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Old 10-09-2017, 12:44 PM   #1
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Default The Beige Bounce Back - Vol242vo's 242

It's been over 7 years since I sold my last 242 to Cameron at iPd, which he did some amazing work to, sounds like the car now resides in Texas. Over the past few years I've been wanting to get another 242 but wasn't ever in the right place or time to pull the trigger. Now that my kids are in middle school and approaching high school, I figured it would be a great family project to find the right 242...

About 2 weeks ago I came across this Beige 242 that looked like a decent start. I ended up trading a couple of guns for it, brought it home and started to dive right in. It's runs and drives great, the body is in excellent shape, it has a little rust on the drivers side floor board and both butt cheeks under the trunk. Both areas are very common in 240s, so I'm not surprised, I'm confident I can get everything under control.

The good:

-Came with a decent set of 15" ARE 398 Wheels that will be refurbished and powder coated.
-Looks like it has newer Bilstein HDs in the back with TME springs
-Appears to have new rotors and calipers all around
-iPd Sway Bars, haven't measured but looks like 22/23mm
-No sunroof! All my previous ones leaked and never closed properly
-129k miles and strong running B21 and M45 Transmission
-Straight body and decent paint - Beige!

The bad:

-What rust is there
-Welded diff, not a fan of it
-front suspension need work, blown passenger strut and lots of knocking
-interior is missing a lot of parts and mismatched seats, carpet, panels, etc.
-water pump is going out, easy fix
-some oil leaks that will be repaired
-it's dirty! Soon to be throughly cleaned!
-tires are shot, looks like the previous owner had some fun!


This is going to be a summer daily, plans are to make it extremely clean looking and running like a champ. Tight suspension so I don't have to slow down taking corners...

























Removed the heater core as this won't be needed and plans to shave this one like my last one...

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Old 10-09-2017, 01:19 PM   #2
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Wheels are hard to come by in 5x108. Those are ARE 398 wheels. I just sold my set.
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Old 10-09-2017, 02:03 PM   #3
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Wheels are hard to come by in 5x108. Those are ARE 398 wheels. I just sold my set.
Yeah I had a set of BBS 16x7s on my last 242, wish I still had those!
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Old 10-09-2017, 02:09 PM   #4
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yeah I didn't really want to sell mine either but I want to do some other things to finish my personal build (wheels to my spec) and throw it in for paint.
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Old 10-09-2017, 05:05 PM   #5
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I like this already. I like it a lot. I would have liked it even better if it was a '79 but this is only a year off. Good buy.
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:44 PM   #6
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Welcome back! Your old car was really nice and I enjoyed following its thread. If this is anything like that, this will be. Agreat one also!

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Old 10-09-2017, 09:40 PM   #7
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I like this already. I like it a lot. I would have liked it even better if it was a '79 but this is only a year off. Good buy.
Haha! I get it, your '79 is in amazing condition! I like the direction you went with yours. A little old but it's still a good looking 242.

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Thanks Jordan! Looks like some of you veterans are still hanging around huh? It feels good to have a Volvo again, this one won't get away!

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Old 10-11-2017, 02:16 AM   #8
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Looks like a good start to a project, and reminds me of mine when I first got it, but one year older I guess.
Is it Artesia Beige, paint code 137?
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Old 10-15-2017, 12:08 AM   #9
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Default Suspension tear down

I started to dive into the front suspension today, even had a little help from my wife. Time to start ordering parts, new tie rod ends, ball joints, brake lines, new poly, rear diff seal, coil overs and short struts, Kaplhenke offset strut mounts and strut brace. The list will continue to grow as I keep digging...


Installation of the sway bar, someone ignored the brake line...












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Old 10-26-2017, 12:39 AM   #10
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Was that the one posted on Craigslist a few weeks back? Funny thing was I saw it and actually though it was your previous car (I lost track of the build thread on the last one). Nice to see you're back. Maybe see you around town!
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Old 10-26-2017, 02:15 AM   #11
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That car is great!
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Old 10-26-2017, 03:33 AM   #12
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Used your pics on here: http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=337131

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Old 10-26-2017, 10:43 PM   #13
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Was that the one posted on Craigslist a few weeks back? Funny thing was I saw it and actually though it was your previous car (I lost track of the build thread on the last one). Nice to see you're back. Maybe see you around town!
Sure was! Cameron from iPd bought my '78 and built a beautiful B234 for it. I'll put the link here soon...This one needs some attention.

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Old 10-26-2017, 11:04 PM   #14
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Default Previous 242s

Photobucket killed most of my old project threads on TBs but I was able to get a few to my phone. Figured I'd throw them in this one to give others my vision/expectations/love for 242s!

'78 bought in January of 2005:

Missing all of the pictures from the day and first few months after I bought it. It was yellow and too much rust to make it worthy of keeping.





Fast forward through body work, paint, new bushings and mounts, new brakes, interior work, attention to the b21, suspension and wheels (that I hated, 17x8 Voxx MGs) and later style windshield.











In August of 2007 I bought another '78 with little to zero rust. Again, no before pictures unfortunately...














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Old 10-29-2017, 01:44 AM   #15
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Nothing too exciting today, spent a better part of the morning going to town with my neighbors pressure washer. Long way to go still...

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Old 10-29-2017, 02:39 PM   #16
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That’s crazy about that brake line. Can’t wait to see more work on this.
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Old 10-30-2017, 12:47 PM   #17
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That’s crazy about that brake line. Can’t wait to see more work on this.
Yeah...starting to come across a few things that I'm a little shocked by...
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Old 12-11-2017, 02:47 AM   #18
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It's been slow going but I had a chance to run out to a local junkyard today and pulled a nearly crack free dash from a 1980 264. Clean it all up and tossed it in the 242. Also found a slim front bumper and airdam from an '86 244, the bumper cover was in great shape. The rear bumper was too damaged for what I'm looking for.























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Old 12-11-2017, 12:16 PM   #19
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This is cool!!

Got a 1981 242 DL myself. Keep it going man!

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Old 12-11-2017, 01:34 PM   #20
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Great thread.

Reminds me so much of the old black widow infested '80 242 DL I bought many years ago in non-running condition. Spent a lot of time and many junkyard runs bringing it back to a great daily driver.
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Old 12-12-2017, 04:51 PM   #21
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Thanks Adam and Dave!

I plan to do the same for every nook of the car, not necessarily NEW but clean, not too concerned about the imperfections of the paint. It’ll get a nice claybar and wax this next summer to bring the beige back a bit but other than that most of the attention will be under the hood and suspension components.
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:21 PM   #22
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Cool project! Nice work so far.
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Old 12-14-2017, 02:56 AM   #23
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Thanks Mike, I’m following your updates with the T5 as I plan on tossing one in this too!
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Old 12-14-2017, 10:12 AM   #24
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I remember your last beige one, I always loved how clean the engine bay looked, shame it never really got going.

This one looks like it's headed in the right direction! Keep us posted!
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Old 12-15-2017, 01:20 AM   #25
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I remember your last beige one, I always loved how clean the engine bay looked, shame it never really got going.

This one looks like it's headed in the right direction! Keep us posted!
Agreed. My '78 was, to this day, a regret. I was pretty stoked when this one popped up on Craigslist here.
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