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Dave . . . a Volvo 240 hobbyist. I've been playing with Volvos
(mostly 240s) since 1988. My pages here are an
attempt to share
my experiences with other Volvo
hobbyists and to chronicle the knowledge and information I have
gathered over the
years so it may be passed on to others.
I've owned 10 Volvos since 1988. So I thought I'd list some of them below....
<<< My second Volvo (but first 240). A white 1983 244 DL. I bought it in 1990. Non-sunroof car, roll-up windows, auto trans, marginal AC, ok gas mileage. It was exceptionally clean with only 50k miles when I found it in Huntington Beach, CA. Cost me $5,000. Already being an avid iPd customer, it soon got their anti-sway bars, sport springs and Bilstein HD shocks, as well and a few other fun goodies. I bought the back half of a 240 Turbo exhaust and installed it from the cat-back. That was a really nice improvement. It originally came with 14 inch steels wheels with beauty rings and hubcaps. I installed the 15 inch alloy wheels from my '88 760. I drove this car everywhere for 6 years and put over 100,000 miles on it. In 1996 I gave it to my daughter when she got her drivers license. Unfortunately it was destroyed a few months later when some nit-wit pulled out directly in front of her in a Chevy Caprice. She couldn't avoid the Caprice and hit it broadside at 50 plus mph.
More info HERE (continued).
<<< My current Volvo as it looked when I bought
it in 2003. I
bought this black 1984 242 Turbo
from the 3rd owner. The
and leather interior was very nice because the car was always garaged and still
It's very important for an old car like this to live indoors if you
to stay nice for this many years. This car was a rare find
and it is a great car
to drive and own. It was all
original and stock when I got it. I initially resisted
the urge to modify it for a few years, but slowly that urge began to win.
has also gone
through a few modified changes.
My 242 also has iPd TME sport springs and iPd 25mm anti-sway bars. I helped the previous owner install those before he sold the car to me. The engine is still the original B21FT with a few added features, such as SDS programable EFI and ignition and a Mitsubishi TD04HL 15G turbo (from an 850 Turbo) mounted on a later exhaust manifold.
|<<< After the original automatic transmission failed more than 100 miles from home (during a road-trip to the annual Davis Volvo Show a number of years ago), I swore off auto transmissions and replaced it with an M46 4-speed plus overdrive transmission.|
The Eiker wheels (Polaris
replicas) seen in some below
Finland in 2004. They are 17 x 7.5
inches and were
215/45-17 rubber. In 2004 the Eiker Wheel Company would
not ship to U.S. customers, so a
Finnish friend arranged for a relative to purchase and ship then to me
It wasn't cheap, but I loved these wheels and at that time almost no one
else here had them
on their cars.
Several years later
these wheels became available
U.S. through a
and they started appearing on other 240s.
Center caps that will fit are stock Volvo caps from a 2001-2004 S40.
If you're looking for these Eiker wheels, Kaplhenke Racing offers them in their site: www.kaplhenke.com/collections/240/products/eiker-classic-e1
| Then I decided to install a Ford
World Class T5Z 5-speed transmission. It
sports a hydraulic clutch setup. More info about
that can be found in
my Hydraulic Clutch Page.
<<< That shifter stick is Hurst PN 8550. It was too long as it came new, so I cut it at the bottom and re-drilled the holes.
A lot of people have asked what I did to make this shifter
<<< I began with this chrome shifter stick.
<<< Since it was a little too long for my preference, I cut a bit off the bottom (maybe an inch).
The holes I'm using are the BOTTOM one (which was the existing top hole before) and the third from the bottom, which I drilled. The other holes were experimental and didn't work out.
The final shifter position is now perfect in my opinion.
<<< That's a rubber bushing from Hurst. PN 1140015. About $11.
It makes the flat shifter stick work nicely in the round hole of the original 240 rubber shift boot.
|<<< And eventually I grew tired of the traditional humped "coffin-hood," so in 2010 the car received a flat hood and matching flat grill.|
And then some nice new taillights. That kept me content for a
while. I've been asked where these taillights came from.
They started as ALL CLEAR taillights I found on eBay. Then I
bought some transparent red spray paint
from the model section in a hobby store. It takes two or three coats to
get a good looking red. Go slowly and let it dry well between
That rear spoiler is a very rare Volvo 240 accessory made by Zender in the 1980's.
2010 I decided to go old-school on
the front grill just for fun. In
November 2010 I
took the 242 to the annual Arizona
Volvo Day in Tucson. It was awarded
first place in the rear wheel drive class.
<<< The 7 inch round lights are not normal headlights. They are Sylvania Xenarc dedicated HID headlamps with integrated H-1 high beams inside the lens. These are no longer available because they were supposedly deemed illegal by the D.O.T. and they are now pretty rare to see.
UPDATE 2018: These headlights are no longer on the car have been sold.
taken during a trip down the Northern California coast in May 2011
attending the iPd Garage Sale and RSI
pic was on the
famous coastal Mattole Road south of Ferndale. The
two pics are in Humbolt Redwoods State Park with the giant redwoods.
|<<< I added the driving lights in the grill in 2011. If you're curious, those are NOT standard GT fog lamps in that grill. Since I wanted some mega killer driving lights for long road trips, I painstakingly enlarged the fog light buckets in an old 242 GT grill and fitted a set of Dick Cepek 5 x 7 inch 100-watt off-road lamps. They light up the night like the sun! That's a nice bonus on long, dark roads.|
<<< In 2012 I decided it was time for some different wheels. The Eikers were on the car for 8 years. They are very nice wheels, but and I wanted a change to something I wouldn't see on numerous other 240s at every Volvo meet I attended. I have always loved the look of BBS mesh style wheels. I found these mesh rims (they are not BBS). The size is 17 x 7.5, same as the Eikers, but these have a BMW bolt pattern (5 x 120 mm, with 72.56 mm hub center). So I had some hub-centric billet adapters custom made by http://www.motorsport-tech.com.
These tires are 235/40-17 Goodyear Eagle F1. If you fit a tire this wide on the rear of a lowered 240, you WILL be trimming or pounding some of the inner rear fender metal to make room. The back half of the rear arch will rub on a wide tire on bumps, more on lowered cars. I have created an article in my 240 Mods Page at the following link on how I made clearance for these wheels/tires on my 240: http://www.240turbo.com/volvo240mods.html#rearwheelclearance.
The reason I
decided on wheels with a BMW
bolt pattern with adapters is
because there are MANY more wheel styles to choose from for BMW than
for a Volvo 240. So shopping for something I liked was easier to
These wheels are 7.5 inch wide with -35 mm ET offset. I
thick adapters in front and 40mm in back. Adding and extra 20 mm in the
rear helps push the wheels out more toward the outer fender. These
specs worked nicely for me
rear inner fender work I did.
Most custom adapter makers will tell you their minimum recommended adapter thickness is somewhere between 20 and 30 mm. Motorsport-tech.com told me their minimum thickness is usually 19-20 mm. The wheels you choose will need the right offset to compensate for your adapter thickness. Also keep in mind that a wider front wheel/tire may also get closer to the front strut tube on the inside and your offset calculations should be compensated for that wheel/tire clearance too.
<<< If you're curious about the hood vents, they're from a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth and they function very well getting heat out of the engine bay.
<<< In 2017 I completed a HUGE conversion of the AC with a complete new system from Classic Auto Air.
Sounds pretty drastic. It was, but it's working better than it ever did before.
Click HERE to see complete information on this conversion.
<<< Most recent pics from 2018.
If you're curious about the hood vents, they're from a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth and they function very well getting heat out of the engine bay.
<<< Here is a recent underhood shot (June 2018).
<<< Lots going on in there, but it's pretty reliable and keeps my car going as it needs to. That big custom Griffin radiator and Lincoln Mark VIII fan were installed not too long ago. I have more info on those here: 240turbo.com/ElectricCoolingFans.html
Or click here to see my latest fan project. It's a 4-SPEED COOLING FAN CONTROLLER I built.
- P A S T V O L V O S -
245 beginnings..... My first 240 Turbo. I bought this 1984
back in March of
1997. I paid $3200 to who I think was the second owner in Rialto,
California. It was completely stock and original. When I
started to do a
few little modifications, I really had no idea the direction it would
eventually take. This
first 240 Turbo, so I found
myself in a strange new world when it came to understand things like K-Jetronic
fuel injection. I had
no clue what made it tick, but I was learning.
I wanted to modify.... It was not fast enough. But this car was my daily driver, so as many of you know, there are limits to the kinds of mods you can do to a car that needs to get you to work in the morning. For those of you who were into modifying Volvos in the 90’s, you'll remember there were not many sources for performance parts. I was no stranger to hot-rodding, having previously owned a ‘66 Chevelle (my first car) and then a ’67 BMW 1600ti Alpina former German Group 3 racer (see photo >>>)... complete with box fender flares, racing suspension, roll-cage and dual Weber 45 DCOE carbs. By 1997 I had already been a customer of iPd for a while and they were the best (often the only) source around for Volvo performance improvement parts. So mods started getting done slowly as I could manage.
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