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Old 11-08-2007, 11:26 PM   #1
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I bought the car in March of '07 for $350 from a Porsche Tech who was a former Volvo tech. It didn't run, the previous owner said someone tried to start it with a screwdriver and messed up the ignition lock, he also said that the gas tank was rusted out. The paint was seriously oxidized and the interior was dirty but good.

Here are some pics of when I first bought it.









First thing I did was to replace the ignition lock, wasn't too hard. Next up was the fuel tank, for some reason I opted to get a Summit Racing fuel cell that holds 16 gallons. It uses a GM style sender so I had to get a different gauge. I re-did all of the fuel lines up to the fuel pump (I'll have pics of that tomorrow). I need to clean up some of the wiring though.



Here's a pic of my new boost and fuel gauge. I shoulda got a boost gauge that showed vacuum too, but o well.


Then I soon found out that the fuel pump didn't work, so I bought a new Holly pump (more pics to come).


It finally started up, but it only lasted for a few minutes. Turns out the foam in the fuel cell absorbed most of the gas, so I filled it up. Then my car was constantly flooding, so I eventually bought another fuel distributor and injectors. I only used the dizzy and it fired right up, I guess it was clogged with something that was in the old lines.

Next thing was tires and inspection, got that. Now I was on the road!

I then spent most of my time doing general maintenance and getting it to Stage 0. Now its pretty much at Stage 0. Oh and John's wires are the best!

Exhaust sucks anyways.... It started dragging while I was driving one day, so I ripped it off and left it for dead.


I got my wheels painted black by a guy who I used to work with. He used a black basecoat with a clearcoat on top. So, its a good paint job that should hold up 100x better than spraypaint. Its jacked up so it looks bad. The wheels are really dirty too.


Next I put in an electric fan, Autozone especial. It works great, but is a little loud, but hey, it was cheap. I never put an e-fan in my last 244, because I was afraid of the wiring and switches, but DONT BE!!! It's super easy and definately worth it.

I put the switch where the foglamps(?) switch was.


I put a MSD Blaster 2 coil in next. I ran out of electric connector things, so there is some loose wire that I'll clean up later.


When I was working at Freedom Chevy I compounded my car and buffed it out. It looks way better, but the paint was chipping off with the pressure sprayer!!!


Then I installed an intercooler and only got to drive it for 1 day.... It's apart right now because I have the exhaust manifold off.


I had a 90+ laying around so I figured it was a good time to port it and put it on (since I am currently unemployed...). I did the porting myself, its not perfect but I think it will work, I also ported the turbo side.





I autocrossed this car before I had the e-fan and it was soooo much better than my 850. I cant wait to get some suspension done on it.

The next thing I need to do is put in new motor mounts and tranny mounts. I also plan on chopping the springs for now and getting Bilsteins when I get another job. The grill is also gonna get repainted black, the paint is chipping off on it right now. Once I get it back on the road I'll cleaned it up and get some better pics of the outside. Hopefully that won't be too long, there is an autocross coming up this weekend.


Thanks to everyone out there who has answered my questions and helped me become even more broke!

There will be plenty more updates soon!

New pics 1-7-08

Washed the car and figured it was a good time to take some new pics.





Side exit.


But, its too low... Now it rattles over 3000 rpm.


New 120 mph speedo and nicer tach.



Changed the location of the fuel cell. Now I feel a little safer.


New fuel lines from the fuel cell to filter (-8AN).




Anyways, she's doing ok. I also just painted the grill black, so it looks wayy better, so more pics coming.
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Old 11-08-2007, 11:31 PM   #2
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Nice car man, definately jealous that is pretty much rust free.


Where did you route the vent on the top of the fuel cell to?
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Old 11-08-2007, 11:41 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot. I used what I think was the stock vent line, but I could be wrong, who knows where it goes... It works though lol.
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Old 11-08-2007, 11:46 PM   #4
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cool cool, i believe i have the same cell for my 1800, and i have been wonder what to do for it.
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Old 11-08-2007, 11:50 PM   #5
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Yea, Im not sure where exactly it goes... I think it just vents to the atmosphere??? Really, I have no idea though... lol
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Old 11-09-2007, 07:20 PM   #6
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fyi, don't bother with rear bilsteins. go koni or don't bother.

are you building this for a class, or just build it how you want it and have fun with it?

good luck
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Old 11-09-2007, 09:52 PM   #7
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fyi, don't bother with rear bilsteins. go koni or don't bother.

are you building this for a class, or just build it how you want it and have fun with it?

good luck
Really? Hmm...

I am trying to keep it in HS as long as I can, though they're not too strict on classes where I go. I would like to stay OUT of SM since they're are so many cars in it. I need to read up a little more on classes though, hopefully I can keep some of the mods on the dl.
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Old 11-10-2007, 03:31 AM   #8
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HS will be any size or compound tires that fit on any stock sized wheels, as long as you are +/- 1/4" offset (6mm), any shocks (up to single adjustable, iirc), stock springs, any change to front swaybar size, no change in the rear, stock springs, stock alignment range, anything after the cat, any filter that fits like stock, stock head and such, any ignition wires, any brake pads.

if this were my project, and time/money were no object, and you wanted the best setup that would look stock, i'd get as much negative camber as possible, bils or konis up front, konis in the rear, GT or diesel/overload springs all around, GT rear sway (i think it was bigger) cut if you can get away with it, but not too much, ipd 25mm front sway, 14x6 240 Classic mesh wheels, 205/55-14 V710s, porterfield R4 brake pads, as much caster as you can get stock, and 0 toe or so (thats a preference thing, mostly). see if you can find some poly bushings that are black like stock bushings? that may be hard to do. 2.5" catback exhaust, minimal muffling and shortest/lightest pipe available, maybe a B21ET downpipe going into a stock looking cat, a new mann filter, a stock head skimmed to the limit of the rules, boost set to the limit of the rules, kjet tuned to the limit of the factory specs (1.2%co, etc), and a set of john's ignition wires. maybe a volvo oem .63 T3 exhaust housing, since the size identifier is on the inside. yeah
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Old 11-10-2007, 04:45 AM   #9
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Thats some damn good info and suggestions. Why do you think the 14x6 mesh wheels would be better than virgos? Smaller diameter? I was gonna get a full 3 in exhaust made up, I really dont think anyone would be checking. Already have a 25mm front sway on the way. Already have John's wires. How can you tell if you have a .63 exhaust housing? What years/cars did it come on? I hope I can get away with cut springs and poly bushings, they're not too strict, unless you are winning, then someone will say something...

Well, I want this to be my dd for now too. And money/time is a big factor since I will be in school pretty soon. How do I tune my kjet? Stick an allen wrench in that little hole?? I'll see if its in the greenbooks...


Well, I hope I can do this car right. I am so eager to get stuff done on this car, but shipping from FCP Groton is taking FOREVER!!!!!! I cant even get my turbo and manifold back on.... no studs....

Anyways, thanks a bunch for the class specs, this info will help me out a lot.
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Old 11-10-2007, 02:32 PM   #10
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they have a lower offset than virgos and the same width. wider track, plus you could still space them out 1/4" all the way around. they are 14s, so they'd be lighter, and tires are cheaper.

i forgot you had a turbo momentarily (it was late). a 3" catback would be awesome, one or two mufflers, as long as theyre straight through. i only suggested the b21et downpipe because it looks stock and doesnt have the stupid close-coupled cat on it, so it would be a nice horsepower boost.

the A/r on teh exhaust housing is inside the inlet, stamped into the metal. yours right now should be a .48, which is good for quick spool and will probably not be a hindrance to you at the moment, but if you get to making higher hp, you may want to switch to the .63 later because it will flow more. but the spool will be slower, so. i think they came on the early early oil cooled 240t's. cut springs (as long as its a modest cut and you paint the cut end) should be ok, better than stock certainly. but if you can, i'd try to find some stiffer springs like GTs or diesels or overloads, and cut those.

tune kjet with a 4gas analyzer. you should be able to find a good ol' boy down your way who has one at his gas station. search for tips posted by stealthfti.
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Old 11-10-2007, 03:16 PM   #11
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240 turbos go to GS...

i would go for DSP, the super soft spring rates and skinny wheels will get old quickly
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Old 11-10-2007, 03:46 PM   #12
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240 turbos go to GS...

i would go for DSP, the super soft spring rates and skinny wheels will get old quickly
Thats what I thought. I was going to put my car in GS, but one of the main guys there told me HS. The book that he used didn't really give a class for 240 turbos...

I'll look up DSP, but I dont plan on running in it any time soon.
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Old 11-10-2007, 03:54 PM   #13
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Here's a few more pics of my fuel set up.
Fuel lines from the cell.



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Old 11-10-2007, 06:55 PM   #14
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looking good. Get some real hose clamps on those fuel lines though.
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they have a lower offset than virgos and the same width. wider track, plus you could still space them out 1/4" all the way around. they are 14s, so they'd be lighter, and tires are cheaper.
All so true. Scorpius FTW.

Nice 242 BTW, that red sure is bright.
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looking good. Get some real hose clamps on those fuel lines though.
Only the hoses before the pump need to be redone. I just put the zip ties on the hoses at the fuel cell 'just in case'. I cant even pull the hoses off, the barbs on the adapter/hose connecter (sorry Im super tired) are really sharp and keep the hoses on REALLY good.

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All so true. Scorpius FTW.

Nice 242 BTW, that red sure is bright.
OK they're are like 3 240s at the jy with coronas/scorpius's/whatever, Im not sure what they are. They look like the 240 'classic' wheels, all are 14 in. How can I tell which ones they are? I guess it doesn't really matter as long as they are 6" wide... I dunno I'll think about picking them up.

Yeah, the paint isn't original, it's also not a very good paint job. I will get it painted one day, after everything else is worked out.
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they look like multix's just smaller
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Old 11-11-2007, 12:26 PM   #19
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Hey Marsh, lets get that bitch megasquirted :D
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OK they're are like 3 240s at the jy with coronas/scorpius's/whatever, Im not sure what they are. They look like the 240 'classic' wheels, all are 14 in. How can I tell which ones they are? I guess it doesn't really matter as long as they are 6" wide... I dunno I'll think about picking them up.

Yeah, the paint isn't original, it's also not a very good paint job. I will get it painted one day, after everything else is worked out.
You don't want coronas. They're only like 5.5 inches wide.



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anyone who recommended the 14" over the 15" is making the wrong suggestion for a 240 turbo. maybe a good suggestion for an NA but still doubtful.

those things need way taller gearing. you want the tallest tire you can get. IE 225 50 15.

you could go with 205 50 15 for less sidewall buldge but then you dont get the same gearing help.

why would you mount that fuel cell in the trunk? you want it as low and as far forward as possible. the stock location is much better then your truck mount location. even better would be in the back seat on the rear passenger floor.

are fuel cells even legal in stock class? doubtful

your ehxaust manifold isn't legal for stock either. you should just build the car for DSP because thats where you already are.

autoxing on stock spring rates and skinny wheels sucks

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Yea I've got 205/60 15s on it right now.

I put the fuel cell in the trunk because it was the easiest way to go atm. Lol, Im not gonna put it in the backseat, this is my dd. I might move it down to the stock location, I was thinking about that the other day anyways. It would just be wierd trying to fill it up, unless I have 3/4 of the fuel cell outside the car and the rest in sticking up in the trunk. Damn, I want to do that now.

Fuel cells arent legal in the stock class, but I was gonna keep it on the dl, until I get some more suspension and power mods, so at least I can have a chance at competing in DSP
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Yea I've got 205/60 15s on it right now.

I put the fuel cell in the trunk because it was the easiest way to go atm. Lol, Im not gonna put it in the backseat, this is my dd. I might move it down to the stock location, I was thinking about that the other day anyways. It would just be wierd trying to fill it up, unless I have 3/4 of the fuel cell outside the car and the rest in sticking up in the trunk. Damn, I want to do that now.

Fuel cells arent legal in the stock class, but I was gonna keep it on the dl, until I get some more suspension and power mods, so at least I can have a chance at competing in DSP
theres really not much you can do in DSP legally for power, you have unlimited boost, open manifolds.... you aren't really supposed to do any head work or cam swaps. So you can make the car better but it shouldn't cost much to get it to spec.


205 60 15 is way too much sidewall, I am sure you know this.

Only way your gonna keep this car from destroying the sidewalls of all your tires is by getting some negative camber. For starters push the stock stuff all the way in. If you have the money you can get 2.5" springs and some camber plates and run them like billy did without doing full blown coilover setups..
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