My quest, restoring a Volvo 1800S. Why a Volvo, why a 1800S and why restoring it? Well, for starters, Roger Moore has one! How cool is that, owning a car Roger Moore drove as The Saint! Second, it’s a beautiful, but still a very modest car. And that is what I like most about this car.
I always liked Volvo’s because of their simplicity, real no nonsense cars. I got infected with the Volvo virus many years ago. My father owned a garage and was a mechanic himself. He always had Volvo’s. The first time I drove in car it was in a yellow 145 and I was 10. So, thats why..
Me and my brother ‘working’ on a Volvo 240
I also drive a ’97 Volvo 940 station and I guess this is the ultimate no nonsense and car there is. It never breaks down, everything always works and it gets the job done. Before the 940 I had a 244 Turbo. A real fun car to drive. You’d pushed the pedal and than you’d have to wait a while for the power to kick in due to the massieve turbo lag.
The 1800 is different. It is less efficient and less no nonsense, but all that doesn’t matter as the looks are awesome. The design is beautiful with its rear wings, round curves everywhere and when you get in the car, you are really fast forwarded back to the sixties. Big round clocks with dials, lots of chrome, a rather sporty seating and a nice growl from the B20 with Weber carbs and a complete stainless steel sporty exhaust. It always was my dream car, but expensive as it is (even when it needs restoring) I could never buy it. Untill last year. In october 2013 I was getting headaches of checking all these car-selling sites on the web during my daily routine of my search for the perfect p1800 (perfect as in: not too much rust and not too expensive). And then I found it, right on my doorstep a few miles from my home. A Green 1800S of ’67, imported in ’95 from California. Luckily the previous owners took good care of the car, so almost no rust. We took it for a spin around the block and I was immediately sold, what fun to drive such a car! We agreed on a good price and from then on I had my own 1800S!
Fot the price I bought the car, it would not be perfect. The most important thing is it has some very small beginning spots of rust and the paint was in a medium to bad condition (probably due to a very bad paint job back in the states). Not a real problem, but a threat for the future. If nothing would be done, these spots would grow to be very costly repairs. So, that was the major reason to start a restoration. My intention is to strip the car completely, get it sand blasted, painted in primer, repair the bad spots and get it painted again (probably in Volvo red). I always dreamt of restoring such a car, it’s something I have to do in my life. Some people have to save the world, but I am a maybe a bit more simple person. Marrying my girlfriend and have kids one day, be good to family, friends and strangers, be happy and restore this car will do to enjoy life ;). I really like cars and I like working on them, so this makes the job a bit easier. I do not have any experience in welding, sand blasting and painting, so for this work I have to rely on 3rd parties.
How 1800’s where build:
So now I am in this quest of restoring my dream car, making the car exactly as I think fit, keeping it original as much as possible. And, as a grande finale, when it is ready the car will be used for our wedding!