DukeOfUndersteer
DukeOfUndersteer PowerDork
9/6/12 2:17 p.m.

Well, went and got myself this:

1978 Volvo 242 DL Coupe!

Was being restored by its owner, he got laid off. Has a couple cars he was restoring. He has just gone thru the whole cooling system. Has mechanical fuel injection. Tires are a bit dry rotted and the carpets are now green from the original yellow, but it looks alright. Little surface rust here and there, not complete rot. Automatic, but I don't care. $700!!!

Feedyurhed
Feedyurhed Dork
9/6/12 2:29 p.m.

Now that's got great potential!!

chandlerGTi
chandlerGTi HalfDork
9/6/12 2:41 p.m.

You parking it next to the 996 tub?

It looks awesome for that price!

DukeOfUndersteer
DukeOfUndersteer PowerDork
9/6/12 2:53 p.m.
chandlerGTi wrote: You parking it next to the 996 tub? It looks awesome for that price!

Never picked up the tub. Still sitting up at Kinetic.

It's in super good shape. The few blemishes are the rust spots. The grille is cracked and the taillights are cracked, but still in one piece. Still has the old school AM FM radio in it!

Quasimo1
Quasimo1 New Reader
9/6/12 3:58 p.m.

LOL Duke - I was considering getting that Volvo but decided to pass since it was an automatic. Glad to see that it went to someone on this board.

DukeOfUndersteer
DukeOfUndersteer PowerDork
9/6/12 4:04 p.m.

In reply to Quasimo1:

Yea. The automatic doesn't really concern me. I'm just gonna drive it for now until I get enough to get a nice E36 or something. Then I'd just throw a 2.3 Inline 5 Turbo from an 850 and use a 740 manual trans or something

JoeyM
JoeyM UltimaDork
9/6/12 4:11 p.m.

I like it!

Southtexassupra
Southtexassupra New Reader
9/6/12 4:14 p.m.

That is one awesome flathood. i used to have a black/black 242 turbo. i never should have sold it.

Matt B
Matt B Dork
9/6/12 4:37 p.m.

I love the old volvo coupes. Also, it must be good - we were born in the same year.

Streetwiseguy
Streetwiseguy SuperDork
9/6/12 7:02 p.m.

Carpets were brown originally. The really shocking combination was the brown carpets in the orange cars...with orange seats...that fade to green. Wow.

Anti-stance
Anti-stance Dork
9/6/12 7:08 p.m.

I can dig it... really really dig it.

bigdaddylee82
bigdaddylee82 Reader
9/6/12 7:43 p.m.
DukeOfUndersteer wrote: In reply to Quasimo1: Yea. The automatic doesn't really concern me. I'm just gonna drive it for now until I get enough to get a nice E36 or something. Then I'd just throw a 2.3 Inline 5 Turbo from an 850 and use a 740 manual trans or something

There's enough S80 T6s with dead transmissions that a B6294T is pretty easy to come buy. Ditch the little twins for a big honking snail, megasquirt and destroy tires at will. At least that's the recipe I've had in the back of my head for my yet to be had 240 and/or a Bertone.

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Vigo
Vigo SuperDork
9/6/12 10:58 p.m.

That car is a perfect example of why someone on this board should have bought my 78 242DL for $2500 (obo)... none of the lights were cracked, the paint was redone and in good shape, it had just about 0 rust, new tires, wasnt automatic, had a working original radio + 8 track, hand crank sunroof, blah blah blah.

Nevertheless yours looks like a decent car for the price and obviously i like them or i wouldnt have bought the one i had in the first place. Best of luck with it!

DukeOfUndersteer
DukeOfUndersteer PowerDork
9/7/12 8:12 a.m.
Streetwiseguy wrote: Carpets were brown originally. The really shocking combination was the brown carpets in the orange cars...with orange seats...that fade to green. Wow.

dabird
dabird New Reader
9/7/12 8:48 a.m.

In reply to Vigo:

well, i have the money now.

DukeOfUndersteer
DukeOfUndersteer PowerDork
9/8/12 5:28 p.m.

Problems I have run into:
1. Brakes - It feels like there is nothing there. Not the pedal going to the floor, but takes alot of pressure for it to grab. New booster? Bleed the system?
2. Wipers - Do not work, though if I pull back on the stalk, I can hear the washer tank motor power up. Is it the Wiper Motor that needs changing?

That is all the problems to report as of now. The shock towers squeak some, so I know they are gonna need a set of strut bushings and shocks soon and the tires are kinda dry rotted. The sterio doesn't work, but not really concerned about that yet. Not much as far as power goes. Im assuming it probably has 80hp or so, but like I have told others, I don't care. I know I won't get pulled over for speeding

Vigo
Vigo SuperDork
9/8/12 7:36 p.m.

I believe the wipers are vacuum. Do you hear any vacuum leaks in the dash? If not, could be under the hood.

Yeah, mine felt like 80hp too. But i will say it was the best riding/driving 70s car ive experienced so far so it was nice to just cruise in.

11110000
11110000 Reader
9/8/12 8:12 p.m.

Wipers are electric. Check fuses and connections first, then maybe pull the stalk and check the wires there. The motors don't often go bad, and even then you can potentially open up the case and reaffix the magnets with epoxy to fix the problem.

DukeOfUndersteer
DukeOfUndersteer PowerDork
9/8/12 8:29 p.m.

In reply to 11110000:

Big thanks.

Going to take a look at the relay. Priced one up at Napa for $56.

Oh, the seat belts are frayed and don't retract. Time to go to yank-a-part!

EvanB
EvanB UberDork
9/8/12 8:34 p.m.
Vigo wrote: That car is a perfect example of why someone on this board should have bought my 78 242DL for $2500 (obo)... none of the lights were cracked, the paint was redone and in good shape, it had just about 0 rust, new tires, wasnt automatic, had a working original radio + 8 track, hand crank sunroof, blah blah blah.

If I had the money then I would have been on a plane to Texas.

Vigo
Vigo SuperDork
9/9/12 11:23 a.m.

I guess it was pure coincidence that when i fixed my under dash vacuum leak the wipers started working. lawl

DukeOfUndersteer
DukeOfUndersteer UltimaDork
9/14/12 2:04 p.m.

Update: September 14th, 2012

Went and got the license plate for it. Cheapest way to go was a normal plate. Drove it a total of 70 miles so far today with another 35 miles left to do to get home.

When it is nice and warmed up, it develops a TERRIBLE misfire. I mean under partial load, it skips every 5 seconds or so. I went and got a set of plug wires, plugs, cap and rotor and am going to swap it all out before I head home

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