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Old 02-10-2016, 06:36 PM   #101
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What a relief.
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Old 02-15-2016, 05:38 PM   #102
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Jacking point - done:



And the other brace is also done:


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Old 02-29-2016, 09:23 PM   #103
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Middle sill is finished and waiting to get welded on, but I'm still doing some "better-to-do-before" things.


Holy hell, I managed to get the worst rust spot repaired today



It was a huge pita to cut out all the rusty pieces, and i'm still curious what caused this rust right on top of the wheelarch. I'm thinking its a fault from the factory combined with a leaky window there.



Gave it a quick Alkyton coat, looks niice:


I really got into the groove fortunately.
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Old 02-29-2016, 09:34 PM   #104
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Making good progress. keep at it.
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Old 03-01-2016, 03:22 PM   #105
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Keep up the great work! I always look forward to seeing your posts.
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Old 03-01-2016, 05:59 PM   #106
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Making good progress. keep at it.
Thanks! Yes, I won't stop till I drive it again. I actually can't wait for it, i loved every moment of the ride.

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Old 03-01-2016, 07:13 PM   #107
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Oh, and finally decided to ditch the LPG from the car, its not worth the hassle (and the extra money) as I won't use the car as much (less than 5000km a year). It would be cool to build a high compression pure LPG engine, to actually enjoy the lower price of that fuel, but thats not in the goals right now, and I realized i can't stand the fumes it makes..
Not to mention I can put the speakers into the rear deck this way.

Also I have a running M45 powertrain waiting in the donor car... That should wake up the car a "bit", and improve the mpg-s. If it makes a solid 8-9l/100km (~27mpg) on trips i'll be satisfied.
Hah, and these redblocks are growing on me, recently I'm leaning towards a properly built intercooled B23AT in the near future.
I love how badass these engines are if you use a little boost.
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Old 03-01-2016, 10:54 PM   #108
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I feel like 10.5l/100km is more normal. 9 has been done, 8 is dreaming unless you build the car specifically for efficiency and drive like a grandma.
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Old 03-02-2016, 06:23 AM   #109
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I feel like 10.5l/100km is more normal. 9 has been done, 8 is dreaming unless you build the car specifically for efficiency and drive like a grandma.
We'll see.
A buddy with a restaured grey 244 (B19A/M45) said around 8-9l/100km, and he is not driving it like a grandma, not even close.
He rebuilt the SU carb only, and popped open the engine to find its completely fine inside.

Honestly I don't know how will the original B21A perform with a manual, but with the tired old BW55 and LPG it did 100-110 kmh, and i could still push it a little more over but I did not wanted to. So I think it is not that bad.
I may borrow that rebuilt carb to check the engine's potential.
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Old 03-02-2016, 11:52 AM   #110
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I feel like 10.5l/100km is more normal. 9 has been done, 8 is dreaming unless you build the car specifically for efficiency and drive like a grandma.
7.5 is doable on just highway with a healthy fuel injected 240, but not a B21A. Then it's more like 15.
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7.5 is doable on just highway with a healthy fuel injected 240, but not a B21A. Then it's more like 15.

If it consumes that much... LH swap.
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Old 03-02-2016, 05:02 PM   #112
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7.5 is doable on just highway with a healthy fuel injected 240, but not a B21A. Then it's more like 15.
Exactly, my b21A's have been horrible. 15-20. They've all had the completely non-adjustable (other than idle speed, gee great) strombergs though, and ran horribly rich all the time.
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Old 03-02-2016, 05:43 PM   #113
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Exactly, my b21A's have been horrible. 15-20. They've all had the completely non-adjustable (other than idle speed, gee great) strombergs though, and ran horribly rich all the time.
I hope mine won't be that horrible... With a solid 80-90kmh at nights, when i like to cruise.

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9L/100km must be true with this BW55
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Old 03-15-2016, 09:11 PM   #114
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Made a nice patch from simple sheetmetal to the right rear inner wheelarch:


Also finally the middle sill is on, somehow it turned out to be almost perfectly straight at the joints, so it accepts the outer sill nicely.


Only problem is, the gap is a little tight at the lower part, and the aftermarket sill has (or got...) a negative curve in its the outer edge. Both doors stick out a little bit at the B pillar, and the sill just makes it worse. But I'm working on making it better. At least now both doors seal and shut good enough for me.
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Old 03-25-2016, 07:29 PM   #115
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Right side PVC piping is mostly done, water now leaves the cowl nicely to the ground on both sides.


Also replaced the windshield corner while i was there:


Wheelarch was continued:


And just for some motivation I tried on the spare Hydra i got from a buddy years ago, gosh, i need a set real baad.


I'm so tempted to weld on the outer sill in a few weeks, and change the spare wheel well.
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Old 04-01-2016, 08:43 PM   #116
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Its finally on:
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Old 04-03-2016, 08:23 PM   #117
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As well as the bottom of the B pillar, it turned out to be way better than expected

And finally removed the longitudinally installed temporary hollow section. I was worried it may screw up the door gaps, but it did not move anywhere its so tough now. I love it!

It seems i have 3 weeks to repair the right quarter panel and spare wheel well, then exam period starts. At that time I'll pull the engine and trans out, and turn it on two wheels and paint the repaired places on bottom with epoxy primer and undercoating. Wish me luck!
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Old 04-04-2016, 12:11 PM   #118
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Nice work man, keep it up!
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Old 04-08-2016, 04:32 AM   #119
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Hi petiww,

Fantastic attention to detail and progress!

From one 1980 244 Brown / Tan owner to another-- I appreciate the effort you are making to restore this car!



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How did you make this section? Do you have a tool to bend the metal to make the channel?

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Old 04-18-2016, 05:02 AM   #122
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Fantastic attention to detail and progress!

From one 1980 244 Brown / Tan owner to another-- I appreciate the effort you are making to restore this car!



Best wishes,
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Thanks volvie!
I also made a promise for the PO that I'll show the "finished" car, so if everything goes well I'm going to make a trip to Szolnok in August, I hope.

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Sadly no, I don't have the experience and tools to make a difficult patch like this. I cut apart a late model grey 244 that was parted out. Really saved a lot of time, and the outcome definitely worth it.

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Old 04-18-2016, 05:26 AM   #123
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Spare wheel well is replaced now, outer arch cut away, started patching the inner arch. (no pic)




Some "new" rust was revealed at the top of the windshield frame... And by "new" I mean I knew there was rust on the middle sheet there, I've seen it from the cabin with the headliner removed, but I hoped it was not serious. Until I saw this...


I was not happy but fixed it in an afternoon.




I had to leave some rust there, because I don't want to cut the surrounding metals to pieces. (that would be worse than this solution) It will be still good for 10-15 years I'm sure, with the amount of cavity wax i sprayed there right after I welded it together.

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Old 04-18-2016, 09:19 AM   #124
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Nice work. Wish you were my neighbor.
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Old 04-19-2016, 07:37 PM   #125
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Nice work. Wish you were my neighbor.
Well, if you can tolerate random grinding marathons for a few hours around 8pm...

Anyway, finally closed the 'quarter-spare wheel well' gap,


so only some minor corrections needed here with a big hammer.

And also welded the sill endsheet on.


Only remaining heavy rustspot is the lip over the rear bumper that accepts the wide rubber 'seal'. I know thats going to be a PITA to do correctly, but it cant stop me now.
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