28 Years and 460k Miles – Joe’s 1986 Volvo 240DL

Not Joe’s Volvo – a similar 240 for illustration purposes A funny thing happens when you screw up an email newsletter. People write back, angry. Angry people write angry things back to you. But some correspondence turns interesting. This is one from ex-MVS member Joe, who put almost a half-million miles on his 1986 Volvo […]

Volvo 240 Classic

My friend’s Volvo 240 Classic here in Denver – a few photos for you to enjoy. This 240 is dressed in Ruby Red, and is #420 of 1600. Between 1966 and 1993, Volvo’s bread-and-butter car was the stolid, safe and reliable 1966-74 140 Series and updated 1975-93 240 Series. Available in two-door sedan (through 1985), […]

240 Wiper Linkage

MVS Forums member blenkusha asks how to get at a 240’s wiper linkage: “I’m pretty sure my the wiper linkage needs replacing – or at least fixing. I’m guessing I have to go through the dashboard to get at it. Is this fix a pain or very time consuming?” “The driver side wiper reaches out […]

Sunroof Seal Repair

After peeling off the gasket I discovered that the metal sunroof frame was severely rusted and had begun to separate from the glass. The glass is bonded to the frame with a very hard rubber like sealant, water seeps under the sunroof gasket and sits in the depressed area of the frame causing it to rust.

To repair this I first scraped/filed off as much loose rust as I could and pried the frame as far away from the glass as I could without breaking anything using wooden wedges and continued to clean as much rust out as possible. I then applied a rust converter to the remaining material.

Modded 245 – What Went Wrong?

If I’m honest, if I had the last 13 years with the Volvo again, I would have stripped the shell a decade ago when it stopped being my daily, and fitted an LS V8, T56 gearbox and a BMW M3 back end. The interior would still only have two seats, but it would be more […]

Volvo 240 Airbox Mod & Air Thermostat Delete

MVS Forums member and new-to-Volvo SUNRG shows us how to modify the 240’s air box to make it reliably pull in fresh air. Instead of a “factory” fix that would fail in a similar way down the road, he chose to engineer his way around this. Good work! I’ve been into european cars my whole life, but I […]