Julian's 264 D24T

GhettobirdJulian @Ghettobird Melbourne - SE Suburbs

About a month ago I was offered the opportunity to take on a very special car owned by long time Volvo club member, Rod Patten.

The car is a 1978 264 fitted with a VW D24T and an M46 gearbox out of a UK import 760 TD

The motor has had lots of work done to it in the past, we believe it has done about 500 thousand in its lifetime.

Clutch feels brand new, leather is almost immaculate, wiring is a little bit shoddy but Ive already began renewing it all.

New trans mount, bushes are all perfect, disks and pads are all new.

He's a bit low on boost, Ill be putting a gauge into it tomorrow and seeing how much - or little it makes at all.

Brake pedal also goes hard at time, my feelings are that the vac pump is on its way out of there is a large leak somewhere in the plethora of hoses and t-pieces everywhere, Its supposed to pull about 23 ~ 28 InHg.

Ive got some Continental CC6s on their way for the Virgos in a 195/60/15. Nice and stock, should be very comfortable to drive.

Rod had also painted all of the chrome around the doors black and its began to fall off, Ill be returning it back to just chrome and enjoying it for what it is.


  • Tyres!!!
  • Boost, 15 PSI and it should be very happy, any more and itll need an IC
  • Sort out braking issue
  • Plug all the holes in the firewall - there are currently no grommets in it whatsoever.
  • New thermostat - It never gets up to temp
  • Get the tacho working
  • New radio and speakers
  • Full reg
  • Re-instate the AC system, there is no compressor currently installed.



  • Ex850RSnoopy @Ex850R Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.

    Love it.

  • These engines are indirect injection with an alloy head and are known to crack heads, so you'll need to be very conservative with EGTs. An intercooler and straight through exhaust will help this significantly. Have the injectors been replaced recently?

    Once you have enough airflow you can raise the fuelling to suit. When raising boost you should check and adjust the boost compensator pin.

  • That's cool, long live soot!

  • Great to see it passed on to somebody and on the road!

  • GhettobirdJulian @Ghettobird Melbourne - SE Suburbs
    edited January 21

    Discovered a huge hole in the body where Rod had cut a 200mm hole for an air intake and then covered up with bog.

    Ive since deemed the car not worth fixing and the D24T will be going into my red 240.

    Its a bit sad, but its a good opportunity to clean the D24T up and fix all of the issues it does have.

  • Heartbroken

    Why do people do such things?

  • GhettobirdJulian @Ghettobird Melbourne - SE Suburbs

    "Just get the job done" mentality I guess, My own cars could be restored to dead stock if so desired.

  • DauntlessDauntless @Dauntless Central West NSW

    Got photos of the hole?

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