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Old 09-03-2019, 07:47 PM   #226
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Have you hit up your local radiator shop to get a guesstimate? Might be more affordable than you think.
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I had my 1800 radiator re-cored a few months ago and it was not not awful.

Really sorry about this setback :(
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Old 09-03-2019, 07:57 PM   #227
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Wouldn't an upper hose for an earlier B18-powered 140 work?
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Probably unless there’s a big difference in the distance between the thermostat housing and radiator, but I bet there’s really not.

If I ever get around to putting in a nice aluminum one then I’ll give you the one from my 142 but it would definitely need to be boiled.
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Old 09-03-2019, 09:37 PM   #228
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If a 122 radiator works then I have a free one that used to be in my car. Wouldn’t be any big deal to make the center inlet work. It was even boiled out at some point in the last eight years.
Andrew, I appreciate the offer. Let me stew on things tonight and I'll shoot you a PM in the morning. Kyle also reached out about his old 122 rad.

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Have you hit up your local radiator shop to get a guesstimate? Might be more affordable than you think.
The quote I got at home was in the neighborhood of $350 for a recore, and like $200 for a pressure test and reseal.

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Wouldn't an upper hose for an earlier B18-powered 140 work?
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This is my theory as well.
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Old 10-13-2019, 08:30 PM   #229
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Bilstein HD's went on the front yesterday.
2 miles into the test drive, the radiator quit. Pissing fluid out from near the top- I suspect the plastic e fan zip ties made it quit finally.
Still a fun car, I'm just super broke now and had no budget for a radiator (custom, re-cored, or a 240 unit) nor a brake booster.

Something tells me mountain meet won't be happening for me this year.
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Old 10-13-2019, 11:28 PM   #230
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I just put the invoice away: $120 for a re-core on my radiator. Tucson prices are cheap but for $350 gets you an aluminum one on Ebay.
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Old 11-06-2019, 05:15 PM   #231
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Welp, still have the car.
I took a $240 deposit in mid-September with payment due by the end of that month. He told me to f*ck off today. So, I'm at a crossroads.

What the car needs right now:
Rear calipers
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Radiator re-cored
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Old 11-06-2019, 05:20 PM   #232
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Welp, still have the car.
I took a $240 deposit in mid-September with payment due by the end of that month. He told me to f*ck off today. So, I'm at a crossroads.

What the car needs right now:
Rear calipers
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Radiator re-cored
I don't understand the whole deposit & bounce thing. Happened to me, I guess people just like giving away their money?
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Old 11-06-2019, 05:28 PM   #233
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Is that the second deposit people have walked away from on this car?

I think you have a viable business model here. Just need to expand with more old Volvos.
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Old 11-06-2019, 05:31 PM   #234
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I don't understand the whole deposit & bounce thing. Happened to me, I guess people just like giving away their money?
People are stupid.

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Is that the second deposit people have walked away from on this car?

I think you have a viable business model here. Just need to expand with more old Volvos.
Sadly, this is the only one I received.
I wish, but something tells me the IRS would smell fraud.
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Old 11-06-2019, 06:06 PM   #235
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People are stupid.
Maybe dropping the deposit gives them the temporary dopamine rush of actually buying the car, but then reality sets in, and they realize they don't wanna fork over the full amount.

oh well, deduct the deposit from your total expense of ownership!
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Old 11-06-2019, 07:14 PM   #236
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oh well, deduct the deposit from your total expense of ownership!
I'm still eating my shirt on it either way.
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Old 11-12-2019, 04:10 PM   #237
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Welp, no decision has been made as to the fate of this.
I've been debating what I'm actually going to do.
I can sit on it until spring/summer when I'll be in Ann Arbor working for FCA making $$$ and then do the remainder of the stuff it needs and keep it around.

OR

Continue to try and sell it while taking a bloodbath.
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Old 11-12-2019, 05:10 PM   #238
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Park it, fix it in a few months. Drive it on nice weekend days...
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Old 11-12-2019, 09:20 PM   #239
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Park it, fix it in a few months. Drive it on nice weekend days...
+1. If you still have any emotional attachment to it don’t sell it if you really don’t have to...#regerts
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Old 11-17-2019, 08:45 PM   #240
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Anybody want to motivate me to keep this instead of trading for a 242 or 245?
I love the thing, like a lot, but it just depresses me sometimes.
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:11 PM   #241
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You should definitely keep it given that you'll have disposable income, come summer (per your earlier post). It's a nice car and you obviously have the skills to bring it back to reliable DD status.
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Old 11-19-2019, 04:53 PM   #242
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Anybody want to motivate me to keep this instead of trading for a 242 or 245?
I love the thing, like a lot, but it just depresses me sometimes.
Reference the title of this thread.
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Old 12-05-2019, 09:23 PM   #243
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In light of the latest bump and price drop on the for sale thread I urge you to rename this thread "Project Hamlet."
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Old 12-05-2019, 09:59 PM   #244
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In light of the latest bump and price drop on the for sale thread I urge you to rename this thread "Project Hamlet."
Well, if nobody buys it at that price, its staying.
I love this car, I really do. Few things are as fun as ripping this car up the hill at WOT with the side pipe scaring people and giving me a ****-eating grin.
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Old 12-05-2019, 10:51 PM   #245
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Well, if nobody buys it at that price, its staying.
Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.......
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Old 12-05-2019, 10:56 PM   #246
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Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.......
I'm not kidding. At $2k, I'm selling it for $200 more than I bought it for.
****, I think the t5 setup alone all in cost me around a grand.

This whole being in college and borderline broke sucks. Story of TB I suppose.
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Old 12-05-2019, 11:09 PM   #247
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I can't believe it hasn't sold yet.
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Old 12-05-2019, 11:19 PM   #248
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I can't believe it hasn't sold yet.
I can.
The market for anything old is dead. We're heading towards recession and even the cheap stuff isn't sellable.
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Old 12-06-2019, 03:47 PM   #249
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Seems like you've been quick to jump from project to project, but I don't know you personally - maybe that's just how it appears on the internet. My advice would be to stick with this car if you truly do like it, keep working on improving it bit by bit, post up artsy shots of it majestically conquering mountain passes, basking in fall colors, etc... and then if someone happens to fall in love & has to have it, then let it go for a reasonable price whenever that happens.

If you don't get any joy out of it and won't be satisfied unless you get a 145 (or whatever else) - then do a bunch of work now to list the 142 aggressively, sell to the highest bidder, cut your losses and get on with life. It's rare to *not* lose money on an old car despite how many success stories you may have heard or seen on TV. If you lose $1k on the whole deal, well...that's the price of the experience you had with that car, and maybe worth it, if you look at things from that perspective.
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Oh, and what I mean by doing "a bunch of work now to list it" - fix anything that's quick and easy to address. Tidy up loose ends that are obvious from photos. Detail the car as much as reasonably possible given your budget and/or resources. Get some proper photos of it showing all key areas clearly, and some beauty shots. Maybe you know a budding photographer that would have fun taking shots of it in exchange for lunch or a 12-pack of their favorite beverage? Once you have the glamour shots, list it elsewhere - not TB - and describe it with confidence but honesty. Make some short driving videos too. That's the approach that has worked for me selling cars in lots of instances.
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