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Old 03-19-2013, 03:55 AM   #1
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In 2009, I bought my first car.

In 2012, I briefly had a second car, which unfortunately I had to sell.

In 2013, a very good buddy of mine sold his 1982 242 GLT to me.






As a Canadian model car, it has the B23E engine and a K cam. The car has an M46 with working overdrive, is lightly modded but is suffering from some rust in the buttcheeks. The clock read 345,215kms (214,507mi) on it when I bought it, but mechanically it was good. That said, it was showing signs that it needed a new head gasket.

Did I mention that it has an M46? I need to mention that I've never driven manual before. If I taught myself guitar, I can teach myself how to drive manual, right? What could possibly go wrong?

The answer is, not much, actually.

Drove the car every day for the first two weeks that I had it and it has really, really grown on me. "We'll see what ends up happening to the car, but for now, a proper restoration is needed first."

Yeah, right.

Less than a month since I got the car, I've been on Turbobricks snagging stuff for this car already...

EDITED: AUGUST 2, 2016

Engine
  • Airbox delete, replaced with K&N 3" cone filter that doesn't quite fit right (came with car)
  • Kingsborne Wire Werks 8mm ignition wires in blue with boot insulators
  • thelostartof silicone radiator hose kit
  • revolve40's custom powdercoated B21FT/B23FT valve cover in neon orange with polished chrome B21 oil filler cap, chrome acorn nuts and washers
Exhaust
  • Custom 2.5" exhaust, dual resonators, no cat (came with car)
Suspension
  • iPd 25mm/25mm (?) anti-sway bars (came with car)
  • Unknown polyurethane sway bar link bushings (came with car)
  • Bilstein HD struts & shocks (came with car)
  • TME Sweden lowering springs, unknown number of cut coils? (came with car)
  • iPd upper strut brace by Cherry Turbo (came with car)
  • Custom painted '78-'80 Volvo 240 GT strut tower to firewall braces in gold
Wheels/Tires
  • Summers: 16"x7" ET20 CSA Star (HDT Momo Star replicas)
    • Fuzion HRi 205/55R16 91H M+S rubber
    • Fake RAYS billet aluminum valve stem caps in purple
    • Custom painted centre caps in gold
    • Keephimatbay 60mm Volvo 3D gel centre cap decals
  • Winters: 15"x6.5" ET25 Volvo steelies painted white
    • Gislaved Nord*Frost 3, 195/65R15 91T M+S rubber
    • 15" iPd steel beauty rings
    • '80-'85 Volvo 240 metal centre caps
Exterior
  • Thule 300 towers, 50" load bars, various attachments, late-model fairing
  • OEM '74-'85 Volvo 240 snowcap
  • '75 Volvo 245 flathood in orange
  • '78-'80 Volvo 240 7" round headlight bezels
  • 200K High Mileage badge with smokeyfan1000's grille bracket
  • '78-'80 Volvo 240 flathood grille
  • Euro-spec GLT grille badge
  • '89 Volvo 240 front and rear bumpers, supports, trim
  • '93 Volvo 850 front bumper lower valence, fog light holes cut out
  • '82+ Volvo 240 sedan rear décor panel
  • Early Volvo 240 chrome and gold exterior rear roof corner trim plates
  • RSI stainless licence plate badge in rear
  • VMS Racing billet licence plate nuts rear in orange
Exterior Lighting
  • Hella E-code H4 7" round housings
  • eBay ceramic H4 headlight adapter harnesses
  • 35W 3000K bi-xenon HID headlights, slim digital ballast setup
  • '74-'85 Volvo 240 E-code front corner lights
  • White CREE projector LED front running lights
  • eBay HOVA replica red/clear six-panel tail lights with black trim
  • Aftermarket licence plate light housings, white LEDs
Interior
  • Lower half of an OEM Volvo 240 dash coin tray in black (came with car)
  • OEM Volvo 240 plastic floor mats in black (came with car)
  • Kaplhenke racing hub, Momo RACE steering wheel
  • OEM Volvo 240 plastic trunk mats in black
  • Adapted Volvo M46 shift knob with securing screw
Interior Lighting
  • LED trunk light in white
Entertainment
  • JVC KD-G310 CD deck (came with car)
  • Pioneer speakers in front, Premier speakers in rear (came with car)
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:57 AM   #2
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Previous Owner's Pictures:

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After amargill19?'s Suspension Goodies and New Bumpers


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Just Before I Got It





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Old 03-19-2013, 03:58 AM   #3
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The madness begins...

Going to keep the late flathood grille and bezels and rounds. Selling the GT grille and bezels.

Snowcap installed!

Missing: an actual flathood.


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Old 03-19-2013, 09:25 AM   #4
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i like the car in it's winter mode. is it still that low?
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:01 PM   #5
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Yup! I believe that was also with 25mm spacers all around. At the moment only the rears have the 25mm spacers.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:08 PM   #6
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Adjustable cam gear...on a B23E? Or is it an 'mercun GLT with a B21FT?

The B23E is great, mine had over 400,000km when we retired it, still running strong, even though half it's life was on 87 octane pinging all day every day.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:28 PM   #7
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damn.... I know everyone loves rounds or quad rounds but FFS keep the quad squares.... that just looks mean and sexy at the same time. Every time I see a volvo with rounds or quad rounds I always think to myself "Gee that looks nice...but not mean and awesome....just nice, kinda like 40's swell looking things"
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Adjustable cam gear...on a B23E? Or is it an 'mercun GLT with a B21FT?

The B23E is great, mine had over 400,000km when we retired it, still running strong, even though half it's life was on 87 octane pinging all day every day.
B23E. It's strong alright!
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damn.... I know everyone loves rounds or quad rounds but FFS keep the quad squares.... that just looks mean and sexy at the same time. Every time I see a volvo with rounds or quad rounds I always think to myself "Gee that looks nice...but not mean and awesome....just nice, kinda like 40's swell looking things"
You can have the quad squares. Single rounds are so rare here, and I love that even-older-school look.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:43 PM   #9
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:55 PM   #10
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:55 PM   #11
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if I still had a 240 I'd jump on that :P my old 245 is somewhat easy to dig up iirc but overall it looks like an great start
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Sell/store the adjustable cam gear- not sure you'd get much benefit changing cam timing. It already needs premium and has aggressive spark timing at low rpm to improve the bottom end. Advancing it will shift the torque curve down a bit, but may be detrimental if you increase potential for pinging.

I never found the low end lacking anyway. I DID find I lost about 20hp and 20% fuel economy (not exaggerating) by not using high enough octane though.
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Sell/store the adjustable cam gear- not sure you'd get much benefit changing cam timing. It already needs premium and has aggressive spark timing at low rpm to improve the bottom end. Advancing it will shift the torque curve down a bit, but may be detrimental if you increase potential for pinging.

I never found the low end lacking anyway. I DID find I lost about 20hp and 20% fuel economy (not exaggerating) by not using high enough octane though.
Your advice shall be heeded, wise one.
  1. New headgasket
  2. AirCare/insure
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Oh yeah, what are the head gasket signs?

I ran that 400k engine AIR COOLED (at 100kph, on the 401, for several kms) on more than one occasion and the head gasket never had a problem.
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White smoke out the exhaust, oil seeping out between head and block. General crankiness and such.
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240 ftw!
what ended up happening to those old powder coated wheels?
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:53 PM   #17
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Went to Theo (as you know), who sold it to another friend of ours. They're the winters for a white 850 Turbo now haha
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Idk how I missed that you bought this car! Congrats, I'm expecting great things to come
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Fun stuff. Watch for dat rust.
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Very similar to the car I just bought, 1981 242 GLT silver... haha Want to send me a flathood setup?
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I'm watching it. Nothing is happening.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:54 PM   #22
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Excellent, and congrats! Looking forward to checking it out IRL at a meet some time.
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I prefer the original stock look. GL!
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That's a sweet 242
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