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Old 06-21-2018, 07:46 PM   #1
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OK I found a car I want but it is in Tucson and I live in Philly. I drove my 2000v70R to Dallas and sold it. I've been looking for a car and found nice rust free 240.

What would you change to get it home? What to bring with you? Extra parts?

1976 motor stock.

Brakes are good pads and lines newer.

What else do you think?

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Old 06-21-2018, 08:25 PM   #2
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Old 06-21-2018, 10:10 PM   #3
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The first thing I would change is my mind.

That's a long way to drive a car you don't know much about. At minimum replace every vacuum hose, the brakes and brake fluid, oil, trans fluid, coolant, plugs wires, fuel filter, and belts and coolant hoses. Then maybe. That's a long way.
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Old 06-21-2018, 10:14 PM   #4
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Old 06-21-2018, 10:20 PM   #5
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Timing belt and tensioner along with all other belts and spares. A tune up and take a good look at the car on a lift. Make sure the alternator is charging and isn't gonna puke on you. I'd want extra plugs, cap rotor, a plug wire or two. Do the fuel filter. Extra light bulbs and some sand paper to clean terminals if needed.

Make sure you check the car over well for scorpions and black widows?
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Old 06-21-2018, 10:26 PM   #6
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I'd be concerned about seals if the car sat a while.

Put a fuel pump relay in the glove box or at least a jumper wire if you do it maybe even bring a spare fuel pump and wrenches.
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Old 06-21-2018, 10:31 PM   #7
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It'd be good to know how long its been sitting.
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Old 06-21-2018, 10:34 PM   #8
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It’s a gamble, but I’ve done it before. I bought a 780 turbo with 240k on it in Virginia and drove it 2100 miles out to Utah after changing all fluids, vacuum lines and recharging the AC. Didn’t have any issues. I agree with bringIng a fuel pump relay and fuel pump spare, and some spare ignition components. I’d also change the cooling system hoses including the heater core hoses.

Also it’s probably smart to bring a DVOM and a handful of tools for diagnosing and repairing your car if you need to. I’d also make sure you download the applicable green books from www.volvowiringdiagrams.com to your phone before you start in case you break down with no cell service.
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Old 06-21-2018, 10:35 PM   #9
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I think a good thing to do is to find out all the turbobrick members that are along the way home so you can get some reasonably close help if needed.
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Old 06-21-2018, 10:40 PM   #10
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Check the radiator side tanks too before you leave. If it has the original brass radiator it might leak slowly but no big deal. If it has some old aftermarket plastic radiator in there then it may catastrophically fail on you.
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Old 06-22-2018, 12:25 AM   #11
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it's been a daily for last 10 years but 3 months sitting. Has new hoses but it will be on a lift and have a mechanic look it over if I try it.

Most of the hoses are new and I will have tools and fluids. The long streches of I 10 east bound worry me. 120 miles apart

Thanks for the good info.
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Old 06-22-2018, 12:31 AM   #12
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Proper tuneup
Spare fuel pumps and relay
Oil
Maybe get tires
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Old 06-22-2018, 06:15 AM   #13
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Check the tires for dry rotted and the date code. I've had old decent looking tires fail.
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Old 06-22-2018, 07:49 AM   #14
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Even if your tires are OK break loose all of the lugs. I picked up a 240 that sat for awhile. tires looked OK but i had 2 spares. As soon as we got on the highway entrance ramp the car blew a tire. Had to wait for the free road assistance guy to come by. No way i could break loos the lugs. Even the guy with his air impact gun had a hard time. Make sure you have loooong handle breaker bar.
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Old 06-22-2018, 09:11 AM   #15
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Honestly... I think there are good suggestions in here but people are making a big deal about it.

The REAL question is this.

Can you fly out and drive it back to Philly for less than your cost to have it transported?

I'm all for the adventure, and while I'd be panicking a bit you'll be fine. My clutch cable snapped on a drive from NY to NC. LUCKILY it happened pulling out of a rest stop so I was able to recover the iron block. I had a good amount of tools with me, but there isn't anything I can do parts wise. So I just changed my timing of cities and traffic and rev matched. Got gas and rolled it out on the starter.

Ultimately fine. Could be a long drive, could be a fun adventure.

But it's probably not as expensive as you think to ship it.
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Old 06-22-2018, 09:12 AM   #16
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Hoses, fuel can, tools, a spare fan belt and alt belt, and a spare fuel relay.

Truthfully I would do it, its an adventure, plan for it to take way longer than normal, and be pleasantly surprised if it doesn't.
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Old 06-22-2018, 12:18 PM   #17
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I think a good thing to do is to find out all the turbobrick members that are along the way home so you can get some reasonably close help if needed.
Good idea. Im in the ozark of Mo. Id be willing to help. If I had to I would drive 100 miles if you broke down. Also Id get some road side asst. on your insurance.
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Old 06-22-2018, 03:58 PM   #18
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I agree with the suggestion that you investigate the cost of shipping the car as compared to you driving it.

Why risk anything?
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Old 06-22-2018, 04:31 PM   #19
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The shipping is a good idea unless you want to do the drive. The way my life is lately I would want to do it. A change in the scenery and a chance to meet some turbobricks members along the way back.

PS Be glad to help you with the car if needed when you are around the area with it. Either way hope it goes well.

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Old 06-23-2018, 12:35 AM   #20
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Thanks for all the offers of help. I was in Tucson for other reasons. I have the car and it needs fuel pump or relay or both. the rest looks OK. The car was a cheap 242 I really like it. No rust under it at all.
Will get it to a mechanic next week and we will see if it goes home now or later. They Quoted my 1052.00 from Tucson to Philly

The ride out was fun. Could be the way back too. I hope to meet some of you.

Hoping Napa fuel pump relay tomorrow?

Thanks...
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Old 06-23-2018, 01:05 AM   #21
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there is a relay under the dash that is real noisy while the car is trying to start. I don't know what it is... small square metal

anyway thanks all...


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Timing belt and tensioner along with all other belts and spares. A tune up and take a good look at the car on a lift. Make sure the alternator is charging and isn't gonna puke on you. I'd want extra plugs, cap rotor, a plug wire or two. Do the fuel filter. Extra light bulbs and some sand paper to clean terminals if needed.

Make sure you check the car over well for scorpions and black widows?
No shortage of Black Widows down yonder. I think good insurance to carry spare belts(timing, altntr, tensioner, etc..) also I would take a careful look at the tires, especially if it's been sitting for a while. Shipping might be less money, but if you drive, you should be able to parallel the old Route 66(I-40 parallels iirc), I did on a drive to LA and stopped at several now defunct old businesses of that by gone era.
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Old 06-23-2018, 12:33 PM   #23
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Don't underestimate the heat and hat it will do to the car as you drive it. Yesterday, we hit 109F, that's a lot for a car built in 1976. At a minimum, stay off the interstate and take tons of breaks.

My last Amazon blew its HG on I-10 as the new owner was heading to TX, my advice would be to have it shipped and to then take the time to go through it properly. A road trip can go from fun to not very fun quickly once the car starts acting up.
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Old 06-23-2018, 01:13 PM   #24
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Between the gas, food, hotel, tolls if any, shipping a car with a bunch of unknowns sounds about right. If you're still going to "go for it" get AAA and bring cash and have a back up credit card. GL
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Bring a friend or family member and consider it an adventure.
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