This project is called “Swedish Banger Tudor” Why? “Banger” is short for four banger in hot rod speak. Most hot rods will have a V8 so it became unusual to have a “banger” Well, we are proud to have a Swedish Banger in our Ford Tudor hot rod project.
The Volvo PV engine compartment. B18-porn as they say.
Since I don’t have any Swedish car updates yet I may be able to entertain you with the sixth installment of the Swedish Banger Tudor Project posted over at ClassicRoad.com
Happy Fall, Swedish car enthusiasts!
I have not posted much Volvo stuff lately as I have been feverishly been working on my 1931 Ford model A Tudor, also known as the swedishbangertudor.
There is still a Swedish element to the hot rod as it is getting a Volvo B18 engine with 4 speed overdrive. Also, it will enjoy a Volvo steering wheel, speedometer and pedal assembly.
You can check out the fifth installment of the Volvo powered hot rod here.
When I was growing up in Sweden (a very long time ago) the Volvo 122 cars were in their heyday and extremely popular. Rally racing was the sport of the day and when you modified your Volvo it was the rally look that was popular
“Extraljus” as in auxiliary lights was all the rage to achieve the rally look and brand and style was very important as well. The Hella or Marchall lights were good choices but if you really wanted to be cool you added the big Bosch Rally Knick.
I found these on that auction site and they are in very good condition.
Short of building a rally car around these lights I decided to replace my small Hella lights on my 122S Wagon.
Turns out that these lights had 100 Watts Halogen bulbs in them. This should ne enough to melt the paint off the car in front of you.
They look right at home.
For those who are waiting for progress on the P1800 project have to wait…longer.
However, there is some Volvo related action over at ClassicRoad.com. Check out the progress on the Volvo powered Hot Rod, Project Swedish Banger Tudor here.
The most rewarding part of being a motor head is the people you meet along the way.
Peter checked in as he is doing a full bottom up restoration on a 1963 Volvo P1800, chassis number 6023
Looks like a pretty decent solid car to start with. Some people would drive this car as is.
Peter went to work and fixed any questionable sheet metal.
This is the track that holds the weather stripping on the doors. Since you can not go to Volvo1800doortracks.com and buy these with your Visa card, Peter made a wooden buck to duplicate this track and then made a tool so he can shape the inside exactly like the factory part. Impressive!
Peter actually built a bath for the car to run rust removing solution through it. According to Peter, the key is fluid movement. He used a pump and as the fluid is moving about, it keeps destroying rust. This he used a spy camera to look inside the cavities to make sure he did a good job.
All open seams got sealed to keep out moisture.
Protective coat of paint.
Peter is returning the car to it’s original color, 79 pearl white. You know, like the Saint!
Peter even built his own paint booth.
THIS! is when it really get to be FUN. Installing all the trim and chrome on a freshly painted car.
All hardware was re-plated to factory specs. Note the black bolts as some bolts were not shiny and some bolts that were painted like the trunk bolts for example were also black.
I met a lot of car guys that tells me “they” restored the car. A lot of times that means that they wrote checks! Peter not only do all the paint and body work…get this…he does his own chrome!
Front cross member painted in the correct blue gray color.
This is the frame that holds the headliner. The advantage is that you can work on a bench with it to make sure all wrinkles are gone before it goes back in the car.
I look forward to updates from Peter and of course the finished product. There will be some serious awards handed out to Peter for the incredible work on this car.
Since your’s truly does not have a thing to show for in the Volvo resto department I can at least show someone else’s work:
Gary Ramstad’s incredible 1967 1800S is now finished and on the road where it belongs.
Gary had the coming out party at the April 9, 2017 at the PSVSA Car Club Spring Show and Shine Swap meet for members at Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland.
Looks great from any angle.
Completely rebuilt engine and stock appearance under the hood except a little extra chrome. Chrome is known for making cars go faster. Gary did 95% of the resto including bench pressing overdrive transmissions up in to the tunnel.
All of the interior was redone as well. The interior was probably the largest reason for the “Swedish Puzzle” name. Gary bought the car partially disassembled and you know how that goes. Not only is it hard to know where everything goes, it increases the chance of missing parts. Regardless, Gary powered through and the evidence speaks for it self.
Gary owns a perfect 122S and a 544 so this 1800S rounds out his collection nicely.
Like the man sez: Now for the first time ever, I get to drive a Volvo 1800S Sports Car this 2017 Summer.
Nice job, Gary!…Now drive the wheels off it!
Also, Ford Model A Tudor followed me home:
But…big butt…I will get back on the P1800 once I get this model A on the road.
Definitely NOT a Vintage Swedish Car but let’s get the word out. This super nice 18K mile original BMW R60/5 is for sale in Washington sale. See more here.