Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fjord 5.0: 1983 Volvo 245 GL Wagon

The Volvo 200-series was penned with a straight edge and forged with hammers -- and it is equally slow, hip, and cool in 2-door, 4-door, or 5-door wagon...except that the wagon is the best for shoving a Ford V8 up front.  Find this 1983 Volvo 245 GL Wagon with Ford V8 offered for $4,321 in Norfolk, VA via craigslist.  From Cory.

 From the seller:

As Han Solo said, "She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid." This V8-powered 1983 Volvo 245 GL's patina belies her capabilities as one of the fastest cargo carriers in this part of the galaxy. I hate to sell it, but after 30 years it's time to pass the torch to the next adventurous soul.

The good stuff:
- Ford 5.0 HO V8 engine (from 1989 Mustang GT); SVO GT40 aluminum heads, Crane 1.7:1 roller rockers, OEM Cobra intake manifold, 65mm MAF, custom cold air intake
- Compression (cylinders 1-8): 125/125/126/128/127/128/125/128
- Rebuilt AOD transmission with Transgo heavy-duty shift kit, kevlar overdrive band, Alto Powerpack clutch kit, new A-servo overdrive piston and cover, heavy-duty sprag, F-52 torque converter
- 130-amp 3G alternator
- Volvo/Dana 3.73:1 final drive
- Volvo GT front springs, and upper and lower chassis bars
- ipd 25mm front and rear anti-sway bars
- Bilstein HD (yellow) front struts and rear shock absorbers
- Mazda RX-7 Turbo 4-piston aluminum front brake calipers, Volvo 940 turbo rotors, new master cylinder, new brake hoses 
- Volvo "Hydra" 16-inch wheels 
- Marchal E-code headlights; Marchal 750 foglights 
- New blower/fan motor
- Rebuilt front seats (OEM blue velour)
- Cruise control
- New rear mud-flaps (hey, it's a Volvo)

The not-so-good stuff:
- #2 cylinder burns a little oil (not sure why, heads and valve train have < 19,000 miles, compression checks good [see above]) 
- Small transmission leak from shift lever bushing
- Paint/clear-coat is starting to shed (you say "potato," I say "patina")
- Rust* (passenger-side rocker panel, base of "C- and D-pillars," driver's floor [replacement floor panels in place])
- The AC needs a recharge
- Old school Alpine radio/CD player--it works, but it's not "au currant" 

Just think, for a measly $4321.00 you could drive a true sleeper-- and be the envy of your retro-loving hipster buddies knowing full well there isn't another car out there capable of hauling this kind of "cargo." 

Thanks for reading!

*Neil Young says "rust never sleeps." Actually, rust sleeps like a baby; it's iron that's the insomniac . . . .

See a better way to drive a V8lvo?


  1. This is a hell of a deal. The 5.0 isn't the most modern engine but it'll turn a 245 into an entertaining car. Definitely a case of "couldn't build it for this price" here.

  2. it is cheap, because of one word: RUST

  3. Bob Falfa: Hey I've been lookin' all over for ya man. Didn't nobody tell ya I was lookin' for ya?...Hey, you're supposed to be the fastest thing in the Valley, man, but that can't be your car. It must be your mama's car. I'm sorta embarrassed to be this close to ya.

    1. Yeah, well I'm not surprised, drivin' a field car!
      Field car? What's a field car?
      A field car runs through the fields, droppin' cow shit all over the place to make the lettuce grow.


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