Sunday, March 17, 2013

3k Flash: Clean 1980 Volvo 242 on Turbobricks

The Volvo 242 continues to be a good buy on the used Euro sedan market because it offers a decent, albeit slow, driving experience for cheap.  The 200 series Volvos are equipped with rack-and-pinion steering, rear wheel drive and 4-wheel disc brakes at a front drive econobox price point.  If you are in the market for a solid basis for a 242 project car, check out this 1980 Volvo 242 for $2800 in Vermont via the turbobricks forum.

This 242 has headlights swapped to later quad-rectangles, sweet graphics, some rust but looks like a good start for a LS1 powered 242 racer..

This Volvo is powered by its stock red-block inline-4, equipped with K-jet continuous injection but no turbo, don't expect its 100ish horsepower to astound you, but it is good enough to overwhelm the 'space-saver-spare' sized rear tires.

A quick peak on the inside exposes an autotragic transmission, a serious build-up of dirt and some relays dangling under the dash...which if we've learned anything from own project car an indication that it's got electrical gremlins, but this is to be expected from an 80s Volvo.

On the trunk lid we see a 'rare' Foha spoiler - something that makes us want to keep this car in its current condition and go ice racing with it!  This 242 is not a mint condition survivor or an LS swapped beast, but it wears its years with pride and will be on the road for many more.

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  1. You had me until "automatic"..... pass.


  2. An "autotragic transmission", love that! (i.e. love the term, not the actual slushbox, lol)

    And while we're at it - Save the Manuals!!

  3. ~ i like modded Volvos! but i say run it as-it-is! the BW auto isn't my favorite but it's adequate.

    1. Not that hard to make an MT swap...

    2. ~ the parts may become scarce in the near future, but i've been keeping an eye out for M-47s and pedal assemblies to stash away. w/o great success, i might add. don't let them go to the scrap heap.

  4. While the pool of M47s is somewhat more shallow, thar be plenty of M46+OD assemblies out there in the sea.


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