Should this be my summer project?
May 18, 2010 9:20 AM Subscribe
Should I buy a 1972 Volvo that needs work? I'd be doing it as a DIY project, as well as to gain a new source of transporting myself. How feasible is a restoration project for someone with no experience working on cars?
posted by Candide to sports, hobbies, & recreation (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I saw an old 1972 Volvo 144 on my street for sale for $400. It hasn't been run in a year, and 2 of the tires have gone flat since then. Before that, it was supposedly running fine. It needs significant restoration to make it rain-proof and shiny, but other than that, it seems to be in fairly good shape. It has had a single owner in its 38 year life, and it seems that she has taken relatively good care of it. It has ~180k miles on it.
Is this car worth the price? Does anyone have experience working on/restoring such a car? What obstacles might I encounter? What would be the first steps to getting this car in better condition?