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DS Re-Ring

My friend Peter is doing a ring job on his Citroen DS21 and this isn’t something you see every day so here are some pics:


New Skins for Sadie

The dry rot was getting pretty bad after ten years so on with some Uniroyals. 175-65/15 might even correct my speedometer error.

A bench for Sir Jake

Haven’t felt like posting in a while because my good friend the original old dead Volvo guy Jake was tragically murdered in his own driveway over Memorial Day weekend, steps away from where we had so much fun over the last nineteen years. Good ol’Yakob. I’ll miss him. 
So yesterday was my birthday and it was epic. Among the awesome events was the gift of this memorial bench for the little grove in my backyard. 

Thanks guys!

A New Adventure 

Last post I shared the news that I had done the unthinkable- bought a French car. Not just any French car, a 69.5 Citroen DS21. And in spite of appearances it does run and drive.  And best yet- the fellow Paul who I bought it from found it in a barn!


Somewhere in New Hampshire


Just a little bat guano

Looking tall in a high suspension setting

My friend Peter has one that he’s been working on since I’ve known him and I’ve always been fascinated by it. Everything is controlled through a centralized hydraulic system. No springs or shocks- pressurized spheres provide cushion for the adjustable olio pneumatic suspension.

 It needs full restoration. Lots of rust to contend with.  Wiring issues galore under the hood.

Beyond the complete lack of trunk, note the buckled side panels from being rear-ended. 


Time to strip it down and see what we have. the answer: lots of rust.

First big push with the new porta-power.

A very gratifying Sunday evening activity.

Moving to the sides to push. One side was a little more stuffed in.

Here’s the other side. With the ram and some hammer tapping it’s beginning to look pretty good.

Turns out that the top on this side was crunched in as well.

There, much better.

I just ordered a bunch of repair panels and picked up some sheet metal fabrication equipment so stay tuned for some reconstruction.

A clever trade

It eventually dawned on me that having 145 and 122 wagons and no dedicated winter car was a bit redundant. Even though I was determined to drive Sadie through the season after a thorough winterization (with the 145 as backup) it seemed like I needed to make a change. What could I do? I’ve had Sadie the 122 since 1997 so I could never sell her. And who would give me what the 145 is worth in the middle of winter? The answer was right before my eyes- trade the 145 to my friend Jesse for his hotrod  ’92 240 wagon and some cash.  

so long you handsome devil

 Jesse had lusted after the 145 for a while so it was an easy decision for him.   

Jim’s new whip

 Jesse put a ton of work in the 240:

  • 5-speed conversion
  • IPD exhaust
  • VX cam
  • Billie HDs all around
  • Front lowering springs
  • 780 Bertone v6 wheels with recent tires and a full set of Firestone Winterforce on steelies
  • New belts, T-belt & tensioner and front brakes
  • Recent head gasket (was leaking out the side)
  • Cloth interior with matching headrest pads and armrest
  • Power mirrors
  • Immuminated window switches from a 960
  • Big ’89 matte black tach
  • Clock and economy gauge
  • Blue cargo cover

All it needed was cosmetic TLC and a few odds and ends- polish, trim blackening, washer nozzles unplugged, and a bit of exhaust welding. I also chopped 1.5 coils off the stock rear springs to match the lowering springs out front because Jesse hadn’t gotten around to that yet.   
 This combo actually gives a great ride.    Minky and Ryan helped with the polishing. 

 And Minky and I tackled the blackening using Forever Black.  

   The yellowed headlights got a restoration and black eyebrows.  
 I’m very pleased to have a classy ride for the winter. But more importantly the 145 got a wonderful new home in Somerville. And with the cash I picked up a 69.5 Citroen DS21, but more on that in the next post.  


Volvo 328

Tim just bought another 164. 164 * 2 = 328

Howdy Friend

Howdy Friend

240 Stripping

When I was on sabbatical in 2013 my nice bicycling wife put a number of my ODV cards on random Volvos. Two years later I received an email from Christy, who I had never met. 

 Sadly a tree had fallen on her poor Bertha   The damage was extensive

  But it had good qualities

And being registered and insured, I bought it and drove it home  

 Tim in the chase car liked the way it cornered 

 Buzzing down I-195 

 into her last sunset  Didn’t even get pulled over!
  The view from Camp GT  Jesse claimed the tailgate shade
  Wife Jenny was impressed
  Even came with meaty snows  
  And artistic window transmissions  And a lovely cloth interior
  We found this baby inside (jk)  It wasn’t too long before it was missing pieces
  And scavengers came around for the “pull the plug” party complete with champagne   After which the stripping began in earnest 
  Pulling of seats  Pilfering of gas (full tank)
  And washer fluid. No waste!  Uncle got a nifty ticket holder
  Then I went on vacation in North Truro. Sunset over Ptown  Ahhhhhh, nice.   Soon Mike and I were back at it
  And with Uncle we decided to drop the motor and tranny out by the subframe  Going
  Going  Gone
  Get over here  Miller Time
  Emptiness   A good night
  Mike got the whole driveline for various projects   What’s next?
  Not a lot left
  Maybe some interior bits  Fun
  Even The Minky got in on it  With some persuading the lights come free
  And the loot pile grew  we found more small stuff to pull
  And Minky got to use the plasma cutter on the two junk doors  Then the time came for her to go
  Blocks and dollies to the rescue   Ready
  Roll her down   Up
  Strap her down  And away she went
  And gone. Nice to have my driveway back. Time to sort the loot.  Bins and bins and more. All in all I made my money back and many friends’ 240s benefitted. Maybe this will become a yearly tradition.