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Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-03-2022, 01:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 817
Posted By polaris
Back of bucket seat storage options

Currently I have a set of 242DL cloth seats in my 1975 242 and another set most likely going into my 1967 122 to replace out the blown out ones currently in there. Unlike the GL or GLT sets, these do...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-02-2022, 10:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 697
Posted By polaris
242GT Grill Repair: What adhesive(s) should be used??

While driving on the Motherlode 400 Rally two weeks ago on my 1975 242, a horizontal slat separated and came off from the GT grill installed on the car. This broken section is intact and landed...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-22-2022, 01:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,439
Posted By polaris
Formerly owned a 1993 245 which would...

Formerly owned a 1993 245 which would occasionally have a no-start condition. While trying to diagnose the issue, this is some of things I did which would apply to your 1985 240.

1) Is the FI...
Forum: projects & restorations 03-29-2022, 12:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,193
Posted By polaris
The Compression Test Results

Certainly not opposed to others posting in the thread. Would rather have observations, commentary, ideas, and suggestions than silence as without feedback its hard to gauge if write-ups like this one...
Forum: projects & restorations 03-28-2022, 07:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,193
Posted By polaris
And... contest is closed, results will be...

And... contest is closed, results will be released later this evening. I can say I am surprised at the accuracy of the submissions.
Forum: projects & restorations 03-26-2022, 04:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,193
Posted By polaris
Compression Testing the Engine

Should try and soaking things, it definitely wouldn't hurt to give that approach a try on the 122 wagon.

Would think if you have a torch in your tool collection there would be a some sort of...
Forum: projects & restorations 03-24-2022, 03:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,193
Posted By polaris
Digging into the wagon

In looking over the car, there are a couple interesting about it.

1) The first is a relay mounted on the ID place just behind and above the brake master cylinder. There are four wires; blue, red,...
Forum: projects & restorations 03-19-2022, 07:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,193
Posted By polaris
In prepping for the next visit to the wagon, two...

In prepping for the next visit to the wagon, two new rubber brake hoses were ordered. Because I was able to move the brake pistons with the bleeder open, did not think a new caliper would be...
Forum: projects & restorations 03-08-2022, 05:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,193
Posted By polaris
Work started on the 122 wagon by checking the...

Work started on the 122 wagon by checking the fluid levels. The radiator needed 2 1/2 quarts of water to be topped off. The brake master cylinder was almost empty as well but the clutch master...
Forum: projects & restorations 03-06-2022, 01:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,193
Posted By polaris
In terms of the engine, not sure yet if it will...

In terms of the engine, not sure yet if it will be a tear down or look for a replacement redblock. Looking up the code stamped on the side of the block (4968-67) it is a B18B originally from a 140...
Forum: projects & restorations 03-05-2022, 05:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,193
Posted By polaris
Latest Round Fender Acquisition: 1967 122S Wagon

Several weeks ago I picked up a 1967 122S Wagon. The previous owner owned the car for 15 or so years. The last couple of years it wasn't being used that much mostly been shuffled across the street...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-27-2022, 04:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,671
Posted By polaris
This is what I encountered with my 123GT when...

This is what I encountered with my 123GT when inspecting the rear drums three or so years ago. When assembling the passenger side, the castle nut stripped while torquing it down. After some looking...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-17-2022, 05:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,424
Posted By polaris
Its an easier job to remove the transmission out...

Its an easier job to remove the transmission out by yourself than it is to put it in. It weights in the neighborhood of 100 lbs so having a jack around will be a big help in the job. If you can make...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-16-2022, 05:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,683
Posted By polaris
Short Response: Check the grounds and wiring...

Short Response: Check the grounds and wiring into your instrument cluster.

Long Version:
Two years ago I picked up a running 1986 240DL for dirt cheap off of Craigslist, as in $200 because the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-04-2022, 06:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,310
Posted By polaris
Jumping/bypassing the relay the pumps should come...

Jumping/bypassing the relay the pumps should come on automatically, don't even need a key in the ignition for the fuel pumps to be energized.

One indicator of a replacement wiring harness is a...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-04-2022, 06:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,812
Posted By polaris
Knew there is a CC pickup cavity in the...

Knew there is a CC pickup cavity in the speedometers of the 1980 242GTs and 262s, did not realize that feature was across the whole 1980 line. In my 242 I installed a 1984 Turbo instrument cluster...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-02-2022, 11:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,310
Posted By polaris
Couple of things to check 1) Fuel pressure: ...

Couple of things to check

1) Fuel pressure:
Kjet systems won't run with low fuel pressure. Turning the key to the #2 position do you hear the fuel pump run to pressurize the fuel lines? You...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-02-2022, 04:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,812
Posted By polaris
I initially installed the 1985 dash into the 242...

I initially installed the 1985 dash into the 242 during the 1990 wiring & B230F transplant in May 2016. The main reason for the newer dash set up is I wanted to have the larger instrument cluster...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-10-2021, 10:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,375
Posted By polaris
The guy who use to be at Volvo Centrum in the...

The guy who use to be at Volvo Centrum in the Castro is wrenching out of the garage at the Shell Station on 16th and Guerrero in the Mission. I would assume the rates are comparable to PM, but that...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-09-2021, 09:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,526
Posted By polaris
Not that everyone has these lying around, I used...

Not that everyone has these lying around, I used the a 240 strut cap as it was pretty much the perfect diameter for the crankshaft and intermediate shaft seals. If you can't locate a suitable tool to...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-09-2021, 03:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,781
Posted By polaris
Almost 2 years ago I picked up a 1986 240 which...

Almost 2 years ago I picked up a 1986 240 which appeared on Craigslist for $200 here in SF. Oil was leaking out of the front of the engine at about a quart every mile and the owner (of 27 years) had...
Forum: performance & modifications 11-07-2021, 04:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,631
Posted By polaris
Several months ago watched a YouTube video on...

Several months ago watched a YouTube video on several 122s and a 544 going on a road trip to Scotland. In the video footage there is a 122 which has a 1800S dashboard. I thought it was a pretty...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-21-2021, 04:20 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 170,060
Posted By polaris
Has anyone seen this site? ...

Has anyone seen this site? https://volvo240-260.com/
Forum: performance & modifications 09-15-2021, 06:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,014
Posted By polaris
I did similar transplant in my 1975 242, removing...

I did similar transplant in my 1975 242, removing out the B20/M41 and Kjet FI system for a 1990 B230F w/Lh2.4 FI and 1985 M46 transmission. Ended up using two donor cars for this work, a $350 1990...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-10-2021, 06:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,566
Posted By polaris
Retrofitting a later 240 "HVAC" assembly (aka the...

Retrofitting a later 240 "HVAC" assembly (aka the housing inside the dash including the AC condenser, fan/blower motor, heater core and heater valve,) I have done this with two cars, a 1973 142E and...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-06-2021, 10:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,566
Posted By polaris
On my 1975 242 I swapped in a stock 1993 R134a AC...

On my 1975 242 I swapped in a stock 1993 R134a AC system. This was made a bit easier as prior to this I retrofitted a 1990 B230, 2.4Lh FI and engine & interior wiring harnesses replacing out the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-05-2021, 05:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,238
Posted By polaris
Also inspect/check the condition of the fuel pump...

Also inspect/check the condition of the fuel pump as that will be critical. If it is one of the glass topped units, take it apart and clean it out as it will most likely have debris in it. On these...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-31-2021, 01:15 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 19,292
Posted By polaris
Rebuilding the seat from the foam up is probably...

Rebuilding the seat from the foam up is probably the only long-term approach to take with your 240 seats. After rebuilding dozens of these, I have come to the opinion the 1985 and older seats as a...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-15-2021, 02:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,766
Posted By polaris
That diagonal wire plugs into the speedometer...

That diagonal wire plugs into the speedometer unit as it is connected to the Service Reminder Light which is suppose to illuminate every 10K miles. It is reset by pushing the dip switch up on the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 04-15-2021, 02:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,075
Posted By polaris
How exactly did it ruin your circuit board from...

How exactly did it ruin your circuit board from doing this mod?

When extending the holes for the older type bulb holders, this just cuts away from the board. See attached pictures -- this board...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 03-03-2021, 01:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,902
Posted By polaris
About 9-10 months ago figured out how to retrofit...

About 9-10 months ago figured out how to retrofit the 1981-88 bulbs/holders into the 1989-93 instrument clusters. To do this, it does takes a bit of modification to elongating the two ear openings on...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-22-2021, 04:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,027
Posted By polaris
For the 2.4Lh systems, at TDC the flywheel needs...

For the 2.4Lh systems, at TDC the flywheel needs to be aligned so the one spot which isn't notched for the CPS is just above 9 o'clock/next to the starter. This is a B230F installed into my 1975 242...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-31-2021, 04:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,435
Posted By polaris
A few other differences: The 1992 models have...

A few other differences:
The 1992 models have less of the chrome trim. Those feature all black outside door handles and the front grill with the black surround.

The instrument cluster has the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-31-2021, 02:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,353
Posted By polaris
Couple other things to consider: How loose...

Couple other things to consider:

How loose is the bleeder nipples for the fluid bleeding? Air can be sucked through the bleeder threads after and appear as bubbles. One thing you can do is take...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-20-2020, 01:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,722
Posted By polaris
When removing an B18/B20 I bolt brackets into the...

When removing an B18/B20 I bolt brackets into the hole for the AC mount in the cylinder head just to the right of the thermostat housing and then across the engine to one of the manifold studs....
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-12-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,905
Posted By polaris
Heated seats were initially offered in the...

Heated seats were initially offered in the 1974-75 164s, one of the first cars to include that as a feature. If you look through this 1976 brochure, you will see automatic drivers heated seat listed...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-29-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,272
Posted By polaris
The squeal can also be from the alternator itself...

The squeal can also be from the alternator itself complaining its under a significant load. I have experienced alternators needing to get to @2500 RPM to trigger the exciter and then the alternator...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-29-2020, 06:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,404
Posted By polaris
1990 - 93 and on some 1989 models Bilstein strut...

1990 - 93 and on some 1989 models Bilstein strut will not fit with out removing the spacer at the bottom of the strut tube, or use an 82-88 strut assembly.

I took some pictures to illustrate the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-29-2020, 12:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,404
Posted By polaris
FYI: Starting sometime in 1989, the 240 front...

FYI: Starting sometime in 1989, the 240 front strut tubes gained a spacer pressed into the bottom resulting in Bilstein shocks being too tall to fit. To utilize Bilsteins in the later 240s, that...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-28-2020, 03:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,766
Posted By polaris
The front bumper is the ideal location for the...

The front bumper is the ideal location for the sensor as its protected from engine heat/exhaust temps and also the slipstream.

One aspect about the VDO gauge you used it doesn't have the red...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-24-2020, 12:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,812
Posted By polaris
In regards to the orifice tube, this is where I...

In regards to the orifice tube, this is where I picked mine up at as part of a kit:...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-20-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,812
Posted By polaris
I picked up an aftermarket o-ring kit, believe it...

I picked up an aftermarket o-ring kit, believe it was $10 and I picked it up from Rockauto.com

Made a mistake in my post, I typed expansion valve but meant orifice tube. The OT sits inside one of...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-14-2020, 01:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,812
Posted By polaris
Over the summer I finished doing the same...

Over the summer I finished doing the same retrofit of a 1993 AC system into my 1975 242. This started in 2019 with interior parts I harvested from a rusted & worn out 1993 wagon I picked up for...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-02-2020, 01:24 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 20,808
Posted By polaris
Experienced this very problem in my 1975 242....

Experienced this very problem in my 1975 242. After doing the work to replace out the center HVAC unit, air flow was only coming out of the center vents.

In June 2019 I started the process to...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-15-2020, 03:25 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 34,892
Posted By polaris
Fuel Drip & First Road Trip

A few days later, dig out my box of spare SU carburetors and after assessing several candidates, locate a potential donor unit. This carb retains all of its pieces & parts and reverse that by loosen...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-13-2020, 12:11 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 34,892
Posted By polaris
Yes, I did install the later 1800/140 motor...

Yes, I did install the later 1800/140 motor mounts into the 544, none of the usual suspects were carrying them when I made that parts order. In preparation for installing them, I didn't think to...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-12-2020, 02:40 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 34,892
Posted By polaris
Distractions and Gasoline Leaks

In the midst of working on the 544, browse through Craigslist to find a 1967 122S for sale across the bridge in Marin posted earlier in the day. It looks to be in decent shape the only caveat is...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-09-2020, 05:39 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 34,892
Posted By polaris
Measuring the Cylinders

With the engine coming to life there were several things which were needed to be procured. Ordered among other items were motor mounts, valve cover gasket and a v-belt. When the cardboard box was...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-08-2020, 01:34 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 34,892
Posted By polaris
Thank you. What I did omit from the...

Thank you.

What I did omit from the write-up was the conversations between Alex and myself around how the engine was sounding after hooking up the timing light. We both agreed the engine was...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-07-2020, 04:28 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 34,892
Posted By polaris
Suck - Squash - Bang - Blow When attempting...

Suck - Squash - Bang - Blow

When attempting to start a 1960s redblock, one of the prep steps I do is to prefill fuel into the carb bowls. After removing the tops, the bowls are filled about 2/3's...
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