Saturday, December 14, 2013

0k: Free To A Good Home: 1989 Volvo 244

The current owner of this car "violet" (the car's name, not the owner's) acquired it to use as a 24Hrs of LeMons car, but is now in over his head.  The previous owner chimed in on the forums and mentions the car just stopped running on the highway and hasn't moved on her own power since.  Rear window is busted and interior is car...right?  Find this 1989 Volvo 244 sedan offered to a good home in Stamford, CT via forums.

Pick this car up quickly before it shows up on some dealer's lot in Florida with all sorts of claims like "never seen snow," "little old lady driven" and "never used as a parts donor for a crapcan racer."  Really all we can hope is that the owner doesn't get a flurry of interest and decide to relist the car for one bitcoin or a gift certificate for the silk road. 

The Volvo redblock B230F probably just needs a good debugging of the wiring harness as you've seen on CFlo's article on Wiring Nightmares, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Multimeter.  A non starting/running B230F isn't an indication of needing major overhaul - it is simply an indication that you aren't kicking the wiring harness in the right spot with your wingtip. 

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  1. What were they thinking during Cash For Clunkers?

  2. Just stopped running, could be 2 things off the top of my head: Timing belt (non-interference engine so no valve-to-piston issues unless there's a big cam or the head has been decked a lot) or fuel pump relay. But I'm sure someone already checked those.

    These harnesses are basically biodegradable.

  3. Being an '89 model year, this qualifies as a late 240 and as such has a much less terrible wiring harness than the wasabrod based harnesses from the mid '80s and earlier. It's likely a decent car with many more miles left in it.


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