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Old 10-25-2018, 10:49 PM   #1
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A few years ago I bought a $600 244 that ran and drove. I learned a lot from that car, mainly from the mistakes I made. Often times exacerbating problems in attempts to solve them. That being said the car never failed and left me stranded. Eventually After making a lot of good progress and completing a b230ft rebuild and swap I sold the car last month and broke even for what I had into. Ha with the exception of labor- that wonít be recouped.




The main reason for selling my old car was to peruse this:

Found this 242 on Craigslist. few and far between in the northeast. I reached out to the guy selling it and went down to Poughkeepsie where it was parked on a small farm. After going back and forth we met in the middle with the price and I came home with the car and title. The previous owner did as much as he could in the 6 months he owned it before deciding to part ways. I was curious to find the history of a 37 year old car like this. Not much is know other than the guy who he had bought it from looked like Willie Nelson and had it parked in his back yard in Red Hook NY. He had it because he thought it would be good on gas


Never have seen a fuel economy gauge in a 240

The car has all the bones but is going to need a good deal of body work. It came with some parts.

I will start with what Im up against in terms of the bad






Beauty is sometimes only skin deep.. rust has done a number on this car. my plan is to drive it around on weekends for a few weeks and then get it in the garage, tear it down and make sure the mig welder is go to go.




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Old 10-26-2018, 08:26 AM   #2
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Well this seems like it should be fun!
Great car and project you've got there.
Good luck, will follow along.
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Old 10-26-2018, 02:16 PM   #3
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Looks nice from 10 feet. Find patch panels at Fixmyrust.com. There are other sites as well. Have fun!
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Old 10-26-2018, 04:09 PM   #4
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Cool car!

I feel your pain on the rust! The plague of the northeast!
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Old 10-26-2018, 05:43 PM   #5
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Old 10-27-2018, 12:28 AM   #6
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Old 10-27-2018, 08:45 PM   #7
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Looks nice from 10 feet. Find patch panels at Fixmyrust.com. There are other sites as well. Have fun!
Thanks, itís def been resprayed at some point. Patch panels are in decent supply. I am going to use VP-volvo they have a pretty extensive parts catalog- a lot of 240 stuff now.
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Old 10-27-2018, 08:51 PM   #8
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Cool car!

I feel your pain on the rust! The plague of the northeast!
yep. Thanks dude.
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Old 10-27-2018, 08:56 PM   #9
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East coast twin right.. Your car is a benchmark for sure.
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Old 10-27-2018, 09:49 PM   #10
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Iíve gotten the car out a few times- loved it. The original b21 runs good, m46 shifts great, overdrive engages well even the green light comes on the dash. I took the time to sort out a few simple things to get the car in decent driving condition for a few weeks or until the snow flies and to go get it nys inspected.

Windshield wipers were shot in more ways than one. Replaced wiper motor, I wire wheeled the control arms primed them and sprayed them with a trim paint.




I also put in new ball joints, replaced fuel line from main pump to sender/tank added a new brake booster hose with Bosch check valve- copped off fcp for $6. Brakes 100% better and idle has smoothed out. and a new set of battery cables

Among the ancient cables, connectors, and hoses in a 37 year old engine bay

I did a once over in the engine bay for now.


I rebuilt a 13c turbo this afternoon, among several I got for free last year when I did the b230ft swap in my old car.
It may be highly ambitious to get all the body work done and do an engine swap this winter but time will tell.
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Old 10-28-2018, 09:51 AM   #11
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Great looking car. I have an 84 in the same classic color.
Love the 81 grille and headlight doors.
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Old 01-27-2019, 12:23 AM   #12
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Over the past couple of months Ive ripped this car apart as much as I am willing to for now. The most recent progress has been increasingly rewarding...




I ended up swapping a 3.31 out of a 91.

R/R of battery tray support fame/area. I will get to the other body fabrication in another post.


Crank back from machine shop rod and main journals are polished and within spec

Block is ready for assembly

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Old 01-28-2019, 12:56 PM   #13
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Please leave the coffin hood and quad squares! I dig this one, keep up the good work!
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Yeah it's come around as an underrated front end. At least bring it to me if you get rid of it.
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Old 01-29-2019, 10:20 PM   #15
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Please leave the coffin hood and quad squares! I dig this one, keep up the good work!
Thanks man. Lately my gut has been telling me to leave it as is.
I will be completely honest with you that I initially had every intention of swapping a flat hood that I got with the car. As for the quad squares- I love them always have. It seems the 81ís black trim under the lights are unique.
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Old 01-30-2019, 03:22 AM   #16
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Nice car! Fire up that mig-welder now!
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