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Funkee
03-12-2011, 07:31 PM
http://www.xs4all.nl/~diroos/volvo/242/foto.JPG
(doing the Dirk :cool:)

Picked up this 242 today for not too much.

Drove it home about 100mls, drives really good actually. Intrax lowering springs, nice and firm. HIDs, works pretty good in the original H4 housings. New snow tires on the Virgos. Real nice interior.

Anyway, at my garage I got it on the lift. Bolted down the airdam properly, welded the exhaust shut (which is almost new from the middle till the back) when I noticed the engine mounts were both shot.
Turns out that the B23 with M47 (I think) dont really line up with the body mounts causing them to rip in half. That was causing the engine to tilt to the right making it almost impossible to get it in 5th gear.
So I welded up some props for measurement of solid steel and drove it for a bit. Man, thats insane so much resonance you'll experience :wtf:
Also there was some sludge on the dipstick, but that could be because of driving short distances. Nothing on the oil cap. And the engine and underside was covered with oil when I got back home, looks like the valve cover gasket is leaking, but Im not sure.

I am contemplating of putting in a B230FT which I can buy for cheap, but there are some bad spots on the car I want to restore first.
Wasn't really planning on buying a project like this, but I couldnt let it sit for that money.

Some pictors

http://www.xs4all.nl/~diroos/volvo/242/_MG_2047.jpg

http://www.xs4all.nl/~diroos/volvo/242/_MG_2064.jpg

http://www.xs4all.nl/~diroos/volvo/242/_MG_2066.jpg

http://www.xs4all.nl/~diroos/volvo/242/_MG_2057.jpg

And yes, it has an ugly side.. but thats the least of my problems :oogle:

We'll see...

amerbritcan
03-12-2011, 08:04 PM
m47? that early? wat?

Funkee
03-12-2011, 08:12 PM
It was put in later, that why the engine doesnt line up with the bolt holes for the mounts properly I guess.

243_Phantom
03-12-2011, 11:35 PM
Please please please put it back to stock. I wish 240s were sold here in '74.

Crazychopstick
03-12-2011, 11:41 PM
I love it already.

What is up with all these cool red interior parts I see? So cool.

amerbritcan
03-12-2011, 11:42 PM
I like that steering wheel.

Mylesofsmyles
03-12-2011, 11:55 PM
This is a coooolll 242!

Dirk242
03-13-2011, 05:21 AM
Nice.

Sander
03-13-2011, 05:55 AM
Nice, I like the steering wheel. Are you going to fix the ugly side as well?

Yellow240
03-13-2011, 06:44 AM
Nice car! Cool to have one of the oldest 240's :-P

stick70
03-13-2011, 06:47 AM
I really do envy your 242, I would love to have one that early

Funkee
03-13-2011, 07:43 AM
Thanks guys. I will fix the ugly side cause I want to respray it after the summer I think.

The interior is really cool, I've never seen these seats except in some manuals. Theyre in good shape too and still pretty comfortable.

http://www.xs4all.nl/~diroos/volvo/242/_MG_2065.jpg

Nice car! Cool to have one of the oldest 240's :-P

Sure is :) I have been wanting one for years but every time a cheap 850 or 940 or 142 came cross my path, and most 240s are way overpriced here in the NL. Glad to have one now for a fair price.

Elwood
03-13-2011, 02:56 PM
beauty !

Funkee
03-13-2011, 08:17 PM
http://www.xs4all.nl/~diroos/volvo/242/_MG_2049.jpg

Does anyone have a good idea for the engine mounts ? I need some that are off center if you know what I mean, but car parts shops are having less and less generic parts in stock making it harder to just compare, most stuff is to order only.

dl242gt
03-14-2011, 07:24 PM
Nice car. You could drill the holes in the crossmember for the stock B23 engine mount brackets.

Wilford Brimley
03-14-2011, 07:48 PM
Please please please put it back to stock. I wish 240s were sold here in '74.
Go back to brickboard

Funkee
03-14-2011, 08:03 PM
Nice car. You could drill the holes in the crossmember for the stock B23 engine mount brackets.

Think ima try some excentric mounts first, ive seen some today and theyre about €16/ea which is worth a shot I guess for temporary. Not realy feeling like peeling the engine out right now so shifting the brackets is a second resort. In that case I'll make some custom ones by the way.

Funkee
03-19-2011, 08:31 PM
http://i51.tinypic.com/7236fb.jpg

Replaced the motor mounts, smashed out the big dent, took off the trailer hitch, did some work on the exhaust and adjusted the iginition.
Now it idles a lot nicer, and now it has the torque it had been missing until today. It's pretty agile now and with the 5 spd it does 140kmh / 90 mph easily now.
Not sure about the engine though, I noticed blow-by and it pushes out some oil through the valve cover gasket. My B18 142 had some blow-by too without any further problems. Anyone with an idea about that ?

J2_
03-20-2011, 07:07 AM
Engine will be fine ;)

I think I know that car, didnt it used to have 17 or 18'' Azev A wheels ?

Early 242's are nice :ninja: I have a Matt Black 242GT on Polaris myself. only with B21E and LPG

Funkee
03-20-2011, 07:23 AM
Yes thats the one, I bought it off the guy. He works at Europeantuning.
Got pics of the 242 ? Mines on LPG also by the way.