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So, here we are: our 1992 244 sedan has been in the family for about 12 years now and runs better than she did when we first bought her. I'm finally getting close to graduating from college, and I'm of a mind to buy her off of the parents and do as much of a complete restoration as I can without losing my sanity. The car is in fantastic shape mechanically- I just made the 300 mile trip from York, PA to Rochester, NY this weekend, and I have to say I didn't want to stop. The B230 only has 173k on it, and I'd like to double that <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>With that in mind, I've started to assemble a list of projects that I'm going to try to start tackling as soon as the money starts trickling in. The car is just too good mechanically not to bring the rest back up to speed.<p>What *needs* to be done in the near future:<br>-Exhaust will need to be tweaked/replaced to pass inspection next year.<br>-A.C. needs to be repaired- we had it converted two years ago, and unfortunately I think the compressor might be shot now.<p>Body work:<br>-Typical rust on the sills underneath the doors, particularly on the passenger side. The poor thing has seen one too many Northeast winters. Is there any way to prevent this from worsening, other than garaging (which isn't an option)? And, can it be repaired/removed in the future? I'll most likely be moving to Texas next summer, so it just needs to make it through one more year.<br>-Dent removal on the rear passenger quarter panel- got this lovely souvenir from an idiot who thought the best way to stop in an ice storm was to use my car. The dent isn't very large and shouldn't be tough to get out.<br>-Slight (as in, only noticeable when actively looking for it) bumper droop on the above section of the car for the above reason.<br>-Dent removal on the trunk lid from some phantom large object inside the trunk. I'm blaming this one on my brother.<br>-Fresh paint (either the original blue/green metallic, or a black metallic)<p>Misc. Exterior:<br>-Windshield seal needs to be replaced, although the glass itself is fine<br>-Rear driver's side door handle could stand to be replaced or repaired (it's loose)<br>-Needs new headlamp covers<br>-The plastic trim underneath the windows is cracking- not major, but if I'm doing the other cosmetic fixes I might as well do something about this<br>-Needs new wheels. We still have a set from our 960 wagon (RIP <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> ); will these fit or should I search for a set of the Turbo wheels?<br>-Need to troubleshoot an intermittent rear left turn signal<p>Misc. Interior:<br>-The front seats need new upholstery.<br>-The front seats REALLY need new foam. Is it possible to swap the passenger and driver's side foam for now? How big of a project is this?<br>-Dash has ONE solitary crack in it- anything I can do about this?<br>-Front window motors could stand to be replaced, although both work at this time<br>-Needs new instrument panel lighting<br>-Carpets could use a good cleaning<br>-Trip odometer is toast (though the main odometer is fine)<br>-Needs a large tach and a small clock <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Performance:<br>-Needs a set of sway bars <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>-New bushings<br>-Stiffer springs<br>-TBD<p>So, if this were your car, where would you start? I know this is going to be a ton of work, but I'm really nit-picking everything possible in a 17 year old car. Where's the most bang for the buck? What am I going to be wasting my time and money on? Is the whole project a waste of time? Any suggestions on how I should approach anything in particular?<p>Thanks for looking! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by volvo_lifer at 4:07 PM 5-4-2009</i>
 

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Hi volvo_lifer,<p>A 240 restoration project! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emlove.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>It sounds like you are paying close attention to the details which usually means your project will be amazing-- I can't wait to see your results! <br>Please keep us updated with your progress!!<p>That said, I have yet to restore a car (so I don't have any practical knowledge to share), but I love reading about them.<p>In addition to Swedespeed, there is another Volvo forum called Turbobricks that has a lot of great information for the 240 series (and other RWD Volvos):<br><A HREF="http://forums.turbobricks.com/index.php" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.turbobricks.com/index.php</A><p>While Turbobricks is aimed more at performance modifications and upgrades, a lot of those guys over there have done some amazing restorations:<br><A HREF="http://forums.turbobricks.com/forumdisplay.php?f=22" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.turbobricks.com/...?f=22</A> <p>By reading through those threads, you should get a better idea of the process, procedures, time-lines, and investment needed.<p>Good luck! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Take care,<br>volvie!
 

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Re: Project '92 244 (volvie!)

Ryan;<p>Before you start spending big bucks, time and effort on this car perform a very thorough inspection of the entire car to be absolutely certain that the chassis and major body steel sections are free of rust especially in areas of high stress and support.<p>Once you are satisfied that any rust areas are repairable and that you indeed wish to drive this car another million miles then proceed with your major make-over.<p>If you plan to use the Volvo as your only transportation this will limit what repairs/improvements can be done. Having a '92 Corolla to drive daily would allow the Volvo to hold still for a long time period when doing things like major suspension work and/or engine repairs.<p>If you see frequent relocation in your near future and you plan to bring the Volvo along it may be better to do a rolling restoration where the car is back on the road after each improvement is completed.<p>The good news is that you have an up-beat attitude about fixing up the car and this Volvo is the perfect candidate for such a restoration effort.<p>George Dill<p>
 

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Thanks for the input. At the moment, this project is mostly going to be about how many little things I can improve over the next couple of months. I'm still in college for another year, but I have a fair amount of internship income headed my way this summer and I don't mind spending some on this car.<p>The big inspection and major work will come next summer when I graduate. Maybe sooner, if the exhaust kicks the bucket and I need to convince my parents to hang on to it.<p>It'll probably be something like a rolling restoration for a while. I'm most likely going to wind up in the Clear Lake, TX area for at least two years after I graduate, depending on how work goes. If all goes well and I get the job I'm expecting, I should be able to get some alternate transport (an R, or a C30 hopefully <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> ) while I work on this over time. If not, well... could get interesting! Although, the '92 Corolla is always a good fallback plan.<p>I'm also keeping in mind that a lot of this work probably won't get done over the summer, since the car is probably going to stay in New Jersey while I'm in Texas. I wouldn't hesitate to drive it across the country, but my dad's still the owner, and so it's still his call. He's a little more paranoid than I am, especially after the 960 died a week before my scheduled road trip last year. So, my goal for the summer is to start collecting parts and information with the above projects in mind so that I have material on hand to begin work when I get the car back. With my salary the way it is, and without making a final determination on the car's overall rust status, I'm going to be focusing on the little things first.
 

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So, I need new illuminator bulbs. After taking the time to get the instrument panel out yesterday, it turns out no one in town sells these bulbs. IPD has them, for the terrible sum of $10 a piece... <A HREF="http://www.ipdusa.com/version.asp?strPageHistory=category&numSearchStartRecord=0&strParents=69,263&P_ID=1358&CAT_ID=263&V_ID=2776" TARGET="_blank">http://www.ipdusa.com/version....=2776</A><p>Anywhere else I can get them cheaper? Also, is there a good source for LED replacements? I'm also looking for LED versions of the instrument panel warning lights and center console lights (which I replaced today with standard bulbs). If I can, I'd prefer to replace all the bulbs now and not have to worry about them for a couple of years.<p>Edit: Okay, after replacing all of the illumination and switch bulbs in the center console, I still have two switches without lights- AC and Hazards. The hazards themselves actually work, so that isn't the issue for this switch. The AC isn't working; would that cause the light to stay off? Otherwise, where should I start troubleshooting?<p>I also have one loose wire behind the instrument cluster, which I believe is just the unused tach wire... I forgot to note the color down; I'll do so next time I have it open. All of my gauges work fine after reconnecting everything; the only thing I can't test is the SRS fault light which doesn't seem to come on when starting the car. Is the SRS wire part of one of the bundles, or could it be that loose wire?<p><i>Modified by volvo_lifer at 1:11 PM 5-9-2009</i><p><br><i>Modified by volvo_lifer at 1:20 PM 5-9-2009</i><BR><BR>
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