Sunday, July 09, 2017

1970 Volvo 1800E

This 1970 Volvo 1800E was my daily driver for 27 years. I believe I am the second owner. It was parked in 2015 when the master cylinder needed replacement. I started driving my 1989 244 with the intention of replacing the brake part. Life got in the way and the master cylinder has yet to be changed. I found that as I age, I like having power steering and A/C during the humid Virginia summers.

For the first year or so I started it and even drove down our 1/2 mile gravel drive to get the mail. Last summer I decided to put it back on the road. It wouldn't start for the first time in decades. A little exploring showed no fuel at the rail. The pump checked out, so I replaced the fuel filter. Long story shorter, When I pulled the fuel line off the tank I got a handful of rust flakes and no fuel. Pulled the drain plug and got the same.

I will be 60 in a few months and have way too many other projects to tackle this much loved car. To put it on the road again, it needs a fuel tank and master cylinder at a minimum. Further restoration would include rust and body repair. I have documented the car in the pictures below.

The car:
  • 1970 Volvo 1800E
  • original color: Dark Green
  • everything is there
  • 4 original aluminum center, steel rim wheels in good condition. Matching spare wheel has a bent rim caused by unavoidable pothole. These wheels were only used 1970-71.
  • 2.0L engine
  • Bosch D Jetronic EFI
  • multi-piston discs at all corners
  • 4 speed tranny with Laycock De Normanville electronic overdrive unit
  • iPd aluminum valve cover
  • original jack and handle
  • amateur restoration about 20 years ago
  • several boxes of spare parts, tune-up parts, oil filters, etc.
Click pictures for larger view.

Exterior condition problems.

Front seats were recovered 15 years ago.

I have all trim not shown on the car. Including front and rear window trim.
Upper bolsters on doors.

Many years ago I added drainage scuppers to the trunk lip. They still work to keep water from sitting.

More pictures are available. I have owned, driven, and worked on this car for over 27 years. I know in thoroughly and can answer any questions. If you were given a link to this, you should have my contact info.

Thank you for looking.