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My Black Brick

Keeping a '92 Volvo 240 Wagon on the Road & Other Automotive & DIY Musings

Jalopnik saves a wreck?

It’s been four months since the guys at Jalopnik rescued this ’75 242 and started a V8 conversion similar to their Black Metal V8olvo. The plan was to “make a super-sleeper drag car out of it.” How’s that working out for you guys?


What’s the Best Cross-Country Beater?

Is this even a debatable question? Jalopnik asks, and then answers its own question of what’s the best, cheap car to ride across the country this summer:

Though we’ll always answer Volvo 240 wagon when it comes to reliability, a working wagon with A/C is getting somewhat harder to find.

This makes me feel a little better about all the money I dumped into my AC last year. My brick is now a rare find.

But ultimately Jalopnik decides the brick just doesn’t make the grade and instead choose the Subaru Forester. Be sure to add your answers.


One person’s POS is Another Person’s Scrap Metal

snowbrickAn ’83 Volvo wagon on Craigslist is on the verge of being dumped for scrap. The description is pretty funny:

…though it always starts right up, if it has been running and you turn it off and restart it, 9 times out of 10 you’ll have to keep your foot on the gas or it’ll conk out… but once you get it going again it wont stall and leave you stranded or anything like that. oh, you must let it warm up for at least 2 to 5 minutes or it has no power and it will leave you stuck putting through an intersection at 2-5 miles per hour with on coming traffic and it can be a little unnerving…

and lastly, it is a little loud. not illegal loud, as i haven’t been pulled yet and i have pulled up along side cops and got stopped and waived on at check point once, but people look for sure when i’m coming down the road and if you embarrass easy, this is not the car for you. i have been told the noise stems from a leak where the exhaust pipe meets the engine, and that the knocking is this hole and not anything more serious. i think the muffler is also shot, but from the inside out (if that is possible?) because it appears to have no holes… though i did slap some goo on some holes i found in the pipe and the very end of it, the tail that exits the exhaust out after the muffler is rusted off and so the noise resonates against the underside of the car.

It’s a shame, because it’s a turbo… but the turbo doesn’t work, and neither does the overdrive.