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If you actually read the TEXT in this ad to the left you'll realize the intercooler description is technically INCORRECT.  I guess ad writers and engineers didn't talk to each other much.  We still love the 240.
I've been a fan of these cars since way before I ever owned one. They were too expensive for me when they were new, so I had to buy one later.

If you have an affection for the 240, read Chris Driver's blog linked below.
I think you'll share a similar opinion.


And here's a good video: Why the Volvo 240 is Actually a Good Enthusiast Car + Walkthrough and Drive

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I'm 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).

<<< Here's my current Volvo as it looked when I bought it in 2003. I bought this black 1984 242 Turbo from the 3rd owner, who bought it in 2002. The original paint and leather interior was in rare exceptional condition because the car was always garaged and still is. It's very important for an old 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

This 242 came with iPd TME sport springs and iPd 25mm anti-sway bars when I bought it. I helped the previous owner install those a few months before he sold the car to me. Otherwise nearly everything was original.

<<<This car was all very original and stock when I got it. This is an under-hood shot taken at the 2003 Annual Westside Volvo Show at Westside Volvo in Culver City, California.  I resisted the urge to modify this car for a few years, but slowly that urge began to win. So it has undergone a few modified changes since then. Just a few.

<<< This car originally came with the AW71 automatic transmission. I have always preferred manual transmissions in cars like this, but those are harder to find. Then a few years later the auto transmission failed more than 100 miles from home (during a road-trip to the annual Davis Volvo Show).  I called for a flatbed tow (having a premier AAA account was a great decision).  The car was sent back home and luckily a friend in another Volvo on his way to Davis was able to pick me up and give me a ride.  That transmission failure soured me on automatic transmissions, so I swore them off and replaced it with an M46 4-speed plus overdrive transmission (photo at left). Years later I would upgrade to the T5Z transmission mentioned below.

The Eiker E1 wheels (Polaris replicas) seen here and in some of the below photos were imported from Finland in 2004. Back then the Eiker Wheel Company would not ship to U.S. customers, so a Finnish friend arranged for a relative of his to purchase and ship then from Finland.  It wasn't cheap, but I loved these wheels and at that time this was the only way to get them and almost no one else in the U.S. had them on their cars.  Years later these wheels became more popular and became available in the U.S. through a few importers. They started appearing on other 240s at a fast rate. These are 17 x 7.5 inches (offset ET 20 mm) and mine fitted with 215/45-17 rubber. These are now available in 18 x 7.5 inches also.

Back in 2004 I used the generic 62 mm plastic center caps that came with these Eiker wheels and I glued on a round Volvo logo from a random Volvo cap.  I get questions all the time now from people with Eikers who have trouble finding an existing and available VOLVO cap that will fit. When you search, keep in mind that some discussions will pertain to original Polaris wheels, which seem to have a 57 mm center bore, and NOT the same size as an Eiker wheel, which reportedly has a 56 mm hole.  An original Polaris wheel used center cap Volvo PN 3529610 (no longer available). 

There's some info on-line that suggests VOLVO center cap PN 30638643 (pictured HERE) from a first generation S40 (2001-2004) will supposedly fit an Eiker wheel.  This does NOT appear to be correct according to some people I know who bought and tried them. The 30638643 is made for a 55 mm hole and is rather loose in an Eiker wheel.

If anyone knows FOR CERTAIN of an existing AVAILABLE cap that actually fits well in an Eiker, please let me know and I'll add that here.
I have some measurements of a few different common VOLVO center caps here:

Here are some discussions thread that will add to your confusion:

If you're looking for these Eiker wheels, Kaplhenke Racing offers them in 17 or 18 inch in their site: www.kaplhenke.com/collections/240/products/eiker-classic-e1

Later I decided to install a Ford Motorsport World Class T5Z 5-speed transmission.  It's pretty much identical to this one from Summit Racing, except when I bought mine it came from Ford Motorsport, not American Powertrain: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/awr-trfo-30001/This transmission was originally used for 1979 to 1993 Ford Mustangs with the 5.0 liter. The input shaft has 10 splines (1.0625" diameter). Output shaft has 28 splines. It has a 7 tooth speedometer drive gear. 
Gear ratios:

First Gear:
Second Gear:
Third Gear:
Fourth Gear:
Fifth Gear:
I later had 5th gear changed from 0.63:1 to 0.72:1 ratio, which is a much better ratio for a small Volvo engine. The 0.63 5th combined with my 3.91 rear end made for 5th gear highway driving at 2000 rpm at 60, 2500 rpm at 75 mph and 3000 rpm at 90 mph. With the change to 0.72:1 5th gear, 60 mph changed to 2300 rpm, 75 mph changed to 2850 rpm and 90 mph changed to 3450 rpm.

The T5 transmission can be installed with a one-piece or two-piece driveshaft.  For this installation I chose a two-piece.  It's the bottom one in this photo.  The top one is the stock 240 Turbo driveshaft.

Hurst performance short-throw shifter.
My setup began with a cable style clutch, but I later changed that to a hydraulic clutch after stretching and breaking a couple of clutch cables. More info about hydraulic clutch setups can be found in my Hydraulic Clutch Page.

<<< This Hurst shifter stick is detailed below.

A lot of people have asked what I did for my shifter. 
<<< I began with this chrome Hurst 8550 shifter stick.
The position was a little long for my comfort, so I cut off about an inch from the bottom.

The holes I'm using are shown in this photo: The BOTTOM hole (which was the existing top hole before) and the third hole from the bottom in this photo, which I drilled out. The other holes were experimental and I didn't used them.

The final shifter position is now perfect in my opinion. It's comfortable and and easy to reach any gear.

That's a rubber bushing from Hurst. PN 1140015. About $11. 

It adapts the flat shifter stick nicely to the round hole of the original 240 rubber shift boot.

And then some nice new taillights in 2007.  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.
More info on painting your taillamps can be for HERE.

That rear spoiler is a very rare Volvo 240 accessory made by Zender in the 1980's.

Eventually I grew tired of the traditional humped  "coffin" hood, so in 2010 this car received a flat hood and matching flat grill.

The engine is still the original B21FT, but a few added features have crept in, such as SDS EFI programmable fuel injection and programmable ignition. I installed a Mitsubishi TD04HL 15G turbo (originally from an 850R Turbo), which is mounted on a later (1990+) exhaust manifold. A turbo like this is more responsive on a small engine with low compression like this B21FT, which has only 7.5:1 CR. The original Garrett T3 turbo was much slower to respond.

Adapting a Mitsubishi turbo is not difficult and there's a good basic tutorial here: https://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=83929

I decided to go old-school on the front grill and lights just for fun.
In November 2010 I took the 242 on a road trip to the annual Arizona Volvo Day in Tucson, Arizona.  It was awarded first place in the rear wheel drive class.  I have photo albums from a large number of Volvo meets going back many years in my Volvo Meet Photo Album page.

  <<< I added these GT style driving lights in 2011. No, those are NOT standard 242 GT lights. Those are 100 watt Dick Cepek driving lights. They're larger than 242 GT fog lights, so I carefully enlarged the fog light buckets from a GT grill and fitted the larger off-road lamps. They light up the night like the sun!  That's a useful bonus on long, dark roads.   

<<< These photos were taken during a trip down the Northern California coast in May 2011 after attending the annual 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. Fun trip!

<<<  In 2012 I decided it was time for some different wheels.  The Eikers were on the car for 8 years. They are very nice wheels, but when I first installed them, there were almost no other Volvos with them in the U.S.  After a few years, a lot of 240s had them, so I wanted a change to something I wouldn't see on so many other 240s at every Volvo meet I attended. I have always loved the look of BBS mesh style wheels. These wheels are NOT genuine BBS, but they look nice. I found them on eBay. The size is 17 x 7.5, same as the Eikers, but these have a BMW bolt pattern (5 x 120 mm, with 72.56 mm hub center) and 35 mm offset. So I had some hub-centric billet adapters custom made by http://www.motorsport-tech.com.  More on adapters below.

The tires shown here are 235/40-17 Goodyear Eagle F1.  If you fit a tire this wide on the rear of a lowered 240, you WILL absolutely be trimming or pounding some of the inner rear fender metal to make more room.  The back half of the rear arch will rub on a wide tire on bumps. If the car is lowered, it'll rub even more on bumps.  I have created an article in my 240 Mods Page on how I made clearance for these tires on my 240: https://www.240turbo.com/volvo240mods.html#rearwheelclearance

In 2019 I changed to 225/45-17, since I could no longer find the previous size in a tire I liked. The new tires are Dunlop SP Sport 01, a more aggressive tire with a stickier rubber compound. They had great reviews and I have always been very happy with Dunlop performance tires in past years.

The reason I decided on wheels with a BMW bolt pattern with adapters is because there are MANY more wheel styles to choose from for a BMW than for a Volvo 240. So shopping for something I liked was easier.  These wheels are 7.5 inch wide with 35 mm offset.  I chose 20mm thick adapters in front and 40mm thick in back. Adding the extra 20 mm in the back helps push the wheels out more toward the outer fender. These specs worked nicely for me with the rear inner fender sheet metal work I did. 

Most custom adapter makers will tell you their minimum recommended adapter thickness is somewhere between 20 and 30 mm. Motorsport-tech.com told me their minimum thickness is usually 19-20 mm. The wheels you choose will need the right offset to compensate for your adapter thickness.  Also keep in mind that a wider front wheel/tire may also get closer to the front strut tube on the inside and your offset calculations should be compensated for that wheel/tire clearance too.  I put some info together on calculating wheel offset for a Volvo 240: https://www.240turbo.com/volvo240mods.html#wheeloffset

Here's a front 20 mm adapter/spacer bolted in place.

Good question.  I used the original Volvo spare for a while, but then I began thinking that if I actually had to put on my spare, I would have to remove the adapter first.  So I decided to look for a spare wheel with a BMW bolt pattern. I wanted a wheel larger than 15 inches in case it came in handy for a larger brake upgrade and the tire needed to be fairly close to the same diameter as the tires on my car.  And the spare tire would need to be narrow enough to fit inside the spare tire well, plus I wanted a NORMAL tire, not a space-saver temporary spare.

It wasn't easy finding a wheel I liked, since so many BMW wheels are much wider than I wanted (usually 8 to 10 inches).  I would have preferred a 17 inch wheel and it can be found in a 6.5 inch width, but then I found that no one seems to make a narrow enough 17 inch tire that fits such a wheel unless you want a very tall tire (unless you buy a super-narrow space-saver temp tire).   I wanted something inexpensive too . . . a lot of wants, huh? 

I saw some USED space-saver spare wheels on eBay. Those all seemed to have a 3.5 or 4 inch width.  Too narrow.  Again, I wanted to use a normal tire, not a space-saver.  Plus have you seen how damned expensive used space-saver tires are on eBay???
I finally found this new wheel on eBay. It was only $60.  It's a steel wheel, 16 x 6.5 inches with an ET of 45. Listed as part number BMW9153. 
Then I found the below Federal tire in size 175/60-16. It was CHEAP.  Perfection so far.

In 2017 I completed a HUGE conversion of the AC with a complete new system from Classic Auto Air. 

  Sounds pretty drastic.  It was, but it's working so much better than the old AC ever did before.

If you're curious about the hood vents, they're from a 1980s  Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth and they function very well getting hot air out of the engine bay.


In 2018 I completed a build project to make a DASH TOP GAUGE POD similar to the
rare one Volvo offered for this car. 
This project has it's own page and ca
n be found here: https://www.240turbo.com/dashgaugepod.html


Recent pics.

<<< Here's an under hood shot (from 2018). 

I've been using SDS EFI to control fuel and spark for many years.  Before converting this car to EFI, I used SDS EFI in my 245 Turbo for many years beginning in 1990.  I get occasional grief from Megasquirt users who think SDS deserves no respect.  Maybe Megasquirt is better, maybe it isn't.  While Megasquirt does offer a number of peripheral options that SDS doesn't offer,
I've never had an SDS related issue or failure in both 240s I used it in over the past 20 years. I know a LOT of Megasquirt users who can't attest to such reliability.

Keep in mind that SDS has been a very well respected and proven system for AIRCRAFT engines for many years: http://www.sdsefi.com/aircraft.htmlAre there many pilots out there who trust Megasquirt enough to fly around with it?

I'm not a Megasquirt hater. Not even close. I've just never used it yet. I may even try it out someday in my car if I get sufficiently motivated.

There's a lot going on under my hood, but it's pretty reliable and keeps my car going as it needs to. That's a big custom Griffin aluminum radiator with a Lincoln Mark VIII fan.  I have more info on this installation and past fan projects here: 240turbo.com/ElectricCoolingFans.html

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245ti-1997-002.jpgHumble 245 beginnings.....  This was my first 240 Turbo.  I bought this 1984 245 Turbo 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 was my 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. 


245-083004-003-med.jpg 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 90s, 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)

 Then a friend talked me into buying this 1967 BMW 1600ti Alpina. It was a former German Group 3 racer (see photo >>>)... It was complete with box fender flares (pig cheeks), racing suspension, roll-cage and 2 liter racing motor with dual Weber 45 DCOE carbs. 160 BHP in a car that weighed 2100 lbs. This car was a handful. It had a 4.37:1 rear gear ratio with a 4 speed and handled like it was on rails. More about early Alpinas here: https://www.bmw2002.co.uk/history-of-the-02/alpina-02s/

By 1997 when I bought the 245 Turbo, I had already been a customer of iPd for a number of years. 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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