Sammy the Volga is being redone from the ground up almost literally…

Sammy the Volga is being rebuilt. We want ten more years out of her and after the new engine was installed, she needed a facelift. The old girl was rusting away and now is being rebuilt. Volga’s are becoming rare and a Volga with solid metal and no rust is very rare. No body putty is used except as a smoother in surface blemishes, all rust is being cut out and new metal installed. The parts are coming in slowly, but steadily…

Svetochka went home last night on a train. They say they will have Sammy the Volga done by the weekend coming up and that is fine. The images are of about a week ago now and I just got around to talking about the Volga body works…

It only has one spot on the frame that needs new strap metal installed to reinforce her and we are having the rear lifted back to original factory height. New rocker panels are being installed, re-skinned doors, new rubbers around all windows and many other tidbits to numerous to mention in a short time…

Sammy has about 200,000 kilometers on her and was born in 1999. Volga’s are no longer made and as with so many cars in America in the past, rust is the number one death to a nice car. Russia was like so many, turn out the cars and darn if we care about rusting out in a few years. Just buy another car…. Right?

The model 310221 Volga is a true station wagon. Not an SUV variant. It is exactly like the old wagons of yore. The 310221 Volga wagon is a hybrid of a 3102 front end and the model 24-02 rear end. It is actually just like a 24-02 Volga, except with a modern front end installed. We had a model 2410 sedan and I loved it. Svetochka and I called her Nelly. Nelly met a terrible end…

Our Volga has Been Found – Stripped and Burned!

Svetochka loves Sammy even more than Nelly and thus we will preserve her as best we can. Sammy is family and you always fix family if possible. It is possible and Sammy will shine again…. Two years ago we had a front end installed on her, then last year the new engine and this year she gets a rebuilt body. Sammy will be better than when new when we are done and we want to drive her another 200,000 kilometers if possible…

Sammy the Volga Gaz 310221 gets a new front end…

Sammy the Volga getting a new Engine…

We want to thank everyone who donated to have Sammy rebuilt. Without those donations, it would never happen. We have been amazed at donations that come from all over the world. It is shocking at times to see countries that are considered so poor and backwards donating money to our causes. It is heartwarming actually. We even just paid domain registration through donations again and it makes life much easier to survive. Boza is eating up money that comes out of our budget and as we all must do, you cut here and there and make ends meet…

Yes, I always use donations for what you ask me to use them for and if those donations have to, they sit in escrow until needed for that usage. It is only fair to be honest about such things…

Thank you everyone for donations…

Svetochka, Boza and Kyle

WtR

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