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Forum: performance & modifications Yesterday, 09:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 459
Posted By JohnMc
So it's not cranking normally, but like it has no...

So it's not cranking normally, but like it has no compression. And all 4 cylinders are pretty even? That's probably pointing toward a valve timing issue of some sort. It's very unlikely that all 4...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance Yesterday, 03:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 336
Posted By JohnMc
We've been doing 'overlanding' glorified...

We've been doing 'overlanding' glorified car-camping with some off roading of various difficulty outin Colorado and Utah each summer since 2000. And we've very rarely had any issues while doing...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance Yesterday, 10:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 250
Posted By JohnMc
The flywheel, and the pilot bearing as well in...

The flywheel, and the pilot bearing as well in the end of the crank. Or, since you'd probably be installing a new pilot bearing, the clip that holds it in, not a commonly sold part.

And yeah,...
Forum: performance & modifications Yesterday, 09:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 459
Posted By JohnMc
You can also do a shade tree compression test...

You can also do a shade tree compression test where you just pull a coil wire and crank it around a few times, and listen for the starter slowing down on all 4 cylinders evenly. Or not evenly. If...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-10-2022, 10:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 459
Posted By JohnMc
With the roll pin sheared, it's possible for the...

With the roll pin sheared, it's possible for the cam to have slipped on the gear, but still be snug enough to turn the cam? Another quick eyeball check you can do once the timing cover is off before...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-10-2022, 01:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 622
Posted By JohnMc
If you want an F head, I've got one sitting......

If you want an F head, I've got one sitting... somewhere (probably in the basement). I took it off my PV's motor a long time ago when I found my #RARE R-Sport Stage 3(?) head. Nothing fancy, it's...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-10-2022, 01:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 459
Posted By JohnMc
Do a compression test just for the hell of it,...

Do a compression test just for the hell of it, but I'm pretty much thinking you're going to need to whip the head off and take a look. If you can tell the starter isn't working itself over...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-09-2022, 04:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 193
Posted By JohnMc
I redid the headliner in the VW Jetta...

I redid the headliner in the VW Jetta dieselvagen. Degraded original headliner - the cloth was good, the foam was rotten. Took the whole thing out, spent a while scraping at it to get the backing...
Forum: projects & restorations 08-09-2022, 11:42 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 100,694
Posted By JohnMc
I got tired just reading that. Great job...

I got tired just reading that. Great job knocking out that much work in a weekend.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-08-2022, 07:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 336
Posted By JohnMc
I've certainly pondered making a mini-Sugga out...

I've certainly pondered making a mini-Sugga out of my PV's rusty body before. If something ever falls off it that's important and I can't crap-MIG it back on. Just stick the body on top of some...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-08-2022, 06:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 336
Posted By JohnMc
No 4WD 445/Duetts were ever made (that I know of,...

No 4WD 445/Duetts were ever made (that I know of, from the factory at least). You may be thinking of the Sugga? That was a full sized (in the US sense) pre-war Volvo that was used as the body on a...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-08-2022, 09:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 336
Posted By JohnMc
Not many manufacturers break it out, but there's...

Not many manufacturers break it out, but there's a 'static' load limit, and a 'dynamic' load limit. The number you normally see is the dynamic limit, how much weight can be up there while the car is...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-07-2022, 01:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 622
Posted By JohnMc
On my first 2.1L B20 build in the PV I used some...

On my first 2.1L B20 build in the PV I used some B18 rods because they're lighter. No turbo, but making around 170 hp. One of the pistons cracked and I took it apart and all the bearings were still...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-05-2022, 03:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 622
Posted By JohnMc
200 hp with good tuning, not an issue. The issue...

200 hp with good tuning, not an issue. The issue would be any slight tuning mistakes you make along the way. Stock cast pistons are not very forgiving to any detonation, same with rods. A little...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-05-2022, 09:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 824
Posted By JohnMc
I guess I didn't say that in my post, but the...

I guess I didn't say that in my post, but the vibration on mine was only under throttle as well. Totally smooth, but throttle and low rpms and mostly higher gears, horrible vibrations.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-04-2022, 09:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 824
Posted By JohnMc
Before you start throwing parts at it, just take...

Before you start throwing parts at it, just take the driveshaft off and see how the u-joints feel when you move them around. If they're not loose and aren't stiff or notchy feeling, that's probably...
Forum: events 08-04-2022, 09:24 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 10,549
Posted By JohnMc
I may drive the Miata again. Partly because it's...

I may drive the Miata again. Partly because it's so damn fun on those roads, partly so it *knock on wood* can redeem itself after finishing last years MM with the U-haul trailer ride of shame.
Forum: performance & modifications 08-02-2022, 12:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By JohnMc
It's a '63, would have come with the later spring...

It's a '63, would have come with the later spring loaded nose and wider radiator.

Volvo was a small company, they didn't bother trying to keep different drivetrains going for different models. So...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-02-2022, 11:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By JohnMc
I'm using the fan that was on the original B18 my...

I'm using the fan that was on the original B18 my '63 had. My PWV also has, due to some long-ago crash repair, a B16 nose with the narrower radiator that has the bottom inlet on the wrong side for a...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-02-2022, 10:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By JohnMc
I think it has a B18. On my PV, the stock...

I think it has a B18. On my PV, the stock radiator fan really doesn't do much at all at lower RPM's. It's just a small 4 blade thing, with 4 small blades, and no shroud. And it sits several inches...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-02-2022, 09:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By JohnMc
I'd go ahead and add a temp switch to the mix, so...

I'd go ahead and add a temp switch to the mix, so you don't have to always be watching the gauge and turning the fan on manually. Something like this that you slip into the radiator fins, that way...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-01-2022, 01:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 631
Posted By JohnMc
Same thing here. I easy-buttoned mine with a MS...

Same thing here. I easy-buttoned mine with a MS 'Gold Box' and a pre-made harness. Fished it through the existing hole in the firewall and it sits behind the passenger side footwell kick panel,...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-05-2022, 10:52 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,119
Posted By JohnMc
Looser is way better than tighter. What's...

Looser is way better than tighter.

What's the saying? If your rings are too loose, you'll know it. If they're too tight, everyone will know it.
Forum: projects & restorations 06-27-2022, 09:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,534
Posted By JohnMc
Yes, 4 racing seats? Sign me in for a ride in it...

Yes, 4 racing seats? Sign me in for a ride in it some time!
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-23-2022, 10:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 971
Posted By JohnMc
I bought the 245 in Dec 2005. And while we were...

I bought the 245 in Dec 2005. And while we were waiting for something, I kept noticing people bringing the staff Christmas presents. And not little presents either, someone dropped off a case of...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-19-2022, 07:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 971
Posted By JohnMc
I bought my 240 from a garage called Lorenzutti...

I bought my 240 from a garage called Lorenzutti Motors in Brooklyn. They're a Volvo specialty shop, they seem to have pretty stellar reviews. All I did was buy my 240 from them, it was minty.
Forum: aftermarket engine management 06-09-2022, 12:20 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,631
Posted By JohnMc
Well, spoke too soon. That thread is in For...

Well, spoke too soon.

That thread is in For Sale, and it probably doesn't need to be stickied there. I could move the thread to here and sticky it, but then it's a for sale ad in the wrong...
Forum: aftermarket engine management 06-09-2022, 12:13 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,631
Posted By JohnMc
'A' mod did it. Personally, I'm no fan of...

'A' mod did it.

Personally, I'm no fan of sticky threads, but I fixed it.
Forum: projects & restorations 06-07-2022, 10:49 AM
Replies: 384
Views: 319,398
Posted By JohnMc
Looking sharp as always, D!

Looking sharp as always, D!
Forum: projects & restorations 06-03-2022, 01:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,534
Posted By JohnMc
Put a 4/8 switch on the dash!!!* * but...

Put a 4/8 switch on the dash!!!*


* but yeah really get that ish outta there
Forum: events 06-02-2022, 03:51 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 10,549
Posted By JohnMc
/\ Same as Mike, in for a hunnert. Showing up...

/\ Same as Mike, in for a hunnert. Showing up Wed and camping.
Forum: aftermarket engine management 06-02-2022, 09:51 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,631
Posted By JohnMc
LH2.4 cranks signal is a sine wave, varying...

LH2.4 cranks signal is a sine wave, varying voltage, swinging back and forth. IIRC the voltage varies with RPM as well. So it's not really a precise clean electronic signal, it has to be...
Forum: projects & restorations 06-01-2022, 02:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,534
Posted By JohnMc
Find a PV shell and shove those parts in it! ...

Find a PV shell and shove those parts in it!

(then watch the PV shell twist itself up lol)
Forum: projects & restorations 06-01-2022, 01:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,534
Posted By JohnMc
Nice!

Nice!
Forum: performance & modifications 05-31-2022, 02:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,276
Posted By JohnMc
They got bumps that make room for the squirters...

They got bumps that make room for the squirters earlier on, but most didn't have it. Then there is a somewhat random sounding patterns of them being on some engines, some not. AFAIK the only way to...
Forum: performance & modifications 05-31-2022, 01:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,276
Posted By JohnMc
Reliable means being able to survive some tuning...

Reliable means being able to survive some tuning missteps along the way. Which means being pretty much overbuilt for whatever HP level you're aiming at.

And if you're saying 300 hp, you're going...
Forum: aftermarket engine management 05-26-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,631
Posted By JohnMc
I'm WORTHLESS at diagnosing electronic issues,...

I'm WORTHLESS at diagnosing electronic issues, and this is ENTIRELY anecdotal, but might be useful as a diagnostic approach?

My first MS1 setup on the 8V motor in my 245 worked great most of the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-21-2022, 05:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,931
Posted By JohnMc
Coleman 119-112. It's a solid steel shaft that...

Coleman 119-112. It's a solid steel shaft that replaces the OEM shaft between the steering column and the steering rack. Splines and size are correct, you'd need to grind a little groove for the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-21-2022, 07:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,931
Posted By JohnMc
I snagged a rebuilt 240 ABS master cylinder...

I snagged a rebuilt 240 ABS master cylinder before they went NLA.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-20-2022, 07:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,931
Posted By JohnMc
I should have grabbed a steering rack form one of...

I should have grabbed a steering rack form one of the last few 240's that went through the PnP yards here. They're getting few and far between.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-20-2022, 10:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 804
Posted By JohnMc
I don't think the fuel system would be dirty - no...

I don't think the fuel system would be dirty - no need for a fuel system cleaner. That injector has been squirting gas like normal. And with no cat to overheat, no damage to the exhaust system. If...
Forum: performance & modifications 05-16-2022, 09:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,380
Posted By JohnMc
https://vp-autoparts.com/en/artiklar/rocker-arm-sh...

https://vp-autoparts.com/en/artiklar/rocker-arm-shaft-b18_b20.html
Forum: website & board 05-14-2022, 08:56 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,143
Posted By JohnMc
A backup from early April was used to restore the...

A backup from early April was used to restore the site.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 03-29-2022, 12:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 368
Posted By JohnMc
Yeah, a considerable change in theory between the...

Yeah, a considerable change in theory between the B18 (started off with an open dump tube) and the B20 (had a little orifice to actively pull fumes in at idle, then an open dump tube to the carb to...
Forum: events 03-21-2022, 07:46 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 10,549
Posted By JohnMc
I'm in. Let me know when you want money for the...

I'm in. Let me know when you want money for the food.
Forum: performance & modifications 03-17-2022, 03:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,120
Posted By JohnMc
The 8-bolt crank is basically the B21 bottom end....

The 8-bolt crank is basically the B21 bottom end. They just did the big redesign in two stages. Bottom end first (8-bolt B20), then the top end (OHC head).
Forum: performance & modifications 03-15-2022, 09:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 930
Posted By JohnMc
Indeed. I've driven some slow cars in the past. ...

Indeed. I've driven some slow cars in the past. A 36HP Beetle. A diesel MK1 Rabbit. And probably the slowest, but very fun nonetheless - a diesel Land Rover S2 pickup. And when I was a kid my...
Forum: performance & modifications 03-14-2022, 04:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 930
Posted By JohnMc
0-60? <s>Yes!</s> Maybe.

0-60? <s>Yes!</s> Maybe.
Forum: performance & modifications 03-14-2022, 03:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 930
Posted By JohnMc
Probably not much more can be done short of...

Probably not much more can be done short of swapping some D24T parts over.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 03-14-2022, 03:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 949
Posted By JohnMc
Rare factory 'Harlequin hinge' option... *crowd...

Rare factory 'Harlequin hinge' option...
*crowd gasps*
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