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Non Running Classic Volvos

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Hi. I am a long time fan of the classic Volvos and have been seeking a project car. Most of the ones that intrigue me are not running and have not been running for years. I know these cars (grew up with 122 Amazons in the family) are very resilient.

I recently came across a P1800s that is in good shape in the rust department (very little to speak of). However, it has not run in many years and has just been sitting. I've heard stories of people buying old Volvos, pulling them from a barn, and bringing them back to life.

My question is...for a good price (at least to me)...are the chances good or bad that this old P1800's engine can be brought back to life? The thought of a total engine rebuild scares me and the current owner does not know why the previous owner stopped driving it.

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Thanks. I did see that post, which I bookmarked, in case I make the purchase. The intention of my question was to ask from a more philosophical point of view, as in is there a good chance that with some tinkering and TLC (such as the methods described in the other thread) that the engine can start up again? I know it is hard to answer without knowing the actual history of the car, but, in general is the opinion of the experts on this forum that it would be worth a shot?
Thanks for the replies. My gut tells me to take a chance on it since the rest of the car (and the engine bay) seem to be in pretty good shape.
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