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 Post subject: Little Low Red Wagon - Local Budget Build
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:01 pm 
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Well I figured since I'm new here i figured I'd start a build thread to show my pics/progress throughout this project. If your anything like me I love build threads with LOTS of info, pics and personality so here it goes...

The influence behind my build has been my experience with modifying my truck, a 2000 GMC Sonoma that I Vortec 5.7L swapped and did an entire air bag suspension build on. I spent countless dollars to get it low and in the end...I have a truck for sale that I'm losing money on. With the wagon I plan to have this project completed or at least close to how I want it for less than $2500, car included. I guess I kinda wanna prove you dont have to have a lot of money to have a fun car. Hell for that price all your gonna find is sunfires, neons, and old boats.

I purchased the car for $500 from a couple that owned Volvos for the last 10 years. They seemed pretty knowledgeable and because they had owned so many, I got a nice big box of extra parts, lights, fuses. relays (some of them are retarded expensive), a set of tail lights and a complete dash.

Here is the pic from the ad...at this point I had no idea what addiction would become of this. I was looking for only a beater to get through winter with. I wanted a wagon, awd or rwd and less than $1500. I had a few picked out, a subaru wagon with 4wd, a 4wd corolla (that sold before I could look at them), and a gold 1990 Volvo wagon (which also sold on me before I could look at it). Then I saw this one...and I ended up being able to see it the night I found the ad. They were asking $800 which I thought was fair but it needed a lot of suspension work and brake pads. Not to mention it ran really rough. I offered $500 and they said sure, just get it out of here!

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to this (hopefully soon)

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everything taken apart (valve cover leaked so bad it smoked)

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Then I figured I may as well doa good job and paint the cover while Im at it. After all, a cheap mod is always appreciated.

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a little elbow grease...

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did a full tune up and ran 2 cans of seafoam through it and it runs 2000 times better, smooth idle and a lot more power. Very happy with the results.

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Next a messed around a bit

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cleaned her up a bit and waxed it quickly in the shade with a beer

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I bought the car with the virgos and in the back were 2 steelies and I almost got rid of them.

Wanting some nicer wheels I decided to use the steelies and run the virgos in winter because I've started to hate them. Problem was I had almost no money. I went to the wrecker and bought 2 volvo steelies to match and found matching beauty rings and volvo hub caps with tires - $50. Then I bought some primer, paint and clearcoat - $20. My friend sand blasted them for me for free at his shop after hours. (Yes I got it for free but its not cheating on the budget because you too can make friends with good connections)

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to this...

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to this...

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wheels + painted like so for $60.

color turned out funny but i assure you their dark red.
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Interior is kinda messy/dirty for now; it was a $500 car...

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Some parts I have laying around...

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 Post subject: Re: Little Low Red Wagon - Local Budget Build
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:07 pm 
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Wellllll one day I woke up to a flat tire...figured I may as well get the 14"s mounted instead of wasting what little money I have on fixing a tire on a wheel I dont want to use anyway. (Virgos are for sale btw someone TAKE THEM!)

I picked all 4 of these tires up off kijiji for $20 with 10/32nds left on them :) (using kijiji for the budget build ftw). Yes their winters...winter is coming...in spring I'll be buying white walls and over winter (hopefully) I can get to the air ride install.

I reaaaally need to invest in a better camera :(

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Sept. 3rd 2010

Well I goto change my oil...and I cant get the filter off. I only tighten them by hand so it wasn't cranked on with a wrench...try a wrench to get it off...cant get the wrench on. Now im like wtf...sooo I look under it and it turns out both motor mounts gave way and my oil filter was the new motor mount lol. Ordered 2 mounts from Napa and threw on some Bob Dylan and went to town. Gonna do the tranny mount once it gets here. Apparently this is a common problem with these 3 mounts...

The motor had shifted and the oil filter was resting on the bottem rubber piece lol
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Driver side...
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new one :)
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Then I cleaned the car a bit and snapped a pic
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And then a can or 2 of seafoam...stuff REALLY works
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also found this Subaru I might pick up for winter to keep the wagon as clean as possible :)

$1200
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 Post subject: Re: Little Low Red Wagon - Local Budget Build
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:37 pm 
Haha, I just built a W24 Octo-Turbo, now what?!
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Welcome! Cool project keep it coming!ive got some random 240 bits left if you need something!

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 Post subject: Re: Little Low Red Wagon - Local Budget Build
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:59 pm 
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I'll let you know! Id like to convert to efi and a cheap turbo added on at the same time once the suspension is done :)

although, i'll be interested in some struts (blown if possible, i'll be cutting them up and using a shorter cartridge) and some rear trailing arms so I can have them sandblasted and coated. Im planning to paint everything I take off and have the car driveable while everything is getting modified.


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 Post subject: Re: Little Low Red Wagon - Local Budget Build
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:57 pm 
Haha, I just built a W24 Octo-Turbo, now what?!

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Poorboy Tire....you work there? I'm dealing with Chris from there right now on a set of VW wheel adapters...

Nice looking car. Don't be afraid to ask questions or ask for parts as many of us have owned more than a few 240 series cars. I doubt there are many parts somebody can't track down although right now there seems to be a bit of a lull in 240 series ownership. Still doesn't mean we don't have a bunch of parts stashed away somewhere. As well, some of us have wholesale accounts with parts warehouses. Don't be shy about asking for prices on new stuff...like engine mounts... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Little Low Red Wagon - Local Budget Build
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:17 pm 
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haha i forgot to mention I work at NAPA autoparts so I get a bit of a deal of stuff :P

I dont work for poorboytire but I usually go there because its A LOT cheaper than certiguard thats right near my house. Pretty decent guys, Chris is the guy with the Golf right? I believe its on air in the front too...nice car for sure and super cool guy.

If anyone has struts and trailing arms...i want them! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Little Low Red Wagon - Local Budget Build
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:38 pm 
0-60 in VERY FAST
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if you convert to efi, let me know, I might be interested in your carb bits....

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 Post subject: Re: Little Low Red Wagon - Local Budget Build
PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:25 am 
First volvo in outer space
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Welcome to CVC. :D For $500 that's looking very nice already, like the classic wheel look. =D>

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 Post subject: Re: Little Low Red Wagon - Local Budget Build
PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:08 pm 
Haha, I just built a W24 Octo-Turbo, now what?!
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Just keep watching for parts...I gave away a set of struts in the winter to Jim. I don't have any 240 stuff other than an egg crate grill and a few other trim bits that are not unique. Oh, and welcome aboard.

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 Post subject: Re: Little Low Red Wagon - Local Budget Build
PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 5:26 pm 
Haha, I just built a W24 Octo-Turbo, now what?!
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Welcome to the club.
Looks like you have contracted the Volvo virus =D>
Keep us posted on you progress and ideas.

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 Post subject: Re: Little Low Red Wagon - Local Budget Build
PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:55 am 
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Thats a bitchin 245! I really wanted to buy one of these, but I ended up getting a V70 Instead. Nice longboard BTW


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 Post subject: Re: Little Low Red Wagon - Local Budget Build
PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:07 pm 
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haha thanks, I live near Confederation Park and I ride that thing everyday if its not raining haha

well here is the last shoot i was able to do before the snow starts flying and the car gets torn apart and parts start to get blasted and painted.

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Aaaand mountain cruiser for this winter. 84' Tercel 4wd wagon. 130 000 km's 5 spd, 30 mpg and $700, cant complain! Doesn't even burn or leak a drop of oil.

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I plan on finding some cheap racing buckets :P


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 Post subject: Re: Little Low Red Wagon - Local Budget Build
PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:46 pm 
Strapping on extra booster rockets
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Your Wagon is gorgeous - I love that color combo! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Little Low Red Wagon - Local Budget Build
PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:07 pm 
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thanks! I do what I can to keep her looking her best haha

also forgot to post this...Volvo factory gum dispenser. I discovered this while stuck in construction the other day and its why my cd deck is in the glove box :P

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 Post subject: Re: Little Low Red Wagon - Local Budget Build
PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:25 pm 
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Hey, do you want a piece of gum? Here, it's in the radio!

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