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Old 01-31-2019, 10:22 PM   #1
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Default Rarity of 242's??

Not sure if this is the right subforum for this, but I found a 1981 242 that's a good deal. Just how rare are they? Will I hate myself if I pass it up?
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Old 01-31-2019, 10:47 PM   #2
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Condition is a large part of that question, I bought mine because it is in relatively very good condition, the color and year I was searching for, and I feel very lucky to have found it, I couldn't even haggle the price ($2500). The longer I've owned it the more I realize how nice it is, that's due to trying to find nicer parts than it already has. Mine has some cosmetic issues and very minor rust spots, but the interior is excellent and there are no major problems. I see you are in the NE also, they are more rare here than out west I'd bet.
Another question is: can you take care of it? Mechanical stuff is mostly cheap and available, everything else is $. Antique car and all that..I have had to spend a lot to get some of the parts needed to make it as nice as I want it to be. Because I want to keep it forever I started hoarding spares where I can, extra tail lights, etc...
Just one other thought, these are not small cars. It is several inches longer than my old 740 wagon and takes up a noticeably larger amount of garage space lol.
Just my 2 cents, how bad do you want one?
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Old 01-31-2019, 10:52 PM   #3
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That 's a really good point, 244 or 245 parts are a dime a dozen, but with a college student's budget, I'm not sure I'd be able to restore a 242 the "proper way" meaning factory everything. I think I'll post it on volvo orphan's forum and let someone else have it.

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Another question is: can you take care of it? Mechanical stuff is mostly cheap and available, everything else is $. Antique car and all that..I have had to spend a lot to get some of the parts needed to make it as nice as I want it to be. Because I want to keep it forever I started hoarding spares where I can, extra tail lights, etc...
Just my 2 cents, how bad do you want one?
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Old 01-31-2019, 11:07 PM   #4
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Even on the left coast much like the 140's that went before them, they're not really around anymore on the streets or in the junkyards.

That said I'm sure some furious Googling will produce some, but day in and day out they're an unusual sight for sure.
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Old 01-31-2019, 11:07 PM   #5
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It doesn't need to be restored, just taken care of. I never see them on the road anymore, it's just me. People rubberneck when they see it, one guy almost crashed trying to take a pic while he was driving.
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Wish I had the garage space, would definitely take care of it if I had a place for it. Anyways, you can find it on Volvo Orphans subforum
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Old 01-31-2019, 11:17 PM   #7
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I just saw that...I think I would have a difficult time talking to the owners, those hubcaps hurt my brain but easy fix. I hope someone grabs it up and saves it from those horrible hubcaps and paint. The interior looks decent from the little you can see of it. This car would require a much closer look, the description and pics are terrible. Original keys and owners manual is a selling point...but no mention of body or mechanical condition, but it is cheap. Someone rescue it!
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I just saw that...I think I would have a difficult time talking to the owners, those hubcaps hurt my brain but easy fix. I hope someone grabs it up and saves it from those horrible hubcaps and paint. The interior looks decent from the little you can see of it. This car would require a much closer look, the description and pics are terrible. Original keys and owners manual is a selling point...but no mention of body or mechanical condition, but it is cheap. Someone rescue it!
We can hope!

Art car status usually insures a sooner than later date with the crusher.



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Yea apparently those symbols on the side are FBI confirmed pedophile signs... Other people says they saw it in person and it's a POS. Dodged that bullet.
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Old 02-01-2019, 10:54 AM   #10
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It depends on how rusty it is. You could get a cheap re-spray(maaco) and stage zero the car and have something that's 'okay'. If you're set on a 242, find the best example you can. Have it shipped if it comes to it. I don't know what kind of budget you have but if you have at least $200 a month tweaker budget you can turn a turd into something decent in about a year or so.
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Old 02-01-2019, 11:15 AM   #11
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And we can't give one away on TB.

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Old 02-01-2019, 11:24 AM   #12
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And we can't give one away on TB.

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Well to be fair, that ones not even a roller. Would cost too much to make it a roller. And in turn be crusher material for some poor sod.
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Well to be fair, that ones not even a roller. Would cost too much to make it a roller. And in turn be crusher material for some poor sod.
Cross breed it with a wrecked LH2.2 car and you'd have something on the TB¢heap™ @ 17¢ / hr.
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Cross breed it with a wrecked LH2.2 car and you'd have something on the TB¢heap™ @ 17¢ / hr.
I would do it in a heartbeat. If I buy a car trailer, I'll be heading to up that way for some rust free goodness.
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Only 1741 miles away, it'd probably be cheaper to have it transported.
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Only 1741 miles away, it'd probably be cheaper to have it transported.
For sure, I'm not the typical tber. I can't buy cars sight unseen. So even if I don't actually transport anything, I'll take some time off to find the right car.
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Old 02-01-2019, 12:15 PM   #17
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Wasn't too many years back we were parting and crushing 242TIC's like popcorn.

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Lol that 242. That's about an hour from me, pass by it frequently. It remains the only 242 that I've seen in the wild, ever, in NC/SC/GA that didn't belong to an enthusiast already or wasn't part of a Volvo meet.

They're hard to find around here for sure.

I actually looked at that car and asked if it was for sale probably 3 years ago. It was offered to me for $300 then. I passed.
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what's wrong with it that it's not even worth three hunnit
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what's wrong with it that it's not even worth three hunnit
Roached. Rusty. Axle deep in mud, so I just assumed the brakes would have been junk too.
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~ Ten years ago they weren't so rare, but that was before we hunted them all down and killed them off.
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Roached. Rusty. Axle deep in mud, so I just assumed the brakes would have been junk too.
I paid $400 for mine and everything under the car was shot from sitting in a dirt floor barn, I was still excited about it! I mean how could you go wrong. Buy $400 car, put +$15k into it, worth something like $10k after! I'm the next Wayne Carini
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I paid $400 for mine and everything under the car was shot from sitting in a dirt floor barn, I was still excited about it! I mean how could you go wrong. Buy $400 car, put +$15k into it, worth something like $10k after! I'm the next Wayne Carini
Lol this is the Volvo way but we do it for the love don’t we

Also that 242 looks like evidence from the next season of True Detective
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Lol this is the Volvo way but we do it for the love don’t we

Also that 242 looks like evidence from the next season of True Detective
I do it out of sheer stubbornness. **** love at this point.
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I do it out of sheer stubbornness. **** love at this point.
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