My new summer daily driver. I'm pretty excited. 1968 Volvo 122S. found it locally on cl, for $1500, talked the seller down to $1300, and he gave me some rare old service manuals that are pretty rad as well.
130k miles, seems to have been pretty well maintained and cared for. Original paint in pretty good condition, but I will see if I can buff some of the oxidation/cloudiness out of it. Kinda tempted to wetsand it, but I don't want to screw up the good original paint until I know exactly what I am doing. Stock Dual SU carbs and bulletproof B18 pushrod redblock engine, converted from points to electronic ignition, rare-ish and valuable overdrive M41 transmission, newly rebuilt generator, all the chrome trim in pretty good condition, as well as the interior. Runs well, drives down the road super smooth, and just feels completely solid. Needs a little bit of rust repair and paintwork on the doors and fenders, but it's not terribly bad. A little rough around the edges, but really not all that bad. That's how I like it anyways - I will never own a "perfect" car.
Plans for now are basically to run through the whole thing with a fine-toothed comb, catch up on any deferred maintenance, focusing on mechanical stuff first. Make it perfect mechanically, basically. Then start making it all nice and pretty again, probably grabbing at least a left front fender from the volvo parts guy I know.
First things first, to do:
- rebuild rear drum brakes - the previous owner basically disassembled them and never put them back together
- rebuild, polish and retune the SU carbs - throttle shaft bushings are pretty worn, causing a vacuum leak making it drive a bit funky
- fix the exhaust - previous owner threw a small glasspack on to replace the factory muffler - it's really loud and raspy under acceleration. I want something quieter and less raspy, but still sounding pretty agressive.
not really sure. daily drive it, enjoy it, keep it original and vintage. a bit of rust repair and bodywork for sure. might lower it an inch or two if I get bored with it, will probably put a set of rally lights on the front if I can find a nice looking set with chrome or metal housings. probably throw a small vintage-looking tach on too, I think.
Overall though, I'm really really happy with it. The amount of waves, comments, and stares it gets is incredible. I love walking out to this thing and driving it, it just looks so classy and old-school. It doesn't feel like anything else I've ever driven - completely solid. nearly everything is solid metal, not brittle plastic. The whole car just reeks of quality workmanship, even 45 years after coming off the showroom floor.