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(another) '83 Beige 242DL that isn't actually beige!

vwbusman66

Stößelstange über alles
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SE MI
So uh, yeah. Another car is just what I needed (not).

A few weeks ago, I brought home this pretty decent and relatively cheap 245. It had sat from 2012 to 2022 due to a dead fuel computer. The gentleman I bought it from had diagnosed it and gotten it running again (on 11+ year old gas) and "went through the brakes". I went to check it out because it was local and cheap expecting it to be rotten, and was shocked and how good the interior and underside was. So a few dollars and a title transfer later, I drove it 25 miles home after throwing 5 gallons of premium in it. I was planning on just cleaning this thing up and making it a decent stock driver.
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Until this thing popped up on Facebook last Friday as I was leaving work. 5 panel beige 242 DL with an M46.
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I've been looking for a 5 panel 242 for a while. I drove out to the west side of the state in the expectation/hope that this thing was deceptively rotten underneath- man was I pleasantly surprised. The car had been parked in 1993 for an unknown reason and bought out of an estate in 2022. Some kids shot out the rear windshield, right quarter glass, and every single light lens. Fortunately, the car was stored inside and the seats weren't chewed to death by racoons (unlike the front headrests and rear quarter "door" panels.

So I stewed on it all weekend. Then I towed it home last night.
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The odometer indicates 93k miles and I suspect that's accurate based on how tight the shifter feels. When I went to pay for the car, I started digging around and found the original owner's manual. Much to my surprise, I found the window sticker folded up in the owner's manual sitting in the glovebox.

My short term plan is to sell the 245 to partially fund this car. In order of operations, I'm going to make it watertight again, clean out the interior, make it run, and sort the suspension/brakes out. The ultimate goal is to do a traditional TB 8v turbo build, or maybe just jump right to an NA LS swap.
 
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NA automatic LS swap. That would be the quick way to get it rolling and making cool V8 noises.

Then you could consider a manual or some sort of forced induction later on at your leisure.
 
NA automatic LS swap. That would be the quick way to get it rolling and making cool V8 noises.

Then you could consider a manual or some sort of forced induction later on at your leisure.
Considering this car is a stick already, I don't want to deal with putting a 4L80 in this thing. I also don't need anything super powerful. 350whp/350tq at the tires is all I want.
 
I have a spare set of rear interior side panels in brown if you need a set. If you have some money burning in your pocket. Ermit has a set of Euro 5 panels for sale. 8-)
 
Mmm yes wheels worth more then the car, the TB way
Erik informed me via IG DM that these things, even with their terrible finish, are worth far more than I paid for them. Whoops.

Indeed, wheels worth more than the car. Now I need someone to sell me a 90+ B230FT and LH2.4 harness/turbo computers
 
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