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1963 PV544 Questions from new owner. 444-544

I now own a 1962 Volvo PV544. I'm curious about a couple of things as I start spending more time getting it ready to start after 35 years sitting. The motor turns over freely by hand. It was apparently stored in a barn for decades and it has almost no rust which I'm very happy about. So, in tinkering around this morning, I'm always interested in what event transpired that resulted in a vehicle not running for lengthy periods of time. Not sure about this one, but two things caught my attention.

1) The air filters are off and in the trunk. No biggie, at least they are there. In fact, EVERYTHING's there, thank God! The vehicle has 78K miles on it. Perhaps the carbs were giving some difficulty but I plan on rebuilding them myself. I'm not afraid to do anything mechanical on this car. So. where is the BEST place to source an outstanding quality rebuild kit. I absolutely do not want anything Chinese. German, US, Sweden that kind of thing. These are dual SU sidedrafts which I've never done before, but they look easy and I've studied them.

2) I think this is a "Sport" model in that the only missing pieces are the two scripts on the truck. There are four holes for the script so I'm ASSUMING that they say Volvo and Sport. So, how does one tell if a model is in fact a "sport," and what are the differences between models that make one a "sport" or not.

3) On the driver's side inner fender when the hood is up, there are two red wires that look like they were attached to something that might be missing. The connectors are female spade connectors and I can't quite figure it out. I can't imgine that what appears to be "hot" wires would be dancing around loose around the inner fender. This is just forward of all the heater stuff and between that and the headlight area. It's easily accessible. Doesn't look like the voltage regulator which I believe sits on the firewall area on passenger side. I'm thinking maybe the relay for the high/low beam headlights? No idea.

4) The car has it's original radiator. Any thoughts on having this one rebuilt or do replacements exist. It' actually in very nice shape, but that just a visual as I have not put anything in it yet.

5) Finally, where's a great source for fuel pumps? This is the inverted glass bowl model and I'm guessing that some of the guys have just moved on to electric fuel pumps. I'd like to stay original and can and will rebuild myself if I can source a good quality rebuilt kit or pump.

Thank you all very much, appreciate the help!


New 1963 PV544 Questions from new owner. [444-544]
posted by  Abnormally Aspirated 945T  on Sun Sep 8 12:12 CST 2019 >

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