Julian's 850R

GhettobirdJulian (@Ghettobird) Melbourne - SE Suburbs
edited August 2017 in Modern
A few months ago while wasting time during my uni exam period I thought itd be a good Idea to try and track down my parents old 850R.

This car was owned by my parents - driven mostly by my mum to work and to Orange and back from 1998 to 2003 where it was traded in for a slushbox XC70 POS.

Ever since that day they regretted trading her in, we had a blue 850 10v wagon that was destined to be my car but was sold to Lance Philips' Daughter in law a year before I got my licence :(

This left 2 boxy holes (go figure) in our garage that I planned to fill one day with at least THE 850R and another swagon of my choice.

Current day - I posted up in the wanted section about the car:


@VolStretch came forth as he had owned it between 2003 and 2009 where it was sold onto another club member who largely looked after it, but came into disrepair later in his ownership.

I called Voldat out of curiosity to find out if it was still around.
To my horror John replied with "Oh... the one thats for sale?" My heart sank... Im in the slow and expensive process of putting a T5 engine into my 240 and reallllly didnt need the extra expenses.

The car was owned by one of Mark's customers (The last owner) and was sold direct to Mark on the basis that it needed some serious work or it would have been taken to the wreckers :'( - It wasnt running and was quite faded... its red, what did I expect -_-

Long story short, I bought it off Mark and now I have four fking Volvos out the front of my house and only 1 that works most of the time


Restore her to her former glory
Maybe a track day or two
Sick gains
Roast tyres
Manual conversion
Roast more tyres
Upset XR6 Turbo Drivers


- SUPER MINTY front spoiler, this thing it SO clean and intact, Haters gonna hate
- Dash lights all work
- Came preinstalled with one of @AshDVS's Strut braces
- ABS and TRACS work
- XR5 Calipers up front, EBC slotted & dimpled rotors all round
- Pmu NS400s up front, euro ecos in the rear
- Falken FK453s all round in 215 45 17's, some rub

The BAD :(

- Dash is getting a little rattly during daily driving
- Rear shocks are shagged (Koni reds)
- Need to fix passenger electric seat heating
- Paint is so-so

- Engine is smooth and pulls hard
- Reco'd AC comoressor - Icy cold :)
- M4.4 ECU running a european S70 T5 tune at 12.5 PSI Stock
- White injectors
- Do88 Silicone hoses all round
- Kinugawa 20t
- 3' Stainless downpipe
- TME Stainless Catback with rear muffler deleted
- Forged rods
- Fresh piston rings
- Fresh rod bearings
- Ported head
- Ported exhaust manifold
- Ported intake manifold

- 25mm front swaybar
- Quaife
- Walbro GSS 342 Supra twin turbo fuel pump
- IPD Springs
- Koni yellows up front, reds in the rear

Here she is!


Mmmm... That bar <3

She will be going into storage for a little while for the next few weeks until I get my act together
But expect to see her at the Hangs some time in the next few months :D


  • AshDVSAsh (@AshDVS) - Geelong, VIC
    It's a great starting point for a project!
  • Vee_QueVee_Que (@Vee_Que) South Eastern suburbs Melbourne.
    So, the plan is to keep it as is until the 240 has a t5 in it right?
  • DCW242Duncan (@DCW242) - Western Victoria
    So, the plan is to keep it as is until the 240 has a t5 in it right?

    I don't think so!
  • GhettobirdJulian (@Ghettobird) Melbourne - SE Suburbs
    I want to get it running properly and roadworthy, Then all efforts back to the 250
    yeah... 250 :D
  • Nice car , great project.

    What would a manual 850r in good condition with under 200kms be worth In Red with a service history.

    Do you think they will appreciate in value given there are not too many in good condition around.

  • Vee_QueVee_Que (@Vee_Que) South Eastern suburbs Melbourne.
    So, the plan is to keep it as is until the 240 has a t5 in it right?

    I don't think so!
    You think wrong ;)
  • I love these cars having owned this one and paid top $ wish i could buy a 97 or 97 850 R in good nick and garage it for a few years. Real reason it was traded was xy dealer service costs and lack of aftermarket spares. A good service history adds to the value and this one has one..Love the roar of the kick down , Not too keen on the wheel spin..You know you miss a car when your friends remind you of how much they liked it..
  • nickmnicko (@nickm) Sydeneee --- home of the traffic jamb, over priced coffee, and the 2000 Olympics
    Looks like a start. The AC could be as simple as shimming the clutch
    You can pull codes from the AC with a 12volt LED and a paper clip
  • GhettobirdJulian (@Ghettobird) Melbourne - SE Suburbs
    Ive got a reader and being OBD2 I should be able to get some codes no problem
  • nickmnicko (@nickm) Sydeneee --- home of the traffic jamb, over priced coffee, and the 2000 Olympics
    It does not work on that model.
    Even though it says obd2 on the port it was not implemented.
    OBD2 works only on the transmission. You need an LED and switch to pull codes like the older system did.
  • GhettobirdJulian (@Ghettobird) Melbourne - SE Suburbs
    edited July 2015
    Interesting, Ill definitely have to look into it

    What im keen to find out is what could possibly be causing ongoing ABS and Tracs issues, Ive resoldered all of the contacts and I still have no control over Tracs and ABS Still does not work (No ABS or Tracs lights are on)

    Im thinking ill have to clean out all of the tone rings and search for faulty wiring, The speedo was also intermittently working during the test drive
  • Ex850RSnoopy (@Ex850R) Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.
    TRACS switch busted? Relay no good?
    It only slows you down anyway , dump it......
  • nickmnicko (@nickm) Sydeneee --- home of the traffic jamb, over priced coffee, and the 2000 Olympics
    edited July 2015
    Do the tracs/abs warning lights come on?
    "vol fcr" is a way of seeing what might be wrong code wise.

  • GhettobirdJulian (@Ghettobird) Melbourne - SE Suburbs
    No lights at all
  • nickmnicko (@nickm) Sydeneee --- home of the traffic jamb, over priced coffee, and the 2000 Olympics
    check the dash lights could have been removed.
    then fuse.
    the pump wires are a common issue and can blow fuses
  • Can you get your hands on a working ABS module. Maybe its still the issue wven after the repair.?
  • Looks like a solid base for a project. It's pretty damn awesome that you saved your old family car from impending doom. I vote you get this thing under some serious u/v lights or something and get the whole car that matte red colour like the doors!
  • GhettobirdJulian (@Ghettobird) Melbourne - SE Suburbs
    edited August 2015
    Im definitely keeping it as stock as possible
    The 240 is my project

    The only non stock plans are to have a basic tune flashed and fit up some discreet gauges

    In other news she is coming home tonight!!

    Pic of the original non rusted to crap tip to go on :)

    Im hoping to have a roady done next week, then Im going to tackle all of the non rwc threatening issues
  • GhettobirdJulian (@Ghettobird) Melbourne - SE Suburbs
    edited August 2015
    On her way home!

    The misfire seems to have gone but a full service is coming

    I did notice a slight rocking during the transition of power and a bit of wandering on straights, a bit to the left, then a bit to the right... Ill need to get ontop of that

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