Yesterday was the first time in what feels like an eternaty since I was able to work on the Volvo. First the snow made it so that I couldn't travel to the car then I was deciding on parts for the car in mean time. Ive still been deciding on what exactly my brake system will be like. I've been having a time tracking down some new front brake calipers. It's to the point that I may very well have to go with an aftermarket brake setup that will require some custom parts being made. After that is sorted I'll be making new stainless steel brake lines for the whole car.
I started to work on repairing the hood and quickly started realizing that I'd be much better off with tracking down a new hood. I found someone in Portland Oregon that is liquidating much of his 1800 parts inventory. He just so happened to have a hood that would fit and a gas tank that would fit my 1800ES. Within a week I made the trip in my truck to go and check them out. They couldn't find the gas tank, apparently, he'd "seen it out back last spring." Mind you, we've seen record snow fall in the area along with the pacific northwest being generally wet. The hood was in much better shape than mine. it still has the same general issues as mine but just about everything is intack and just needs reinforcements.
I ended up going to IPD Volvo. They weren't that far from where I already was in Portland. They provide a gas tank that is pretty expensive so I just wanted to ask questions and maybe check it out in person. As it turns out they had lowered the price a lot and were offering me a discount. That combined with no sales tax in the state made it an offer I couldn't refuse. I guess that it was a blessing disguise that the other tank couldn't be found. This one is brand new and ended up costing me only $60 dollars more than I already had planned to pay.