Stu's '$350 special' - 1986 740GL

Picked her up the other night for an awesome $350. Current plans for it is to clean it up a little and use it as a daily driver.
B230F with 289,000kms with a 4 speed auto behind it(unsure of type yet) it even has cold a/c! All electric windows work, mirrors, central locking etc. It came with 2 alloys on the back and 2 stockies on the front, however he did throw in both sets.

So here's why it was $350, trans wont shift up or down gears until she warms up(about 5 minutes idling) then shifts up and down fine. Ive checked trans fluid and it doesnt smell funky and isnt burnt. Also the torque converter is making a squealing sound like its blocked up or something. Not sure whether to change the filter in the trans or just get another box and torque converter.

Anyway here she is:


  • RobRob (@Rob) - Lockyer Valley, SE Qld
  • Vee_QueVee_Que (@Vee_Que) South Eastern suburbs Melbourne.
    Change the filter. But the box is ready to die.
  • Change the filter. But the box is ready to die.

    Cheers @Vee_Que‌ am i better off getting the trans rebuilt or hunting around for another box with low kms? I've read most AW70's are good for high mileage?
  • It appears to have a boost gauge
  • Good spotting @volvodriverman‌, it was fitted with a GLE dash a few years back when the original odometer packed it in (reads 20,000km more than actual mileage)
  • Vee_QueVee_Que (@Vee_Que) South Eastern suburbs Melbourne.
    Rebuilt will be over $1200. No point for a cheap non turbo car. If you can get a aw72L from a 740 16v. It will go for as long as you plan to own the car.
  • AW72L would be nice, i guess they're quite rare though - ive only seen 2 740 16V for sale in SA in the last couple years. Might have to have a look at upullit and start checking trans stocks
  • Nice buy. As for the gearbox, you see the occasional one on eBay for a few hundred with reasonable k's.

    When the AW70 went in my 86 240 probably 15 years ago now, a reco box was $900 fitted. But I'd imagine there'd be plenty sitting in wreckers waiting to go. The AW70 and 71 boxes were used in Toyota Camry's as well, but I am not sure what you'd need to do to make one of those ones fit a Volvo.
  • Yeah im also after one for my 244GL - currently has a BW35 so shes only good for around town.

    Thats interesting re the Camry's as they're front wheel drives, i have a couple SV21's myself(my old pizza delivery car) would probably need a different bellhousing/flex plate though
  • Turns out Wikipedia provides some info: - I do know from ordering a new seal and filter kit this week that I ended up with a kit that fits both Volvo and Toyota gearboxes and was listed with Toyota part number. Same goes for the oil filter.
  • Vee_QueVee_Que (@Vee_Que) South Eastern suburbs Melbourne.
    The box isn't the same as the camr bring fwd. The volvo specific boxes are common enough that you don't need to pay more than $100 for a usee auto from a running car. People who want more now are dreaming or a wrecker. But most won't be low kms either.

    The hilux and cressida and pajaro use the same basic auto Yes.
  • Finally got around to checking out the box - its a ZF22(pronounced dead when revved too much past idle in park as the oil pump inside is not running when in park) Also gave it a 10L fluid flush by disconnecting the trans line from top of radiator and fitting with a 3/8" plastic clear tube to drain approx 1L at a time.

    Still no luck, very noisy in reverse and doing its old tricks with sticking in 1st until it warms up then changes into all other gears fine + taking off from first again into all other gears.

    So, anyone have a good ZF22 trans + torque converter for sale?
  • Vee_QueVee_Que (@Vee_Que) South Eastern suburbs Melbourne.
    They are hard to get. But a reletive to them is in v8 range rovers etc which are stronger.
  • Its official, the ZF22 has died!
  • Still looking for a ZF22 for this one, please let me know if you have one for sale or know someone who does. Cheers

  • You'd have a better chance finding an AW71 and slipping that in

  • Would a Falcon ZF 6 speed auto fit the bell housing?

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