Some of you may recall my friend David in Clinton, Arkansas. Ever since I have known him, he has had this low mileage 142. I have always admired it since I laid eyes on it. I even asked several times what he would take for the car, and he just was not too excited about selling it. I came to respect that, and just appreciated the car for what it is. Well, David decided that he needed to get rid of some cars, and the 142 was moving along. I was his first call when he made this decision. We actually did a little horse trading on it, so no cash technically changed hands, but the car was mine.
David bought his car around the mid 2000’s from an eBay auction. The car had been sitting for a bit, and did not run right. David paid $700 for the car, and brought it back to Arkansas from Oklahoma City. His plans were to use the B20 motor for his 1800, but once he got the car home, he realized that it was too nice to just strip the car down. So he fixed the problem with the fuel distributor, and kept the car. He has never really driven the car much; he just keeps it running.
Before David bought the car, it was bought new at Leveridge Imports in Oklahoma. According to an old article from The Journal Record Lloyd Leveridge and his father began selling Volvos in 1956, becoming one of the first dealers in the US to sell Volvos. It was eventually bought out by Jerry Bugg, who brought VW into the OKC scene majorly. The location is now a bar and body shop, what a great idea!
After the car was sold, it was likely towed behind an RV most of its life. There is an old 5 round pin plug in the front of the car for trailer lights, and a very cool collar sleeve to disengage the drive shaft. Basically you would pull a cable under the driver’s seat that would pull this collar back from the drive shaft and disengage it completely. If you pushed the cable it would slide the sleeve back over the drive shaft to engage it. This took some skill to do, and likely an old way of doing RV flat tows for automatics.
I have not done too much to the car. I have a set of GT rims that I will throw on there, and plan to leave it the way it is. I will probably polish it up, and fix some minor things on it. The car sits inside my shop next to the 444.
Since this is a 74 like my other 142, it carries the same fuel distributor system. Volvo had gotten away from the D-Jet fuel injection system, and moved to a more complicated K-Jet system. I could not tell you the first thing about how a K-Jet works other than fuel is somehow magically distributed through a mushroom looking distributor, and fed through individual cylinder lines. This car came very well equipped with AC and power steering, which for 74 they had to cram it all under the hood. Whoever bought this new, did not spare much ticking all the boxes just about. They could have gotten a sunroof and leather, but it’s an RV toad, who cares!
I doubt that I will get rid of this car at least anytime soon. I really have admired this car for many years, and some day when I win the lottery, I will tear it all apart and redo the motor. Until then I will just drive it, repair as needed, and enjoy it!