Well, two bits of news here. First off, the 1978 242 made it through the five-hour journey to go pick up the 1993 245. This, in and of itself, was pretty amazing considering what I’ve been through on that car. I can say this for certain – having the extra engine power going over some of the mountain passes made a huge difference compared to other times I’ve driven my B21F-powered 240s on the same road. The car also made it all the way back (10 hours total, about 600 miles of driving) with no issues! It’s been a difficult experience to get this 30-year old 242 back to reliable daily-drive status, but I think I can say that we’re nearly there. It’s been quite an expensive journey.
Here is the car that I went to go get:
I drove the 1993 245 back home without a hitch, and there are pictures from today posted here, as well as a little info about the car.
The major issues with the car are that it’s going to need a valve shim adjustment soon (I own the tools, so no big deal here) and, much more horrifyingly, it’s going to need a new heater fan soon as well. The current fan is making the ‘shriek of death’ noise, which pretty much sounds like a wailing banshee swooping out of the shadows to devour your soul. Ok, maybe not that bad, but it’s still pretty loud.