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Zeeall
11-26-2004, 03:28 AM
http://members.aardvark.net.au/abbotts/WheelsTest142R.htm

:volvo:

nohbudi
11-26-2004, 03:52 AM
185bhp? Hawt!

tjts1
11-26-2004, 04:40 AM
Hot damn. Thanks for the link. So I take it that this never made it in to production.

wisturbo
11-26-2004, 09:28 AM
thats very impressive from that article.

mjkspyder_one
11-27-2004, 02:48 AM
Daaaamn, I'm guessin that thing would give my car a run for it's money. I didn't know they made R's till the 800 series.

klr142
11-27-2004, 03:08 AM
That is AWESOME! 140 POWER! w0000t! Lol. I actually saw one of those heads online the other day... Can't remember where, it's a pretty interesting piece to say the least... The runners are built into the head and stuff... Crazy.

JE Jr
11-27-2004, 06:16 AM
That is AWESOME! 140 POWER! w0000t! Lol. I actually saw one of those heads online the other day... Can't remember where, it's a pretty interesting piece to say the least... The runners are built into the head and stuff... Crazy.

Please try to remember where you found it!!

vurbo
11-27-2004, 06:01 PM
so was that a road car? did they ever make it? damn it's awsome is all i know!

samyboy
11-27-2004, 09:40 PM
"think of Volvo and u think of a tough rugged Swedish car" well i certainly do

propper steering wheel for a propper car (something to hold on to :badboy:

neurot75
11-27-2004, 09:51 PM
0-60 in 7
pretty impressive

nothing but turbo
11-28-2004, 12:16 AM
i guess 142s are hot, aren't they?
too bad the repco cyl heads molds got lost... :grrr:
Alum head on a '60s engine - PRECIOUS!
thanks for the link dude

Forg
11-28-2004, 03:14 AM
Is Repco an American or UK company? Repco is fairly well known in Australia as a car-parts chain, but I don't know if they're an OS company that's just been here forever ... they certainly do engine reco's, and I don't know whether the Repco head they mention in that article is from Repco somewhere else (eg. Sweden or UK), or if it was done in Australia (they mentioned "sending it back to Melbourne", which infers it was from here). It certainly sounds like the car was modified here, by the importers at that time.

koenvbr
11-29-2004, 01:26 PM
the repco head

http://www.volvoadventures.com/b20repcohead.jpg

http://www.volvoadventures.com/142GT.html


Koen

igor
06-13-2005, 09:55 PM
I thought I'd revisit this with all the talk elsewhere about B20 engine performance/heads/etc. Does anyone know where this article can be found? The original link no longer works.

240 JAH
06-13-2005, 10:20 PM
yea i am interested in reading the article but link is dead, :(

DaveTrees
06-13-2005, 10:49 PM
yea i am interested in reading the article but link is dead, :(

I'll post it tonite - I have a scanned copy of the article.

Repco is an Australian company - basically just a spare parts mob these days, but years ago they were right into engines etc (ever hear of the "Repco-Brabham" F1 car ?) The "Repco Head" was designed & made in Melbourne.

The "142R" was NEVER put into production - it was just an "evaluation exercise" by Volvo out here. The heads WERE used by the "official" rally team out here though - John Keran, Max Winkless, etc - most notably in the 1968 London-Sydney Marathon cars. The "142R" project grew out of that .... interesting concept, with the integrated inlet manifold, "Heron" head design with combustion chambers in the pistons, etc.

The heads were subsequently used in a number of speedway cars .... and one was for sale on eBay recently which was a "virgin" casting (never installed in a car, no cam gear, etc) with a start price of AUD$1200. Dunno if it sold, or was withdrawn from sale.

There is the odd one around in people's garages still, I guess - but there were never a lot made, and the moulds were apparently destroyed many years ago.

A piece of Australian Volvo folklore, you might say !!

DaveTrees
08-03-2005, 01:08 AM
The article on the mythical "142R" is available here ....

http://68.100.115.225:5555/gallery/album104

towerymt
08-03-2005, 01:39 AM
The article on the mythical "142R" is available here ....

http://68.100.115.225:5555/gallery/album104
haha, that's Dana's site (boostdemon).

DaveTrees
08-03-2005, 04:54 AM
haha, that's Dana's site (boostdemon).

Thinking about it, they might even be the scans that I sent to Cptn. Bondo to get hosted somewhere a month or so back .... :-P

Angus242164
08-03-2005, 06:01 AM
My sister recently bought herself a '69 142S, it's dark metallic grey, but was originally a dark flat grey. It's had a B20A fitted in place of the original B20B (has the B20 badge on the grille), but it's got fairly low milage, so I'm not sure why the engine would have been replaced.

It's got some kickass 60's 14x7 five spoke alloys, and seems to have stiff springs and handles well, although they don't look aftermarket (they're black, and look as old as the car). The interior has been retrimmed in grey cloth/vinyl.

I haven't checked the diff ratio yet, but I couldn't help but wonder if it could have been the 142R prototype.

Very unlikely, but it does have some similarities.

edicius
08-03-2005, 06:04 AM
Woo! if you look at the volvo adventures link down near the bottom they have the Gt cluster. I have that cluster in my 142E? was this common for my car or can I call myself special?

Come to think of it I havn't posted pictures of my car, where should I host them for you guys?


Andy B

horse
08-03-2005, 06:14 AM
Repco is an Australian company - basically just a spare parts mob these days, but years ago they were right into engines etc (ever hear of the "Repco-Brabham" F1 car ?)

the Repco V8 was an american engine reworked by repco down under

DaveTrees
08-03-2005, 07:00 AM
My sister recently bought herself a '69 142S, it's dark metallic grey, but was originally a dark flat grey. It's had a B20A fitted in place of the original B20B (has the B20 badge on the grille), but it's got fairly low milage, so I'm not sure why the engine would have been replaced.

It's got some kickass 60's 14x7 five spoke alloys, and seems to have stiff springs and handles well, although they don't look aftermarket (they're black, and look as old as the car). The interior has been retrimmed in grey cloth/vinyl.

I haven't checked the diff ratio yet, but I couldn't help but wonder if it could have been the 142R prototype.

Very unlikely, but it does have some similarities.

Is that the one from Gisborne that was advertised on eBay ?

I nearly bought it myself, till I found out it didnt have a B20B in it ....

The wheels looked cool if its the car I think it is, but they're definitely not a Volvo item if I recall correctly. (The 142R in the "Wheels" article had Minilites on it anyway)

Depending what diff ratio is in it (eg. a 4.30 or a 4.56 or something) I would be interested in doing you/her a deal on the diff for a standard 4.10 (better for road use than the lower ratio, but a lower diff would be perfect for my rally car).

Dave

DaveTrees
08-03-2005, 07:03 AM
Woo! if you look at the volvo adventures link down near the bottom they have the Gt cluster. I have that cluster in my 142E? was this common for my car or can I call myself special?


The GT & Rally clusters never came out standard in anything ... they were a Volvo R-Sport accessory.

klr142
08-04-2005, 04:22 AM
My sister recently bought herself a '69 142S, it's dark metallic grey
I would love to see pictures of this car if you could... I love 140s in colors of that sort(heck, any car...) and it sounds like a looker with the wheels as well! Have any pictures?

Angus242164
08-04-2005, 05:35 AM
That's the one Dave, the wheels are definitely aftermarket but due to their age (very early '70's at the latest I'd say) I'd say they were probably fitted to the car (or another 140) a long time ago. She wants to put steel rims with hubcaps on it (she thinks the alloys are ugly) but Dad and I are trying to convince her otherwise.

I'll see if I have any pics, if not I'll try to take a few over the weekend.

DaveTrees
08-04-2005, 05:53 AM
She wants to put steel rims with hubcaps on it (she thinks the alloys are ugly) but Dad and I are trying to convince her otherwise.

If you want some rims, I have a set of standard 5"x15" steelies potentially spare, plus half a dozen 6"x15" steel rims (off a 740, I think ?)

Also have a pair of HS6 carbs & linkages I would possibly part with, if you wanted to go back to a twincarb setup (no manifold though)

Do you a deal on some Virgos ? :badboy:

Angus242164
08-04-2005, 07:29 AM
She doesn't need any power and simplicity is more important really so for now the single carby will do fine.

I'm interested in the rims for my 760 though, PM me if you'd like to sell them.

I don't really want to part with my Virgo's yet as I'm not too sure how many cars I will end up using them on, and I don't want to run out.