volvoclearinghouse SuperDork
June 13, 2016 7:05 a.m.

I'm sure this has happened to someone here before. I was surfing eBay the other day and came across this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Volvo-AMAZON-122S-Clear-Title-transferable-/122012937875?forcerrptr=true&hash=item1c6889ae93:g:eOQAAOSw9k5XQSFn&item=122012937875

I sold this car on eBay about a year ago to this very guy. It had no title at the time, so he's apparently gone through the paperwork to get a good title and register it. Unfortunately, he seems a bit at the end of his rope with the SU carburetors and is trying to resell it.

I feel bad for the guy, and just sent him a little note. The car ran and drove when I sold it to him (though he did trailer it back to TN) and I'm sure if I got my hands on it again it could be a daily driver with very little effort. But...it's now 500 miles away, and I have other 122s that need my care right now.

If anyone here's interested in the car...I can attest that (at least when it left my care) it was a solid little car that would make a great daily, and a potential platform for rallying or auto-X. There's some rust underneath, but nothing scary, and a little filler in the nose and fenders as is common. The interior is...rough...but usable. And it could stand a new front bumper if you're picky.

Andy Neuman HalfDork
June 13, 2016 8:53 a.m.

Thanks, really trying to hold back from buying it now.

dculberson UberDork
June 13, 2016 10:25 a.m.

Indeed, it has happened to me, and with a Volvo. Not one so pretty of course. My 850 wagon turned up on Craigslist for half the price I sold it for with bad power steering a year or two after I sold it. That's an easy fix but apparently beyond the guy I sold it to. I felt bad and thought about buying it back but decided to stay clear.

T.J. UltimaDork
June 13, 2016 10:43 a.m.

I find SU carbs to be straightforward and easy to set up and maintain. I like those cars, but never really had the desire to own one.

volvoclearinghouse SuperDork
June 13, 2016 11:06 a.m.

In reply to T.J.:

Oh, give it a whirl. I knew nothing about them when I bought my first one, and now they're one of my favorite cars. Easy to work on and a blast to drive. Plus, everyone gives me thumbs ups when I'm driving mine. They sometimes think I'm driving a '57 Chevy, but it's the thought that counts.

volvoclearinghouse SuperDork
June 13, 2016 11:07 a.m.
dculberson wrote: Indeed, it has happened to me, and with a Volvo. Not one so pretty of course. My 850 wagon turned up on Craigslist for half the price I sold it for with bad power steering a year or two after I sold it. That's an easy fix but apparently beyond the guy I sold it to. I felt bad and thought about buying it back but decided to stay clear.

Yeah...if this guy can't figure out points and SU carbs...I hope he hasn't touched much else on the car.

spitfirebill UltimaDork
June 13, 2016 12:32 p.m.

I am amazed nobody has bid on it.

volvoclearinghouse SuperDork
June 14, 2016 7:18 a.m.

In reply to spitfirebill:

Me too. Amazons have never been on fire, but I've seen their values tick up a little lately. I sold the car to him for around what he's asking for it, with no title. I'd rather deal with some minor mechanical issues than try the whimsy of the DMV clerk that particular day.

If it were closer, I'd buy it back.

volvoclearinghouse SuperDork
June 14, 2016 7:21 a.m.

I did just notice an error in his listing. He has the transmission type listed as "automatic", when it is the 4 speed manual. Perhaps that's steering folks away from bidding?

914Driver MegaDork
June 14, 2016 7:27 a.m.

Wouldn't this resolve any questions?

BTW, I once bought an SU rebuild kit from ZTherapy and it came with a 45 minute instructional video.

ZTherapy

volvoclearinghouse SuperDork
June 14, 2016 8:12 a.m.

In reply to 914Driver:

In theory...if one looked at the pictures. But one might also scan the listing, see "Automatic" and move on.

SU carbs aren't hard. I actually think they're kindof fun. I even have a T-shirt with an exploded view of one on it.

Dbussey1 New Reader
June 14, 2016 9:11 a.m.

That's awesome. Looks like a decent deal, it's always refreshing to see an Ebay motors listing where the person isn't expecting to get rich. If the timing were different, I'd be super interested - always wanted an Amazon.

spitfirebill UltimaDork
June 14, 2016 10:03 a.m.
volvoclearinghouse wrote: In reply to spitfirebill: I'd rather deal with some minor mechanical issues than try the whimsy of the DMV clerk that particular day.

Damn tooting.

If my daughter weren't moving back home with three ankle biters, so would I.

oldeskewltoy UltraDork
June 14, 2016 10:25 a.m.

tiny thread jack...

SU HS6's are easy, but I had a 68 (or was it 69) 142, that had an emissions version of the HS6.... was a time (and car) I'd like to forget.......

and now back to this thread....

volvoclearinghouse SuperDork
June 14, 2016 10:40 a.m.

I am somewhat curious to know what he means by "vehicle will be transferred locally if no sale". Some local offer him a thousand for it?

spitfirebill UltimaDork
June 14, 2016 12:58 p.m.

I'm guessing he has a low offer locally.

This is one of those cars that I would love to buy, whip a screw driver, adjust the carbs and drive away.

I have fond memories of hot pant wearing coeds in platform shoes shifting gears in these old Volvos.

Andy Neuman HalfDork
June 14, 2016 7:27 p.m.

In reply to volvoclearinghouse:

If this is still up on Friday this car may be coming back to the area... I hear you ended up with my last 122 wagon.

volvoclearinghouse SuperDork
June 15, 2016 6:25 a.m.

In reply to Andy Neuman:

Ha! Cool deal. Yes, for $1200 its hard to go wrong with this car. Let me know if you need anything. I have...um...a few Amazons.

volvoclearinghouse SuperDork
June 15, 2016 6:30 a.m.

Reading the seller's Q/A session is quite painful. The man needs to be issued a beige 2016 Corolla with restraining orders to never, ever purchase an old car again.

RealMiniParker UberDork
June 15, 2016 7:02 a.m.
volvoclearinghouse wrote: SU carbs aren't hard. I actually think they're kindof fun. I even have a T-shirt with an exploded view of one on it.

I had that shirt, too!

I had a guy come up to me, at a Mini Meet, one year, with a handful of carburetor parts, and said, "Hold still. I didn't bring my shop manual with me, and I've got to get this back together, before the rally!"

spitfirebill UltimaDork
June 15, 2016 7:48 a.m.
volvoclearinghouse wrote: Reading the seller's Q/A session is quite painful. The man needs to be issued a beige 2016 Corolla with restraining orders to never, ever purchase an old car again.

At least he did get a title for it.

volvoclearinghouse SuperDork
June 15, 2016 8:58 a.m.

In reply to spitfirebill:

True. And I was amazed at the process. In TN, if the car is sold for less than $3000, there's a simple DMV form you fill out and boom, they give you a title.

I need to get some TN friends to help me title some other cars I have.

IndyJoe Dork
June 15, 2016 1:35 p.m.

And Sold.

Did one of you guys snatch it?

Andy Neuman HalfDork
June 15, 2016 2:28 p.m.

In reply to IndyJoe:

Wasn't me

Cotton UberDork
June 15, 2016 3:26 p.m.
volvoclearinghouse wrote: In reply to spitfirebill: True. And I was amazed at the process. In TN, if the car is sold for less than $3000, there's a simple DMV form you fill out and boom, they give you a title. I need to get some TN friends to help me title some other cars I have.

I'm in TN and had no idea about this, even after digging through every title related form on their site. Do you have a link to the form?

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