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Old 06-16-2021, 07:32 PM   #1
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Hey all, thought it would be fun to document the restoration of my recently acquired 1984 Volvo 242 Turbo with factory intercooler and M46 transmission (thank you Joe for the car and thank you Roy for mediating the deal!)

It’s a ‘200’ Blue Metallic over black leather car. Could go for a full restoration but I’m planning to start with the mechanical side of things to get it running and driving properly before I start tackling the cosmetic work. Wish I could figure out how to upload pictures directly from my phone onto this forum…

Here’s what I know it needs at minimum to be a solid driver:
Brakes
Suspension
Alternator
Water pump
Timing belt w/cam and crank seals

Will update as I make progress.
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Old 06-16-2021, 07:35 PM   #2
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First order of business…does anyone know what the amp amount should be for the original alternator on this car?

I’ve heard about the 100+ amp alternator upgrades if you’re planning to run additional electrical equipment such as electric cooling fan etc, but for now I’d like to get it to a good stage 0.

I’ve seen multiple Bosch alternators available that fit this car, just wondering what the correct one should be?
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Old 06-16-2021, 07:40 PM   #3
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Suspension-wise, I’ve already got Lesjofors lowering springs and Koni adjustable sport shocks for all 4 corners on their way. Also going with IPD 25/25 front and rear sway bars and all their other heavy duty 240 suspension goodies.
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Old 06-16-2021, 08:52 PM   #4
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First order of business…does anyone know what the amp amount should be for the original alternator on this car?

I’ve heard about the 100+ amp alternator upgrades if you’re planning to run additional electrical equipment such as electric cooling fan etc, but for now I’d like to get it to a good stage 0.

I’ve seen multiple Bosch alternators available that fit this car, just wondering what the correct one should be?
The book says it should have a 55 amp alternator.
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Old 06-16-2021, 09:00 PM   #5
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The book says it should have a 55 amp alternator.
Wow, that’s lower than I expected. I called my local Volvo dealership and gave them the vin and they told me there were 9 different alternators this car could’ve came with… shopping on FCP Euro using the year/make/model there were two Bosch alternators that came up — a 60 amp and an 80 amp. I suppose the 60 would be the one to get then? Or is the 80 a better one? It doesn’t hurt to have more amps right, you just don’t want less than required?
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Old 06-16-2021, 09:16 PM   #6
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This is the one my catalog shows is correct.

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/vol...-al70x#fitment

The bigger the alternator the closer it gets to the exhaust manifold. There can also be clearance issues with the oil pressure sender.

Denso alternators have a smaller frame with higher output compared to the Bosch alternators.

https://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=282770
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Old 06-17-2021, 05:37 PM   #7
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I upload to the IMGbb website on my phone. You can get BBcode links straight from the site and paste them into TB. Please do, I want to see more photos of that thing. I'd recommend a denso assuming it is a drop in replacement like on the 700/900. I know the mounting position is different on the 240s but it seems like if a Bosch will fit the Denso will fit even better since it is smaller.
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I second the Denso upgrade recommendation. Have one on my 242 and one on my 245. You do need a 1985-on 240 series B230 alternator adjustment bracket, since the adjustment ear on the alternator is much thinner and sits farther forward than the B21/23 style.
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Old 06-19-2021, 10:46 PM   #9
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I appreciate your guys’ input, I’ll probably go with a Denso alternator! When searching by application, only Bosch is coming up. Is there a go-to Denso model or part number for me to search? Also, is that adjustment bracket a part I can buy new online or a pick n pull find?
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Old 06-19-2021, 11:04 PM   #10
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I appreciate your guys’ input, I’ll probably go with a Denso alternator! When searching by application, only Bosch is coming up. Is there a go-to Denso model or part number for me to search? Also, is that adjustment bracket a part I can buy new online or a pick n pull find?
Did you see this which hiperfauto posted?

Parts Shed Sale: Denso 100 Amp Alternator for 2/7/9 Series

I also recommend this upgrade.
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Old 06-19-2021, 11:20 PM   #11
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Probably quickest to just grab it off a car at the yard...

With respect to the alternator, yeah, get it from philski...
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Did you see this which hiperfauto posted?

Parts Shed Sale: Denso 100 Amp Alternator for 2/7/9 Series

I also recommend this upgrade.
Thanks for linking it!
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Probably quickest to just grab it off a car at the yard...

With respect to the alternator, yeah, get it from philski...
Fortunately there are a fair amount of late 240s at the junk yards around here in Cali
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Same here in the Seattle area... Should be pretty easy to grab one.
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Old 06-21-2021, 02:23 PM   #15
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Well this is exciting…I picked up sponsorship from Do88! Going to be installing their all aluminum larger volume radiator and intercooler as well as their silicone intake and pressure hoses, radiator hoses, and heater hoses. Only the best quality for the induction and cooling system!
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Old 06-24-2021, 01:25 AM   #16
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My Kaplhenke adjustable sway bar links came in today (since I’m lowering the car 30mm)
These things are cool! And they seem like incredibly high quality. Absolutely got what I paid for…
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