Finally got around to spend some time on the Volvo wagon. This time we upgraded to these very rare 123GT reclining seat mechanism. These are actually made by Recaro for Volvo. Now I can…well…recline. Besides, the added chrome makes the car go faster.
Factory tachometer and a hard to find center console is next.
“Buckets and console” plus factory tach. Sounds like an American muscle car, huh?
I am pleased to find out that these are being reproduced again as they are wagon only and always seems to be beat up or as in my case: missing.
However, I could not bring myself to install them as one corner of the bumper was pretty ugly and I don’t want to spend money on re-chroming.
After some digging around in my friend’s attic I finally found this. This is not 100 % perfect but it will work great.
There! Finally a complete rear bumper and all shiny. Looks great.
I was aimlessly driving my Corvette 427 powered four speed 1957 Chevy around in Southern California in 1979 looking for trouble when and stumbled in to this “museum” somewhere in Southern California. I pulled in and finished listening to the Led Zeppelin song blaring from the Pioneer Super Tuner courtesy of Frazer Smith at KLOS Los Angeles.
I recall this place was in Anaheim.
Inside this dusty, dirty and neglected place I found all these world famous cars.
Sorry for crappy indoor flash photos but these are worth sharing.
After bringing the front fenders together the front apron fits well. Also, the stock head light bar looks great.
The original rear frame horn covers fits much better the the aftermarket parts. The rear wheels are just 5:00 size so it can roll. Once I get a new axle built I will will be able to fit the 7:00 for some additional rubber rake. Now we can blow it apart for paint.
Burning the mid night oil on this one. I don’t want it to interfear with my day to day business so I get to work on this at night. Soon we will have hot rod weather in Washington state and this car needs to be READY for action!
After some slicing and dicing of the rear fenders they finally fit the body I am finally pretty happy with the fit. Applying Swedish Volvo standards to eighty year old American cars can cause hair dramatic loss though.
In the Uh-Oh department…You have heard the expression “Cause and Effect”…Well, this is a good example…I caused it…by hanging fenders…the effect is now that the axle width does not work with the fenders. Acually, multiple issues going on here. The axle is too wide and the wheel is not really centered in the wheel opening. The latter is a common deuce problem.
Now what? I will have to shorten the axle. If I tear it down I should fix the parallel ’36 rear bones as they are not really part of a good suspension. They should connect in the middle like stock. If I change the wish bones I need to re-route the exhaust. Then I may go to coil springs or coil overs for comfort.