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Old 03-13-2006, 10:08 AM   #1
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Just added a new ride to the fleet.

1988 740 Turbo wagon

The PO didn't know anything about cars - told me it was running 8% boost. LOL! He was also not 'into cleaning'.
Luckily the PPO knew about cars and incorporated the right people to help get it fixed up.

A few of the items I've found:
Autometer boost and AFR gauges in the A pillar
Blaupunkt CD stereo system including 10" sub (entry level stuff, but saves me the grief)
iPD sways
Euro headlights
Clear corners
Metal radiator
3" cat-back exhaust - Well, it would be if it had a cat.
Eggcrate grill - this is stock, no?
MBC
CF shift knob
Chrome pedal covers
965 tail lights
SAM rear spoiler with clear 3rd brake light
Tint (chrome-y - BLECH)
Intrax springs (makes my lowered 850 wagon look tall)
These 16" rims (filthy! but on the road to recovery)


Here's a pic from when I picked it up:



More pics and info as I get it.

It needs 2 tires, paint (eventually) and a goooood cleaning! She's a 20 footer, but I like her! Seen/coveted this car for a long time and got lucky enough that they responded to the note I left when she was broken down in the Kroger parking lot for 2+ weeks.

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Old 03-13-2006, 10:13 AM   #2
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Nice rims. Anymore pics?
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Old 03-13-2006, 11:02 AM   #3
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Thanks! I'll be taking more pics after she's cleaned up a bit. The rims are odd - 5x112 with adapters according to the site. I guess VW and Mercedes wheels are a possibility too.
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Old 03-13-2006, 12:55 PM   #4
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Nice car, and it has all the right pieces.....
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:33 PM   #5
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More pics (yes it is DIRTY!):

The reunited sisters:


Sooty soot soot:


Mmmm, Gaugey:


Wow, he left the CD player:


And the big-ol bandpass sub box:


Complete w/amp:


...and sub under glass:


She's a dirty girl from the Dirty South:


and the dent:


That'll buff out, right?

Here's the big funny for the day. I checked the tranny fluid, PO obviously had not - I had to move a hose to get to the dipstick and it smeared the non-smeared oil... Tranny is empty. What are the odds I can throw some ATF in there and drive her?

Wouldn't that be a peach?
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Old 03-13-2006, 09:38 PM   #6
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That thing will look nice once cleaned up Chris.
FYI, i went and drove that local 740T the other day. Mechanically nice but cosmectically pretty bad off. Bad paint job and an interior in need of help.

Nice find though. Is it boosting well? Leakin anything?
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Old 03-13-2006, 09:43 PM   #7
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that shifter is so funny looking, that car does have potential though.
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Old 03-13-2006, 10:19 PM   #8
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Im glad you picked this up Chris. For the money, it was unbeatable!! Even better to hear you drove it tonight. Can't wait till the next meet. Nice to have more RWD representing! If you need help working on it, I know it inside-out.
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Old 03-13-2006, 10:48 PM   #9
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Oh yeah - everyone ready for the big funnay?

I fixed the transmission tonight. How you might ask?

I added 3 quarts of ATF.
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Old 03-14-2006, 12:19 AM   #10
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that shifter is so funny looking, that car does have potential though.

It's suppose to an E-Brake handle, honda stuff. That is a very beautiul 745, if I owned one I'd want it to look just like that, bigger wheels of course. Sweet find and nice job "fixing the tranny"
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Old 03-14-2006, 01:43 AM   #11
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Very nice find! I did not know the Intrax springs wold lower that low.A very stance i say.Damn, i should get somw Intrax springs! Nahh,I think i'll stick with the B&G/Lesejors springs.
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Old 03-14-2006, 01:51 AM   #12
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Awesome clean looking car. Where did you find the spoiler with 3rd brakelight? I've have been looking everywhere for one locally. I know you can get them from SAM, but I missed out on the group buy.
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Old 03-14-2006, 09:34 AM   #13
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Awesome clean looking car. Where did you find the spoiler with 3rd brakelight? I've have been looking everywhere for one locally. I know you can get them from SAM, but I missed out on the group buy.
That's going to be an ongoing bummer - I have NO IDEA where most of these goodies came from. The PPO hooked it up nicely though - just the way I would have wanted (except with bigger wheels). The spoiler has been on there for over 2 years though - that I'm sure of.

These wheels, if I understood the webpage right, have adapter/spacers that convert to 5x112. According to my research that would be a Mercedes/VW polt pattern. I may need to go 'find' some AMG wheels someday. ;)

In looking I don't believe that it actually has a 3" turboback exhaust... I need to get it on a lift and get a look at the underside. It's DEFINITELY not stock. Good and loud. Mmmm...
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Old 03-14-2006, 09:38 AM   #14
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That is a very beautiul 745, if I owned one I'd want it to look just like that, bigger wheels of course.
Likewise on your 242 (except methinks those Polaris wheels are juuust right!)... It is SO sexy.
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Old 03-14-2006, 01:56 PM   #15
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That really is a nice brick. Do you have plans to straighten that dent?

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Old 03-14-2006, 02:02 PM   #16
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I'd like to fix the dent and repaint her silver... That is pretty far down the list though.
The PO told me his brother was tapped in the tail and it caused the dent. I'll see if a pop-a-dent guy can do anything with it. Paint is unbroken so wish me luck!
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Old 03-17-2006, 03:01 PM   #17
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... is a long and winding one.

Spent about 2 hours today on this one wheel. Oh well, I have time but not much money.

Before front:


Before back:


After Back:


After front:


That was a thick layer of rusted-in brake dust so I used a combination of chemicals, sandpaper and elbow grease. Then finished with polishing compound and carnuba wax.
A little paint for the bolts and ta-daa!!

1 down, 3 to go.

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Old 03-17-2006, 03:57 PM   #18
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Sweet 745. Reminds me alot of my car except your rims are awesome. That is the best color Volvo put on 740s in my opinion. Classy.
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Old 03-17-2006, 04:29 PM   #19
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Thanks! I agree on the color. Needs to be repainted, but I'll be going silver again.

Did that 3rd pic come up REALLY big? I resized it at photobucket but can't tell cuz I think it's loading from my cache.
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Old 03-17-2006, 05:59 PM   #20
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Looks like you have a good project there. I have an 88 745t and still trying to get it on the road. I noticed you have a rear spoiler on that wagon. How is attached to the rear? Bolted, glued?



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Old 03-17-2006, 06:27 PM   #21
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I had a dent that looked kind of similar on my old car once. I took out the rear panels in the 245 spare tire well (where the dent was) and just pushed the dent out by hand. Not 100% perfect, but I would say 90-95%. I used a textbook to spread out the force, hoping it would work better.

Maybe something similar would work for you.
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Old 03-17-2006, 08:22 PM   #22
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Looks like 3 sheet metal screws on each side.
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Old 03-17-2006, 08:23 PM   #23
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I had a dent that looked kind of similar on my old car once. I took out the rear panels in the 245 spare tire well (where the dent was) and just pushed the dent out by hand. Not 100% perfect, but I would say 90-95%. I used a textbook to spread out the force, hoping it would work better.

Maybe something similar would work for you.
Thanks for the tip... It's worth a shot!
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Old 03-18-2006, 01:47 AM   #24
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I know that car, and knew the builder. He was a member here a few years ago. He had a webpage that covered everything he did to the vehicle, i spoke with him every once in a while, until i found out he sold it a few years back. He built the sub box, and did all the mods to it. I purchased my set of volvo manuals from him.

He sold it to someone who "liked" the car, glad to see it came back.

That dent may be more difficult to pop out than you think, since it was from a hit. Every 745/945 i have seen get hit like that caused some buckling and damage underneath. Does the back door open and close ok or a little stiff? You may need to have it professionally pulled. Or, get someone who knows there metal work, and "shrink" the metal and work it out. I have never seen one like that just push out, but hopefully that will work and save the hassle!
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Old 03-18-2006, 01:51 AM   #25
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Wow Chris! My long lost brother adds rear wheel power to the fleet. Nice! I did the same for my wife, but switched marques a little (only a little, because I have MB parts on the Volvo ):


I love the new-to-you wagon and the RH wheels. Nice additions by the previous owner.
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