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RenoHuskerDu

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I found a source for 90s 244s with body damage but fine interiors. My brick experience is all 1970s -1980s.

Do most or all newer interiors fit into a 1978 242?
How about suspension bits? Differential?
Window regulators and door latches?
Dashboard switches? Dashboard? (airbag, ugh)
Those new high headrest seats?

Trying to flesh out Volvo Parts Lane here at the ranch...
 

Radtap

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Brother, have you not looked through the projects & restoration section yet? What about Dave Barton's site? If you can wire, fit or affix whatever it is, it'll go. A car is simply a metal box with four wheels designed to take you places, they come in many shapes and forms and you can cut, weld and grind a car however you please just like a dodgy contractor can build as many additions as his heart pleases, all that matters is the time, tools and funds. Keep in mind, if it ain't broke don't fix it.
 

RenoHuskerDu

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Guilt by incineration

Brother, have you not looked through the projects & restoration section yet? What about Dave Barton's site? If you can wire, fit or affix whatever it is, it'll go. A car is simply a metal box with four wheels designed to take you places, they come in many shapes and forms and you can cut, weld and grind a car however you please just like a dodgy contractor can build as many additions as his heart pleases, all that matters is the time, tools and funds. Keep in mind, if it ain't broke don't fix it.

You're correct. I was gone for 25 years and have not back-read those sections. I was afraid Volvo might have changed subsystems such as the the firewall, for airbags etc. Ford did that with the Aeronose pickups so compatibility back to Bricknose or Bullnose is difficult...unless one fabs and weld and has access to a good brake. I'm just now finally building a shop out back so we can get better at restoration projects.

I found Dave Barton's rubber bits for windows and good prices, we're buying his glass scrapers for the 242GT. Now I will look further there. Thank you.
 

RenoHuskerDu

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1985 with full late model 92 or 93 interior
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That all brings a smile to the cockles of my heart, as it were. You even did the sound insulation.

Wow, nice work. Our 242GT needs seat belts. Once I get a parts car here, I'll see if 244 belts work. Parts cars have the best parts prices in town.
 

Honeylake2

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That all brings a smile to the cockles of my heart, as it were. You even did the sound insulation.

Wow, nice work. Our 242GT needs seat belts. Once I get a parts car here, I'll see if 244 belts work. Parts cars have the best parts prices in town.

Parts cars can turn into project cars if you?re not careful
 

Radtap

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242 belts are longer than 244 belts so they may not work. The buckle has changed shape over the years as well so might not work with the receivers. As far as body not too much changed, fenders, hood, bumpers, mirrors and a few other things have changed but can usually be swapped with little to no modification. Just gotta browse and see what others have done, dig through decades of forum posts and check it out.
 

HiSPL

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Short answer is it mostly all fits one way or another. There were two basic dashboards. 2 door and 4 door and wagon variant seats. They all "fit" but if you have a 2 door you want the 2 door folding seat to go with it.

Drivetrains are all swappable. If you are pulling the LH2.4 EFI from a newer carto update an older car you'll need the flywheel/flexplate to go along with it due to a crank sensor. LH2.2 (Up to 89 I think?) can swap straight over to an older motor just fine.
 

white855T

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I found a source for 90s 244s with body damage but fine interiors. My brick experience is all 1970s -1980s.

Do most or all newer interiors fit into a 1978 242?
How about suspension bits? Differential?
Window regulators and door latches?
Dashboard switches? Dashboard? (airbag, ugh)
Those new high headrest seats?

Trying to flesh out Volvo Parts Lane here at the ranch...

Do most or all newer interiors fit into a 1978 242? Yes and no. 242s have the specific folding mechanism for front seats which 4 door sedans do not. In order to do that, you need swap the mechanism to a 86 and newer seat back frame. The rear seats swap over with no issue
How about suspension bits? Differential? Yes and no. Supensions bits swap over. You have a 1030 rear end, parts will not swap with 1031/1041 rear ends. You can swap the entire rear end and thats a direct swap.
Window regulators and door latches? For the most part, yes. You can swap to power windows by sourcing power regulators and wiring
Dashboard switches? Dashboard? (airbag, ugh) Some switches swap over. You could swap to a newer dash but you would need the metal frames as well
Those new high headrest seats? If you wanted to swap to 86 and newer seat back, you can use the headrests. The headrests will not fit on earlier cars.

For seat belt repair
https://www.safetyrestore.com/seat-belt-repair-service/11-seat-belt-webbing-replacement.html
 

dl242gt

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If you do get the seat belts done. Have them use a longer piece of material so that it will work for the 2 door.

These cars are like an old VW beetle. When I had my 62 beetle. I put a 72 engine in it. I used Euro style no over rider bumpers. Chrome Porsche 356 wheels.
 
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