Bosch Rally Knick lights

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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.

 

15’s Man! , Yeah, 15’s!

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So this wagon was rolling on 17 inch steelies for a season. It was fun and I got a lot of positive feedback.

1967 Volvo Combi

However, with big wheels like these I am writing checks I can’t cash. If the car had a 200 hp engine and a pro touring suspension to match…well then, it would be OK.

I had to work on the brakes so the wheels were off anyway and I decided to go back to the 15 inch wheels.

 

Volvo 122S Amazon Wagon Combi Estate 15s

Somehow it looks more balanced. These are still wider than the stock wheels and the car is still lowered about three inches.

 

Volvo 122S Amazon Wagon Combi Estate 15s 2

Works for me!

Volvo Wagon Meet in Sweden

Ragge Fransson was a relentless Volvo wagon and 123GT enthusiasts.

Story time…He was also a true gentleman: I had just connected with him about Volvos so he barely knew me. I was bidding from US on a rare Volvo part on a Swedish auction site. Turns out he was bidding as well. When he saw that I was the bidder he backed off and let me have the part. I did not know until later.

Unfortunately he left us last year…way too early. RIP Ragge!

Ragge sent us these pictures a few years ago from a wagon meet in Sweden.

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Vintage Volvo meet in Sweden 122 wagon red

The red wagon is a 1968, Automatic.

Vintage Volvo meet in Sweden 122 wagon red side

Vintage Volvo meet in Sweden 122 wagon red interior

Vintage Volvo meet in Sweden 122 wagon white

Vintage Volvo meet in Sweden 122 wagon blue

Roof rack is the norm.

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Vintage Volvo meet in Sweden Ragge

Ragge Franssons 1968 122 Wagon Sport.

Vintage Volvo meet in Sweden Ragge rear

They look great with the 5.5 inch wide rims. Tires are 195-60-15

Vintage Volvo meet in Sweden 122 wagons

Photo: Ragge Fransson

Bonus picture:

Volvo PV544

Magnus Johansson from Karlshamn, Sweden sent us this picture of his car and trailer.  The car is a 1965 Volvo PV 544 Sport. The car is un-restored and is even sporting the original paint. The trailer is an Opio also from 1965.

Volvo 122S Wagon project rolls on seventeens!

Bigger is better, right?

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It has been rolling on 15 X 5.5 inch wheels for a few years and it looks and drives well. However, I thought I should do something different for chits and giggles.

I found a set of the tried and true 17 X 7 Dodge Charger steel wheels and had them powder coated silver and wrapped with a set of 215/50/17 performance tires.

Volvo 122 Combi

1967 Volvo 122 Combi lowered

Lowered about three inches here. I don’t want to go any lower as I would have to start using shorter shocks etc.

Besides, I don’t like the look of cars sitting on their rockers, looks like the suspension is broken. The rear suspension with stock springs was rather soft even with new OE springs, bushings and shocks. Now with the shorter firmer springs the car drives absolutely great.

 

1967 Volvo Combi

Added Volvo 140 series stainless steel center caps. As they were made for it.

1967 Volvo Combi side

1967 Volvo Combi rear