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Volvo 1800ES: Barnfind to B230 swap

I don't like the gold color at all, and decided I'm going to re-paint in VW / Porsche Gemini Blue.
So, something vaguely similar to...


p1800.webp
 
How did you do that, that’s freaking amazing!!!
Old version of mtPaint in Linux.

1 - Convert your pic from Webp to PNG, since mtPaint doesn't understand WebP.

2 - Paint over anything that isn't the original painted metal (including bumpers, windows, side markers, interior, background) with a solid color not found in the original (I like to use neon green).

3 - Adjust the hue, saturation, contrast, gamma, brightness, etc. until it looks like the color I want.

4 - Chop the result into a few pieces that don't have any "hollow" areas (side lights, interior), then "lasso" (grabs only the chosen section, not the background solid color) each piece, and carefully paste it over the original.

5 - Convert back to WebP, just because.

Took maybe half an hour. I'm sure one of the new AI programs could do it in half a second.

Here's the altered pic that I took the 3 body chunks from:

p1800shell.webp
 
Old version of mtPaint in Linux.

1 - Convert your pic from Webp to PNG, since mtPaint doesn't understand WebP.

2 - Paint over anything that isn't the original painted metal (including bumpers, windows, side markers, interior, background) with a solid color not found in the original (I like to use neon green).

3 - Adjust the hue, saturation, contrast, gamma, brightness, etc. until it looks like the color I want.

4 - Chop the result into a few pieces that don't have any "hollow" areas (side lights, interior), then "lasso" (grabs only the chosen section, not the background solid color) each piece, and carefully paste it over the original.

5 - Convert back to WebP, just because.

Took maybe half an hour. I'm sure one of the new AI programs could do it in half a second.

Here's the altered pic that I took the 3 body chunks from:

p1800shell.webp
Neat, thanks. I was wondering if it was a dedicated app / plugin or manual .

I really need to learn more about Gimp, I’m a pretty basic user . I’ve used it mostly to reverse engineer circuit boards .

In Gimp, I’m thinking I’ll try your approach , I can make some mask layers, and adjust the saturation in the visible sections .

Thanks again ! That was really neat to see it in blue . The car looked strange when I got it because it cut springs to lower it, and 14” rims that are smaller than they should be . I’ve since picked up a set of factory springs to get the correct ride height . Haven’t decided on wheels yet .
 
Out with the old, in with the new.

Goodbye Bosch D-Jetronic, hello Speeduino.

The Bosch D-Jet is actually an amazing piece of 1960s kit, it’s much more similar to a radio receiver than anything resembling a modern digital chip.

D-jet is entirely analog, and consists of a bunch of sensor loops all hooked together with mixers . We’re not thought anything about circuits like this anymore.




 
Volvo parts back from hot tanking (allegedly). The guy did a TERRIBLE job, doesn't look like he did anything. Not sure what I paid him for.
That's pretty typical for a standard wash cabinet. They're mostly used for light soils and oil, some soaps work better on carbon deposits than others.
Most of the soaps available now for wash cabinets don't do as good of a job, or they don't have the heat turned up all the way, or the wash cabinet just doesn't a big enough jet pump. A GOOD wash cabinet will have a 5-10hp jet pump and run at 180F.

If you can find a shop with a sodium hydroxide hot tank, the cast iron parts will come out looking brand new. But those are hard to find depending on EPA restrictions where you live. Most shops don't like the risk and chemical burns of caustic soda and boiling water.
 
That's pretty typical for a standard wash cabinet. They're mostly used for light soils and oil, some soaps work better on carbon deposits than others.
Most of the soaps available now for wash cabinets don't do as good of a job, or they don't have the heat turned up all the way, or the wash cabinet just doesn't a big enough jet pump. A GOOD wash cabinet will have a 5-10hp jet pump and run at 180F.

If you can find a shop with a sodium hydroxide hot tank, the cast iron parts will come out looking brand new. But those are hard to find depending on EPA restrictions where you live. Most shops don't like the risk and chemical burns of caustic soda and boiling water.
Sodium hydroxide is environmentally safe, easily neutralized and very commonly naturally occurring.


I think it’s mostly this guy, has a really cheap spray wash cabinet and used some sort of aluminum cleaner .

I ended up spending a ton of time with a few cans of oven cleaner and got it super clean
 
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