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Old 05-03-2018, 10:59 PM   #1
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Default 76 Volvo 264 84k PRV barn find

I was browsing the Volvo orphan thread, like I always do, when I saw a listing 76 Volvo 264 for $500. I made contact with the seller and he informed me that the car was something he acquired when he bought a 12 car garage. He was just trying to clear out the cars so he could use the space.To make a long story short, the Volvo had been purchased in 1985 and then promptly parked in the garage. It has not moved for the past 33 years.What interested me was the retro styling and the old dash pad style.

The windshield had been busted out by some mischievous kids some time ago. This allowed stray cats to make the Volvo their litter box. It really was a sad state to see the car in. It is now parked in my garage awaiting the next steps of its journey. There is rust around where the windshield once resided. The PRV V6 looks like it has been stopped in time. I would love to restore it, but it may be one of those "forever" builds. The transmission is also stuck in neutral. It goes without saying that everything metal has acquired a flavor of rust.

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Old 05-04-2018, 10:32 PM   #2
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The PRV V6 in all of it's glory



I owe the tow truck driver a huge thank you for towing the Volvo on the 33 year old front tires. Predictably he had a blow out on the interstate and shards of metal did wonders for the body work and emblems.





84K original miles



Kids busted out the windshield



Stray cats moved in and destroyed most of the interior





There is a long list of things to do if this car is ever going to see the road again.

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Pictures don't work but it sounds like a real money pit.
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Old 05-04-2018, 10:38 PM   #4
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dang i have a couple of 740s that were stored outside for the last 18 years and they look far better than that. Good luck to you sir.
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Old 05-04-2018, 10:46 PM   #5
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dang i have a couple of 740s that were stored outside for the last 18 years and they look far better than that. Good luck to you sir.
Right now I am on the fence as to whether or not I should just part it out.
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Old 05-04-2018, 10:48 PM   #6
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Pictures don't work but it sounds like a real money pit.
I cry a little inside each time I think about what it may cost to save this car.

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Old 05-19-2018, 02:40 PM   #7
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Today I finally got time to tear into the engine. I wanted to see if it cranked easily. Sadly, the engine is seized. It won't rotate in either direction. I applied enough force to rock the entire engine back and forth. Ironically I was able to break the crank bolt loose. This leaves me facing a conundrum.

1. Rebuilt the current B27 engine

2. Acquire a 3.0 Premier/Monaco engine and create a hybrid using the 3.0 block and the odd firing heads

3. Swap in a B6304 or T6.

I have spent days researching the PRV engines. I have read enough threads to make my eyes bleed. I am leaning towards making a hybrid 3.0 engine. I will recheck the engine one more time just to verify it's seized later on today. I sprayed some PB Blaster on the crank in hopes that it could just be some rust. I'll pull the spark plugs and pour some oil down in the cylinders to see if I can get the engine to turn.


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Old 05-19-2018, 03:38 PM   #8
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PM John Lane on PRV stuff, or await his arrival.
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PM John Lane on PRV stuff, or await his arrival.
I PMed John Lane when I acquired my 264. He encouraged me to search previous threads on here regarding his fire breathing monster build.
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I hope you didn't pay more than scrap price for that.

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I hope you didn't pay more than scrap price for that.

Paid $200 more than I should have..lol
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Dang they look a lot better than that when they hit our junkyards here.
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Dang they look a lot better than that when they hit our junkyards here.
Same for our salvage yards.
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Old 05-19-2018, 08:23 PM   #14
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Why is it that most of these "barn finds" always look more like they were stored outside for 30 plus years then pushed into the barn to be "found".
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Why is it that most of these "barn finds" always look more like they were stored outside for 30 plus years then pushed into the barn to be "found".
That has crossed my mind as well. It boggles all logic.
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Put it back in the barn.
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A little rust sealer, a little wash, fresh battery and she'll be as good as new.
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I'd post the partout meme, but on the bright side scrap's inching it's way back up ...
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Put it back in the barn.
Too late..lol. The "barn" is 4 hours away.
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A little rust sealer, a little wash, fresh battery and she'll be as good as new.
The car looks worse than it is. A lot of the rust is just surface rust only. There are a few bad parts, but I think it will be okay.
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I'd post the partout meme, but on the bright side scrap's inching it's way back up ...
Haha can't give up on it just yet. However if it does get to that point then I know there are some parts worth some $$$ on this 240.
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Pull the plugs and oil down the cylinders repeatedly.

Then try to break it loose again.

If Roadkill can break a motor loose that's been sitting 30-40 years, so can you.

get it running and hoon it around a bit before it blows up. The PO likely parked it because they flattened the cam lobes.

Growing up in South Dakota, every car over 10 years of age looked like that in the 80s.
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Pull the plugs and oil down the cylinders repeatedly.

Then try to break it loose again.

If Roadkill can break a motor loose that's been sitting 30-40 years, so can you.

get it running and hoon it around a bit before it blows up. The PO likely parked it because they flattened the cam lobes.

Growing up in South Dakota, every car over 10 years of age looked like that in the 80s.
I am going to give it a go! Hopefully there is still life left in the PRV. Roadkill did have a way with old cars.
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