1968 P1800 Volvo – Preliminary Body Work

Rear Panel

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Dave Herries – The body work is being done by Ryan Emmel, Emmel’s Enamel.  At this point he has removed about a pound of bondo from the rear end of the car and molded in the tail lights and recessed the licence plate cavity.

Also, he has removed the drip rails and all of the Volvo emblems and the side trim.  He installed a Volkswagen headlight on the drivers side but I did not like the looks of it so I told Ryan to french in the headlights.  My goal is for the car to have the characteristics of a Cobra.  If all goes to plan we will come close that goal.

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1968 P1800 Volvo

P1800 Concept

Dave Herries – I have been looking for a hotrod project for a while and I decided I wanted to build a Volvo P1800 Street Rod.  I looked at several cars but most were in rough condition and had a lot of rust. I found this car in Norfolk, Nebraska and purchased it October 9, 2013 for $3,500.  It was originally purchased as a repossession in 1974 by a dealer and he parked it in a garage and it had not seen the light of day for 39 years. I drove to Norfolk and picked it up and spent $200 in gas getting it home.

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