Just picked up a car that I had been searching a long time for.
It's a 1985 Volvo 740 wagon with the D24T turbodiesel 2.4L straight six engine. Insides are just like a 1.6TD, but with 2 extra cylinders, same engine VW used in the european LT35 vans. It has the very rare manual transmission too. 194k, owned by a diesel fanatic who maintained it perfectly. It's like a new car inside and out, he just did all new stuff on the engine, brakes, tires, suspension, etc, it's practically restored. I guess if you wait long enough you finally get lucky!
The straight six is so smooth and powerful and sounds so good.... it drives like a dream, 80mph on the highway, with the cruise on, is just loafing. I'm sure this thing would steam right past 100mph and not even care. Huge comfy seats, big windows, what a cruiser. Sure doesn't feel like a VW diesel, even though it is one deep down inside! The sound is like a mini-Cummins but not as loud.
Looks like finding parts for this thing will not be as cheap or easy as for the Rabbit. Anyone have any experience with these things? Anything to watch out for? The timing belt is a different setup than on the 4cyl diesels, since the IP is driven off the back of the cam with a second belt. The guy just changed it though.
I will put up pics and video. You guys will want to see this thing run.