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Old 10-22-2013, 01:23 PM   #51
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The garage is starting to clear out a little bit, but still so much to move. So buy all my parts!
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:09 PM   #52
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I hear that, I need to stop buying parts until me and the lady get our own place. The parts here are in piles I can't control anymore. Did you find the info I had sent you?
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:09 PM   #53
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Look what arrived in the mail today:



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Old 10-22-2013, 10:12 PM   #54
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The grill is NOS. Thanks to Ian I found it on Ebay Germany. Original NOS late model 140 GT grill - it's dated 10/72. Can you believe it's been on a shelf for 40 years? Makes you wonder what other goodies are out there gathering dust. I can't imagine how rare it is. Sure, I could have cut a stock grill, but who knows how many I would have hacked up before I got it "right". The fog light brackets are obviously not NOS, but they are the correct brackets for this GT grill. They will clean up nicely with that rust remover I mentioned early on. It's scary to think that with shipping, just these parts cost almost what I paid for the car!
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:15 PM   #55
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I don't think so.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:46 PM   #56
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The story just gets better. 40-year-old NOS parts? Wow.
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:07 AM   #57
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Awesome find (the car itself, and the grille)! I've been watching this one with interest. It would be sweet to put that roof stamping on a 245 as a camping vehicle; seems there are more and more off-roady Volvo builds these days. You could even integrate a pop-up camper section like a VW Westfalia van. Anyways, I digress...carry on...
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:26 AM   #58
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WOW! Three or four express 145's on blocket.com right now. None of them as cool as this one.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:09 AM   #59
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^ Is that Swedish craigslist?

^^ There were some 245s made with the high top. Don't know much about them, but they do exist!
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:43 PM   #60
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Yup, Swedish CL. Search Alla kategorier and Hella Sverige for all categories and all of Sweden.
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Old 11-03-2013, 01:15 PM   #61
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Awesome project; I remember that R&T article from back in the day. Great that you have provenance on the car and are rescuing it!
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Old 11-19-2013, 03:06 AM   #62
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Old 11-26-2013, 06:34 PM   #63
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Things have slowed down due to the weather getting quite cold and the likelihood of another move. I'm also still waiting for some brake parts to come in. The good news is that I've negotiated the absence of a large garage as a deal-breaker for any new place we move to. Once that happens, I anticipate the project really taking off.
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:11 AM   #64
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Can you please take better pictures of the temp gauges in the center. I'm looking for some like that if you got extras

Extra space fills up quickly at my house and garage
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:26 PM   #65
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Wow, what a terrific story! I have heard about this particular Express, certainly in print, but was this that car that was rumored to be languishing behind a NJ gas station for many years? I don't think that there are more than 3 or 4 of the Express models in North America. Do you know of any others? I happen to have one: It is a 1971 145S Express Panel, in Volvo Service Vehicle Blue. The Volvo Club of British Columbia had the car for many years, and I purchased the car in the summer of 2012. Here is the link to the VCBC write-up. http://www.volvoclubofbc.com/article...2006262012.pdf
Please note that the car is NO LONGER for sale.

What year is your car? It has the 73-74 grill, but the 67-71 door handles and dash, and the 72- remote shifter. Also missing is the steel bulkhead and wire mesh cargo screen! Did your car come with a bulkhead/screen in the parts stash? Is their a folding rear bench seat? These cars came in either panel of glazed form.. the fully glazed cars had with or without a folding backseat, as per the standard 145. Particularly intriguing to me are the interior cargo panels.. do you have a sense if those came from the factory or if they were custom-made for this car? There is very little literature published on the Express.. at least that I can find.

FYI Goldline Brakes in Seattle, WA does a first class job for caliper refurbishment. John has been in the business for many years, and really knows his stuff. The pistons and seals in Volvo 1800/140/240 calipers were widely used and readily available. Plan on about $100 per caliper for a comprehensive ground-up rebuild, plus about $40 more for a high-temp coating if desired. He's done three sets of calipers for me so far with excellent results.. ie, extremely even stopping power. New hoses are a must.. and on and on..... Supposedly John can rebuild brake boosters as well.

VP Auto Parts (Fristad, Sweden, Charleston SC) is a great source of repro sheet metal as well as a heck of a lot of other stuff or the 140 series. They even had a repro tailgate weatherstip seal for the Express. or ordered one and they had it in stock.

Did your car come with a rear-window defroster? If not, I think I still have a clear glass rear window with no defroster lines.. these are rather hard to find because I think defrosters were standard from 1969-on. Of course it would be easy to simply put a defroster-equipped rear glass in place and call it a day.

Feel free to send me a PM with questions about my Express.. My car was used heavily but remains and very original (except for Bilstiens, a pertronix ignition and wider 164e wheels) I'm happy to supply photos, etc for restoration guidelines should you need them. The Express is standard 145 throughout the floor pan, the exception being the cargo bulkhead attachment points. I haven't had the headliner down, so I cannot speak to the interior roof structure. The car had been put back into duty as a parts hauler-general purpose utility vehicle. It has been particularly handy for the restoration of my 87 245glt and 72 1800es. I've even had some compliments in parking lots and gas stations, though most people don't have a clue as to what it is when it passes them, except for that it is very tall and boxy..... haha.

Do keep us all informed as you make progress.

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Old 12-11-2013, 07:02 PM   #66
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Wow..

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Old 02-25-2014, 01:12 PM   #67
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For anyone wondering, this is why there has been little movement in the last 3 months:

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Old 02-25-2014, 01:47 PM   #68
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I picked up this little spot blaster from Harbor Freight. It's cheap, but does the trick pretty well. I'll be using it to restore smaller rusted parts off the car. Here I'm starting with the roll bar that had some pretty bad rust at the base. You can see that this little blaster does a good job. I'm just using a little compressor here as well. Hope to find a vintage monster cast iron made in USA compressor at some point:


LOL at first glance, I thought you were installing some kind of toilet to go with the shower!

Good luck with the resto.
She's rusty but not as rusty as my '83 flathood.

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Old 02-25-2014, 03:18 PM   #69
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:38 AM   #70
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Haven't really been wondering much since I know you guys are getting dumped on every two weeks and the average temp in the tri state has been 30 degrees. Sounds like an average Canadian winter...
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Old 04-08-2014, 01:25 PM   #71
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Here's another old photo of the Express - a head on shot - out of an old Clymer Volvo 240 Repair manual:



Hope to be moving at the end of the month to a new place with a large garage space/workshop. Details to follow. Still only creeping into the 50s here, and wet. So having an indoor workspace will change everything.
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Old 04-08-2014, 02:27 PM   #72
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What's up Jason! How are ya! You coming to Carsile, at least with the 245? It would at the least be a good place to sell all those parts and make some project money for this thing!
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:52 AM   #73
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OMFG that thing kind of makes my pants shrink, that is beyond cool.
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:59 AM   #74
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OK. So the move to the new place has occurred. Finally, a nice dry indoor home and proper shop for the Express! It's not a separate barn/workshop which was my first choice, but the split garage and 12ft. ceilings will facilitate plenty of storage and eventually a lift! The Express will be put in the left bay which is wired for 220v, and the right bay will be for working on parts that are taken off the car - blast cabinet, tool storage, etc. The pictures were pre-delivery - the Express is now housed in the left bay. Once we're fully settled, I hope work will proceed without delay. The plan is to pull the drive train and continue stripping the car down to a shell to continue the rust repair/body work.

Rusty's new home:



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For comparison purposes, this was Rusty's old home - every moderate rain would flood the driveway - which I don't think was helping the rust any:

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Old 05-22-2014, 11:04 AM   #75
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Nice garage space - if you're anything like me it wont take long before it's filled all the way up with volvo stuff
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