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Small updates like I post on Instagram as @oudevolvo and on facebook.com/oldvolvoblog (so you can also follow/like me there).

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Still a lot of work and a long way to go but Voltvo will be back on the road even 'greener' ;) a....
Still a lot of work and a long way to go but Voltvo will be back on the road even 'greener' 😉 and better. To be continued. #voltvo #evconversion #electricvolvo #rebuild
The motor is indeed a very powerful Engiro motor. It is tuned with a six phase Leadrive inverter....
The motor is indeed a very powerful Engiro motor. It is tuned with a six phase Leadrive inverter. Peak torque is 670 Nm and peak power is 227 kW. Enough for a direct drive implementation. So dropping the gearbox and it's noises! Only downside is the weight. It is almost as heavy as my previous Siemens / DMOC setup, but more than twice as powerful. #evconversion #electricvolvo #voltvo #rebuild #classicelectriccar #leadrive #engiro
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Thanks to "a little help from some friends", I unloaded the new motor for Voltvo with my sons on a beautiful summer day last year. Who recognizes this motor? Further details and information will follow. #evconversion #voltvo #electricvolvo #rebuild
I ordered two sets from the lasercutter. One out of aluminum to practice my TIG welding skills a....
I ordered two sets from the lasercutter. One out of aluminum to practice my TIG welding skills and one out of steel to assemble quickly. Won't fit easily in the narrow tunnel of the Volvo Amazon but does not seem impossible. With a bit of luck it could perhaps be squeezed into the tunnel almost completely. In this setup there would not be a gearbox anymore. #evconversion #volvoamazon #electricvolvo #evconversion #rebuild #voltvo
Time to catch up with some updates. In my blogpost 'Rear wheel drive EV conversion motor options....
Time to catch up with some updates. In my blogpost 'Rear wheel drive EV conversion motor options' (link in bio) I wrote an Engiro motor would be the ideal way forward (after a Tesla small drive unit directly powering the wheels). I could not let go that idea so in Februari last year I made a dummy to see if it would fit at all. #evconversion #electricvolvo #engiro
My website has been renewed! The English version is now accessible at www.oldvolvo.com (link in ....
My website has been renewed! The English version is now accessible at www.oldvolvo.com (link in bio) and more translations will be added. I completed my conversion blog as I stopped bloggin in 2019. Furthermore the electric/Voltvo section has been expanded with the former Voltvo website (the result) and a section about the fire as well as the rebuild. Stay tuned for more news about thats soon. #oldvolvo #volvoamazon #evconversion #electricvolvo #classicvolvo #volvo
That was a nice first day of the Volvo fair of the @volvo.klassieker.vereniging. Under the impre....
That was a nice first day of the Volvo fair of the @volvo.klassieker.vereniging. Under the impression it was less busy than other years. Nice conversations and seeing nice people (again). Great positive open attitude regarding conversion to electric. Also sold some parts together with my son. Tomorrow is another day. Shoutout to Alain from @volvo_lotte for (in my opinion) the stand that really created the best atmosphere at the fair.
It was a beautiful day (the day of the autumn equinox, by the way)! See you tomorrow. #evconversion #volvobeurs #classicvolvo #volvoparts #evconversion #evcreate
Preparations for the Volvo fair by the @volvo.klassieker.vereniging in Rosmalen tomorrow. You ca....
Preparations for the Volvo fair by the @volvo.klassieker.vereniging in Rosmalen tomorrow. You can find me at H.12. I'll be selling some parts I collected over the years and will not be using anymore and of course as @EVcreate for all ins and outs for converting to electric. #volvobeurs #vkv #volvokv #evconversion #pars
New insights in the cause of my electric car fire! Building on responses I received after publis....
New insights in the cause of my electric car fire! Building on responses I received after publishing my blog post I was able to link events that I had not identified as being relevant before. Now the fire seems to be less 'sudden' and perhaps even better explained. Read the addendum on my website, link in bio.
#evconversion #electriccarfire #evfire #electricvolvo #rebuild #voltvo #classicelectriccar
Today it's been exactly two years since our electric Volvo Amazon wagon spontaneously caught fir....
Today it's been exactly two years since our electric Volvo Amazon wagon spontaneously caught fire during our travels in Sweden. Now it's time to share my thoughts on what might have caused the fire in a blogpost on voltvo.nl. Link in bio. It has become quite an extensive analysis. I'm curious what you think. #evconversion #electricvolvo #elektrischevolvo #volvoamazon #volvoamazoncombi #carfire #voltvo #rebuild #classicelectriccar #diyelectriccar #tesla #batteryfire
Great to see that the car I decided to let go was being picked up in style by @volvo_lotte. #vol....
Great to see that the car I decided to let go was being picked up in style by @volvo_lotte. #volvoamazonwagon
Our good old Volvo 940 that made it possible to continue our trip in Sweden after the Volvo Amaz....
Our good old Volvo 940 that made it possible to continue our trip in Sweden after the Volvo Amazon had caught fire received a well deserved wash. It has driven 605.000 km (of which 150.000 by us since September 2016) and just received a fresh MOT. Still going strong.
#volvo940 #swedishbricks #volvo
Still no keys so I'm throwing in a new ignition lock. Hope it finds a new owner who will bring h....
Still no keys so I'm throwing in a new ignition lock. Hope it finds a new owner who will bring her back to its full glory. Alain from @volvo_lotte will take care of that for me. Maybe even electric like my fathers car? A few pictures for inspiration. #restomod #evconversion #electricvolvo #volvoamazon #volvoamazonwagon #classicvolvo
Thanks to Tom from Engovis (also the creator of Simp BMS) for the inspiration, reverse engineeri....
Thanks to Tom from Engovis (also the creator of Simp BMS) for the inspiration, reverse engineering and sharing his work on this gear selector. Now I needed a tester and a selector too. I definitely want this in my Voltvo rebuild. #evconversion #reverseengineering #electricvolvo #voltvo #upgrade #canbus
Time for making some decisions. Soon (when I find the keys) my Volvo Amazon wagon project I kept....
Time for making some decisions. Soon (when I find the keys) my Volvo Amazon wagon project I kept for years will be for sale. Need to face the fact that rebuilding the electric Volvo will take quite some resources. Despite the fact that this one is a California import it has quite some rust especially at the rear end. But as far as I can tell it's original and unmolested. Well worth a restoration and in fact a better basis than I started from (but by the time I found this one, I had progressed too much with the dark green one) #volvoamazonwagon #volvoamazon #restoration #swedishmetal
Best way to practice using new @evcreate 3D scanning tools is to use it for my own project. Impr....
Best way to practice using new @evcreate 3D scanning tools is to use it for my own project. Impressed with the ease of use and scanning result. Next step is to successfully import the scan into Onshape. #voltvo #evcreate #evconversion #3dscanning #shining3d #volvoamazonwagon #volvoamazon #electricvolvo
Yesterday my Volvo Amazon wagon turned 56 years old. On the 4th of April 1967 it was reported OK....
Yesterday my Volvo Amazon wagon turned 56 years old. On the 4th of April 1967 it was reported OK by the factory in Sweden. In 2015/2016 I started restoring her from scrap level and in May 2021 it was back on the road as an electric Volvo Amazon wagon. Until June 2021 when it spontaneously caught fire when parked during our family road trip in Sweden. Now in 2023 she is ready for a rebuild but finding resources (time and money) is a challenge since I'm doing @evcreate as a fulltime business now. You can support me via my rebuild blog https://www.voltvo.nl (link in bio)
#volvoamazon #evconversion #carfire #electricvolvo #carrestoration #volvo #voltvo #fastned
New blogpost : Dry ice cleaning for a fresh start. Thanks to Robbert   Jan I now have a nice and s....
New blogpost : Dry ice cleaning for a fresh start. Thanks to Robbert-Jan I now have a nice and solid starting point for the rebuild. Link in bio. #dryicecleaning #evconversion #voltvo #rebuild #electricvolvo #carfire #volvoamazon #amazonwagon
Today I dropped off the old emptied front battery box at the recycling. It did its job very well....
Today I dropped off the old emptied front battery box at the recycling. It did its job very well and to a large extent contained the fire so there now is a car to rebuild. This box will not be part of that nor will Tesla battery modules. #evconversion #carfire #voltvo #rebuild #electricvolvo #TeslaBatteries #recycling
What are my motor options for the rebuild? I just posted a new blogpost exploring what the curre....
What are my motor options for the rebuild? I just posted a new blogpost exploring what the current possibilities are for rear wheel drive cars. Spoiler: I'm committed to dropping the clutch and gearbox. Link to the full story in my bio.
#voltvo #evconversion #electricvolvo #electricclassiccar #rearwheeldrive
Ready for the Volvo Fair, theme “In the media”. The XC40 and 240 from the Autovisie article ....
Ready for the Volvo Fair, theme “In the media”. The XC40 and 240 from the Autovisie article meet again. And of course my Volvo that (unfortunately in that way) made it to the Swedish newspaper after the fire.
#volvoklassiekerbeurs #electricvolvo #evconversion
Ready for an improved rebuild! In the background my original inspiration for starting my project....
Ready for an improved rebuild! In the background my original inspiration for starting my project: the electric Volvo 240 (in for some maintenance @evcreate for the current owners) converted by Martijn Hendriks back in 2012. The electric Volvo 240, my Volvo Amazon wagon and myself (at the EVcreate booth and EV square) will be at the Volvobeurs in Rosmalen this whole weekend. See you there? #evconversion #volvobeurs #autotron #voltvo #electricvolvo #volvoamazon #volvo240
By the end of August it received a well deserved wash as it had been standing outside for more t....
By the end of August it received a well deserved wash as it had been standing outside for more than a year. With a certain zoom level one could think I was preparing for the Concours d’Elegance. But zooming out revealed that was not going to happen in 2022. #volvoamazon #amazonwagon #voltvo #evconversion
After also removing the motor I started cleaning the car as much as possible without damaging th....
After also removing the motor I started cleaning the car as much as possible without damaging the zinc coat that was still there at most places and removed some more of the interior and the wiring underneath the car. #rebuild #carfire #volvoamazon #evconversion #voltvo
It took a couple of hot days in August during our holidays to take the rear batteries out. They ....
It took a couple of hot days in August during our holidays to take the rear batteries out. They were assembled outside the car with the cover last in line. With some wrestling and patience I was able to take all out from above. #teslabattery #evconversion #classicelectriccar #diyelectriccar #voltvo
So after removing some more burned bits and pieces the front battery box is out. Motor phase cab....
So after removing some more burned bits and pieces the front battery box is out. Motor phase cables look like they have not been hot. Sticker inside the cover (highest point) is still OK. #evconversion #rebuild #electricvolvo #voltvo
Took the heater and dash out. Unfortunately my EV Peripherals controller as well as the OLEDs in....
Took the heater and dash out. Unfortunately my EV Peripherals controller as well as the OLEDs in the speedo have not survived the fire. It hurts, but I just take out everything and throw it away. Even all cables and wires. Don't want gremlins due to fire extinguishing powder. #evconversion #teensy #carfire #rebuilding #voltvo #electricvolvo
Next step was to take the battery management system master out and connect it to my computer. As....
Next step was to take the battery management system master out and connect it to my computer. As expected that worked. I immediately checked the BMS error log. Nothing in there that could shine any light on the root cause of the fire. Only some old errors from configuration mistakes during testing before we travelled to Sweden. #evconversion #voltvo #electricvolvo #lithiumbalance #electricvolvo
First step before proceeding was to do some measurements while wearing protective gloves. Potent....
First step before proceeding was to do some measurements while wearing protective gloves. Potential between the middle of the rear pack and chassis of the car was 140V. So there apparently was a short to ground in the front box (as expected). Cutting the cable going into the front box removed that potential. #evconversion #highvoltage #safety #electricvolvo #voltvo
Ok, time to catch up with some updates. Back in May I started disassembling the car. Surprisingl....
Ok, time to catch up with some updates. Back in May I started disassembling the car. Surprisingly enough the CHAdeMO DC fastcharge controller and even the vehicle control unit (which was at the front end connected to the Ampseal connector) seem to be still working. #evconversion #electricvolvo #voltvo #electricclassiccar #rebuild
New blogpost added : Thanks Arepa and Dolmans. Link in Bio.The leather front seats are cleaned, ....
New blogpost added : Thanks Arepa and Dolmans. Link in Bio.
The leather front seats are cleaned, reconditioned and ready for use again. #leather #reconditioning #carfire #voltvo #electriccar #volvoamazon
One year ago on June 30th our 1967 Volvo Amazon wagon EV conversion spontaneously caught fire du....
One year ago on June 30th our 1967 Volvo Amazon wagon EV conversion spontaneously caught fire during our travels in Sweden. A project I worked on for almost six years to achieve OEM feature level with a classic appearance. Due to the lack of resources and busy supporting others doing conversions as @evcreate I have not been able to make much progress on rebuilding it. Nor have I further information on the exact cause. Intend so share more soon and speed up the process for bringing her back on the road. Donations / support is still welcome via http://www.voltvo.nl (link in bio) #evconversion #carfire #voltvo #volvoamazon #volvoamazonwagon #electricvolvo #sweden #swedishmetal #diyelectriccar #teslabatteries
What a coincidence! Last weekend on our way to Legoland with an unplanned stop we charged at the....
What a coincidence! Last weekend on our way to Legoland with an unplanned stop we charged at the exact same spot as last year on June 7th with the electric Volvo Amazon wagon on our way to Kiel. #electricvolvo #voltvo #volvoamazon #kianeniro #dcfastcharging #evconversion
Last year we were supposed to go to Legoland but things went a bit different. We went at last, b....
Last year we were supposed to go to Legoland but things went a bit different. We went at last, but now with a Kia eNiro we hired at @autohopper. Thanks to @martynhndrks for all the tips and tricks to get the most out of the Kia. Really like the car! #evconversion #electriccars #KiaeNiro #alwaysbecharging #voltvo
Another flashback: The rear battery box is/was underneath the Volvo Amazon wagon spare wheel cov....
Another flashback: The rear battery box is/was underneath the Volvo Amazon wagon spare wheel cover. I made a sticker that showed what you'd see if you would open the battery box. Never made it to a car show though. Expect many of the parts will still be usable. #volvo #evconversion #volvoamazon #electricvolvo
Flashback: one year ago I received my new registration card with E after successful inspection b....
Flashback: one year ago I received my new registration card with E after successful inspection by the RDW and I could finally drive the car. Now it will take a while before it's on the road again. #voltvo #volvoamazon #evconversion #electricvolvo
Thanks @ecumaster_official! The ADU has survived the fire and Ecumaster supported me by providin....
Thanks @ecumaster_official! The ADU has survived the fire and Ecumaster supported me by providing a new enclosure so I could refurbish it. Check out my newest blogpost for further details. Link in bio! #ecumaster #voltvo #rebuild #evconversion #volvoamazon #canbus #electricvolvo
The dashboard is removed. Good news is the @ecumaster_official  ADU5 display has survived the fi....
The dashboard is removed. Good news is the @ecumaster_official ADU5 display has survived the fire. Looks like the corners have seen some water which caused the oxidation. #volvoamazon #ecumaster #rebuild #voltvo #carfire #evconversion
Further dismantling the Volvo Amazon. Unfortunatelty the Retrosound Santa Barbara radio from @re....
Further dismantling the Volvo Amazon. Unfortunatelty the Retrosound Santa Barbara radio from @retromanufacturing did not survive the fire neither did my DVS90 alarm from @defasverige. You can support me via my rebuild blog www.voltvo.nl (link in bio) #voltvo #electricclassiccar #rebuild #volvoamazon #evconversion #carfire
The rear end of the Voltvo actually still looks quite good and Sytse Dijkstra from SYTS. @sytsph....
The rear end of the Voltvo actually still looks quite good and Sytse Dijkstra from SYTS. @sytsphotography made this great shot during the @autovisie electric Volvo session. Plus my 'making of' photo. #electricvolvo #volvoamazon #autovisie #classiccar #voltvo
Proud to be in @autovisie with Voltvo! Of course I wanted my Amazon wagon to drive side by side ....
Proud to be in @autovisie with Voltvo! Of course I wanted my Amazon wagon to drive side by side with the electric XC40 but the Volvo 240 classic electric converted by Martijn makes a great appearance. Great article Sjors and awesome photos Sytse. Will share some 'behind the scenes' photos soon. #voltvo #electricvolvo #rebuild
Results of the test cleaning of the first seat cushion by Arepa was very promising. So I now dro....
Results of the test cleaning of the first seat cushion by Arepa was very promising. So I now dropped off the entire front seats for cleaning. #voltvo #arepa #carfire #cleaning #volvoamazon #rebuild
Picked up the Volvo Amazon wagon nose panels at @carjansen. They have media blasted them, flame ....
Picked up the Volvo Amazon wagon nose panels at @carjansen. They have media blasted them, flame galvanized and after that zinc epoxy and regular epoxy. Their is some work to be done, but that is more due to the impact of the media blasting and fixing a dent than related to the fire. I'm glad it is usable for another round and currently clean and stored at the attic. Thanks guys! #voltvo #carrestoration #craftmenship #rebuilding #volvoamazon
Thanks to Jon @tesla_bimmer  in the US: a replacement DC/DC! It's gone of course too and had a n....
Thanks to Jon @tesla_bimmer in the US: a replacement DC/DC! It's gone of course too and had a nice spot just behind the Tinustuning / @ipdusa sway bar. Mine was new old stock from a Ford Transit connect and no longer available. They were listed on eBay from a Ford escape but not shipped to The Netherlands. Thanks for forwarding Jon! #voltvo #rebuild #evconversion #elecricclassiccar
I've found a specialized company, Arepa who can probably recondition the leather interior. I dis....
I've found a specialized company, Arepa who can probably recondition the leather interior. I disassembled the co-driver front seat and they will do a further assessment on the feasibility. Next they will do a test and if it works out we will do the front seats. I also took out the touch encoder. It still works! #voltvo #rebuild #arepa
For an @evcreate  customer project I had to go to @carjansen. So the evening before I also disas....
For an @evcreate customer project I had to go to @carjansen. So the evening before I also disassembled the right front fender. The fenders, bonnet support and front were New Old Stock and looked OK. They will media blast it so see if they are indeed still usable. #restoration #voltvo #rebuild #carfire #electricvolvo
First disassembly steps. It's a dirty job but needed to get to a clean starting point for rebuil....
First disassembly steps. It's a dirty job but needed to get to a clean starting point for rebuild. #voltvo #electricvolvo #volvoamazon #rebuilding
Actually it is quite a miracle that there is so much left of the car. The leather interior seems....
Actually it is quite a miracle that there is so much left of the car. The leather interior seems to be able to even handle the impact of the powder extinguisher quite well. I'll see whether I can find a specialized cleaning company to get rid of the remains of the powder. #carfire #voltvo #electricvolvo #volvoamazon
On October 26th last year the Voltvo came back home. Delivered by Jansen Restorations @carjansen....
On October 26th last year the Voltvo came back home. Delivered by Jansen Restorations @carjansen, video by Saskia @saskiaopdeweegh, music by the kids. The first couple of seconds one would not even say it is that badly damaged. #evconversion #electricvolvo #voltvo #pioneer
Couple more from 2021: Since rebuilding Voltvo will be my next project, the other next project w....
Couple more from 2021: Since rebuilding Voltvo will be my next project, the other next project went back to storage. Furthermore while driving the e-NV200 we parked and charged next to the car I like a lot, the Hyundai Ionic 5. #evconversion #electricvehicle
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