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Volvo 145 1974 Build thread

One dark night, many moons ago, I discovered a White Volvo 145 on GumtreeqLuz3Izh.jpg
After some careful deliberation with the brains trust and a breif call to the seller, the game was on.
A trailer was hired and my fresh 940 GLE (16 Valve for added tow power) filled with 98 octane tow juice.
On arrival and inspection a deal was done.
Under the Dandenong moonlight, and with some persuasion, the mighty B20E fired on 2007 fuels and overcame it's seized brakes to drive onto the trailer.
Carwash inspection revealed more.9pWB0tBh.jpg

Getting the car off the trailer proved more difficult. The 240gl rally car provided the nesccersary tug.dMQEH7Ah.jpg

From there fixing things has begun.
Things fixed so far: Fuel distributor rebuilt
Engine tuned (roughly)
Brakes unseized
Lots of interior cleaning
Electrical bits and bobs
Big front bumper mount rewelded
New Passenger side guard
Beginnings of full respray mZzkmETh.jpg
Among many other small things

Still to do in the near future:
Clean up and fit doors from @Angus242164
Complete bodywork/respray including maybe 3-4 rust repairs
M40 swap (BW35 doesn't sound like a good time)
On roads


  • Looking good! Colour change in the works, or primer in the door jamb areas?
  • Orange is the new colour :)
  • :-)

    Another saved.

    What factory options did it come with? Tacho? Radio? AC? LSD?
  • It's factory loaded with a tow bar, rust around the back side windows, and white paint.
    I'll be changing all of that.

    Tacho has now been fitted, and the AM Mitsubishi radio swapped out for a Sony do-it-all item.

    Unfortunately no lsd, however, the diff is a 3.73-1 which will be tops for highway use on the m40. Will save the stockpile of m41 for another day.
  • It's factory loaded with a tow bar, rust around the back side windows, and white paint.
    I'll be changing all of that.

    If you can find a pair of the 89+ 245 rear window seals with the drainage dimples, that problem will never happen again. They fit into 145s, but the later model seals don't have provision for the surrounding trim pieces.

  • jealous of your factory radio. Factory speakers too?

    Because I'm so hipster I will be rockin the factory blank plate.

  • Thanks @bgpzfm142 will investigate further, although I'd probably miss the older style trim too much.
    I'm keeping the 140 style windscreen surround when I replace that. I understand the later ones offer the best rust protection.
  • Not factory radio unfortunately @bigal just some random one fitted by a previous owner. Speakers were both blown out and suspended over the footwells by fencing wire.

    Factory blank is beauty.

    Just windows for AC :)
  • How's the 145 going? Any new pics?
  • Getting a move on the body work. Other projects have taken over some focus for the last two weeks however here are some fresh picturesIrN8bnQh.jpg
    Next goal is to finish getting the rear windows and quarter panels smoothed out and painted, then windows back in!
  • Nice work!

    How come yours has that metal pole half way along the rear windows on the inside and mine doesn't? My rear seat bealts attach to the ceiling corners for the rear. I think I have the grommet on the lower inside panel lip though.

    Nice RAC sticker! Hope you keep that one. I de-stickered mine and left the 2 RAC ones.
  • May depend on where the car was built @bigal ?
    Mine is australian assembled, is yours?

    There were some choice bumper stickers littering the bootlid that have been removed. The RAC one is neat and will remain, for now...
  • Mine was assembled from a swedish kit by drunk australians. Has the Dulon paint sticker.

    We must investigate this pole thing. Perhaps some optional extra. Does yours have 7 seats? Maybe the pole was for seat belts in the rear?

    @bgpzfm142 and @1971_144GL any ideas?
  • any ideas?

    On Sida 48 of Grupp 9 of the 140 parts manual, it shows this setup with the pole was used on 145s from chassis number 182308 onwards.

    (The 140 parts book put seat belts and HVAC / aircon in Group 9 for miscellaneous, instead of Group 8 for body - as was done with later models).

    The two rear quarter panels we extracted from a 245 for Chloe had this same pole-like attachment for the rear seat belts, so this setup continued for a long while after.
  • Hmm odd.. mine was build towards the end of the run. Will get a photo of the area for you all to see my setup.

    I dont recall my 74 brown swedish made 145 having the pole either.
  • Chloe is an import, and doesn't have The Pole either. There seems to be a lot of variation in this area.
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    Another step closer to b20e + manual!
  • Poor borg warner gettin the boot.
  • The auto seems to work quite well, if you know anyone interested in a spare.
  • It's possible I may if mine doesn't come right after a service.
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