I swear, with the Volvo these past few days and maybe weeks, its just been one ****ing thing after the next. <p>First, I went to put new rear brakes on. Rotors were frozen/rusted to the hubs. When I finally busted those off, I find that 3/4 of my parking brake shoes are AWOL (what. the. ****!?) great. Everything looks pretty rusty so I just ignore that make a note and label not to use the handbrake. I also note that my rear shocks and springs are nearing the end of their lives. <p>Next. A day or 2 after the brakes, the driveshaft support fails in a pretty spectacular way, causing me to nearly send the car off the road, right before it grinds to a halt shaking like a wet dog in a freezer. Okay...common Volvo thing...I'll have the local specialists take care of it.<p>Yesterday. I had left the car at Import Specialists Inc. last week and told them not to worry about getting me the car quickly...I don't want to look at it. They call and tell me the car is ready and that I need to get it. Okay, $181.15 later (1 supt. bushing, 1 bearing, 1 spring, 1 washer +labor) and I'm on my way to school. Within a few miles of leaving the shop, THE FREAKIN WINDSHIELD CRACKS. Stone chip, it looks like. Greeeaaat. Its not in my line of vision, so I'll just pretend not to notice for a while....<br>That night, on the way home, I notice that the heater has given up on the heating business. I can't see the temp guage, but I'm sure it was pegged at this point from a loss of coolant. I figure that my heater control valve is acting up again and keep going, stopping only when my blower motor stops working and I have to pull over and fiddle with the fuse (ARRRRGGGG) The motor sounds like a blender full of ball bearings, but at least it works. Can't wait to tackle THAT job....<p>Today. I CAN see the temp guage, and I notice a few miles from school that its almost in the red. Well **** me... Thanks to the cold, I manage to get to school without fully overheating. The car is BONE DRY coolant wise, and the left side of the rad has shot coolant all over everything. Its been leaking for a while...now its fully busted. Greeeeaaaat. <br>I call my dad, who comes to the rescue in his 1986 Nissan Pulsar (HIS '86 never breaks down spectacularly...good old Nissans) and many gallons of water. We fill er up and limp the car home that way. <p>Upon getting home, I roll up the sleeeves and rip everything out. And now here I am venting. The end result? Pics below:<p><IMG SRC="http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a131/pardon_the_mess/VolvoDat1.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Here we have a junk radiator, and a fan shroud ripped out of the Volvo, along with rolls of the home mechanic's 2 most useful tools. <br><IMG SRC="http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a131/pardon_the_mess/VolvoDat2.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Datsun keeping guard over the parts I need to keep, and the small bit of coolant I actually managed to catch. Note the gross brownness of coolant that isn't much more than a year old. I think I'd better flush it.<p>Note that in the background I have a Datsun that is in fantastic shape and works perfectly, right down to the air conditioning, but no, that one sits most of the time and I drive a rusty turdbox that fails once a week instead. gawrsh I'm smrt. <p>In case you were wondering, here's what a Volvo B230F with no way to cool itself looks like:<br><IMG SRC="http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a131/pardon_the_mess/VolvoDat3.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a131/pardon_the_mess/VolvoDat4.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Note large puddles around the car. Thats me hosing off the driveway so I don't kill all the neighborhood critters with spilled coolant.<p>And here's what this little adventure is going to cost me:<br><IMG SRC="http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a131/pardon_the_mess/Volvorepair.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>That said $175 for a all-copper 3-row is cheap. Ah well. Time to place another order with the fine folks at FCP Groton.<p>Sorry about length and huge pics.