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03-13-2011, 01:46 PM
Since about the middle of last year I have been on a search for a 122. Checking Craigslist every morning and forums when I can get to a computer (My phone has a CL application). There were a couple of adds I found in this state, typical CL bull**** though. Noone would ever contact you back or they would change their mind.

So last Monday my phone decided to delete all of my saved CL searches and cities. Frustrated and broke I decide its not worth my time to put every city back in. So for the first time in a long time my mind is not on Volvos. That lasted through Tuesday. Wednesday while delivering parts I see this . . .



I dropped off my delivery and went back to the car. It was going to the scrapper that same day. I offered $300, he said $450. I said $400 and a 244 full of scrap(That note you see).

The car was delivered Saturday.

Numbers do not match :(
These number are supposed to match right?





Next two are of the same spot of rust.



What is this?


03-13-2011, 01:56 PM
That's where the seatbelts clasp.

03-13-2011, 01:57 PM
Nice find. Now we're in the same boat, get welding.

03-13-2011, 01:57 PM
Wow, good luck on that!

03-13-2011, 02:05 PM
Nice find! That catfish has to stay. No matter what. Looks like you'll have plenty of welding practice!

03-13-2011, 02:52 PM
awesome find! jealouuuus

That's where the seatbelts clasp.

yeah the loop between the seats is what the seatbelts hook on to.

03-13-2011, 05:05 PM
Awesome find! I just picked a 122 up the other day for $250. It's a little better shape with a B20 and brand new weber:-P. Guy spun the timing gear and got sick of it.

03-13-2011, 05:51 PM
You paid $400 and a scrap car for that :wtf:

West Coast = Best Coast

03-13-2011, 09:05 PM
You paid $400 and a scrap car for that :wtf:

West Coast = Best Coast

You don't have to tell us that. :grrr:

03-13-2011, 09:22 PM
Those two number normally don't match. Back then the plant that made the bodies was separate from the plant that assembled the cars (took the bodies, adding wiring, interior, drivetrain).

They both kept individual track of the units produced. The painted tag was the 'body number', installed at the body plant when the body was completed. The silver/black tag was the 'chassis number', affixed at the assembly plant when the car was complete. In theory they started off the same, but gradually, bodies were lost in various ways between the body plant and the assembly plant. Maybe some were ripped back apart as quality assurance. Maybe some got diverted to motorsports use. Or maybe some just got dropped and bent. But either way, the body numbers are higher by a small amount than the chassis numbers are.

03-13-2011, 09:28 PM
What are your plans for the car?

03-13-2011, 09:35 PM
And as a PS, that doesn't look like an 'economically recoverable' car. Unless you're just going to do some hack repairs to it and drive it largely as is.

Drums on the front? Must be a pretty early car. Maybe came with a B16? I thought the front discs came with the B18 in 1963.

03-13-2011, 11:42 PM
good luck with those rear corners, i just re-did mine, and they're a bitch. 5-6 pieces of sheet metal come together at the seam there. and it's all got compound curves.

03-14-2011, 12:31 AM
Does the motor turn over? That doesn't look like it's going to be road worthy ever again, unless you have a giant inventory of parts to throw at it. Why would someone strip all those parts off it if it were not horribly broken in some way, tranny, diff, motor. ect.

I hope I'm wrong though, excited for updates. Good luck

03-14-2011, 12:51 AM
Wow. 400 bucks. Hey since you're into charity, I need some money!

03-14-2011, 01:04 PM
Thanks for all the feedback. It seams to be a 58' comparing chassis numbers to a registry I found online. Which would male it the first year offered in the US? My pockets are not deep enough for an all original restoration.

Tomorrow I will begin removing everything inside of the car and stopping the rust that is there. After crawling all over the car the worst rust is on the driver side floor board, the window was down for a couple years. The car was daily driven five years ago.

I won't know which direction I'm going until I check out the running gear. I would love to have the B16 built. Floor pans woll be sheet metal. All of the body work except for the roof will be done by me. The lift gate is probably fubar as well as the nose and rear bumper. The interior will be stuffed and recovered to match whatever color scheme I go with. I will have the better part of $4000 in interior and body work alone.

I realize I didn't get the deal of the year or anything, but I am happy. The car was loved and it will continue to be, the previous owner (who lives in NY) is cooperating with titling it.

There is no rust in the engine bay to speak of most of the panels are straight. The goal is presentable and reliable.

03-14-2011, 01:19 PM
Somone has swapped a B18 into it.

Which is a good thing, really. B16's are weaker, much harder to find parts for.

03-14-2011, 01:28 PM
My friend. U have what u done! If u need part's so contact me.

03-14-2011, 09:06 PM
Cool car, but when the guy asked for $450 I would've told him to f himself and take the $300 or leave it. That car is probably worth $350 to a scrapper.

03-14-2011, 09:19 PM
Cool car, but when the guy asked for $450 I would've told him to f himself and take the $300 or leave it. That car is probably worth $350 to a scrapper.

you're talking about saving less than a tenth of the car's value when restored. Quiet you silly.

Old Iron
03-14-2011, 09:50 PM
Love it, want one!!!!!!!

Awesome, glad to see you saving such a cool car, who cares if you paid $50 over the scrap yard price for a car that is really hard to find!

03-14-2011, 10:35 PM
you're talking about saving less than a tenth of the car's value when restored. Quiet you silly.

Restored value means nothing when it costs more to restore it properly than you can sell it for, that thing is two steps from basket case. (Most) Cars are not profit-yielding investments you silly.

I look forward to seeing it fixed up. Good luck!

03-14-2011, 11:55 PM
you're talking about saving less than a tenth of the car's value when restored. Quiet you silly.

Buy it for 450 put 30 grand into it and sell it for 12,500. Better than the stock market.

Mr. Blewregaurd
03-15-2011, 12:59 AM
to me that looks like an awsome start to a swedish rat rod. rust is not a crime:)

03-15-2011, 08:13 AM
Amazon Estate, pure win!!! Fight the rust with all you got:oogle:

03-15-2011, 11:57 PM
Buy it for 450 put 30 grand into it and sell it for 12,500. Better than the stock market.

Who says he is selling it even? According to his post above he is wanting to make it presentable and daily drivable :grrr:

03-16-2011, 01:25 AM
Don't underestimate the fabrication skills of a linguistically talented goat.

03-16-2011, 08:15 AM
Love it, want one!!!!!!!

Awesome, glad to see you saving such a cool car, who cares if you paid $50 over the scrap yard price for a car that is really hard to find!


I figured there would be more love for saving it from the scrapper.

All of this talk about resale value about has me rolling. This car is FOR ME TO DRIVEE AND LOOK GANGSTAR!


As I said the goal is presentable and reliable.

10-10-2011, 02:28 PM

I found this behind the dash today after pulling the rest of the interior.

10,000 miles were put on it between 2001 and 2003!

As of now I will be keeping it B18, the front suspension is going to be a Mustang II setup for budget reasons and aftermarket support. The rear axle is going to be something narrow with disc brakes (and 5 x 4.5). My inner stupid wants IRS from an RX7, a mini tub and a square tubing frame. Exterior is going to stay pretty much the same except for the windshield and lighting. I am on the fence about deleting the rear doors.