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    Sort of toyota-ish....

    I started this project looking for a car to put a 1uz in. It ranged from a toyota mini truck, but I realized I don't have any basket ball jerseys and don't listen to hip hop, so that was out....Then I thought old corollas....but trying to find a non rusty one for cheap was tough....then I happened upon a 1966 Volvo Amazon....Its such a cool looking little car I had to have one.

    Looked on craigslist and there was one for sale for $1000 2 minutes from my house. I went to check it out, and he said he would take $500...done.

    Here is how the story unfolds:


    Now I have an old car, with old suspension and not much for aftermarket support other than brakes and sway bars. So it had to go, not to mention i needed a few things to make my motor run. For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to get a complete lexus, and stick it under the volvo body.

    well here goes....



    I found a complete running lexus that needed a VI for $900 ....

    I want something light, fast, handles good, super reliable, and weird.

    I think I got it all:




    Sick smoke show:



    turned that into this in a couple days:



    cut out the whole rear drive train and floor pan:





    Built a little subframe to match the width of the inside of the volvo rockers and to keep everything together.



    Had to shorten the lexus 3" to get the wheelbase perfect:



    More trimming and now they are one!







    I am going to get the body dropped even more and build some fender flares sort of like this guy:





    Mini update, had a few hours on it.... managed to get it about 2.5" lower with dropping the body more. Next up is levelling, squaring, and basically making sure the body is back where it belongs.

    I had some help :








    After a couple week delay I got to here:

    I have been really debating what to do for flares etc, and i hate the super high positive offset wheels on there.

    These are some wheels I bought years ago that are doing nothing....

    18x9.5 and 18x8.5 both +35 offset....If I have to get flares....I might as well get flares and build this thing to fit some tires. rears are 265 vs the stock lexus 205 or 225 whatever they were. Plus if I go this wide there is still room on the inside of the wheel to go in so I could in the future get some 11" wide wheels and some really fat tires if required as well as letting me fit almost any wheel style, the previous method only allowed me tuner type wheels.





    Keep in mind this car is still jacked up like a 4x4 and it will be coming down 2" lower with coilovers and the flares will tuck the wheels nicely. So in total I have to cut 4" of the fender out to allow for 2" uptravel at its destined ride height.















    Onto the fenders, I went with pulled fenders, i just tacked the factory arch on to see what it would look like. I will find an arch off of some car at an auto wrecker that is about 2" wide and a bit bigger diameter.

    I am going to alter both the curve of the pulled fender and the remaining curve on the body to make one gentle curve and blend it right in.

    Im pretty excited about how its going to look.












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    I ended up shaping a piece of plywood to make a mold to hold the sheet metal where i wanted it and forced it into position with various lengths of 2x4's on the back side. It worked really well.






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    passenger side quarter is ready for welding, I made a cardboard template of the drivers side curves and pushed and squeezed the other side until it matched.




    And started a front fender....I ended up using the exact same process, its a bit more difficult since the fender is so short, but I think it will look sweet none the less. I put masking tape over it to get a feel for the curve so I could see the fender, not all the slices. Its turning into one voluptuous brick!







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    Now I am wiring up the 1uz with a new harness, no more toyota confusing harness, I put a fuel cell in and replumbed fuel lines, I hope to have it running this week.

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    your awesome man. thats alot of freaking work...

    Interesting ride keep up the good work and crazy ideas!
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    looks great!

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    Holy ****ing ****!!!!! That's ****ing sextastic!!!!!!!!

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    That is one of my favorite volvos... Next to


    This is the coolest swap I have ever seen.
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    Wow crazy amount of work in there, I like the quarter panel idea.

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    This thing is epic awesome. Keep up the great work.
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    very sick, im loving the rear fenders.

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    Deffinately another one to watch!
    Awesome work man!
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    unique sums this up, + awesome

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old 'Rollas View Post
    Deffinately another one to watch!
    Awesome work man!
    no kidding, 2 wicked builds that pop up today

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    wow, this is a sick build.

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    fully sick bro!!

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    Great! That's sweet. I'm looking forward to the finished widebody!
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    Hey, Been watching the build thread over on crawlinbc. Thing is gonna be killer when she hits the streets, beauty work. Going to be jumping this one?
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    Thanks guys its been fun...Its sat for a few weeks with no love, but i'm back at it again so I can hopefully keep updating it. Next update will be a running motor. :P

    How well do lexus's jump?? I could try. lol

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    so sweetttt...... and soo mcuh $$ and time.. + effort..... good on ya!

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