo, would like to recognize you for your ability to keep one of their cars in running shape for so long. (It's always nice to get a little recognition from the original builder of the car!)

    The Volvo Heritage Club was launched in November 2012 to recognize and celebrate long-term or high-mileage Volvo owners.

    Do you belong in this exclusive club? Membership is for anyone who meets one of these eligibility requirements:

    • An owner who has had one or more Volvos for at least 10 consecutive years
    • An owner whose Volvo has more than 100,000 original miles
    • An owner who was a member of the former Volvo High-Mileage Club

    "We decided to launch the Volvo Heritage Club with one distinct difference from our previous High-Mileage Club," said VCNA President and CEO John Maloney. "This club acknowledges our passionate owners who may have had many different Volvos over time but never had a particular car with high mileage. When you combine both long-standing loyalty and high-mileage achievements, well, that's a club that truly represents the heritage of a car brand."

    Once accepted into the new Volvo Heritage Club, members will get a commemorative Volvo Heritage Club medallion to display on their Volvo. They'll also get previews of new product offerings, access to exclusive promotions and offers, and special invitations to Volvo events and more.

    Volvo Heritage Club medallions will be issued for 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of consecutive ownership, as well as these mileage milestones: 100k, 200k, 300k, 400k, 500k, 750k and 1,000,000 miles.

    Think you meet the membership requirements for the Volvo Heritage Club? Sign up here.

    And if you'd like to watch a PBS video about a 1966 VolvoP1800 still going strong after 2.7 millon miles, click here and enjoy.

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  • Tim P., Circulation & Analytics Manager- What Makes Us Tick!

    A finely tuned machine- Eastwood Employees makes us tick

    We want to share the great Eastwood staff with you, our customers! We have asked them to fill out the first five questions, and then pick 5 random questions from a “Wildcard” section of questions. We allowed them to answer these however they’d like. You’d be surprised at what some of us have to say!

    1. Name and Title at Eastwood?
    Tim P., Circulation & Analytics Manager

    2. What the heck do you do all day?
    I figure out how our marketing programs are performing and plan how many catalogs we need, when to mail them and who to mail them to.

    3. Did you come from an automotive background before Eastwood? What did you do before Eastwood?

    Well, not really. I’ve always loved cars and tinkering around with them. I’ve owned a few beauties like a ’92 Monte Carlo and a ’72 Olds Cutlass Supreme. Prior to joining the Eastwood family, I forecasting and cost accounting for a large office supply chain.

    4. When not talking cars, tools, and restorations all day, what are a few of your hobbies?

    I like spending time with my family, watching high school and college sports and cooking.

    5. What's your favorite Eastwood product? Why?

    It’s actually a family of products for me: The Eastwood line of welders is my favorite. Our line of welders is really helping a lot of our guys do more and be even more creative at home in their own garages and saving them a lot of money.

    6. What's your favorite thing about working for Eastwood?

    Wow, that’s a tough one. I guess I’d have to say seeing some of the work our guys do or have done! Matt’s Pile House project has been really interesting to me. I really want to be more hands-on than I have in the past!

    7. Where do you find yourself navigating on the web regularly (other than Eastwood.com)

    Since I’m a Volvo guy, I find myself most often at www.volvospeed.com , www.swedespeed.com and www.matthewsvolvosite.com most often looking for fixes and modifications I can make .

    Ford Fairlane

    8. What was your first car? A.1966 Ford Fairlane Convertible with no rear floorboards and a 3-speed on the floor. That car was in sad shape….but it was fun when it ran

    9. What are you building, restoring, or a job you are tackling next?
    Found myself a ’98 Volvo V70 T5 that’s in pretty good shape for the 185K on its clock.

    AMC Rambler Marlin

    10. If you could own any car on the earth, what would it be?

    A Rambler Marlin

     

    *Stock car photos courtesy of Wikipedia

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  • TIG Welding Project of the weekend- Shortening Steel Oil Pickup tube

    A big part of building modified cars is swapping around parts from other years, models, and even makes. When you get pretty far into heavily modifying a vehicle, you will definitely come to a point where you will need to learn how to weld, especially TIG weld. This past weekend I tackled a mini-project I've been putting off for sometime.

    In stock guise this engine used an oil cooler that ran hot coolant through it to "cool" the oil. Sure your coolant may stay a few degrees cooler than your oil..but not enough to significantly cool things down. In the end it leaves more failure points for coolant hose leaks, and doesn't help cool things down much.

    I decided to use a "sandwich" oil cooler with external oil radiator. I used the "sandwich" cooler portion from an 80's turbo Volvo. These came stock on just about every turbo Volvo in the 80's-90's and are plentiful in the junkyard. You can then mix and match an external oil radiator of your choice to gain oil capacity and cooling capabilities. I chose an OE oil radiator and hoses from a European Mk1 Golf GTI. It required little modification to fit in the grill of my 76 VW Rabbit project. As an added bonus, the fittings on the hoses that came with this oil radiator were a direct fit to the Volvo sandwich piece.

    Because the sandwich cooler is much thinner than the factory cooler, I needed to chop and shorten the VW cooler cap shaft by about 1.5" (are you confused yet?!). I started by marking and chopping the section out I didn't need.

    Once the pieces were cut, I made sure they were flat by grinding the cut ends with my Eastwood Eastwood Bench Grinder and beveled the edges to be joined. By beveling the edges I can make a weld joint that is flush with the surface of the joint without having to grind any of the weld away. I chose to use some thin .030 steel filler rod to make tight, small weld puddles; again to reduce the need to grind.

    I set my Eastwood TIG 200 up on 110v current and used a 1/16" Red TIG Tungsten. The result was pretty good and my weld bead was flush with the cooler cap tube.

    After hitting the cooler parts with Aluma Blast Paint, I reinstalled it all on the engine and now have a factory looking external oil cooler conversion!

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  • Parking Lot Gem- A vintage Volvo (and it's not a brick!)

    Tim P. here at Eastwood is our resident "Volvo-nut" He has loads of them and pretty much his entire family drives some of Sweden's finest. This past weekend he submitted this picture for our "Parking Lot Gem" series. This looks to be a pretty tidy (and probably restored) Volvo P1800S.These are pretty neat sports cars with some great body lines. Most of which are not very "Volvo-like" compared to modern day Volvos that are much more square and "boxy". These weren't a very big hit in the States, so it is extremely rare to see one outside of a car show. Nice eye Tim!

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