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Old 09-06-2019, 04:20 AM   #1
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With the addition of this 1984 244DL to our fleet we currently have 4 Volvos. My oldest son turns 12 in December and I've always wanted to get him a car to work on to be ready when he turns 16. When we looked at this one he told me he loved it and would save all his money to buy it from me (since he originally thought I would just hand over the keys for my '89 when the time came). He'll find out this weekend that the car is already his.

The good is the car has IPD springs, IPD sways, VX cam, and factory M46. The bad...well there's plenty of that, but we have 4 years to polish it out. The two things that have to be handled immediately is the alternator not charging and the straight pipe exhaust. I swapped in a spare alternator when I bought it, but it still didn't charge. On the 20min drive home I watched the volt gauge and gas gauge race to the bottom.

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The PO decided the OEM heater control valve was a poor design, so they installed an MB unit. I haven't really tried to figure how it's all hooked up, but it will need to go back to stock.

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Plenty of little spots of surface rust. The only real cancer is the driver's butt cheek.

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The trunk came full of spare parts. The big one for me was the PO threw in a full set of studs and an Isky cam for my 142.

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My 11 year old teaching my 7 year old the proper way to fill up tires.

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I hit the junk yard and already scored parts, plus he'll get to raid the parts shed too.

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My first car parked with my son's first car.

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Old 09-06-2019, 07:16 AM   #2
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Love everything about this.
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Old 09-06-2019, 10:22 AM   #3
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Old 09-06-2019, 10:27 AM   #4
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:thumbs up:

The original heater valve on my 240 stuck in the open position. Combined with the lack of A/C (removed for 16V turbo, not added back in with the LS swap either), it was... a bit unpleasant. I got a replacement, but swapping it out was not fun, although it might help to be a smaller kid. You have to cram yourself into the driver's side footwell. I got a kit from IPD, which had lots of parts, but I was happy to discover that on a late model 240 you don't need to use many of them, but you do on earlier versions.

Is the alt warning light working? In a quirky, ironic twist, the warning light doesn't just warn of alternator issues, it can *cause* them if it burns out. Causing a lack of charging just by the warning light going out is not a wonderful design, but it is what it is. Turn the key on, dont' start it, see if the bulb lights. Current flowing through it is what excites (jump-starts) the alternator via the small wire on the D+ terminal.
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Old 09-06-2019, 09:06 PM   #5
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This is awesome to witness. I hope you and your son enjoy the journey.
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Old 09-06-2019, 09:17 PM   #6
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Nice project for you and the boys!

If I may make a reccomendation or two..

https://www.wagonmeister.com/240-rep...t-heater-valve
Very nice replacement heater valve

https://www.ebay.com/itm/VOLVO-240-S...ry!19492!US!-1
Stainless steel exhaust, mandrel bent, fits and sounds like factory, never have to buy another exhaust

Awesome it came with spare goodies, I love it when that happens!
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Old 09-07-2019, 12:31 AM   #7
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So cool!
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Old 09-07-2019, 07:46 PM   #8
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Thanks guys! It'll get the wagonmeister valve for sure. My 89 valve is stuck open, so I know the pain all too well. The exhaust will be the IPD sport exhaust, mostly since it will be my money paying for it. I'm sure at some point he'll want to build the same stainless system I have on my car. He'll have to save up the money for that though and in the mean time he won't piss off the Dad of the girl he picks up for a date.

I told him the car was his today, he smiled a little (he most of gotten the enthusiasm from me). Then he looked at the pile of JY parts and immediately realized everything is from a power window car, he must get that from me too.

Anyone have experience using power window door cards in a manual window car?
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Old 09-07-2019, 09:01 PM   #9
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Pretty sure the door cards are the same, the armrest is different. I probably have a set of manual armrests in black if you need some.
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Old 09-07-2019, 09:11 PM   #10
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Here's another option for a replacement heater valve. It has worked fine for me.
http://europartshouse.com/index.php?...products_id=36
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