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Old 11-21-2010, 01:16 AM   #1
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'93 B230F w/ LH2.4(B-cam and electric fan)
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So swapping the engine was the first big hurdle, the second is finally jumped too. I've finally got a manual transmission in the car! Still buttoning up the wiring (which, lets be honest, will be happening for a while) but I'll be able to put the dash and cluster in tomorrow and have a "real car" again for the first time in months.

It's just an M47, and it's not really meant to be there for long, but I didn't feel like I was ready to try and do a whole transmission conversion without a manual car to stare at to begin with. There's always a difference in theoretical and actual knowledge of these things...so I figured I was safer to get a Volvo rig going before trying after something else. I'm glad I did this, particularly since I made a catastrophic error and put the clutch in backwards. Holy **** my poor car, thank god I pulled everything apart as soon as I did. I'm amazed something really bad didn't happen...

I've also finally gotten the wiring into a somewhat stable state. I've pretty much constructed my own custom (read: nightmare) harness out of the bits and pieces from the '93 donor car I picked apart. I've learned a hell of a lot about wiring, and I'm not nearly as afraid of the whole "wiring harness" thing as when I started out...however that said I cannot at all recommend trying to do things this way and I couldn't count the hours I've wasted into that particular part of the project.

I've finally gotten the R-Sport cluster figured (mostly) out, and the car will have a working tach for the first time in it's life with me! A working tach and a 5-speed...I thought this day might never come. It's been a pretty serious adventure so far, and I've not done a very good job documenting it here.

I'll try to have some pictures up of the car soon, it's in the best shape I've ever seen it in right now. . . which really does dull the pain of the past few months spent not driving my car! Give me a day or two of driving it and I won't remember ever being upset about the hours of work ;)
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:19 AM   #2
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Clean and straight, shoudl be a great starting point.

What are you goals?
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:25 AM   #3
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Clean and straight, shoudl be a great starting point.

What are you goals?
500 horsepower wheel, and never look back.

In reality? Get it running, drivable, cleaned up, and turned into a solid daily driver.

In the long term maybe a B230FT swap? But for now I'll be happy with "running"
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:51 PM   #4
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So, I didn't get home till 3 or 4pm today, so I didn't have too too much time to work today.

But here's what I've got

Got the wheel back together



Was going to put the rear seats back in...but realized I forgot the mounting hardware :P

Got the alternator back together and back in the car


As well as the radiator (but just to make sure everything fits..it's back out now)


That's all for now.

On the table is grabbing a few parts, and trying to figure out what all is supposed to be wrong with the wiring harness. As well as dropping the tank and getting the 10 year old fuel out :P
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:13 PM   #5
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Looks like a clean starting point.

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500hp should be hardcore!
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:28 PM   #6
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Yea, I'm amazed at the total lack of rust with this car. Aside from exterior paint failure patches there's no rust at all, so the structure is very sound.

Should be a good project, that'll hopefully run within a not too huge timeframe.
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:40 PM   #7
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Yea, I'm amazed at the total lack of rust with this car. Aside from exterior paint failure patches there's no rust at all, so the structure is very sound.

Should be a good project, that'll hopefully run within a not too huge timeframe.
minimal rust is always a good start.

u crank the motor by hand yet? i'd do that before trying to start it.

what's the eta on trying to start it?

i'm a sucker for running 242s!
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:03 PM   #8
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minimal rust is always a good start.

u crank the motor by hand yet? i'd do that before trying to start it.

what's the eta on trying to start it?

i'm a sucker for running 242s!
I'm still trying to figure out if the wiring harness is remotely in-tact...so I'm going to be sure I don't burn down the whole car before I start it :P

"crank the motor by hand" Is this just turning the red pulley assembly behind the fan? (I'm 17 and new to this if you can't tell ) If not, what's the process for that?
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:06 PM   #9
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put a socket on the crank pulley and use a long breaker bar...with the car in neutral... turn the bolt.

in result, you're actually turning the rotating engine assembly and making sure it isn't seized
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:26 PM   #10
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Wouldn't hurt to pull the plugs and squirt a good dose of WD-40 into each cylinder before you turn it over by hand.
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:28 PM   #11
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Nice 242.

You have to keep it green. It looks fantastic
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:43 PM   #12
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Make it into a 100% clean, sharp, fast 242!! You hve one of the best starting points that was in NC

Pull the cam cover off, and squirt some oil on the cam & top of valve collars so it'll run down the guides. She sat a while.

You're gonna need an electic or air impact gun to tighten & loosen that nut.. If you do not have one, you might as well buy one now. You'll be glad you did as you'll need it for other jobs on the car as well.

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Old 11-24-2010, 05:20 PM   #13
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Got a few more pictures of the whole car



Not too much going on now, I've sanded a bit of rust down and hit it with primer.


I'm working on addressing some mundane stuff which if you're into you can see here http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=222495
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Two cars enter, one car leaves.

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Old 06-28-2012, 11:03 PM   #15
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Welp, this got done today...



On a related note: ****ing exhaust bolts man....

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I know I haven't been very good with updating...but I've gotten a hell of a lot done recently...the car is almost completely stripped down and the great donor-retrofitting stage shall begin soon!

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the green is awesome!
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Very nice color. Good luck with the build!




... But is it really up on stands halfway in and out of your garage?
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Very nice color. Good luck with the build!




... But is it really up on stands halfway in and out of your garage?
Yeah...it's a small garage...and I share it with my household of 7...
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Yeah...it's a small garage...and I share it with my household of 7...
I now have a good 130mph speedo for it. Or the whole cluster , speedo tach, WT & FL gauges all there.
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When I make the Cullowhee->Charlotte run (in less than 12 parsecs, mind you) I'd like to stop and check out the project! Need anything, just give a holler. Bunch of us around the area.
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When I make the Cullowhee->Charlotte run (in less than 12 parsecs, mind you) I'd like to stop and check out the project! Need anything, just give a holler. Bunch of us around the area.
Thanks man! I work 3pm-midnight most days, but I always have Sundays off. Headed up to NJ this weekend.

My cousin Joey and I pulled the engine from the donor wagon and managed to keep the whole harness attached...should really simplify dropping it back in



The best part is it took us all of 2 hours...about 30min of which was spent trying to figure out what was causing it to hang up (it was the transmission linkage... ...thank goodness we were going reaaaaaal slow with the hoist.

Haven't been taking pictures too much, I don't get many large chunks of time to work on the car because of work, but I'm making steady progress. Dropped the tank and pump out of the 242 yesterday only to discover that it was still half-full. Gasoline in a tank that doesn't move for 12 years does interesting things.

This'll be the last time this car's wheels ever touched the ground.



Just gotta drop the rear off the wagon, and pull the tank and pumps and then I can start putting parts onto the two-door! The exciting part is approaching.

Bonus content w/ question:

I want to use the front and rear calipers from the '93, but don't want the ABS. The lines from the '80 car fit perfectly...but I have the blank space in the secondary master cylinder (the one down low)...if I just plug those spots will the brakes function properly? I can't see a reason why not...hydraulic pressure is hydraulic pressure...but I figured I would ask if anybody knows that the answer is "No you dumbass you'll die if you try that"

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Got this done last night, now I've got a whole day off...should be a fun day.

Also... Airtools + hose spool mounted on my garage ceiling is a fun time.

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Old 11-12-2012, 05:57 PM   #25
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Nice find, was this a car that Mike had laying around for a long time. Can I buy that Aluminum Timing cover off you!?
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