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Customer Spotlight - Nicholas Hall

2015-12-25 - ipd staff

As any Volvophile can endorse, they are addicting. This is where the story begins...

The last thing a family of four that currently owned three 240's(a 1981 242, a 1987 245, and a 1989 244) needed was another one. Thankfully as the teenage son was coming of driving age, he wanted something vintage, preferably something American, and it had to be a station wagon, as the southern California teenager had a soft spot for anything vintage, and anything surf related, so a wagon was the only choice. School gets out in June of 1998, the aforementioned teenager is 15 and a learners permit beacons; it is time to look for a car. One afternoon the father of this crew of Volvo owners is hunting around the ipd website and spots a 1964 122S Wagon for sale. It has a fair price, doesn't need restored, looks good in the pictures, and is only a few hours away. The teenage son, really wanting something American, takes the dad's endorsement of the car with a grain of salt, though the dad's previously owned 1964 P1800S sounded pretty awesome, and it was vintage after all. The drive was made, the car was purchased (after promising the previous owner it wouldn't tun into a teenage garbage pile of a car) and the drive home was made. The car was love at first site and nothing has changed.

Now, after nearly 20 years of ownership, a daily driver for 4 years, a blown motor, an 18 year long near restoration, a slight 'fender bender' in 2001, and a million smiles, the car still resides in the family. It has been a consummate project to make the car better, safer, and more fun. ipd catalogs have been poured over with statements like, "That would be really awesome if we could put that on the 122...", and a few have. The car sports such ipd engine upgrades as: ipd big bore pistons (2 liter), double valve springs, ipd Street Performance camshaft, and ipd billet valve cover. Underneath, the car has an ipd front sway bar, which really tightened up the notorious under steer, as well as a few other aftermarket and custom upgrades. It also has a header and free flow exhaust, an overdrive transmission from a P1800, gas shocks, and an as closer to stock(what is different is actually an upgrade) as we could find red vinyl interior with grey carpets and a new perforated vinyl headliner.

Many cars have come and go, but the 122 remains. It has become part of the family. The car now lives on as a weekend driver and occasional utility vehicle for objects too long to fit into the family's coupes and sedans.

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