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Old 05-23-2010, 04:28 AM   #1
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Welcome to my project thread, first of all ill introduce myself and the car for a bit.

Im from the UK, and I have owned this 244 since 2002 when i was 11 years old - I inherited the car when my grandad died. Since then I have done a slow "learning as i go along" kind of restoration on the car, starting off from just polishing the cam cover up, and then slowly working up and up in skill level to do much more complex things, such asdropping the tranny to change the rear oil seal and clutch.

The car is a 1980 244DL, UK spec, has a B21A (single carbed B21) coupled with an M45 'box (4 speed non o/d). Its 139 mist blue which i really like.

Im 18 now and have passed my driving test and have enjoyed driving the car for a year. Over the past couple of years i have been a member of turbobricks and have been inspired by a lot of the work people do to their 200's on here. I have also been inspired by john h, the creator of the 164RS who i am close friends with and help out on his project regularly (I can be seen in his thread )

In the past, I have always been one for originality, or at least near to, and I have always felt that it would be wrong to modify a car that my grandad kept in pristine condition from new and for 22 years. Since getting into the turbobricks scene and helping on the 164RS though, I have been itching to do some sort of tuning and modification to the car, although im a bit of a sucker for making it all period and "old school"

For those that are interested here is a link to my project thread over on RWDVolvos, which is basically just a "rolling resto" of the car keeping it in near original condition:

http://www.rwdvolvos.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=409

I have decided to now take the car off the road, and start "Thor phase two", which will involve some mild tuning and a decent suspension setup amongst other things. I have decided to call it the "244 R-Sport" as the theme I am aiming for is basically as if the car was tuned by Volvos R-Sport division. The project will also involve a lot of restoration to make the car better than new. The underside for example is going to be de-undersealed and painted body colour.

Here are a few pics of the car "pinched" from various stages of my old project thread...

A few back in the day photos...

My grandad stood with the car...







A few pics of when i got the car...











Since then the main things ive done are added virgos, a snow cap, bumper stripes, had the bumpers powder coated silver, filled the spare wheel wells and painted them, and generally polished up whatever i could.

At one of the UK volvo owners club shows...



Me stood proud with the car...

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Decent high res pic...



Defo needs moar lowerrr!

























Got pissed off with having filler in theback wing, so i prodded it out.



Sneeky photo of the gf cleaning the car





Got the back end welded and sprayed...













Fitted leather...





Then i went and crashed it













And thats what made me decide to take it off the road and do something exciting with it. Summarized plans are:

Fit Volvo 16" Galaxy wheels
Lower by at least 40mm, maybe a little more at the front
Koni sports shock absorbers all round
IPD 25/25 anti-roll bars
Polybushes where applicable
Twin Weber 40 Carbs jetted and setup properly
Custom 3" straight exhaust system
Custom stainless tubular exhaust manifold
Some head work (need to research this yet). Will be getting at least a good clean up and rebuild with freshly ground in valves, possibly some porting etc
M47 5 speed gearbox
Possibly fit one of the earlier round headlamp front ends
Respray leather and generally complete interior with a couple of R-sport parts (gauges, an R sport steering wheel etc)
Cut out door bottoms for rust repairs (they are warping with rust between the seams, and id rather sort it now before it gets bad)
Full bottom end respray
Complete de-underseal and make the underside body coloured but with black components etc
Some "nip and tuck" work on the engine bay - hiding wiring loom and other parts under the inner wings etc and filling the holes.
Generally mint the car up to as good as it can reasonably get and finish various half done jobs.

Ill keep the thread up to date and i hope you guys will enjoy

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Old 05-23-2010, 04:35 AM   #2
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Obtained a set of galaxies, heres a photoshop with it lowered too....

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Old 05-23-2010, 04:38 AM   #3
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Started to strip the front end down...







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More progress on stripping down the front end. N/S wing is off, lights//radiator panel is off, coolant drained and radiator and expansion bottle removed. Cleaned up any areas where panels had been bolted up against each other - there are a few surface rust spots but not much anda grinder with a wire wheel and some rust killer will keep it at bay for a good few years in my opinion.

Also removed the siper motor and started to remove that awful rust-encouraging sound deadening from the bulkhead. I wont be wanting it when I go for the smooth "nip tuck" look on the engine bay.

Also went round the lower half of the car and circled and stonechips/rust/dents that need to be addressed.

Anyway - pics. It all looks a little bit "mad max"!



















Thats all for now. Going to give it a rest for a few days now.

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Old 05-23-2010, 04:40 AM   #5
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So i did some more work on stripping the car down on friday...

Got the rear bumper, bumper shocks, and rear badges, and the rear screen chrome trim off first



Got off the side trims, the boor lid, the lights and number plate.



Got the chrome door top trims off, along with the windscreen surround. virtually no rust visible so far around he screen



Couple of tiny rust patches from under the chrome trims



Managed to talk my nan into letting me use the old caravan as a parts store!



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Old 05-23-2010, 04:41 AM   #6
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I painted my dash trims silver. Im going to try them out and see how they look, but i suspect im going to repaint them either body colour of the darker blue of my seats or door cards



I also bought a little something that will go a long way towards motivating me!



Twin weber DCOE 40s!, im told they should be jetted reasonably close to what im going to need, but ill get it on a rolling road session when all is done anyway. Came with a ford pinto manifold too which i will flog on ebay

Looked quite rediculous on my motorbike!



Thats all for now.

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Old 05-23-2010, 05:09 AM   #7
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Nice intro.

I'm pleased to say I'll sometimes be helping Steve out with his project. Not that he needs much help technically (he has learnt very fast) but it's sometimes good to have another pair of hands and/or some encouragement. And we have a laugh, which adds to the fun.

Some of the Volvo purists will think I've been a bad influence... when I first met Steve he was adamant he was keeping the 244 standard, now after helping me work on the 164, he's well into the modifying scene. But I have no worries because he does stuff to a high standard and tastefully even though it's done on a budget.

I'm loking forward to seeing his "244 R-sport" and my "164RS" finished and parked next to each other. It will be a while yet, but we will get there.

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I won't lament the death of a super clean 244, just make it awesome!
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:16 AM   #9
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Great project
Also the fact that it was your grandfather's car makes it even cooler!
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:18 AM   #10
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I'm sure you grandfather would be very pleased to see his car being well taken care of. Definitely keep us posted on the progress!
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:36 AM   #11
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looks awesome mate, looking forward to seeing the progress pics
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Old 05-23-2010, 09:03 AM   #12
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Nice !!
Keep up the good work !
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Old 05-23-2010, 03:25 PM   #13
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I won't lament the death of a super clean 244, just make it awesome!
Haha, dont worry it will be awesome. At the end of the day its all fairly reversible and itll be even cleaner when its finished

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Also the fact that it was your grandfather's car makes it even cooler!
Yeah, i always think that it aint just any 200 series because it has that centimental value to me

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Yep will do! Glad you approve Mr Buchka - ive read your T5 threads and stuff.

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looks awesome mate, looking forward to seeing the progress pics
Yep, im usually pretty good at taking plenty of pics too so the thread should be lively.

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Keep up the good work !
Will do, if not better!
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Old 05-23-2010, 03:32 PM   #14
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I remember seeing this at one of the BKV's and the pictures dont do justice of how clean it is!!!
Good luck with the project.
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Keep it up dude, looks excellent! Also my favorite color on a 200.
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WoW!
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Yes, very well done. I must admit though, that the word Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! did come out of my mouth when I saw the first accident pic, but that concern has since been arrested. Great work!
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I remember seeing this at one of the BKV's and the pictures dont do justice of how clean it is!!!
Good luck with the project.
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Thanks adam, yeah its clean, but not perfect, so im not happy with it yet! If you saw it at a bkv then it will have had filled spare wheel wells :(

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Yup, will do, and yeah i like the colour too. Its very 70's but not horribly 70's

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Dont worry, its only cosmetic stuff and itll be good as new when its done.
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Just a quick update...

Got the windscreen out. Theres no rust visible at all, apart from literally one or two orange dots which I will just paint up. Im pretty confident now that when i completely strip the car im not going to find any more rot, the odd bit of surface rust maybe, but nothing in need of welding. If there is any, it will be minimal.







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Old 05-29-2010, 07:26 PM   #20
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Steve...just popped in to say "I love your ride". So clean.

Well done sir.
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Steve...just popped in to say "I love your ride". So clean.

Well done sir.
Haha, thanks you very much! Its not so clean at the moment though!
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:01 AM   #22
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It's great to drive as well. Not fast, but torquey enough and not slow either. Lovely sensitive non-powered steering and all the controls feel like a much lower mileage car.

If you can keep all this good stuff Steve, but add some more power, attitude and even more 'mintiness', it will be a very special car!

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Old 06-04-2010, 06:56 PM   #23
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Some more progress today...

got the battery tray cut off (the battery is being relocated to the boot)



Got all paint (and therefore stonechips) ground off the front of the bonnet and a thin layer of primer to protect until the respray



Got a lot of paint ground off on the nearside of the engine bay...



...and the radiator cross member



and bridging filler over some of the holes (the engine bay is getting "nip tuck" treatment where most of the stuff fastened to the wings is relocated or removed (e.g. wiring under the wing instead of visible in the engine bay)





Also managed to get a lot of the sealer off the windscreen surround. I can confirm it is 99% rust free





Just one tiny tiny little blister (that drain hole is about 3mm in diameter, for a size comparison)



More soon

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You're very meticulous my friend, well done. Like Karl said, i'm sure your grandpa would be proud.
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Old 06-04-2010, 07:56 PM   #25
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holy cow. this is going to be sick. keep it up.
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