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Old 04-11-2020, 08:49 PM   #1
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Massachusetts
Default @Volvbro's 1992 Volvo 240

Hi all,

I picked this car up in August of 2018. Like the title says, it's a 1992 Volvo 240. Its silver on charcoal with an M47. IIRC it has roughly 235K on it. The interior is in fairly good shape, with really the only downfalls being the plastic and displays in the center console.

I bought this car from my relatives. It was my cousin's first car, but he moved to Norway years ago. His father (my uncle) grew up racing Saabs and Volvos. At one point he was being sponsored by Firestone and his 740 was actually in one of their print ads, but I digress.

The car had been well taken care of, or at least as much as a 90's kid could have for a first car. My cousin had installed iPd sway bars and iPd springs, but the springs are virtually useless because he had cut the rear ones so far he needed to install hockey pucks on the bottom of the spring so the car wouldn't bottom out all the time... Needless to say the suspension will be getting a full refresh. But, this is a project car restoration so that is to be expected.

Last summer, I pulled the motor to do a bit of maintenance and replace the oil pan. I replaced the oil pan and gasket, the oil pump o-rings, the timing belt and accessories, and the water pump. Due to a faulty starter, the car failed to start. I replaced the starter with a "known good unit" (not). This lead to hours of diagnosis without any luck.

Finally, today I went out and bought a brand new unit. Lo-and-behold, she started cranking. After cranking over and building oil pressure, we hooked up the fuel pump fuse and let her rip. Unfortunately, one of the fuel lines had rubbed on the sway bar and sprung a leak so we had to fit some new line but once that was squared away, the motor fired up after fuel pressure had built up.

At this point, there is a lot that needs to be replaced. BUT the car is running so I'll go from there. I have a lot of awesome parts for the car and some pretty fun plans for it, but I'll make sure to keep you all updated when those plans are underway. Feel free to follow the progress on Instagram @volvbro, I am fairly active on there.

If you've made it this far, thank you for reading! I'd love to post pictures if I knew how. If anyone has any tips, LMK!

Last edited by volvbro; 04-17-2020 at 02:59 PM.. Reason: Added Pictures
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