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New 1966 122s Coupe Owner - Need Advice 1 year 6 months ago #680

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Hello!

Just purchased a 1966 122s Coupe on Ebay located in between San Diego and LA. Haven't seen the car in person yet but the pictures look good. So Cal car it's whole life and rust free. I live in the Chicago area. The car needs some work. According to the seller the automatic trans does not want to shift into 3rd gear, the steering rack needs work, brakes need work and some misc odds and ends.
Can anyone help recommend a Volvo specialist shop in this area that does reliable work at fair prices to correct these issues? I am thinking about changing the automatic for a 4 sp with overdrive. Any thoughts on this? The seller also states the engine has been rebulit with a B20 block and B18 head. Would this be the way to go? My initial thinking is to build a strong reliable fairly stock car, possibly progressive coils to lower the ride height slightly, anti-sway bars, upgrade the brakes, engine in the 150 HP range. Street car with the potential for an occasional track day.
Really appreciate any recommendations you can offer and Thank You!!

Jack Bryson
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Re: New 1966 122s Coupe Owner - Need Advice 1 year 6 months ago #681

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jbryson2 wrote:
Hello!

Just purchased a 1966 122s Coupe on Ebay located in between San Diego and LA. Haven't seen the car in person yet but the pictures look good. So Cal car it's whole life and rust free. I live in the Chicago area. The car needs some work. According to the seller the automatic trans does not want to shift into 3rd gear, the steering rack needs work, brakes need work and some misc odds and ends.
Can anyone help recommend a Volvo specialist shop in this area that does reliable work at fair prices to correct these issues? I am thinking about changing the automatic for a 4 sp with overdrive. Any thoughts on this? The seller also states the engine has been rebulit with a B20 block and B18 head. Would this be the way to go? My initial thinking is to build a strong reliable fairly stock car, possibly progressive coils to lower the ride height slightly, anti-sway bars, upgrade the brakes, engine in the 150 HP range. Street car with the potential for an occasional track day.
Really appreciate any recommendations you can offer and Thank You!!

Jack Bryson

Welcome to the Forum, Jack.

When the car arrives in Chicago will it be in your garage/shop or go straight to a repair facility?

Consider a full inspection of this Amazon before deciding on the work to be done that will make it the runner you desire.

Also, share your experience/expertise with this model Volvo as this will be a gauge for how much detail we bomb you with concerning classic Volvo repair, restoration and mods/upgrades.

Thanks.

George Dill
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Re: New 1966 122s Coupe Owner - Need Advice 1 year 6 months ago #682

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Hi George,

Thanks for the fast reply. I'm going out to see the car in 2 weeks and will update then. I want to, with the board's assistance, locate a Volvo specialist shop in the LA/San Diego area that does excellent work at reasonable prices to perform the necessary repairs to make the car safe and reliable. Once done, I'll fly back out pick it up and take a leisurely drive back to Chicago with my daughter, doing some sighseeing along the way. I'm 59 years old and not necessarily looking to be doing any heavy work at this point, plus I don't have the garage/shop space. Once the car is back I can mess around with it and it will be in storage when I'm not driving it. 2 car garage and this will be car number 5.

Thoughts so far - replace automatic trans with Volvo 4 speed plus overdrive, or, I've been reading these forums and it seems another way to go is to swap in a Ford 5 speed. Suspension needs work, replace bushings, steering rack may need attention. Shocks? Heater does not work, temp gauge in-op. Brakes need to be re-done. Would like to add a dual master cylinder, upgrade the front discs and add braided steel lines. Add A/C?? Summers are brutal in Chicago, very humid. Not urgent but want to replace the interior seats, door cards, carpet with saddle color. Car is white and interior is 2-tone grey and green (I think).

These are my initial thoughts. I have all the common tools needed, several years of auto shop in high school and basic mechanical skills last used about 100 years ago before cars had smog equipment or computers. No engine hoist, transmission jacks, fancy lifts or metal/welding/bodywork experience, I can do light wrench work and write checks.

Looking forward to your help!

Best regards,

Jack Bryson
1997 Volvo 850 T5 Wagon (sold)
2012 Volvo C70
1966 Volvo 122s
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Re: New 1966 122s Coupe Owner - Need Advice 1 year 6 months ago #683

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jbryson2 wrote:
Hi George,

Thanks for the fast reply. I'm going out to see the car in 2 weeks and will update then. I want to, with the board's assistance, locate a Volvo specialist shop in the LA/San Diego area that does excellent work at reasonable prices to perform the necessary repairs to make the car safe and reliable. Once done, I'll fly back out pick it up and take a leisurely drive back to Chicago with my daughter, doing some sighseeing along the way. I'm 59 years old and not necessarily looking to be doing any heavy work at this point, plus I don't have the garage/shop space. Once the car is back I can mess around with it and it will be in storage when I'm not driving it. 2 car garage and this will be car number 5.

Thoughts so far - replace automatic trans with Volvo 4 speed plus overdrive, or, I've been reading these forums and it seems another way to go is to swap in a Ford 5 speed. Suspension needs work, replace bushings, steering rack may need attention. Shocks? Heater does not work, temp gauge in-op. Brakes need to be re-done. Would like to add a dual master cylinder, upgrade the front discs and add braided steel lines. Add A/C?? Summers are brutal in Chicago, very humid. Not urgent but want to replace the interior seats, door cards, carpet with saddle color. Car is white and interior is 2-tone grey and green (I think).

These are my initial thoughts. I have all the common tools needed, several years of auto shop in high school and basic mechanical skills last used about 100 years ago before cars had smog equipment or computers. No engine hoist, transmission jacks, fancy lifts or metal/welding/bodywork experience, I can do light wrench work and write checks.

Looking forward to your help!

Best regards,

Jack Bryson
1997 Volvo 850 T5 Wagon (sold)
2012 Volvo C70
1966 Volvo 122s

First up - a Volvo shop in the SoCal area - this would be the time to contact Dave Barton for his take on the ideal garage...

www.scvcoa.org/index.html

...his email is in the left menu.

Assuming your new P132 is indeed free of major rust and collision damage all that remains to do is to set aside about $6-8,000 tokens and some 6-8 months.

The auto trans needs to go - the dedicated 5-speed with short shifter is the way to fly.

B20 with B18 head - if the block is solid get Phil Singher to do up a B20 head for twin SU HS6 carbs. This and other intake/exhaust work would approach your 150hp goal.

Suspension - on those smooth Chicago streets the Amazon with all-poly bushes, sways, stiff KYB's and 2"-drop sport springs would pound you to mush but do it anyway.

AC - go with an all-components aftermarket kit using R134a and a lightweight, low-drag rotary compressor. Be sure to add a passive/active compressor cutoff for high demand and prolonged idling.

If the seats are OE '66 without headrests consider an upgrade to manual full-recline with front-flip for back seat access. Seat heaters and lumbar are a must unless the car will be in storage for the chill months.

With the engine out rework all wiring, fuses, etc. to include heater box, controls, blower, vents, etc.

During reinstall be sure all window leaks have been resolved then redo the floors per the short shifter mod.

Upgrade the lighting front and rear with relays for the headlights, new 7" round halogens, tricolor 3-bulb tail lights with reworked bulb housings.

New interior panels and pieces are available to match the new exterior paint.

Go with modern retractable, intertia-activated seat belts front and rear (grandkids!).

If the headliner is OE and in need new pre-cut material is available.

Better make that $10,000.

George Dill
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Re: New 1966 122s Coupe Owner - Need Advice 1 year 6 months ago #684

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Great list, I'm ready!

Shot off an email to Dave Barton and will be checking back for your assistance in locating some of the upgrades you are recommending.

Here are a few pics from the EBay listing. The headliner looks pretty good and the pink needs to go!!
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Will the SoCal shop be doing all the upgrades or just enough for a safe drive to Chicago?

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