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Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-06-2011, 03:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,603
Posted By ElPiloto
With someone else driving, open the passenger...

With someone else driving, open the passenger door and hang out and down while the driver causes the sound to happen. Needless to say, but make sure you are holding on to the seatbelt tightly. This...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-06-2011, 03:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,205
Posted By ElPiloto
I have had very good luck with rebuilt...

I have had very good luck with rebuilt alternators and starters from Autozone. The starter in my high compression small block El Camino has lasted over 12 years and still sounds perfect. None of the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-01-2011, 02:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 834
Posted By ElPiloto
Reading spark plugs is basic tuning knowledge...

Reading spark plugs is basic tuning knowledge that anyone can do. It is not rocket science.

If your engine is absolutely stock and not worn in any way, your driving is completely average, your...
Forum: showroom 01-01-2011, 02:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,341
Posted By ElPiloto
I realized that I put it in the wrong section...

I realized that I put it in the wrong section after it was already posted. I don't usually read the posts down here.

Sorry about that.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-31-2010, 02:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 834
Posted By ElPiloto
There is no magic in spark plugs. Find the ones...

There is no magic in spark plugs. Find the ones that work for your engine and you are set. The only advantage to platinum plugs is that they have a wider heat range than non-platinum plugs and they...
Forum: showroom 12-30-2010, 03:11 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,024
Posted By ElPiloto
True hot rodding at its best.

True hot rodding at its best.
Forum: showroom 12-30-2010, 02:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,341
Posted By ElPiloto
Hot Driving, Worth A Watch...

If this has been posted before, I'm sorry. But even if it has, it's worth another look...

http://www.flixxy.com/impressive-driving-gymkhana-automotive-sport.htm

I love the sound of that...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-24-2010, 01:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,901
Posted By ElPiloto
Thanks for bringing this back for those of us who...

Thanks for bringing this back for those of us who had not seen it.

I have built one similar to that and it works fine. One modification I would suggest would be to use 1/4" ID hose and in the end...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-19-2010, 12:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,409
Posted By ElPiloto
State Farm is one of the most difficult insurance...

State Farm is one of the most difficult insurance companies to get fair treatment from. They will most likely try to "cheap" their way out of it.

The inner fenderwell is part of the "frame". If it...
Forum: performance & modifications 12-12-2010, 09:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,105
Posted By ElPiloto
Nobody has the slightest idea when his birthday...

Nobody has the slightest idea when his birthday was, or if he ever existed. The celebration this time of year is a Pagan celebration of the Winter Solstice.

This forum is about Volvos, not...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-09-2010, 01:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 946
Posted By ElPiloto
^^^ Nice advertisement, but: I use Chevron...

^^^ Nice advertisement, but:

I use Chevron gas and the additives in it keep my injectors clean without spending a lot of money. It's true that Chevron costs a few cents more than cheap gas, but I...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-07-2010, 05:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,049
Posted By ElPiloto
A leaking head gasket will cause a coolant hose...

A leaking head gasket will cause a coolant hose to blow like that. If the engine starts idling roughly or you are having to add coolant frequently, you may be leaking combustion pressure leaking into...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-01-2010, 08:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,729
Posted By ElPiloto
The heater core could be clogged or partially...

The heater core could be clogged or partially clogged. You can test the core for clogs by disconnecting the hose from the engine and the hose coming from the heater core. Blow with a lot of force and...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-01-2010, 03:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,578
Posted By ElPiloto
Another way to get quick steering and partially...

Another way to get quick steering and partially compensate for bump steer on lowered cars is to heat the steering arms with a rosebud torch and bend them downward and re-level the tie rod attachment...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-30-2010, 07:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,367
Posted By ElPiloto
Zero stores in Arizona. Must be an Eastern...

Zero stores in Arizona. Must be an Eastern company.

Best prices here are at Wal-Mart.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-30-2010, 07:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 839
Posted By ElPiloto
If I were to build a hot redblock, I would use a...

If I were to build a hot redblock, I would use a B21 or B23 block, crank, rods and pistons. Others say that the reciprocating mass is just too heavy and prefer the B230, but neither engine is a high...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-28-2010, 01:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 509
Posted By ElPiloto
A rebuilt pump is as good as a new pump and is a...

A rebuilt pump is as good as a new pump and is a lot less money. Check rockauto.com. If it is a GM type pump, they are quite cheap used. Every wrecking yard will have a few dozen. Look for one that...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-23-2010, 01:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 912
Posted By ElPiloto
I'm going to convert a 76 242 with a B21 to LH2.2...

I'm going to convert a 76 242 with a B21 to LH2.2 later on, so I am going to buy a 45mm hole saw to cut both holes.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-22-2010, 07:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 912
Posted By ElPiloto
Thanks for the photos 240keith. Did you cut the...

Thanks for the photos 240keith. Did you cut the hole? Or was that 240 LH2.2 from the factory?
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-22-2010, 06:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 912
Posted By ElPiloto
LH2.2 Harness Routing Through Firewall

I'm putting a 1990 B230ft into a 1980 245 that originally had a B21 Lambda Sond engine. I need to run the LH2.2 harness through the firewall to connect to the ECU. As far as I can tell by the rubber...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-22-2010, 01:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,578
Posted By ElPiloto
The ball joints are different between power...

The ball joints are different between power steering and non power steering cars. The difference is the amount of caster. The power steering ball joints give the struts more caster while the non...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-15-2010, 06:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 817
Posted By ElPiloto
Go to rockauto.com and go to your model and year...

Go to rockauto.com and go to your model and year in their catalog. Select the steering section and then the boots section or the rack and pinion section. One of those will have photos and tell you...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-12-2010, 12:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,253
Posted By ElPiloto
Replace all vacuum lines and anything made of...

Replace all vacuum lines and anything made of rubber that is hard or cracked. Don't waste time trying to find the leaks, just replace the hoses.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-06-2010, 03:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,686
Posted By ElPiloto
Sometimes the clutch packs can seem to "glue"...

Sometimes the clutch packs can seem to "glue" themselves together while sitting unused. Make sure the transmission has enough fluid. Run the engine and move the shifter through the gears, pausing a...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-06-2010, 03:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,479
Posted By ElPiloto
I get the wrenches set so that the handles are...

I get the wrenches set so that the handles are close together and that by squeezing them together towards each other I loosen the smaller nut.

If that doesn't work, go ahead and drop the pan.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-01-2010, 12:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,524
Posted By ElPiloto
I am doing the same swap. The B230ft alternator...

I am doing the same swap. The B230ft alternator is better and bigger. Keep it on the driver side. The turbo side gets very hot and heat is the big enemy of anything electrical.

If you are using...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-29-2010, 07:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 784
Posted By ElPiloto
OK, Volvos love check valves. Makes sense, so...

OK, Volvos love check valves. Makes sense, so I'll just leave it alone.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-27-2010, 08:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 784
Posted By ElPiloto
B230ft into 80 245. Check Valve Question

The main fuel pump on my 245 has a check valve. Does the turbo egine need one?

Check valves are almost always restrictive is why I ask. I don't like them for this reason.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-13-2010, 02:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,005
Posted By ElPiloto
It is just changing one crappy transmission with...

It is just changing one crappy transmission with another crappy transmission. Why bother?
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-12-2010, 07:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,746
Posted By ElPiloto
I packed the grease with a small wooden paddle...

I packed the grease with a small wooden paddle and worked it to get all the air out. I used a rubber fuel line over a bolt that sealed perfectly. I tried until it was obvious that it was not going to...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-12-2010, 03:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,746
Posted By ElPiloto
I went out and tried the grease method another...

I went out and tried the grease method another dozen times. I got so mad I came in and ordered a slide hammer puller. It was either that or pack the opening with gun powder and blast the bearing...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-12-2010, 11:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,005
Posted By ElPiloto
I agree with JohnLane on this. In fact, I pulled...

I agree with JohnLane on this. In fact, I pulled and engine and transmission without touching the shifter. I raised the whole car, an 85 245, about a foot and a half and attached the lifting sling...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-12-2010, 12:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,005
Posted By ElPiloto
Thanks 245gti, that article pretty much dissuaded...

Thanks 245gti, that article pretty much dissuaded me from the swap. I'll just keep the automatic.

In a year or so, a turbo small block V8 will be going into the 245 with a 200-4r tranny, so this...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-11-2010, 10:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,005
Posted By ElPiloto
Automatic to M-46 Conversion. How Hard Is It?

I have an 80 245 automatic that I am dropping a 90 B230ft into. I also have an 81 242 with an M46.

How difficult would it be to convert the 245 to a manual transmission using the parts from the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-11-2010, 10:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,746
Posted By ElPiloto
Well, I answered my own question. No, there isn't...

Well, I answered my own question. No, there isn't an easy way. I tried the grease hydraulic extraction method and after 8 or 9 goes, the bearing moved about 1/16".

It's obvious to me that I will...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-11-2010, 05:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,746
Posted By ElPiloto
Pilot Bearing Removal - Is There An Easy Way?

I'm looking for an easy way to get a pilot bearing out of the end of the crankshaft. I have never seen one so tight.

I know that Volvo probably has a special tool to pull them, but does anyone...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-10-2010, 05:28 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,950
Posted By ElPiloto
You cannot determine a good weld from a poor weld...

You cannot determine a good weld from a poor weld by looking at it, or a photo of it. What is important in a weld is the penetration, not the look of the bead. I can make a poor weld that looks...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-07-2010, 01:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 640
Posted By ElPiloto
Use an early Ford type solenoid and mount it on...

Use an early Ford type solenoid and mount it on the fender well. Or, build a heat shield for the starter. Google "Chevy small block hot start problem".
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-06-2010, 03:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,220
Posted By ElPiloto
That's what detonation is all about.

That's what detonation is all about.
Forum: performance & modifications 10-06-2010, 03:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,655
Posted By ElPiloto
Where there is a will, there is a way. Innovation...

Where there is a will, there is a way. Innovation is what hot rodding is all about.
Forum: performance & modifications 10-01-2010, 03:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,988
Posted By ElPiloto
Cast pistons are surprisingly durable, IF you...

Cast pistons are surprisingly durable, IF you avoid detonation and lean mixtures. As for the relatively high compression ratio, you can nullify the problems caused by high compression by using a...
Forum: performance & modifications 09-30-2010, 05:24 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 11,968
Posted By ElPiloto
You can turbocharge ANY car with an internal...

You can turbocharge ANY car with an internal combustion engine.
Forum: performance & modifications 09-29-2010, 08:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,899
Posted By ElPiloto
I prefer steel wheels. I just wish I could...

I prefer steel wheels.

I just wish I could find some 8 inch wide 15 inch wheels for my 245 that are reasonably priced.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-28-2010, 04:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,649
Posted By ElPiloto
Mobil 1 consistently comes out number 1 in all...

Mobil 1 consistently comes out number 1 in all independent tests. But only by a small margin. Just use a good quality synthetic and you will be a winner.
Forum: performance & modifications 09-28-2010, 03:38 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 37,717
Posted By ElPiloto
Thank you golgothan for a truly helpful post....

Thank you golgothan for a truly helpful post. Thank you too, holtzboy, for your contribution.

I'm dropping a formerly LH2.4 B230ft into my 1980 245. I like LH2.2 for it's simplicity.
Forum: performance & modifications 09-28-2010, 03:32 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 15,778
Posted By ElPiloto
Mods please throw a lock on this thread. It has...

Mods please throw a lock on this thread. It has become an infantile free-for-all.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-27-2010, 10:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,786
Posted By ElPiloto
My Step-Father was an aircraft electrician and he...

My Step-Father was an aircraft electrician and he always stressed "don't use cheap tool or parts, you will alway regret it if you do.".

Be sure to use polyolefin heat shrink, especially under the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-25-2010, 05:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 916
Posted By ElPiloto
2 part polyurethane.

2 part polyurethane.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-25-2010, 05:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,584
Posted By ElPiloto
If it has been sitting for 4 years, replace every...

If it has been sitting for 4 years, replace every rubber hose under the hood.
Forum: performance & modifications 09-25-2010, 05:10 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 10,324
Posted By ElPiloto
Make something that actually increases...

Make something that actually increases horsepower, and/or reliability at a reasonable price. How about a nice set of racing rods for the B230 engines for about $40 a rod?
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