More Fuel, Brains & Fixes:</br> Strip Club Volvo Goes Legit
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The last time I wrote about Project Strip Club, I was banging on about doing things properly and how it was time to get the niggling problems, both small and large, sorted out once and for all. Needless to say, they haven’t been. Instead, I’ve just been driving the crap out of my wagon.

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In that time I’ve put a good few miles under the tyres and had some great cross-country blasts. Because that’s what the Volvo was built for – getting out and ripping it up whenever I get a chance.

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So although it’s beginning to look a little war-torn, I’m not too fussed. I tried having a really sharp and straight car once and it didn’t work. My life moves too fast to clean cars more than once every couple of months.

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I have used this time to draw up a list of things I want to take care of though. I kind of knew what they were, but when you write something down it becomes more obvious, more actual. Add some proper research and the scale of what I needed to do became more and more obvious. Obvious I was never going to do it alone…

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The real kicker came about when I went to feature Craig Taylor’s 1000hp RX-7 earlier in the year. I’ve known Craig for a few years, and although there are plenty of places I could take the Volvo, his Birmingham-based workshop was at the top of my list. Because we’re all so inexplicably attached to our cars, you have to click with the person who you’re going to entrust the work to.

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I’ve never seen anything phase Craig, who’s seen here in red. Where other people suck air through their teeth, he just gets on with wedging whatever motor/brakes/suspension he has, into whatever he wants at that time. I’d also bothered him on numerous occasions about what I should and shouldn’t do with the Volvo, and he never once brushed me off. Even after I said I’d book it in a year ago and never got around to it!

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But you know what? It’s time to bin the earplugs, and I’m fed up of not having a working rev counter or speedo. All the little jobs that were stacking up made me realise how every time I drove the Volvo it was like riding an old racehorse. It wants to go – it really does, but it’s past its best. I wasn’t being fair to the wagon.

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It think it was 2008 when I had the 245 resprayed, but I never refitted the driver’s door lock barrel, or even blocked down the fresh paint and polished it for that matter. It was sprayed, so time to drive! Right? A dirty great big high-tensile steel cable and expensive padlock around the rollcage and steering wheel took care of security. But it’s that sort of ‘nearly good enough’ attitude that takes the cherry off the top of the cake.

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So, the side-exit exhaust is going. I was somewhere abroad when Hux sent me a text asking me what kind of system I wanted, and I can remember saying, ‘side-exit stainless, straight-through, feel free to cut the sill.’ Well, that was a good idea at the time, but I can’t get the car on track because of noise restrictions. Plus, I’m always that guy that starts his car and people look at it in a disapproving way. So a new, less-offensive stainless system is being crafted to exit at the back. It’ll be a much better place for somebody to stand and noise test it at a track.

I Have Done Something…
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I have completed a couple of little jobs, like sourcing and fitting some windscreen spray bars. This sort of setup (which I had years ago on a rally car) gets water straight to the screen no matter how fast you’re going, which is ideal. It’s also important given the amount of dirt on most of the country roads I find myself on.

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Another mod that goes way back are the windows, which have come in real handy this hot summer we’ve had in the UK. The polycarbonate slides into the original window rubbers, but at the bottom there’s that alloy hoop which swings out to one side and the whole lot can drop out.

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Which means you can then drive around windowless. So I can have the best of both worlds.

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So what exactly has it gone to Craig’s DynoTorque garage for? The exhaust is on the list, along with new engine mounts as the old ones are toast and not really up to the job anyway. An uprated aftermarket set meant for another make are going on, so I’ll let you know how that goes. My perished top mounts are being addressed too, more than likely with an adjustable set so I can, err… adjust them.

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Craig has a wonderful turn of phrase when he sees something that’s maybe not quite right. Because of the low ride height, my lower front suspension arms are quite sharply angled upwards as are the steering arms, and in noticing this he asked if the wagon liked to bump-steer. It kind of does, so that’s going to be engineered out too. After rummaging through in his spares pile he produced some Alcon discs that are 5×108 and need calipers, which he then suggested could be made to fit if I wanted. Hang on, brakes? Well, they might be needed soon.

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Because along with all of that, he’s also going to oversee the fitting of an ECUMaster EMU standalone engine management system. Yes, at long last I managed to make a decision and finally settle on a solution. The current Motronic LH2.4 setup can be chip tuned, but it would always be limited.

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I was thinking of going down the Omex route in my last update, but the Polish-made EMU can support one to 12 cylinders plus a load of other stuff. The main thing is it’ll give me a tablet dash. So as well as the earplugs up there, my manky old dials can go too!

I Can Almost Touch It
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Once the computer is in I can finally make the most of the awesome intercooler and radiator set up that Forge Motorsport built for me two years ago. When I bought the engine setup I was told that with better cooling and more fuel it could produce somewhere north of 300hp, so it would be great to see it. In Speedhunters terms that might only be the same as the office coffee machine, but it’s enough in the real world for me, for now.

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Over the last while I’ve also sourced some genuine Swedish Volvo tuning parts. Nuke Performance was another name I’d seen loads of on Scandinavian builds whilst at events like Gatebil, and the stuff is really well put together. I like the chunky, simple, alloy and anodised housing – it’s very Volvo.

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As well as a fuel rail and fuel filter, there’s also this rather lovely adjustable cam pulley. Now all I need is an uprated cam belt. Although the engine doesn’t necessarily need anything more than a factory-spec one, I’d still like to fit one if possible. My internet searches have failed me thus far, so if anybody has any ideas where I can buy one, please leave a comment.

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Although the Volvo will never be a 996 GT3 CS (as I was reminded by my good friend Al about a half hour after this picture was taken while he was giving me a lift home), it’s that kind of all-round, do-anything car I want. Pound on it all day and drive it home type of stuff.

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And I’m only going to be able to do that by looking after it properly. Maybe I’m growing up and actually learning by experience? I’m not talking about cleaning it, I’m referring to spending proper money and accepting that if I want a unique car I need to put some effort in.

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This is a long-term relationship after all, even if up until now I’ve just treated it like a short-term affair. Throwing a bit of money at it here and there, blasting around, getting bored because it’s ‘not quite right’ and then leaving it parked in the garage for a year or two so the memories fade.

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It’s this kind of realisation that I’ve needed for a long time. I’ve actually spent a lot of money on the Volvo, and what I should have done was accept that was going to happen at an early stage and do it properly. But I didn’t. Hey, you live and learn though…

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Which is why I’m going to do it properly now. Sort of. Okay, I’m not going to strip it down, dip the shell, fit an LS and T56 ‘box with an E92 M3 back end and then two-door convert it. I’ll do that next time. Probably…

Bryn Musselwhite
bryn@speedhunters.com
Instagram: Twospeedbryn

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1

A two-door conversion is simply far too wonderful an idea to put off for another day.

2

Agree with Paddy! 
This is a very cool car anyway, passed me on the way down to players classic. Whatever you do with it I'll be interested to see in the future

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A two-door conversion is now a must!

4

Volvo 245. A car with the simplicity, reliability and durability of a baseball bat. You'll wear yourself out trying to break it.

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Speedhunters_Bryn

Paddy McGrath The other Bryn has already done a basic rendering of it, I'll tell you somewhere else why I want to do it! Aside from looking bad ass of course.

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Speedhunters_Bryn

@Chaz Thanks man! So many plans, so little time :)

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Speedhunters_Bryn

Jason Hardy Dang, I think I may have said too much already :)

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Speedhunters_Bryn

Ice Age Haha, until I bought it. This thing did amazing service all over Europe for years until I started getting more hardcore with the modifications. So now I drive it less, although that will change in the near future hopefully with new and improved bits

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Speedhunters_Bryn Jason Hardy not a 2 door conversion make it into a ute :)

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Speedhunters_Bryn Jason Hardy

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That's Piers on the ramp isn't it. Still doing rack. I must have missed you guys by literally hours. What a shame, it's been too long!
Car is looking absolutely superb, and I'm half wishing you do LS and 2 door it!

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super jesus  Speedhunters_Bryn Jason Hardy I love it when people make El Caminos out of cars that were never meant to be pickups.

13

Speedhunters_Bryn Ice Age Yeah, well now you've got me wanting to get to that manual-swap project I've been planning for my 850 turbo.

I've got enough things to spend money on right now!

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Speedhunters_Bryn

Ice Age super jesus Jason Hardy  No pick up here, I'm a long roof lover. There's a large culture for that sort of thing in Sweden where there's a loop hole that allows younger drivers to get on the road, a kind of agricultural vehicle thing if it's a pick up. Hence loads of Volvos get chopped.

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Speedhunters_Bryn

Ice Age There's always something else to spend the money on, that's the problem. I have three other hungry projects right now.

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Speedhunters_Bryn

AshBurrows Ahh shame man, hope all is well though. And don't mess with the M3 ;)

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Speedhunters_Bryn AshBurrows It's well and truly messed with man! Hahaha. Already told Craig to cage me up in Jan and then aiming for 500hp/ton towards the end of the year :O
Hope all is good with you man! Hopefully see you around soon :)

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AshBurrows Doing it properly I see. Warmest regards Mr Burrows! :)

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My friend sold me a 240 Stationwagon (auto trans) for $917 many years ago.  I paid him all in dollar bills, and why it's $917, it's a long story.  Anyway, we had a really good Volvo junkyard fairly close by, and we went there a lot.  One day, we found a junked 240 that had EVERYTHING on - I mean everything.  We dismantled the car, and put them on mine.  IPD springs, Bilsten shocks, anti-sway bars, strut tower bar, chassis braces, adjustable cam pulley, and even a performance cam.  I put an IPD exhaust on, so made a brave noise, too, enough to annoy a lot of New England Volvo owners.  In the end, rust and biodegradable wiring harness put the end to the fun, but it was a tank that could (and frankly, it really was one of the best made cars, built quality was close to the 80's Mercedes, no joke).

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Too bad the windows are already turning yellow..

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Speedhunters_Bryn

deleted_82067014_Abezzegh87 They're bronze tinted polycarbonate :)

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@HermitsUnited What a great find! I miss the days when you could wander around a junkyard and take parts of yourself. Very few places let you do it in the UK now.

23

All hail the wagon of a man. who goes anywhere and can do anything. I love the Volvo but I must say ever since a child my entry has been with the beauty of all wheel drive...this is project Appalachia

24

Good to see the old girl getting some love.
cor-tina next?????

26

Excelent update, Bryn!

I quite like the two-door conversion though... I am keen to see if you are going to do it haha!

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turbom The Cortina is next on the list, my beach buggy is away getting some wiring down right now so the car to road/garage to somebody elses garage ratio is a bit out of whack. 

Trouble is the Cortina is currently stored 110 miles away, so out of mind etc

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SeBaBunea It would look very cool, just not a priority quite yet!

29

This is by far one of my favorite cars on here! I too need to up my game on my Legacy wagon project.

30

... I'm sure I've seen this car on the street, a very similarly-coloured, loud, old Volvo estate with tinted windows (but not too dark to hide the rollcage) went past me when I was standing outside Hemel Hempstead station a while ago, went a bit sideways around the roundabout at the station exit and turned right to go up towards the Fishery Inn... Was that you, Bryn, or just a like-minded petrolhead with great taste?

31

I totally agree with the what to spend and where to spend it, cars are endless pits. Mine needs new wishbones and bushes upfront as they are starting to wear, but it also needs bigger brakes (the set up requires different wishbones and ball joints to what I have now) so do I get the brakes/hubs/bearingcarriers/discs/pads/pipes/wishbones/balljoints etc etc and do it all, or just replace the wishbones for now then buy the others when I have the brake setup sorted. I also need to think about rebuilding the turbo, but should I get a better turbo? New manifold, exhaust, bla bla you get the idea. Seems like I buy twice more often than not when it comes to needing to replace things as opposed to upgrading them

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And that's not even a full overview of what I want to overhaul, and it's already got loads done. New thicker rad and cooling system, thermo-controlled oil cooler, new rear calipers, a rev gauge of some description as like your Volvo my car didn't come with one, swap out the rubbish shocks for better ones, the price list on this alone is a few grand =(

33

oh and new cross member bushes and engine mounts as they are squeaky... ahhhhhhh cars!

34

I see Twinny sticking his nose in there as well. It's in very capable hands there Byn.

35

I really like the fact that you kept the Redblock in there ... well , for now .

36

I am both confused and entertained... so... nice job? Hahaha, keep it up Bryn, I'm keen to see where this project goes!

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Chris 'Haffy' Hafner

I used to have a TF (mk3) cortina wagon a few years ago now and grew up around numerous cortinas so I'd love to see some more of yours Bryn!

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Chris 'Haffy' Hafner

I used to have a TF (mk3) cortina wagon a few years ago now and grew up around numerous cortinas so I'd love to see some more of yours Bryn!

41

nice volvo one of my favourite cars on speedhunters

42

Check out that 3 series estate in the background!

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Speedhunters_Bryn

rich_driftworks #weapon :)

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Brayden Pimlott Thanks, I appreciate that. I'm a massive fan of Larry's 240!

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Speedhunters_Bryn

KiwiMotoring Spotted, it's the follow up car to Craig's RX7 that we featured.

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Brentonmartian Glad that makes two of us, I think it's a nice job... Kinda? :)

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RDS I always wanted to have something that would blow peoples doors off and I could always tell them it was a Volvo motor. If it had an M3 motor or V8, which have both been options in the past then it would always be concluded they were the reason it was fast. Volvo power :)

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Speedhunters_Bryn

63np You know I'm a fan of uncle Craig ;)

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Speedhunters_Bryn

JakWhite Just do it all at once, or big bites at least, it never stops!

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neema_t Hmm, it could have been me over the past few months. I'm not from around there but I've certainly driven through there. Or it could be the other 240, the one that Hux built and sold a while back. I think that's in Essex somewhere :)

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BrandonCurry Thank you! Just enjoy it :)

53

I love this car and the right ups, well done! As someone who walks out their house and quite literally sees 8 Volvo wagons (5 of which are 240's) everyday I greatly appreciate this lol. I even drove a stripped interior '85 245 to work today...

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Speedhunters_Bryn RDS Drop in a 5 cylinder whiteblock and have the best of both worlds!

55

One day I will take a ride in this car.

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Lars Kristian Uggla

Hi, we make the spacer you need to straighten out your lover front suspension arm.

Just send me a email and i can send you pictures. 

Lars Kristian Uggla / uggla@live.no

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Speedhunters_Bryn 

I like your thoughts .

If money (and engine displacement) wasn't a problem , I'd find a Volvo V8 + T-56 , and absolutely goes apes with the combination ... imagine 650-hp but cruising rpm of 70-mph at 1500-rpm on highway . :P

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Speedhunters_Bryn 

I like your thoughts .

If money (and engine displacement) wasn't a problem , I'd find a Volvo V8 + T-56 , and absolutely goes apes with the combination ... imagine 650-hp but cruising rpm of 70-mph at 1500-rpm on highway . :P

59

Absolutely wonderful car. Have you seen Guy Martin's Amazon (or has it been featured here already)?

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Absolutely wonderful car. Have you seen Guy Martin's Amazon (or has it been featured here already)?

61

Yours gets the "Most Hardcore SH Project Car Award".   :)

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Yours gets the "Most Hardcore SH Project Car Award".   :)

63

Anyone know where to get these fender flares? I've rolled and cut my rear quarters but I'm trying to fit at least a 255 tire in there.

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Speedhunters_Bryn

FatAznWithCake I got mine in the UK from a guy called Rob Simpson, google 'Ranger Bob arches' and you'll pull up a bunch of forum posts where you can track him down.

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koko san I'll take that as a huge compliment, thank you!

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@JG Oh don't tease me, I found the guy in Sweden who originally built (and subsequently sold) it. Featured his killer 240 saloon with 700+bhp but have failed so far to make contact with Guy or any of his people. One day!

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Speedhunters_Bryn

@Lars Kristian Uggla Amazing, thank you Lars. I will email!

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Speedhunters_Bryn

@Lars Kristian Uggla Amazing, thank you Lars. I will email!

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Speedhunters_Bryn

KeithCharvonia When I ship to the states and drive it to Bonneville :)

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BradHarvey That's the kind of view that I can never tire of!

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Speedhunters_Bryn

LodeBollen I really appreciate that, thank you. Will get one ordered up.

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RDS BradHarvey I've looked at the twin turbo six cylinder recently from the T6, and the Yamaha derived V8 would be amazing with a supercharger...

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Oh man that 8 is awesome. The sound is GREAT and they actually seem to be more reliable than anyone expected. I cn only imagine it with a blower..... PLEASE do it lol. Thats one of the few Volvo related things I haven't seen :)

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Speedhunters_Bryn KeithCharvonia I call shotgun!

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Speedhunters_Bryn 
The 6-cylinder twin turbo motor might come cheap , if S80 T6 somehow depreciate a lot in term of price ... XD

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Speedhunters_Bryn please do, we'll love a little bit of a Guy Martin and toy write up

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Speedhunters_Bryn please do, we'll love a little bit of a Guy Martin and toy write up

78

Hee Bryn, your heading to Gatebil next year?
I hope I finished my 245 by then... and would love to show it to you!

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Hee Bryn, your heading to Gatebil next year?
I hope I finished my 245 by then... and would love to show it to you!

80

Hey! i have fixed up my 244 and have it completly repainted and upgraded the engine to 2x45mm webers and kg003 camshaft. It goes and sounds like a rocket :) I use my car everyday but have loong wanted to widen it. your car is the only 240 wich i have found who has proparly fenderflares all round the wheelarches. Can you maybe send me the dimentions, or firm you bough your fender flares from? Many Thanks :)

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