I know what you mean. I'm 19, and I drive a white 1987 240 DL sedan. Here's what I've done to my car so far:<P>Custom grille: I removed the "slash" on the grille and painted the front edges of the grille slats white (to match my white car). I think it looks pretty good. You could also replace the slats with some metal mesh from a hardware store.<P>Clear turn signals. On the '86-'93 style, there's an orange reflector under the lens that can be easily removed. I'm using clear bulbs for the parking lights (top) and orange bulbs for the turn signals (bottom). If you have the pre-'86 style, I think you can still do it, but the reflector is attached to the lens.<P>Red tail lights. I painted the rear turn signal lenses red, but you could also paint the back up lens and have the taillights completely red (click <A HREF="http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Shop/6824/redtaillights.html" TARGET=_blank>here</A> for instructions and a picture). I used Testors Translucent Candy Apple Red paint, #1605, instead of the Krylon. Painting the back up lens may be illegal, so that's why I didn't do it. It still looks good with only red and clear on the taillights.<P>Wheels: I just put a set of 15" 240 turbo wheels on my car, and they look very nice. In addition to the good looks, they're wider than the stock steel wheels, so I was able to get some better performance tires with a width of 205. A decent set of turbo wheels will sell on ebay for $200-$250.<P>I haven't done this yet, but you can remove the emblems from the trunk lid, and also remove the side emblems and replace them with side markers (click <A HREF="http://www.linkline.com/personal/dbarton/SideMarkerLights.html" TARGET=_blank>here</A> for instructions, pictures, and a source to buy them used).<P>There are body kits available for the 240 series, and they usually cost between $500 and $1000, plus shipping. Post here or email me if you want some websites of places that sell body kits. There are a few other things you can add like headlight eyebrows or a rear spoiler (trunk lid and/or roof), but I haven't done any of those yet.<P>Here's a website by another young guy who's got a very nice Volvo 240 wagon:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.geocities.com/reeny2000_1999/index.html" TARGET=_blank>Volvo 245 Sportswagon</A><P>Here's the only picture of my car that I have right now:<P><I>click to enlarge</I><BR><A HREF="http://www.geocities.com/towerymt/my_240_large.jpg" TARGET=_blank> <IMG SRC="http://www.geocities.com/towerymt/my_240_small.jpg"> </A><P>Let me know if you have any questions.<P>
When I was your age (3 years ago), I was driving around a 1980 245 DL and I took the **** from people that talked **** and laughed in their face. Love the Volvo for what it is.... a beautiful, scuplted piece of engineering. Don't r i c e it out like that Gabo kid of yore. Soon after my 17th birthday, I got a 1996 Honda Prelude VTEC, but I still love that old Volvo. <P>
I rather like the clean look of no body kits on older cars. It lends to their simplicity. I'd probably do beefier wheels as they seem to add the most subtly to the car.<P>Check out this pic. It was posted in the 850 forums.<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.geocities.com/towerymt/244_Rwheel_2_red.jpg">
I think those are pretty cool, and I love the look of the newer wheels on the 240s, but as for body kits, I think this car is much better looking with only wheel upgrades and lowering being the main outward mods.<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/resources/gallery/auto_shows/carl_show/large/02.jpg">
BTW InDy, I think this was your pic. Thanks for letting me use it. I'm now intrigued knowing you could fit the newer alloys on the older cars. I'm trying to imagine a nice 245 turbo with those S60 T-5 wheels on them, or even crazier the 18" BBS style on the C70.
Another thing you can do cheaply, is black out all the chrome trim on the car.<P>If I had free reign to modify the family Volvo (read: if the wife would let me), since I have an '85, first thing I'd do is find a good flat hood at the junkyard and find a trustworthy Australian to sell me a grille to match the hood and my quad light setup. Blackout all trim, turbo 240 wheels, and then drop the rest on suspension upgrades: Koni dampers, swaybars, spring, strut tower brace, urethane bushings, the upper and lower turbo braces, etc. And also swap out to a smaller steering wheel. Maybe a decent paint job.<P>cheers,<BR>scott<P><P>
Actually, the picture of the pair of red 240s is off of my Geocities account. I thought it was unusual that someone else used the same picture in a post at the brickboard on the same day (aftermarket forum). I've seen a few pictures of 240s with FWD wheels, and there are at least 4 sources I know of to get spacers and longer lugs needed to mount the FWD wheels on a RWD Volvo.<P>Links and pics:<P><A HREF="http://www.wheeladapters.com/manufacturing-wheel_adapters.htm" TARGET=_blank>www.wheeladapters.com</A><P><A HREF="http://www.nascarplace.com/hrspacers/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.nascarplace.com/hrspacers/</A><P><A HREF="http://digitaldaytona.net/techstile/" TARGET=_blank>http://digitaldaytona.net/techstile/</A><P> <IMG SRC="http://www.geocities.com/towerymt/244_R-wheels.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.geocities.com/towerymt/245_T5R-wheels.jpg"> <P>Here are a couple of 240s that I really like, one with a body kit and one without:<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.geocities.com/towerymt/82_242.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.geocities.com/towerymt/82-242t.jpg"> <P>
Yeah, those pics are from towerymt, pretty cool! FWD wheels for older RWD Volvo's can be done using the correct lugs and spacers. I think that there are quite a few 240 owners that are putting 850 "R" front spoilers on their cars! That is kinda cool! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>-Drew
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by [email protected]:<BR><B>I think those are pretty cool, and I love the look of the newer wheels on the 240s, but as for body kits, I think this car is much better looking with only wheel upgrades and lowering being the main outward mods.<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/resources/gallery/auto_shows/carl_show/large/02.jpg"> </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>What color blue is the 244? I just purchased a 245 that is that same color.
<B>"What color blue is the 244? I just purchased a 245 that is that same color."</B><P>Post the color code, and I'll let you know what the actual color name is. The color code can be found on the ID plate that's attached to the passengers side strut tower, and it's likely to be a three digit number.<P>
I was seriously contemplating whether or not to buy my parent's 1982 GLE from them. Modifications I had invisioned were:<P>Koni Coilovers<BR>15" 26X series Turbo wheels<BR>Respray 1982 Turbo silver<BR>Re-upholster leather<BR>Ford 305 engine swap<BR>Borg Warner 5 Speed tranny<BR>Strut Bar<BR>Sway Bar<BR>I mean, I really stuck with this idea until the insanity that is, live rear axle, caught up with me. I can't stand how jittery it is back there...and if there was an IRS upgrade for my Volvo, then I'd consider keeping it.<P>It's really a nice car, and the perfect highway cruiser, but I need a twisty road carver.<P>If I could trade my GLE for a Silver 240 Turbo...well regardless of the rear suspension layout...I'd snap it up in a hurry <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif">