So after fixing up the exterior of my C70 over these last few weeks and months i have now hit a dilemma, do i get the car resprayed and the wheels refurbished or do i start fixing up the Interior?
So let’s start with the Bodywork and the main reason I’ve decided to go ahead and eventually get my car resprayed. As you can see in the pictures the car has some pretty deep scratches all over it as well as numerous paint chips and dents, also the is paint coming away due to age, these were caused by a fence falling on the car when the previous owner had it, for that reason the car is soon going to go for a full body respray up at RM Bodyworks in East Kilbride (outskirts of Glasgow), also around that time i hope to get the wheels refurbished. Only thing which is currently holding me back is the overall cost – for the full body respray it’s going to cost about £2k and for the wheels about £250 (depending on who i go to), as well as the paint the wheels are also in a pretty bad state.
The main reason i want to refurbish these wheels is because 1. they have rather bad kerbing to the point the O/S/R alloy is starting to turn green in places, not one wheel is without this kerbing but this one is the worst, the 2nd reason i want to refurbish these wheels is because they are rather rare and not very easy to find another set (they are the Factory 17″ BBS Propus Alloys which I believe an expensive option for these cars when they were new). The main reason why the wheels haven’t been refurbished yet is because i have been saving for the respray which brings me onto the next point, the interior.
So let’s start on the interior, overall it’s in pretty decent shape for a 16 year old car but it’s not perfect. First of all the gearstick needs replaced as the numbers have worn away and it’s rather difficult to see what gear I’m in, the seats are due for a refurb and some paint touch up when the weather becomes bearable, the aluminium style dash and the aluminium trim around the gear stick & handbrake is also due for changing (already got that sitting & ready to fit), also the SC-901 Stereo head unit has decided to not play CD’s anymore through its 3 disc changer (going to see if i can get the original fixed and refitted), while on the subject of the stereo i am wanting to fit a genuine Volvo 6 disc changer into the boot (originally found on the original V70 Wagon), my car is already wired up from the factory to run the changer but was never offered on the C70’s to my knowledge. Moving down the list, i need to replace the steering wheel due to the leather coming away from the wheel when it gets hot, a new blanking plate is going in and the tray on the door card needs adressing as it’s supposed to sit flush but has somehow started to come away, also I’d like to fit a Volvo Genuine First Aid Kit as mine seems to be missing from my car (my car never came with it when i bought it) the rest of the interior is in rather good shape so doesn’t need adressing. The reason why I don’t want to start on the interior as of yet is because it can be quite expensive and will lower the chance of my car getting its respray.
So, should i save up a little bit more money and save for the respray as well as getting the wheels refurbished or do i start fixing up the interior and then taking it for a respray afterwards?