Installed IPD rear overload springs

IPD/TME lowering springs in the front, with IPD 240 wagon overload springs in the back.  Now that’s some rake!

Stiffened up the back end MUCH more than the old IPD 240 sedan overload springs I had in there before.  Makes it kind of twitchy; handles more like a truck.  Overall, I liked the handling and ride height of the sedan overload springs much better, but I want the extra carrying capacity of the wagon version.  Hopefully the springs will settle down a bit as I break them in.

Another Year Come and Gone

Well, a few months back I passed the 7 year anniversary of starting this site (March 24, 2005).

Not much new in the world of Volvos for me.  Ticked over 200,000 miles last year, at about 210,000 so far year.  Since I bought the car in the summer of 2009, I have put on about 30,000 miles, or an average of 10,000 miles a year.

Right now, I have a set of new IPD wagon overload springs waiting to go on the car.  Currently the sedan overload springs are installed, and they keep the stock ride height while stiffening up the rear end, but I really need some more weight carrying capacity so that I can haul heavy stuff without the back end of the car sagging.  I also got a set of the IPD stainless brake lines waiting to go on, as well as new brake pads and fluid.

A month ago or so I ordered a set of Red/White/White/Red tail lights – ordered the Left and Right from CVI Automotive in Sweden.  I highly recommend them – they shipped in less than a week from Sweden to the west coast of the USA – pretty darn fast for shipping halfway across the planet.  They were helpful answering questions by email as well.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of the lights on my car yet, but it’s pretty easy to imagine what they look like from this photo of a similar car.

In other news, I will probably be selling the 1991 Volvo 244 to a good friend in the next month or so.  He’s getting a pretty good deal, especially since it has a brand new, stock exhaust (Starla brand) from the exhaust header all the way back.  That’s right, downpipe, catalytic converter, front and rear mufflers – everything is new.  Unfortunately, this “little” expenditure had to be undertaken in order to get the car through DEQ emissions testing.

So, I will be down to just one car again – my trusty, relatively non-rusty 1993 Volvo 245 .  However, while still in good condition, the car is definitely showing its age.  I see fewer and fewer 240s on the road anymore, and frankly, it’s hard for me to figure out what car to replace it with when it finally does go.  I want something more modern, with a quieter ride, safer with driver/passenger/side airbags, and a lot of carrying capacity like my current wagon.  A used, 5-to-10 year old V70R definitely appeals to me, as does the S80 V8 (although not much carrying capacity there).  Outside of Volvo, there is always the Subaru Legacy GT (a non-outback, fast wagon), but Subaru stopped making that model in 2007, and the 2004 and earlier models weren’t as safe as the 2005 and up models.  Still, a worthy candidate, if a bit smaller than the V70R.  Finally, there would be the option to go with a micro-box.  The 2nd generation Scion XB, Nissan Cube, or Honda Element are all good choices that would perform the required functions (although you sacrifice creature comforts and road noise for fuel economy and lower maintenance costs).

But, I have plenty of time to ponder while I slowly wear out what will likely be my last 240.

Anyway, here’s a picture of my car at the IPD Garage Sale this year.  Didn’t take too many photos this year, as I had a full day of stuff planned that was completely unrelated to Volvos, so I was only there for about an hour, early in the morning.  Some nice cars there this year though.

New Shoes

New 16″ x 6.5″ x ET 20mm wheels – stock on a later-model 740/940 turbo, known as “Hydra” / “Hydras”

Bridgestone Potenza 205/55 R16 tires.  Looks nice, and handles better around corners.  Ride is a little rougher though.