At 17, bought my 1st '65 544 for $15 bucks. It was a neighbors that was rear ended and as Jim Hamel said below of a different model " buckled both rear fenders". It was still drive-able with fender rub on big road bumps. I ended up spending several years developing it into a Woodie wagon and thus, a passion for the brand. Would probably still have it if it weren't for an uninsured, revoked licensee, slug who ran a red light put a new final twist to the legendary Woodie. I then bought a mid 80's 244 DL 4 sp w OD. from an unscrupulous seller who thought he had a bad front main seal.(I believe the beginning era of suspect crankcase ventilation). Removed the 'spark arrestor' that resembled a piece of reused, rolled-up aluminum foil and problem resolved ! Rolled happily down the road for years. Recently I replaced the PCV on our '06 XC70. Same problem -excessive crankcase pressure- just exponentially more laborious and $. (And, the banjo-bolt from hell). We have had two earlier XC70's with great results. With the end of the P2's, we will hold onto this one for awhile longer ( 196k mi). I sill have a '65 544 awaiting restoration or just liberation from under the tarps. Cheers !
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