Since my other 242 has a build thread, I suppose the 83 does as well. I found this 83 DL in the classifieds and couldn't pass it up. Convinced the wife she really needed a beach trip and that we needed another Volvo. The car was located near Daytona, Florida. After speaking with the owner, I agreed to buy the car sight unseen. 8 hours and a 2 mile test drive later, the title was in my hand. We parked it at the hotel for a couple days while then set out on a mostly uneventful 520 mile trip home. Only issue was 60 miles from home the fuel pump lost power on the interstate. A quick spin of the fuse and power was restored.
The car overall is in great condition. It has some of the best door panels I've seen on a 242. The only rust seems to be in the lower corner of the driver side quarter panel.
Currently the AC compressor is locked up, so no AC or power steering. The throttle cable housing is broke and needs replaced, and its missing the door pockets. I've already swapped another glove box lock in and swapped a taillight in from my 82 since it was missing the reverse light lenses on the driver side.
The engine and tranny will need to be pulled at some point for a paint and reseal. I'll probably repaint under the hood at the same time. The exterior is going to get a good polishing and limited touch up in a couple spots.
The rust in the quarter
The kids have already named it Walter and are adamant that he is never leaving. I suppose this will be more of a restoration. No plans to modify anything here, just take it back to original.
Front row parking at the hotel in Daytona.
B23 in need of a good clean up.
Some more before shots from under the hood
A few shots of the interior
Oreo is upset because the car only moved a foot, and he was expecting to go for a ride.
So DL it doesn't have a passenger mirror
At home with the others
And a final shot after it demanded inside storage