SKANDIX News News regarding Volvo, Saab, Rallyesport, Spareparts, Events as well as Press releases from SKANDIX. en_US Mon, 27 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200 Mon, 27 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200 240 Volvo Parts Market in Drakenburg/Germany
Trip tip for the weekend: Attention, fans of VOLVO classics

Jochen Ruopp releases his extensive collection of spare parts, new and used parts and rarities for browsing and buying!

"Since the late 1970s, I have collected and guarded everything useful for the VOLVO models PV to 900 series. Now the warehouses are bursting at the seams!"


VOLVO parts market

RUOPP Automobile
D-31623 Drakenburg, Schwarzer Weg 1

2.July 2022 from 11:00am

Mon, 27 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200
Pull rod safety latch bonnet for Volvo 850
The pull rod for the bonnet safety latch on the Volvo 850 is available again.

The pull rod that protrudes from the front of the grille after unlocking the bonnet has not been available from the vehicle manufacturer for some time.

However, it is important for opening the bonnet; without it, the catch or safety latch cannot be unhooked and the bonnet cannot be opened. Due to the age of the vehicles, the slowly brittle plastic parts tend to break off.

Since we don't really like unsightly makeshift solutions like cable ties, we had the part remanufactured without further ado.

The drawbar is as stable as the original part, made of high-quality plastic and fits very well. We have already installed it!

So that you can comfortably open your bonnet as usual in the future, the pull rod for the safety latch is now available in our shop under the item number 1055500.


  • Volvo 850, all models
Fri, 24 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200
Guide fork lifting rail for Volvo 140, 164 and 200
The plastic guide for the window regulator roller on the front side window is available again.

The guide, which is often called a "tuning fork" because of its shape, dampens the noise of the window regulator mechanism and reduces wear. If it is brittle due to age and frequent use, it tends to crumble and then crumbles all over the door floor.

This can be clearly heard in the creaking and cracking of the window regulator mechanism, and the roller, which then runs directly on the steel, does not like this very much either. It is then eventually a consequential damage. If the roller hooks out, the window regulator - also called a scissor lift - no longer works.

The vehicle manufacturer has not been able to supply the "tuning fork" since last year. Since the demand remains high due to the number of 140, 164 and 200 Volvos still in existence, we have ordered a reproduction in a timely manner.

Of course, we have installed and tested the guide fork. It fits perfectly, the plastic used is durable and stable. 2 of these guide forks are needed per door.

The front "tuning fork" is now available in our shop under the number 1074898.

For the window regulators of the rear windows we have matching guide forks under the item number 1039786 in our shop.

Suitable for the following vehicles:

  • Volvo 140: all models
  • Volvo 164: all models
  • Volvo 240, 260, 262: all models

Reference: 676365

Mon, 20 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200
Volvo 740 by Andreas Thull
Motorsport enthusiast Andreas Thull writes about his Volvo 740, accompanied by an impressive video on Youtube.

Hello, I'm Andreas Thull, I'm 27 years old - a master car mechanic and the owner of this Volvo 740!

I bought the car in typical well-maintained pensioner condition and then rebuilt the car according to Group G or Original Cup regulations. After 3 years of experience in this condition, the will for more was also quickly there! In 2020/21, the Volvo was then converted to the higher Group F. Practically everything was turned inside out! In cooperation with my father Jörg Thull, everything was changed!

In cooperation with KW-Automotive, a chassis was built for this vehicle according to my drawings and measurements. The Competition suspension now uses Volvo 960 steering knuckles with S60 brakes and added camber adjustment. The steering trapezoid as well as the dynamic toe change of the axle was also corrected by modified struts and pivot points. Since many parts are not available off the shelf, we were left to our own devices. For example, the 4-way adjustable anti-roll bar moved from the Porsche 997 GT3 into the Swedish car! At the rear axle, the lock was revised and a short rear axle ratio was calibrated by my father. The gearbox is (still) an M90 gearbox from the last series in combination with a modified shifter from the BMW shelf.

The heart is now a 2.4L B230F with 8 valves. The engine block and head were bought with the components camshaft - crankshaft and pistons. This was already modified. The power is transmitted via a 180mm Sachs sinter clutch. The engine thus turns approx. 8100 revolutions with these also light components! There are many details that make up the car and are also technically well thought out. All in all, this is not an off-the-peg car, but one with a lot of character!

The main focus of our conversions - which we also do professionally - is the care and quality of the conversion. Every screw that has been touched has been galvanically re-galvanised to make the overall appearance as perfect as possible.

I would also like to thank the company SKANDIX, which has been our partner since the first hour of this vehicle!

Fri, 17 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200
Spanner brake adjuster for Volvo Amazon, P1800, PV
Spanner for external square brake adjuster for many PV, Amazon and P1800 finally available.

Many PV or Amazon drivers know the search for the right spanner for the square drive of the lower brake adjuster. When we have found the almost matching size in the form of a 7 mm open-end spanner, the drama really begins:
The brake adjuster, which has not been greased for a long time, is first tight, then actually has 1/4" square spanner width (approx. 6.35 mm) and is round after one attempt.
Fortunately, the adjuster is still available from us with the number 1017731.

But if the adjuster is not yet turned back, the brake drum won't come down either. So now the torch, rust remover and water pump pliers come into play.

To prevent this from happening, we have looked around for a suitable square spanner and now offer it in our shop.

The spanner for the square of the brake adjuster 1017731 has the size 1/4". It fits many P1800, Amazon and PV. The spanner has a 5/16" size open-end spanner on the second side.

The spanner is available now from our shop at 1075764.

We also have grease for moving brake parts (1074345, 1019940, 1049363).

Mon, 13 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200
Volvo 240 with Nitro in the coffee tank
For many of us, cars and/or at least coffee are somehow part of the job. But Muhammad Safwan Subry from Alor Setar in Malaysia shows how to combine the two to perfection.

Actually, the 36-year-old family man sells food and drinks from a - rather cool - black food truck. But like many others, the Corona pandemic and the associated regulations gave him a hard time. But in no time at all, he devised a plan to get out of the mess. If the customers couldn't come to him, he would just drive to the people and sell coffee. The only problem was that he still lacked the right vehicle. At the beginning of his search, he could choose between a Mercedes W126 or a Volvo 240. But in the end, Safwan says, the Volvo won his heart. "I just love the design," he tells us.

After about two to three months, he found what he was looking for very close to his hometown. A 1985 Volvo 240GL in top condition was for sale. Of course, the future "rolling coffee shop" owner didn't have to ask twice. Without further ado, he bought the 200 and invested another five to six months in turning the car into the matt black and gold eye-catcher it is now.

To make sure that the whole thing would not be too easy, Safwan decided (according to his own statement) to be the first ever in his state not to sell simple coffee, but Nitro Cold Brew. For those who don't know what that is, don't worry, it was the same for many here. Explained in a nutshell and simplicity, Nitro Cold Brew is cold brewed coffee that has nitrogen added to it and is ideally taken from a tap.

This means that not only did a nitrogen tank have to find room in the Volvo, but also a tap system with a really wonderfully integrated tap on the boot lid. So it is not surprising that the customers of the "Kaffeine" Volvo are enthusiastic about the great conversion. "I wish I could record all the reactions," Safwan says with a laugh.

When asked about upcoming projects, he explains that he gets many franchise requests. That is why he is currently planning to operate 13 more "Kaffeine Foodmachines" in various Malaysian states. Whether this will include another Volvo or Saab, however, remains to be seen.

Fri, 10 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200
R-Sport sports air filter
R-Sport sports air filters for Weber 45DCOE and SU HS6 twin carburettors are available again.

The R-Sport air filters for Solex or Weber carburettors and the original air filter boxes for the SU-HS6 carburettors have not been available new for decades. When they were lost or converted, only universal sports air filters were available or a lengthy search had to be made for used parts.

Especially for sports engines with particularly sharp timing, carburettors with open intake funnels are almost impossible to approve for road use today, the intake noise is much too loud. It should be well known that the penetrating dirt can also cause serious damage to the engine.

Even faced with the problem of breathing a made-up engine with Weber carburettors, we went through one or two unsatisfactory solutions. In the end, we decided to have the R-Sport air filter optimally remanufactured.

Our air filter is manufactured in best quality and can be used on all B18 and B20 in PV, Amazon or 140. On the P1800 with Weber DCOE, the inner mudguard must be adapted, and if a non-standard intake path extension is used under the SU HS6, adaptation work may also be necessary. The mounting holes in the lower part of the air filter box are extra large to be able to compensate for an offset of the carburettors.

The air filter box is available in two versions, for SU HS6 or Weber 45DCOE. An air filter insert for replacement is of course also available from us, and the knurled nut of the cover is also available as a replacement.

For use with the comparatively rare Stromberg 175 CD2 twin carburettors, the hole pattern in the base of the air filter box (item no. 1076603, for SU HS6) must be adapted.

Note: When attaching the air filter to the carburettors, please be sure to use lock nuts or liquid threadlocker to absolutely prevent any loosened parts from being sucked in.

fits vehicles with B18 or B20:

  • Volvo PV (from 1962)
  • Volvo Amazon (from 1962)
  • Volvo P1800
  • Volvo 140
  • Volvo 240 (until 1976)
Mon, 06 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200
Downpipe for Volvo 700, 900 Turbo
New flame tube for the Volvo 700 and 900 models with turbo in original dimensions available again.

Turbocharged engines, such as the B200FT or B230FT, require a quick exhaust gas discharge with little congestion. If this is not ensured, heat build-up can quickly occur at high speeds and cause lasting damage to the turbocharger and cylinder head. Cracks can appear on the exhaust valve seat or in the exhaust housing of the turbocharger.

Unfortunately, in recent years, accessory manufacturers have only supplied downpipes that have too small a cross-section and cause precisely this problem. This can go well for a long time if the engine is moved gently. However, if the engine is put to the test, for example on a long, fast stretch of motorway, the above-mentioned damage is quite likely.

To make matters worse, under certain conditions the full boost pressure may not be generated at all because the exhaust gas build-up impedes the flow of exhaust gases out of the supercharger.

Reason enough for us to order a remanufacture of the downpipes. According to the original sample and with at least the same pipe cross-section. These have just arrived and we have already installed it ourselves. It is easy to fit and it was tight straight away. The workmanship is exemplary.
Long-suffering turbo drivers know that this does not always have to be the case.

From now on and only in our shop, the new flame tubes according to the original sample are available under the number 1069689.

fits petrol engines with turbo 4 cylinders 2 valves:

  • Volvo 740
  • Volvo 760
  • Volvo 780
  • Volvo 940
  • Volvo 960

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Fri, 03 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200
Volvo 200: Frame and cover for additional dashboard instruments
The installation frame and the cover of the additional instruments for the original installation position in the Volvo 200 are available again.

Whether oil pressure, oil temperature, outside temperature or engine speed:
More information in the car is never wrong. That's what the car manufacturer thought at the time, too, and offered mounting frames and covers for the Volvo 240 and 260 that fit perfectly into the dashboard as sensible, sporty accessories.

Unfortunately, these have been out of stock for a very long time, but 52 mm auxiliary instruments from VDO and other manufacturers are still available in many variants in our shop.

We have now had this frame and cover reproduced, with a look that perfectly matches the original. Now three additional round instruments can be placed in every Volvo 240 or 260 in a visually appealing way.

Installation frame and cover suitable for vehicles with left-hand drive are now available as a set under the number 1082054 in the shop.

Fits the following vehicles:

  • Volvo 240 from 1981
  • Volvo 260 from 1981
  • Volvo 262 from 1981

In addition, we also offer suitable installation frames for the radio in the centre console for the Volvo 200 models.

Mon, 30 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200
The Bathtub Story - An Aquarium Moves
The story about the aquarium, called a bathtub, and its transport on the Volvo trailer is told here with fun by Tina Kniese.

We have always had aquariums, even when we were young.

In 2004, we bought a flat in St. Peter-Ording, but in the course of renovation due to lack of time, we had given away all the aquariums - which were in our rented flat in SPO - beforehand.

In 2005, Kai thought he had to buy a 3-metre tank from a Chinese restaurant on Ebay in Minden/Westphalia. We picked up the 1260-litre tank from Kai's brother in a borrowed truck and "dragged" it into the 30-square-metre living room of our ground-floor flat with 6 men (I thank the inventor of "dog thermal blankets", because we were able to "push" the tank through the rather narrow hallway with them.
The base frame was cobbled together from 12 mm beams, and the tank was later "covered" so that it sat "in the wall". Discus fish and various South American dwarf cichlids accompanied us for a long time.

In 2013, we bought a house with a lot of land in the pampas of Eiderstedt, and the aquarium had to move with us.
So we jacked up the tank - without water and inhabitants, of course - with jacks and a base frame, put rolling boards under the frame and put it on the trailer. This 25km drive was really quite sweaty... always the fear that the 1cm thick glass could break, the back wall (made of styrofoam coated with concrete and epoxy resin) could crumble or the pool could break when unloading or or or....

No, everything worked out wonderfully and when I took this photo from a car park (I drove ahead) I just thought: Great car, great aquarium, great thing!.

Of course it would have worked with almost any car with a towbar, but with a V70 it's even more "stylish".

This was our second Volvo, before that we had such a grateful black 850 estate car, which also helped us out of a jam a time or two as a "packhorse". In 2010, we built a not-so-small foldable cat enclosure out of squared timber for an acquaintance in Hamburg and strapped it onto the top of the Volvo, of course with the sleeves already mounted...the rest in the car.
I don't even remember where I was sitting...there were three of us and according to the photos I just found, I must have been lying in the footwell....
But never mind.

We currently drive an XC70 D5 AWD from 2014, and I hope that it will still produce one or two fun photos. Even if it's just me banging the car full of dogs and cats when I have another "mass appointment" at the vet.

Kind regards
Tina and Kai from Coldhörn (Tetenbüll)

Fri, 27 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200
Carburettor Weber 45 DCOE R Sport Kit
The Weber DCOE is the classic flat-flow dual carburettor for sports engines. It has proven itself hundreds of thousands of times in vehicles from many manufacturers, on circuits, rallies or in sporty road vehicles.

R-Sport or the Volvo competition service originally offered other carburettors in the tuning kits, the Solex 45ADDHE, a further development of the DDH or PHH. The original Solex PHH carburettors were less suitable for sports use because of their sensitivity to centrifugal forces and were often replaced by Weber DCOEs in the sixties for such purposes. The fact that Solex sports carburettors are less widespread today is due to the far worse or even non-existent spare parts situation. DVG (or Pierburg GmbH) largely discontinued the licensed production of French Solex carburettors and their spare parts in the 1990s with the spread of controlled catalytic converters and fuel injection systems.

For Weber carburettors, on the other hand, everything is still available, they are still being produced anew. This is how it came about in the 90s that the actually good Solex ADDHE was increasingly replaced by the even better Weber DCOE.

Our R-Sport carburettor kits today also have the Weber 45 DCOE. It is the best flat-flow carburettor available for classic sports engines. Our DCOE complete kits contain our new, optimised intake manifold, throttle linkage and mounting, open intake funnels as well as necessary gaskets and screws for the Volvo B18 and B20 cylinder heads.
For the public road traffic necessary air filters we have additionally in the delivery program.

The Weber 45DCOE carburettor set is the perfect match for a four-cylinder sports engine in the 1.8-2.5l displacement class, with sharp timing, high compression, polished channels, lightened flywheel and forged pistons.

Perfect fit for a PV, Amazon, P1800 or 140 with tuned B18 or B20.

The carburettors must of course be adjusted to the respective engine. We will be happy to inform you of the fuel injection on delivery on request, other sizes can be supplied on order.
The tuning at the end is the most important thing with such an engine: The full power output with good stability only results when everything is tuned to each other. This does not only include the carburettor's jetting, but also the ignition timing and the ignition curve must match the compression and the camshaft's timing.

Once this is done, nothing stands in the way of driving pleasure at historic motor sport events or simply over a mountain pass.

The R-Sport carburettor sets with Weber 45DCOE are now available in our shop under the number 1084803.

Suitable for vehicles with tuned B18 or B20:

  • Volvo PV (from 1962)
  • Volvo Amazon (from 1962)
  • Volvo P1800
  • Volvo 140
  • Volvo 240 (until 1976)
Mon, 23 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200
Intake manifold kit Weber R-Sport
Newly manufactured, optimised R-Sport intake manifolds for two twin carburettors Weber or Solex in tuned Volvo classics with B18 and B20 engines now available.

The classic R-Sport tuning kits for Amazon, PV, P1800 and 140 always contained carburettor sets with two twin carburettors Solex 45ADDHE or Weber 45DCOE in the higher power stages.

The old original intake manifolds for these carburettor sets always had to be reworked to a greater or lesser extent depending on the exhaust manifold used, and the expansion washers for the manifold stud bolts usually had to be adapted for this purpose. An immediate assembly of the delivered part was never possible. Also, the throttle linkage of the Volvos with the bearing on the bulkhead was not optimal.

We have already installed the Weber DCOE ourselves and re-milled the manifolds ourselves. So we were aware of these problems.

It has to work better! Therefore, together with a manufacturer and renowned Volvo tuners, we had a significantly improved version produced. State-of-the-art 3D scanning technology was used so that the manifolds could be fitted immediately to a B18 or B20.

The throttle linkage bearing has been optimised and is now completely mounted on the manifolds so that it does not have to absorb any external forces. The surfaces are much more precise and of higher quality, machined using the latest CNC technology. The casting is more precise and smoother than on the old original parts and R-Sport lettering has been incorporated. The intake manifolds are optimised for use with the R-Sport fan manifold, which makes installation even easier.

Installation problems are a thing of the past with our manifolds. The motorsport upgrade of your B18 or B20 is much easier with these manifolds and bent throttle linkages due to load changes will be a thing of the past!

The manifolds also fit the Dellorto 45 DHLA.

The manifold set is now available in our shop under the number 1079956.

Mon, 16 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200
R-Sport is still a byword for sporty accessories today and has a long tradition at Volvo. More than fifty years ago, there were already extensive accessory catalogues for drivers who wanted to take part in motor sport competitions or simply appear a little sportier. These offered everything from additional instruments and headlights to alloy wheels and extensive engine tuning.

Originally founded in the sixties as the Competition Department, the company initially mainly serviced and equipped rally cars of the PV544 and 120 series. In 1971, the Volvo Competition Service was founded in Gothenburg, which sold ready-made tuning packages for the ambitious rally driver. For the B18 or B20, for example, there were various engine tuning packages ranging from a simple carburettor upgrade to a complete package with increased displacement, a finely machined tuning cylinder head with larger valves, a lightened flywheel, two twin carburettors, a sharp camshaft and a sports exhaust with a fan-shaped manifold. Such tuned 140s, Amazon or P1800 reached up to 185 DIN hp with the Stage iV package.

Later in the seventies came the renaming to Volvo R-Sport, the 300 series made the division famous on the rallycross tracks, the traction of the small transaxle Volvo and the potent 16-valve caused a sensation. Volvo also enjoyed later successes, such as with the 240 Turbo or the 850.
R-Sport developments and initiatives were responsible for many of these successes, but in some cases renowned sports car manufacturers were also brought on board for development assignments.

In the past, we have had some of the R-Sport programme reproduced for Volvo classics from many model series and will present our sporty accessories here in the next few weeks in a small R-Sport series. There will also be new reproductions of sought-after rarities!

Of course, there are also matching fan articles such as T-shirts, baseball caps or stickers to show the affiliation to the outside world. We present these here in advance.

Mon, 09 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200
Artist draws Volvos with a pencil
Alain Mitildjan, born in 1990 in Cherbourg (France), is an artist who is particularly dedicated to recreating black and white images found on the internet on the following subjects: Aviation, trucks, cars and there especially Volvos.

With a degree in mechanical engineering specialising in aeronautical structures, he is currently working for seven years as Outstanding Works Manager on the Airbus A330 final assembly line in one of the main subcontracting companies for Airbus, AAA.

Alain has always loved Volvos because they are safe, beautiful, well-designed, useful and robust. Many videos on the internet prove these qualities (crash tests...).

He says of himself that he is a regular Volvo driver (drives a black painted 2013 Volvo S80 II Momentum) and he loves being behind the wheel of his Volvo. His parents live in the north-west of France and he himself in the south-west. Anyway, he is not afraid to drive 800km in his Volvo because he knows that it is much safer to have a Volvo than a Citroen (his previous car was a Citroen C8, and he had so many repairs on that car ... very disappointing).

Alain's father has a 2012 Volvo XC70 and will do 350,000km within the next month. He has rediscovered driving and is calmer now, haha. He also has a Volvo Amazon 121 that he bought in the Netherlands two years ago, in really good condition (see photo).

They drive the Amazon together along the Normandy coast when Alain has time off. He enjoys it when people look fascinated after him in this car.

Attached you can see some of Alain's special drawings.
If you want to leave him a comment, you can do so on his Instagram account: @alain.mitildjan.drawings.

Mon, 02 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200
Perfect fit trunk mat for Volvo Amazon
For your Amazon: The original fit rubber mat for the boot is available again.

The boot mat is smooth in the edge areas and has a slip-resistant and true-to-the-original textured surface in the load area. The special feature of the mat is that it is three-dimensionally pre-shaped like the original boot protector:
The area above the rear axle is covered for a perfect fit. The shock absorber domes and the filler neck are moulded and covered.

The mat is a very precise fit, so there are no hidden dirt corners.

The structure corresponds to the old Volvo original part, the mat is made of high quality, durable material.

A presentable boot is one of the icing on the cake of any restoration. It is also much nicer when the eyes of others light up at a meeting while you are taking the picnic basket out of the boot.

The boot mat for Volvo 120 and 130 is now available in the shop under the number 1017684.


  • Volvo 120 130

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Fri, 29 Apr 2022 00:00:00 +0200