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Old 12-12-2019, 03:51 AM   #1
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Hey everyone!

Thought I'd finally introduce myself as I'm the owner of a 1981 245 GLT.

I've owned this car since May of 2018, and it's been treating me pretty well up until I found myself on the side of I5 with a burnt up fuel pump relay. Long story short, I got back up to Bellingham, WA not knowing about the fuel pump relay and a few weeks later I fixed the issue by installing a new in tank fuel pump (waited a week for a new floaty ball to come in since I dropped mine in the tank), and replaced the old FP relay!

I'm starting this thread to share my build with the rest of you as I have hopes to engine swap and boost the 245.

To get everyone up to speed on the wagon, I'll list down below what I've done to the car since first ownership of the wagon.

1981 245 GLT B21F linked to an M46 with OD

1. Swapped my winter tires onto some used all season thread. Got these for free from a friend who worked at a dealership, and had them mounted onto my dracos.
2. Attempted to re-paint some of the trim around the windows. Need to go back and do this again.
3. Changed my turbo grill to a N/A grill that had more of the chrome present.
4. Acquired BMW Style 5 Wheels, two piece ones. Bought adapters, and slapped these on. Drove with the style 5's on with the car at stock height for a few months.
5. Purchased HD Bilsteins for the rear, currently on the car
6. Installed the rear IPD sport lowering springs
7. Cut 1 1/2 coils in the front, and 2 in the rear -> I think, might come back to this later.
8. Deleted A/C
9. Tune Up: Plugs, Wires, Cap and Rotor
10. Installed a new "used" power steering pump
11. Nardi woodgrain steering wheel installed with a cheap hub from Lithuania.
12. Dash Mat to cover up cracks
13. New Air Filter

Parts to install:
1. Front IPD lowering spring
2. Rear adjustable torque rods
3. Timing Belt
4. Water Pump
5. Valve Cover Gasket
6. Array of seals
7. Ball Joints
8. Tie Rods
9. STS Bronze Shifter Bushings
10. Upper/Lower Radiator Hoses

Plans for the future:
1. Continue to Dial in suspension. Coilovers, panhard bar, bushings, etc.
2. Swap in a B230 with a 531 head + T
3. Converting from K-Jet to EFI
4. Re-spray hood and trunk
5. Look into transmission swaps, T5 or ZF.
6. Exhaust
7. Electric fan
8. Shave/Paint Engine Bay
9. Interior? Recaro seats

Here are a few photos from when I first got her, to some in between shots and where she's at now. Looking forward to being an active member of turbo bricks!

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Old 12-12-2019, 08:04 AM   #2
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Cool looking wagon. Do it to it.
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Old 12-12-2019, 09:54 AM   #3
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Off to a great start!

I’m pretty sure I lost at least two of the floats in the gas tank of my 242. Hate that little bastard
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Old 12-12-2019, 11:02 AM   #4
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Style 5s and 245s just go hand in hand, looks great. Flathood/grill with your quad lights would be smokin'!
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Old 12-12-2019, 11:02 PM   #5
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Love the gold, nice score!

The fuel pump relay is a notorious POS, I burned up 3 in a few months somehow. So I wired a 30 amp relay next to it for the pumps, using the fuel pump relay to turn it on, no more problems.
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Old 12-15-2019, 12:15 AM   #6
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cool wagon! Great color. I think this is the one I tweeked my neck on while driving through downtown a few months back.
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Old 12-15-2019, 04:39 PM   #7
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Very nice and welcome to TB
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Old 12-16-2019, 05:06 PM   #8
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oh I will!
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Old 12-16-2019, 05:08 PM   #9
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Off to a great start!

I’m pretty sure I lost at least two of the floats in the gas tank of my 242. Hate that little bastard
Right! I spent an entire evening trying to fish out the one I dropped in haha. Was not fun to the say the least.
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Old 12-16-2019, 05:09 PM   #10
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Style 5s and 245s just go hand in hand, looks great. Flathood/grill with your quad lights would be smokin'!
Got all the supplies to polish the lips for the spring time! That would def be smoking.. I've thought about doing an early front end conversion for a while now.
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Old 12-16-2019, 05:10 PM   #11
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Love the gold, nice score!

The fuel pump relay is a notorious POS, I burned up 3 in a few months somehow. So I wired a 30 amp relay next to it for the pumps, using the fuel pump relay to turn it on, no more problems.
Thank you! It's def a color that stands out here in town. It really is haha. That's why I always carry an extra one with me just in case I burn another one up again haha. I might have to give that a shot if my **** keeps running hot lol
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cool wagon! Great color. I think this is the one I tweeked my neck on while driving through downtown a few months back.
Thank you! Best comment yet haha

We'll have to get together soon!
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Thank you! Looking forward to being a part of this group.
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