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Old 04-26-2013, 07:14 PM   #1
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Ok, I have yet another distraction from my 122 project. I've managed to finagle an 83 242 from another Volvo enthusiast. He had been planning a 16 valve swap on the car so it already had a few cool things like ipd sways, and a short S40 brake booster to clear the stock 16v intake. He also put the short bumpers and changed the tail lamps to the 6 panel ones. So it had some cool things done to it, and it came with a few extra parts including a NOS flat hood.
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Here are some of the first cell phone photos I got from the guy I bought it from.







My original plan was to just drive it and mess around with it after I got done with the 122. I got it home and decided just to install the flat hood, but thats it for now. Got to get done with the 122 first.



Then I started looking at the 240 inspiration thread and that damn Eggenberger Group-A 242, which is the prettiest 242 ever (until they put the racing decals on it). So I couldn't resist and decided to go ahead and make one for myself.







Fixed all the dents and dings as well as a few small rust spots. Then I sanded the whole thing down with 180 grit sand paper with a D/A sander.

Then prime


Then long blocked it with 180 grit


Re-prime and paint the jambs



Next step is to accumulate parts like late model fenders
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:35 PM   #2
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Oh yes please!
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:11 PM   #3
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:28 PM   #4
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Bad ass. Can't wait to see how this comes out.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:38 PM   #5
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What primer did you use over the factory paint?? Sorry for the newbie painter question
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:44 PM   #6
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And I would murder someone for that nos hood
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:23 PM   #7
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What primer did you use over the factory paint?? Sorry for the newbie painter question
There is a bit of body work under that primer that I forgot to take pictures of. The primer is Sikkens high build surfacer, good stuff.
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:36 PM   #8
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More work today. I fitted the hood, fenders, door, and front core support, as well as body worked and primed the fenders.




Beautiful, freshly painted jambs


Primer




Ready for a sh*t load of blocking then paint!




More group-a parts



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Old 04-27-2013, 03:54 PM   #9
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I went ahead and rolled the quarters for future wider wheels





And the fenders





More painted jambs



Sh*t's so brite. I need to turn the flash off

Here is what I keep on my desk for inspiration
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:05 PM   #10
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Good to see it getting worked on. I had been looking forward to working on that car for YEARS! What are your plans for suspension/brakes? You getting the items originally purchased for that car? Looks like a great start Mike.
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:16 PM   #11
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Very nice work
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:35 PM   #12
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Good to see it getting worked on. I had been looking forward to working on that car for YEARS! What are your plans for suspension/brakes? You getting the items originally purchased for that car? Looks like a great start Mike.
Yes. Me and Mike have worked out a deal on the Kaplan stuff.

The original deal for the 242 was that I would replace a bunch of different patch panels on his 57 bug in trade for the 242. I'm working on the bug at home at the same time. I'm also doing my dads 242 LS swap. Busy times.

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Old 04-27-2013, 05:55 PM   #13
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Jaw drop! Holy crap, you are really doing this one up, and not wasting any time at it! Is that a NOS grill too!

Honestly, I have a bone to pick, I thought I had the last NOS flat hood in the box in my garage? Pictures or it doesn't exist!
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Jaw drop! Holy crap, you are really doing this one up, and not wasting any time at it! Is that a NOS grill too!

Honestly, I have a bone to pick, I thought I had the last NOS flat hood in the box in my garage? Pictures or it doesn't exist!
I've managed to get my hands on three of those NOS hoods here in Atlanta. One on Mike H. (740atl) black 242 that I did, My dads 242, and now mine. I paid $100.00 each for the two I bought and mine came with the car. All of the were bought at a local volvo salvage yard and my dads was the last one they had.

To be honest they are not that great. The original E coat primer is so old that you have to rough them up pretty good and re-prime them in order to get the paint to stick. When I did Mike Hs car the paint on the underside of the hood started coming off in sheets cause the original e-coat went bad long ago. Plus they have been sitting on a shelf for 30+ years and were a little warped, so they need a little massaging to get them back straight. I'd much rather have a good used one than a NOS.

You can see it with the original e coat in the pictures in my driveway.

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Old 04-27-2013, 06:21 PM   #15
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Ohh wow, cool find then, does this place have other NOS stuff, were the two of them in boxes when you bought them? Mine is in the original box, hope it is not getting warped as it sits. Seems to be in perfect condition, like new! I have a couple of other NOS panels, that are beat to hell and need total refinishing before using, so I see what you are saying about that. Since they weren't in a box they sat up against each other, rubbing/dinging/scratching and accumulating dust and rust!

Awesome project so far, look forward to seeing more!
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That's awesome, I have that same Autoart 242 model. Are you going to do the interior Group-A style too?
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That's awesome, I have that same Autoart 242 model. Are you going to do the interior Group-A style too?
2 sparco seats and a sparco steering wheel. Suede wrap on the dash.
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I drove past that car twice a day for years while it sat in Snellville - glad to see that if Mike was going to let it go, that he let it go to a good home!
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So when are you gonna paint my 242? I know this is gonna be awesome
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So when are you gonna paint my 242?
I'm sure we can work something out if you're really interested.
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I'm sure we can work something out if you're really interested.
I am interested... but i need to finish all the flare work first before i can consider worrying about paint...
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I am interested... but i need to finish all the flare work first before i can consider worrying about paint...
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Looks good.
Any pics/details of the brake booster that was used?
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