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Profile for user zodiac - Country: Sweden

Hi, my name is Anders (my surname is too difficult to pronounce), I'm a mechanical engineer.

I'd imagine my interest in cars started when, I was aged 3, my parents in 1974 bought a California White 1972 Volvo 145 Sport (B20D with 110 hp SAE). To keep me quiet the salesman gave me a few glossy brouchures, and I was hooked.
Later I sketched all the cars that came to my fathers workshop, but when there wasn't any I became bevildered. To be able to find objects for my drawings I remember the previous ones and began to systematically collecting all kind of brouchures, and, when looking back, I'd say I almost tormented the poor car dealers in the area for at least a decade.
I bought my first car in pieces. It was a 1960 Volvo Amazon B16. To help me put it back together I bought a workshop manual, and with additional help from a very patient neighbor I finally succeeded.
Quite soon I found out that spare parts are expensive and therefore I began to frequently visit car demolition plants, but the parts I was looking for was almost always different. I then found that Model Year switches meant more than face lifts. But it wasn't until I bought the Zephyr in 2010 I began to really go into detail of things. Among other things that was because spare parts was only available if I found out what other cars that used the same parts.
I collected car brouchures until roughly the year 2000 when suddenly no independent manufacturers could cope anymore and became global. I then turned my interest to buses and older cars.
Since a while back I'm the librarian of D-A-K, the automobile club of the county of Dalecarlia, in the middle of Sweden. I might find some useful information among the dust from time to time.

At home are:
- 1954 Fiat 1400 A
- 1955 Ford Consul
- 1957 Ford Zodiac (a rare Swedish assembly), hence my alias
- 1960 Ford Zephyr Link to "www.car.info"
- 1962 Volvo 221 (It's not for sale, it's a very difficult object)
- 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SE W 108, an inheritance of a dear uncle
- 1976 Volvo 244 DL
- 1988 Volvo 740 GLE, I've tinkeled with that since 1992!
- 1991 Volvo 940 GL, the most recent purchase.

Some useful links I've found:
http://www.volvoamazonpictures.se/modelyears/modelyears.php (Volvo 120-series)
http://www.k-jet.org/ (information on, mainly, U.S. Volvo's)
http://www.vlvworld.com/indexframe.html?VIN/vin81-96.htm (more on U.S. Volvo's)

http://www.sl113.org/wiki/DataCard/PaintCodes (W113 colour codes) with additional W108 statistics Link to "www.peachparts.com"

http://www.zuckerfabrik24.de/index.html (Fiat)

http://www.netcarshow.com/alfa_romeo/ (Alfa Romeo)

http://www.trucksplanet.com/catalog/ (HGV's all over the world)
https://en.wheelsage.org/ (car, bus and truck encyclopedia)

http://www.omnibusarchiv.de/include.php?path=contentwrapper&contentid=3 (bus and coach builders)
http://myntransportblog.wordpress.com/category/schoolbuses/ (assortment of busses, South America, USA, Fiat, Ebro, DAF)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_buses (Bus and Coach builders according to wikipedia)

http://www.philseed.com/simvedette.html (Simca and others)
http://www.allpar.com/index.php (Mopar, also European derivatives)

http://slatford.co.uk/Car%20Pictures%20index%20new.htm (British cars)

http://oldcarandtruckpictures.com/Volkswagen/ (Old Volkswagen)

http://www.classiccarcatalogue.com/1940.html (Information year on year for various models)

http://www.lov2xlr8.no/broch2.html (miscellaneous)

Link to "www.volvoce.com" (Tractors)

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