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Old 12-06-2017, 05:34 PM   #1
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A little backstory. Last year I got a job about 30 miles away from where I live in downtown Portland so I ended up selling my black 760 turbo for much too little (practically gave it away) to buy a TDI so that I could commute there and back every single day. Well since then I regretted my choice and was on the search for a clean 2/7/9 series wagon that I could call my own.

Last week I found a 1993 940 Turbo wagon for sale for $650. I quickly contacted the owner and told him I was interested in looking at the car. After meeting up with him to look it over, I quickly saw that even with 314k miles, the car was very well cared for in most regards. I didn't negotiate on price as the car was already priced extremely low.

The main point of concern with the car (and probably why the wagon was priced so low) was the rear suspension. Accelerate too fast or go over a speed bump too quickly and suddenly the car acquired hydraulic suspension bouncing you the the moon and back.

Driving the car home I could easily see that the car received the appropriate care a Volvo normally needs at this age. The 940 accelerated and downshifted extremely well leading me to believe the kick down cable had been adjusted and by the condition of the spark plug wires, I believe those were replaced rather recently as well. The car starts, idles, runs and drives with no issues outside of suspension.

Stage 0 will take place regardless of how new everything is so I can insure everything is where it needs to be. Then I have some plans for it.

Future Plans:
-531 with port work and bigger valves and stronger valve springs
-vx/iPD cam
-Performance iPD wires
-Yoshifab H-beam connecting rods
-iPD/STS Machining adjustable cam gear
-Nathan intake manifold (if I can find one, if not I might have to talk to a fabricator.
-TLAO chips
- 3 inch exhaust with free flowing resonator
-iPD lowering springs with Koni Shocks (or Bilstien HD's) OR
-Kaplhenke coilovers (I'm not too crazy about going low, but I want adjustability for the summer time)
-16 or 17 inch wheels, Borbet Type E's 17x8 or some other similar 5 spoke wheels
-Accumulator mod in an AW72 if I can find one if not, in my AW71.
-E-code headlights
-V90 mirrors and door handles

That's all I can think of for now. I will be posting here to update, every time I do something new to the car.

Below is a link with all the photos and *hopefully* images below that I took of the car to show it off before I go off and start modifying it. (If anything shows up incorrectly, this is my second post and only my first time posting photos)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/670749...57689283531591





















Can't have all the nice things, good thing I'm switching over to Euro headlights



Surprisingly the electrics all work except for the heated portion of the seats. But then again when was the last time you saw working heated seats in a 7/9?



Yup, and the odo keeps chugging away, no broken gears here



I don't think this tool kit has ever been opened... the gloves looked brand new. In fact I didn't even know gloves were an actual option with these because I've never seen a complete tool kit







Although dirty, headliner is all intact



This looks similar to most 940 rack's I've seen but no bars in the middle, is this normal?



Sunroof works and doesn't get stuck or leak!!!! It's a miracle













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Old 12-06-2017, 05:36 PM   #2
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Anyone know why the images I've attached below the URL aren't showing up? I clicked attach image and then attached the Flickr URL..
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Old 12-06-2017, 06:40 PM   #3
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try using the 'share photo' button in the lower right corner, select BBCode and than medium 800x600 or something. Just copy paste that code, should work
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:32 PM   #4
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try using the 'share photo' button in the lower right corner, select BBCode and than medium 800x600 or something. Just copy paste that code, should work
I could for the life of me not find the "share photo" button until I realized it was on Flickr and not on the forums... guess I get that for being a newbie
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:52 PM   #5
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Nice buy! Definitely worth the money!
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Old 12-07-2017, 06:02 AM   #6
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Re: heated seats... Last time was the last time I drove the 764Ti. So, Monday night. Same with the 745Ti...

Not a bad looking wagon. I'd pull the rack and, for now, grab 8 5/8" rubber grommets and 8 3/8" black nylon hole plugs. Goop'em up and install them in the holes after removing the wellnuts. Eventually, either use Fiberall or structural urethane with some strips of sheetmetal cut to fit where the holes are. You'll want to drop the headliner to do this, so maybe do it when/if you install a glass 960 moonroof. The reason there are no slats is because the person who installed the rack didn't add them. A bit better, in that when you do remove it, there will only be four slightly darker spots on the roof.

If I remember correctly, there is a 740 Turbo wagon at one of the PnP yards down there that is the same color as yours. It may have a fuel filler door with hinge. If not, Lynnwood PnP has an '86 wagon that's the slightly lighter blue shown on my 245 in the signature below. It still had one on it the last time I looked (last weekend).

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Old 12-07-2017, 10:31 AM   #7
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Yeah, great color combo. Hope to see all those mods happen. What turbo?
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Old 12-07-2017, 01:08 PM   #8
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Re: heated seats... Last time was the last time I drove the 764Ti. So, Monday night. Same with the 745Ti...

Not a bad looking wagon. I'd pull the rack and, for now, grab 8 5/8" rubber grommets and 8 3/8" black nylon hole plugs. Goop'em up and install them in the holes after removing the wellnuts. Eventually, either use Fiberall or structural urethane with some strips of sheetmetal cut to fit where the holes are. You'll want to drop the headliner to do this, so maybe do it when/if you install a glass 960 moonroof. The reason there are no slats is because the person who installed the rack didn't add them. A bit better, in that when you do remove it, there will only be four slightly darker spots on the roof.

If I remember correctly, there is a 740 Turbo wagon at one of the PnP yards down there that is the same color as yours. It may have a fuel filler door with hinge. If not, Lynnwood PnP has an '86 wagon that's the slightly lighter blue shown on my 245 in the signature below. It still had one on it the last time I looked (last weekend).

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Iíll have to check all my connections starting with the the switches going all the way to the relays and maybe even the wiring in the seats to make sure everything is one complete circuit. Iíve just never seen the seats work in anyoneís Volvoís that Iíve known so itís slightly discouraging.

On my 765Ti I used iPDís plug kit and while that worked, it definitely wasnít the cleanest option. Maybe if I build up the courage to take out my headliner, I can then fill the holes. As for the 960 glass moonroof, this is definitely something I want to do in the very near future, itís easy to source parts and not too difficult to change either.

As for the gas door, I still have the door but the hinge inside where the door normally mounts is broken. But again I think this is normal and I might have to just get the iPD replacement as I remember they make something like this if Iím not mistaken.
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Old 12-07-2017, 01:10 PM   #9
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Yeah, great color combo. Hope to see all those mods happen. What turbo?
While I should have checked to be 100% positive, I’m pretty sure it’s a 13c but for the future I want to go to something bigger like a 16t,18t or 20t. Depends what I can get my hands on. If not maybe a Holset with the proper supporting mods

EDIT: I just clicked on your link with the 945 and I realized your car was the one that gave me the inspiration to do a 940. Before that I only wanted a 1989 740 but after seeing your car and my buddies white 944Ti, I knew I needed a 940 in my life.
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Old 12-10-2017, 09:17 PM   #10
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A minor update but I had a little time today to do a little interior detail.



I've never seen such a gross car, so much hair and lint and dust and dirt. EVERY. SINGLE. CRACK had dust, dirt and hair. 50 or so Q-Tips and a whole bunch of rubbing alcohol later and the front dash is nearly clean.



I took on cleaning the windows inside and out with some Armor All window cleaner only to find out that the windows had some really pesky water spots that wouldn't come off.
Does anyone have any technique they can suggest for hard water spots? I've heard EXTREMELY fine steel wool as well as maybe gasoline? I'm not sure how safe either are for your windows...

I want to take care of the paint when the weather starts to warm up a little more, or at least when I have more light.



In the end, the leather/vinyl material didn't look any better from what I used (or any worse) but with the cracks and splits they have, I'm just going to track down a set of clean Grey electric seats for the front and back to swap in. The end goal would be some nice Recaro's that hug the body well but that won't be until much later down the road where $1000 seats are more justified because other important things have been taken care of.
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