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Sep 26, 2009 (4:39 am)
if they get bought by Geely. Unless they decide to leave them independant, and just use the engineering talent (and like Ford, take the existing platforms to underpin their own models).
ALthough it is hard to imagine it will be worse than what GM did to SAAB!
#198 of 247 Re: sad day [colloquor]
Sep 26, 2009 (6:37 am)
Love the 144. I had a 142 that was a year older than yours.
I have a terrible feeling for Volvo's future if the Chinese are going to run the show. i would love for them to prove me wring.
Sep 26, 2009 (12:20 pm)
I love that car. I learned to drive on my folks '69 144S 4 speed. Same color as yours, without the wheels of course!
Still miss that car, but my sister hated it. I used to have to go out and take the parking brake off for her and my mother after me or my father cranked it on!
#200 of 247 Re: 144 [stickguy]
Sep 26, 2009 (12:49 pm)
Thanks. It's been on the road, as has the '85 SAAB, since purchase. The paint (Medium Blue) on the 144S is original. It's too bad I don't have a shot (I'll have to take one later) of the front, as it has driving lights and an IPD air dam (installed way back in 1973).
In fact, the car is extensively prepared with IPD parts including cam, ported and polished head, tubular header, electronic ignition, etc, as well as a larger front sway bar, rear sway bar, IPD's rally springs, Bilstein shocks, Volvo's once optional ATS aluminum wheels, and Volvo's old Competition Department's gauge cluster (see photo), and Nardi leather-covered steering wheel. I changed out the original twin Stromberg 175CDSE carbs in 1972, and switched over to twin SU HS6 carbs. Tried Weber 45DCOE's side drafts, but they were simply too much carburation for the engine.
The 144S is built like a tank, and yet reasonably sporty. Most of the 140-series cars in my area (central Illinois) are long gone due to poor maintenance and rust. It's a survivor, much like me (Age 62) - and, still a Volvo enthusiast!
Sep 26, 2009 (2:38 pm)
Way more guages than ours had!
Brings back memories. I can even see the choke hiding behind the LS of the wheel.
ANd it looks like you have air. One more thing we did not have.
Talk about simple. No PS, PB or air.
I do recall the carns being a recurring problem though. I think they had to be adjusted often. That, and the mutliple mufflers rusting out.
#202 of 247 Re: nice [stickguy]
Sep 26, 2009 (2:52 pm)
My old 142 was a victim of rust and some mechanical issues that no doubt came from less than stellar maintenance of the previous owner. It was a dark blue.
Nice manual choke but nothing of the neat gagues you've got. Had a horizontal speedometer and was very slow. Loved it anyway.
Sep 26, 2009 (4:23 pm)
I'm biting my tongue about the '74's I had experience with.
#204 of 247 Re: nice [steve_]
Sep 26, 2009 (7:09 pm)
Oh, come on!
A friend had a 73. I learned from that one that you can replace a clutch cable in a parking lot if you really have a mind to.