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Old 04-25-2019, 11:47 PM   #601
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Glad it's really no big deal. Can you push the fan in closer to the radiator? Are you going to take it to Davis?

Also, I hope you got my reservation for that same field trip this weekend.
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Old 04-26-2019, 02:08 AM   #602
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It’s already fixed - the fan shroud had just come unmoored from the radiator, and was falling into the engine as I would accelerate. The wee screws I used were a little small and apparently insufficient.

Honestly the car is feeling like it’s not sorted out well enough to make a long trip yet. I have a bit of leftover grief from our Lemons box truck breaking down several times recently and all the headaches that ensued. Last thing I want this weekend is some dumb 240 problem in the middle of BFE Central Valley CA with the wife and kid along for the ride. So I think it’s staying home for this one. We’ll take the V60 and I’ll do the spirited drive in that, dammit!

I made enough changes to ye olde 1981 Volvo that it just gives me a vibe that it could let me down at any moment. Nothing major. Handling and ride is pretty nice. Heater valve is stuck open or broken so the heat’s always on. Fairly significant tire rub at the rear over bigger bumps. Engine dies randomly at stoplights now. I still love the car though. **** my life.
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Old 04-26-2019, 09:51 AM   #603
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Pretty easy to pickup a hitemp ball valve from hardware store and cut it into one of the heater hoses behind the dash (passenger side). I would reach behind the center console side cover near the floor/firewall - and just completely close off flow to the heater except for the occasional winter day. I was never able to source a heater control valve that reliably closed off flow completely. But the ball valve doesn't take no for an answer.
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Old 04-26-2019, 10:29 AM   #604
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Wise man. I'm still learning to ignore that little voice in my head that says "Wing It"! Plus you can probably fit more goodies in the back of the 60.
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Old 04-26-2019, 12:13 PM   #605
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Also, I hope you got my reservation for that same field trip this weekend.
For reals, anytime you are in the LA area during the week I can show you around. Our little building here is small but there is some cool stuff to see, including the low-volume production line for the Honda Clarity fuel cell 2-stage electric compressor. ROBOTS

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Pretty easy to pickup a hitemp ball valve from hardware store and cut it into one of the heater hoses behind the dash (passenger side). I would reach behind the center console side cover near the floor/firewall - and just completely close off flow to the heater except for the occasional winter day. I was never able to source a heater control valve that reliably closed off flow completely. But the ball valve doesn't take no for an answer.
That's certainly an option although I'd like to explore heater valves for a bit. Doesn't someone offer a drop-in upgrade valve for the 240, or am I imagining things?

Fake edit: yes - found it. Wagonmeister Dave. I'll look into this more: https://www.wagonmeister.com/240-rep...t-heater-valve

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Wise man. I'm still learning to ignore that little voice in my head that says "Wing It"! Plus you can probably fit more goodies in the back of the 60.
If it were just me driving solo or caravanning with friends, I'd wing it this time and fix whatever broke at the side of the road. Having the family with me changes the outlook a bit. Trip will still be enjoyable in the boring newer car though. The V60 cargo volume is disappointingly small, but we have a roof box, so Davis swap meet here I come.
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Old 04-26-2019, 12:20 PM   #606
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Itís already fixed - the fan shroud had just come unmoored from the radiator, and was falling into the engine as I would accelerate. The wee screws I used were a little small and apparently insufficient.

Honestly the car is feeling like itís not sorted out well enough to make a long trip yet. I have a bit of leftover grief from our Lemons box truck breaking down several times recently and all the headaches that ensued. Last thing I want this weekend is some dumb 240 problem in the middle of BFE Central Valley CA with the wife and kid along for the ride. So I think itís staying home for this one. Weíll take the V60 and Iíll do the spirited drive in that, dammit!

I made enough changes to ye olde 1981 Volvo that it just gives me a vibe that it could let me down at any moment. Nothing major. Handling and ride is pretty nice. Heater valve is stuck open or broken so the heatís always on. Fairly significant tire rub at the rear over bigger bumps. Engine dies randomly at stoplights now. I still love the car though. **** my life.
Ah yes, the ole Stockholm syndrome. Standard in old Swedish cars.

So is the box truck an RV now or what?
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Old 04-26-2019, 12:39 PM   #607
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Ah yes, the ole Stockholm syndrome. Standard in old Swedish cars.

So is the box truck an RV now or what?
Yeah the box truck is legally an RV, converted from commercial registration. We did that about 5 years ago. It's a 1995 medium duty International so it would've needed a 2010 or newer engine swap (!) to stay legal in CA as a commercial truck. Changing over to an RV made it smog exempt, reduced registration costs drastically, and reduced insurance.

We don't actually camp in it, but it's the mobile shop and car hauler for the E36 Lemons Camper. There were some breakdowns on the last two trips, related to the 7.3L HEUI fuel system. Not fun, and not cheap to tow that big bastard.
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Well I didn't take this car to Davis after all - not enough shakedown after all the recent changes. It was disappointing but the right call. Drove it to work this morning and the heater core must be leaking, since I'm getting a nice fog on the glass from the vents after it warms up. Not sure why else it would be doing that, although perhaps it's related to the apparently broken heater valve...? Heat is always on, and the blower fan is also always on, despite the fact that I used a newer 5-position fan switch. Pending further investigation.

We had a good time this weekend despite using the V60 Cross Country bail-out car; spirited drive through the hills was no problem and it was fun getting the tires to squeal on that car finally. Homer and Alex and I stopped to help fellow 240 owner Jill whose '87 wagon had suddenly overheated and lost most of its coolant outside of Auburn. After a bit of diagnosis and talking through different scenarios we decided it was best to just replace the water pump right there by the side of the highway in gold rush country. The local NAPA had the pump in stock. Turns out the gasket had completely blown out between the pump & block. We had it back on the road in a few hours with no major issues, except some sunburn.







At the show on Sunday it was great to hang out with all the old 240 crowd and meet Tate & Sean (Hackster) in person finally and check out their sweet 242s. Will be back next year!







At one point during the show someone announced "please close your hoods - we will be coming through taking photos of all the cars." I thought that was ironic since the natural state of a 240 is sitting stationary with its hood up.
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Old 07-28-2019, 05:18 PM   #609
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Arundl update! It's been covered up for a month or so while I've been sorting out other projects. I ordered a very nice fitted cover for it since it does live outside. Mild climate but the sun eventually takes its toll, and living in the city near a major road I get a nice coating of diesel soot and tire dust on anything that sits outside at my house. The cover keeps it squeaky clean and protected from UV.

Took it for a drive today after installing TLAO 6500rpm chips in both ECU & EZK. Anyone remember what these are altering other than redline? It feels a good bit peppier and does some nice popping through the 3" exhaust on overrun now.

There's a not insignificant sized list of stuff that still bugs me about the car or isn't finished yet. Next up: sorting out the heater core & valve for good, plumbing new AC lines, centering & adjusting the rear axle, more rear fender rolling, then 4-wheel alignment.

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I ordered a very nice fitted cover for it since it does live outside. Mild climate but the sun eventually takes its toll, and living in the city near a major road I get a nice coating of diesel soot and tire dust on anything that sits outside at my house. The cover keeps it squeaky clean and protected from UV.
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Samesies.

Moreover, do you have any leads on good cut pile floor mats? I bought some fairly expensive ones from Rockauto that were cut in 75% the wrong shapes. No returns.
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Got it from Pelican Parts when they were having a car cover sale. It's a CoverKing brand, "StormProof" material. Very light and sheer silvery slippery material, water beads well on it, and it works for UV protection as well. Fits the 242 very nicely with mirror pockets and an elastic band at the bottom. We have another CoverKing on my wife's 2002 but that is much heavier reflective fabric with a soft lining called "SilverGuard." Both work very well in this climate (lots of sun, some salty condensation, not too much rain or wind).

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Moreover, do you have any leads on good cut pile floor mats? I bought some fairly expensive ones from Rockauto that were cut in 75% the wrong shapes. No returns.
I just have the OE Volvo plastic waffle mats in my 240s; I haven't found a good source for cut pile. Maybe check Pelican though - if it's good enough for a snobbish 911 owner then it should be fine for us!
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Pelican has configurators for both car covers and floor mats here: https://www.pelicanparts.com/catalog...ccessories.htm
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