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Old 06-06-2014, 10:45 AM   #1
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So I finally bought my first Volvo, a brown 244 for 200$. I was always wondering about owning a classy lowered 240, and right now my dream project begins.

At first it was for sale for about 800$, then they decreased it to 600$. We checked it with my brother, and seen some rust underneath, and in some other places, but overall it is good looking, and the tan interior is almost perfect, plus it has commandos, airdam, 5 panel taillights, and LPG, the pieces i wanted to have on a 240. They used it daily and serviced regularly, but it has some problems too, because of 430'000kms in its clock.

The passenger side is damaged, steering column is broken, steering rack has a big play, usual worn out bushings in some joints, old and tired BW55 automatic, rust, but hey, the engine has good compression, its head was rebuilt in 2012, runs and stops good.
I offered 200$ for the car because of the problems, i really did not wanted to pay more than this price, and fortunately they accepted it.

There was no problem when i came home with it from 250kms (Szolnok-Győr). Right after that i arrived at home, i picked up some of my buddies, and had a good time cruising with it and doing a photoshoot.
The car also turned heads, because it's not a usual '90+ car, and has the big ass commandos. (and maybe because the passenger side is smashed, i don't know )
But if you were wondering I have never seen a 240 in my city...

7886561_1 by Péter Gede, on Flickr
7886561_4 by Péter Gede, on Flickr
7886561_3 by Péter Gede, on Flickr
7886561_5 by Péter Gede, on Flickr

DSC09190 by Péter Gede, on Flickr
DSC09187 by Péter Gede, on Flickr

Right side doors were stuck...
DSC09246 by Péter Gede, on Flickr
DSC09243 by Péter Gede, on Flickr
DSC09199 by Péter Gede, on Flickr
DSC09325 by Péter Gede, on Flickr

Halfway home:
2014-05-29-109 by Péter Gede, on Flickr
2014-05-29-110 by Péter Gede, on Flickr

It was a fun 6 hour trip to home. Unfortunately the autotragic did not let me go faster than 100-110kph, so I felt a bit nervous about the overtaking cars...

"Short" term plans - DONE by 2017.05.25
-repair the damaged passenger side - DONE
-repair rusted out parts of the floor - DONE
-put a manual gearbox in it - DONE
-make it safe - steering, shocks, bushings etc. - DONE
-paint the repaired quarters and right doors - DONE
-get it inspected - DONE
-few coils.. - DONE

Future plans... Because we are always dreaming:
-Turbo on a block with stronger rods
-Gearbox which holds that power
-LSD or modded G80
-proper suspension if necessary

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Specs:
Most of the stuff came from the dutch 1989 244 donor car...
-Powerful '89 B230F/LH2.4 with A cam and slight piston slap on cold starts
-Rebuilt, smooth as silk '89 M47 gearbox
-3,54 open diff rearend
-GT rims with 195/60R14 Vredestein Hi-Tracs, steelies with 185/70r14 winter tires
-Stock sedan springs, -1,5coil upfront
-Old but good working Decarbon shocks upfront (a bit clunky), Sachs rears (one is already blowing oil)
-Stock brakes, completely rebuilt brake calipers
-Electronic speedo hacked into an early VDO cluster

Most recent pictures:
2017-05-21-3011 by Péter Gede, on Flickr
2017-05-21-3013 by Péter Gede, on Flickr
DSC_0012 by Péter Gede, on Flickr
19092760_1364809046928258_2485792678321079810_o by Péter Gede, on Flickr
19023593_1342679659113897_1390486473298596608_o by Péter Gede, on Flickr
DSC_0184 by Péter Gede, on Flickr
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Old 06-06-2014, 10:48 AM   #2
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How it looks in daylight: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1299ge4l3...0que6fFBUdnnVa
Rest of the photoshoot: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/198c9o0t5...dXh0tVnKeZn0Fa
And the underside of the car: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/avawrq12w...8Y6HxFbOsFeXsa



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Old 06-06-2014, 11:03 AM   #3
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Awesome purchase on your part for $200. You put yourself way out there in terms of goodies since you already a lot of them on there. Personally, I think it's low enough in the front,maybe cut 2 coils out the back and put a 16 inch wheel on it. any lower and you could have more suspension issues in the future. the key is to make sure you get low as possible without sacrificing comfort and ride quality or you're going to hate the car in a very short time. but yes, good luck with your project and keep posting pics.
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:07 PM   #4
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szep auto baratocskam.. annyira olcso :D nekem is van ketto, en es a lone volvo rider vagyok
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:05 PM   #5
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Awesome purchase on your part for $200. You put yourself way out there in terms of goodies since you already a lot of them on there. Personally, I think it's low enough in the front,maybe cut 2 coils out the back and put a 16 inch wheel on it. any lower and you could have more suspension issues in the future. the key is to make sure you get low as possible without sacrificing comfort and ride quality or you're going to hate the car in a very short time. but yes, good luck with your project and keep posting pics.
Thank you!
Oh I forget, I purchased a set of Virgos a couple months ago for 80$ They are going on the car. I won't go over 16", i dont want a bouncy ride, i just want it a little lower and still comfy.
Onto the lowering, i did not made up my mind about it, maybe i cut the springs, but right now the shocks are too soft for that in my opinion.

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szep auto baratocskam.. annyira olcso :D nekem is van ketto, en es a lone volvo rider vagyok
Köszi! Hát, volt hatásszünet mikor benyögtem az 50ezer forintot.
De lesz vele munka...
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Old 06-06-2014, 04:44 PM   #6
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btw holnap Volvo talakozo Budapest kornyeken(Ikea mellet) van... lehet hogy ot leszek
post some pix of interior
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Old 06-18-2014, 07:57 PM   #7
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Nincs műszaki a sason, nem tudtam elmenni.

Here are the pictures of the interior, I really like it.





Rare blue scales on the instrument cluster...
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Old 06-19-2014, 05:52 AM   #8
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szép tégla. looks good,but this car would need more love..
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Old 06-19-2014, 06:45 AM   #9
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Yes, but I bought it 3 weeks ago, and I still have final exams, and also we have to repair my brother's '85 Audi Coupe, so I did not have any time for it. The interior will be removed completely when the Audi moves to the paintshop, and I will fix all the rust underneath and the damage on its right side. Also the windshield frame needs rust repair, and windshield change, because I cracked it accidentally... Thought it was a good idea to push the chrome trim back to the plastic clips...
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:50 AM   #10
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a nice one!
I might going to have a complete b200ft for sale.. with a M90
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a nice one!
I might going to have a complete b200ft for sale.. with a M90
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:25 AM   #12
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Got the fender hammered into shape, i still have to weld it a bit and straighten it, but it'll be nice.

Before

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Doors and other goodies are coming in the next 1-2 weeks.

Also hacked the broken glovebox mounting surface, it'll be painted black...


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Old 07-03-2014, 05:36 PM   #13
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dude, what happened to your car? amateur drift attempt failed?! kuldell uzenetet Zora -nak. el akarja adni B21ET motrot.. ha erdekelne..
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dude, what happened to your car? amateur drift attempt failed?! kuldell uzenetet Zora -nak. el akarja adni B21ET motrot.. ha erdekelne..
Naah, a car ran into its side at the near end of the previous ownership. Thats why it was so cheap. I bought it like that.

B21ET, hmm sounds good, but i don't have that much money to also buy an engine. Right now i hope i can put it back to road before summer ends... Then I will use it with this stock eng+trans combo for a while, because its in usable mechanical shape.

Btw i removed the windshield trim... So much dirt found, and holes at the corners, but nothing too serious.




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Old 07-03-2014, 09:48 PM   #15
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The awesome stock Volvo radio is being overhauled by my brother, he got all the stuck mechanism working in it, and will convert it to 4 channel. 3.5mm Jack aux input will be added next to the center console switches, and a potentiometer to be able to adjust the balance between the front and the rear speakers.

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http://forums.turbobricks.com/member.php?u=11132 contact this guy, he is also from Hungary, he is willing to sell that engine ,,cheap´´,he might be helpful.. probably..
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Gutted the interior to fix these nasty babies.
Drivers side floor is the worst, but all can be saved nicely.





Yep, thats the lower seatbelt mounting point...


Passenger side is better.

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Yesterday I picked up some goodies for this thing, the interior is almost complete now. I already bought the sills and the rear wheelarch repair sheetmetals, so from now on, i can start real work on it. The good is, the front passenger door is in good shape, but its for even older models than mine, so i have to fabricate it to accept the newer lock mechanism. The rear door has a small scratch, therefore its wobbly a bit, but thats will be fixed when i get there.




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I want to keep these rare old tan door cards, because they really fit the car and i like the patina on them. Of course they have some little cracks but nothing serious. The drivers door card had a nasty soaked panel, which i will change to a better one. Its already in progress, i just have to clean them well and glue the leatherette onto the "new" panel.

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And the new panel

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is that wood? or just another panel?
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is that wood? or just another panel?
Donor card is a nice condition black colored card. Its a little weird to cut it up, but as long as my door cards belong to a car with its own history and this black one is just came from a garage, im not too worried.
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Classy lowered brown 244 you say? ;)

I would suggest staying with the chrome windshield trim, as long as you plan leaving the chrome trim all around. Plus it's cool as hell, black trim makes the car 10 years younger than it really is...
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Classy lowered brown 244 you say? ;)

I would suggest staying with the chrome windshield trim, as long as you plan leaving the chrome trim all around. Plus it's cool as hell, black trim makes the car 10 years younger than it really is...


I really dont know, chrome trim does fit the car better, but it cant seal properly and all the crap will stuck under it. If there was a little rubber on the inside of the trim not just on the outside, it would be much better. I'm looking for possible solutions to make this early chrome trim waterproof now.
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theres a lot of rust ,but it can be fixed if you have welding skills or money. what are you future plans with this car? have you contacted any other volvo fan in hungary? there are few guys.. they might help..
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theres a lot of rust ,but it can be fixed if you have welding skills or money. what are you future plans with this car? have you contacted any other volvo fan in hungary? there are few guys.. they might help..
Fortunately I can fix it at home, and my father is a body worker. Only bad thing is, I always have to keep the car moveable, because if my father has a job, he can't do it anywhere else, just at this only place.

Btw its weird how narrow the car is, spacers will be added when i mount on the virgos.

Future plans, well, i love the sound of a straight five, yesterday we took a ride in my buddys Audi 90 Cabrio... Its just awesome how that engine sounds, and i want this car to be something classy good looking and to have that nice 5cyl sound. N/A with little better cams, better exhaust header, and of course, a M90. I don't want too much power, i just want it to sound right.
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