Customer Feature - Jared Bateman
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - Jared Bateman
Back in 2006 I graduated high school. Yeah I'm a youngster. My dad and I wanted a father son project so I looked at everything from 1960's Chevys to 1990 BMW e30's and nothing interested me or my father.
I was visiting a buddy at his cabinet shop one day where I saw this old black car sitting outside of the cabinet shop. I snapped a photo and took it back home to my dad. He told me what it was (1968 122S) and that he wanted to see it. I was a young country boy so all I cared about was big trucks and loud pipes. So he bought this 4cyl slow piece of junk for $500.
My dad ordered parts and books and miscellaneous things but I had moved out by the time we got things together for It. Needless to say it got put on the back burner and forgotten for a few years.
Times got tough and I moved back home. I was a little older and a lot smarter (real world sucked) I bugged my dad for months and months to pull the Volvo out of the weeds. No go again. Motor homes and retirement outweighed the old Volvo. Off into the real world I went again.
I got a call one day from my dad and he informed me he had cancer. So I talked to my landlord and got out of my lease and moved back home to help out around the house. My mom and I took care of my dad till he passed. I was selling his cars and motor home and other things to help my mom pay for funeral and stuff. I came up to the Volvo and I had to keep it. I had This was a little over a year ago.
I did all kinds of reading and research on the old Volvo. I was hooked. I knew the motor was shot so I found a place in Carlisle, PA called Susquehanna Spares and got a 2.0 FI motor and some brake components. Ordered a bushing kit and fuel sending unit and a few extras from you guys (IPD) and more to come. I work at AutoZone so I got seals for the motor and front brake pads from there.
So one year to the day since my dad died I drove the Volvo. Yeah 24yrs old and I cried when I drove it for the first time. It was awesome I looked at the empty passenger seat and I could just see my dad sitting there smiling as I ran thru the gears for the first time. It was pretty awesome. It's been a work in progress ever since. I'll never get rid of it. And that's my Volvo story.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - MARK SMETANA
Great story Jarred. My first (of many) Volvos was a '66 122S. Beat up pretty bad when I got it in '78, but it always ran for another 10 years with 408k miles on it. Sold it for the same price I paid for it, $500!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - TOM VAN VALKENBURGH
Great story, Jared. So sorry you and your dad didn't get to work on it together. Another nudge for me to carpe diem before my son moves away. Happy miles in your 122S.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - TEDFORD B RADWAY
Love Jared's Volvo story. It's very moving and spiritual. Jared's dad must indeed be very pleased.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - SCOTT MARTIN
Your story was good reading. Somehow I missed the 122S. Currently have a '95 940 sedan, after a '94 940 sedan, a'96 850, an '88 240 sedan, a '78 240 wagon (worked very well when we had kids in the house), and a '60 540. Your 122S will always be special to you. Just think, as your driving days come to a close in some distant year, you might find yourself selling this 122S to some high school kid.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - JOSEPH PREFONTAINE
-So happy that your story was selected and that I had the privilege of informing you that IPD had released it today. It touched me deeply and it will surely move many others. I'm certain that you'll soon find several sincere and caring reader comments accumulating here about your 122S and its relationship and your memory of your father. Lovers of older Volvos are a kind of "family" who share many values and experiences, and while I and they don't know you, we already know something about you that we respect. I admire your estimable mechanical skills and know, as you do, how deeply satisfying it is to lick a problem and improve - or simply repair - your ride. I've had two 240 wagons in over 20 years - an '82 and now a '93, my daily driver. Both were purchased used with approx. 100K miles on the clock. We've been good to one another, and as the '93 becomes less common on the road, it increasingly attracts admiring glances. I know your 122S has gotten them too! You've inspired me to write my own story about my Volvo, but mine could not be nearly so powerful as yours. Thanks for giving me the best moment of my day!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - ANONYMOUS
Thank you all! This 122 means a lot to me. Yes spend time with loved ones for sure. I really wish my dad could see how this Volvo is coming along. Thanks again for checking out my story and my ride.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - JOSEPH P. PHOEBUS
Great story, My father had a B-18 544. He purchased the 544 in Pa. I went in the Army in '64 and returnd home in '67. Dad told he sold the 544, I was sad. Five years ago I purchased a 1998 V70 P-18. I won't give it up, like you said, I could see my father setting next to me, while driving.