240 Road-tripped my newly acquired '92 240 1000 kms home from Brissy. Observations and questions

I have a newly acquired '92 240. A good friend was kind enough to inspect and purchase on my behalf as the car was in QLD.
We flew up to Brissy Friday for a weekend with my mate and a NSW UVP to drive the 240 home 1000 kms to Sydney.
The 240 made the trip without incident, and was very comfy and quiet. I also think it returned reasonable fuel consumption at about 9.0 L / 100 kms. I am also amazed how many people rubber necked the car looking for number plates, and that we didnt get stopped by police once! I must say the NSW UVP scheme has my vote, $27.00 and valid for one week to get the vehicle home by the most direct and practical route (no toll roads for obvious reasons) including CTP.

I have noticed a a few quirks that need addressing, but they are minor.
1. The indicator stalk when partially moved moved down / left does not activate the left indicators for lane change. you need to move the stalk until it "clicks" on. This works fine when moving the stalk up / right. Is this a known or common fault? I am hoping it is a dirty contact.
3. I am getting very cold water in the front foot wells. I assume this is condensation from the aircon. Should there be a drain for this water?
4. on occasion I hear what could best be described as a vacuum flutter. Guessing again, but I think this may be from the brake booster?
5. I need a twin filament brake globe holder for the left rear brake light. Does any one in Sydney have a spare they would part with? (I will also update my part wanted thread)

I will post some better photos of the 240 in the next day or so.
Yes, I have the missing hub cap :)

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Wayne
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Comments

  • Nice 240. Same as mine but a different colour.

    In regards to #1, I had the same problem when I bought my 240 and I just replaced the whole indicator stalk. It only takes 5 minutes.
    I might have a spare one if you're interested.
    (If you are, I probably have a brake globe holder too)

    I'm not sure about the AC issue, you might be best taking it to an AC shop. Being a 1992 model means it should have an R134 system so they'll be happy to work with it.
  • Nice! There is a drain for the A/C condenser. It goes thru the bottom of the blower casing through the tunnel. These often get blocked with leaves etc and IIRC they have a sort of thin slit that makes them more likely to get blocked. May be easier to access from under the car (above transmission) or remove the side cover on the centre console and look for it (RH side IIRC). Address this issue ASAP and you will likely want to pull front seats and out and lift carpet as if it’s been doing that for a while the foam carpet underlay will be saturated with water and these cars DO rust from this condition...especially in the rear footwell area just at the back of the front seat crossmember. NOT GOOD! Hopefully you’ve caught it soon enough.
  • So things are progressing....
    I pulled the console sides off and found the condenser drain. I removed the drain tube completely and it was completely blocked. In addition to the crud, there was an odd plastic piece in the drain tube. Im not sure if this is to stop the tube compressing or if it is from inside the condenser?
    I have refitted the drain tube without the plastic part, until someone confirms it should be there. Any ideas from the OZVolvo brains trust?

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    The car also has the plastic floor mats/trays. I removed the passenger the mats from the passenger side and the carpet was soaked. Fortunately we have a wet vac so I managed to suck up most of the water and left the rest to dry out in the heat.

    Whilst investigating the aircon drain, I also determined all the wedge globes for the Aircon, rear demister, center console and gear indicator have failed. i will replace these when re assembling the console.
    The clock is dead. I recall seeing a How-to guide to repair the clock, and will investigate repairing, I will likely block it off with a blanking plate in the interim.

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    I also dismantled and cleaned the cigarette lighter socket. We tried to use this with a phone charger on the way down from Brissy, and it didnt work. The cigarette lighter has a machine tread screw holding it together, so dismantled, and brass brushed the inner contacts with my Dremel, re-assembled and it works great.

    The rest of the interior is in really good shape, even down to the Granny spec rear roller blinds. I just need a Bowls hat!
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    I need a few bits n pieces, and will update my parts wanted thread.
    Keep rolling
    carnut222
  • Nice work. Hard to say on that plastic bit for the A/C drain. Almost looks like some sort of flow restrictor? Do the slits in the drain line up with the fins on the plastic bit? I think you’re wise to leave it out! I’d highly recommend pulling the plastic sill trim panels off (scuff plates) - they just lift off the pinchweld flange - to enable lifting the carpets. If there was water on top, there’s likely water under the carpet and the foam may be saturated. If it is you really want to pull that out and let it drain as the foam really traps water like a sponge in my experience. Also I found that when the drain blocked the water often ran down under the carpet so you didn’t even know there was a problem until you got a smell or your car rusted out. It’s easy to pull the seats out if you need to lift the carpet and remove the foam mats for drying.
  • So I spent some time fiddling with bits n pieces in the 240. I learned that the rear seat belts were slow to retract as they were rubbing on the pillar loop bolt trim cover where it clips on. I didnt want this to fail the inspection so I trimmed the ends off the cover and used double sided tape to secure them to the loops.

    The car passed the inspection with no real issues, just the "coupla globes" were needed BS. It is now sporting NSW rego and running great. Even in today's heat, the Air-con was great

    The only thing I miss from our other cars was the center arm rest, so I sorted that out with a comfy cushion ironically from IKEA. I can provide the part number (SKU) if anyone wants to upgrade their 240 with a Scandinavian designed, made in china cushion arm rest :)

    The next upgrade will be some cup holders and Bluetooth head unit. Did Volvo ever fit rear parcel shelf speakers or pre wire for rear speakers in the 240?
  • Good news Wayne! With respect to rear speakers, I know the older 240s were available with parcel shelf speakers, but they were in boxes that sat on top of the shelf trim, not holes cut in the shelf. I don’t think yours would be pre-wired for it. With the headrests, space becomes a bit more of an issue. I assume your car has rear door speakers?
  • Just reviewed the pics and it doesn’t look like you have rear door speakers. You can put speakers in the lower portion (factory put them there). With the blind on your parcel shelf in addition to the headrests, may be tight for speakers back there.
  • I only have front door speakers. I dont think I have ever seen a 240 with rear door speakers.
  • Quite a few of the later ones (especially the 91 & 93 GLE) had rear door speakers. I can take some pics for you if you want to see where they are positioned.
  • The previous owner of my 240 cut holes in the parcel shelf and put 6x9 speakers there. My car also has rear headrests so space definitely isn't an issue, and wiring them isn't too hard. Depends if you're happy to cut the parcel shelf though.
  • Quite a few of the later ones (especially the 91 & 93 GLE) had rear door speakers. I can take some pics for you if you want to see where they are positioned.

    Thanks Greg that would be great.
  • 240 (@240) wrote: »
    The previous owner of my 240 cut holes in the parcel shelf and put 6x9 speakers there. My car also has rear headrests so space definitely isn't an issue, and wiring them isn't too hard. Depends if you're happy to cut the parcel shelf though.

    Thanks for the info. I would prefer not to cut the parcel shelf. I was thinking the old MDF speaker boxes may be a good compromise. Im not after a big $$$ or complicated system, just a bit more bass than the front 4.5" speakers currently offer.
  • Here’s some pics (from the web). Showing the rear door speaker placement on later cars (this is 91) and also the type of rear shelf speakers offered as an accessory and approximately where they’re positioned.
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  • Or go for the 'so very '80s' box speakers from a 740 and replace he drivers (speakers) in them.
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    With adjustable bass and treble on the speaker!

    (Also a bigger box to fit more speaker into)
    carnut222ToomanyVolvos
  • Or go for the 'so very '80s' box speakers from a 740 and replace he drivers (speakers) in them.
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    With adjustable bass and treble on the speaker!

    (Also a bigger box to fit more speaker into)

    These look the part. very 80s cool
  • DCW242Duncan (@DCW242) - point cook. victoria
    Or go for the 'so very '80s' box speakers from a 740 and replace he drivers (speakers) in them.
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    With adjustable bass and treble on the speaker!

    (Also a bigger box to fit more speaker into)

    These look the part. very 80s cool

    I have a set of these available for sale, they require some work to fit to a 240 but they suit them well.
  • The plastic bit in the drain hose stops it from collapsing.
  • Ex850RSnoopy (@Ex850R) Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.
    Put a sub box in boot don't mess up the back shelf.
    cancer sucks
  • Or go for the 'so very '80s' box speakers from a 740 and replace he drivers (speakers) in them.
    VvtWYR8h.jpg
    With adjustable bass and treble on the speaker!

    (Also a bigger box to fit more speaker into)

    These look the part. very 80s cool

    I have a set of these available for sale, they require some work to fit to a 240 but they suit them well.

    PM sent
  • Hope this hasnt been mentioned as i didnt read all replies, but get the flame trap checked. When i got mine, there was oil seeping out the rear main. I was quoted over 600 to get a rear seal put in. THEN we chcked the flame trap...at BOTH ends. It was comepletely blocked! Changed the flame trap, unblocked the small pipe. Stop leaking right away.
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