All Swedish Meet at XXX in Issaquah


This was the 11th annual All Swedish Meatball…ahem, All Swedish MEET.
Easy mistake!

XXX stands for many things but in this case we are talking about XXX Root Beer drive-in restaurant, not for porn as your dirty mind was thinking…well, unless you were thinking Swedish Car Porn, we got some of that!

It was a bit chilly in the morning but no rain and the sun came out later and all was good.

Ingvar Karlson is hosting this event and for a measly ten bucks you get to park your Swedish car next to other like minded certified Swedish car nuts.

Most entry fees collected at car meets and shows are destined for the treasure of the hosting club. Nothing wrong with that as it pays for some expenses but Ingvar is giving it away to charity instead. My hat’s off to Ingvar.

Let’s start with Sheila Caillier’s beautiful 1967 Volvo 1800S.

Looks great from any angle.


1967 Volvo 142S. Included is a bearded, hat wearing, coffee drinking Seattlelite. Of course we don’t stereotype here!


Let’s just say that this 1966 Volvo 1800S is not ugly! The red color is brighter than the original 46 red Volvo color but the owner is making no apologies for this mild custom.

Mint black interior.

I wish the guy would clean up his engine before bringing it to a car show…really!

I am not big on hot rod parts on vintage Volvos but this makes sense. I can’t see myself drilling holes on those beautiful fenders but you need review mirrors, right?


The favorite 142 at the show. There seems to be less of these cars than the older 122 cars. I think they all rusted away or something. With B20 power and all wheel disk brakes it makes for a great Swedish competitor to the Datsun 510.


At this point, all the Saab dudes and dudettes are getting pretty pissed off. Where are the SAABs?? OK fine, let’s feature some of these fine FWD wonders:

Very high want factor from your editor on this one. One owner, 16 valve, five speed 1990 Saab 900 convertible. These cars usually got trashed pretty early and nice clean convertibles are getting hard to find.

Even the interior looks like new.

Chris Nelson’s 1990 Saab SPG 3 door. SPG stand for Special Performance Group.

If three doors are good…well then, five doors is betta!

Saab 900 convertible.

Being a fan of the older Volvos, I must admit I don’t really get this but it brings in the younger crowd.

OK, check this out… A rather clean but unassuming Volvo 240DL wagon…or??


4.6 Liter GM LS power plant backed by a 4L60-E automatic transmission. All taken out of a Chevrolet Tahoe. Nice install.

Svensky Ute! …or something like that. It should have 2 door doors and slanted B-pillars if you ask me but nevertheless, interesting and fun.

Mike brought his very nice 1800S. He has been working on improving the car since he bought it from Canada. mike just installed a new chrome grille and insert.


The price is right. Rare Saab steering wheel. I did not ask!

IPD brought out their show car.

Parking buddies, two peas in a pod or whatever you say. These two twins were of the V70R kind. All US models of the V70R were all wheel drive. In other markets you could get FDW only R cars. That would amount to some serious traction problems with 300 hp.

Great day, good people! Let’s do this again. Next upcoming Volvo event is April 9th, 2017 Juanita Beach Park in WA. See our Events Page for more info.

If you know of any Swedish Car event, don’t hesitate to ping your Humble Editor.


PSVSA Spring Volvo Parts Swap

PSVSA stands for Puget Sound Chapter, Volvo Sports America. Assistant Chapter coordinator Gail Ritchie and Chapter Coordinator Gary Ramstad is responsible for this event.

If you expect something like Carlisle Swap meet with 150 acres of old cars you will be very disappointed but if you feel like swapping lies with 15-20 vintage Volvo owners and maybe find a part you need for your Swedish car, then this is for you.

PSVSA Spring Volvo Parts Swap 2016

Volvos framed by freshly blossomed Cherry Blossom trees and …ahem…a dumpster.


PSVSA Spring Volvo Parts Swap 2016 1800S

Let us start with the 1800 cars as I am in to them currently…for obvious reasons.

1964 1800S

PSVSA Spring Volvo Parts Swap 2016 Volvo 1800S gray

Dark grey on red leather. Does not get much better than that.


PSVSA Spring Volvo Parts Swap 2016 Volvo 1800S

Eric Anton’s tastefully modified 1800S. This car did not come with the Jensen bull horn bumpers but they sure add style to any 1800 car.


PSVSA Spring Volvo Parts Swap 2016 1953 Volvo 444

PSVSA Spring Volvo Parts Swap 2016 Volvo 544 black

PSVSA Spring Volvo Parts Swap 2016 Volvo 544

Gary Ramstad’s 1962 Volvo 544 Sport


PSVSA Spring Volvo Parts Swap 2016 Volvo 122S pair

Funny thing…the 122 cars were a minority at this meet. Yours truly 1967 wagon on the left flanked by a 1967 sedan.

The Loot!

The reason you go to swap meets.

Volvo P1800 early spare tire holder

This is the spare tire holder to the early Volvo P1800 cars. The design changed to a threaded wingnut fairly early. What are the chances I would find one here? I suspect this one actually came from my 1961 Volvo P1800 car and it found its way home. Cool!


Volvo early style valve cover

I was also missing the valve cover on the P1800 project car. Courtesy of Gary Ramstad I now have one.


Volvo air cleaner

These are early style air cleaners. I really like the embossed Volvo emblems. I am not sure if these are era correct for my 1961 or maybe B16 but I have to research it.

10th Annual All Swedish Meet

Ingvar Carson in Seattle is now responsible for arranging this all Swedish meatb…ahem, Swedish Car event. This is the 10 year anniversary for this meet and It is held in mid February rain or shine.

All Swedish Volvo Saab Meet 2016 intro

As you can see, it was more rain that shine…actually, no shine was to be had at all but that did not stop these hardy Volvo and Saab owners from attending.


All Swedish Volvo Saab Meet 2016 custom 444

This custom 444 was hard to miss. The XXX drive in is a landmark in Issaquah and they host a car event just about every week.


All Swedish Volvo Saab Meet 2016 1800S race car

Volvo 1800S race car


All Swedish Volvo Saab Meet 2016 444 rece car

Volvo 444 race car


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All Swedish Volvo Saab Meet 2016 Saab 99

Saab 99 long nose


All Swedish Volvo Saab Meet 2016 Saab 900 5 door

Not a common car these days. A 5 door Saab 99.


All Swedish Volvo Saab Meet 2016 Saab 900 Aero

Saab 900 Aero. This is in your Editor’s humble opinion the best looking Saab of all times. Those three spoke rims looks great when moving.


All Swedish Volvo Saab Meet 2016 Saab 900 convertible

OK, this is the second best looking Saab ever. The 900 Turbo convertible. Looks great top up or down.


All Swedish Volvo Saab Meet 2016 red 122S

Here is an old friend. A 1967 122S that your Editor owned about twenty years ago. I installed those fogs on 123GT brackets. Good to see it taken car of.


All Swedish Volvo Saab Meet 2016 V70R front

Let’s throw in a late-model car for good measure. This V70R was an eyeful in this color.


All Swedish Volvo Saab Meet 2016 V70R emblem

All Swedish Volvo Saab Meet 2016 V70R

I dig. No, I did not buy it.


All Swedish Volvo Saab Meet 2016 red 544

A nice 544 owned by Volvo aficionado Gary Ramstad.


All Swedish Volvo Saab Meet 2016 bubblebath

Your Humble Editor’s 1967 Volvo wagon have not seen rain since I bought it ten years ago.

As soon as I got home it got a bubble bath but more important, it got all the wheel wells sprayed  out. Gravel and dirt is how rust breeds!


Volvo 122S Amazon Wagon Estate Kombi drying

There! The wagon is back in the shop flapping it wings in order to dry out properly.
Order is restored.

It was a good day. Thanks Ingvar Carson!


Drive ’em!

Volvo is a driver’s car no matter what the age. Taking a vintage Volvo for a day drive on a nice day is the only way to enjoy it.2010 Whidbey Cruise 010From left to right:

Walt Tartar, black 1953 PV444, Dick Libby, black 1964 PV544 and Gary Ramstad, red 1962 PV544 at Whidbey Island state park near Oak Harbor, Washington state.

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Gary Ramstad, president of the local Puget Sound Volvo Club frequently get together with his like minded friends and put the
rubber to the road.

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With vintage Volvos it calls for a mandatory stop at the Scandia cafe in Stanwood. Here you can enjoy good coffee and Swedish pastries.

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Quick stop at the beach.

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Enjoy the view.

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Back on the road again. Two worlds intercepts. This day I met these guys in my hot rod. It’s all about enjoying fun cars…all kinds.