Fred's 1994 Volvo 940 Wagon
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Author:  Fred [ Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:38 am ]
Post subject:  Fred's 1994 Volvo 940 Wagon

Rolling on fairly rough but quite rare stock 17" alloys, the new wagon
delivered it's previous owner to the airport this morning and then got
filled up with gas, which we'll call "taking possession". She swallowed
close enough to 70 litres and 120 nz dollars.

With the previous owner on 90 mile beach (about 90km, but who's counting...):


Special delivery sticker:


Fill up details, for the record: ... 5223245825



As with any car that didn't just roll off the showroom floor, and anything
French or from GM or Dodge, there's a few things that need sorting:

  • Rattle on exhaust
  • Taped up shifter handle
  • High idle in neutral (wire/switch for neutral not working)
  • Right mirror floppy - have spare from caravan
  • Grubby and dirty on the outside
  • Needs more low/stiff/shocks to match 17 feel
  • Audio is horrible, rip out or upgrade to something nicer
  • Left indicator lense UV damaged
  • Left headlight looks yellow - remove and clean glass
  • Trans cooler cable tied to chrome grill
  • Coolant overflow bottle needs a thorough clean
  • Coolant hoses are on backwards/in the wrong place
  • Possible small oil leak onto exhaust (manifold?)
  • Wheels could do with lips fixed and self-balancing/truing done and/or tyres balanced.

Based on that list then:

  • Lower it
  • Stereo it
  • Fix wheels
  • Just cruise

Longer term:

  • Some sort of engine swap, 3+ litre, low boost, cruiser style
  • G80 diff installation and associated wild donuts and drifts

Inlined comments more than welcome. Including from a certain German
who's bound to say: "You're an idiot!" As might everyone else, I guess :-D

Author:  Fred [ Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:16 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Fred's 1994 Volvo 940 Wagon

Put 100km on this today, and nearly rear ended someone on the motorway
when they prematurely braked for a blockage and I wasn't paying attention
in the right direction. Only due to someone behind honking did I spin around
and swerve to avoid them. Ooops. Too tired. Took the GF1 out and shot this:


Full res original here, for private viewing only, all rights reserved: ... ership.jpg

Author:  Fred [ Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:33 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Fred's 1994 Volvo 940 Wagon

Two more things for the fixup list:

1 flame trap clean and reconnected
2 roof racks and urethane glue removed ... 5607308289


Author:  Fred [ Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Fred's 1994 Volvo 940 Wagon

This happened: ... 7305371648


Author:  Fred [ Wed May 03, 2017 10:37 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Fred's 1994 Volvo 940 Wagon

Brought this in for a bit of love this evening!

1) Noticed a coolant leak out of the end of a hose that I had tightened and untwisted the other day. Rubber had just ruptured. Cut bad end off, cleaned tstat housing, filed lip to be smooth, no grooves, cleaned inside of hose end, refitted and tightened clamp in just the right spot - no leaks.

2) Removed the air con belt as it was squeaking constantly, not even in use, just the engage/disengage of the belt onto the pulley and off again. Will replace tomorrow, probably.

3) Vaguely tried to find the exhaust rattle but failed. Shielding present on all of the front of the exhaust. Need a helper to put it in gear, brake on hard, and put some load on the engine to make it buzz and be able to find it.

4) Filled it with gas, 52.26l 382.8km, not being gentle. Car is heavy and slow, so I'll probably take it more easy now that I'm used to it and have had a play.

Didn't clean the wheels or try to remove the roof racks. But I have a bunch of chores prepared for the weekend including various things on this car. Should take it through a water blaster style carwash before I go much further, too. Pretty dusty/grubby on the outside from the road trip it just did from chch to qt to 09.

Author:  Fred [ Fri May 05, 2017 9:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Fred's 1994 Volvo 940 Wagon

Roof racks are gone as of last night, but I still need to clean off the glue.

I thought it was weird to see water flow through the engine easily when I did the top hose fix. No tstat, I wondered. Confirmed this morning motorway cruising at 100, temp needle falls down and heater is luke warm.

Author:  Fred [ Sun May 07, 2017 10:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Fred's 1994 Volvo 940 Wagon

So, since I got this, I nearly wrote it off, twice. First time my fault, mostly, second time 99% her fault. Driving with your headlights off amongst other cars with them on = invisible. Pulled out into "gap" close behind first car, plenty in front of "second" car if I floored it, did so, eye on the destination, wife screams, I look out the right side and see a stopped headlightless car and brake intending to tell her what I thought, she drives off, I drive off. Sigh.

In brighter better news, I cleaned it and replaced the constantly squealing aircon belt, though now it doesn't turn on, for some reason. Sigh.

Cleaning was fairly extensive by my standards:

1) 15 dollar touch free car wash
2) water blast lower doors and sills (dirt car wash didn't touch)
3) water blast, scrub, chemically treat, scrub some more, the wheels, water blast some more, take photos

Photos will be in a post below inside about 12 hours from now. For now, just these: ... 1581086721 ... 3920637952 ... 5098649600



Author:  Fred [ Sat May 13, 2017 6:18 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Fred's 1994 Volvo 940 Wagon

Started removing some of the construction adhesive from the roof
re ex roof racks. Still gooey. Which is kinda good, and kinda bad.
Good that you can manipulate it. Bad that it doesn't peel off cleanly,
instead breaking in the middle as you pull gently on it.

Did 80% of the right hand two. Got this photo of the first one I touched: ... 1689455617


Author:  Fred [ Fri May 19, 2017 9:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Fred's 1994 Volvo 940 Wagon

Off for a WOF this morning and just a few days ago this happened: ... 0141212672


Just my luck. Aside from that the car is going well. One of only two from the fleet that are :-D

Author:  Fred [ Sat May 20, 2017 6:37 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Fred's 1994 Volvo 940 Wagon

Failed the WOF on wiper blades and left steering rack boot. ... 9652389888


WOF man also said to adjust the handbrake cable, so I'll do that tomorrow.

So far I have:

  • Used turps to clean some of the urethane glue marks off of the roof and gutter trim - driver's side looks OK until you look down into the gutter, passenger side looks better, but needs more work like I did to the other side already.
  • Replaced both front wiper blades, and one of the load distributors with one from the caravan.
  • Removed a lot of stickers from the inside and outside of all front/rear/side glass.
  • Removed some sticky marks from the high stop light cover.
  • Replaced the rear wiper blade, too.
  • Obtained a steering rack boot that I probably won't use. The existing one is not ripped, just poorly installed. Clean, dry, grease, reinstall with fresh cable ties, win.


  • More glue removed from roof
  • Handbrake cable adjusted
  • Registration pocket replaced, old one cleaned off
  • Door jams wiped clean of all the road-trip dust

Early mornings and early leaving work this week so I can get the boot sorted, get two WOFs, and pick up my new air compressor :-D

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