Volvo For Life | My Black Brick - Part 2

My Black Brick

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

Burned Rubber

I don’t know what this guy is saying about his hot rod turbo 240, but it probably involves eating M3s for lunch, with a side of sauerkraut.

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Wood Burning Brick

I spent Saturday replacing the front seat foam on the drivers seat and attempted to fix the seat warmer. The seat is much nicer now, but the heater still isn’t working.

A gent in Switzerland has found an alternative to seat warmers. He went ahead and installed a wood stove in the passenger seat of his car. The image above shows the chimney poking out of the roof. Below is video and an interview:

I assume the translation from this video is “The blower motor in my brick totally blew and there was no way i was going to spend a week digging through my dashboard to fix it. Chainsaw method notwithstanding, I figured it’d be easier to just install a wood-burning stove in the shotgun seat. Not like I’m gonna attract any women with this tank anyway.”

via Jalopnik

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Quick to be slow


Earlier this month Jalopnik took reader suggestions for the “Top Slow Cars to Drive Fast“. Our beloved bricks came in 5th. Quote from a Jalopnik reader:

You haven’t lived until you’ve gotten one of these sideways, steering by looking out the side windows as you listen to the rev limiter have an epileptic seizure and the only thing you can smell is tire smoke as your mind reels at the insanity of it all… At 14mph.

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Brick of Mass Destruction


Last summer I spotted this brick at the NJ state fairgrounds and met the owner, Joe. He was preparing for the evenings demolition derby. Turns out he’s at it again this year with a 240 sedan. He’ll be competing at the Sussex Co. Fairgrounds on Sunday, Aug 7 and Monday, Aug 8th, both nights from 7:30-9, but he’ll probably be around on Sunday getting ready. Good luck Joe!

Here’s his rundown of the event last year, plus a gallery of pics:

This 240 wagon raced 3 times. 1st time disqualifed 4th place for an oil fire in the compact class, 2nd time disqualifed 4th place for a slight gas leak in the compact class and on the final race i raced the car among the six cylinder class of cars (intepids, luminas, bonnevilles, montecarlos, etc) and destroyed them getting a second place only due to an electrical short.

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Brick on the Rocks

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My Oily Crank

Click image for larger view. I’ll be shoving my face in here over the next couple weeks. There’s an oil leak somewhere in front of the engine, possibly busted seals on the crank or cam shaft. Oils been spraying over the engine bay for about a year. I’ve been using Castrol high mileage and I’m not losing too much oil anymore. But I’m gonna bust in and install new seals, gaskets, belts and covers. I may even throw in a new horn.

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Renee Reads Rango

My daughter checking out the book adaptation of the movie “Rango”.

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Wagonized’s Wicked Watercolors


This Flickr stream by “Wagonized” features some great ink and watercolor drawings of older cars, including a bunch of 240s and Amazons.

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Volvo 240 Wagon Specs

Volvo Wagon Specs, 1990-1993:

  • 2.3 liter / 141 cui fuel-injected four cylinder
  • 114 hp, 136 f/p torque
  • EPA – 20 mpg city / 25 mpg highway
  • 0-60mph – 10.1 seconds
  • Wheelbase, in. – 104.3
  • Overall Length, in. – 190.7
  • Overall Width, in. – 67.7
  • Overall Height, in. – 57.5
  • Curb Weight, lbs. – 3051
  • Cargo Volume, cu. ft. – 76.0
  • Seating Capacity – 7
  • Front Head Room, in. – 37.9
  • Max. Front Leg Room, in. – 40.1
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Your Mother’s Brick


Don’t know much about “Your Mother” except for this 1992 photo of the band on a green, 1976 Volvo.

Bonus: For more amazing band photos, visit Your Band Sucks.

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