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Old 04-06-2018, 10:51 AM   #1
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After 16 years of 240 ownership, I feel like trying something different. I also told myself I wouldn't do a project thread for this one, but I love this forum too much, I guess.

A quick jump back to May 2011: I only had one kid, my wife drove an S40, I had a 245 and a horrible, bad Ford Focus wagon. Dad called me to tell me that someone at the machine shop had just put a new head on a Volvo wagon and that after a month or so it's not running, customer just wants to get rid of the car. Dad loaded the trailer up, we drove 10 minutes to Laurel DE and picked up the ultimate Swedish interpretation of Delaware's famous brick-shaped delicacy, scrapple - a grey 1993 940 wagon. Non-turbo, Regina, $200.

The Regina turd: IMAG0331
It had the thickest coating of fries, candy, matches, sticky pennies, and hair in the carpets that I've ever encountered. Completely horrific, disgusting carpets.

Do rite by your bi: IMAG0338

Back to the present: the '93 is still sitting, I've lost the title and keys (a first), shame possibly clouds my judgment, etc. Dad and I load up the trailer again and head to Altoona PA (a relatively short trip for us lately), pick up a '91 940 turbo wagon. The '93 now has a purpose in life as an excellent parts car.

'91 on the trailer (getting the tongue weight right was very difficult, had to load up the cargo area with spare trailer wheels, tools etc.)

Paint is in pretty good shape except on the hood where it's thin enough in spots that the undercoat is showing. It's single stage, huzzah, so it ought to look real nice after some time with the buffer. Dad and I will probably repaint the hood soon (it's a bit denty too)

The little boy really, really likes Volvos


The engine is the most oily engine in the world. I got it running after a day of fiddling, idles great but is too oil-consume-y and seal-pukingly leaky for me, so I reckon the most sensible thing to do is use the B230FT I have on a stand in the garage and just swap the whole thang, while rolling up some little beneficial changes into the swap.

Short term goals: get it roadworthy. Maybe take it to Carlisle next month. Definitely take it to Carlisle in 2019. Iron out all the piddly almost-30-yr.-old car problems.

Long term goals: make it 80% as fun to drive as my wife's Focus ST. It may or may not become a daily driver; it has an '05 Forester XT to contend with on that front. I'd really like to do an M90. Spring stiffness similar to a BRZ (i.e. autocross ready) with similar excellent damping. Drive it a lot.



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Old 04-06-2018, 11:17 AM   #2
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The current focus, a project-within-the-project, is to match this here:


with a 16T, because it seems a 16t is going to be a much more fun option than the ancient Garrett AiResearch '80s special that the manifold was matched for. I like the Garrett flange shape, and it turns out there isn't a whole lot to do to match a 16t's exhaust inlet to the manifold.



I'll use this opportunity to post a pic of my favorite torque wrench in the world. Puttin' the torqo on the nuts.



I also compared the 16T to the turbo from the Forester, which was already in pieces on the bench for a rebuild. Compressor and turbine wheels are larger on the 16T.
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Old 04-06-2018, 11:39 AM   #3
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That torque wrench is sweet. What's the range on it?
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Old 04-06-2018, 11:55 AM   #4
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That torque wrench is sweet. What's the range on it?
Inch-pounds, up to 500ish, I think. It has a dial that moves back to zero as you tighten. Oldskool Snap-On is best Snap-On

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Old 04-06-2018, 12:36 PM   #5
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I'd been eyeballing that '91. Glad to see it's getting work done to it.
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:31 PM   #6
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Still creepin' along

Took it on its maiden voyage to the shop today for an alignment and thorough under-car inspection/head-scratching session while it was up on the lift. Got it to a happy place, although the left front tie rod end was exhibiting some odd behavior. Will have to do this again soon with new inner/outer tie rod stuff.



Dad and I also stared at 240 IPD springs and some other oddball springs he has laying around. They're ultra-crusty, so no installation today. He did some measuring while I went out to the grey parts wagon and pulled some more crap for the engine swap.

One fairly fun piddly job completed: removed the previous owner's inspired Max Max quote from underneath the hood (sorry Kai )

Step 1: Apply Brakleen, wire brush, rags, and vigorous scrubbing motions to underhood area


Step 2: Take picture while dad masks quick and dirty-like


Step 3: Scuff scuff scuff, stop to take another picture while dad adds paper


Step 4: secret sauce i.e. whatever leftover gloss and satin black spray cans are laying around

Step 5: Re-apply hood to wagon, observe handiwork


Drove it back home, looks better! There's a masking ridge because we're lazy and didn't blend at all, but it's still a ton better. I might add some fiberglass or similar sound deadening stuff under the hood at some point. Probably will fix dents and repaint top of the hood first.




The engine is in the stupid little missing pieces stage, very close to ready for swappage. I need to make an oil feed hose and clean the intake + intake manifold gasket, and then it's pretty much ready to go.
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Old 04-16-2018, 01:35 AM   #7
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Looks good.

Stock, the 700's came with a hood blanket... So, you could always reinstall that. That said, like the Diesel and 240 Turbo hood blankets, I've never really heard much of a difference in noise level. So, it seems to just keep the engine warmer than it needs to be.

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Old 04-16-2018, 08:29 AM   #8
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Looks good.

Stock, the 700's came with a hood blanket... So, you could always reinstall that. That said, like the Diesel and 240 Turbo hood blankets, I've never really heard much of a difference in noise level. So, it seems to just keep the engine warmer than it needs to be.

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I figured that was the case - the '93 partswagon has a hood blankie but it's kinda floppy and uninspiring. The Forester has one too, but I pulled it down after it started sagging and soaking up water.
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Old 05-23-2018, 01:12 PM   #9
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Not a whole lot to report - the Forester is currently soaking up the meager car maintenance/fun parts budget (are you sensing a theme?). I need to make a choice on whether to keep the Forester (turbo, 5 speed, pain in the ass to work on) or the E46 (amazeballs inline 6 noises, pretty snappy automatic, not nearly as much of a pain in the ass...so far).

The other day I soldered in a new radio suppression relay plug, taught my wife how to solder in a dirty under-hood environment with very little space, how to create a mechanical connection first before soldering for dat rock-solid connection, etc. She liked it! And asked me to show her to to solder proper-like on a bench, NASA procedure-style. So that's cool.

TL;DR tired B230 idles so smoove with a clean, tight RSR connection.

I also made temporary plugs a while back for the roof rack holes, forgot to post up how that turned out - painted thumb tacks held on with silicone adhesive sealant. It's a mighty fine temporary solution prior to welding and roof repainting.
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Dump Forester and keep E46. They are really not bad to live with.
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