trabitom's Mk1 343 GL Touring

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trabitom's Mk1 343 GL Touring

Post by trabitom99 » 30 Nov 2008 09:34 pm

I was really after a B19-engined DLS/GLS manual, but this little B14 Vario will do nicely for now :-)

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It could do with a polish ("what a lovely pink car, Daddy!" - grmph sm2), and erm, one or two other things, but it comes with 6 months' MOT and I'm really looking forward to it :-)

First job is to get it to Bonn in one piece, it hasn't done many miles in the past few years ...

Cheers

Tom
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343 GL Touring B14.1E CVT (155) 98000kms 1980 (sold)
343 L Junior B14.3E MT4 (155) 229000kms 1981 (scrapped)
343 DLS B19A MT4 (155) 167900kms 1982
360 GL Injection B200F MT5 (231) 348598kms 1988 (scrapped)
360 GLT B200F MT5 (302) 226000kms 1988

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Post by volvosneverdie » 30 Nov 2008 09:56 pm

Absolutley awsome Tom.
Gorgeous chunk of mk1 marvellousness.
Well done you.

Sure it'll get you where you point it.

And it doesnt look THAT pink man.
Not if you squint. :P
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Post by petefarrell360 » 30 Nov 2008 10:37 pm

Good work Tom! This is turning into Volvo's anonymous, my name is Pete, I also have a similar problem, and have been suffering for many years, recently, I even moved onto the bigger Volvo's! I think I now own 9 Volvo's.

Nice looking car, a good polish and it'll be fine! Looks pretty sound, the rusty looking bits to me look more like drainage dirt, waxoyl or the like over spill, or only surface rust at the moment. Either way, a nice find! The early cars seem to be coming out of the woodwork recently, but less and less Mk3's are about!

Are you used to the variomatic system, I can't remember if you've owned one or not!? Great fun and very clever, just a shame it revs so high at any sort of speed, but at low speeds or twisty roads, marvellous.

Btw Tom, once again, I've not forgotten about a certain PAS rack, I should get it off the subframe tomorrow and boxed up safely to get a quote on postage, I've found a decent company too that aren't stupidly costly.

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Post by SteveP » 30 Nov 2008 11:54 pm

Wow, that's an awesome car!! Very jealous!
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Post by V6 Man » 01 Dec 2008 01:46 am

Was that originally owned by D3k4y?
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Post by hatch360 » 01 Dec 2008 02:22 am

What a great find, im loving that retro look

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Post by Stefan » 01 Dec 2008 09:13 am

:shock: love that car it looks very solid
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Post by pistonpen paultje » 01 Dec 2008 09:20 am

Nice car, good state, isn't it? We want more pics!!!

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Post by trabitom99 » 01 Dec 2008 10:34 am

petefarrell360 wrote:Are you used to the variomatic system, I can't remember if you've owned one or not!?
Pete, I know very little about varios. The car has a few "issues" there. I read mac's excellent CVT overview last night but will still have some questions. I'll post those as a reply to Björn Belters recent post though. (BTW thanks for keeping me updated on the PAS parts :-))

The car is fairly rusty underneath and will require welding for the next MOT. Funnily enough, the nose cone is as good as perfect, and all the doors and the hatch are fine. It goes, steers and brakes nicely - doesn't feel at all like a 28 year old car!

But what I'm really happy with is the fact that it's a "Touring". That means: Oettinger accessories. Front spoiler and decals are the same, even the boot spoiler is the Oettinger "Zender" version rather than the standard Volvo Mk1/2 rear spoiler. I read here (clickme) it was the same as the one fitted to a VW Scirocco?

All that's different from the Oettinger Version is the rev counter (which I have) the rims (which I don't have) the seat trim (which looks the same as on the basic L versions) and the missing engine tuning, which (according to German forum entrys) is not a bad thing :-) Oh, and the transmission of course :-)

More pics when I pick it up on Saturday ...

Tom
343 GL Touring B14.1E CVT (155) 98000kms 1980 (sold)
343 L Junior B14.3E MT4 (155) 229000kms 1981 (scrapped)
343 DLS B19A MT4 (155) 167900kms 1982
360 GL Injection B200F MT5 (231) 348598kms 1988 (scrapped)
360 GLT B200F MT5 (302) 226000kms 1988

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Post by filthyjohn » 01 Dec 2008 11:20 am

sm66

Whoa, WTFlip Tom?!?!
That's INSANELY cool. BIG jealousy.
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Post by MCHUDD » 01 Dec 2008 01:26 pm

Hi Tom.
That is one neat looking car.Well done for saveing sutch a rare beast.
Cheers Mark.

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Post by trabitom99 » 01 Dec 2008 02:33 pm

Well, it's still a little early to call it "saved". It depends a bit on the extent of the work needed come MOT time (welding).

But it's a reprieve, anyway :-)

Tom
343 GL Touring B14.1E CVT (155) 98000kms 1980 (sold)
343 L Junior B14.3E MT4 (155) 229000kms 1981 (scrapped)
343 DLS B19A MT4 (155) 167900kms 1982
360 GL Injection B200F MT5 (231) 348598kms 1988 (scrapped)
360 GLT B200F MT5 (302) 226000kms 1988

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Post by SteveP » 01 Dec 2008 02:54 pm

If it's that bad you can atleast let the nice bits live on :D
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Post by Duvel78 » 01 Dec 2008 04:29 pm

Ha ha, excellent, I've seen that car on mobile or autoscout, I don't know anymore. Congrats Tom, it's a wonderful car!! I hope you will enjoy the vario...

What happens here with mk1 suddenly?? We all go crazy! Me too! I've seen a nice mk1 in France, a 76 model, my dream...

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Post by Stefan » 01 Dec 2008 06:32 pm

1976 :shock: now thats early and looks good, yes alot of mk1's seem to be coming on the market.


Well, it's still a little early to call it "saved". It depends a bit on the extent of the work needed come MOT time (welding).

Well if it is that bad you will have to sell it to me I would save it just for the front spoiler :D
1978 Volvo 343 DL Black Beauty (sold)
1976 Volvo 66GL estate sold
1976 Daf 46 van (sold)
1972 Daf 55 coupe for sale
1974 Daf 33 van sold
1968 Daf Pony

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