1961 Volvo P1800 project, part 14

Hinges and Hardware Rust Removal

I have about a month before the body leaves for stripping and body work. The body man will need all the hinges as he will test fit of doors, hood and trunk so I am getting them cleaned up.

1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 hood hinges

These are the hood hinges. Looks like something you would use for a barn door. They cleaned up well on the rotating wire wheel.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 door hinges

These are the door hinges, they look like something you would use on a very big barn door!


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 door hinges close up

After a slow dance with the wire wheel these cleaned up well. Here you can see the brass washers used to reduce friction in the hinge.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 door hinges pin

The door hinges have some wear so I have to replace the pin. Looks like they are held in place by “deforming” punch blows.

Hardware Rust Removal

1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 rusty bolts vinegar

I plan to reuse as many of the original bolts as possible for originality. Whether it is BUFO or Rubery Owens they should go back where they came from. This means I have to make them look new again. I am trying various forms of cleaning and rust removal, everything from just plain vinegar to Evaporust.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 part cleaner

Dunking rusty bolts in rust removal solution is one part of this job but it does not remove paint. I borrowed this vibrator/tumbler cleaner from a friend and it will help me make the fasteners look new again. I am using two kinds of media. I taped in to the floor as it has a tendency to take a walk when in running..

To learn more about this I Googled “vibrator cleaner” and that gave me results NOT related to rusty old cars. Think before Googling! Just saying!

1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 rusty bolts

This is what I started with.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 bolts after vinegar

This is what the above hardware looks like after one night in vinegar. They look better than the bolts that was treated with Evaporust. So good ‘ol household vinegar wins.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 shiny bolt

Here they are after a night in the tumbler with walnut shells. Looks fantastic. This will be a great base when I have them plated.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 shiny bolts

Here is a whole bunch of shiny stuff. Satisfying.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 part cleaner pyramids

This is the more aggressive media that also removes paint.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 ugly front end

I have about a month before the car go car to paint stripping I have plenty of work to do. The front end will be blown apart and restored.


1961 Volvo P1800 project, part 9

Damn, there is a lot of parts on a car. The stripping continues so we can go to body work.

1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 door handle removal

The original door panels are nice enough that I did not want to tear them off.  The sheet behind the crank is teflon designed to be used between spring leaf springs. Slippery and very strong. I used it to protect the panel to get the tool behind to remove the clip.

Well, so I thought…there was NO flexibility in the door panel and the rubber ring behind it. I had to break the chrome ring to get to it.  Blasphemy, yeah probably but I saved a 57 year old door panel.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 door panel

This is nice enough so someone could use this for a driver.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 nice chrome early style door

These early P1800 doors are nothing like the later model Volvos. The top plate unbolts and then you get the whole vent window, crank mechanism and glass out. It makes it very serviceable though.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 nice chrome

The chrome on the vent window assembly is absolutely amazing. I may not even have to replate it.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 nice chrome bandy stick

These “bandy stick” door moldings are cast as opposed to the front fender pieces that made from stainless stock.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 pentrating stuff

My new friend: PB “Catalyst-High Flashpoint-Magnetic-Lubricant-Bolt Buster” are some of the buzz words used by the manufacturer so it must be good, right? Used by Volvo restorers and spacemen.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 flamed

When the above mentioned “Catalyst-High Flashpoint-Magnetic-Lubricant-Bolt Buster” spray ain’t making it the solution is heat. To remove the moldings I heated the nuts to a glowing red and then I could break them loose. Hot nuts are good!


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 wet blanket

Having a wet towel over the stainless kept it cool to prevent any discoloring.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 fender moulding off

It was 57 years ago since the front fender moulding was separated from the body.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 moulding clips

My friend Gary calls his 1967 1800S the “puzzle” for all the parts on a Volvo 1800 car. Here is one of the reasons: These are the clips that holds the front fender moulding in place. They are all different. They were secured inside the moulding by a piece of fiber board pressed in behind it! Classy!


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 stainless chrome

I was convinced that the rear fin molding was cast as it appeared to be chrome and it has spiderweb cracks and small pitting. However, it turns out that it is not magnetic so it must be stainless after all. Chrome stainless…go figure…never heard of it. Need to do some reasearch.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 spreading out

It is amazing how much room a car take up when you blow it apart. Parts everywhere!


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 quarter window

Quarter window and fin mouldings are out.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 oil press clamp brass

I am not sure why I find this to be so cool but the clamp that holds the oil pressure line is made out of brass. Of course I had to polish it. The sad part is that it is under the dash but now we all know it’s there.


1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 heat duct

The air duct between the heater and the body looks like it was made in shop class!
I give it a C. Having said that, this is the cool part with a low serial number car as some parts are still crude. Part of the history.

’nuff for now!

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.


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.

Vintage Volvo meet in Sweden 122 wagons more


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, part 1

“Sherpa” Volvo 122S wagon

As found…”wrong” wheels. The five spoke Mazda wheels looks completely out of character, but I do like the idea of a bit more meat under this car. The side mirrors are next to go, no plastic mirrors are allowed on my classic Volvo.

I bought this car from it’s original owner, with full documentation from the day they picked it up at the factory in Sweden in 1967. The car has never been in an accident, and there is no rust in doors, rockers, floors or fenders. The only spot I can find is below the rear reflexes, and on top of the hatch. Very fixable. Engine and carburetors were rebuilt about 50,000 miles ago. Never smoked in. Runs, drives and stops great.

When I went to look at the car the first time, I was convinced that I would have to find a J-type overdrive to make this car a freeway flyer. Much to my surprise, the owner installed one a while back. Who’s to complain !! Also, it is sporting an alternator and pointless ignition…it would be pointless to complain? The original parts are neatly stacked in boxes. The car also came with a factory roof rack. Who’s to complain ?


The car has an amateur paint job on it, and it’s a bit more “olive” than the correct 94 code racing green. I am going to live with it for now, and just spend some time making it “mine”

Interior is very nice but I have to replace the bottom webbing.

03 Beaune 67

Tailgating French style. Original owner Mary on the left.
This is in Beaune, a large town in the Cote d’Or, which is in Burgundy, in the East of France. The picture is from an old slide so the colors are off making the car look blue.

Check out the car, loaded to the max, explaining the name it was given.


Mary’s husband Dick, outside the Sinana Pasha Mosque in Prizren in Kosova, 1967. This is a scan from a slide, so the car looks a bit blue, but it’s the one.


May 24th, 2010: So I went to pick it up, and the original owner
Mary was happy to pose for a picture.

When I grew up in Sweden I lived about 60 miles east of the Volvo factory in Sweden when she picked it up. I was nine year sold. They literally drove past my house in this car on the way to Europe. Small world eh?

As “always”, when you buy a car from the original owner, you get a box of spare parts. That is just the way it is.


The last few years I spent in Sweden was in Småland, a very rural county. Driving the wagon home along these gravel roads brought back many memories. It doesn’t get any better than this.

The car is very clean and dry.


Check out this 43 years old door panel. Not bad, even the elastic in the map pocket is in good shape.


The car is clean under as well. No rust was found in the floor or support structure.


The floor mat is intact, but needs cleaning. The digital volt meter has to go, and I may have to hide that modern radio.


No rust ever, pretty cool.

The “book”

All the service work from the day it left the factory has been carefully documented.


The spare tire well was very nice, with the rubber mat and jack in like new condition.
A simple clean up, and reinstall was all that was needed.

Follow along on a “gentleman’s restoration” of this car:

Volvo Amazon History

Volvo Amazon History

(To the best of my knowledge. Some equipment varied depending on market and assembly plant. If you have info or pictures to correct, add or just general bitching, feel free to ping your Humble Editor )

The Volvo Amazon was designed by the then rather young Jan Wilsgaard. Jan’s parents fled to Sweden from Norway during the war.
Those were hard times and not the greatest circumstances but o’boy are we grateful that he ended up in Sweden. Really, imagine a world without Amazons!!

Vintage Volvo Amazon Commercial on Youtube
Mostly in Swedish, deal with it)

Jan Wilsgaard also designed the 140, 164, 700 and the 850 body.



The new Amazon was shown in September of 1956. Deliveries was started in spring of 1957.



4 speed was now standard. The Amazon Sport was introduced with twin SU carburetors rated 85 hp.


The vertical stripes on the interior was changed to horizontal. Front seat belts were now standard.



New color were offered as in black, blue and red. The trunk got the beautiful “air plane” style handle.



Last year for two tone paint.



The handsome two door model was introduced. The Sport model now came with disc brakes. 1.8 liter engine (B-18) was new as well as 12 volt system. The base model was rated 75 hp and the Sport 90 hp. New grille. First year for the Combi (Combi Volvo speak for station wagon/estate.) Orange blinkers in front and the wagon got orange blinkers in rear as well. (euro market)


the sedans also get orange rear blinkers. (euro market)


New and simpler trunk handle introduced.



New all vinyl seats with perforated inserts and ergonomic design with lumbar support.


New steel rims with vent holes.
The model designation was now displayed on a aluminum shield instead of the cursive gold lettering on the front fenders.


New grille with a small built in center bar. Black mats replaced the previous gray ones.



the Sport model is now rated 95 hp.



The Volvo letters on the hood are now silver replacing the previous gold version. New grille with a square looking center bar. The Sport model is now rated 100hp. The 123GT was introduced with the B-18B rated 115hp. Last year for four door cars.
The rear torque arms were much improved. Thank You Volvo!!
The aluminum fender badge was moved up and back on the front fender.
Closed cooling system and power brakes.
New grille design.



Collapsible steering column, dual circuit brakes and emergency brake warning light was part of the new safety equipment. Interior trim are flat black as opposed to the earlier shiny black. This goes for the tachometer housing on the 123GT as well. Some late 1967 saw this equipment as well, especially export models.

A butterfly style steering wheel replaced the beautiful Bakelite and chrome steering wheel. Also, the dash knobs in Bakelite was replaced with padded knobs.


The B-20 engine was introduced.  At this point, the Volvo 140 series had been out for two years and it was obvious that Volvo was directing it’s attention in a different direction. This was evident by the “simplified” Amazon.

The hood spear and the shiny trim on the gutters was deleted. The rear windows on the two door were now fixed. The door panels lost the map pockets.  Rear seat belts added. Last year for the wagon.



The third of July was a sad day as it was the last day of Amazon production. A dark blue car two door that was added to Volvo’s collection. A total of 667,488 Volvo Amazons were built. Some very late Amazon got heated rear window. I am not sure what year it was introduced.

Photos courtesy Volvo Sweden

Volvo 122S Wagon project rolls on seventeens!

Bigger is better, right?


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

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1967 Volvo Combi

Here we will babble randomly about those fine Swedish cars made from the original Volvo Jacob to cool 240’s and 700 series cars.  The emphasis will be on cars from the 60’s as we find the Volvo 120 series Amazons and the Volvo PV 444-544 cars the ultimate in Swedish Coolness.

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