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TuxedoS60 09-27-2019 11:12 PM

The unwanted LS 240
 
Welp. I messed up. You're probably wondering how I got here...

Been a Volvo fan since the day I could drive. Got into 240s last year and was HOOKED and have been buying way more than my fair share. Recently my local friend has been LS swapping his 240 and completing a build thread as well. (I'm sure he will comment at some point to which I will point him out)

My luck with buying Volvos ran out and I bought......... this...

A 242 listed on craigslist for a whopping $350. Sketchy photos that barely showed the car and or were out of focus, and it was 3.5 hours away... one way.

So I told him I would buy it - thats where it all went wrong.

I asked my other Volvo addicted buddy to come get it with me... at 7pm (with a 7 hour drive ahead of us... on a weekday) He obliged.

When we arrived, we saw the car...

Its shoved into the trees, surrounded by dirty cloths, beer bottles and cans, other trash, tents, backpacks, and other not so lovely things. I was wating to step on a needle. The gentleman greets us... hes just as weird as the placement of the car. Its 10:30 at night... this is the middle of nowhere.

We look at it, and as you will see later - I was ready to turn around and go home empty trailered, BUT my buddy takes the reins and says "We'll give you 240." I cringe, and the guy says "Sure!" As I'm walking back to the truck to prep it to load the car and grab the money my friend says "Is 240 too much?" I nod furiously and we try to renegotiate with the guy. We get him to $200 and load the car up.

https://i.imgur.com/3Rtd0e9.jpg

We return home at 4am the next morning.

The Next Morning:

I go outside and see what I've done and I'm horrified.

https://i.imgur.com/6ZBbM4D.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/I7e09Y1.jpg

There were literal used panties (the lacy kind so at least he has good taste) in a walmart bag... under the front seat.

Mouth agape, I wondered what the hell I'm gonna do with this thing. I can get $100 in scrap and MAYBE salvage $100 in parts. But I spent $80 on gas and $40 on dinner. I would still be underwater on this car. I very much considered that to be okay when it hit me.

Put an LS in it.

So we begin...

Pulled front end apart to make pulling redblock and installing LS (im sure many times) easier.

https://i.imgur.com/h3CFHyx.jpg

Then removed the entire interior. Will try to transport it to the wilderness and burn it. Not sure any landfill needs to be exposed to whatever species of something that was growing in here.

https://i.imgur.com/Ft1AUpn.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/394YGaG.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/h80LquZ.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/kDbcopm.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/aGP0rcG.jpg

And now she sits outside... bare, cold, and really honestly unwanted. But I think that'll change here very shortly...

Thanks for coming to my TED Talk - more soon ;)

2turbotoys 09-27-2019 11:27 PM

Welcome, and good luck! Storing panties under the front seat...makes ya wonder...glad it's getting disinfected and a new lease on life! How's the rust situation?

Be careful getting rid of stuff, if it can be cleaned up keep it. Parts are getting rare and expensive.

Bajorker 09-27-2019 11:32 PM

wow looks like it has potential to be a cool build. what kind of ls are you planning on putting in? is this going to be a resto / sleeper build or like a stancey kinda car?

TuxedoS60 09-28-2019 12:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2turbotoys (Post 5999900)
Welcome, and good luck! Storing panties under the front seat...makes ya wonder...glad it's getting disinfected and a new lease on life! How's the rust situation?

Be careful getting rid of stuff, if it can be cleaned up keep it. Parts are getting rare and expensive.

Rust is good! This is a California car which is a good sign. Means its likely stayed over on this coast its whole life. There is a minor rust hole in the spare tire area, nothing that cant be repaired really easily. A VERY small rust patch on the drivers fender, just a sand and prime deal.

Yeah I saved a lot of trim stuff. Will prolly be welding some panels in to hide areas that I dont plan on reinstalling (like the rear seat backs). Will be looking for an early dash if anyone knows of one.

TuxedoS60 09-28-2019 12:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bajorker (Post 5999902)
wow looks like it has potential to be a cool build. what kind of ls are you planning on putting in? is this going to be a resto / sleeper build or like a stancey kinda car?

I have a 5.3 lined up at the moment. It will be a resto/sleeper/racecar build. Wont be putting in rear seats, and will likely go with race style front seats, but also will keep a lot of stock interior too. Not looking to gut it, but I also wont be putting EVERYTHING back in... and definitely not looking for the stancey life.

Vol242vo 09-28-2019 12:29 AM

Your buddy’s username is Patrickstar I believe. LSing a beige 242, your 242 is well worth the $200, especially with the little to no rust. And brown is one of my favorite Volvo colors. Congrats and nice score, this one tempted me on Craigslist.

http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=350093

TuxedoS60 09-28-2019 12:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Vol242vo (Post 5999913)
Your buddy’s username is Patrickstar I believe. LSing a beige 242, your 242 is well worth the $200, especially with the little to no rust. And brown is one of my favorite Volvo colors. Congrats and nice score, this one tempted me on Craigslist.

http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=350093

Thats the guy!

I'm glad I saved you from the pains of buying it yourself. ;)

You local??

aidanahunter 09-28-2019 04:13 AM

Love the brown. Perfect swap candidate.

LC4CARL 09-28-2019 08:48 AM

Chicks dig LS swapped 242's...

Vol242vo 09-28-2019 11:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TuxedoS60 (Post 5999919)
Thats the guy!

I'm glad I saved you from the pains of buying it yourself. ;)

You local??

I live in Spokane, Wa. You?

Redwood Chair 09-28-2019 11:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2turbotoys (Post 5999900)
Welcome, and good luck! Storing panties under the front seat...makes ya wonder...glad it's getting disinfected and a new lease on life! How's the rust situation?

Be careful getting rid of stuff, if it can be cleaned up keep it. Parts are getting rare and expensive.

^ This, good luck finding 242 specific parts.

:x:

patrickstar 09-28-2019 11:50 AM

Welcome Slade, looks like you got a solid start yesterday. Swing by the shop today and bring some paper

2turbotoys 09-28-2019 11:56 PM

Good luck on the dash, you will be fighting me for it haha. There are covers available, they are ok but don't fit perfectly. I have one on one of my 242s and it needs to be trimmed to open the glovebox.

TuxedoS60 09-29-2019 01:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Vol242vo (Post 5999965)
I live in Spokane, Wa. You?

Walla Walla.

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2turbotoys (Post 6000121)
Good luck on the dash, you will be fighting me for it haha. There are covers available, they are ok but don't fit perfectly. I have one on one of my 242s and it needs to be trimmed to open the glovebox.

If you find two let me know. ;)

white855T 09-29-2019 03:47 AM

What did you expect at the price? Don't throw away seat frames, those are specific to the coupe. Front and rear door panels can be saved. They are all vinyl so you can easily paint them a with Sem product(with the color of your choice). Same with carpet. Take it to the car wash and power wash it. Let it dry and order the Sem color that you want(get at least 3 cans, did one recently and 2 barely covered it). B pillar/c pillars, again specific to a coupe so don't throw them away. Seat belt covers for front seat belts should be saved if not crumbly. Door armrest look okay(can be painted too). If the rear seat cushions are still good and not falling apart, you can keep them. You can source covers from someone or parts car in the junkyard(this will allow you to clean seat covers before you install them. Lot of people make mistakes about throwing away stuff and then whine later on that they can't find parts or don't want to pay for the parts that are available on the second hand market.

You can sell the manual transmission parts for $300-400. So you can easily make your money back. The engine/engine parts are not worth very much so you might offer it to a local for dirt cheap.

I have a dash pad that has one crack. I send pictures if interested.

Vol242vo 09-29-2019 08:10 AM

Turbobricks FTW ^^^

240wagonguy 09-29-2019 08:39 AM

you west coast peeps are spoiled. I can't even find a 242 for sale here. And you got a rust free one for $200.

Redwood Chair 09-29-2019 11:09 AM

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Originally Posted by white855T (Post 6000139)
whine later on that they can't find parts or don't want to pay for the parts

Troof


Quote:

Originally Posted by 240wagonguy (Post 6000152)
you west coast peeps are spoiled. I can't even find a 242 for sale here. And you got a rust free one for $200.

:nod:

For $200 you can barely get an ill fitting aftermarket carpet.

patrickstar 09-29-2019 12:27 PM

Y'all should move out here, there were 4-5 of us who passed on this one because of its condition. Pretty common to find mint redblocks for sub-1000

TuxedoS60 09-29-2019 01:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by white855T (Post 6000139)
What did you expect at the price? Don't throw away seat frames, those are specific to the coupe. Front and rear door panels can be saved. They are all vinyl so you can easily paint them a with Sem product(with the color of your choice). Same with carpet. Take it to the car wash and power wash it. Let it dry and order the Sem color that you want(get at least 3 cans, did one recently and 2 barely covered it). B pillar/c pillars, again specific to a coupe so don't throw them away. Seat belt covers for front seat belts should be saved if not crumbly. Door armrest look okay(can be painted too). If the rear seat cushions are still good and not falling apart, you can keep them. You can source covers from someone or parts car in the junkyard(this will allow you to clean seat covers before you install them. Lot of people make mistakes about throwing away stuff and then whine later on that they can't find parts or don't want to pay for the parts that are available on the second hand market.

You can sell the manual transmission parts for $300-400. So you can easily make your money back. The engine/engine parts are not worth very much so you might offer it to a local for dirt cheap.

I have a dash pad that has one crack. I send pictures if interested.

Awesome reply bro, thanks for the tough love.

Ill be going aftermarket seats with aftermarket seat brackets so nothing needed there.

Door Cards: I saved the rears, might go save the fronts tho I think they sat in the rain. :( First mistake of many this build I presume.

Have better carpet from donor car so not worried about saving the other one.

Saved seatbelt covers and arm rests and rear seats will not be a thing in this car so those are leaving for good.

Ill be sure to be a bit more diligent about what I toss from now on for sure.

TuxedoS60 10-02-2019 12:26 AM

Removed the rest of the interior under the dash. Decided to go a bit further on the inside than I expected as I really liked how clean Patrick's car was when seeing it in person. That mixed with the seemingly impossible and daunting nature of trying to find a near perfect early dash made me realize I had a coolish plan to try out - so here is the start of the "dash project."

PS: Dont get your hopes up - I am not nearly as savvy as some other people in this community so if you're looking for some TV show special amazing dash remake you may be disappointed. ;)

Started with removing the two dash halves, and stripping the vents and foam off them.

https://i.imgur.com/DlUcLul.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/sdj72AL.jpg

Fairly simple really. Just used a long handle gasket scraper to get under the foam and scrape it all up. Cleaned up the rest of the foam with angle grinder wire wheel attachment.

On to paint:

https://i.imgur.com/5pBtFKD.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/u1CXfpJ.jpg

I am the worlds WORST painter and the most picky person ever. Soooo while these give you a good idea what they will look like, I am going to strip them and powder coat the whole skeleton (seen installed below) gloss black.

Lastly, I reassembled it all into the car to mock up my "big plan."

https://i.imgur.com/M2SCl75.jpg

Will have plates welded where the yellow Xs are to make a sort of solid dash, and powder the whole thing black. One solid black rectangle. Then custom cut windows to install my own gauges. I'd like to wrap the dash in some sort of material to make it a little less racecar looking but I'm not that talented, nor that rich - so the racecar look will have to do. Seems like this will be more race car look than street car sadly - but I still have a ways to go and lots to learn. Who knows maybe I'll learn something by the end. At least it'll have carpets!

Vol242vo 10-02-2019 09:31 PM

I like your attitude towards diving into this, at the end of the day if you learned something, good, bad, or what you’d do differently and having a good time...so be it. That’s one of the many things that makes it fun working on these things or ‘hot rod-ing’.

Interested in the ‘finished’ look you’re going for with the dash...worst case scenario keep your eye on local junkyard inventory for a donor dash in decent shape. They show up here fairly often. I found a near mint one for my 242 for $35.

Keep up the progress!

2turbotoys 10-02-2019 11:02 PM

Interesting dash treatment, I like the direction it is going. I would contact a local auto upholstery guy to put vinyl or something on it. Maybe a thin layer of padding under it to smooth off the look. It wouldn't be expensive.

I couldn't give up the glovebox though. I hate looking at clutter in the car and need to store extra bulbs, fuses, paperwork, zipties and duct tape somewhere haha.

Kinda wish I had a crappy dash to play with now, nice job!

TuxedoS60 10-03-2019 10:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vol242vo (Post 6001573)
I like your attitude towards diving into this, at the end of the day if you learned something, good, bad, or what you’d do differently and having a good time...so be it. That’s one of the many things that makes it fun working on these things or ‘hot rod-ing’.

Interested in the ‘finished’ look you’re going for with the dash...worst case scenario keep your eye on local junkyard inventory for a donor dash in decent shape. They show up here fairly often. I found a near mint one for my 242 for $35.

Keep up the progress!

Its also helped to start with a car I hated from the start. Well... I mean "hated." I like it, but I also never really WANTED it, so it is nice to be able to learn and make mistakes on a car that has no real emotional place in my heart..... yet.


Quote:

Originally Posted by 2turbotoys (Post 6001618)
Interesting dash treatment, I like the direction it is going. I would contact a local auto upholstery guy to put vinyl or something on it. Maybe a thin layer of padding under it to smooth off the look. It wouldn't be expensive.

I couldn't give up the glovebox though. I hate looking at clutter in the car and need to store extra bulbs, fuses, paperwork, zipties and duct tape somewhere haha.

Kinda wish I had a crappy dash to play with now, nice job!

Its an interesting project indeed. I may keep the glovebox now that you mention that, however I'm not sure the car came with one so I'd have to track one down and I really am not interested in scouring for factory parts at the moment. Hard to find and expensive to pay for Id mostly like to work the money on the big stuff to get it running. I could always leave that hole open until I find a box to use...

2turbotoys 10-03-2019 11:24 PM

It's not hard to find one (glove box), post in the wanted ads. I got an extra for a very reasonable price, I can't remember what it was so it must have been cheap haha. It probably wouldn't be hard to talk me out of the extra one I have, could use the shelf space.

I might try the same thing, stripping the dash, but I will have it recovered with something. Hard to believe that hasn't occurred to me..thanks for the idea!


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