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Forum: performance & modifications Yesterday, 04:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 102
Posted By JohnMc
I was using a JohnV Soooopre Bitchin(tm) billet...

I was using a JohnV Soooopre Bitchin(tm) billet flywheel with a Spec Stage 2+ 240 mm (pretty much 9.5") clutch on it. I think the application was something similar to a 1995 Saab 9000 Aero.
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Forum: projects & restorations Yesterday, 11:37 AM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 195,158
Posted By JohnMc
I don't think anyone else makes a shifter that...

I don't think anyone else makes a shifter that will work.

Perhaps at some point, I'll just resign myself to making more changes to the trans tunnel than I was wanting to.
Forum: projects & restorations Yesterday, 10:01 AM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 195,158
Posted By JohnMc
The 'shipping label printed' status hasn't budged...

The 'shipping label printed' status hasn't budged since it was created. Nothing actually delivered to the post office as of this morning.
Forum: performance & modifications 07-13-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,500
Posted By JohnMc
6-bolt B20 rods are directly swappable for any...

6-bolt B20 rods are directly swappable for any B18 rods.

8-bolt B20 rods are not.
Forum: performance & modifications 07-12-2018, 08:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 381
Posted By JohnMc
To my eye, it went a bit too far on the exterior....

To my eye, it went a bit too far on the exterior. It looks bland.

Add some trim and bumpers back on and I think it would look better again.

But, not my car, and my tastes are not universal.
Forum: projects & restorations 07-11-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 195,158
Posted By JohnMc
w00t. Just got a shipping notification from CBF...

w00t. Just got a shipping notification from CBF Performance. I may have a shifter finally.

It's been too hot to work on cars lately, plus I've just been riding my bike instead.
Forum: performance & modifications 07-06-2018, 01:50 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,500
Posted By JohnMc
Very interesting. I wonder how that higher lift...

Very interesting. I wonder how that higher lift would work with my KGTrimning roller rockers.
Forum: performance & modifications 07-06-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 763
Posted By JohnMc
I like it! I'm whipping up my own batch of Ellis...

I like it! I'm whipping up my own batch of Ellis 240. Just using a Nissan 6 spd stick because I like shifting things manually.

Of course.... I've been waiting on the shifter I need since late...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-06-2018, 09:16 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,500
Posted By JohnMc
I've also used factory R and S cams in the past,...

I've also used factory R and S cams in the past, they were fairly similar to the VV81. A rather 'vintage' feeling performance cam, clearly sacrificing low-end torque to make high-end HP. They both...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-06-2018, 08:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,458
Posted By JohnMc
Really cool. Here's another insane 'Volvo'...

Really cool.

Here's another insane 'Volvo' build, although at this point it's just a bit of Volvo bodywork being dragged along for a ride:
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Forum: performance & modifications 07-05-2018, 04:41 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,460
Posted By JohnMc
https://cdn1.thr.com/sites/default/files/imagecach...

https://cdn1.thr.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/scale_crop_768_433/2017/10/shining_nicholson_2.jpg
Forum: performance & modifications 07-05-2018, 04:32 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,500
Posted By JohnMc
I've been using an Isky VV81, it is a bit weak...

I've been using an Isky VV81, it is a bit weak below 3000 - 3100 rpm, but it screams past that up to as fast as I dare spin it (7K).
Forum: performance & modifications 07-05-2018, 04:31 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,500
Posted By JohnMc
The rods on my PV's motor had weird little...

The rods on my PV's motor had weird little wear(?) marks *right* where that red arrow is pointing. Right on that spot, on both sides of the rod, little lines across the inside of the big end. As...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-05-2018, 01:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,159
Posted By JohnMc
I remember when I took the intake off my 12V,...

I remember when I took the intake off my 12V, being surprised at how small the motor was under that big bulky intake manifold.
Forum: performance & modifications 07-03-2018, 02:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,159
Posted By JohnMc
I had a 95 Jetta with a 12V VR6 and a 5 spd. ...

I had a 95 Jetta with a 12V VR6 and a 5 spd. That thing was fun. And it sounded *GREAT* once that center suitcase muffler was removed.
Forum: performance & modifications 07-03-2018, 09:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 842
Posted By JohnMc
With my m47 and an automatic trans rear axle...

With my m47 and an automatic trans rear axle (3.73) I rarely ever got into much boost in first gear, maybe a little, but then you'd gone 30 feet and needed to shift into second already. Occasionally...
Forum: projects & restorations 07-02-2018, 01:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,518
Posted By JohnMc
That isn't a collapsible column, it's just there...

That isn't a collapsible column, it's just there to add a little NVH cushioning.

The collapsing part is from the breakable aluminum u-joint s and the out-of-alignment angles on the shaft.
...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-02-2018, 01:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 387
Posted By JohnMc
There *might* be a compressor on signal to the...

There *might* be a compressor on signal to the ECU to help with idle control, but there is otherwise no interaction between the A/C system and the engine ECU.

Only way this and the CEL could be...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-02-2018, 09:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 443
Posted By JohnMc
That line does certainly look like an indicator. ...

That line does certainly look like an indicator. I can't fault you for using it.

Reminds me of the time I RnR'ed the cylinder head on my old VR6 Jetta. There's a little rubber plug on the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-01-2018, 10:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 443
Posted By JohnMc
I've never used an aluminum Cloyes gear, just...

I've never used an aluminum Cloyes gear, just fiber and steel Volvo gears. And those all have dots. One on a tooth, the other in a valley. Align the dots, it's timed.

Then people snark at you...
Forum: projects & restorations 07-01-2018, 09:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,518
Posted By JohnMc
I'm using one of these:...

I'm using one of these: http://www.colemanracing.com/Steering-Shaft-Splined-P4078.aspx
on mine. Flipping does move the fat part of the stock shaft down, but it's still pretty bulky. And at least...
Forum: projects & restorations 06-27-2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 195,158
Posted By JohnMc
Finally heard back from the guy making the...

Finally heard back from the guy making the shifter. Something about his mill being killed in a lightning storm, and him setting up a new one.

Just waiting on one more piece to be made for the...
Forum: performance & modifications 06-26-2018, 01:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 810
Posted By JohnMc
I know Dakota Digital says 'don't try to feed an...

I know Dakota Digital says 'don't try to feed an ABS system with this', but I've heard of it working. And I'm going to try. I'd like to keep ABS working on my car if at all possible.
Forum: performance & modifications 06-25-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 810
Posted By JohnMc
I'm really leaning toward one of these to 'fix'...

I'm really leaning toward one of these to 'fix' my Ford 8.8's sensor readings.

I was pondering taking out every 2.25 teeth (every two teeth, every 4th tooth take out a 'leap' tooth as well) to go...
Forum: projects & restorations 06-25-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 195,158
Posted By JohnMc
Two things going on over the course of fitting...

Two things going on over the course of fitting the engine in so far:

1) I swapped to a different set of manifolds. The first set was for a Nissan 240SX and fit a bit better on the non-turbo side,...
Forum: performance & modifications 06-22-2018, 08:55 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,460
Posted By JohnMc
I remember a project thread here (I think?) where...

I remember a project thread here (I think?) where someone was swapping in some sort of zoomy Audi motor. I'm not sure when it dawned on them that the Audi motor turned the wrong way, but I want to...
Forum: performance & modifications 06-21-2018, 03:16 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,460
Posted By JohnMc
Aluminum LS is in the 400's. And it makes a...

Aluminum LS is in the 400's.

And it makes a lot more than 200 hp.


It's a lot of work to put a heavy engine in that doesn't make much power.
Forum: performance & modifications 06-21-2018, 01:12 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,460
Posted By JohnMc
Yeah, it's large, and cast iron I6 with a cast...

Yeah, it's large, and cast iron I6 with a cast iron heads and weighs close to 600 lbs fully dressed.

Somewhat indestructible, but so is a redblock making under 200 hp.
Forum: performance & modifications 06-21-2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,460
Posted By JohnMc
/\ /\ /\ Ellis all the things. You must...

/\ /\ /\

Ellis all the things. You must assimilate.

Super cheap mega HP cannot be denied.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-21-2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 365
Posted By JohnMc
It could just be heat soak. If you're not...

It could just be heat soak.

If you're not having any issues with overheating either in low speed/stopped situations, or at high speeds on the highway then I wouldn't worry about it.

If you...
Forum: performance & modifications 06-20-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 931
Posted By JohnMc
It's all up to your goals and time and money. ...

It's all up to your goals and time and money.

But slapping a cam and lifters into a B20 is not a big deal. I don't think it counts as a 'rebuild'. Cams can get a little pricier if you go to the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-19-2018, 03:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 701
Posted By JohnMc
I'm assuming you mean the horrible 'BW35' 3 speed...

I'm assuming you mean the horrible 'BW35' 3 speed automatic?

FWIW when I pulled my AW71 out of my '93 240 I sold it to a guy in Canada who bought some adapter parts to bolt it to a pushrod...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-19-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 701
Posted By JohnMc
Also, assuming those parts catalog drawings are...

Also, assuming those parts catalog drawings are pretty much to scale (and they usually are0 they sure make it look as though the bolt pattern on the M400/410 is a lot taller than the relatively...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-19-2018, 01:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 701
Posted By JohnMc
EDIT: Just following up on my hunch - the...

EDIT: Just following up on my hunch - the www.gcp.se parts catalog does show a gasket between the bellhousing and an M400/410 transmission, one that is not needed on the M40/41:
...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-19-2018, 01:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 701
Posted By JohnMc
You would need a B30 M40/M41 bellhousing, the...

You would need a B30 M40/M41 bellhousing, the bellhousing diameter and bolt pattern is larger on the B30, to fit around the larger flywheel.

And, unless I'm missing some oddities (Volvo did usual...
Forum: performance & modifications 06-18-2018, 05:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 930
Posted By JohnMc
At what amount of sticky tires does the 4L60E...

At what amount of sticky tires does the 4L60E start to sweat bullets? All I know about those are the endless Sloppy Mechanics memes.
Forum: performance & modifications 06-18-2018, 05:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 930
Posted By JohnMc
Adding a locker and more rubber will help with...

Adding a locker and more rubber will help with that first 60 feet.

Adding a cam will make more power, which will help you hustle down the other 1260 feet more quickly. Including cruising and...
Forum: performance & modifications 06-18-2018, 02:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 930
Posted By JohnMc
Still, 250 at the wheels from a half-asleep...

Still, 250 at the wheels from a half-asleep utterly unstressed motor that can do that for another 200K miles without breaking a sweat is not a bad thing. 250 HP from a Volvo motor isn't rocket...
Forum: performance & modifications 06-18-2018, 01:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 930
Posted By JohnMc
Drag calculator (@3350 lbs) guestimates around...

Drag calculator (@3350 lbs) guestimates around 240 - 250 hp at the wheels for a 98 mph trap speed. Which correlates well with the stated stock hp of a '03 L59 (285 at the crank).

They really do...
Forum: performance & modifications 06-18-2018, 11:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 930
Posted By JohnMc
Yeah, that's a comical lack of traction going on...

Yeah, that's a comical lack of traction going on there. Which would affect the 14.6 part quite a bit, the 98 mph part a bit less.
Forum: projects & restorations 06-18-2018, 10:29 AM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 195,158
Posted By JohnMc
He did *promptly* answer a couple of questions I...

He did *promptly* answer a couple of questions I had before ordering and paying.

Again, while I would like it now now now, I'm not going to be pissy about stuff like this taking a while. I'd just...
Forum: projects & restorations 06-18-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 1,251
Views: 195,158
Posted By JohnMc
Awesome. It's a little 'safer' to buy the...

Awesome. It's a little 'safer' to buy the G37/370 'JK' version, than the 'CD00?' G35/350 version. Once the sticker is worn off, it's almost implossible to tell what kind those are, but all the 'JK'...
Forum: projects & restorations 06-18-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,518
Posted By JohnMc
I'm sort of thinking I should get a steel...

I'm sort of thinking I should get a steel bellhousing for mine, instead of the aluminum one. Something, something, exploding flywheels.


I do like how the Collins kit is all stock LS/T56 parts...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-14-2018, 04:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 436
Posted By JohnMc
I think the consensus is that the stock header...

I think the consensus is that the stock header (and dual downpipe!) is really good, so good that you really won't "NEED" a header until you've got lots of other mods all lined up which all work...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-14-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 436
Posted By JohnMc
And FWIW that manifold looks like a FI manifold,...

And FWIW that manifold looks like a FI manifold, with the thicker flange.

I think B20's generally came with the one piece cast iron exhaust/intake manifolds. Warmed by the exhaust for cold...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-14-2018, 03:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 436
Posted By JohnMc
You might need to drill out that bottom center...

You might need to drill out that bottom center hole - where there is a simple metal centering plug/stud.

I think that's bigger on the later heads?

Also be aware of the 'thickness' changes -...
Forum: performance & modifications 06-14-2018, 03:01 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,594
Posted By JohnMc
It's an EMPEEGEE thread, not an AITCHPEE thread!

It's an EMPEEGEE thread, not an AITCHPEE thread!
Forum: performance & modifications 06-14-2018, 02:55 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,594
Posted By JohnMc
Maybe something like a power plant that has...

Maybe something like a power plant that has several turbines running off the same source of steam, each turbine specialized to work efficiently in its place in the chain of expanding and cooling...
Forum: performance & modifications 06-14-2018, 12:19 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,594
Posted By JohnMc
It's a heat engine, loads of energy are lost in...

It's a heat engine, loads of energy are lost in trying to keep the engine cool enough to use things like 'oil' for lubrication, and tin/bismuth/lead based bearings.

If you could make it out of...
Forum: events 06-14-2018, 11:48 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,786
Posted By JohnMc
If my Volvo is still apart (lololocry) I'll bring...

If my Volvo is still apart (lololocry) I'll bring my 4Runner and we can go wheeling somewhere!
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