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      10-27-2013 06:32 PM #76
      October 22nd was one year since we put it on the road, and that day it turned over 723,000km, roughly 38,000km in a year. I have an electric fan to install, and just received a box of goodies from IPD to get it ready for the winter, and with my girlfriend taking a new job with a 75km one way commute, the mileage should really start to go up!

      First trip last October.


      New box of stuff, have trans and diff service to do, fan install, poly swaybar bushings and end links, flame trap system rebuild, new ball joints, engine mounts, poly accessory bushings and I'm sure I'm forgetting a few things...


      Also found everything at the local pick n pull to do a 5 speed swap, debating whether to pick it up for future use...

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      10-27-2013 07:33 PM #77
      Quote Originally Posted by Zman86 View Post

      Also found everything at the local pick n pull to do a 5 speed swap, debating whether to pick it up for future use...
      Do. it.

      The best mod I've ever done to a car was to swap my 83 Turbo from an auto to a 5 speed.
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      10-27-2013 09:15 PM #78
      cool thread!
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      11-10-2013 12:59 PM #79
      Just hit 725,000...


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      01-23-2014 01:40 PM #80
      Been a long time since an update. Had the old boat in the shop last night. Current mileage is 734,900km

      Replaced another failed u-joint


      Installed a set of IPD poly swaybar bushings


      Replaced the transmission mount


      Replaced the RS engine mount, only had time to do one so I changed the worst of the two


      Picked up a set of snows for it a couple months ago. Huge difference!



      Makes a great Mercedes parts hauler



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      01-23-2014 02:29 PM #81
      How is the body still in one piece at that mileage? I assume you are in a location where they salt the roads?

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      01-23-2014 03:51 PM #82
      Awesome thread, was a great read. In for more updates

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      01-24-2014 12:54 PM #83
      I'm in southern Ontario, they only use salt and some type of chemical spray here. This car was meticulously maintained by its previous owners, a little old couple that had it from 1993-2011. The body does need a couple patches which I plan on addressing this summer. Might get painted this year too, too many other projects on the go! In the meantime, just gonna keep driving the old girl and replacing stuff as it fails. Thanks for reading guys!


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      01-30-2014 11:21 PM #84
      Posted in wrong thread
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      02-11-2014 09:44 PM #85
      Couple random pictures.

      Going on a month un-washed, winter has been brutal this year, snow and cold wise. The old girl still has not let us down. -14*c in this shot.



      A much deserved bath



      On another note, my girlfriend rolled over her 50,000th kilometre in the Volvo last week. Since my Mercedes is going to be out of commission this summer undergoing restoration, and our Bel-Air is most likely not going to be completed this summer, the Volvo is going to be our main roadtrip/camping vehicle, meaning lots more km for the Volvo!

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      02-11-2014 09:55 PM #86
      Quote Originally Posted by Zman86 View Post
      Picked up a set of snows for it a couple months ago. Huge difference!
      That's right in front of Stinson Lofts isn't it.

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      02-11-2014 09:57 PM #87
      You got it, helping some friends move. Have to use the wagon when you don't have a truck

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      02-27-2014 12:06 AM #88
      A much deserved bath for 739,000km.


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      02-27-2014 12:09 AM #89
      Quote Originally Posted by Zman86 View Post
      A much deserved bath for 739,000km.

      Holy ****, 459k?


      Thats amazing!!!!


      Wash that ol' girl up.

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      03-17-2014 09:21 AM #90
      This happened a couple weeks ago


      The Volvo got some love yesterday





      Coming in the shop for a suspension overhaul this Wednesday, and a small utility trailer for the summertime is in the works. Currently at 742,500km.

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      03-17-2014 09:54 AM #91
      Take those Bosch platinum plugs and change them to NGKs. Bosch plugs have become crap. Even VW uses NGK as OEM
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      03-17-2014 11:18 AM #92
      I tried NGK's in this car already with poor results after running NGK in my gas cars for years. Swapped out for Bosch plugs and have had no issues.

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      03-17-2014 11:18 PM #93
      +1 on ditching those Bosch plugs. OEM all the way IMO.

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      03-18-2014 04:16 AM #94
      Man, I wish I was handy enough to run a nearly million kilometre 240. I'm moving out east for a few years and am hoping to sell my C30, I'd love to pick up a cheaper Volvo!

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      03-18-2014 08:08 AM #95
      Quote Originally Posted by volvohutter View Post
      Man, I wish I was handy enough to run a nearly million kilometre 240. I'm moving out east for a few years and am hoping to sell my C30, I'd love to pick up a cheaper Volvo!
      It's all about the love in this case, not reliability. The guy loves his wagon and has no issues with dumping money in repairs, which is fine. In real world though, when it's your only car, I could only imagine how costly and frustrating it would get to keep it on the road based on all these little repairs coming up.

      That, and haveing 2 spare cars helps too

      Quote Originally Posted by Zman86 View Post
      I tried NGK's in this car already with poor results after running NGK in my gas cars for years. Swapped out for Bosch plugs and have had no issues.
      I used to run those Bosch platinum +4s (when they first came out) in my e30, and they were junk. Utter junk and a waste of money. The car hesitated to start, would sometime sputter....so I swapped them to regular Bosch one. Had a hard time starting as well. So I tried a set of NGK's ( i felt weird putting a Japanese plug in a german car at the time ) and let me tell you; Gas mileage was a lot better, smoother Idle, started quick, and ran like a top. I don't knwo what it is with Bosch plugs but even my Rabbit doesnt like them. I guess it depends on the car. If they give you no issue, then rock on.


      Keep on going man! less than 300,000 left!
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      03-20-2014 02:16 PM #96
      It certainly helps when you have the ability to fix and maintain your own stuff. My girlfriend and I are both in the auto repair business as well, so we can access parts rather cheaply. For an average person to keep a car like this on the road would be very frustrating/expensive.

      I do love this car, and have had a thing for 240's since I was a kid. Will it make it to a million? Who knows. Our main goal is keeping it going as a safe, reliable daily. In the future, it will be a project car. Since my Benz is out of commission this summer, and our Bel-air will be up and running for local use only until the drivetrain is rebuilt, the Volvo will be our primary road trip car this summer. Looking forward to racking up a lot of mileage this year.

      Currently, the Volvo is not being used. A few small jobs turned into a giant cluster-f, should be back on the road this weekend...


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      03-26-2014 11:32 AM #97
      So, last Wednesday I pulled the Volvo in at work to do some suspension work. I can only use the shop on Wednesdays and have a limited amount of time. A while back we purchased some gently used shocks/struts, and I bought new coil springs for the rear.



      Issue number one was that the spring perches were rotten. I cleaned them up and welded them best as possible. I know the after pic looks awful, but it was like welding tinfoil and it's wet from cooling it off. Ground them smooth afterwards.





      Second problem was that the upper shock bushing sleeves were seized to the mounts. Out came the torches. You can see that these shocks were defiantly due for replacement.



      Rear brakes were down to 5% pad left, so the old girl got some pads and rotors as well. Inner pistons on the calipers were really sticky, so I bought some reman calipers as well, but have yet to install them.



      Then everything went to hell. While fixing a rotten hanger in the rear muffler, the joint at the cat decided to let go, dropping the entire exhaust off the car. I tried my best to fix it, but simply didn't have the time. For the first time in ten years, I paid someone else to fix one of my vehicles for me. Found that the cat on the car was cracked, so I picked up a universal 2" one for $49. Had meineke install it and re-install the exhaust, deleting the rotten center resonator while they were at it. This was the mess after it fell off.


      Picked up the car and drive it home, only to find that the O2 sensor I zip tied to the frame to prevent it from dragging in the way to the exhaust shop was still zip tied to the frame. I was not happy, and meineke fixed it free if charge, though they did installs the sensor on the wrong side.

      My girlfriend reports that the car drives much better, has been getting better mileage and feels peppier. Even passed its emission test!




      Hoping to do the front suspension soon. I've heard the Volvo struts suck to change...

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      04-02-2014 09:29 PM #98
      A brick hauling bricks...

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      04-03-2014 11:54 PM #99
      Nice work!

      Did you do the suspension bushings in the rear? That made a massive difference on my 240 wagon. Rear end raised up about 1/2" once they were refreshed and the awful clunks vanished.

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      04-05-2014 10:20 AM #100
      Have not done bushings yet, they are on the to-do list. Biggest obstacle is having time to work on the car, since it is a daily, I never have more than a night with it at a time.

      We just bought an 02 Jetta TDI to replace my dying MK3 with, my girlfriend will be switching to driving that as her fuel bill will literally be 1/4 of what it is now. I will be taking over the Volvo as my daily. I live close enough to my work to bike there, so hoping to get a lot more work done on the old brick this summer.

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