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      04-05-2014 10:27 AM #101
      Replace your hatch struts! I left off doing mine for eight months out of laziness and after I did I realized that the blown struts had made me hate the car a little. Now it's all love. It's funny how small quality of life things can make a huge difference in how you perceive a car.

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      04-05-2014 12:52 PM #102
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      Good God man, that exhaust tip will poke someone's eye out!
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      04-05-2014 01:11 PM #103
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      +1 on ditching those Bosch plugs. OEM all the way IMO.
      OEM plugs are Bosch Copper.
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      04-05-2014 02:16 PM #104
      Quote Originally Posted by HarryHood View Post
      Good God man, that exhaust tip will poke someone's eye out!
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      04-05-2014 03:35 PM #105
      Quote Originally Posted by Broduski View Post
      OEM plugs are Bosch Copper.
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      04-05-2014 04:35 PM #106
      Rigged up a stainless Jaguar tip I found at the junkyard. I'd already trimmed the tailpipe down, but needs to be cut shorter. Hoping to replace the whole rotten system eventually.

      The hatch struts are also on the to-do list. They worked up till about September. Waiting for IPD to have another one of their 15% off the entire site sale.

      If you look back through the thread, I had initially bought OEM plugs for it, but due to the IPD silicone wires only working on plugs with the removable metal caps. I swapped them out for copper NGK's, and was then told by a local Volvo expert to ditch them and put it Boschs. As I've said, I've not had an issue with the Bosch plugs yet.

      Look forward to the car getting a bunch of repairs/ improvements coming up in the spring/summer.

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      05-05-2014 11:35 PM #107
      Last major thing I did was the rear suspension refresh. The rear shocks I had bought used ended up not being long enough, and the ride was kidney punishing. A cheap set of Monroe's in the proper length greatly helped ride quality, but not before some drama. While installing the shocks on the street, the sleeve in the lower bushings ended up being too long. We do not have any workspace set up at our house, so I had nothing to gring the 1/8" off each side I needed. Figured I'd walk to the local "corporate" garage (I'd purchased the shocks at another one of their stores an hour away), be nice to the counter guy, buy them a round of coffees and they would grind off what I needed. Ya right. They refused and I was told that I would have to return the defective parts.

      Being a licensed mechanic who had worked in the garage of one of this corporations stores for five years, I explained that this happened quite often at our store, and that we simply would grind down the shock bushings to the length of the ones removed from the car. Still refused, saying there was nothing they would do for me. 1.5 hour round trip to my parents house to use my dad's bench grinder for 1.5 minutes, this was what I had.

      So, despite being around the corner, I have taken my business elsewhere for all my auto parts/ home supply needs. Ya , I know, CSB...

      Been working on refinishing a set of steels for the wagon. My ultimate vision for the car is something similar to this, not quite as low.


      Sitting on a set of these


      The above is a long ways in the future, have too many other projects on the go






      My girlfriend really liked the buttercream color, so we decided to finish a set of stock steel wheels in something similar for the time being





      Her dad had a couple 14" whitewalls that had never been mounted in his garage for some reason, had no use for them, so gave them to us. Picked up another pair of nearly new ones at the local pick n pull for $10/each. Some spray nine and a steel brush had the whitewalls looking pretty good


      Mounted and balanced at work today, installed, road tested and re-torqued after work. I didn't think the cream would look great with the grey, and it doesn't, but the car is going to be getting a freshening up appearance wise this summer, possibly a color change which will better suit the wheels.






      Good news is the lumpy, blocky snows are off, and the car is much smoother to drive now.

      Bought these fog lights off eBay a while back, have not had the time to install them yet. We're supposed to be OE GM units from a k5 blazer, but the quality is pretty low, so I'm pretty sure they were falsely advertised



      Still being daily driven, currently sitting at 747,956km. Hope to get some more time in on the old girl now that it's warming up finally...
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      05-06-2014 11:22 AM #108
      You've gotta start driving it more! At this rate you'll never hit a million!
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      05-06-2014 11:46 AM #109
      Great thread! I just picked up a 240 wagon too, 4 speed with OD though
      http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2908/1...d42202f2_b.jpg
      too bad the odometer stopped at 247,000 miles, estimated at around 400,000 miles now but no way to be sure.

      Keep up the good work on this!

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      05-09-2014 10:17 AM #110
      Quote Originally Posted by MK5golf View Post
      You've gotta start driving it more! At this rate you'll never hit a million!
      Gets driven 100-150km/day, put over 40k on it last year. We pretty much use it for everything we possibly can.

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      05-10-2014 10:27 PM #111
      40k a year is quite a lot, i dont know why i said otherwise. Keep it up in that case!
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      05-11-2014 04:35 PM #112
      Thanks!

      Was gassing up downtown a couple days ago, and a white Subaru WRX pulled into the station and up beside me. Guy said he recognized the car from this thread. We ended up talking about cars for 30 minutes. Was pretty neat to have the old wagon recognized!

      Also picked up some new lug nuts at a swap meet today.


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      05-19-2014 02:23 PM #113
      This happened yesterday, only 250k to go!

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      06-08-2014 11:20 PM #114
      Thanks to IPD's summer sale , another order of parts is on the way. The old battlewagon also made it to its first carshow. Was fun to watch people spot the "700,000km" sticker on the back then stick their head in the drivers side to check the odometer.

      You can see it in the bottom of the picture


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      08-21-2014 11:17 PM #115
      Been a while, the old wagons still going! Turned over 756,000 tonight on the way up to my parents to change the oil. The MAF shat the bed recently, currently awaiting a new one to arrive. My girlfriend took a job in town, which is unfortunate for racking up kilometres, but much better on the wallet. After replacing the blown hatch struts, the left side hinge promptly snapped. A visit to the local independent Volvo specialist got us a used part and a functional hatch.

      Also have three boxes of parts awaiting installation before winter, our automotive related schedule has been packed for the last couple months with various projects/side jobs. Coming up on two years on the road under our ownership. This car was never supposed to last this long...

      This is the most recent picture I have. After a local cruise night, we returned to the car to find this guy taking pictures of the sticker collection



      And what made me think of updating this, happy 40th birthday to the 240 series!

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      11-01-2014 02:17 PM #116
      Figure this is due for an update. The old Volvo has had a guest parking with it for the last couple months



      This past week marked two years of the Volvo being on the road as a daily driver. It just hit 758,500km as well, which means we have put 70,000km on it. The possibility of getting rid of the car has come up, but finding it a home where it would not just be scrapped would most likely be impossible. Besides, we have become quite attached to the ugly old thing.

      We are currently three weeks from closing on our first house, a house with a 30'x70' shop. We are buying an hour away from where we both work. The car made a two hour round trip five days a week for a year and a half, and I'd trust it to continue doing so, but it's starting to show it's age, and the fuel economy is terrible, especially in the winter, so we are looking at buying a TDI for her to commute in. Since we now have the indoor storage/workspace, the Volvo is going to be retired from daily duty starting in December and getting a full makeover/refresh/whatever you want to call it as my girlfriends next project car.
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      04-24-2015 07:00 PM #117
      Soon after we moved into the new place, the Volvo was parked in the back yard when this arrived



      Turns out, it broke down more in a month than the Volvo did in two years. None of it was really the cars fault, but poor workmanship (it's a long story, we did not fix the car ourselves like usual). Here it is after shredding it's serpentine belt on a -25*c day...



      The poor Volvo sat outside from the beginning of December until mid April, during the coldest winter in recorded history for Southern Ontario. We have a shed in the back corner of our property that was big enough to fit a car in, but it was full of junk. Finally cleaned it out, grabbed the Volvo keys and booster cables and headed out to the car. Opened the door and the interior lights came on, which I thought was weird as I had left the battery in it. Decided to try to start it, and the damn thing started like it had never sat at all.



      A quick drive to knock the rust of the rotors and into the shed it went. We have a lot of projects on the go between the house and the cars, so the Volvo is being stored until we can finish up a few shop projects.



      Currently sitting at 764,xxx km


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      04-24-2015 07:46 PM #118
      My 940 just passed 301k miles. I too have though about selling it but I just can't. I love it too much.
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      04-24-2015 08:02 PM #119
      Fun read!
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      04-24-2015 08:03 PM #120
      I hate that this popped up. I just sold my 244 Turbo after having it for 6 years.

      Picked up a clean 740 Turbo for super cheap right before I got rid of it so I guess it evens out.

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      04-24-2015 11:01 PM #121
      I had an H chassis Olds with 241,000 miles in 2012. It had a tired transmission and a wicked shimmy, but I sold it for $375. It wasn't even breaking in half

      A part of me makes me wish I kept it. That car was with me for my entire life until I graduated high school
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      11-12-2015 09:08 PM #122
      The girlfriends 547,000km TDI golf suffered a sudden and unexpected engine failure, which means after a year of sitting, the old Volvo is being called back into action! Odometer currently at 761,000km...






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    24. 11-13-2015 01:41 AM #123
      This is great, I really hope you follow through. It will be awesome to see this thing roll Zeros.

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      01-30-2016 07:55 PM #124
      Took the old beast on a ten hour round trip drive today to pick up a set of Ford Aspire front knuckles/brakes/rear axle beam to swap into the Ford Festiva. Car performed flawlessly, and we even got to take it back to its hometown of Sarnia, where it lived from 1993-2011 and for 677,000km. Odometer currently at 771,245km.

      Worth mentioning that gas in Michigan is half the cost of gas in Canada...










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    26. 01-31-2016 12:00 AM #125
      This that **** I do like. I've owned three 240's -- coupe, sedan, and wagon -- and have tremendous respect for the high milers. Keep on keeping' on dude.

      EDIT: Just wanted to pass along an idea for future wheels options.. 740 steelies and OG 240 hubcaps. Surely I'm not the only person on earth to combine them, but I've never seen anyone else run the combo.

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