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Old 05-14-2015, 02:07 PM   #1
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Well, it happened again.

I had the '83 245 Turbo for about 10 months, and make no mistake, I loved that car, but I had to have this one. Here's the brief rundown.

A Turbobricker (MMathews) bought this car in 1994 and put 50-60k miles on it. When he started the project, the car had about 175k on it. Mark swapped most of the turbo bits over from a 940SE and put a 15G on it. It's a really, really nicely done swap. If Volvo had built a 240 Turbo in 1990, this is what they would have built. Everything under the hood looks OEM.

About a year ago, a friend of mine (Randy) was in need of a daily driver. I don't remember how exactly he and Mark got hooked up (Facebook, maybe?), but my buddy bought the car. I was secretly jealous that I didn't have the money to get it when he did, but I held out hope that it would be mine in the future.

The car was purchased with a slipping AW70, but the sale included a good AW71, not to mention a boatload of spare parts.

Randy loaded the car onto a trailer and pulled it home. We immediately got to work swapping the AW71 in.

The car ran pretty well after that, with the exception of the original radiator giving up. That was a pretty easy fix. When Randy bought the car, the rear end was whining badly, so we sourced a replacement and slammed that in. That was about 10 months ago.

Since then, the car has been running and driving great. Randy recently purchased a newer Toyota and a small pickup, and needed to thin the herd.

He called me and told me it was time to sell his wagon, and asked if I wanted dibs. Of course, I did, so I put the 83 up for sale that night and sold it about 7 days later.

I bought the car about a week ago, and immediately drove it 3 hours to Charlotte and autocrossed it.



While in Charlotte, I sourced this:



Which is planned to be the only serious modification to the car, beyond buying a set of Kaplan's Eikers somewhere in the undetermined future.

Here's what's done to the car...

+T on a big rod B230F
AW71
IPD 25/22 Swaybars
IPD Adjustable Torque Rods
IPD Lowering Springs
Bilstein HD Struts and Shocks
TLAO Chips
15G at 12psi or so
Upper and Lower Chassis Bracing
15" 780 Multi-X wheels
Browntops
SAM (I think) Exhaust
Battery relocated to the back

I'm really excited for this thing. All it really needs is a nice buff/polish to bring the shine back into the paint, some fiddly bits on the interior trim fixed, and a set of E-codes.



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Old 05-14-2015, 02:16 PM   #2
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I love that you bought this car. It was for sale a couple of months ago? If it's the same one I'm thinking of I tried to convince my girlfriend/now fiance to buy it so we could launch her 940.
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Wow very nice.
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:23 PM   #4
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I love that you bought this car. It was for sale a couple of months ago? If it's the same one I'm thinking of I tried to convince my girlfriend/now fiance to buy it so we could launch her 940.
Yep, last time it was listed for sale here was June of last year.
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And it's a slicktop. Thank god.
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Old 05-14-2015, 03:29 PM   #6
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I just want to forewarn you. You are going to hate that shifter. It has the weirdest feeling and like no return-to-center. Did you drive Mark's car with it?

Also, too bad you sold those AREs. They would've been right at home on this one.
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I just want to forewarn you. You are going to hate that shifter. It has the weirdest feeling and like no return-to-center. Did you drive Mark's car with it?

Also, too bad you sold those AREs. They would've been right at home on this one.
Oh, yeah, no...I tried to get it into reverse and felt like I was going to snap the tailshaft off the transmission. I'm ordering a nice shifter since I'll be daily driving it. Worth spending $150 or so.
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Neat. Does it mean you will work on the 244 again?
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Neat. Does it mean you will work on the 244 again?
The spirit is willing but the wallet is spongy and bruised.

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Old 05-14-2015, 04:03 PM   #11
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Oh, yeah, no...I tried to get it into reverse and felt like I was going to snap the tailshaft off the transmission. I'm ordering a nice shifter since I'll be daily driving it. Worth spending $150 or so.
I found a pro 5.0 on eBay for $100 to use in the 122. There's also a few on CL from time to time around here. If you find one near me let me know and I'll pick it up.
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Old 05-15-2015, 12:28 AM   #13
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Nice find! ...Speaking of ecodes, i have a pair of the ones that look real similar (DJauto i believe) that im not using and would be glad to have more shelf space at a small fee to you

Figured i would put that out there, pm if youd like
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Old 05-15-2015, 09:43 AM   #14
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Nice find! ...Speaking of ecodes, i have a pair of the ones that look real similar (DJauto i believe) that im not using and would be glad to have more shelf space at a small fee to you

Figured i would put that out there, pm if youd like
Cool. PM incoming.

Spent some time last night polishing and waxing this thing. I've never had a car with paint worth working on. Turned out ok I think. I polished the headlights and taillights too. I need to black the trim and really clean the wheels, but I'm happy so far.

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Looking good! What's the ratio on the rear end/ 5th gear?
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Looking good! What's the ratio on the rear end/ 5th gear?
It currently has a 3.73 rear axle. The T5 has a .63 or .68 overdrive, can't remember at the moment. I had the same combo in my '79 244. It's not terrible, but it can get a little annoying around here going from 5th to 4th constantly going up and down hills.
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Thanks for the input! What kind of rpm do you see @ 80 mph?

I've got a v6 box with the .73 (iirc) 5th and a t5z close ratio box with the .80 5th (same as the m46 )

I'm thinking the v6 5th would work well with the 3.73 that's already in the car, and your experience seems to support that theory. I'd like to swap the .80 in the T5z for a .68 and pick up a 3.91/ or 4.10 rear axle ideally.
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Well, the swap isn't done yet, but I seem to remember that in the 79, I was turning right around 2,500-2,600 rpm at 80ish mph.

I've considered the 4.10 rear as well, but first gear would be totally useless. 3.91 might not be bad. My '79 had that in there stock.

I think the .73 5th would match well with a 3.73 rear.
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The t5z has a 2.95 first....I'm pretty confident it could handle the 4.10. I mean compared to the M46 / 3.73 combo that's in there now, anything would be an improvement as far as first is concerned
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So I'm thinking about wheels now...I think I want something clean and 5-spoke. And in a more common bolt pattern.

MSW Style 14s (17x7.5, et45) might just fit the bill. Only $102 each.

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Clean looking car! I really dig that color code too. Shines up beautifully!
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Old 05-29-2015, 07:34 PM   #22
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The more I look at your wagon, the more I tell myself I need some IPD springs for my 245. The Jeep cherokee stance really takes away from the sexiness these wagons are capable of.
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Old 06-08-2015, 03:59 PM   #23
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Well, I decided to have a little fun with the car this past weekend at autocross. I had a grin on my face the whole time, but did wind up destroying a (I think) rod bearing.

That was Saturday, so on Sunday, I jumped in the car and drove 3 hours to Charlotte. I lucked up and found a pretty clean looking B230F from a '93 244. Yanked it out, tossed it in the Corolla, and drove back up the mountain. Got it unloaded at 2AM this morning :eyeroll:

I'll tear into it in a couple hours, but all signs seem to indicate that it'll be a good motor. It has compression when I turn it by hand, and the top and bottom ends look really clean. Here's hoping.

There is a flat flywheel converted for 2.4 in the mail on its way to me, so that's the last piece I'm missing for the 5 speed swap. Not looking forward to putting the pedal box in, but it has to be done. Oh well.

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Old 06-15-2015, 12:47 PM   #24
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Well, while pulling the old motor out yesterday, I realized (not without help) that the torque converter bolts had loosened up, allowing the torque converter to rattle around on the flexplate. That was the knocking I was hearing, not rod knock.

Sigh.

So now I have a 240 that needs a motor put back in it, a pedal cluster to install, and a strep infection to fight while doing all of this. Hooray.

Sh*t like this makes me want to go take out a loan and buy a newer car.
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I'm in the same boat. My shortlist includes a manual SH-AWD TL, a manual G37s, or an RDX (because it's such an oddball). So tired of DDing a modified 240.
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