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Forum: projects & restorations 11-03-2020, 03:28 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 21,175
Posted By vertigosity
2.0T is a little shorter (difference between the...

2.0T is a little shorter (difference between the 2.0, 2.3, and 2.5 is all in deck height + stroke), but Ford stopped making the "control pack" for it due to lack of interest / to focus (pun...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-23-2020, 10:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,031
Posted By vertigosity
When I did the T5 swap in my '80 16VT, I started...

When I did the T5 swap in my '80 16VT, I started out with a 1330 U-joint yoke driveshaft that came with my transmission (SN95 V6), and it definitely made contact with the body under load with a stock...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-16-2020, 07:26 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 21,175
Posted By vertigosity
Been dreaming about this for a while myself (as I...

Been dreaming about this for a while myself (as I bounce between various non-LS swaps as the counterpart to my LS-swapped car). Definitely going to live vicariously as you build yours better than I...
Forum: performance & modifications 06-11-2020, 11:40 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,952
Posted By vertigosity
I had a similar experience with 16V, but with a...

I had a similar experience with 16V, but with a 15G and using a standalone ECU.
Immediate boost, dyno'ed at ~200hp. Was pretty fun for what it was, but the 15G runs out of turbine way early, and...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-26-2020, 11:55 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,027
Posted By vertigosity
There's a couple of approaches to getting a T56...

There's a couple of approaches to getting a T56 bolted up that I thought "hmm, that looks promising" and then threw in my engine swap research folder, to likely never personally revisit.

From...
Forum: projects & restorations 03-26-2020, 11:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,055
Posted By vertigosity
Could be 160 - late ones have enough offset and...

Could be 160 - late ones have enough offset and width (5.5") that they're not really any worse than original 240 wheels. If they are 140 though, that's a pretty deliberate choice, it needs spacers to...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-19-2019, 04:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,617
Posted By vertigosity
What's the difference between the red-bottomed...

What's the difference between the red-bottomed switches and the block-bottomed ones? My '93 reds were getting dirty (and in need of this exact procedure ;) - just haven't gotten around to it), and I...
Forum: showroom 12-08-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,435
Posted By vertigosity
It's been a few years since I sold mine, and a...

It's been a few years since I sold mine, and a few more since I test-fit mine, but IIRC, the tabs for the crash-braces on the rear brakes interfere with the barrel (AFAIK, that's the only 7/900...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-18-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,139
Posted By vertigosity
After watching...

After watching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTKAxH7i0t0, I wanna try Lizardskin stuff a few years from now when I get around to starting a restomod project on my '80 wagon.

Also, I second the...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-02-2019, 09:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,683
Posted By vertigosity
IPD has sold ET20 Voxx 16x7s as a "verified" fit...

IPD has sold ET20 Voxx 16x7s as a "verified" fit for 240 and 7/940s for quite a few years now - so pretty low risk, might need some fender rolling if the car's lowered, but not much.

For 39mm...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-22-2019, 10:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,232
Posted By vertigosity
16" Voxxen are only about 17lb - 0.5-1lb heavier...

16" Voxxen are only about 17lb - 0.5-1lb heavier than Hydras if I remember my measurements from a decade ago correctly.

They're not really any worse for durability, I suspect. I had a pothole...
Forum: projects & restorations 08-11-2019, 11:31 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 85,896
Posted By vertigosity
Glad to see some chunks of one of my follies go...

Glad to see some chunks of one of my follies go to keep another project alive :D
Forum: performance & modifications 08-03-2019, 08:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,751
Posted By vertigosity
It's funny how that game goes round and round - I...

It's funny how that game goes round and round - I remember a previous build about 10 years ago, on revalved Bilsteins with 400# springs up front, riding pretty well and handling REALLY well... until...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-20-2019, 11:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,668
Posted By vertigosity
I've got a pair of '74 145s that are a light...

I've got a pair of '74 145s that are a light weekend of work away from the crusher. One of 'em's got a bit of rust in that area as well, but the other one's fairly clean. I have nightmares from the...
Forum: projects & restorations 07-14-2019, 10:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,960
Posted By vertigosity
I love the idea of an IRS 245, did some...

I love the idea of an IRS 245, did some back-of-the-napkin level stuff, but kinda just said "blegh, Volvo SRAs aren't that bad, I don't feel like cutting one to pieces and welding a different car to...
Forum: projects & restorations 06-17-2019, 08:51 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 115,500
Posted By vertigosity
I'm guessing the master on the firewall is just a...

I'm guessing the master on the firewall is just a single circuit and its only job is to jab at the back of the booster, just like the rod directly from the pedal normally would, and then the master...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-31-2019, 10:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,163
Posted By vertigosity
I reused my truck injectors on an LS6 intake (and...

I reused my truck injectors on an LS6 intake (and LS6 injectors are Bosch, physically equivalent to Volvo skinny injectors)... they're about 17.3mm short:...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-30-2019, 06:14 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 68,020
Posted By vertigosity
Yeah, you have to go to the OZ Volvo index to get...

Yeah, you have to go to the OZ Volvo index to get a fresh link, because of the way the files are served from S3.
Forum: projects & restorations 12-19-2018, 04:16 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 30,215
Posted By vertigosity
Once again, update wall-'o-text time: ...

Once again, update wall-'o-text time:


One of the OG '93 PS hoses gave up and started hosing the engine bay down with PS fluid, likely because it was looped at a pretty sharp angle. Replaced the...
Forum: performance & modifications 11-22-2018, 01:33 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,878
Posted By vertigosity
Like, first batch early :)

Like, first batch early :)
Forum: performance & modifications 09-26-2018, 05:48 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,558
Posted By vertigosity
Stock 92+ 940NA here as well. Used a thin Spal...

Stock 92+ 940NA here as well. Used a thin Spal fan hacked into the stock radiator shroud, to achieve clearance from the intake elbow and truck-depth accessories. Cools sufficiently for...
Forum: showroom 09-26-2018, 05:23 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 89,743
Posted By vertigosity
Yup. We have the same problem in Memphis - nobody...

Yup. We have the same problem in Memphis - nobody wants to risk their pavement or the liability of us running on it (never mind the insurance, you can't get them to listen long enough to mention it)....
Forum: showroom 09-25-2018, 11:18 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 89,743
Posted By vertigosity
Man, that is a fun looking course, but no SCCA...

Man, that is a fun looking course, but no SCCA safety steward would touch that site... one eff-up, and your rear suspension is in the curb, and your roof is on the ground next to it.
Forum: showroom 09-12-2018, 09:12 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 89,743
Posted By vertigosity
I don't have a whole lot of videos of mine, but...

I don't have a whole lot of videos of mine, but there's a couple of random times where somebody slapped their GoPro on my '80:

Doing a fun run after an event (back when it was a fairly stock...
Forum: performance & modifications 09-05-2018, 10:06 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 11,635
Posted By vertigosity
What are JRZs like vs. Koni Races? I've got...

What are JRZs like vs. Koni Races?

I've got Koni Races on my 5.3-swapped '93, and haven't managed to get them dialed in to where I'm as happy with them as I was with the revalved Bilsteins on my...
Forum: performance & modifications 09-01-2018, 01:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,943
Posted By vertigosity
There's a few that do - Aries I know clear (and I...

There's a few that do - Aries I know clear (and I carry an old tire on one in my RX7-caliper-equipped '80 as its spare), Scorpius-X, Draco, and 140 steelies do not.Going off my ATS calipers, I think...
Forum: performance & modifications 09-01-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,781
Posted By vertigosity
My father used to have a Vega with an Iron Duke...

My father used to have a Vega with an Iron Duke swapped from a Monza, so I did some research on that back in the day. The H-body bellhousing is supposedly too small (I'm guessing it tapers too...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-22-2018, 10:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,781
Posted By vertigosity
I made mine work pretty straightforward by using...

I made mine work pretty straightforward by using the Quartermaster 721-100 CSC that Project GatTagO (of the LS1tech world) did - follow the instructions, add and subtract shims to adjust as...
Forum: projects & restorations 07-24-2018, 02:17 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 30,215
Posted By vertigosity
I finally got both computer-controlled-AC and...

I finally got both computer-controlled-AC and cruise control working. The (which really only apply to the 03-07 blue/green era) finer points:

* You can use the OE Volvo cruise switch, since it's a...
Forum: projects & restorations 06-30-2018, 11:38 AM
Replies: 862
Views: 580,313
Posted By vertigosity
A ZR1 hood cutout would probably work pretty well...

A ZR1 hood cutout would probably work pretty well with a standard coffin-hood, actually :rofl:
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-20-2018, 11:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,871
Posted By vertigosity
The fanciness level was about the same, but the...

The fanciness level was about the same, but the bell-housing part of the transmission tunnel and the dead pedal / wiring tunnel are bigger on the 160 - they end up baggy on the 140, and would...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-24-2018, 11:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,952
Posted By vertigosity
The DJ auto pieces aren't bad, but the mounting...

The DJ auto pieces aren't bad, but the mounting studs are just pressed into the (fairly soft) plastic, and as they pull out, the whole assembly misaligns - might be worth a check. I've had to JB Weld...
Forum: performance & modifications 05-08-2018, 04:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,260
Posted By vertigosity
I'm only counting ~40k before labor - $15k for an...

I'm only counting ~40k before labor - $15k for an LT1 connect-and-cruise, about $15k for an Art Morrison IRS subframe, the wheels are probably in the $4k range, and the JRZ shocks are $2kish from...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-27-2018, 01:16 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 14,413
Posted By vertigosity
The one downside to the truck manifold - it will...

The one downside to the truck manifold - it will not clear any variety of strut tower brace. That said, the bits to convert a truck engine to a car intake can add up (the intake itself, probably a...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 03-15-2018, 11:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,886
Posted By vertigosity
Tangential question for the OP: what brand of...

Tangential question for the OP: what brand of inner tie rod end did you buy that had one? I just did them on my '80, and /didn't/ get the tabbed-lock-washer-widget-thingies with my new ones.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-20-2018, 02:02 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,272
Posted By vertigosity
The one time I did have it happen - I was towing...

The one time I did have it happen - I was towing a gutted 145 (so no engine/transmission/interior) that had a pair of 242 doors, and (oddly enough, for the thread) a pair of Miata doors in the back....
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-20-2018, 12:54 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,272
Posted By vertigosity
I tow a Spec Miata on a dolly, with a B230F + VX...

I tow a Spec Miata on a dolly, with a B230F + VX cam + early high-1st M46 + 3.3 rear with a Truetrac (used to be a B230FT+4, eh, long story) powered 245, pretty regularly, within a ~50mi radius (to...
Forum: projects & restorations 01-22-2018, 01:58 AM
Replies: 1,503
Views: 665,363
Posted By vertigosity
You don't have a lot of room to work with between...

You don't have a lot of room to work with between the starter and the lower control arm mount. For reference, my NA downpipes are 2.25", and there's just more than an air gap on either side of them....
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-19-2018, 04:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,065
Posted By vertigosity
Yeah, my 1980 was a 3.9 as well. Unless it came...

Yeah, my 1980 was a 3.9 as well. Unless it came from a 260 (IDK if they used that ratio there anyways), it's almost definitely a 1030. "Strength" is about the same as any other 1030 - that is, it's...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-17-2018, 08:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,806
Posted By vertigosity
TBH, it's not just Volvo/Yamaha :lol: I've...

TBH, it's not just Volvo/Yamaha :lol:

I've had the same thought about the LS3 dipstick I used on my swap - the rivets on the back side of that stick give a good reading, but not the hash marks...
Forum: performance & modifications 01-12-2018, 11:12 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,083
Posted By vertigosity
I've gotten between 16 and 20 depending on...

I've gotten between 16 and 20 depending on conditions (weather - it's been pretty much either 100 degrees or 20; aggression level - pretty much either old man or hair on fire) in town, around 24 the...
Forum: projects & restorations 01-07-2018, 02:54 PM
Replies: 1,503
Views: 665,363
Posted By vertigosity
I wouldn't sweat it too much - at some point...

I wouldn't sweat it too much - at some point between the 350z and the 370z, they changed bellhousing patterns, and the G35/37 sits in a weird spot between those two, so unless you *really* know your...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-13-2017, 05:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,391
Posted By vertigosity
I've got a set of black suede GTS2s in my LSxed...

I've got a set of black suede GTS2s in my LSxed '93. No pictures of that specifically (you could see 'em in the background if I posted a pic of my car AXing). They really are as comfortable as their...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-12-2017, 02:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,452
Posted By vertigosity
I don't know what the idea was (probably...

I don't know what the idea was (probably something they were trialing to deflect crash energy but ended up deciding didn't make enough difference to be worth it), but my '80 had a perforation there...
Forum: projects & restorations 12-10-2017, 09:17 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 112,358
Posted By vertigosity
In theory, if you get hit hard enough, it...

In theory, if you get hit hard enough, it transfers crash energy from the big triangles to the wing thingies, and around the gas tank, keeping the car from going all Pinto-shaped.

I've seen it not...
Forum: projects & restorations 12-06-2017, 12:53 PM
Replies: 1,503
Views: 665,363
Posted By vertigosity
Yeah, going full green-field there is a pretty...

Yeah, going full green-field there is a pretty big win - I tried to keep as much truck stuff as possible to keep costs down, and it's really do nothing but bite me, and make me question myself when...
Forum: projects & restorations 12-06-2017, 01:38 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 30,215
Posted By vertigosity
Last few months of updates: Took it to...

Last few months of updates:
Took it to Blytheville and AXed it. Pretty fun. 400/250 isn't enough spring for this car, and that's way more apparent with the V8's power than it was with my budget...
Forum: projects & restorations 12-06-2017, 12:51 AM
Replies: 1,503
Views: 665,363
Posted By vertigosity
Is the LS4 oil pump one of the high flow variants...

Is the LS4 oil pump one of the high flow variants (I'm guessing it is, since that engine had DoD)? There are some horror stories where under sustained high RPMs, the higher flow pumps drain the sump...
Forum: projects & restorations 11-30-2017, 09:27 PM
Replies: 1,503
Views: 665,363
Posted By vertigosity
To tack my 2 cents on top: While doing valve...

To tack my 2 cents on top:

While doing valve springs - do rocker trunnions at the same time.

If you're doing a cam, go ahead and get a new oil pump (oil pump removal is 99% of the way to cam...
Forum: projects & restorations 11-28-2017, 10:25 PM
Replies: 1,503
Views: 665,363
Posted By vertigosity
Using the STS mounts, the Holley pan is exactly...

Using the STS mounts, the Holley pan is exactly even with the bottom of the crossmember. You want the Holley pan :nod: (otherwise, you'll still need to shorten and reweld the H3 pan, just like people...
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