Three Tips on How to Keep the Hollywood Icon Volvo 1800 in Style
In the 1960's, Volvo started to manufacture the Volvo 1800 series. Since then, the 1800 line developed into other variants such as the P1800, 1800S, 1800E and the 1800ES. The 1800 essentially is a sports car, seemingly inspired by Italian aesthetics. Nowadays, a Volvo 1800 is quite hard to find. However, it is still prized for its sleek and glamorous design. It has a lithe, compact body and a low entry door. The Volvo 1800 has that unmistakable old Hollywood charm. It's not surprising that it has been seen being driven in some Hollywood films such as in Roger Moore's The Saint. The iconic image of the Volvo 1800 being driven by Roger Moore has become etched in many enthusiasts' minds. Thus, the Volvo 1800 is considered by many as a top collectible. If you own or are planning to get one, then bear in mind that you need to properly store, clean and maintain it.
- Clean the body like a pro.
Showing off your glorious Volvo would be useless if your car is less than shiny and gleaming on the outside. When washing the 1800, presoak it first to remove heavy contaminants such as asphalt debris, bird droppings and the like. Do not wash your vehicle while it's still warm or under direct sunlight. This will make the cleanser suds dry too quickly and leave hard-to-remove stains on the paint. Use the right formula; avoid heavy detergent soaps and shampoos as these will hasten fading. Be generous with water but thoroughly dry everything using a non-abrasive car cloth.
Giving the interiors some proper detailing will keep the 1800 looking and smelling impeccable. Nothing ruins a nice drive than an odd smell inside the car. At least once a year, wash and shampoo the seats and floor mats. Vacuum every cranny and crevice, including the corners underneath the mats. Do not neglect the dashboard and the vents either. You can use a handy detailing brush and some compressed air to get rid of stubborn dust and grime. Wax and buff everything down until it gives off a satisfactory gleam. You can also lubricate the rubber parts in the doors.
In case you have to store the Volvo 1800 for more than a month, some special measures need to be taken. Before tucking in your 1800 for a long nap, make sure that you have bled out the fluids. This will prevent congestion in the lines and valves. Drain the fluids while they are still warm so it will include the emulsified contaminants. Remember to wear a safety glove when doing this to protect yourself from hot engine oil burns. Better yet, seek the assistance of a trained mechanic when doing this. Lubricate grease into all the joints then store the battery properly. Before storing the battery, wash it with water and baking soda and rinse with distilled water. Keep it in a cool and dry place and hook it to a battery charging container. Jack up the car to protect the tires. Putting boxes of baking soda or mothballs in various locations inside the cab will also keep moisture at bay. Once these are all done, choose the right car cover, particularly one that is non-abrasive and would not cause any damage to the paint.