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SquareD 07-27-2013 08:41 PM

SquareD's slow and steady 945 tarbo project
 
So this post was from when I refreshed and upgraded the suspension: TME lowering springs, Volvo/Boge Turbo shocks, iPd sway bars, chassis brace and subframe braces.

... but I'll go ahead and hijack this post to tell the history of the car and to include the running tally of what's been done. I bought the car in Pittsburg, KS in March of 2013 with 91k miles on it; original paint and interior. It was essentially a one owner car. A couple had owned it and obviously fretted over the car. In addition to the low miles, it had a ton of records showing they took it in whenever it even made a noise.

One of the pictures emailed to me:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4296/...e5821df5_b.jpg

Shot of the car on the 5 hr drive home:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4315/...22161c4c_c.jpg

For whatever reason the car had sat for a couple years prior to being put up for sale. A well-known, regional Volvo guru had finally convinced the owner to let him sell it for them. I found out through the local VCOA chapter that a guy down near Springfield, MO had a clean, low mileage 940 turbo that he was preparing to sell. Since I had been looking for a cherry 940 wagon for years, I immediately reached out to him. He did some work getting it back on the road, but you could tell it had sat for a while. The intank fuel pump was dead and the brakes were rusted and warped. It also had dings on almost every body panel and a smattering of paint etching, clear coat damage and scratches. That being said, I knew the car could be really nice with some elbow grease.

I initially bought the car to be my daily driver, but soon decided that this car made a better basis as a project than my 1985 744t. As most of us know, Volvo addressed the biggest weaknesses of the early 7s in the late 940s (galv. sheet metal, beefier engine, G80, better wiring, etc). That and this car being a turbo and a wagon sealed the deal for me. After 20+ years, I sold the 740 in October of 2013 and this car took its place in the garage. I haven't regretted switching project cars for one second.

I've slowly been working on and modding this car the past 3+ years, here's a rundown of what's been done.

Maintenance:
-OE Volvo in-tank fuel pump
-Bosch in-line fuel pump and Mann filter
-Resurfaced all 4 rotors
-OE Volvo pads
-Bosch FPR
-All vacuum lines replaced
-OE Volvo waterpump
-Stant 180 deg thermostat
-INA idler/tensioner
-Continental timing belt
-Continental drive belts
-iPd tailgate rattle kit
-Driver's side power seat cable housing trimming
-Uncracked (JY) shift lever
-Full-car paintless dent removal
-Mobil 1 synthetic differential fluid
-Lucas synthetic brake fluid
-Bosch ignition coil
-Full AC overhaul including a new OE Volvo compressor
-Coolant flush (2x)
-GM Heater valve
-OE Volvo Expansion tank
-Zerex G-05 (HOAT) coolant
-Royal Purple coolant additive
-poly, outer stay rod bushings
-tie rod ends and ball joints

Modifications:
-15g (low mile Volvo rebuild)
-Kinugawa WGA w/ Mylesofsmyles bracket
-do88 intercooler
-Turbosmart e-Boost Street electronic boost controller
-AEM Failsafe Wideband (guage/display is in a aaronllewellyn 3d printed vent pod)
-iPd turbo camshaft
-STS Machining adjustable cam gear
-3" downpipe
-3" Magnaflow cat
-2.5" catback (1 muffler)
-EGR delete
-ported ex. manifold
-Ostrich running a LH tune
-sbabbs EZK chip
-42lb/hr green giant injectors
-K&N panel filter
-gutted airbox
-Yoshifab crankcase vent, can and vented oil cap
-VHT Wrinkle finish valve cover w/ polished letters
-Koni Sports front and rear
-TME sport springs in front
-Kaplhenke adjustable perches w/ 150lb springs in rear
-Kaplhenke QRSC's
-Kaplhenke adjustable sway bar endlinks
-Kaplhenke BNE adjustable strut mounts
-iPd sway bars
-iPd adjustable panhard rod
-iPd/Cherry Turbos strut brace
-Cherry Turbos lower chassis brace
-960 subframe braces
-EBC Redstuff front pads
-iPd braided stainless brake lines
-Forged BBS RG-R wheels (17x8, 5x120, et40, 17lbs/ea)
-Motorsports Tech adapters (22mm front, 28mm rear)
-Michelin Pilot SuperSport tires (225/45-r17)
-OE Ecode headlights
-Eggcrate grille
-V90 taillights, hatch spoiler and handle
-V/S90 "Volvo" door sill moldings
-"940_TURBO" tailgate badge
-Euro side indicators
-Ambient temperature sensor/display
-850R Alcantara front headrests
-Pioneer HU
-Kicker CS series speakers front and rear

Stuff waiting to go on:
-M90 transmission
-Yoshifab billet flywheel/clutch kit

Future mods?
-do88 radiator
-Some sort of brake upgrade, maybe?
-Deeper front spoiler
-OEM or aftermarket duckbill rear spoiler

-TO BE CONT'D-

240240 07-27-2013 09:21 PM

:grrr: I thought I was gonna see some other double dees...

Wind 07-27-2013 09:24 PM

Car looks good man! Nice to see headlights that aren't yellow and sad looking...

I dig the licence plate for sure.

5cyl 07-27-2013 09:32 PM

i like

SquareD 07-27-2013 09:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wind (Post 4642321)
Car looks good man! Nice to see headlights that aren't yellow and sad looking...

I dig the licence plate for sure.

Thanks guys, it still has a few little things to iron out but I'm pretty happy with it. As far as the lack of yellowed light, it helps that the car only has 98k miles. :cool:

Wind 07-27-2013 09:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SquareD (Post 4642333)
Thanks guys, it still has a few little things to iron out but I'm pretty happy with it. As far as the lack of yellowed light, it helps that the car only has 98k miles. :cool:

Just getting properly broken in :lol:

SquareD 07-27-2013 09:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 240240 (Post 4642319)
:grrr: I thought I was gonna see some other double dees...

Noob please, this is showroom. :-P

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wind (Post 4642337)
Just getting properly broken in :lol:

Lol. When I try to emphasize to my friends that it has super low miles they don't get it.

240240 07-27-2013 10:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SquareD (Post 4642342)
Noob please, this is showroom. :-P



Lol. When I try to emphasize to my friends that it has super low miles they don't get it.

That's still a nice dd

Råda 07-28-2013 03:58 AM

Sweet wagon!

760T man 07-28-2013 02:38 PM

20TIL10 for epic plate hilarity.

760T man 07-28-2013 02:41 PM

Oh, and that looks just like my old car, with the exception of wheels, obviously.

http://www.pbase.com/mr740ti/image/5...9/original.jpg

Edit:// and my car had mudflaps and rain guards on the windows, for moar grandpa swag.

MistrThou 07-28-2013 03:05 PM

Sharp lookin car. Can't say I like the wheels though.

240240 07-28-2013 04:18 PM

Its so clean. I want one again now. Plus one for more grandpa swag. Mudflaps maybe a sunroof deflector. A tow hitch

91_740Turbo 07-28-2013 06:27 PM

CLEAN!!!! Ecodes now!

fivealive 07-29-2013 12:25 AM

.

15A 07-29-2013 06:53 AM

Whats the colors on that? 412 exterior and ? interior?

MadDog_945 07-29-2013 07:21 AM

The license plate is killer :D

SquareD 07-29-2013 08:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Råda (Post 4642516)
Sweet wagon!

Thanks breh!

Quote:

Originally Posted by 760T man (Post 4642751)
Oh, and that looks just like my old car, with the exception of wheels, obviously. Edit:// and my car had mudflaps and rain guards on the windows, for moar grandpa swag.

Quote:

Originally Posted by 240240 (Post 4642831)
Its so clean. I want one again now. Plus one for more grandpa swag. Mudflaps maybe a sunroof deflector. A tow hitch

I go for more the hella clean look than the grandpa swag look.:lol:

Quote:

Originally Posted by MistrThou (Post 4642767)
Sharp lookin car. Can't say I like the wheels though.

Not a fan of perfos? I dig 'em, they're like a more modern hydra IMO. Plus $120 set of junkyard wheels FTW.

Quote:

Originally Posted by 91_740Turbo (Post 4642919)
CLEAN!!!! Ecodes now!

Quote:

Originally Posted by fivealive (Post 4643211)
Nice car!

I've got a set of ecodes for sale by the way: http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=280769

Hmmm. I'd definitely like to do some ecodes eventually, but there are more pressing issues; mainly exhaust and tires. I'd highly prefer to get some OEM ones though. [TB]If you have those when I have the money (which is a ways off), I'll be all over them.[/TB]

Quote:

Originally Posted by 15A (Post 4643320)
Whats the colors on that? 412 exterior and ? interior?

Yeah, 412 Metallic Blue Green with that medium grey leather.

Quote:

Originally Posted by MadDog_945 (Post 4643335)
The license plate is killer :D

Thanks, it was my wife's idea. My first choice was NINE 45, but I'm pretty sure they couldn't read my chicken scratch. Oh well.

Thanks for the complements guys!

MadDog_945 07-29-2013 09:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SquareD (Post 4643353)
Yeah, 412 Metallic Blue Green with that medium grey leather.

Thats called FjordGreen Metallic :)

SquareD 07-29-2013 09:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MadDog_945 (Post 4643380)
Thats called FjordGreen Metallic :)

Interesting. I see it's also listed as tropical green.

CAPT_BLOTTO 07-29-2013 09:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SquareD (Post 4642301)


GASP! Your Volvo is haunted!

shaved240 07-29-2013 09:48 AM

Are you running adapters with those wheels?

SquareD 07-29-2013 09:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shaved240 (Post 4643400)
Are you running adapters with those wheels?

Yeah, they're FWD, S70 T5 wheels. I'm running Motorsports Tech adapters with your standard 25mm front and 32mm rear FWD--->RWD setup...

15A 07-29-2013 12:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SquareD (Post 4643353)
Yeah, 412 Metallic Blue Green with that medium grey leather.

Looks GOOD. :cool:

"412" Verdigris/Tropic Green metallic is my g/f's favorite Volvo color - and happens to be the color of her 945. It had the inevitable baby poop tan until I found a dark gray interior in a late 960 to replace it with.

SquareD 07-29-2013 12:47 PM

Thanks. I'm not a fan of dark colors at all, but it's growing on me. It's an interesting color, on a cloudy day it looks pretty dark, but it really brightens up when it's under full sun. The interior is in pretty good shape, some scratches and cracking, but only one small rip. I've been conditioning and lexol'ing the crap out of it to slow its eventual decline.

GTJordan 07-29-2013 01:44 PM

Looking good!

OGT????

SquareD 07-29-2013 02:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GTJordan (Post 4643539)
Looking good!

OGT????

Thanks Jordan. LOL, Old Grandpa Tune. I forgot exactly what was entailed with an OGT. I think I have a small vac leak, other than that it rolls out decently. I have no idea how much boost I'm running. Not enough to ping on premium...:lol:

JohnMc 07-29-2013 02:08 PM

E85 is in pumps all over the place now...


:oogle:

/says the guy whose car is all blowed up

SquareD 07-29-2013 02:16 PM

Nooooooo. :lol:

I seriously need to resist mission creep with this car. It's a DD and that's what it needs to excel at.

GTJordan 07-29-2013 04:22 PM

I think it was just a filter, exhaust and mbc... Oh and a VX cam.... Old school

SquareD 08-18-2013 04:02 PM

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4327/...d229fec2_c.jpg

Bored, waiting for my daughter to wake up; so I'll post another couple pictures of the car. Dat shine.

Silver 08-18-2013 05:20 PM

Looks good!

I love the ride height. It must be nice to not always be worrying about your suspension/clearance. The S70 wheels are a classy touch, too!

SquareD 08-19-2013 12:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Silver (Post 4660068)
Looks good!

I love the ride height. It must be nice to not always be worrying about your suspension/clearance. The S70 wheels are a classy touch, too!

Thanks. I like the ride height too, though I wish the TME springs were a little stiffer. And of course I've had to "shim" the right rear to level it out. Stupid 7/9 lean.

Took it for a drive through the city yesterday. Over the weekend I had a 70+ year old white woman, a ~20 year old black guy and a ~50 year old black guy give me compliments on it. LOL Here are a couple more from my drive yesterday.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4303/...0e1a362c_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4297/...84513e1b_z.jpg

Manbeard 08-19-2013 10:11 PM

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...ps006c89ce.jpg

i love this

SquareD 08-19-2013 10:18 PM

Thanks Manbeard.

Owsley 08-19-2013 10:35 PM

It sparkles. It's those little things that take it from a clean used car to one that attracts compliments and really catches the eye. Very, very nice. The headlights look great.

SquareD 08-20-2013 12:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sowsley (Post 4661064)
It sparkles. It's those little things that take it from a clean used car to one that attracts compliments and really catches the eye. Very, very nice. The headlights look great.

Thanks, I appreciate the kind words. It was in good mechanical shape when I got it and just needed some work aesthetically. I'm happy with how it's shaping up, it drives and looks great now. This car is a rare find in the Midwest.

SquareD 12-04-2013 01:58 PM

Update, because I can. The waggy is no longer my DD. Since selling the 740, the 945 has been slotted into the fun/project car role and is now comfortably sitting in my garage. It's a clean enough example of an ever dwindling population of 9 series turbowagons, that I didn't want to subject it to my 70 mile commute and winter weather.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4313/...ee3153db_c.jpg

So that left me scrambling for a new DD. After being dissapointed at the Accord/Civic/Camry/ES300/etc... offerings out there in my price range I settled on a 2002 SR5 2wd 4Runner. Not exactly what I was looking for when I started my search, but it's a one owner, was pretty darn clean and only had 91k miles on it. So far I enjoy it, it's like driving a lifted 240 wagon.

JohnMc 12-04-2013 02:17 PM

3rd gen 4Runner fist bump!

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/smcr/IMG_7896.jpg

SquareD 12-04-2013 02:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JohnMc (Post 4760629)
3rd gen 4Runner fist bump!

Dap it, bro.

That picture just gave me a seizure, THERE'S SO MUCH DIRT ON YOUR TRUCK!!! Mine's cleaner. :lol:

Mall crawlin' 4 lyfe. I actually want to get a "flexin'" picture for Stephen/Manbeard. You know, with one tire up on a curb or something. lol

Manbeard 12-04-2013 04:24 PM

hahahahaha yes!!

OldGrandpaTune 12-04-2013 05:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SquareD (Post 4643547)
Thanks Jordan. LOL, Old Grandpa Tune. I forgot exactly what was entailed with an OGT. I think I have a small vac leak, other than that it rolls out decently. I have no idea how much boost I'm running. Not enough to ping on premium...:lol:

What is wrong with Old Grandpa Tune. I have it and like it, and don't go taking my radio off of AM where it belongs.

Looks like a nice car that won't take much to have really tidy!

JohnMc 12-04-2013 05:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SquareD (Post 4760654)
That picture just gave me a seizure, THERE'S SO MUCH DIRT ON YOUR TRUCK!!! Mine's cleaner. :lol:

Mine's still a bit dirty under the hood from that St. Joes trip, and that was ~2 years ago.

The rear axle will flex quite a bit - it takes a lot to get a wheel dangling:
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y141/smcr/IMG_0066.jpg

Crazychopstick 12-04-2013 06:36 PM

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a2...a/159_0813.jpg

4Runner bros.

Assemble!

SquareD 12-04-2013 06:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Crazychopstick (Post 4760875)
4Runner bros.

Assemble!

Like Voltron with frame rust?

Hey, hey, hey. Let's not make it all about the broRunners, this is showroom. I do get why 240 guys like these, both vehicles sit like trucks.

Crazychopstick 12-04-2013 07:47 PM

3rd gens didn't get the frame recall like the Tacomas did.

Any frame rust should be surface and nothing structurally damaging. Supposedly we had better frame coatings.

pwschuh 12-04-2013 09:44 PM

I knew a guy with a 2WD Explorer once. We all used to tease him about his 'minivan.' ;)

SquareD 12-05-2013 09:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pwschuh (Post 4761039)
I knew a guy with a 2WD Explorer once. We all used to tease him about his 'minivan.' ;)

As an admirer of the versatility of the minivan, I'm offended by the jab at your acquaintance's crappy Exploder.

http://forums.turbobricks.com/pictur...pictureid=2316

Quote:

Originally Posted by Phishnoob (Post 4760793)
What is wrong with Old Grandpa Tune. I have it and like it, and don't go taking my radio off of AM where it belongs.

Looks like a nice car that won't take much to have really tidy!

Thanks. Eventually I want to basically OGT this. 16t, 2.5 or 3" exhaust, ipd cam, chips... and maybe down the road a manual swap.

JohnMc 12-05-2013 10:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Crazychopstick (Post 4760937)
3rd gens didn't get the frame recall like the Tacomas did.

Any frame rust should be surface and nothing structurally damaging. Supposedly we had better frame coatings.

A few people have managed to get rusty frames on 3rd gens, but they're generally from vry srs salt belt states, and the car was probably never washed after driving in winter. It's rare.

The Tacos were rusting out all over the place. US made frames from DANA vs. the 4Runner's Japanese made frames.

Sort of like all the old 60's Land Rover's, which had a similar fairly light gauge boxed steel frame that was no match for salty roads. There used to be saggy looking Land Rovers parked in backyards all over the midwest. I think some people made a cottage industry out of getting them for cheap and sticking new galvanized frames under them, then selling them on for $$$$$.

760T man 12-05-2013 09:32 PM

You as<syhgh>sholes have me wanting to get a 3rd gen 4runner now. :grrr:


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