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Old 12-03-2015, 08:37 PM   #51
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Last week got the flooding problem on my 245. There´s a plastic pipe down the red circle that comes into the cockpit with a rubber seal. when mud and dirt come under the hood, they make a pile in the back of the suspension tower and water floods into the car through that tube.
You just have to clean it and add some silicone seal to the tube.
If you want, i can take some pics of my car showing that to explain in better, sorry for my poor english.
I will check this ASAP, we have rain in the forecast all weekend. If you snag more pictures, post them up, that would be awesome.

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just out of curiosity. what are you getting for milage?
The first few weeks I was shooting for good mileage, driving slow and seeing how the car went. I can only guess that is why I got the mileage up to around 26 mpg. Once the car was running right, i drive it harder and have a little more fun in it, So I am averaging 22-23ish under normal driving.

Here is my logged mileage to date-

10/22/15- 13.2g ($29) 275m 20.8 MPG
Performed Tune-Up (Plugs, Wires, Cap, Rotor, Air Filter)
10/29/15- 12.76 ($25) 288m 22.6 MPG
11/9/15- 11.74 ($23) 287m 24.4 MPG
11/14/15- 10.38 ($22) 275m 26.5 MPG (Added Techron Fuel Injector Cleaner at 1.2 Tank)
11/20/1- 13.3 ($27) 300m 22.6 MPG
11/25/15- 12.3 ($24.50) 287m 23.3 MPG
11/29/15- 12.78 ($27.70) 282m 22.1 MPG
Performed Justice Brothers Induction Service
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Old 12-06-2015, 06:39 PM   #52
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Here is where my flood problem started, in the back of an lhd car driver´s side suspension tower




You have to clean mud where the red arrow points. The blue one points the tube you have to disassemble, clean and seal:


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Old 12-07-2015, 12:47 PM   #53
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Thanks, I will locate and clean up both those spots and get that tube resealed!

So I took a little cruise this weekend with a friend. He had to go buy a Passat over north of Orlando, and there was a set of wheels that I wanted to pick up on the way. Did see a sweet Volvo 245 in the neighborhood where I snagged up the wheels.

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A little picture of him following me in the bagged Passat on the way home.

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Old 12-07-2015, 12:47 PM   #54
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Holy ****. 16x10"??

Edit: Those tires look perfect, size-wise.
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Old 12-07-2015, 12:51 PM   #55
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They are 16x9.5's

And the tires are dry and massive. Thinking of going 225/45(Maybe 50)R16's
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Old 12-07-2015, 01:21 PM   #56
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You may want 245/45s
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Old 12-07-2015, 09:13 PM   #57
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225/50/16 was slight stretch on my old ones. Pretty meaty if that's the look you're going for.

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Old 12-07-2015, 09:29 PM   #58
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Wheels are going to look great.

This is exactly the issue I mentioned a few weeks ago! I had the entire interior out of the car, so it was a little easier to pin point. It is an outlet for the cruise control vacuum line to enter into the passenger compartment.


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Here is where my flood problem started, in the back of an lhd car driver´s side suspension tower




You have to clean mud where the red arrow points. The blue one points the tube you have to disassemble, clean and seal:


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Old 12-07-2015, 09:59 PM   #59
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225/50/16 was slight stretch on my old ones. Pretty meaty if that's the look you're going for.
Little less meat... I don't want to look too aggressive with my overly powerful n/a redblock haha

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Wheels are going to look great.

This is exactly the issue I mentioned a few weeks ago! I had the entire interior out of the car, so it was a little easier to pin point. It is an outlet for the cruise control vacuum line to enter into the passenger compartment.
These things can have cruise control!?! and Thanks, really excited to get the wheels cleaned up.
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Old 12-08-2015, 01:44 AM   #60
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Little less meat... I don't want to look too aggressive with my overly powerful n/a redblock haha



These things can have cruise control!?! and Thanks, really excited to get the wheels cleaned up.
They are 9.5" wide, they are going to look pretty meaty no matter the tire size. Resist the urge to go full blown stretch and poke. Just turbo the car and eventually you'll actually need the wider tires anyway.

Actually just do whatever you want. Those wheels will look great no matter what you do.
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Old 12-08-2015, 04:02 AM   #61
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Not a huge fan of major stretch, and even less a fan of poke. I like the tire to still function as it should without the risk of blowouts. I guess at that width though, there will be meat to tires haha
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Old 12-08-2015, 11:34 AM   #62
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You won't blow out tires because of stretch. Blowouts happen when you ride on the tire because the pressure is too low (14psi or less) if kept at 35psi + you'll be fine. 205/50/16 looks pretty nice and you'll actually be able to fit them on the car.



as far as adapter size you'll want 40mm to have it sit right and by that I mean not touching the strut.
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Little less meat... I don't want to look too aggressive with my overly powerful n/a redblock haha



These things can have cruise control!?! and Thanks, really excited to get the wheels cleaned up.
Yep, my 1991 245 has cruise control. Great feature to have on a 240!
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Old 12-30-2015, 10:10 AM   #64
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So I picked up some stuff to replace on the Volvo. Hoping this will help this car run a little better.



Also stopped by a local Volvo guys house and he had some stuff for me. Cost me $200, but I think that it was a pretty good deal. I am not to knowledgable when it comes to used stuff. It's a V Cam, iPd Cam Gear, and a custom bored throttle body that is supposed to be 4mm larger with a custom made butterfly.









And I like to show off my son, he loves coming out to help. Now that he writes, it's even better because he can mark parks and write short notes for me. Kind of awesome!





Him marking the timing belt-



So this is where I started last night-



And this is where I ended-



Have all my shim measurements, just have to go pick them up today so I can reinstall everything tonight!
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Old 01-03-2016, 03:59 PM   #65
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So I borrowed the shim kit from another shop and it was a good thing. Even though I took the measurements probably 3 times, they were still off once the cam was in and I had to switch two of the shims for different ones.





I got everything reassembled and it fired right up. It ran so nice and quiet, then I walk around to see this.



Couldn't figure out what I did, then found this next to the tool cart...



I really thought that was the problem. The belt got chewed up a little running off the pulley, so I got a new one, then after reassembling everything again, I had the same issue. Turned out I needed to space the cam pulley with a spacer. After I made a spacer and reassembled everything, it ran great.

I put on the throttle body while it was apart and fixed some air leaks. The only thing I am noticing now is that I have a pretty high idle. Will need to do some tweaking. Otherwise the car runs great. The cam and pulley definitely make a difference.

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You got a smoking deal on the cam, gear, and throttle body.

I'd still run the cam straight up though. Been proven that stock grinds are best like that.

As for the gear, I'd get the teeth re-anodized. They tend to wear.
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Old 01-03-2016, 05:30 PM   #67
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Friday I spent the day cleaning the mess I made, re blacking all the exterior plastics, and washing and waxing the car. This was all in preparation of a small get together in Orlando that took place Saturday.

I have a few methods for blacking trim, so I thought I would share in case it can help anyone out.

First for hard plastics like the grill, mirrors, and side moldings at the bottom of the door. (Can also use this on all the black surfaces around the windows.) I use wipe new after getting it really clean. You can pick up Wipe New up at any CVS or Walgreens, it comes in a yellow box with some clothes, a little sponge brush (which is great for the grill) and a glove. One bottle can do an entire car. The nice thing is after it dries, it sheds water very well and prevents water spots. It is not a paint, it is clear, but it can be seen if you get it on other surfaces, so take your time! (If you do get it on paint, just wipe it away before it dries, not a huge deal)

Her you can see I have applied Wipe New to the top left section of the grill and not the lower section.





When it comes to bumpers and mud flaps, I have a little different method. I only do this because they usually become pretty grey and faded. I want them black before I put on the Wipe New. I have a bottle of MAP Gas with the trigger. All you do is evenly heat the bumpers and flaps so that the grey surface begins to blacken. You are essentially melting the faded layer. You will be amazed at how it looks after this. But it will fade back again in a few months. If you apply Wipe New over it, it will keep the black for a long time.

Here she is after being all cleaned up and polishing all the chrome too.



Then Saturday there was a little meet in orlando. We all had a great time and the car did awesome. Had some time to do some spirited(ish) driving and it felt great.









Now I have to get back to working on the wheels!
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Old 01-03-2016, 05:43 PM   #68
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You got a smoking deal on the cam, gear, and throttle body.

I'd still run the cam straight up though. Been proven that stock grinds are best like that.

As for the gear, I'd get the teeth re-anodized. They tend to wear.
I will look into the re anodizing. As for the advance, everything I read said you lose a lot of power running the V cam straight up. That the low end felt sluggish. Did I understand that wrong?
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Old 01-11-2016, 12:25 PM   #69
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So I was cruising to work last week when my CEL starts flickering. I thought, hmmm that's strange, the cars been running so nice since the cam.

Well sure enough I come to a light, and feel the car shudder and shut off. Morning traffic behind me and a dead car... I was like, damn.

Managed to get it start and move about 20 feet to the side of the road. After a little inspection, I pull of the CPS wire and what do you know, dangling behind the block is the CPS and half of the bracket along with it.



Looks like the P/O broke it and glued it back in with a hard epoxy. Well hard epoxy and vibrations do not mix. So I did what any logical person would do... cleaned it, scuffed it, and glued it back where it goes! (but with appropriate adhesive that will absorb engine vibration)



Shes been rocking around since with no issues! Loving driving this car around!

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So I believe my cat has come loose inside the exhaust. My remedy is going to be make my own exhaust. From the research I have done it looks like 4 90* Bends and a bunch of straight pipe and a muffler. Is there any reason I should run a resonator? I was planning to weld up a 2.5" system with a Magnaflow

Cant stand the rattle I have going on.
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I ran a glasspack where the cat was and did a turbo muffler behind the gas tank. Sounds good, no drone and straight out the back is lightest. I went with 2.25 and have essentially the same mods you do, no AC, e-fan.
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:10 PM   #72
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Well it has been awhile since an update. Been driving this car everywhere!

I have done a bit since my last post, so I will just fill this in quickly-

Fixed my trip meter because my 1 year old thought he could pull the reset button out of the cluster



Have built my self a new splash guard because the stock one was cracked and wired up. This thing is solid and awesome!!!









And lastly, have cruised to a couple shows and had some fund taking some pictures, so enjoy!





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Old 03-24-2016, 01:59 AM   #73
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Can't wait to go to some events and roll with you when my car is back on the road. Nice progress.
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:53 AM   #74
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Can't wait to go to some events and roll with you when my car is back on the road. Nice progress.
Well Mr. Brown... after perusing your build thread, I think I will have to come visit you and pick your brain! I can tell you come from a VW background. It's hard to explain, but I can see the difference between VW and Volvo people and can see when people have been in both worlds by what they do to their cars.

Where in Florida are you? I am assuming your in Florida anyways haha
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Lol that is funny. Here is my bus I just let go a few years ago


And my bug I had as well



I live in Middleburg but mainly I'm in Jacksonville and Green Cove. It's all so close together. You are welcome to roll out or pick my brain but don't pick hard cause I have no knowledge on anything. I just throw stuff together all Ghettto like.

Ok enough thread jacking but PM me your contact info and we will get up. There's some more guys around here with bricks and its growing. You may even know some of them. Keep up the work. I want to see those wheels mounted!
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