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1982 242TI (ClubVolvo.com project car)

Hank Scorpio

Chubfest 2009 Survivor
300+ Club
This is my recently sold 242 that I spent 4 years building. It was the project car (for the currently MIA) www.clubvolvo.com. Bought it as a budget weekend project, sorta snowballed from there. Quickest time I ran was a 13.6 @ 106 with SEVERE traction issues and only 14psi. Was a fun car, lots of lessons learned lots of parts devolped (T5 adapters, CF hood, early MS user, 3rd S60R brake conversion, rewired the car from scratch ... twice, hiem jointed torque rods, first that I know off in the US ProTurbo.Fi header, K15 cam ect ect ect). Twas fun on to a new project that we should be putting up info on soon :-D Theres gazillions of pictures at www.pbase.com/dkauer744

Rebuilt B23FT (2.3L), decked, oringed. Mircopolished crank, hi flow oil pump.
398 head pocket ported, polished, match ported, shaved, 3 angle valve job
Enem K15 cam 298* duration, 13.2mm lift
IPD adjustable cam gear
Holset HY35W turbo, -8AN braided feed, -12AN braided return line
Proturbo.fi full tube, equal length header
Tial 38mm wastegate (not pictured)
NPR Intercooler
Megasquirt EMS w/ 56lb/hr Lucas injectors, modified to control spark
B230 intake, Throttle body, Fuel Rail, 3.5Bar fuel pressure regulator
TurboXS TypeH BOV
HKS Turbo Timer
Blitz EBC-S boost controller
MSD 7al-2
MSD 8.5mm plug wires, NGK plugs
Relocated OEM oil cooler
Innovate Wideband
4? down pipe
3? Catco cat
3? Dynamax Bullet muffler, side exit exhaust

91 5.0 T5 mustang gear box, adapter from www.v-performance.com
ClutchNet custom clutch (carbon/carbon disc, modified pressure plate 100% over OEM clamping force)
9lb aluminum flywheel (custom built by www.v-performance.com)
Pro5.0 Short Shift kit
Bullit edition shift knob
1 piece driveshaft

Dana 30 (1031) axle
Converted to 3.91 gearing
Powertrax Locker

IPD Sport Springs, 25mm sway bars (front and rear), strut braces
MVPvolvo.com poly bushings
Adjustable panhard rod
Bilstiens struts and shocks
S60R Brembo 4pot calipers, 330X28MM crossdrilled discs (drilled myself)
Brembo crossdrilled OEM sized rear discs
Metal master pads (rear)
SS braided brake lines
Volvo Pegasus (S60R)17X8 wheels
235/45/17 Wanli tires

Converted to black interior
Hand built custom Carbon Fiber dash cluster
Autometer Carbon Fiber: Tach, Speedo, Fuel, Volt, Water Temp, Oil Temp, Oil Pressure, Boost
Autometer Pro Comp: AF gauge
Autometer Ultra lite: EGT
Corbeau CR1's, 4pt belts
Innovatemotorsports Wideband o2 sensor
Sparco Wheel and pedals
Silver GT themed trim

Pioneer 6300 receiver
Kenwood 4" 2 ways in the front doors
Kenwood 6X9 3 ways in the rear deck
10" Polk Audio Momo Subs (X2)
600W Apline Amp
Custom trunk enclosure built by myself

Converted to Group A (racing class) flathood front end
euro front signals
87 Trans Am wing
Waist line trim removed
Painted Sunset Mettalic Orange
TurboPerformanceClub.com decal (rear window)
TPC.com plate holder and euro plate (front)

Painless wiring fuse block, rewired car from scratch.

Sold around first of the year :*(
Best time 13.6 @ 106 running 14psi and an open diff ;-)






(off to NY to its new owner)


Here's what it started as:

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The MP
May 24, 2003
38? 27' N 75? 29' W
I always liked that car.
Do you still have some pics of before and during? Maybe you can edit and paste some of the ClubVolvo article stuiff for here.



Old and boxy but good.
Jun 21, 2002
S NJ, a suburb of Phila.
project 242

Glad to see a thread about the car Doug! I have some saved pages from Dougs odyssey with building the car. Let me know what you'd like to see.

That's hawt!

Hank Scorpio

Chubfest 2009 Survivor
300+ Club
mikep said:
I always liked that car.
Do you still have some pics of before and during? Maybe you can edit and paste some of the ClubVolvo article stuiff for here.


Mike, my pbase account has EVERYTHING :-D

:leans in spy like: Dana has the ClubVolvo.com Vbulliteen back up as of a couple days ago now ;-) :this thread will self destruct if not stored properly:

Hank Scorpio

Chubfest 2009 Survivor
300+ Club
Here are some previous things I have recovered. Beware not all the links will work atm.

Project 242TI Build up 2002-2003:

See the original thread Here

General History Page:

Welcome to ClubVolvo?s Project 242TI page. This page is dedicated to a overview of the build up of the 242 over the year of 2003. My 242 was purchased with 260+K miles from a local friend of mine who?s kids drove it since new, and managed to beat it to death. When I bought the car it had 2 flat tires, wouldn?t start, windows wouldn?t roll up, seatbelts didn?t work, broken windshield, NO synchros in any gear ect, for 200 dollars in August of 2002.

Among the first things I set out to do with the car was to just get it drivable and street legal. This required the repair of numerous items and safety issues. Once this was completed, I spent a couple months deciding on what I had intended to do with the car and where to start first. I honestly started with the intentions of a budget racer, set up for track and drag racing use.

So after making the car drivable, I decided the interior the interior was the first thing I wanted to attack, as not only was the interior ?rough? it was the ugly brown that was growing on my nerves. I had access to an almost complete black interior from an 85 244TI, what I couldn?t swap I painted using Dupli-color interior paint. Works like a charm.

After getting the interior up to par, I started with the suspension. This took me a couple days to complete, but I installed IPD sway bars, bilstien shocks, MVP poly bushings , older style IPD strut tower brace, GT braces, 205/50/15 Falken Azenis Sport tires on repainted Virgo?s. I also installed my MVP 3? turbo back exhaust at the same time as I was already under the car.

Around this time, I had a b21FT that I pulled out of my 85 244TI parts car. So I began to build it right around this time. I had the head heavily worked over, installed an IPD VX cam and adjustable cam gear, 60 trim turbocoupe ford turbo a freshened bottom end. I installed this with a Centerforce clutch and new(er) m46.

Somewhere along the line, I had also converted to a Flathood from an earlier 240.

Around March of 2003 I stripped the car down for paint. I finally decided on a color, Sunset Metallic Orange, which I think came out positively stunning on the car. It took about to months and I had the waistline trim filled while it was painted.

Around this time, I shifted goals with the car. I decided that in the couple months I drove it with the 60 trim turbo and VX cam, that it wasn?t enough for me, so I ?upgraded?. Ended up buying a Enem K15 cam from Sweden and a WH1C Holset turbo off a Cummins diesel Dodge.

This set up proved to be to much for the stock K-jetronic mechanical fuel injection, and in early April I converted the car to Megasquirt EMS. it?s a DIY kit that you can purchase for under 200 dollars, and does a heck of a job controlling fuel. Plus, because its map based, it isn?t effect by BOV?s and offers no (if you so desire) restrictions to the intake tract.

Almost immediately after the megasquirt/holset install, I decided that I no longer liked the blacked out engine bay compared to the rest of the car. So in late April early May I pulled the motor to paint the engine bay and tackle a few other area?s of the car while I was there. Amongst other things, I wanted to tackle rewiring the car, installing a header and doing my T5 transmission swap.

Since early 2003, I had been quietly working with John Parker at www.v-performance.com about making up OHC T5 transmission adapters. John already made the adapters for OHV motors so it wasn?t a new thing to him. I must say, the quality of his machine work and his help over the phone later down the road was invaluable.

Since I was rewiring the car, I decided to remove all the factory gauges and make my own cluster out of Carbon Fiber. A local friend of mine (in trade for converting his 242TI to a 230FT intake) laid up a sheet of CF for me which I milled on my CNC at the shop. I used all new Autometer Carbon Fiber Gauges in support of the couple existing gauges I already had.

This is also in the height (or depths of hell) of rewiring the car. While challenging, I removed a lot of weight and simplified things quite a bit. I used a painless wiring fuse block and this set up worked rather well.

(part of the trash pile)

Right around early July my header from www.proturbo.fi in Finland showed up. While it took a bit of work to make it fit and plumb everything up, this was well worth it. Dropped the spool up of my holset by 8 or 900 rpm, and made it very responsive. Proturbo makes 16vT manifolds as well, and are all now single mandrel bent polished Stainless Steel pieces now.

By late July I had the motor back in the car, albeit with a new turbo, a Holset HY35W. Its shape made it easier to fit into the car (on the header), plus it had a 4? exhaust outlet and better spool up (slightly smaller A/R redesigned exhaust housing). All that I was waiting on was the clutch and flywheel which I had outsourced through another company.

The clutch/flywheel was a disaster. Going from a local recommendation, I contacted a shop about 2 hours away 6 months in advance of the Western Regional Volvo Club of America show about doing my clutch and flywheel. Long story short, with 6 days to go, they had finally built my clutch (but not the flywheel) but used the wrong spline and I wouldn?t be able to make the show. Likewise to say, I was very angry (rooms were already booked). I talked to John Parker who informed me then that he could do the clutch and flywheel no problem (for some reason I never realized this). This again is where I have to give an absolutely GLOWING recommendation for John. In 4 days he built my clutch and flywheel and had them overnighter to me for an exceptional price. The flywheel was a 9 pound aluminum unit and the clutch was a carbon/carbon Clutch-net clutch (purchased through John to his specs).

So far this setup has been flawless. I recently pulled the clutch to check on it and it showed almost no wear, hot spots ect. The only problem I had was this clutch took quite a while to break in (probably complete at 1k miles, really grabby by 500 though), but it is insanely grippy, though with very easy (lighter than my Centerforce clutches were) pedal play. I am very happy so far. Once again, hats off to John Parker.

Luckily, after some major engineering I completed the T5 swap after 2 days of solid labor (including about 2 dozen times of pulling and reinstalling the transmission) and was able to make it to the Washington show. The T5 swap was painless with exception to one area, the pilot bearing. Once that was handled this transmission has been worth every penny. Shifts nice, robust, and actually having a true OD (that works) has been the best part of all.


A little clean up before the show :D

After this, I pretty much just began to drive and enjoy the car, though I began having problems with massive boost creep (as much as 40psi spikes) that I tried numerous things to resolve. Finally, I installed a Tial 38mm external wastegate and the problem was solved. I?ve always had trouble with internal gates on all my turbo?s, after going external my boost has been rock stable at any level and even with better spool up. Id never go internal again.

The last thing I did to my car in 2003 was install a Powertrax Locker. This is exactly what it sounds like, a ?ratcheting? locker for the rear axle. The installation took me just over a day (I could do it in half a day now that I?ve done it once) and the results were worth it. Traction is great(!) and I find the unit to be not nearly as harsh as I thought it would be.

After that, it was just flat out and enjoy the car, until Thanksgiving when I lost my head gasket ?trying out? my new locker. For that and more you?ll have to read the ?2004? thread.


Hank Scorpio

Chubfest 2009 Survivor
300+ Club
60 trim turbo swap
I've answered alot of posts lately about using a TurboCoupe Ford turbo, so I thought I'd share exactly whats involved.

First off, the T3 TurboCoupe ford comes in either 60/60 trim versions, or 60/48, bigger than the stock 48/48 (?). There is two nice benifits from this, the first being more Horsepower (duh) and the second is, its the cheapest, most available turbo upgrade you can find! Another benifit is that the Ford turbos are all watercooled, a great upgrade for volvo turbos. This means however, you'll need the water cooling lines/adapters from either a 7 series volvo, or new. You'll need the two Stainless lines from the turbo, and the fittings that go in the rubber hoses (radiator, and overflow tank return).

So heres how it breaks down. There is one main difference between the two turbos. The OE Garrett turbos, and the Ford turbos is the way they mount. The OE (volvo) t3's have a recessed area on the exhaust flange that fits over, for lack of better terms a moutian on the stock exhaust manifold. The Fords use a flat flange and a gasket to seal them. The moutian is easily removed however by a good machine shop.

One of the next difference's is the wastegate housing. You can clearly see the differences here:

If your hell bent on using your OE or already purchased aftermarket Down Pipe (mvpvolvo's for instance) you can swap wastegate housings rather easily. Word for the wise, use ALOT of WD40 and let it sit over night.

If your looking at doing your exhaust and your turbo at the same time, I would get the exhaust flange (just cut the very top portion of the pipe from the Ford) and have a custom one made up using the Ford original wastegate housing.

The last major hurdle is the oil return line. While, the feed line isn't exactly right, it is easy to "bend" it to bolt right in. Be careful not to kink the line.

The return line how ever, comes off at the completely wrong angle. Since my motor was on the engine stand at the time, I chose to weld in a piece of pipe to make up for the length, and correct the angle. Seen here:
(pardon the mess, this was after the freezeplug problems).

Another way that is more commonly done is to cut the return line in the middle and use a Rubber hi-temp hose to make up the difference. This
will give you an idea, but keep in mind, the return location in that picture is different than a Stock Turbo motor.

I hope this sheds some light on the situation for everyone!


Hank Scorpio

Chubfest 2009 Survivor
300+ Club
BOV's on k-jet/LH
Ok, heres another installment.

On 240 turbo's there is no sort of pressure relief like later volvo turbo's. This is important because when you close the throttle at high boost levels, that pressurized is stopped by the Throttle Body (TB) and has no where to go but out through the turbo, the wrong way. This is extremely hard on the turbo and causes the turbo to spool longer after each shift.

So, theres really two routes to go.

The first is a Compressor Bypass Valve (CBV) which is what most OE turbo systems use. This works by having an open valve that recirculates pressurized air back into the air box under normal cruising. It closes under WOT and then re-opens when you lift of the throttle venting the pressurized air, quietly, back into the air box.

The other style is called a Blow Off Valve (BOV). These are valves that are placed on the piping between the intercooler and TB. It has a piston that stays closed under all conditions except with high vaccuam levels created by getting off the throttle under load. This pulls the piston back and vents the pressurized air to the atmosphere. Its loud, but sounds cool.


Some people have said that BOV's because they don't vent the air back to the airbox that it basicly "loses" that pressurized air, causing a rich condition. This would be a problem if the BOV was open all the time like a CBV however, it is not and has worked flawlessly on my 242ti. Even so, a little extra fuel on after a hot run on boost might not be a bad thing.

I however, wouldn't use one on an auto, to me it wouldn't be worth the expense to only have it work when you let of the gas once, vs on every shift for an auto. That being said, I know they work just fine on an auto too.

Heres a couple pictures of mine, everyone enjoy!

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Hank Scorpio

Chubfest 2009 Survivor
300+ Club
Power Steering --> Manual steering the ghettotastic way
Well, heres another thing that people have asked about. I basicly took the stock power steering rack and gimped it into manual steering. I did this by draining the rack of most of its fluid. Then, I used a saw (sawzall ofcourse!) to shorten the metal line that come off the rack. I then cut the rubber return (low pressure) line to a shorter length and sleaved it over the metal line.

This picture should explain it better:

Over all, I'm more than thrilled with it, very very very few bad side effects. Plus, look at all this room I freed up!

Hank Scorpio

Chubfest 2009 Survivor
300+ Club
Adjustable Hiem jointed torque rods

Tools needed:
right angle drill
1/2 drill bit
3/4 wrench and 3/4 socket
Welder (not really needed on the car, you can do this ahead of time)
Cutoff wheel

Parts needed:
I used link rod and threaded adapters from www.hrpworld.com You'll need 4 1/2X20 threaded inserts and matching rod. This is what I used You'll need about 3 feet of rod.
4 1/2X20 Heim Joints I used these (CM8s)
4 bolts, I used 1/2X20 Grade8 3 or 3.25" long, 4 nuts and washers. Grab a few extra nuts just in case. Also, you'll need 4 Jam Nuts for the rod ends, but any normal nut will work.
Something metal and tubular that is atleast 1/2" ID. 6" is plenty.


OK, so I bet your wondering why you want to do this. Well, when you lower a 240, it throws the rear suspension geometery off. Everyone knows already about the panhard, but the torque rods also have a negative effect. When the suspension compresses (or is lowered) the torque rods fixed length causes the axle to rotate back, or up if you look at the driveshaft. This not only moves the driveshaft closer to the floor but it also causes the wheels to be moved further back in the wheel wells.

The other benifit is you get rid of the sloppy bushings and replace them with solid heim joints. If your abusing the car at all you've no doubtly turned what was a round bushing, into this:

Mine were not only ovalized, but the mounts were completely cracked through on both sides and both ends!

So heres what you need to do. When you get your parts from HRP your going to get the rod in uncut form. What you need to do is cut the rod so that your total length from threaded insert to threaded insert is 12.5". I found this gives plenty of adjustment. Now, you dont cut the rod this long, you adjust for the inserts at both ends.

Then slide the inserts in and have them welded up. You should end up something like this

Now like I said, the TOTAL length is 12.5, the adapters you use may vary so be sure to adjust. +/- 1/2 inch or so shouldn't be a problem.

Now, I bet your wondering why you need all the standard stuff. Well, our cars torque rods use Metric bolts, or 12mm's. Problem is, the heim joints are made for US standard, 1/2 which equates to 12.8MM. This gives .8mm slack in the joints. Do NOT think this is acceptable, it will quickly turn the bolt into a pretzel if you try to run it this way.

So, heres where the drill comes in. You will have to slightly open all the holes that the former bolts went through. Piece of cake. You should be able to slide your bolt through like this.

The car side is a bit more challenging. Obviously, the bolt threads into the frame rail. The outter bracket is easy to modify, so just drill out the frame with the 1/2" drill through the threads. You could probably actually rethread this with a tap for 1/2X20 threads.

Or, the threaded insert will break out of the frame. This happened to me on one side before doing this anyways. So, what I did was take a cut off wheel and cut a rectangle hole out of the bottom of the frame rail like so:

Then, I slid the bolt through, using fender washers on both side and just put a nut on the other end.

Now, before you do this, you can obviously see that theres some "slack" between the rod end and the bolt ends. What you need to do is make some "spacers" to take up the slack. Obviously, your sizes will vary so just do your best.

Then, just tighten everything up and you should have this:

Adjusting the torque rods:

I found the best techique is to leave one side completely off. Mount the one rod and adjust it where you think you need it. Jack the axle up to just before it picks the car off the jack stands. Look at the side of the car and see abouts where the wheel falls in the well. When you think you've got it close, lower the car on to the ground and see if it looks good. When it is adjusted right, install the other torque rod to the same length.

You should be able to go from this:

to this

or even more centered if you want.