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What was missing at our Volvo C303

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At the technical approval following §21 StVZO the engineer discovered some missing parts, that should be added to our Volvo C303. Some of them seemd curious to me, some of them seemed to be redundand. But I wanted not to argue but to get my expert opinion fast and cheap and added all these parts.

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Doorstep

There is a EU-reglementation from 1970 that there have to be one or more save steps, if the door ist higher than 70 cm. That can only be missed if it is impossible by construction or the main usage.

I have seen pictures of a Volvo C303 from the fire brigade, that one had such doorsteps. It would a correct modification for an oldtimer as well. I took a piece of flat bar 6 x 40 mm and bended a step to screw it in front of the wheel underneath the cabin. 2 screws go through the square tub, that holds the cabin, 3 more screws I put just through the bottom of the cabin. A thick piece of aluminim plate is used as a thrust bearing.

To beautify it the zinced steel bar is painted in black and on the step area I put a piece of corrugated plate. The step doesn't have sharp edges and is well protected by the frame and the front bumper. A movable step like on some construction site trucks was to complicated for me.

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Handle bar

At the drivers side for the engineer a handle bar like at the passengers side was missing. There never was a handle bar, because one could hold on the steering wheel, but there should be one.

The bar itself was no problem, I took one from the load area. These handles are fixed with 4 sheet-metal screw, these screws are sufficient to carry the load. At the passenger side the handle bar is screwed at two sockets, which are welded to the A-column of the cabin. These two sockets I made from a steel joint form the hobby market, bended them to the correct form and drilled the needed holes to them. The threaded screws to put the handle on the joints I cut off behind the nuts to keep the space clear for mounting in the car.

With 4.2 mm I drilled 6 holes for sheet-metal screws to the A-column in the correct distance. Before mounting the joints were painted in black, the 6 screws keep the handle bar in place. I nearly can throw over the car with it.

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Wheel cover

An other EU-regulation declares wheels and tyres to be completely covered if seen from above. This is interpreded relativly free in Germany - from the TuV also - , I can see in my neighbourhood every day some cars, where only the running thread is covered, and a part of the wheel and the sidewall of the tyre is prodruding some cm.

I was very sureprised, that it was a failure that the big tyres were prodruding for nearly 2 cm in the widest section. There was no way, I had to add a wheel cover. I took a stable piece of rubber, 4 x 40 mm and 1.2 m long and bolted it together with a 15 mm wide strip of aluminium to the mudguard from downside. That was easy and cheap and there are no sharp edges.

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Certification Stamp

The windscreen on the right hand side of my Volvo C303 had no certification stamp. What does that mean? Every producer of windows for use in traffic puts markings on his products to show that in the case of an accident they will not cause any harm. Many years ago the stamp was printed, later it was engraved or marked with acid. In Germany such a marking is statutory since 1957.

In other countries there is not so much difference. Depending on the origin the certification stamps have other form or content, but the sense is the same: In the case of an accident the window is not dangerous, it will be cracked into very small pieces (sekurit) or produce only very thin splinters glued together (laminated glas). Since the 90s in the EU laminated glas is statutory for windscreens.

Here I show some pictures from the certification stamps on the windows of our Volvo C303. This are no markings like from the german KBA, but the TuV recognizes them "as is", because they show that the glas will have a calculated behaviour, may be a DOT-sign or a Tradmark or any other logo. But some kind of marking must be there to connect the glas with the vehicle.

The right windscreen unfortunately hat no, really NO marking. May be it was printed in former years and dissapered with the time, like is just happening on one of the smaller windows. But there was still a little bit of the marking left. I hoped for a letter from Volvo, but nothing reached me. I did lift an edge of the windscreen out of its rubber to show that it is laminated glas - no chance. The chief engineer said that accepting a glas without any marking would be a pervertion of law. In doubt one could not refer to that.

I ordered a new windscreen. Fortunately it is straight glas, and junited autoglas has a shop in Bergheim near Cologne to make cuts of laminated glas with certification stamp. Two days later I received a new windscreen for 81 Euro, putting it in was a little bit more complicated than getting it out, but after half an hour everything was in place. An original spare from Volvo would have cost me about 200 Euro with one week delivery - if the military part wasn't off limits.

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Manufacturers plate

Our Volvo C303 had already 3 or 4 manufacturer plates in the cabin from its time at the army, were different numbers have been battered in. But that are no plates following the actual regulations and some specifications were missing. I naively thougt that on the existing plates is space enough to add the missing numbers.

That was not correct, a new plate was produced, where manufacturer, cassis-number and the permitted weights for the axles are battered in (but wrong). This plate I will have to find a place for...

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