I was in need of a part…Wait, I needed a part for a Volvo?? I was told these things lasts for EVAR! Well, they don’t.
Even sturdy Volvos need service and repairs sometimes and X-Ray Auto in Ballard, Washington would be a good place to go. Matt is the owner and operator of X-Ray Auto and he works on 1975 and older Volvos…period! Not only does he service the cars, he also have a sizable collection of parts, new and used.
Visiting the shop is equivalent to time travel. I worked at a gas station in Sweden in the seventies and there would be pretty much nothing but Saabs and Volvos around you.
This is what greets you when you arrive. You know it will be a good day.
I could not help myself…A little black and white action. Sweden 1970? Ballard 1970?? Or Ballard Wa 2016?
Matt’s corporate company car. Volvo P210 Duett, the only way to go.
Here is the reason for today’s visit. As you can see, the original tank lid was reverting back to carbon. This is the fun part when restoring a vintage car. The thrill of the chase, the high you get when you find the right part coupled with the social aspect make it all worth while.
This car was for sale. A very solid 1969 1800S. Minor rust in the lower front fenders but that was all I could see. The customer just spent $6000.00 on tune ups, brake parts and more.
A really decent interior that can use some detailing but it is all there. I am NOT affiliated with X-Ray Auto but Matt helped me with some parts so I thought I should help getting the word out. . He is asking $15,000.00 and can be reached at 206-789-5455. Tell him Rolf sent you.
Next year Matt and X-Ray Auto plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sweden moving to right hand drive. He plans to have a party and to re-create the event having Volvos switching sides just like they did that night in 1967. Maybe we will crash in to each other??!! Stay tuned for more info on the events page.
I mentioned it before, when you play with vintage cars you will find enthusiasts from all over the world that share your interest. Nicola Carenzi from Italy checked in.
He just bought this 1968 Volvo 121 wagon in the Netherlands and drove it home to Italy. It was a trouble free trip thanks to the 2 liter B20 engine and overdrive transmission.
The car looks really solid. Nicola started by rebuilding the carburator and then he will move on to other things.
Thanks for sharing, keep us posted.