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Old 02-25-2008, 07:22 PM   #1
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Default 1987 244 DL Autocrosser

19,999 posts and no Project thread...so here's 20,000

The car was purchased in 1999 from an independant dealer/shop that dealt mostly with Volvos. It was one of just two 240s on the lot with a manual trans. My 1987 240 DL had 132,548 miles on it at the time of purchase.

The first modifications came three weeks later when the car received a Pioneer DEH-1000 CD player and Kenwood 4" speakers in the front doors. The car came with an old CD player that wasn't hooked up. It also had 5.25" Pioneer speakers carved into the rear shelf.

Here's a picture from fall '99.





I'll add more later and open the thread once I have more content.


Nov 18, 1999 - (134,751) replaced brake master cylinder

Jan 20, 2000 - replaced heater hoses

Feb 7, 2000 - (136,306) replaced motor mounts, trailing arm bushings, torque rod bushings

Feb 22, 2000 - (136,620) replaced engine wiring harness

Aug 16, 2000 - (141,028) installed IPD sway bars, IPD sport exhaust, replaced steering rack

Aug/Sep 2000 - (141,420) Crashed! Replaced right front strut tube, control arm, upper strut mount

Aug 30, 2000 - (141,420) installed an Amsoil air filter in the stock airbox. Cleaned it once over 6 years and never had to buy another filter.

Feb 8, 2001 - (144,250) installed 205/55/15 Bridgestone RE71 on repainted Virgos

May 2001 @ Carlisle:


Jun 5, 2001 - (147,106) installed Jamex springs and Bilstein HD shocks/struts

Fall 2001:


Oct 2001 - installed Cherry Turbos upper strut brace

Oct 23, 2001 - (150,888) installed splash pan from FCP

Nov 2001 - installed 740 Turbo eggcrate grille. I think I was the first to use this grille on a 240

Jan 9, 2002 - (153,150) Rear brake caliper seized, went metal to metal. Installed rebuilt rear calipers, new PBR Deluxe pads, new rotors

Apr 25, 2002 - installed 205/50/15 Kumho 712 on repainted graphite Virgos. Annapolis Volvo gtg:


May 5, 2002 - First autocross. Finished 6/6 in class and 227/232 in PAX.

May 2002 @ Carlisle


Oct 2002 - (~160,000) front cam seal, timing belt, tensioner, water pump, fuel filter

Oct 27 2002. rear decor panel, turn signals and backup lights painted w/Testors #1605 transparent candy apple red. bumpers trimmed with 3M plastic tape (non-reflective). black c-pillar trim from a GT. door handles & side trim blacked w/3M plastic tape


Nov 10, 2002 - ProSolo style "mirrorcross". They matched up cars of similar speeds...except there was no match for either of us, thus slow vs. VERY fast.


Nov 30, 2002 - (167,400) replace brake line junction block, front pads with KVR, front rotors with ATE PowerDisc

Feb 8, 2003 dyno results. VX cam, IPD sport exhaust


May 2003 @ Carlisle:




Jul 2003 - SCCA autocross


Aug 2003 - installed SuperPro front control arm bushings (thanks Dale)

Oct 2003 VCOA East Coast National Meet


Nov 2003


Jan 2004 - Changed steering wheel to a Momo wheel. White gauge faces from Dave Barton


Jan 2004


Mar 9, 2004 - purchased coilover hardware kits from Coleman Racing, installed late '04


Kaplhenke v1.1 camber plates took my alignment from -0.7°/-0.8° camber to -2.2° and caster was increased from ~3° to ~4°.


Mar 2004 - European 244_DL emblem


May 2004 @ Carlisle:


Jul 11, 2004 SCCA Autocross, 9th of 29 in STS:


Jul 13, 2004 - krylon sunrise red


Apr 18, 2004 - SCCA autocross at FedEx Field
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:18 PM   #2
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Engine: B230F, K cam, 2.25" exhaust, e-fan.

Suspension: custom valved Bilstein HD shocks/struts, 475lb front springs, 5" x 11" x 325lb rear springs, Cherry Turbos strut brace, GT upper braces, Kaplhenke camber plates, poly front bushings, poly torque rod bushings, MVP panhard rod

Wheels/tires: 15x7, Minilite front wheels w/1" spacers, MSW rear wheels. 225/45/15 Hoosier R3S04. Also, 17x7 Titans with 205/40/17 Kumho Ecsta V700.

Chassis/interior: PS & AC removed. Momo steering wheel & shift knob, Momo VTR seat replaced by Sparco Corsa seat with custom Kaplhenke seat brackets. Padding & tar under carpet removed. Rear crash triangles removed. Snow caps added. E-codes, headlight covers, and european flat hood grille. 3.73 true trac LSD


Jan 2005 - snow drifting in mikeP's parking lot just before lawrence crub'd bne's wagon


Mar 20, 2005 - interesting lineup. the last time I lost to bne, in part due to my hoosiers in the wet vs. his fresh azenis.


Apr 9, 2005


Apr 17, 2005 - my first class win in autocross. almost picking up the inside front tire...






May 2005


May 21, 2005 - Carlisle


Jul 31, 2005 - Northeast Divisional, 3rd of 4 in FSP, beat BNE's 242T that ran in DSP







Jun 12, 2005










Aug 12, 2005 - SE4.0...what turbo? 16.7@80.6, holeshot win


Sep 4, 2005 - 2nd in class to Allen Kugler, two time defending national champion in FSP




Oct 6, 2005 - drifting at VMP




Oct 9, 2005 - 1st in class of 4 in FSP
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wow. quite the documentary,

however, your post lacks goats
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:32 PM   #4
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my beat-to-hell-and-back DL can only aspire to such greatness.




Also, I dremeled the brake line bracket off of my front left strut. That wasn't dumb, was it?
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:33 PM   #5
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Wow towery, I wish I was on tbricks longer to watch the transformation, your car sure has come a long way in the almost... 9 years you've owned it
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:38 PM   #6
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Wow towery, I wish I was on tbricks longer to watch the transformation, your car sure has come a long way in the almost... 9 years you've owned it

AND the dent is still there !!
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:48 PM   #7
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however, your post lacks goats
my car is goat-fur-white, you noob.

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AND the dent is still there !!
what dent?


don't at my bodywork too hard, you might pull a muscle
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Old 02-26-2008, 12:03 AM   #8
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my car is goat-fur-white, you noob.


what dent?


don't at my bodywork too hard, you might pull a muscle
WOW finally looks VERY good now !! What color are you gonna paint the car? Back to white?
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Old 02-26-2008, 12:05 AM   #9
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you have one of my favorite 244's ever.
ps, how are the war stripes coming along?
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Old 02-26-2008, 12:37 AM   #10
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I may do them eventually. The car still looks like that though, primer everywhere. When it warms up, I can blast it with spray cans (too cold to paint outside) or wrap it in adhesive vinyl...either way it will be bright white and it will be a 20-footer.

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Old 02-26-2008, 01:00 AM   #11
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rollin fenders...

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Old 02-26-2008, 01:07 AM   #12
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to add another thing, ive had this photo for years, never new it was towerys.

+ Mike
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Old 02-26-2008, 05:35 AM   #13
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awesome car dude. That 244 badge is hawt
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Old 02-26-2008, 12:16 PM   #14
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I hope you're stocked up on turbonium for our race at SE.
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Old 03-03-2008, 11:42 PM   #15
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I added a little bit of info and some more pictures in my 2nd post. I'm WAY behind and it's hard to remember what I did to the car 4+ years ago.
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dont you have some sort of spiral notepad with everything you've ever accomplished or learned?
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Old 03-05-2008, 11:15 AM   #17
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I knwo you only have them on the front, but I would love to see some better pics of the car with those minilites. i have an '87 244 (beige baby) that I am thinking about putting minilite replica's on and would love to see what it looks like.

nice car.

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Old 03-05-2008, 07:06 PM   #18
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I knwo you only have them on the front, but I would love to see some better pics of the car with those minilites. i have an '87 244 (beige baby) that I am thinking about putting minilite replica's on and would love to see what it looks like.

nice car.

thanks
I traded the wheels to MikeP and he hasn't used them yet. The steel inserts in the lug holes were extra thick, requiring longer studs, so I could only use them on the front of my car at that time because I didn't install long studs on the rear, just the front.

They are 15x7 and they are light. The offset was a little too high for the really wide tires I used (the tire was 1" past the wheel on each side, so almost 10" total width. I had to use spacers to allow the tire to clear the strut tube. I think with normal 205 or 225 tires, they may have fit w/o spacers.
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Old 04-05-2008, 01:09 AM   #19
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yesterday while i was drivin the 242 i saw a white 244 with the rear decor panel! i was like OMG!! i dunno why i didnt follow him and ask him to sell it to me, i think i will regret it for the rest of my life.

buy anyway i thought of you and that why i bumped the thread.

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I purchased a turbo rebuild kit and removed the 60/63. The 90+ and AN oil lines make turbo removal a quick & easy process. (~30min). I also purchased a couple of used T3s, so I will install the recently rebuilt one (~60k on it) while I rebuild the 60/63. I now have two wastegate flapper assemblies, both from Volvo turbos, and one has a significantly larger disc than the other. I will port the WG hole in the turbine housing to match the larger disc while I run the smaller one on the stock 42/63. Hopefully when I am running higher boost, I won't have nearly as much boost creep (running 6psi, it would creep to over 10 at times).

I've also acquired some other useful parts, some of which may be on the car by Carlisle. The major one is new wheels, but I still need tires. I've got a lot of work to do on the car this summer, but some pieces are coming together.
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^^nice man nice.

you running the 9.8:1 n/a compression im guessing?

i no you +t the car but did you swap out for lower comp pistons on the rebuild?? i dont remember...
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Old 04-27-2008, 11:37 PM   #22
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OK, so I didn't finish writing about the car/engine on page one.

B23F block, 96mm std size B23ET forged Mahle pistons w/shallow dish (~9.3:1 CR). Stock crank and M rods balanced to within 0.1gram along with the pistons, flywheel, and clutch cover. Lightened flat flywheel, used (and slipping) Centerforce clutch. All new bearings, oil pump, water pump, belts, tensioner, seals & gaskets. 4AN oil feed and 10AN oil drain lines. Brass fitting brazed into the block. Currently using the original 530 head from the B230F until I have my 531 prepared. K cam for now, V cam when the 531 goes into service sometime later this year. The head will get some bowl work and port channel work along with 38mm stainless exhaust valves. Nothing major there really.

I'm working on a trans swap, still trying to get the body "done", really need to get it through VA emissions, getting new wheels/tires, need to replace the clutch so I can abuse the M47 some more, and need to install my MBC so I can run more than ~8psi. Updates will be more frequent for the next few months.
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hey, we swim in the same auto x groups, but have never met. LOL.
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hey, we swim in the same auto x groups, but have never met. LOL.
I stay out of the shallow end for the most part. Come on out to FedEx field on Sunday, even if it's just to spectate. I'm not sure what I'll be driving, but I'll be in the first heat that starts at ~9am.


And how about a sneak peak at my new wheels...



Hope to have them on at Carlisle.
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And how about a sneak peak at my new wheels...
Ewwwwww. Not my favorite style of wheel, but I know peoples out there like them... The question is though, just how big are they? I might like them if they're big enough...
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