Posts filed under the 'Volvo1800S' category


My Volvo 1800S is on My Classic Car

As I’ve reported on the blog for my Volvo 1800S (aka 64SAINT), it’s being featured in episode 5 of season 20 of My Classic Car with Dennis Gage. The preview has just gone up on YouTube Even the video still features 64SAINT… The full episode will be available on YouTube after it’s aired on various car-related TV channels. So, later in February, I’m guessing. Now playing: The The - Perfect (from Soul Mining )...

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New gauges for the Volvo 1800S

My Volvo has been in the shop at Concours Cars for the past month having its annual makeover, coinciding with a bunch of business travel I had for DevExpress. This time it was the gauges (tachometer, oil and water temperature, speedometer, fuel gauge, oil pressure, and clock) that needed to be refurbished or renovated and replaced. As there was also a split in the dashboard cover, that was replaced as well. As an example why I got this done, here’s a photo of the speedo and tach taken by the seller...

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My first Volvo 1800S

Donna just sent me this link to a news article about Irv Gordon approaching his 3 million mile goal in his original 1966 Volvo 1800S. He’s only 40,000 miles away. Blimey. Now in mine, I’m nowhere near that (of course, he adds, obviously), but I’ll point out that mine is the second one I’ve owned. My first one was a 1969 model (normally aspirated, two-litre) that I owned in England before I came over to the States in 1993. I eventually had to sell it in 1998 when it became...

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Garden of the Gods and my Volvo 1800S

Poor old 64SAINT was looking a little moth-bombed this morning, so I took it out to wash it. Since it was a bloody glorious day – dare I say it, heavenly – I drove it to Garden of the Gods Park to photograph it. It was also a great opportunity to play around with my new Canon 60D as well. I had on the EF-S 18-55mm lens, so there’s lots of wide-angle shots. Without further ado, here’s a brief selection of photos. You can see the full set on my Flickr page . Or as a slideshow . This one was taken in...

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Wheeler Dealers–Volvo P1800

So it seems there’s this TV show in England called Wheeler Dealers . The premise of the show is to find a classic car in need of some TLC, buy it, do it up, and then sell it on. It’s presented by a duo: there’s Mike Brewer who does the buying/selling and Edd China who does the repairs. I’d never heard of the show before, but I was doing some surfing regarding Volvo 1800S parts and came across a particular episode that featured a white P1800 (a 1968 1800S, F reg, as it happens). I decided to add the...

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New front lenses for the Volvo 1800S

At the weekend, the weather was warm enough to wash the Volvo. I remarked to myself – as I have done in the past – that the lens covering the indicators and side lights at the front were a little crazed and the color was getting leached out. They are the original Lucas lenses so they are getting on a bit (48 years old this year, in fact). I found some new remanufactured ones on eBay, ordered them (the price wasn’t too bad: around $60 each), and they came today. As it’s still lovely weather, I just...

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Taking the Volvo 1800S out in snow

Overnight, it wasn’t exactly snow falling so much as fog freezing. There was snow left over from the past couple of days, but the roads were clear and the freezing fog had covered the trees with a sugar dusting of white. It was also very cold overnight: around –12C or 10F. After breakfast, I decided to take the Volvo out for a spin with my camera in hand to see if I couldn’t take some wintry Swedish car pictures. I drove to Black Forest Regional Park, which is north of where we live, to see if I...

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Volvo Club of America National Meet 2011

On Saturday 18 June, I attended the VCOA (Volvo Club of America) National Meet in Lindsborg, Kansas, to show off 64SAINT, my Volvo 1800S. Sounds simple enough, except how was I going to get there? It was 440 miles “door-to-door”. Was 64SAINT up to it? A week or so before the trip, I had Concours Cars service the car and also get rid of the crappy boy-racer exhaust (why, oh why did the guy who restored it damage the look with this monstrosity?) and replace it with a dual tail pipe more-in-line-with...

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My Volvo 1800S

I’ve been a bit remiss in posting these photos, but a friend reminded me yesterday that I’d promised to show off my “new” car. Way back when I lived in England I owned a red 1969 Volvo 1800S, a rare B20B version (that is, a 2000cc, non-fuel-injected engine). Only 1693 were ever produced since Volvo brought out the 1800E pretty quickly with a fuel injection system added (E stands for einspritzung , the German for fuel injection, since the system used in the Volvos was produced by Bosch). That car...

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Volvo 1800S Data Sheet, October 1968

I collect brochures, data sheets, and other paraphernalia for the Volvo 1800S, a car I used to own in England and that one day I'm going to own again. Occasionally, I'll post here some images of my collection (see here for an older post showing off a 4 page brochure). This arrived today, a one-page data sheet. The date on the back indicates that it was published October 1968. It's got a picture of a white Volvo 1800S on the front and the technical info on the back. A little yellowed at the top, but...

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