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Old 11-11-2018, 10:24 PM   #1
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I just picked up this 1985 244 DL Manual from my roommate's dad for $1000. He had it for a month or so with the plans to make it nice daily but ended up selling it to me. The guy who had it before him put a lot of work into getting it to pass smog. It passed with flying colors and the A/C works!

My current plans are to get all the stage 0 maintenance done and then get a nice exhaust and an A or B cam to waken it up a little.

Here it is currently in the garage with the interior pulled out. I "borrowed" the turbo grill from BR1CKHOUS3.


I changed the oil on Friday and did the motor mounts and trans mount yesterday... Should have done the oil change last as the filter is a bitch to work around, especially the larger WIX filter.
Mounts were a little worn..



Replaced the fuel filter and found a pinched line coming off the filter as well as the awesome bungee cord brace.



Started cleaning the interior, carpet cleans up pretty nice.


So much dog hair in the car, at least they left me a treat!


There was even dog hair stuck in the window seal.... I used an old electric razor to trim it



Here's my old '89 740 Turbo I had parked next to BR1CKHOUS3's 242.
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Our cars are held together with zipties and jb weld.
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Old 11-11-2018, 10:44 PM   #2
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Dog hair is good. Embrace it and contemplate on mans best friend. Nice score!
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Old 11-12-2018, 11:01 PM   #3
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I love dogs, just would prefer the hair to be of one I owned lol.

Scored a tach and headlight reflector at Pick N Pull today.

It works!


I noticed while under the car this weekend that the exhaust has a few pin hole leaks in the welds and is running underneath the axle and clanking around. That's next on the fix list once funds become available.

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Old 11-13-2018, 04:37 AM   #4
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Dog treat AND 17 cents an hour? You've struck it rich! Seriously, lookin' good.
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Old 11-15-2018, 01:38 AM   #5
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Old 11-15-2018, 11:57 AM   #6
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Man, my 244 had enough dog hair under the seats to make two extra dogs. Your car will smell so much better after all of that is gone.
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Old 11-26-2018, 09:35 PM   #7
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Looked good at the last meet

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Old 11-26-2018, 10:41 PM   #8
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Those are some shiny 14's! The ones I took off my car look like they were stored in the ocean. For about 10 years...
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Old 11-27-2018, 02:37 PM   #9
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Those are some shiny 14's! The ones I took off my car look like they were stored in the ocean. For about 10 years...
I was fortunate to get them in good shape. Had a friend of mine do a quick polish of the rings and centers. I sanded down the center caps and polished the outer ring and V, then had BR1CKHOUS3 spray them black. The steelies themselves were nasty but cleaned up all right, at least the parts you can see that is. They aren't perfect but are definitely 5ft pretty.

After spraying and removing the masking tape.

Close up of the finished work.
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Old 11-27-2018, 10:45 PM   #10
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Those centers fit 15" steelies also, I used them for a while. Looks great!
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Old 12-01-2018, 10:26 PM   #11
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Good to know! I'd like to find a set of Volans sometime in the future and lower it down on those. I've always loved the look of Volans.

Did a bit of maintenance over the last few days.

-Cleaned throttle body
-Cleaned IAC motor
-Cleaned MAF
---On cold start the car properly revs up higher then settles back down once it begins warming up, didn't seem to do that before with everything dirty
-Fixed the driver side defrost vent, had to reconnect the diaphragm to the lever

Still fighting with the Overdrive light. OD engages and disengages just fine but the light doesn't come on in the dash. I've checked the bulb and it works fine. Noticed someone cut the wire for the OD light on the cluster harness and replaced it with another wire. I traced it back to the OD relay by the glove box. I reconnected the original wire and still no light.


Flushing the transmission is next on my maintenance list. The OD sump pan is leaking a little so before I put too many more miles on it I want to flush it. Don't know how long its been leaking or how much fluid has leaked out.
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Old 12-01-2018, 10:56 PM   #12
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Apply direct 12v to the OD light and see if it works? bulb?
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Yeah I've done that and the bulb is good. I even swapped a different bulb/housing in and still nothing. I might try and rig up a test light outside the cluster, directly off the relay and see what happens.
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Old 12-15-2018, 04:39 PM   #14
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So...things are going well

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That looks like it sucks to be you right now lol, whatcha doing there
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Stripped nut on the drag link end?
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Old 12-16-2018, 02:24 AM   #17
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Well dip**** me, moving too quickly, put the tie rod end upside down and sent it with an impact. Had to use that fine setup to stop the bolt from spinning so I could get the nut off. Replaced the tie rod end with a new one and all is good.

Cut 2 coils off the front and 1.25 off the rear and the car is looking good. Will post some pics tomorrow.
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Old 12-16-2018, 07:21 PM   #18
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Put on a new belly pan last weekend.


What it looks like lowered a little. Feels much better all around.

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Close up of the finished work.
Looks like a clean car, that is half the battle!
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Old 12-18-2018, 02:57 PM   #20
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That looks fantastic with the spring cut! I plan on doing the same thing to my 84 244 GL after Christmas. Mine looks identical to yours except the Draco's that came with it.
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That looks fantastic with the spring cut! I plan on doing the same thing to my 84 244 GL after Christmas. Mine looks identical to yours except the Draco's that came with it.
Thanks! It's a fun old car to drive and I'm glad I got it.

Swapped out the M cam for a T cam that the roommate had lying around. Driveability is much better and the car gets up to speed a little quicker and cruises nicely now. Didn't take too many pics but I did get one of all the zip ties I used to keep the timing belt in place.


A/C condenser was missing a nut on bottom of the bracket, put some new ones on and its properly secured now.


Decided to check the harness in the engine bay and found a few wires that were badly corroded. Replaced a wire going to the A/C condenser as well as one going to the alternator and oil pressure sender. I didn't have a new plug for the sender so I pulled apart a new banana plug and reused the original plug housing.


Fuse #12 kept popping on me so I went hunting again for corroded wires. I checked all the wiring under the car and they all look good and still have the factory shielding. Finally found the culprit. It seems the wiring was so tight on the trans tunnel opening that it rubbed through over time. I also replaced the wiring to the overdrive button as they had some bare wire spots showing.


Fresh wiring has been soldered in, heat shrunk, wrapped in Tesa tape, and reinforced with electrical tape in contact areas. Hopefully it will last another 30+ years.
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Old 03-23-2019, 04:09 PM   #22
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Score a fair bit of parts at PNP a few weeks ago.


Super happy to find a non-warped insert!


All the trim I got went on without issue except for the damn front bumper trim... I ended up removing all the metal clips from the plastic retainers and putting them on the trim then snapping it all into place.


Gave the car a nice wash after all the new parts were installed. Love the foam bottle attachment for my pressure washer.


Seeing as this is going to be replacing my Genesis Coupe as my daily here in a few months, I went and ordered just about all the motor, steering, and brake maintenance items I could think of. I've got to get it all installed before the Davis show.
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Old 03-24-2019, 12:27 PM   #23
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It looks like a 240 threw up all over our house
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Old 03-24-2019, 09:01 PM   #24
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Spent the day tearing down the engine bay to get it ready for cleaning.


Part of the harness was ingeniously routed through the intake manifold... That was fun to pull through while trying to not damage any of the flaky harness.
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Old 04-01-2019, 12:39 PM   #25
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Got some cleaning done this weekend. In the process of cleaning and painting brackets and manifolds. Just have the engine left to degrease and it will be ready for reassembly.

Hood looks much better cleaned up and not covered in grime.

Side to side comparison of clean and dirty inner fender wells.
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