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Old 03-15-2015, 11:01 PM   #1
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The 1992 245..............

Shoot, why could I not make this a short story. I tried avoiding the Junkyard for months, buying a house and moving was more important, I had enough garbage accumulated anyway. Made it to three months and I had the odd urge to go check out what the yard had! Got to the yard and had half a dozen people ask me where the heck I had been for so long, as after all, I used to frequent this yard every week. Long story short, one of the guys who knows’ that I am always in search of "Volvos" called me over to tell me about a black wagon they had. I dismissed it, figuring it was a newer wagon (after years of going to this place, they still can't remember what a 240 looks like). To my dismay, I got to the back of the yard and saw this ridiculously clean 245, black like he said! Luckily, they had not gotten around to drain the tank, cutting the lines and stabbing holes in everything. I new right away that the battery in it was still good as the door chimed when I opened it. Texted the wife pictures of the car, thinking she would be mad I was going to be buying more parts. Again to my dismay, she was like "darn that is nice, you should see how much they want". Did I just get permission for something? I have passed up buying every 245 in the yard I have seen to date, but darn, this car was nice. One of the yard guys, the guy who told me about the car when I got to the junkyard drove by and said, "I'll sell it to you for $1500 Joe". In my head, I was thinking he was nuts. I had tried to start the car, it wouldn't start, but cranked over with no indication of the fuel pump whining on. I didn't tell him that no way in hell was I paying $1500 for a car that ended up in the yard, that won't run and has who knows what kind of issues!

So, still, b/c of how straight this car was, I was very intrigued! I had always been on the look out for a 245 we could just drive, not be super worried about, put the dog in, let the wife DD in order to keep her 2014 WRX in the garage. So, I started checking everything, checked for rust, everywhere, found a minute amount on the rockers and the only non-functional part of the car other then the no start was the rear wiper, due to the common tailgate wire issue. We got the car started with carb cleaner, I knew all it needed was a fuel pump relay. Chuck came back up to me a half hour later and said, "I'll sell it to you for 1k", this time I said "nahhhh".

This got me thinking though, winter 2013/14 was harsh, we kept my wife's POS 2002 Chevy Impala for her to drive in crappy weather and spare the WRX. I had planned to do a tune-up on it and throw it up on craigslist, Impala's of this generation are everywhere around here! They had 10 in the yard that day! So I looked at chuck and said, I know you guys are selling cars out front, how about a trade on a 2002 Chevy Impala. It is 10 years newer, has 170,000 miles, which is 100,000 less then the 245, its a stupid common car around here with a great market for buyers and you have ten of them in the yard to grab parts if you need them! He again to my dismay said, "sure". We traded straight up. POS Chevy Impala for minty non-running 245, a project I would take over the Impala any day!

And really, my wife was ok with this, mind blown as she had let me buy a 1983 245 Turbo 4 months before for $400 to save it from the certain doom of the junkyard. It had so many nice rare parts on it. How was I getting away with this again?

Did not need this car in any way shape or form, but I was glad to save it from the yard. Besides, I could always flip it for profit. Decided to change all the fluid at the yard, but actually ended up get the yard to tow the car to where I would be keeping it until I could get it sorted out. I didn’t want to be putting insurance on it if I was going to end up selling it or parting it out. Granted the only reason I saved this one was b/c of how insanely clean, straight, dent free, and nice the paint was on it, and how good it seem to be all around. Even though part of the deal was for them to tow the car for me for free (nothing in life is free) he took his sweet ass time, three days later and still had not towed it for me! I asked him to at least put it in the private lot where no one could touch it, vandalize or take parts from it. He agreed, for days he said he would get around to it. Finally one afternoon after work the car was delivered. Excited, I went out to look at it, again to my dismay, I found a massive dent on the driver’s door! He ha never moved the car to the private lot like he said he would. A guy came in with a junk car and rolled it right off the flat bed into my newly acquired 245. Luckily, they knew who the guy was and got me all he info (reluctantly I should say, as he was another one of their normal customers).

So know, had already transferred titles and not even owned the car for a day and I had to make an insurance claim. Long story short, I got paid for the damages, but the damage had been done already, no quick flip for this one.

Found that I was right on the money, installed a used fuel pump relay and bam the car started right up every time. Found it had a stalling issue, which I traced to a bad AMM. Replaced that and it ran great………………………………………………..so the journey would begin!

Again, to my dismay, the jerk-off who had caused the damage somehow convinced my insurance to ask me to try and contact him bc he wanted to take care of the damage out of his own pocket and not create a claim. I made some phone calls to my insurance company again, and had some heavy words for having a representative try and convince me to take matters to the at fault party. One of the biggest insurance companies in the world, what a joke! Still, I was curious to see what this guy was up to, against my better judgement, I called him and found out what a true shiester he was. Wanted me to take the car to “his friends bodyshop”, etc. He was up to no good. In the end my insurance company paid to fix the car and go after his insurance company. Still sucked this nice car had been damaged!

Anyway, we decided to keep it and fix it up, it got a nickname and started getting some serious love, it shined up nice, paint was not 100% like I originally thought, but still very nice! Being that it is a black car, it was a no-brainer that we would call it Volvader. Fitting b/c our white 2014 Subaru WRX (originally nicknamed The WRK’S) earned the nickname SUBITROOPER as it was white and looks a hell of a lot like a storm trooper.

Maintenance happened one step at a time, I did what I could during the first half of the summer. By August we moved into our first home, that took months to settle on and I started my dream job as a designer at an architectural/engineering firm. Time became a commodity very quickly. By December I gave up trying to brave the cold and be a weekend warrior and ended up just bringing the car to a Volvo specialist I know to have him do a tune-up! What started as a rear main seal (which leaked like a calf about to become veal) and seals and gaskets turned into yanking the engine and doing absolutely everything! Preventative maintenance, lots of fun!

Ended up yanking the engine, pulled the head to check everything. Engine looked incredible internally. Almost 300k on this car and still all the hone marks still their, incredible! Only OE or better on this car when ever possible!


Replaced thus far:
Calipers/Rotors/Pads/Front Brake lines/fluid
Transmission kick down cable
AMM
Fuel Pump relay
Stock KYB shocks and springs
Ball joints
Water pump
Thermostat
Spark plugs/wires/cap and rotor
Rear main seal
All gaskets
Water pump (Volvo OE)
Timing belt and tensioner
All drive belts
Fresh Volvo coolant
Fresh head gasket kit/Victor Rentz (OE brand)
New exhaust studs
Exhaust hangers
Breather Box (Volvo OE)
PCV system/flame trap
CPS
All transmission seals and gaskets
Transmission fluid
Steering rack(very costly)
Mint set of matching taillights

Every square inch of this thing has been scrubbed, including every interior panel!


Next on list:
IPD rear overload springs/shocks TBD
Carrier bearing and rubber mount (just blew up)
Rust repair
Steering knuckle
Repair tailgate wires, darn hinge design!
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Old 03-15-2015, 11:01 PM   #2
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Friend of mine found a minty 1993 244 in MD with a blown head gasket at the junkyard. I got out to it, it started as a 100% complete car when I got to it that day, poor thing, all it needed was that head gasket, so mint otherwise (not in the business of saving sedans). Got the drivers door to present to the insurance company, also grab the hood and entire black interior! I have no idea at all why I did not save the minty minty dash board and headlight! I have been kicking myself in the ass for months over that. OLD IRON was loaded to capacity on this trip!





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Old 03-15-2015, 11:04 PM   #3
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Nice looking wagon!
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Old 03-15-2015, 11:07 PM   #4
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So you keep the car with excellent winter weather capabilities in the garage but drive a horrid piece of garbage instead?? Does not compute...

Also, nice 245!
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Old 03-15-2015, 11:08 PM   #5
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Nice looking wagon!
For a Junk yard find

I would have spent a year searching craiglist for something straight and clean.

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So you keep the car with excellent winter weather capabilities in the garage but drive a horrid piece of garbage instead?? Does not compute...

Also, nice 245!
Haha, I think about that every time, but honestly, we have not had a storm bad enough to worry about that. But even still, I refuse to let the WRX get destroyed!

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Old 03-15-2015, 11:09 PM   #6
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And the tear down and tune-up!








Now that the tune-up is all done and the engine bay and engine are super clean, it will be easier to work on in the future. Too bad, its so clean now and it will be daily driven, haha!


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Old 03-15-2015, 11:13 PM   #7
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Dang it!
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Old 03-15-2015, 11:18 PM   #8
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See what a $1000 buys you.
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Old 03-15-2015, 11:26 PM   #9
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See what a $1000 buys you.
What $1000? I didn't pay a cent out of pocket for it. How ever, no free car comes without a cost. I could have spent $5,500 - $8,000 on an Ebay car that was near perfect or find a good platform and do it all myself. Granted, I have spent as much on this one as if I had gone and bought one that was in mint shape from an owner that claimed they had done a full tune-up 2,500 miles ago. All in all, I have spent 4k on this car to get it in tip top shape! Which in reality is what I likely would have paid to get my hands on a very, very nice example! It's great to have a comfortable 245 to drive when ever I want. Old Iron is not an every day type car!

Plus, for me, I literally saved a 245 that was a day away from being crushed! Any car I would have bought, would have gotten a full tune-up anyway!
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:23 PM   #10
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Just spent well over $100 again, the driveshaft is getting a full make-over!
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:29 PM   #11
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Money pit. That's why it was in the yard. Glad your looking out for it though.
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Old 03-18-2015, 09:28 PM   #12
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Right, thats the problem! !It's a good thing I like it! It was still absolutely worth saving!
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Hey let me know next time you see another black 240 sedan.
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Hey let me know next time you see another black 240 sedan.
Absolutely! I will! Honestly, if that car is still in Maryland, I would like to get more parts off it! Will let you know!

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What $1000? I didn't pay a cent out of pocket for it. How ever, no free car comes without a cost. I could have spent $5,500 - $8,000 on an Ebay car that was near perfect or find a good platform and do it all myself. Granted, I have spent as much on this one as if I had gone and bought one that was in mint shape from an owner that claimed they had done a full tune-up 2,500 miles ago. All in all, I have spent 4k on this car to get it in tip top shape! Which in reality is what I likely would have paid to get my hands on a very, very nice example! It's great to have a comfortable 245 to drive when ever I want. Old Iron is not an every day type car!

Plus, for me, I literally saved a 245 that was a day away from being crushed! Any car I would have bought, would have gotten a full tune-up anyway!
Joe You did great! Someone told me to pull the engine on my red 93 245 but i was thinking I would get in much deeper and have no room in the garage to for anything else. If all goes well, Red Wagon will have life By Sunday for Sure.
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Fantastic work! Looks great!
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Joe You did great! Someone told me to pull the engine on my red 93 245 but i was thinking I would get in much deeper and have no room in the garage to for anything else. If all goes well, Red Wagon will have life By Sunday for Sure.
Thanks man, I can't wait to see that red 245 zipping around too, that thing might have been a better save then this one!

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I appreciate that, its coming together slowly!
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Great save!
I now have two wagons as well, unfortunately they both drive, so it's hard to convince myself to take one off the road.
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245's, what more could you want , right! I feel you on that! I really want to take "OLD IRON" off the road and do a complete stage zero and +T! But it is such a clean well maintained car, I don't have the heart!

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Had the car off the road for a couple weeks do the carrier bearing and bushing! While I was in there I did the u-joints! FYI, if you have not done u-joints, don't! Especially of they really don't new done! They where the biggest possible head ache ever! Bt not being able to find good snap ring pliers to the u-joints being excessively hard to get in and out! I look forward to cruising down the highway again!
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Car runs and drives great, only issue I have is a high idle when I put the car into park or neutral! I just replaced the idle air valve with a brand new remanufactured on, still the idle gets faster when I put it into park! The trans kick down cable and other cable don't seen to be too tight!?
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Car runs and drives great, only issue I have is a high idle when I put the car into park or neutral! I just replaced the idle air valve with a brand new remanufactured on, still the idle gets faster when I put it into park! The trans kick down cable and other cable don't seen to be too tight!?
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What are you idling at? My 245 is having a similar problem, bout 1200ish.

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I swapped out the cluster to see if a known working one! It doesn't a tach! I plan on swapping it back in and checking to see what it idles at! What should a 240 idle at!?
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