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Hi Everyone,<br>I live in Norman, OK and own a 1998 V70. A "1983 Volvo Wagon" was advertised in the Oklahoma City paper. They are asking $600 and the ad says it needs new motor mounts and a fuse for the windows. <br>I have not gone and looked at the car or have yet to get ahold of the guy selling it, but I have some questions that maybe you all can help me with:<br>1) Is a 240 the only 1983 wagon out there?<br>2) How much do engine mounts run?<br>3) If I wanted to put a re-built engine in the car, what years/types of engines can I put in it? How much would that cost? And where could I get it? <br>4) Are there any other big problems I should know about this model.<br>As the car is only $600 I am not expecting much. However, it is that nice old volvo green and I can see potential from the picture and I would be willing to drop a few 1,000 into the car in order to make it a daily in-town driver. <br>Thanks for any help you can offer...this site has helped me more than you know!<br>Brook
 

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Re: 1983 Wagon- Potential Project Car (webe1482)

Welcome to Swedespeed, Brook.<p>Have you seen this?<p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=57889" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=57889</A><p>George Dill<p>
 

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You can harldy go worng for that price - if it runs and doesn't look like Swiss cheese, you're good.<p>To address your questions:<p>1) If by 'only wagon' you mean 'only Volvo wagon', then yes. The 740/760 wagons came along later.<p>2) You can get new mounts for less than $10 each, depending on where you look. I spent a bit more for the extra-firm, dealer-only Diesel mounts.<p>3) You can put a multitude of engines in the car, depending on what you want to do. Volvo I4 and V6 models, later I5 and I6, Ford 302 V8, Chevy 350 V8, Buick V6 turbo, Lexus 1UZFE, etc... I suspect you mean a stock replacement though, right? Any Volvo 4-cyl will drop in - you may have to change EFI systems or swap sensors, etc... depending on year. The '83 wagon could have either a B23F with Bosch LH2.0 EFI, or a B21FT with Bosch K-Jet MFI. <p>If you just want a beater, however, you probably won't need to worry. I pound on my B23F daily, and it is at 270K miles...<p>4) Rust would be my biggest concern.<p>As George pointed out in the above post, you will likely find a bunch of 'little things' wrong, but few major items. If you are good with a wrench and a voltmeter, there are few jobs you need to have a shop do for you.
 

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Thanks for your help! I'm going to go look at it this afternoon. I'm not so great with a wrench, but I really want to learn (and being female, not many people want to help me)...but maybe this would be a good car to learn on. <br>I'll keep an eye out for rust. The car has 229,000 miles on it. Thats high...but, gee, only $600 :0<br>Thanks,<br>Brook
 

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229K miles is nothing for an old Volvo. these engines were originally designed for use in tractors, and volvo has a history of over strengthening and understressing parts. these engines are good for well over 500,000 miles, and if proper care is taken, you can get 2 million+ miles out of them.<p>Dont worry about being a girl, if you are willing to learn there are those who are willing to teach. I have limited knowlege, but what i do know i will gladly share. I actually know several girls who work on their own volvos and love doing it. these engines are extremely simple compared to some of todays engines. Theres only a few motors that are more simple, and they reside on lawnmowers and in leaf blowers. Really its about as basic as it gets.<p>If you are having a hard time believing that 2 million miles comment, take a look at this video. If you did this to any other engine that i know of, it wouldnt last more then 2 minutes, but this old volvo just keeps on going, never stops. It is very sad to watch them destroy this car, as it was perfectly good before hand, but it proves that you just cant stop these engines for anything.<br><A HREF="http://videos.streetfire.net/search/volvo/4/F6846856-E020-4132-866F-2CE92EF36036.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://videos.streetfire.net/s...6.htm</A><br>and here is one i just found<br><A HREF="http://videos.streetfire.net/search/volvo/3/1BBFA53D-535A-4F21-8DA1-FAC3E96419FB.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://videos.streetfire.net/s...B.htm</A><p>DISCLAIMER: do NOT do anything you see in these videos, these people are morons, and drives volvos because they will die in any other car. these people are wreckless and should really only be doing this type of thing at a race track where it is legal, and "safe"
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>11110000</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">2) You can get new mounts for less than $10 each, depending on where you look. I spent a bit more for the extra-firm, dealer-only Diesel mounts.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Sorry to threadjack, but if you don't mind me asking, how much were the diesel mounts? I was quoted around $110 for both sides, plus an additional cost (that I've already forgotten) for the "rubber things under them" (parts guy's quote, I have no idea what he was talking about).<p>To the original poster, if the body is solid, buy it. Everything else can be taken care of fairly cheaply. My two '83 Volvos cost me $1250 combined, and we've probably put over 150,000 miles on them since.
 
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