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Old 07-30-2011, 02:06 PM   #1
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Post My $650 1974 142, an AZ to CA transplant

Tucson, Arizona is where my 1974 142 had first been sold, after it's exodus from the Göteborg Volvo factory. That's where it spent it's whole life until I bought it in the last weekend of January, 2011.

I was vacationing in Costa Rica when I saw the FS thread and I immediately contacted the seller and offered a down payment to hold it for me until I was stateside again in two weeks. Emails and photos were exchanged, and a fortnight later, Alden (WindowsBreakerG4) and I were heading over the mountains and into the desert towards Arizona. I was excited and nervous, hoping that the car could be driven back to San Diego with little trouble. That is what ended up happening for the most part, after meeting Mike, the seller, and inspecting the car and paperwork (over $1400 in receipts).
After flushing and refreshing some of the fuel in the tank, applying jumper cables and some cranking, it was alive! To the nearest gas station we went, to fuel up and replace the sunbaked tires on Columbias with the Hydras I brought for the rear of the 142 (for less revs per mile, this car is b20 powered with an M40 and 4.10 r&p). We then went to a parts chain to change the oil, fuel filter and line, spark plugs, burned out light bulbs, etc. A while later we were on our way back to the coast. Only two issues arose during the return trip. One was the alternator belt losing tension, the other was a fix-it ticket for my license plate light out on the 745.

I'm the fourth owner of this charmingly stylized vintage piece of Swedish engineering as far as I know, for which I paid $650 to Mike (855turbo95). Prior to his ownership of this car, it was owned by someone named Anthony, a Volvo dealership tech, who, in 2008, installed a Weber 32/36dgv carburetor, Isky Street performance cam, re-ringed pistons, valve job, 4-1 header, Ipd plug wires, new motor/trans mounts, new clutch, pp, TO bearing, 164 front springs, ReVolvStore sticker, Volvo brand: oil filter, spark plugs and battery.

How it looked when I bought it:




















Within two days of returning home I had found and installed some 242GT seats and doorcards in good condition.
On the way to the JY where I'd find the GT interior (sans dash stripes):

At home, most of GT interior installed (Thanks to DieselBoy):














I think the car was egged prior to my purchase of it, that's what seems to have run down the driver's side door below the mirror. Good thing I didn't mention that when crossing the state line!
I mounted Hydras on the front, for that matching-set-of-wheels look
I installed a WB02 for dialing-in the carburetor sometime in late February. Then in early March I found and installed some 240 wagon rear springs from the junk yard. March also saw the H4 headlights installation, YoshiFab torque rods and the beginning of the yet unfinished stereo install.
Thanks to the captain of the Tan Catamaran, I now have a small tach installed!


Along with the help from some other 'Brickers I replaced the lower control arm bushings with polyurethane at Western Meet(WM) 2.0 in mid-March. Pics:








WM is in San Louis Obispo, ~275 miles from my home and I made it there and back without incident. I picked up an Ipd front sway bar from a board member in Long Beach on my way home from that meet and installed it the following weekend.
I also drove this car to the Golden Gate chapter of VCOA's 2011 Davis car show and Auto-X where I competed in my first racing event. Pics:








Update: 7-29-2011 I installed some 450lb. Afco 5x9.5" front springs, as I was rapidly losing my excitement with the car's ride height and boat like ride and handling.
The springs brought the car down about 30mm, about stock ride height I believe. This made for a phenomenal difference in handling and steering response. Who'da think it?!?

Spring comparison, 164 front spring on left, Afco 450lb. 5x9.5" on right:


Here's the ride height w/ 164 springs:
Passenger side:


Driver's side:




When the Chevy Suburban Bilstein HDs I bought arrive, the rear springs wil get a trim as well. I'll probably cut the fronts a bit more too, but not much because the added weight of a b230ft (from my 745, build thread here) and a T5 trans will soon compress those springs even more

Test fitting the IC:



Looks like a winner!



Update:
08/07/2011


Last weekend I ended up grinding the Afco springs flat and replaced the notched spring seats with flat ones. They now sit right where I want them, after a week a week of settling. Drivers side is about 14.5" from fender arch to hubcap center, passenger side is just under 14". When you figure in the regular driver's 230lbs, it should sit about level. So a total drop of 3" from the 164 springs. Negative camber, is nice to see you again!

Driver's side:


Passenger's:











Some parts and a donor motor:














Update:
9-14-2011

Out with the old; the eviction notice has been served to the B20/m40 and that ginormous brake booster





Now I just need to get my jack back from Subaru Mike and then the motor+trans will come out!
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Old 07-30-2011, 02:06 PM   #2
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Old 07-30-2011, 02:07 PM   #3
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Old 07-30-2011, 04:32 PM   #4
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Oooh, damn you Steve! You mean at the next WM you might have a B230FT/T5 combo in there? I hate you.


Looking good though mang! PM me a link to those Afco springs, I wanna see if they have them in 5x8" 450lb...
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Jesus those look like late 164 springs,no wonder it sat so high.
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I wish mike told me he was selling it so cheap.
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yet unfinished stereo install.
Couldn't be because your speakers are in my garage could it? Or your drill...
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Not my speakers... But definitely my drill When's your next trip down? Still have those lil' sub boxes laying around?
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...164 front springs...

...240 wagon rear springs...
NOW it all makes sense.
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Old 07-31-2011, 02:43 AM   #10
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Nice buildup Steve! I've been tossing IC ideas around for the eventual +T on the B20 in mine, after it gets a nice bottom-end. I think for it I'll stay in and out on the same end for the IC as it'll not cause issues with where the battery is mounted.

If you make it to Carlsen see me about the radiator mounts. It's evil but awesome.
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Not my speakers... But definitely my drill When's your next trip down? Still have those lil' sub boxes laying around?
No they're for sure yours! And which sub boxes? From the Mazda?
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Damn I was just at scottys. Looking good steve.
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****. I didn't even think about it.
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I wish mike told me he was selling it so cheap.
uh. I told you about it...and you didn't want it.


btw. u guys could have stopped by and said hi!

Glad a tbricker got the car.
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Whens the next western meet? I don't care what thread i'm in.
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btw. u guys could have stopped by and said hi!

Glad a tbricker got the car.
We probably would have if we didn't get a late start.
Glad I got the car too!
Speaking of the Big Bear crash thing, I need to refresh the ReVolvStoRe sticker on the D-side pop out. Could you bring me one?
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I'll see if they still have those stickers. If they do ill get a dozen
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almost two wheelin it there man!

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Here from the night we picked it up
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Happy to see what's been up with the little guy. Very cool, esp. the autocross. It's great to see you doing to much with it after it sat neglected in front of my house for so long; you're living my dream.
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I updated the OP with the new front ride height pics, some full body shots and the best of the parts hoard.


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Nice buildup Steve! I've been tossing IC ideas around for the eventual +T on the B20 in mine, after it gets a nice bottom-end. I think for it I'll stay in and out on the same end for the IC as it'll not cause issues with where the battery is mounted.

If you make it to Carlsen see me about the radiator mounts. It's evil but awesome.
Thanks! I mounted my XS battery flat to the stock battery tray, standing less than 3.5" and leaving plenty of clearance for the cold-side pipe.

I want to see your radiator mounts, but I probably won't be up in your neck of the concrete jungle until WM3.0.
Do a write up? Shoot me a PM?
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lookin good.

Funny about those front springs, I always thought it looked unusually tall in the front.
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Old 08-28-2011, 02:58 AM   #24
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Swollen, 40 year old brake lines, how do they work?
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Since I became one of the most recent victims of said brake lines, I have replaced those tired, faulty things with some fresh, new, flexible ones. Then, while bleeding the lines, I found that I wasn't getting any fluid/pressure to the left-rear caliper.
According to my thought process, this is the ideal time to begin the motor swap and brake system overhaul.

More (including pics) coming soon
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Old 09-14-2011, 04:05 PM   #25
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Updated the first post with my minimal progress.
Waiting on a few things to arrive, then the wiring overhaul will begin after the motor/trans removal.
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