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Benjam83 02-20-2015 09:30 AM

Hi Tom........Hi.

NONHOG 02-20-2015 02:23 PM

Wow cool car, cool thread! Lots of good info. Curious why you went with a bigger coolant reservoir? Form or function?

pino 02-20-2015 02:46 PM

Could we please get some more pics of your flocked dash?!

The Full Banana 03-14-2015 12:12 AM

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-n...2015begins.png

Well, it looks like spring is coming. I took a break this winter, but I have some plans for this year (a lot of which are just driving this while tweaking lots of little things to make me really enjoy it). There are a few large purchases that I'm really struggling to not pull the trigger on every week.

Glancing back through the thread, it looks like I have some catching up to do with some things I did later last year... I'll get to that soon.

The Full Banana 03-14-2015 12:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Benjam83 (Post 5110464)
Hi Tom........Hi.

Hi Ben!

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Originally Posted by NONHOG (Post 5110602)
Wow cool car, cool thread! Lots of good info. Curious why you went with a bigger coolant reservoir? Form or function?

Thanks! The larger coolant reservoir was entirely due to circumstance. The smaller unit cracked en route to Oregon, so while stopping in Kansas we replaced it. Local parts store had a later style reservoir they were able to get in, so that fit the bill. It has somewhat grown on me, so I see no need to change it.

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Originally Posted by pino (Post 5110620)
Could we please get some more pics of your flocked dash?!

Sure, I'll try to get some other pictures one of these days if I ever get it clean again. I really like it, but not sure it's really possible to keep that clean.

2fast242gt 03-14-2015 12:39 AM

That old paint job really seems to come to life in that picture. I'm excited to drive mine as well, I miss that silver sure is beautiful. Maybe we can go for a cruse soon?!

The Full Banana 03-14-2015 12:43 AM

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Originally Posted by 2fast242gt (Post 5125982)
That old paint job really seems to come to life in that picture. I'm excited to drive mine as well, I miss that silver sure is beautiful. Maybe we can go for a cruse soon?!

Definitely. Want to cruise down to Justus and Joe's shop on April 18th? They are hosting a meet that weekend. I don't think either of us have seen each other's cars driving yet.

mopar318 03-20-2015 06:23 AM

What is the paint code/name?

The Full Banana 03-20-2015 01:26 PM

Volvo 477 - Electric Silver Metallic

photoman327 03-20-2015 01:57 PM

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Originally Posted by The Full Banana (Post 5125969)
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-n...2015begins.png

Well, it looks like spring is coming. I took a break this winter, but I have some plans for this year (a lot of which are just driving this while tweaking lots of little things to make me really enjoy it). There are a few large purchases that I'm really struggling to not pull the trigger on every week.

Glancing back through the thread, it looks like I have some catching up to do with some things I did later last year... I'll get to that soon.

That a good looking 242. I'm so torn about going orginal color on mine or doing something I like better.

The Full Banana 04-22-2015 01:53 AM

Alright, time for a picture dump from my phone. This is a culmination of some things that happened between last summer and now. It's not everything, but a few highlights.


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The plastic/aluminum radiator had a partial clog and was having trouble cooling the car when cruising uphill faster than ~85mph. I soda blasted the old finish off a brass/copper 3 row radiator, painted it with black eastwood radiator paint, and swapped it in. All good.


https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-w...0/IMG_0866.jpg
The brake booster I initially installed started showing signs of failure (chirping like a bird, not sealing properly) so I prepped and painted a replacement, and swapped it in. All good.


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One cold morning, a ground squirrel climbed into my engine bay, chewed through some wires to get in through the firewall, dropped the Cosbys off and left. This was a pretty irritating fix, but all-in-all not too bad. New crank sensor, vacuum line, knock sensor wire, and a few other wires.


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I saved the 86+ outer door seals from my wagon, so I spliced them together and installed them on both doors. As advertised by others, this is quite a nice improvement in keeping out wind noise. I also had a chewed up inner door seal that I spliced a good piece of seal into.


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It's the little things that are the most fun. I cleaned up and installed the factory underhood light.


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Finally got around to wetsanding and polishing the hood. This was incredibly nerve-racking, but a good experience nonetheless. I also took the opportunity to polish and wax the rest of the car while it was in the garage hibernating.


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Bought an awesome tool from a company in an awesome city.


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My cluster had some grounding problems, so I replaced the circuit board with a homercertified unit.


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I made a new bracket for my power steering pump. The factory bracket I used initially saw a bit of excess stress on the trip out to iPd when some bolts came loose, and it broke a couple months later. I recently purchased the really nice annodized aluminum bracket from a guy on here, but I didn't like how high it sat, so I opted to make a new bracket that would keep the mount down low where I had it. I cut it by hand out of 1/4" steel and then had it powdercoated before installing.


https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-F...0/IMG_1306.jpg
I spent half of a day with a roll of this felt tape carefully taking apart the dash and applying it anywhere a rattle, squeak or any sort of noise could possibly occur. The dash was already quiet, but now it's silent. At the same time, I also replaced the loose shear bolts in my steering column and installed a Momo Mod 69 350mm steering wheel (which is also fantastic).


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I finally scored a set of good condition 240 turbo skinny bumper trim! This will be installed once clips arrive.


https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Z...0/IMG_1335.jpg
...and then i drove it again. It's fantastic. I love this car.




...but wait there's more! I decided I wanted to try out Koni Race inserts. I just finished getting these ready last night, so now they can be swapped in as soon as I have time. After that, shortened trailing arms and Koni Race rear shocks go in as well.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-l...4/DSC_0052.JPG

cosbySweater 04-22-2015 03:13 AM

great update and build!!!

Stiggy Pop 04-22-2015 08:50 AM

Nice to put some fine touches on it! I tried saving those outer door seals for my car but they were kind of falling apart on the Texas car I was pulling apart. Hooray for wet sanding, makes a huge difference!

blkaplan 04-22-2015 11:29 AM

Looking good!!! You might want to get the koni gland nuts for those struts as those big ones will tend to snag on the springs.

The Full Banana 05-16-2015 03:20 PM

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Originally Posted by blkaplan (Post 5153062)
Looking good!!! You might want to get the koni gland nuts for those struts as those big ones will tend to snag on the springs.

Thanks for the tip! I'll look into that.


Alright, so this is my "I didn't end up going to Carlisle" post. I was supposed to go, but work got really busy and I couldn't take off Friday to go.

However, I did finally get around to refinishing a set of DS1's from a 95 M3 that I've had sitting around for a while. I'm not a big fan of these on the car, but at least I have a spare set of wheels with good tires (I mounted up a set of Michelin Pilot Sports that I've had waiting).

The plan is to get the BBS RC034's properly refinished, mount some nicer Falkens, put those back on for fun, and keep these wheels as a spare set for road trips and such.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-X...ofile_1280.jpg

Sharingan 19 05-17-2015 11:41 PM

Ahhh, It's fun connecting the dots from FB....

iHateVolvoPeople 05-17-2015 11:47 PM

Looks a lot better than some peoples 1980 gt's..

Hank Scorpio 05-18-2015 07:43 PM

Looks so dang amazing

Dirk242 05-19-2015 03:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Hank Scorpio (Post 5170534)
Looks so dang amazing

This.

Råda 05-19-2015 04:47 PM

Looks so damn good

The Full Banana 05-21-2015 02:15 AM

Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

Three quick updates.

One. After doing some research I decided on what transmission fluid to use in the Getrag 265 (or in this case, what mix of fluids). A number of people sang the praises of Redline MTL in this box, but after doing a little more reading, I found that a mix of Redline MTL with 80w/90 gear oil seems to be the ideal recipe for this transmission. I'll change that fluid in the next week or two.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-0...rans-fluid.jpg


Two. I finally got around to installing a few rear suspension bits I've had sitting. Specifically Koni Race shocks, shortened trailing arms with new Genuine Volvo bushings, and a fresh ipd adjustable panhard bar (the nice plated version) to replace the crusty powdercoated version I had in there already. This was well worth the effort and expense. The new shocks are fantastic. The car rides so much nicer, and the rear end just "works."
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-f...-koni-race.jpg
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-3...oni-race_2.jpg


Three. It was time for a rebuild, so I figured why not swap out the 16t compressor wheel and housing for a 20t billet compressor wheel and housing while I'm at it. I also got a genuine Mitsubishi rebuild kit which seems to be very comprehensive. I'm pretty excited to get this all in the car--not expecting huge gains, but a reasonable bump in output potential with a freshly rebuilt turbo sounds fantastic to me.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-M...rade-parts.jpg
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-M...or-housing.jpg
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/--...ssor-wheel.jpg

*Previously I was planning to swap on a k24, but decided against it because I just couldn't justify it in comparison to being able to bolt on this 20t stuff which appears to be in the same ballpark for flow.

Beachee 05-21-2015 03:19 AM

What happened to the seat covers? :-)

The Full Banana 07-09-2015 01:25 AM

Update time. I went down to the VCOA Midsommar meet in Hannibal, MO. It was a great time and a fun trip in the car.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Ab...Lm77luHc=s1024
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Before the trip, I swapped in the new front coilovers. I am very happy with the new koni race both front and rear--definitely money well spent.

I started running into issues with the car going lean at boost onset. after pressurizing the intake and checking for leaks, I found that the IAC bung on the cold side IC pipe wouldn't seal properly any longer. it was a thinwall fitting from a factory pipe that is now past its prime. A little cutting, fitting, and excellent welding from Mr. Homer and I have a nice new one piece IC pipe to replace the leaky two piece predecessor. Voila!

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-A...4/DSC_0178.JPG
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The first thing I did after getting home from the Missouri trip was pull and disassemble the 16t. I replaced all of the wear parts with original mitsubishi parts and then dropped it off at a local shop to have it machined to fit the new 20t wheel, cleaned up, and balanced. i just got it back today and am quite pleased.

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I also managed to pick up pillar trim for the car. Cleaned, refreshed with SEM color coat, and I'm ready to be rid of my bare pillars.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-s...4/DSC_0190.JPG


Next step is to bolt the turbo back up and button up the intake tract, then get back to driving... then of course all of the other things I'm planning that i don't have pictures of yet.

Tuff240 07-09-2015 01:39 AM

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Originally Posted by The Full Banana (Post 5203989)

Sits really nice from a looks point of view. I'm still on the fence about the BMW wheels, but at least I don't hate them. Some bumper trim or shave and tuck would finish it off as that's the only thing that stands out as unfinished to me. Otherwise it looks great.

2fast242gt 07-09-2015 06:22 AM

Interested in your impressions on the turbo after a few good pulls over the 16t.


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