Tell us the story behind your ride. As the previous owner tells it, it was originally purchased and seemed to spend the first 10-15yrs in Florida. The young fella I bought it from had owned it for about 5yrs and said most of the performance upgrades were performed prior to his purchase. He seemed heartbroken on selling it. I originally saw the ad in Craigslist. I really didn't need another vehicle, really, I mean really didn't need another one. I went and checked it out, it seemed pretty solid, but I still didn't need another project. The seller called me the following Saturday morning (about a week later) saying that he needed to get it out by Sunday and dropped the price. Crap, I had to tell my wife about it! I told her what the story was, and let her know that if my brother-in-law wasn't able to help me pick it up, I would forget about it. I made the call to my bro-in-law, and he said that Sunday was the only day he could help me. Crap! It looked like this was going to happen! (Curse my brother-in-law!). Long story short, we brought it home and I promised my wife that this would be the last Volvo! What made you pick this particular one? Craigslist, where else? I used to work with a Swedish rep. from ASEA Robotics that bought one new, and for some reason I thought it was very cool in an understated kind of way. Where did you find it? About a 1-1/2 hr drive from my house. My brother-in-law and I trailered it home since it had a charging issue. Describe the modifications you've made. Where did you start,what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? First on the list will be a new alternator and battery. I checked the alternator/charging system and it seems to be leading back to a bad alternator. Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? What are you planning next? If the charging issue is easily resolved, I'll probably look into rear suspension part replacement. I haven't driven it on the road yet, but it sounds like the rear upper shock mounts are worn out. Once it's running I'll also be able to start formulating a gameplan. What’s been the biggest challenge with this build?

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