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Forum: performance & modifications 09-15-2021, 06:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 767
Posted By polaris
I did similar transplant in my 1975 242, removing...

I did similar transplant in my 1975 242, removing out the B20/M41 and Kjet FI system for a 1990 B230F w/Lh2.4 FI and 1985 M46 transmission. Ended up using two donor cars for this work, a $350 1990...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-10-2021, 06:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,032
Posted By polaris
Retrofitting a later 240 "HVAC" assembly (aka the...

Retrofitting a later 240 "HVAC" assembly (aka the housing inside the dash including the AC condenser, fan/blower motor, heater core and heater valve,) I have done this with two cars, a 1973 142E and...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-06-2021, 10:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,032
Posted By polaris
On my 1975 242 I swapped in a stock 1993 R134a AC...

On my 1975 242 I swapped in a stock 1993 R134a AC system. This was made a bit easier as prior to this I retrofitted a 1990 B230, 2.4Lh FI and engine & interior wiring harnesses replacing out the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-05-2021, 05:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,557
Posted By polaris
Also inspect/check the condition of the fuel pump...

Also inspect/check the condition of the fuel pump as that will be critical. If it is one of the glass topped units, take it apart and clean it out as it will most likely have debris in it. On these...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-31-2021, 01:15 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 13,857
Posted By polaris
Rebuilding the seat from the foam up is probably...

Rebuilding the seat from the foam up is probably the only long-term approach to take with your 240 seats. After rebuilding dozens of these, I have come to the opinion the 1985 and older seats as a...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-15-2021, 02:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,995
Posted By polaris
That diagonal wire plugs into the speedometer...

That diagonal wire plugs into the speedometer unit as it is connected to the Service Reminder Light which is suppose to illuminate every 10K miles. It is reset by pushing the dip switch up on the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-15-2021, 02:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,350
Posted By polaris
How exactly did it ruin your circuit board from...

How exactly did it ruin your circuit board from doing this mod?

When extending the holes for the older type bulb holders, this just cuts away from the board. See attached pictures -- this board...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 03-03-2021, 01:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,281
Posted By polaris
About 9-10 months ago figured out how to retrofit...

About 9-10 months ago figured out how to retrofit the 1981-88 bulbs/holders into the 1989-93 instrument clusters. To do this, it does takes a bit of modification to elongating the two ear openings on...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-22-2021, 04:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,692
Posted By polaris
For the 2.4Lh systems, at TDC the flywheel needs...

For the 2.4Lh systems, at TDC the flywheel needs to be aligned so the one spot which isn't notched for the CPS is just above 9 o'clock/next to the starter. This is a B230F installed into my 1975 242...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-31-2021, 04:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,409
Posted By polaris
A few other differences: The 1992 models have...

A few other differences:
The 1992 models have less of the chrome trim. Those feature all black outside door handles and the front grill with the black surround.

The instrument cluster has the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-31-2021, 02:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,934
Posted By polaris
Couple other things to consider: How loose...

Couple other things to consider:

How loose is the bleeder nipples for the fluid bleeding? Air can be sucked through the bleeder threads after and appear as bubbles. One thing you can do is take...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-20-2020, 01:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,033
Posted By polaris
When removing an B18/B20 I bolt brackets into the...

When removing an B18/B20 I bolt brackets into the hole for the AC mount in the cylinder head just to the right of the thermostat housing and then across the engine to one of the manifold studs....
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-12-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,110
Posted By polaris
Heated seats were initially offered in the...

Heated seats were initially offered in the 1974-75 164s, one of the first cars to include that as a feature. If you look through this 1976 brochure, you will see automatic drivers heated seat listed...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-29-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,205
Posted By polaris
The squeal can also be from the alternator itself...

The squeal can also be from the alternator itself complaining its under a significant load. I have experienced alternators needing to get to @2500 RPM to trigger the exciter and then the alternator...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-29-2020, 06:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,299
Posted By polaris
1990 - 93 and on some 1989 models Bilstein strut...

1990 - 93 and on some 1989 models Bilstein strut will not fit with out removing the spacer at the bottom of the strut tube, or use an 82-88 strut assembly.

I took some pictures to illustrate the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-29-2020, 12:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,299
Posted By polaris
FYI: Starting sometime in 1989, the 240 front...

FYI: Starting sometime in 1989, the 240 front strut tubes gained a spacer pressed into the bottom resulting in Bilstein shocks being too tall to fit. To utilize Bilsteins in the later 240s, that...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-28-2020, 03:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,352
Posted By polaris
The front bumper is the ideal location for the...

The front bumper is the ideal location for the sensor as its protected from engine heat/exhaust temps and also the slipstream.

One aspect about the VDO gauge you used it doesn't have the red...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-24-2020, 12:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,256
Posted By polaris
In regards to the orifice tube, this is where I...

In regards to the orifice tube, this is where I picked mine up at as part of a kit:...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-20-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,256
Posted By polaris
I picked up an aftermarket o-ring kit, believe it...

I picked up an aftermarket o-ring kit, believe it was $10 and I picked it up from Rockauto.com

Made a mistake in my post, I typed expansion valve but meant orifice tube. The OT sits inside one of...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-14-2020, 01:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,256
Posted By polaris
Over the summer I finished doing the same...

Over the summer I finished doing the same retrofit of a 1993 AC system into my 1975 242. This started in 2019 with interior parts I harvested from a rusted & worn out 1993 wagon I picked up for...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-02-2020, 01:24 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 15,576
Posted By polaris
Experienced this very problem in my 1975 242....

Experienced this very problem in my 1975 242. After doing the work to replace out the center HVAC unit, air flow was only coming out of the center vents.

In June 2019 I started the process to...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-15-2020, 03:25 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
Fuel Drip & First Road Trip

A few days later, dig out my box of spare SU carburetors and after assessing several candidates, locate a potential donor unit. This carb retains all of its pieces & parts and reverse that by loosen...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-13-2020, 12:11 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
Yes, I did install the later 1800/140 motor...

Yes, I did install the later 1800/140 motor mounts into the 544, none of the usual suspects were carrying them when I made that parts order. In preparation for installing them, I didn't think to...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-12-2020, 02:40 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
Distractions and Gasoline Leaks

In the midst of working on the 544, browse through Craigslist to find a 1967 122S for sale across the bridge in Marin posted earlier in the day. It looks to be in decent shape the only caveat is...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-09-2020, 05:39 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
Measuring the Cylinders

With the engine coming to life there were several things which were needed to be procured. Ordered among other items were motor mounts, valve cover gasket and a v-belt. When the cardboard box was...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-08-2020, 01:34 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
Thank you. What I did omit from the...

Thank you.

What I did omit from the write-up was the conversations between Alex and myself around how the engine was sounding after hooking up the timing light. We both agreed the engine was...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-07-2020, 04:28 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
Suck - Squash - Bang - Blow When attempting...

Suck - Squash - Bang - Blow

When attempting to start a 1960s redblock, one of the prep steps I do is to prefill fuel into the carb bowls. After removing the tops, the bowls are filled about 2/3's...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-01-2020, 07:16 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
Its definitely a replacement cluster in the 544....

Its definitely a replacement cluster in the 544. I didn't mention it in the write-up, when looking on the back of it unit I did note it was stamped 1965. In the trunk of the car was one of the...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-01-2020, 01:40 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
Instrument Cluster Rehab Later that night at...

Instrument Cluster Rehab

Later that night at the kitchen table started the process to take apart the cluster. The screws were loosened on the back of the unit then separated the chrome bezel....
Forum: projects & restorations 09-30-2020, 11:40 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
Thank you for the feedback. From the...

Thank you for the feedback.

From the information I have on the engine (see post #14) the gap is listed as ".016 - ".018 Though the traditional matchbox cover is about ".020, used the feeler tool...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-30-2020, 03:50 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
If it is still working fine I would leave it be....

If it is still working fine I would leave it be. The coil will eventually go out of spec/die and what I would do is at that point cut the armored cable under the dash. Splice into the positive wire...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-29-2020, 08:47 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
Thank you for offering that up, I'll PM you about...

Thank you for offering that up, I'll PM you about it.
Forum: projects & restorations 09-29-2020, 06:43 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
Wiring, Ignition & Lights With the fuel path...

Wiring, Ignition & Lights

With the fuel path in the engine bay cleaned out, it was back to the electrical system. One of the obvious red flags with the car was the small 25 amp fuse wrapped in...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-24-2020, 05:52 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
Just before work started on the alternator, make...

Just before work started on the alternator, make the decision to discard the armored cable set up and order a four position ignition switch and dig up a spare Bosch coil. Work resumes on the 544 a...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-18-2020, 11:15 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
Going through the distributor, points and...

Going through the distributor, points and alternator

Back in the engine compartment the distributor cap is taken off and the engine turned to top dead center (TDC.) While first rotating the...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-16-2020, 02:14 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
The first item of business is taking a pressure...

The first item of business is taking a pressure washer to the engine compartment to flush out all of the detritus contained within. The washer does short work on that as well as start to take off...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-15-2020, 11:51 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
This is a listing I have on the different engine...

This is a listing I have on the different engine types a part of the paperwork when I picked up a 1969 1800S a couple years ago. The PO's husband was a mechanic at Royal Motors (SF) in the late 60s.
Forum: projects & restorations 09-15-2020, 04:38 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
I assume you are referring to the pictures with...

I assume you are referring to the pictures with the EF-111 Raven. One of the days I decided to drive out to Fernley and take Route 50 East through Fallon out towards Sand Mountain. On the way back...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-15-2020, 04:18 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
Want to see what condition the engine,...

Want to see what condition the engine, transmission, drive line and brakes are in. If the engine or transmission are worn out or shot then this might become a parts car so others may live. Should...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-15-2020, 04:15 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
Appreciate the pointers on what to look for and...

Appreciate the pointers on what to look for and the red flag areas on the 544. There are a couple more "interesting" discoveries as I started to go through the car I'll be posting over the next...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-14-2020, 06:20 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,997
Posted By polaris
Field Find: 1963 544 Sport

A little over a month ago I was driving in my 1993 245 headed towards Reno a week of dog sitting while my brother visited Colorado. As per usual, my route to Sacramento involved back roads rather...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-17-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 13,375
Posted By polaris
Early yesterday evening, I achieved a running and...

Early yesterday evening, I achieved a running and cold AC system in my 1975 242. I retrofitted a stock 1993 240 system into the 242. Grabbed the interior parts (HVAC assembly, firewall panel) off a...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-17-2020, 05:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,672
Posted By polaris
I did a cruise control retrofit into my 93 245...

I did a cruise control retrofit into my 93 245 and it was pretty much drop in and drive away. In terms of putting it into your 83 242 it is definitely not plug and play. A main difference is the main...
Forum: projects & restorations 05-26-2020, 01:45 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 48,430
Posted By polaris
On my former 1973 142e I swapped out the entire...

On my former 1973 142e I swapped out the entire blower motor/heater core housing from a 240. The heater core was leaking and the previous owner bypassed the system by installing a u-shaped pipe on...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-14-2020, 04:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,350
Posted By polaris
1989 - 93 Light bulb Retrofit For Instrument Cluster

About a month ago I picked up a 1990 240 Sedan and I'm still going through the car to fix and address the broken/neglected aspects. One of the easy items to address was almost all of the interior...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-11-2020, 02:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,937
Posted By polaris
Some other things to consider. With the odometer...

Some other things to consider. With the odometer zero'd out, that is a leading indicator of the odometer not working. A replacement gear is a cheap replacement, it also puts in question the exact...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-09-2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,528
Posted By polaris
No, the pump kicks in once the button on the...

No, the pump kicks in once the button on the stalk is pressed. Once the pedals are depressed or you shut the system down via the stalk on the stalk is shuts down again (or turn the ignition off.)
...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-09-2020, 02:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,528
Posted By polaris
I did the same retrofit into my 93 245. I would...

I did the same retrofit into my 93 245. I would concur with making sure the vacuum switch on your brake pedal arm is adjusted/aligned correctly as the first step. One thing to also to test is the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 03-30-2020, 05:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,417
Posted By polaris
I had a similar issue on a 1986 245 where the...

I had a similar issue on a 1986 245 where the temp gauge would read very high almost into the red zone. Was swapping out different instrument clusters to encounter two which read high and one which...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-06-2019, 11:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,664
Posted By polaris
Not sure if you have a 200 or 700/900 series car,...

Not sure if you have a 200 or 700/900 series car, Here are a couple initial things to check with the fuel system from a 240 perspective:

1) Is your fuel pump energizing when the ignition is put...
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