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Volvo Adventures is an independent "Down Under" based resource for the older Volvo models


  Member Volvos :

PV653 - 1933

TR679 - 1934

PV658 - 1935

PV56 - 1939

P1900 - 1956

TP21_P2104 - 1956

Duett - 1958

PV444 V6 - 1958

122 Project - 1959

PV544 Rally - 1960

PV544 Rally - 1961

PV544 Race - 1962

PV544 Rally - 1964

122S Cabrio - 1963

121 Project - 1963

221 Estate - 1963

220 Estate - 1965

121 Amazon - 1966

122 Amazon - 1966

122S Mod - 1966

123GT - 1967

123GT USA - 1967

123GT - 1968

Duett - 1968

122S Mod - 1968

122S Mod 1 - 1968

122S Super - 1968

122S Race - 1968

122S Japan - 1969

1800 Mod - 1964

1800S - 1969

1800E Mod - 1971

1800ES Show 1973

1800ES USA 1973

144S Mod - 1967

142 Race - 1969

142 Rally - 1970

142 Auto - 1970

144S - 1971

145 Express - 1971

144 Race - 1973

164TE - 1974

Laplander - 1974

C306 Firetruck

245GL - 1978

242GT - 1980

242R  6cyl - 1980

262C Bertone - 1980

240T Mod - 1982

284 V8 Mod - 1982

240GL - 1987

240GLT - 1988

360GLT - 1989

440GLT - 1994

480GT Turbo - 1995

740GL - 1989

780C Diesel - 1986

780C Diesel - 1988

780C B230 - 1988

780C Bertone - 1989

850GLT - 1995

850T5R Mod - 1995

960 - 1995

965T16V - 1992

965GLE - 1993

V70 - 1998

S70 - 2000

V70 Van - 2000

S90Ex - 2001

V40TD - 2002

S60 Chall - 2002

S60T5 - 2003

V70TD - 2002

90XC - 2003

C70T5 - 2007

V50 R design - 2009


1971 Volvo 144S
(This page has been prepared by New Zealand member Niel Vivier)

Click here for Niel's 144S Blog


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Our pride and joy, or at least mine, a 1971 Volvo 144S.  In 1971 my father needed a family car, so he took a Triumph for a test drive over Kloofnek, a well known scenic drive at Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa.  He felt that the Triumph just did not have enough power up the hills, and the car was needed for long driving to our family farm at Sutherland, which includes an 11km constant-climb mountain pass.  Sutherland is also known for it's extreme climate, very dry most of the year, extremely hot in summer, and most of all, extremely cold in winter.  He was also on a tight budget, requiring a car of a certain size for a certain price, and the 144 was perfect.  A few people recommended the 144, so he bought it without even taking it for a test drive!  And he never looked back.  Sure, it is a bit heavy on the gas and does not really perform, but it always kept going.  The only real complaint is the lack of centre air vents.  There are vents for de-misting, vents for defrosting your feet, even separate air ducts to freshen your feet, but nothing directly to your face.  My father (and mother) always commented on how tight it can turn, and how much space there is.  We would load the trunk and take supplies from Cape Town to Sutherland, and my father would calculate exactly how he would load the car, leaving a gap for my brother and I, then my mother would pull out another 5 boxes to take with.  Shoes or something for auntie Bets's cousin's brother's wife...

In the mid-70's Volvo pulled out of South Africa when many countries imposed sanctions against the country, but spare parts were always available.  Then, in the late 80's, my father bought an Opel (Holden) Commodore with air conditioning, power steering, and a few other nice-to-haves.  The Volvo did not see the sun for quite a few years, except for the monthly drive to pump the tyres and keep the engine lubricated.  Then, in 1999/2000 my car broke down and I needed a car to get to/from work.  The Volvo was available, and we did not have money for anything else that would resemble a decent form of transport (cars in SA are expensive), so my father agreed to sell it to me for about NZ$ 2 000.  I've paid about NZ$ 1 500, then he said “forget the rest”.  At that stage the car had done 94 000 km, barely run it.

At the end of 2000 my wife, our 3 month old daughter and I migrated to New Zealand.  We tried to sell the Volvo, but people were just not interested, so we decided to bring it with us.  Registering the car here was easy, the only major problem being that the AA found a very slightly worn suspension ball joint on one of the link arms.  We were in a hurry with no time to search the internet, and I was driving my mother-in-law's Toyota Saurer, so the mechanic had a ball joint specially made.  The car has been very reliable and only once broke down, with a broken distributor cap.  There are people that say the BW35 automatic transmission is horrible, but one thing I can say in it's favour is that the car can be push started if the battery dies, not that Volvo owners ever forget the lights on!

Most of the car is original.  There has never been a radio fitted, and the paint is original.  Last year I've replaced the shock absorbers and rubber brake hoses, this year I've fitted a new carburettor kit and replaced most of the rubber water hoses, and the next jobs would be fitting new engine mounts and a new valve cover gasket.  The car will then be in such a state that I do not have to worry about Warrant Of Fitness inspections.  Soon I'll be starting an electronic ignition project with fully programmable electronic vacuum and centrifugal timing advance, and I'm sure you'll be able to read all about it on this site.  It will be time for improvements rather than fixes...


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4 cylinders, 1990cc, B20B
175.CD.-2SE, Twin Stromberg
BW35, 3 Speed Automatic
111 526 km, 20/04/03
Durban, South Africa

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