Meet Jeff & Melinda

IN THE BEGINNING, there was a 1958 Ford Fairlane and a 1952 MG TD.  Why am I so glum?  No Volvo’s!  However, this was about to change soon with a ’66 122S sedan, a ’68 122S wagon and ultimately a ’77 244 sedan that were all bought new by my family over the following 15 years. I inherited the ’66, and drove it from 1980 through 1989 and sold it with 198,000 miles on the clock. 

IN THE MIDDLE, there was confusion.  Notice the picture of my 1972 Saab Sonett, 1966 Volvo 122S and the 1978 full size GMC pickup. 

Jeff M.'s 1972 Saab Sonett, 1966 Volvo 122S and 1978 full size GMC pickup.

This was taken in the late ‘80’s when I was single and living in an apartment complex.  Why did I need three vehicles?  Why did I need “these” three vehicles?  I enjoyed watching the looks of the other tenants trying to find “their own” parking spaces at the complex from time to time with their single cars.  The Saab soon met its demise by being rear ended by a registered Nurse and the ’66 Volvo was sold to the 19 year old son of an employee at work for $900 under his father’s protests.  The GMC was with me until 1993, when everything mechanically went wrong with it at about the same time.

Molander Family Driveway in 1994: ’89 740 Turbo, the brick red ’77 240, a ’73 Saab Sonett, and a brand new 1994 Saab 900.
Meanwhile, back at my parents house in 1994, the driveway was shared by an ’89 740 Turbo, the brick red ’77 240, a ’73 Saab Sonett, and a brand new 1994 Saab 900, with the new body style (and General Motors V-6 engine) that was about to displace the 244 which would soon become mine for the next ten years.  I sold the 244 to a social worker who lived in the small agricultural town of Galt, California.  He still drives it today. Also, somewhere along the line (1989 through 2003), I owned a 1985 Toyota MR2 which might have been (it was) the most reliable car I have ever owned, but let’s forget about that for now……

Jeff M. and his '66 122S.

IN THE PRESENT, I own the very same ’66 122S that I bought back (partially restored) having agreed with the current owner at the time, to cancel his EBAY auction in 2003. I presented $2,000 cash on the barrelhead. I also own a ’68 122S that I purchased a couple of years after that, as well as a ’97 850 T-5 sedan that replaced the 244 in 2004. The ’97 is my daily driver, but I drive the 122’s 1,000 to 2,000 miles per year each as well.  I completely rebuilt the suspensions for both 122’s, by rebushing them, rebuilding the front ends, and going with IPD suspension’s consisting of lowered springs, sway bars and Bilstein shocks.  The ’68 is complete with a freshly rebuilt B20 that puts out 102 hp at the rear wheels, an air conditioner and a “factory installed” overdrive with a 4.56 : 1 rear end. I had the 4” wheels widened to 6” to keep the stock look.  They are fitted with 205 – 65- 15 Michelins.

Jeff M's '68 122S.

IN THE FUTURE  …..  What’s next? Well, we need to paint and decorate the house, take care of the cats, learn to relax, clear out old car parts, convince Melinda to sell her ’97 Toyota Camry to make way for a new Volvo, and…………………………………………………
Jeff M's ’97 850 T-5 sedan, '66 122S, and '68 122S.

Jeff wins his Category & Best in Show Davis 2010!

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