After solving the engine overheating problem, I had a chance to drive my Amazon more frequently. My patient wife Joan has really enjoyed riding in this car and one of our first excursions together was to Dairy Queen - a chance to reminisce the simple things we did in the '60s.
I have known that the water pump needed replacing since I first started the B16 in July. The bearing noise was very apparent, but it was impossible to find a less expensive rebuilt water pump. The existing water pump had a chunk out of the pulley, hence the casting was not reusable. Over the Internet I was able to locate a used water pump and ironically, I was making a trip to Santa Monica in mid-October, where Randy lives. I brought the casting back to Canada and had it rebuilt. The following illustrates the acquisition, rebuild and reinstallation. I decided to put the 2 blade fan on the pump, since this was original equipment on the 1960 B16B.
Here's the pictures:
1. Randy, pump in
4. Old pump,
5. Painted and ready
6. Done, ready to fire up!
On November 1st, I am traveling to the Netherlands to visit Ed, who is
a great friend and owner of a 1961 Amazon. Ed has arranged a trip to
many Volvo establishments in Holland. I'll finish this year's commentary
with images and recollections of my upcoming trip.
B16B water pump - 4 7/16" pump to pulley height
Amazon front fender emblems - now have part (658394) Amazon-S
1960 P120 Amazon glove tray manual - acquired copy
Instrument cluster, speedometer cable - next year's project
6 Volt Volvo clock (replaces ash tray in dash)
All pre-B18 122-S parts welcome
Contact me at Cameron@cvolvo.com
Project Amazon HOME
More to come....... NEXT - visit Holland then winter storage ; ~ (