1961 Volvo P1800 project, part 11

It is absolutely amazing when you strip a car body of e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g…there are still a few things left but now we are getting close.

1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 vac tank

Here is one of the items that I am NOT looking forward to deal with.  The early cars had an extra vacuum tank for the brakes. I am not sure when Volvo dropped this. This unit is “conveniently” located under the left front fender. It is also “conveniently” bolted on using Phillips screws…facing the fender! Wish me luck!


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 insulation remover

The air hammer turned out to be an excellent tool to remove the sticky insulation. Hold at a very shallow angle and do not do this on an outside panel.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 cleanup floor

There! Pretty clean!


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 cranky nuts

The cage nuts under the passenger seats were cranky and put up resistance to the point that the bolts broke off. I guess I would be cranky too if I was caged under a seat for 50 years! I drilled out the spot welds and now I can replace the nut and cage.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 paint remover

After 50 years there is always a chance that the seam between fender and body may have some rust hiding. The only way to find out is to remove the lead. You don’t want to start grinding or sanding in lead. Like the good folks in Flint Michigan can tell you: Lead is BAD. You don’t want this stuff flying around in the shop.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 lead seam

Using paint remover I can see where the lead is located and then I can melt it out and dispose of it properly. Most local recycling facilities can take lead. Also, your local gun range can dispose and recycle lead. Don’t throw this stuff in the garbage as it can contaminate ground water. Consult a professional if you need help with this.

1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 door panel new

I think I worried about the availability of the interior as I ordered the kit very early in this resto. I was worried that with such low numbers of early cars out there it may not pay to re-manufacture for ever.

Anyway, I have it now and it looks great. The camera can’t really capture the chrome vinyl on the bottom but it is just sexy.