The tale of two Volvo's

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    As I said in my introduction to the board, I've been stricken with Volvo-itis. After taking a Volvo 245 "art car" and restoring it for a daily I continued to look for a inexpensive Amazon Estate. Prices kept going up and only nicer ones were available. Then I found a 1959 Volvo Duett looking for a new home that wasn't parked in the California desert for 50 years. I got it to Houston and proceeded to do a frame off restoration. It's moving along fine Frame is finished, small amount of rust repaired. Then since people like us can't stop looking at craigslist, a 1964 Volvo Estate shows up in my yard. This one just needs the usual, new front end, bushings, u-joints and just a good cleaning to make it usable. After sitting for 20 years it cranked up with new gas and carburetor cleaning. Polished up fairly nice. Hopefully one will be on the road in few more weeks. duettarrival.jpg 222.jpg
     
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    I can see that Duett being re-powered with a modern Volvo powertrain and sort of resto-modded, Volvo style. But that's what I would do........ Heck, I might even put a 4WD system under it.....
     
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    I've already got a 65 Amazon that I refitted with engine and drive train from a 90 Volvo 240. These are rare enough I wouldn't want to wander to far from original. Especially one as rust free as this one. Though to be honest I did check, a CJ frame is real close to the same wheelbase. I've got a wrecked parts car, maybe that one.
     
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    Got the short block back from the shop, making a little progress on the Duett. The Amazon has to wait. IMG_20210920_173417650.jpg
     
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    Okay, got the Amazon out and showed it some love. Ripped out the headliner, and scrapped off the dried out sound deadening material. Cleaned out 20 years of barn dirt and who knows what. Cleaned up the floors and Osphoed the rust, just getting this one drivable as is. Then put new shoes on. I'll go get plates in a couple days.
     

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    Moving on with the Duett today. Perfect weather for it. Good thing my tenant is in the house. IMG_20211020_103835607.jpg
     
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    Got the body painted enough to set it back on the chassis. That went way easier than I expected working by myself. Color is Volvo dark blue #90. Still have to paint the light gray at the windows and interior. This had been a long time coming.
     
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