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It has been a while since my 1971 144S last ran. The carburators and brakes had developed significant "issues" and my now son, was just about due. I parked the car and decided to deal with it "later". Fast forward two and a half years and I decided to start getting the 144 back into shape. I have disassembled and adjusted the carburators. At least it fires up without drowning the engine. Next on the list was to change all the rubber brakelines as one was completely clogged while the remaining ones had some sort of constriction. My goal was to get the car running by August. So all that is left to do is to change the oil and tune the carbs a bit better as there is now a tank of fresh gas. Below is a picture of the 144 in it's "in progress" state.<p><IMG SRC="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v185/geraldch/HPIM3758.jpg" BORDER="0"><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by volvosickness at 3:47 PM 8-3-2009</i>
 

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Welcome back to Swedespeed, Gerald.<p>Your last post was Dec 2000 which puts you among the early SS pioneers...<p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=2225" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=2225</A><p>One fine 144S you got there...<p><A HREF="http://home.pacbell.net/gchar/volvo.html" TARGET="_blank">http://home.pacbell.net/gchar/volvo.html</A><p>...with a perfect body.<p>Me thinks the carbs are Strombergs - yes?<p>If you need parts/info just let us know here.<p>Does the car have an inline fuel filter just before the carbs?<p>George Dill<p><BR><BR>
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Thanks for the welcome back Geroge. Funny the Pacbell web page is still around...I cancelled that account over seven years ago! I guess stuff never dies on the internet. The 144 has the dual SU HIF6 and an inline filter is on the to do list. Any suggestion as to type? I bought a pretty generic Fram filter at Kragen/O'reilly. There are a few imperfections in the body that I'm thinking of having removed by a great PDR guy but I believe it left the factory that way and so the dilema starts....take out all imperfections and effectively get an over restored feel to the car...or leave it alone and only remove non-factory dings. The plan is to run the car regularly from this point forward as I don't want to do this all over again. Once the 144 is completed....the next car on the list is a 1979 Toyota...but that is for another forum.<p>Gerry
 

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Your car looks fantastic. Well done. Would love to see more shots of it. Is it a 71?<p>Cheers, James.
 

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Thanks for the compliments. Yes the car is a 1971 model. I'll take some outdoor shots this weekend after giving it a wash.
 

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After a long needed bath, here are pictures of the 144<p><IMG SRC="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v185/geraldch/IMG_8782.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v185/geraldch/IMG_8781.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v185/geraldch/IMG_8789.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v185/geraldch/IMG_8795.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v185/geraldch/IMG_8792.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v185/geraldch/IMG_8790.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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An all-original beauty - thanks for sharing.<p>George Dill
 

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Wow, that's almost showroom fresh. Nice time-capsule! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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That's a BEAUT!! I don't even have any PARTS that look that good!
 

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I was hoping you hadn't forgotten to take some more pictures - well done.<p>That is a great original example. You obviously have a good eye for detail!<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Cheers,<p>James.
 

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OMG...that is a.) an absolutely gorgeous car! and b.) I am so envious! Please let me know if you ever plan on bringing this car to a MidSommar event. I'll be sure to leave my lowly 73 144 Gecko home. I'm with Mr. Downs on this...I don't think I have any parts that look that good. Even the seat belt releases are still bright red! Phenomenal!! Two thumbs up!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Time to get her roadworthy-Pics Added (swiftjustice44)

The '71 140 with the non-federal bumpers, tight turning circle, monster brakes, comfortable seats, 90 degree door openings and 360 visibility - one fine and safe ride capable of providing many generations with reliable and economical transportation for cheap!<p>Of my 27+ Volvos OPAS was one of my favorites...<p><A HREF="http://www.angelfire.com/tx/texaschaptervcoa/page31.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.angelfire.com/tx/te....html</A><p>George Dill<p>
 
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