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Walter, the beige 83 242

3wagons

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.
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B23 in need of a good clean up.
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Some more before shots from under the hood
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A few shots of the interior
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Oreo is upset because the car only moved a foot, and he was expecting to go for a ride.
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So DL it doesn't have a passenger mirror
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At home with the others
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And a final shot after it demanded inside storage
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3wagons

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Yes beige & brown, you sir have the right taste in color combos

Seems to be a popular trend on here!

If you get tired of those door panels, you can sell them to me... :lol:

lol. let me find a nicer set first! The 82 is about to loan its door pockets and armrest to it for a bit. Still need to pull the door panels and latches and clean everything up and get it working correctly. Drivers door only opens from the outside right now.
 

white855T

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lol. let me find a nicer set first! The 82 is about to loan its door pockets and armrest to it for a bit. Still need to pull the door panels and latches and clean everything up and get it working correctly. Drivers door only opens from the outside right now.

Having multiple volvos allows you to 'steal/borrow' parts. :lol:
 

John242Ti

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Duvall, WA
Nice score. Definitely keep this one stock. With a few caveats... That doesn't mean that you can't throw the accessory brochure at it, nor do upgrades to make it handle better, etc...
 

3wagons

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Nice score. Definitely keep this one stock. With a few caveats... That doesn't mean that you can't throw the accessory brochure at it, nor do upgrades to make it handle better, etc...

Thanks John. I would like to run down a small tach and it appears that it had a center armrest at some point. Both of those items are down the road though.

Right now, the to-do list consists of:
Finding the vacuum leak
Replace the throttle cable since the housing is broke
sort out the AC compressor issue so I at least have power steering
replace the shifter bushings
Fix the exhaust leak
Ditch the screaming race fuel pump and install something quieter
plus a good detail job.
 

3wagons

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Spent this evening working on the AC compressor, (after spending all morning working on my 92 745 swapping thermostats and sorting out the AC and dash vent issues). The PO said that the air worked when he bought the car, but shortly after the compressor locked up and smoked the belt. The clutch was locked down tight, but being optimistic I couldn't see the comp and clutch both being locked down.

I proceeded to pull the clutch off the York compressor which was a lot easier than I imagined. Remove the center bolt and threaded in a 5/8-11 bolt in the center of the clutch. 1/4 turn of the bolt and the clutch was free off the shaft. As luck would have it, the bearing had disintegrated and locked the clutch down, taking out the coil in the process. I decided to steal the clutch off the 82 for the time being. I ended up renting an AC clutch holding tool to aid in removing this one. Cleaned up the 'new' clutch and coil and installed in on the 83. Power steering has been restored, but seems the coil isn't getting power. Haven't tried to jumper it yet nor checked the system pressure. 10 hours in the shop between 2 cars and being up all night, I'm calling it a day.

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3wagons

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Decided to repaint the wheels for now. Best $7 I think I have spent on a car.

My son helping out until he saw a grass hopper and had to abandon the shop.
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Spent some time removing all the grime off the backs of the wheels. No after pic, but they are silver again.
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Got carried away and failed to take some good before pics. I clean the front of the wheels with a red Scotch Brite pad and then washed them with comet. After they dried, I sprayed a couple coats of Duplicolor engine primer leftover from another project and some Duplicolor Rally Wheel paint from Walmart. The index cards worked well for masking.
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Cleaned up the front hubs as well.
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2 of the center caps were in pretty rough shape. I masked them with Tamiya tape trimmed with an exacto knife. I sprayed them with some black engine paint from the stash.
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The Center caps were cleaned with 0000 steal wool and hand polished with some Wexol polish I had laying around. Total cost was $7 for the can of silver paint from Walmart.
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3wagons

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Finally had some time to get a few little things done.

First thing was to get the exhaust leak fixed. The flange before the cat was rotted out. 30 bucks and a trip to the local exhaust shop later, I can hear myself think again while driving.

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A quick parting shop while they were lowering it down.
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After a quite ride to the house, next on the list was the throttle cable.
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The adjuster was broken on the original.
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Out with the old,
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In with the new.
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Next on the list was new shift linkage bushing.
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New bushings are on the left, original are on the right....
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I cleaned the linkage while it was out.
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It was easier to get the bushing for the trans end installed by removing this.
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Reinstalled. Nice to be able to tell what gear you are in.
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3wagons

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At some point, I'm going to have to rework this setup. Previous owner replaced the HP pump with a DW pump. I believe he said it was a 150IL, but I have only seen a 250IL and a 350IL. Also, the intank pump has been deleted. Works well, but it is pretty loud. I'm leaning towards using a 700 series intank pump and try to make the DW pump run a little quieter.
 

white855T

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At some point, I'm going to have to rework this setup. Previous owner replaced the HP pump with a DW pump. I believe he said it was a 150IL, but I have only seen a 250IL and a 350IL. Also, the intank pump has been deleted. Works well, but it is pretty loud. I'm leaning towards using a 700 series intank pump and try to make the DW pump run a little quieter.

Restore it to stock. It ain't a race car. Get you a Bosch main fuel pump and get the the turbo intake pump(rock auto best prices). Also get a fuel filter. Don't mess with someone else's shoddy work. Every single Volvo that I've bought includes undoing what someone else did.
 

3wagons

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Restore it to stock..... Every single Volvo that I've bought includes undoing what someone else did.

Agreed. My 82 242 has a Walbro 255 intank supposedly. Judging by the blown fuses, and multiple fuel pump relays that were included, I imagine they tried running the pump on the original rotten wiring for the intank pump....

I'm going to investigate the fuel pump issue more this weekend. I have new nylon hose and a new fuel filter laying around as well as the Dorman tool for the nylon line. The current pump works for now, but I'll go ahead and be collecting parts. New sending unit, pumps, lines....

This weekends project will most likely be new inner tierods and boots. Outers are fresh, but the driver side inner has about 1/8 play. Parts are here, just waiting on inspiration. Focusing on getting it mechanically restored before worrying about the cosmetics too much.
 

James M

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Works well, but it is pretty loud. I'm leaning towards using a 700 series intank pump and try to make the DW pump run a little quieter.

Unfix the exhaust leak and the pump won't be an issue any more.

Love the rim and center cap cleanup, needed the push to do it myself and this looks good enough to give it a go
 

3wagons

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Unfix the exhaust leak and the pump won't be an issue any more.

Love the rim and center cap cleanup, needed the push to do it myself and this looks good enough to give it a go

I used some Tamiya tape for the center caps. The 6mm width worked great for masking the round edge.
 

3wagons

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Its always nice when a simple project snowballs a bit. I went to replace the headlights and found that the turn signal wiring was rotten. Ordered some pigtails from Dave Barton to rewire them.

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