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    Default ***1990 Volvo 245 : Awful Wagon *** Version 2 UPDATES!!

    I have been sleeping on the build thread.
    Parted out my s130 drift beater last year to start a more family friendly project.

    I finally found my 1990 240 DL 2.3 Automatic Trans, 240,000 miles..........


    NO BRAKES. hahah
    Diagnosed a bad master cylinder, i was confident we could drive it home,
    hours later i had it back in Cincinnati, days later, brake master cylinder replaced.

    The goal was to be able to haul stuff around, park hard, attend meets, track days, bring tools/wheels
    for drifting friends, and most of all make them all jealous they don't have an ugly brick!

    Body was decent other than the 2in round rust hole at the nose of the hood, we soon made a trip to the local pull n pay for a better condition used one.


    Success.

    3 months of buying parts and making as much parts as i can.


    Custom down pipe/lower portion of header has been shortened 3in to create more
    ground clearance.




    We also ended up using a Empi Stinger for the end section of
    the tail pipe. Turned out looking good.





    Sourced my needed threaded sleeves and hardware from a $40 honda coilover kit. :-)


    Custom Coilover Front.
    QA1 6kg 2.5id 8in springs, 50mm cut/weld modified strut tubes
    KYB short stoke insert (SAAB insert)

    Remove, disassemble, cut/weld, resemble, clean/paint, re-install.






    Front Complete.

    Threaded Sleeve on spring perch Rear.
    ksport 5kg 8in springs, KYB short stroke shock (Chevy S10 4x4 Front Shocks)

    Weld on rear coil sleeve to oem spring perch.


    Ended up changing rear springs out for ksport 6kg 10in springs, i want to have
    a little more room to raise and lower the rear.


    Modified OEM panhard bar into an adjustable bar by using jack screw and weld on threaded bungs.





    American Racing AR26 wheels. 15x8 - 20

    They were ugly, i had to strip all clear coat/corrosion off of them,
    punch out the dome studs around the wheel face.
    Painted the wheels Gunmetal grey, clear coat, installed stainless hardware.




    Found a good deal on some hankook ventus, 175/55R15

    As far as the body, cut, rolled, worked fenders and quarters, probably still have more to do.
    The last addition was a Volvo 740 Front lip installed between my factory 240 lip and the bumper.



    I knew when i picked up my 245 that i wanted to do something different with the lights.
    After researching headlight options i realized i didn't want to get into the 90s euro glass upgrade
    or doing a front end (bumper,hood,fenders,grill,core support) conversion.

    Bought a set of Datsun 280zx Projector Headlights for $50.


    Before you get worried of rice-ness, the headlights housing are chrome,
    but the bulbs inside are blue.
    My goal was to modify the back of the light so i can utilized factory Volvo 9004 bulbs.
    These lights also come with 194/168 wedge socket city/daytime running lights. (depending on how you wiring them)

    I pulled out the blue wedge bulbs and got a set of PIAA yellows.



    Here are the 9004 bulbs fitted to H4 base.

    I managed to bust the covers off of my factory headlights, sure i could have bought a used set to try this with.......but i was pretty confident that i could get it all finished in a couple hours.


    Matte black sprayed housing.


    Finished Product



    I read so many anti-headlight swap comments on volvo forums when i first picked up my wagon, i felt like most people were against it because they weren't bold enough to try it themselves and they had yet to see someone else pull it off nicely.

    At this point people assume my wagon is older than it really is. :-)

    [img]http://s15.postimg.org/siywp8sij/SAM_1999_resize.jpg[img]

    wheel shot.


    fender mirrors are on.



    Over the winter i will be selling my wheels and looking for a set of 17in wheels.
    Not that i don't like the japan style classic poke fitment, but i think with
    more wheel, less tire, and a little less offset, it might really set it off.

    I should have some more photos and updates soon.

    All custom work done by myself and of course the Unfriendly Garage Crew.
    More stuff @ Awful Hero on Instagram.


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    Last edited by Awful Hero; 03-19-2014 at 12:51 PM. Reason: 1989 Volvo 245 : Round 2

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    LOVE. Nothing makes me happier than a perfectly executed 240. Keep up the good work. I can't wait to see progress on this. Keep the updates coming!
    ..:.2002 G20 in the works.:..

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    This is awesome, love everything! Fender mirrors make it a big WIN!

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    Don't do 17's, those are perfect on that body style

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    Looks great! Always glad to see another Volvo on SW

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotto View Post
    Don't do 17's, those are perfect on that body style
    Front coilovers are ALL THE WAY DOWN. I really don't want to rebuild them with
    6in 2.5id springs. The frame is already an inch off of the ground.
    So If i move up in wheel size, i will be able to fill out the front fenders better and
    have a tighter fit in rear as well.


    Scotto just trust me!!

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    man this is so dope, ive always wanted fender mirrors for mine

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    looks so awesome !

    really like the wheels.

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    Oh god this is perfect. The fenders mirrors really set it off. Any idea what 17s you want to run on this?

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    I get excited every time I see a 245 on the road, so I absolutely love yours. lol Nice work.

    It's a work in progress^
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    great work on those coils and those headlights! turned out amazing.
    Balls Deep Squad.

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    FUUUUUUUU thats so dope man

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    Nice! Love the headlights

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    I like it all except the wheels.

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    this is sick, man. looks like a '75. I liked it better without the grille, though... looked kind of shakotan style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by molly_watah View Post
    Oh god this is perfect. The fenders mirrors really set it off. Any idea what 17s you want to run on this?
    I'm looking for something along the lines of the Mooneyes Speedmaster, American Racing Saltflat, Cragar Supersport, Cragar Eliminator.



    Quote Originally Posted by synth ruiner View Post
    this is sick, man. looks like a '75. I liked it better without the grille, though... looked kind of shakotan style.
    I was really wanting to sharknose or at least extend my hood a coupe inches over the headlights, remove the grill and install an oil cooler inside. Something really kenmeri
    skyline style. :-D

    We'll see.

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    Love this thing! The fitment and how slammed it is are perfect. Looks badass man!

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    Fender mirrors. oh my i feel funny inside me. LOVE IT!

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    Job well done! Imho it needs yellow Scandinavian Fogs on top of the front bumper though...
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    Really interesting headlight conversion.

    Would larger rounds have fit? Is there room to go bigger?

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    That's a really cleaver headlight idea!


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    Quote Originally Posted by loekaaz View Post
    Job well done! Imho it needs yellow Scandinavian Fogs on top of the front bumper though...
    hey thanks loekaaz, I recall lurking oijoij-society volvo appreciation and saw lots of rally looking 240s with various bumper mounted fog light setups, however i felt like it may clutter my front end.

    I'm also in the middle of figuring out some bumper options, i want chrome skinny bumpers.
    :-D

    Quote Originally Posted by KFC ONE View Post
    Really interesting headlight conversion.

    Would larger rounds have fit? Is there room to go bigger?
    7in round is actually the biggest light you can fit inside the volvo large rectangle housing.
    Before i actually started doing my conversion i also looked into using E30 headlight
    assembly and modify the center for using a volvo grill. I may still attempt this in the
    future.

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    How have I not seen this before?!? So fucking awesome!!!! Nice work man

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    Looking good man!

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    this is dope !

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