Well I purchased this car about five months ago now. I got it to replace my sunday driver a 1991 Volkswagen Jetta 16v that I was hopelessly not in love with anymore and what was once a great relationship had eventually turned into a relationsh!t.
I bought it for 1500 from Al's Volvo in Jacksonville FL. The guy was a bit of an *** but thats not my problem anymore. He seemed nice at first but then was a dick about everything. Anyways it is a 1983 Volvo 242TI. I had emailed VCOA specifically that guy Ray Parsons and he after about 2 months got back to me and said that he was 99% sure i had a Group A car.
Group A info.
I told hims its not a flathood though and he said they weren't all equipped that way. Whatever I still love it. The interior is decent, the exterior is also. When i got the car it needed alot of work just to get it running. But now it works well and has done well in this beginning process of getting everything working. I redid all the wiring, and cleaned all the fuel lines and well I've been cleaning fixing and mending a lot of things to get the car back to stock, and running well.
So t his is what it looked like when i bought it.
I buffed it out really nice, this is how it looks now.
So, on to "The Plan"
I want to get rid of the 4 rust spots and smooth out all the dents and get the car repainted, probably the same color. Maybe a little darker with more metallic in it. I want to satin black the current headlight surround and get a flat hood and matching grille for it. Or do like a 78 GT look. I'm going to remove the vinyl under the windows and fix some of the trim. I might also fill in the belt line holes and run with out belt trim.
New seats, would like to find nice beige leather ones to replace the ones that are in there since they are a bit crappy. I also want to put in a new dash. I pretty much want to make it look like it did the day it came off the show room floor inside. Which might mean me building a set of door cards since they seem almost impossible to find OEM in good shape.
Now for the fun stuff:
Suspension so far has been upgraded to Bilstein HD's all the way around and some used SAM sport spring kit action. In the future I've already bought some Hypercoil stuff coil over rings. I just need to buy a few more things and start the build action. I'm following this guys recipe. http://forums.turbobricks.com/showth...ight=coilovers
Nothing too ambitious, pretty much new everything has been put in. New pads, front calipers and rotors in the read just new pads. Everything else was okay. And some new brake fluid. I have a friend who is trying to talking me in to swapping on some big brakes he has sitting around.
Engine and drivetrain:
SO far I rebuilt the .63/.48 turbo that came on the car. But i'm looking at getting a larger coldside. Maybe I can talk my friend out of his T4 back plate and .60 cold side. I have a 91+ manifold on there did a 11th terminal mod for now. I plan on putting in a B23FT intake still in order to get ready for the MSNS thats in the future. I also have a 530 head sitting on the work bunch that I am starting to port and polish, maybe try the singh grooves.I've ordered up a Ebay 31x12x3 intercooler rather than doing the NPR. I'll need to pick up some new boost piping and couplers yada yada.
As for the transmission I'm keeping in the AW71 since I plan on going near 250whp and would definitely blow up a m47 transmission. I do plan on modding the valve body for quicker shifts here as soon as I get a chance to get under the car. I do have a g80/1031 rear end in the car already, but may in the future look into a different LSD system.
I'm a bit pedantic, I tend to over due a lot of things. So as I go through fixing stuff up i'll probably clean every single thing, strip it or sand blast it, then Powder coat whatever or polish and clear coat it. I plan on putting it on a decent diet too, because she could stand to lose some weight. I was looking at the under body coating and i think i could lose 40 lbs there, then just paint it black with rustoleum after getting it all off.
I know my plans aren't the craziest out there. I just want to have a car that is basically OEM+ laying 200-250 at the rear wheels, handles great, stops well, and is reliable. Is that too much too ask.
I'll keep you guys posted and finish up with a few more recent photos, even though these are kinda old now too.