LeftieBiker wrote:A thread on "what is sitting in your garage?" would also be interesting. My first car is there, a moldering 1967 Volvo 122S. Originally automatic, but converted to standard by my Father. I used to street race the car, even with the automatic...
One of my early cars was a '66 122S
4 door automatic with the dual side draft weber carbs, B18 4 cyl engine I think. I drove it for several years and other than being a bitch to start in cold weather(the carbs had no choke per say, rather it just gave a more rich mixture of gas when it was cold) it was a great car. I removed the seats and totally covered the floor with fiberglass matting as it was quite rusty and ended up replacing the seats with a pair of leather seats from a junk yard Peugeot 505STI, which made the 122 my first car with heated leather seats
I always said after I fixed it, it would probably float
In the winter I'd run a magnetic heater stuck to bottom of the oil pan, a pulsating engine coolant heater and a 1500w blow dryer in series with the 12v battery(along with a diode) which gave my a nice toast cabin like my Leaf and a fully charged battery, I even had a 120v blanket heater for the battery. Dangerous for sure but it never failed to start, even parked outside in the -20F temps we had years back. Not like our "climate change" winters of late......
Had several Volvos after that, a 145 and 245. All my Volvos were purchased near their end of life with well over 100k miles, but they just kept going. The B18 engine was one of the best for long life, ranks right up there with the slant 6 used by Chrysler, of which I had several in my youth. Most had the cool push button automatic, people used to give me hard time saying I might forget and try to change the radio station only to shift the car into another gear
Don't get me started on my collection of old air-cooled VWs, mostly camper or vans but also one bug that refused to quit!
Lots of old Fiats too, although the nicest was my X-19 which was purchased new in '86 for change under 10k.