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Volvo 328

Tim just bought another 164. 164 * 2 = 328

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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. 

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just a wonderful collection 

  

Head Trip

Off to the machine shop again this week. Behold the stout B18 and its mighty B30 cousin!

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GT Meets IPD, Cont.

Finally got around to putting the GT together. Ran into a front caliper bleeder that wouldn’t budge no matter what (heat, Kroil, tap tap tap, repeat) so in went a set of new calipers.

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The hoses and lines were a mess too. I’m surprised that I got as many miles as I did. These are the same brakes that it came with and they sat in a field for five years.

Copper lines from Eeuroparts make life easier.

Copper lines from Eeuroparts make life easier.

IPD 25mm bars peeking out. Fresh Brembo rotors (I wish these came painted too. Damn) and a good repacking of the wheel bearings and new seals.

IPD lowering springs and 25mm sway bars peeking out. Fresh Brembo rotors (I wish these came painted too. Damn, all this extra work adds up) and a good repacking of the wheel bearings and new seals.

The copper is so easy to work with. Totally worth $8 ea.

The copper is so easy to work with. Totally worth $8 ea.

Buttoned up

Buttoned up

The rear springs. Stiff and lower by about 1.5".

The rear springs. Stiff and lower by about 1.5″.

I didn’t get any pics of the panhard and torque rods in spite of having to adjust the rear Koni Yellows twice. Turns out that the sweet spot (at least for this ’78 242GT) is hardest setting in the back and softest in front.

Ready for a road trip

Ready for a road trip

It goes without saying that this all made a HUGE difference in ride and handling. The ride is firm but compliant and there is zero lean while cornering. And the tires fill the wheel wells nicely.

Off to Zo's house for some fun. He and Jesse both bought 740 Turbos the week before on the same day!

Off to Zo’s house for some fun. He and Jesse both bought 740 Turbos the week before on the same day! You can see them up there looking all angular.

A little classic camping to round the weekend off

A little classic camping to round the weekend off

 

GT meets IPD

GT is getting some attention with lowering springs, Konis, and sways.

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Look what Tim bought!

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One happy man.

Thusfar none of the ODV crew have owned a 164. Congrats to Tim from Peebles Wheels on his new project!