1961 Volvo P1800 Jensen Project, part 7

Today was a productive day.  My friend Tam came over and helped out with the heavy stuff. The goal was to get all of the drivetrain out…and we did.

1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 engine out

I was  not able to turn the engine over at the crank so I could not wait to get it out to see what was going on.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 engine goop

Whether you have a latex fetish or work on gooey engines like this, it does make you appreciate this material.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 engine turning over

Bazinga!  Archimedes was right, leverage is awesome!  It did not take much to make the engine turn. This is the documented original engine so…me happy!
Also, here you can see the oil cooler that was only on the early cars.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 transmission

Next out was the transmission and as you can see, it does not have an overdrive. Some of the early cars did not come with this option. This transmission is kaputt gewesen and that is probably why the car was parked for so long. It spins freely in any gear so I venture to think it experienced a small internal explosion.

I will upgrade the car with an overdrive unit.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 rear axle

Drive shaft and the rear axle came out next. I will just move it aside as the first goal is to strip the body so it can go to stripping and the metal shop.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 engine cross member

Speaking of goop. About a pound worth was nested inside the transmission cross member!


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 rear axle color

After removing the spring pad and the rubber dampener below it I can get a good look at the original color of the suspension.  It’s a semi flat black.

Anyway, a good day.

1962 Volvo P1800

I am on the mailing list of the San Diego Volvo Sports Club. From time to time I get an email from an event with pictures. This time it was from Christmas party with beautiful vintage Volvos nestled in with blue skies and palm trees.

1962 Volvo P1800 Jensen

1962 Volvo P1800 Jensen

One of the pictures contained Tom Lamb’s stunning Volvo 1962 Volvo P1800. If you are paying attention at all, and you should,  you would know that we are in the beginning stages of a restoration of a similar car.

1962 Volvo P1800 Jensen

I have sent Tom a note to learn more about the car, in the mean time these pictures just had to be shared.

Photos: Jim Macindoe