1970 Volvo 142s

Started on Sept. 16 by skunkman

Ride Rating


New Toy!

1970 Volvo 142S, Midnight blue/Tan cloth, 138xxx miles, B20 2.0 liter 4 cylinder, M40 4-speed transmission, IPD Weber carb Conversion and alloy rocker cover, 122 AM Radio in NOS Metra faceplate with Sony speaker and hidden antenna, Painted steelies with bullet centers and port-a-whites on cut front springs, 242 rear ¼ windows, Vintage fogs (not wired), Hella H4 headlights, 240 3 point front seat belts

New: heater hoses, control arm bushings, tie rods, ball joints, calipers and hoses, pads and rotors, u-joints, fuel filter, headlight relay, IPD exhaust, more I'm sure I'm forgetting.

The good: Its a great cruiser when its not 100 degrees out (no A/C or P/S). Drives straight but could use an alignment. Always starts even in the winter. Gets lots of looks and positive comments. Very comfortable seats with lots of adjustments. The paint is shot but has an awesome patina. Vintage plates.

The bad: The lack of overdrive makes it tiring on the highway. Doesn't like to idle, needs a choke cable. Mostly its the Weber which is why I bought the SU s that are available separately. I also have a suspicion the cam wasn't installed correctly by the PO. The timing gears knock-fix the cam timing while you're there. Also leaks oil from the pan but that also needs to be removed for the timing gear fix. Dome light doesn't work. Trunk struts are weak. Fan motor sometimes makes noise but works great. HAS RUST! Both doors are rusty in the jams but the 242 doors are a direct swap and get rid of the broken original vent wings to boot. Passenger rocker is perforated, some small holes in the floors (still VERY solid) and some surface rust on the front fenders. Some dents and dings, and the trunk lid is bent to hell like someone tried to close it on something (dead body? Swedish Mafia staff car?).

This is a 40 year old car. This is best described as a driving project.

Future upgrades: M41 overdrive transmission, Dual SU carbs and manifold, spare Weber carb and manifold with jet kit, most of a D-jetronic injection system (Maybe a megasquirt conversion), 4 vintage Cragar 8 spoke 15x6 alloys, 242 doors and mirrors, dog dish hubcaps? 240 rear prings and perches (easier to lower), NIB leather steering wheel wrap, RARE factory gas can that fits in the spare tire well, and more...

Finding first gear can be a challenge. Its amazing what lighting and camera angle can do for a car. I guess photographers don’t call it “magic hour” for nothing. Parts are on the shelf, now I just need to install upper control arm bushings, U-joints, a choke, adjust the valves, replace all the hoses, and fix the leak that leaves an oil slick after I shut it off…other than that and the rust, its perfect :) ~Junkyard_Dog

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Aug 15, 2011 11:36 p.m.
Looks great!

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