was I crazy enough to make this street-machine?
I've always been a Volvo fanatic and my family has always owned Volvos. This is why my first, second and third car (my current) have all been
240's. This one is not the most good-looking I've had, but it's most
certainly the most fun one :)
The 242 is street-legal, as Volvo approves up to 220hp with the vented discs. I was smart and sent applications to the authorities before I
started the project.
The car was built by Stein Ove Vikeb° www.vikeboe.com
Volvo-God of Norway! He built it VERY WELL, so it looks like the engine belongs in the car.
It feels like it too :)
The engine is mounted on Diesel mount and one custom, upper
engine mount. The block of the B6304 is almost identical in width, as the
B230. Since this engine is so strong, there was also fabricated a torque-rod, so it would not rip itself out of the original mounts.
There were 1 Millon parts that where missing for this project, so it
ended up costing more than US$10.000. But, that was also due to the fact
that I wanted everything built as it should be, and even better.
I imported a new LSD from www.reiderracing.com
(Dana TrueTrac), which Stein Ove Vikeb° then built up a new rear axle for me.
Since my car was Carburettor, there was also a lot of work, since
fuel pumps, filters, brackets, fuel-lines, relays, etc. where all
missing. The car was also in the same time modernized with servo, 81'-> dashboard, etc.
The Volvo 960 instrument cluster was used, due to the fact that the cluster converts some signals to the automatic transmission.
For exhaust, the JT-Superflow 3" for n/a 240's where used.
The downpipe from the 960 did not fit and since it's got double walls, there had to be made a custom collector.
The car is great to drive. If it wasn't for the interior, you would
think you where driving a sports-car! The interior will hopefully be replaced with 262C Bertone interior soon.
If I started this project now, I would rather buy a donor-car, than buy the engine "loose", as then it would be WAY cheaper!
If you are crazy like me, and want to do this:
Buy a Volvo 960 with STIFF rear axle, not multilink!
Then you can use the LSD unit from the rear axle..
22-24mm rear sway-bar, more superflex bushings, adjustable panhard-rod, volvo original
spacer-kit (2 x 20mm), new paint, some interior work.
I used to have a really large stereo in the car (32" subwoofer), but
now I want a more simplistic stereo, with a 10" in the rear shelf, 6x9 and a componentset in the front.
Update July 2006
What's new: 18x8.5, ET13 SuperDTM rims. 225/35-18Y tires.
5mm spacers front, 20mm spacer rear left. Have to fit adjustable
panhard-rod to fit the right spacer too.
I have also removed the rear seat and the carpet, considering roll cage and "sporty" seats in front.
Top speed :
first built 1980 as a 242DL
B6304FS, inline-6, 24v, 2922cc (from Volvo 960)
220hp / 280nm (estimated by tuning company)
255km/h @ 6000rpm, 0-100km/h: 6.8-7.0 (Estimated)
AW30-43 electronically controlled automatic (from Volvo 960) mounted on an early AW30-43 mount, fitted to a
slightly customized cross-member from a 86-> 240 with M47.
The gear linkage is a shortened 960 piece, connected to a 240 shifter. Had to lower the
cross-member appr. 7mm to clear the shifter housing with the output flange.
The driveshaft is made from the rear part of a 240 unit,
and the front part of some 740/940 auto unit, appr. 52cm long. Dropped right in!!!!
1031 from 1991, with new Dana TrueTrac LSD, 3.73:1
Yellow Koni Sport
Lesj÷fors 45mm lowering springs
24mm Volvo 264 swaybar in front (240 does not go clear the
Vented discs in front
Eiker Polaris 17x7.5
225/45-ZR17 Fulda Extremo Carat tires, will be swapped for Y-
rated tires (300km/h tires).
Standard manifoils, custom built collector from dual 2.25" to
single 3", which meets the JT-Superflow 3" 240 n/a exhaust.
Leather rear seat, 81'-> dashboard, 960 instrument panel.
USA style headlights, Volvo 740 90' taillights, Original
Group.A. rear spoiler, Volvo 460 turnsignal indicators.