Prepping the engine

I did some extensive cleaning of the engine with solvent and a steel wire brush, quite a messy job.




These freeze plugs don’t look very original, I have never seen these kind of plugs. I wonder what the function of the nuts in the plugs are.



And I got a very nice present today.

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Removed engine and transmission

Engine and transmission are removed in one piece with the help of my brother. I was quite an easy job.


Placed the engine in an engine stand. The engine will not require much work. It has been overhauled completely some years ago so I will just do some small jobs. New paint, new freeze plugs (one was leaking), new water- and fuel pump, some new packings and seals and maybe some new hoses. During some time they replaced the original B18 engine (this 1800S was originally delivered with a B18) with a B20. This is a B20 with an E head (you can see the capped off injector holes). This engine has a bit more power due to bigger valves and more compression, the last taxation report stated ‘aprox 140HP’.


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Removed some more parts

I made some more room, the stripping process is going pretty fast as it is a not very difficult job. The most important thing is to make pictures and label everything. Removing the engine will be easy with this much space in the engine bay. I also did some labeling of the main wire loom.




Removed the fuel tank. No rust to be found here.



The doors are also stripped and removed. No rust to be found here.




Due to a tip on I read that the shock towers of the front suspension are prone to cracking with higher mileages. I found that this car has allready been repaired, some welds are visible along with an extra reinforced piece of metal on top of the towers. Thats a good thing! But also a bit questionable. The ODO counter registered some 70.000 miles, do these shock towers crack at this mileage? Will the mistery unfold someday? Who knows..



Started disassembling

I started to disassemble the car as I want it to be stripped completely to get it sand blasted and painted. I removed some parts under the hood (and the hood itself) to prepare for engine and transmission removal. I also removed some parts from the exterior (chrome strips, grille, bumpers, rear and front lights etc) and interior and making lots of pictures in the process, as all this has also have to be put together again, some day.

The car in my small shed.


I put it on stands, looks like a spaceship.


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Beautiful dash!     Afbeelding

Restoring a Volvo 1800S ’67

Finally after years of searching I now am the proud owner of this green Volvo 1800S from 1967. The car was in medium shape, just some minor beginning rust, the paint is bad at some locations and some other parts and pieces of the car wich are in a somewhat neglected condition. I drove the car for a while and now I have started the restoration. I will try to update this blog with the progress of the restoration of this car!

I started with this blog a few months after I started with the actual restoration, so the first blogs are all made in april. I actually started in the end of 2013. Also, the sequence of blogs is not always correct.

The car:


We found that the oil filter was placed on a strange spot. It was fitted next to the battery with some extension hoses (to make oil filter changes easier). I also found on an old inspection report of the car that there where some interesting accesoires installed at the time, such as a Halda twinmaster, speedpilot, 4 high-beam CibiĆ© headlights, black race seats, steeringlock, fire extinguisher, minilites 14″ rims. Engine, 4 cilinder 2 liter around 140pk, completely overhauled and tuned. It seems the car was a sort of rally car.