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Dave . . . a Volvo 240 hobbyist. I've been playing with Volvos
(mostly 240s) since 1988. My pages here are an
attempt to share
my experiences with other Volvo
hobbyists and to chronicle the knowledge and information I have
gathered over the
years so it may be passed on to others.
I've owned 10 Volvos since 1988. So I thought I'd list some of them below....
<<< My second Volvo (but first 240). A white 1983 244 DL. I bought it in 1990. Non-sunroof car, roll-up windows, auto trans, marginal AC, ok gas mileage. It was exceptionally clean with only 50k miles when I found it in Huntington Beach, CA. Cost me $5,000. Already being an avid iPd customer, it soon got their anti-sway bars, sport springs and Bilstein HD shocks, as well and a few other fun goodies. I bought the back half of a 240 Turbo exhaust and installed it from the cat-back. That was a really nice improvement. It originally came with 14 inch steels wheels with beauty rings and hubcaps. I installed the 15 inch alloy wheels from my '88 760. I drove this car everywhere for 6 years and put over 100,000 miles on it. In 1996 I gave it to my daughter when she got her drivers license. Unfortunately it was destroyed a few months later when some nit-wit pulled out directly in front of her in a Chevy Caprice. She couldn't avoid the Caprice and hit it broadside at 50 plus mph.
More info HERE (continued).
| <<< My current driver. I
beautiful black 1984 242 Turbo
in 2003. I'm the 4th owner and I still own it and drive it
and leather interior has stayed very nice because the car was always garaged and still
It's very important for a car like this to live indoors if you want it
to stay nice for this many years. This car was a rare find
and it is a great car
to drive and own. It was all
original and stock when I got it. I initially resisted
the urge to modify it for a few years, but slowly that urge began to win.
has also gone
through a few modified changes.
My 242 also has iPd TME sport springs and iPd 25mm anti-sway bars. I helped the previous owner install those before he sold the car to me. The engine is still the original B21FT with a few added features, such as SDS programable EFI and ignition and a Mitsubishi TD04HL 15G turbo (from an 850 Turbo) mounted on a later exhaust manifold.
<<< After the original automatic transmission failed more than 100 miles from home (during a road-trip to the annual Davis Volvo Show a number of years ago), I swore off auto transmissions and replaced it with an M46 4-speed plus overdrive transmission.
<<< The Eiker wheels (Polaris replicas) seen here and in some below photos were imported from Finland in 2004. They are 17 x 7.5 inches and were fitted with 215/45-17 rubber. At the time the Eiker Wheel Company would not ship to U.S. customers, so a Finnish friend arranged for a relative to purchase and ship then to me from Finland. It wasn't cheap, but I loved these wheels and at that time almost no one else here had them on their cars. Several years later these wheels became available in the U.S. through a few importers and they started appearing on other 240s.
If you're looking for these Eiker wheels, Kaplhenke Racing offers them in their site: www.kaplhenke.com/collections/240/products/eiker-classic-e1
<<< Then I decided to install a Ford Motorsport World Class T5Z 5-speed transmission. This time it was before I had a catastrophic transmission failure 100 plus miles from home. It sports a hydraulic clutch setup because cables suck. More info about that can be found in my Hydraulic Clutch Page. That shifter stick is Hurst PN 8550. It was too long, so I cut it at the bottom and then re-drilled.
<<< And eventually I grew tired of the traditional humped "coffin-hood," so in 2010 the car received a flat hood and matching flat grill.
<<< And then some nice new taillights. That kept me content for a little while. I've been asked where these taillights came from. They started as ALL CLEAR taillights I found on eBay. Then I bought some transparent red spray paint from the model section in a hobby store. It takes two or three coats to get a good looking red. Go slowly and let it dry well between coats.
That rear spoiler is a very rare Volvo 240 accessory made by Zender in the 1980's.
<<< In 2010 I decided to go old-school on the front grill just for fun. In November 2010 I took the 242 to the annual Arizona Volvo Day in Tucson. It was awarded first place in the rear wheel drive class.
<<< The 7 inch round lights are not normal headlights. They are Sylvania Xenarc dedicated HID headlamps with integrated H-1 high beams. These are no longer available because they were supposedly deemed illegal by the D.O.T. and they are now pretty rare to see.
<<< These photos were taken during a trip down the Northern California coast in May 2011 after attending the iPd Garage Sale and RSI Picnic. The first pic was on the famous coastal Mattole Road south of Ferndale. The last two pics are in Humbolt Redwoods State Park with the giant redwoods.
<<< I added the driving lights in the grill in 2011. If you're curious, those are NOT standard GT fog lamps in that grill. Since I wanted some mega killer driving lights for long road trips, I painstakingly enlarged the fog light buckets in an old 242 GT grill and fitted a set of Dick Cepek 5 x 7 inch 100-watt off-road lamps. They light up the night like the sun! That's a nice bonus on long, dark roads.
<<< In 2012 I decided it was time for some different wheels. The Eikers were on there for 8 years and I wanted a change to something I wouldn't see on numerous other 240s at every Volvo meet I attended. These mesh rims are 17 x 7.5 wheels, same as the Eikers, but have a BMW bolt pattern (5 x 120 mm, 72.56 mm hub center) and use hub-centric billet adapters that were made custom for me by http://www.motorsport-tech.com. Tires are 235/40-17 Goodyear Eagle F1. If you fit a tire this wide on the rear of a lowered 240, you WILL be trimming some of the inner rear fender metal to make room. The back half arch will typically need to be trimmed by about 1/2 inch or more, depending on your ride height and how far the tire tuck inside the fender when compressed. I went even further. See the diagram (pic at right) for how I did my rear inner fenders >>>>. This was done slowly in a trial and error method until I had perfect clearance and could bottom out out the rear suspension in a hard dip with ZERO rubbing.
The reason I decided on wheels with a BMW bolt pattern and adapters is because there are MANY more wheel styles to choose from for BMW than for a Volvo 240. So shopping for something I liked was easier. To adapt the new wheels (7.5 inch wide, -35 mm ET offset), I chose 20mm thick adapters in front and 40mm in back. These worked nicely for me with the rear inner fender work I did, since that offset put them nice and close to the outer fenders where they should be. Most custom adapter makers will tell you their minimum recommended adapter thickness is somewhere between 20 and 30 mm. Motorsport-tech.com will tell you their minimum thickness is 19-20 mm. So the wheels you choose will need the right negative offset to compensate for your adapter thickness. Also keep in mind that a wider front wheel/tire will also get closer to the front strut tube on the inside and your offset should be compensated for that wheel/tire clearance too.
<<< if you don't recognize the hood vents, they're from a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth and they function very well getting heat out of the engine bay.
<<< Here are some recent underhood shots.
<<< Lots going on in there, but it's pretty reliable and keeps my car going as it needs to. That big custom Griffin radiator and Lincoln Mark VIII fan were installed not too long ago. I have more info on those here: 240turbo.com/ElectricCoolingFans.html
Or click here to see my latest fan project. It's a 4-SPEED COOLING FAN CONTROLLER I built.
<<< In 2017 I completed a HUGE conversion of the AC with a new system from Classic Auto Air.
Sounds pretty drastic. It was, but it's working better than it ever did before.
Click HERE to see complete information on this conversion.
- P A S T V O L V O S -
245 beginnings..... My first 240 Turbo. I bought this 1984
back in March of
1997. I paid $3200 to who I think was the second owner in Rialto,
California. It was completely stock and original. When I
started to do a
few little modifications, I really had no idea the direction it would
eventually take. This
first 240 Turbo, so I found
myself in a strange new world when it came to understand things like K-Jetronic
fuel injection. I had
no clue what made it tick, but I was learning.
I wanted to modify.... It was not fast enough. But this car was my daily driver, so as many of you know, there are limits to the kinds of mods you can do to a car that needs to get you to work in the morning. For those of you who were into modifying Volvos in the 90’s, you'll remember there were not many sources for performance parts. I was no stranger to hot-rodding, having previously owned a ‘66 Chevelle (my first car) and then a ’67 BMW 1600ti Alpina former German Group 3 racer (see photo >>>)... complete with box fender flares, racing suspension, roll-cage and dual Weber 45 DCOE carbs. By 1997 I had already been a customer of iPd for a while and they were the best (often the only) source around for Volvo performance improvement parts. So mods started getting done slowly as I could manage.
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