Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Recovering the seats

This happened over the past two years, but I finally got the seats recovered.  The front seats had a bunch of tears and were a mish mash of leather and vinyl, probably a result of partial repairs and patches made over the years.  The rear seat was the original leather, but was so badly dried out that putting any pressure on them resulting in instant tears.

Torn front seat with a mix of leather and vinyl panels
More tears and wear
Rear seats looking OK from a distance, but crumbling to the touch

First I redid the front seats, and spent a few months trying to rejuvenate the rear seats, but that failed.  So last year I recovered the rear seats too.  Now the interior is really looking pretty good.  Other than the seats, it's all original including, amazingly, the carpet.

Recovered front seats looking great and really comfortable

Recovered center console arm rest

Recovered seats and arm rest

And the rear seats, recovered and looking elegant once again.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Volvo 140s are 80 times more rare than P1800s?

140s have become very rare, especially ones in good condition. I got to thinking about the numbers, and how they compare to P1800s which seem plentiful.

A week or two ago I was at a local meet where a couple dozen cars showed up. I didn't do an exact count, but there were about 10 P1800s. There also was a strong turnout of 140s with 3 showing up. This seems pretty typical to me, in fact P1800s typically outnumber the 140s by even more.

Across all production, there were about 1.2M 140s built, and about 49,000 P1800s built. Looking at how many cars turn up at meets per million cars made is very interesting. The 10 P1800s represents 204 cars per million built. On the other hand, the 3 140s represent 2.5 cars per million built. That suggests that surviving 140s are 80 times more rare than P1800s.

Monitoring cars offered for sale on eBay tells a similar story.  I see around 20 P1800s hit the market for every 140 that shows up.  And the vast majority of the 140s are serious project cars.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Trying to find a bezel/face plate for my radio

One of the tid-bits that I'm still trying to locate is the bezel for the radio in my car.  Here's a photo of the radio installed, but without the bezel.  There are a number of different radios that were used in these cars, and the rectangular opening for this one measures 1-5/8" x 3-3/4", or about 41mm x 95mm.