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smoothdurban 03-19-2020 06:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dbarton (Post 6058862)
Or there's the VCOA national meet in Gettysburg in October. I'm planning the 20 hour drive there if it's a go. My first 242 trip to that side of the country.

Really?

Sounds interesting :oogle:

dbarton 03-20-2020 07:35 AM

Not much info posted anywhere yet, but it's in Rolling and the eRolling emails they send out periodically. Here's one.
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VCOA National Meet 2020
Location - Gettysburg, PA
Dates: Oct 8-12, 2020
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Book your rooms now, at these special rates that have been negotiated for club members:
Run of House: Single or Double @ $139 / night
Deluxe Suite: Single or Double @ $159 / night
Hotel will honor these rates for up to 3 nights before and/or after the event dates.
Book online HERE
Or by Phone: 717-339-0020, using option "3".
Use phone to arrange booking when extending your stay on either end.
________________________________________

The Full Banana 03-31-2020 11:52 PM

Well, the suspension is all back together with the GAZ coilovers and fresh brake pads. The GAZ gold coilovers have far far better street manners than the Koni Race struts—they really aren’t even comparable. I stripped the peeling paint off of the calipers, revealing the charcoal anodized finish beneath, and finished things off with fresh decals.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...8a4741f3_b.jpgUntitled by Tom Elmendorf, on Flickr

With that done, I’m turning toward all of the little details and tweaks that turn it into what will hopefully be a nice, refined car. So, basically not a 240 :lol:

Next of the little details was adding hood insulation.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...aa1e8a94_b.jpgUntitled by Tom Elmendorf, on Flickr


I have quite a long list to get through, but most of it will be much more enjoyable than a lot of the maddening troubleshooting I’ve been up to for the past few years. At some point I need to tune this on a dyno. Also need to get it in for a proper alignment soon. So much to do, but 240 nirvana is within reach now.

slow240 04-01-2020 06:48 AM

Such a fantastic car. I'm glad you stuck with it, a lot of people would have given up during all that frustration.

smoothdurban 04-01-2020 08:04 AM

I have the same GAZ struts on my car. Love them. I will be installing BNE's QSRC pieces as soon as I get some camber plates. Thanks for the explanation about the Ackermann bracket settings. I was curious and couldn't find any info.

MikeJr. 04-01-2020 08:54 AM

How can I get my hands on a set of these GAZ struts/coilovers?

The Full Banana 04-01-2020 09:13 AM

Order the GAZ Gold coilovers from ClassicSwede.co.uk

https://www.classicswede.co.uk/GAZ_2..._12331092.aspx

I got the front only kit because I already installed GAZ shocks last year, but they do offer a front and rear kit. It takes GAZ 4-6 weeks to build them once they have 240 strut tubes/knuckles on hand.

MikeJr. 04-01-2020 09:18 AM

Awesome! I was going to buy Koni's, but I may try these instead. So you do like them better?

The Full Banana 04-01-2020 09:24 AM

Yes, for a 240, I would strongly recommend GAZ over Koni at this point. Go for it!

Duder 04-01-2020 12:27 PM

Awesome progress man. I was looking forward to listening to Dave Brubeck's Take Five and making "whooooosh che-che-che" noises while getting a ride in this car at Davis. I guess that will have to wait. I hope you guys (and the 242) can make it out West sometime soon.

The Full Banana 04-01-2020 09:07 PM

Thanks, Chris! Definitely a rain check on that ride. If nothing else, we’re penciling in the same glorious road trip for Davis next year. That just means the 242 will be that much more ready for Dave to grace the speakers with the sweet sounds of those tickled ivories.

doucheNozzle 04-01-2020 09:13 PM

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Originally Posted by The Full Banana (Post 6064391)
Order the GAZ Gold coilovers from ClassicSwede.co.uk

https://www.classicswede.co.uk/GAZ_2..._12331092.aspx

I got the front only kit because I already installed GAZ shocks last year, but they do offer a front and rear kit. It takes GAZ 4-6 weeks to build them once they have 240 strut tubes/knuckles on hand.

Josh has them too: https://yoshifab.com/store/240-chassis/suspension.html

The Full Banana 06-25-2020 03:14 PM

Before I lose them, I'm dropping in a few photos from last summer that were just sent to me.

I'm in the middle of building new door panels, so i'll share some photos of that once I have it wrapped up. A combination of suede, textured hdpe, and gloss black aluminum. Not to the finish line, but I'm happy with how they are coming along.

Beyond that, I've just been driving this a lot, and it's goooood.


https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...cb186da5_b.jpgUntitled by Tom Elmendorf, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...774a4ec7_b.jpgUntitled by Tom Elmendorf, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...ae42f0be_b.jpgUntitled by Tom Elmendorf, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...13c4a665_b.jpgUntitled by Tom Elmendorf, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...729bb9d7_b.jpgUntitled by Tom Elmendorf, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...7868b5e1_b.jpgUntitled by Tom Elmendorf, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...c44eab5e_b.jpgUntitled by Tom Elmendorf, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...a5842981_b.jpgUntitled by Tom Elmendorf, on Flickr

t8fanning 06-25-2020 03:22 PM

While you're finishing the panels up, why not just make me two more?

Corey 06-25-2020 03:35 PM

Wow such a clean build. Looks great

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Originally Posted by t8fanning (Post 6091742)
While you're finishing the panels up, why not just make me two more?

also I second this

Harlard 06-25-2020 04:47 PM

Thirded

Tfrasca 06-25-2020 04:49 PM

I've said it before, but this is my favorite 240 on the planet.

Chuck W 06-25-2020 04:59 PM

So good.

DET17 06-27-2020 06:48 AM

Tom, without digging back thru 32 pages of build thread, did you weld up the beltline trim holes yourself.... were they already filled when you bought the 242? I'm still debating this mod in my mind.... I've got a full set of the 84 wide black trim, but your naked belt rail looks darn good.

Beautiful machine, nicely done!

The Full Banana 06-28-2020 05:45 PM

Thanks for the kind words, all! Always nice to hear.

I won’t be making multiple sets of door panels... it’s a decent bit of work with hand held tools, and it also requires harvesting the stamped steel top of the factory panel. It’s not hard, but there is a lot of fiddling involved to get things just right.

As far as the belt line trim holes, those were already filled when I got the shell, so I can’t shed any light on the process of that.

vwbusman66 06-28-2020 06:05 PM

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Originally Posted by DET17 (Post 6092253)
Tom, without digging back thru 32 pages of build thread, did you weld up the beltline trim holes yourself.... were they already filled when you bought the 242? I'm still debating this mod in my mind.... I've got a full set of the 84 wide black trim, but your naked belt rail looks darn good.

Beautiful machine, nicely done!

They should weld up pretty well. I've done stuff that large with no plugs to fill the bulk (using wire to fill the whole hole), grinding both sides almost flat, hammering each plug with a dolly on the backside to stretch/relax the metal back out, then grinding it flat the rest of the way.

IF you don't want to just freehand it, you I'd get this tool:
https://www.amazon.com/Capri-Tools-C.../dp/B00OM4GVX0

make yourself filler plugs with the closest smaller die from some scrap steel and do the steps above.

Vol242vo 06-28-2020 11:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Full Banana (Post 6092627)
As far as the belt line trim holes, those were already filled when I got the shell, so I canít shed any light on the process of that.

Isnít this 2fast242gtís old 242? If so, Iím 95% sure he did the welding work. It too, was an awesome build.

The Full Banana 06-29-2020 08:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Vol242vo (Post 6092712)
Isnít this 2fast242gtís old 242? If so, Iím 95% sure he did the welding work. It too, was an awesome build.

Thatís correct, he did it.


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