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Forum: performance & modifications Yesterday, 10:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 566
Posted By JohnMc
I got a space saver spare tire out of a newer...

I got a space saver spare tire out of a newer Volvo in the junkyard. Easily fits under the cover in the back of the wagon, fits over the large brakes (RX7( in front, fits properly on the adapters...
Forum: performance & modifications Yesterday, 03:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 149
Posted By JohnMc
And it's a freaking PITA struggle, possibly more...

And it's a freaking PITA struggle, possibly more than pulling the whole trans, but you'll need that pedal box too. Unless the aftermarket clutch pedal somehow comes with a bracket to support the...
Forum: performance & modifications Yesterday, 02:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 149
Posted By JohnMc
The phasing of the u-joints needs to be correct...

The phasing of the u-joints needs to be correct between the front an rear halves. I think the Volvo splines only let you put it together one way (a fat or skinny spline?) bit I forget.

I got...
Forum: performance & modifications Yesterday, 02:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 149
Posted By JohnMc
You can pull them apart at the slip joint, but...

You can pull them apart at the slip joint, but you have to reassemble them correctly. Easier to just grab the whole thing. 4 bolts at either end, two holding the center support.
Forum: performance & modifications Yesterday, 11:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 149
Posted By JohnMc
It's been a lonnnng time since I did this swap in...

It's been a lonnnng time since I did this swap in my '93. Sorry if I forget anything.

- you do need the driveshaft - the front section is a different length. They didn't bother making all the...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-19-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 372
Posted By JohnMc
I initially ran my T5 on a stock mount (chunk of...

I initially ran my T5 on a stock mount (chunk of angle iron between it and the T5) and that was pretty wiggly. Then I used a Yoshifab crossmember and a solid poly T5 mount, far, far less wiggling...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-19-2020, 10:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 392
Posted By JohnMc
The fitment listing in that eBay goes back to...

The fitment listing in that eBay goes back to 1984?
Forum: performance & modifications 10-19-2020, 10:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 372
Posted By JohnMc
Just run it. It will self-clearance as needed. ...

Just run it. It will self-clearance as needed. :lol:

But srsly, it sort of depends on your trans mount, and to a lesser amount your engine mounts - how much they let the trans end wiggle around.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-18-2020, 09:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 246
Posted By JohnMc
I'm not sure what IPD sells as a replacement. ...

I'm not sure what IPD sells as a replacement. *checking IPD site*

IIRC it was something else other than this stuff?...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-17-2020, 06:46 PM
Replies: 1,497
Views: 561,957
Posted By JohnMc
Well that was refreshingly simple. The BOV -...

Well that was refreshingly simple. The BOV - held in by a finicky PITA snapring, had popped out. So it was making 3 - 4 psi of boost blowing air out of the 1.5" hole where the BOV was supposed to...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-16-2020, 04:01 PM
Replies: 1,497
Views: 561,957
Posted By JohnMc
Drove it for the first time in a while. Sigh,...

Drove it for the first time in a while. Sigh, it's not making as much boost as it should. Haven't looked into it. But it was building up to only 3 or 4 psi. Which is a lot of HP still, but...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-16-2020, 02:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 373
Posted By JohnMc
Pull a plug after cranking for a while and see if...

Pull a plug after cranking for a while and see if it smells of gas.

Pull the coil wire, set it close (1/4") from something metal on the motor, crank and see if you get sparks.

When it's running...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-15-2020, 10:56 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 36,859
Posted By JohnMc
Also - the SU carb throttle shafts can wear into...

Also - the SU carb throttle shafts can wear into the soft alu carb body, the throttle valve ends up a little off center, and that can cause one edge to hang up on the bore and hang open a little. Or...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-13-2020, 08:42 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,622
Posted By JohnMc
1" thick, 2" diameter. Unlike the...

1" thick, 2" diameter.

Unlike the 122/18000/140 mounts, they're not angled backward to push against the trans mount, just leaned in a bit toward each other.
Forum: projects & restorations 10-12-2020, 09:16 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,622
Posted By JohnMc
Did you perhaps get some 122/1800/140 motor...

Did you perhaps get some 122/1800/140 motor mounts? The PV mounts are shorter/thinner, about like a hockey puck, and have the larger, fine threaded fasteners.

I had been running 164 mounts on...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-08-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,660
Posted By JohnMc
The AQ180 produced 180 hp, probably a cam swap. ...

The AQ180 produced 180 hp, probably a cam swap. The B36 was used in trucks and probably had a low rpm cam in it for stump pulling low end torks, not high RPM Hp.
Forum: performance & modifications 10-07-2020, 02:19 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,660
Posted By JohnMc
/\ /\ /\ A B36 would be neat in a PV with the...

/\ /\ /\ A B36 would be neat in a PV with the front fenders taken off hot-rod style. (And a narrower radiator shell/nose of some sort)
Forum: projects & restorations 10-07-2020, 11:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 552
Posted By JohnMc
Also - what year is your 1800? I think at some...

Also - what year is your 1800? I think at some point the tunnels got wider to allow for the optional automatic offered later on in production. I think it would be far easier to fit an AW trans into...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-07-2020, 11:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 552
Posted By JohnMc
It's not a direct bolt in - but Yoshifab sells...

It's not a direct bolt in - but Yoshifab sells some brackets to use with a pushrod car: https://yoshifab.com/store/slant-mount-vintage-red-block-mount-kit.html

There are two options there, 140...
Forum: performance & modifications 10-07-2020, 11:10 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,660
Posted By JohnMc
B230 bottom end (no balance shafts, easier to...

B230 bottom end (no balance shafts, easier to bolt into a 140), 16V head, keep it olde school with a couple of DCOE's on it.

150-ish hp without doing anything silly to it, you could put some...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-07-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 414
Posted By JohnMc
Automatic trans starter interlock? Maybe try...

Automatic trans starter interlock? Maybe try shifting it to neutral and see if that cranks it.
Forum: projects & restorations 10-06-2020, 03:49 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,887
Posted By JohnMc
I guess a side impact bag went off on one of the...

I guess a side impact bag went off on one of the seats.

Yeah, I didn't look closely enough at those pics, I thought it was pretty straight other than a mashed front end.
Forum: projects & restorations 10-06-2020, 03:44 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,887
Posted By JohnMc
Neat! That seems like a good price on the...

Neat! That seems like a good price on the donor-stang. How messed up was it?
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-02-2020, 10:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 626
Posted By JohnMc
I'm not expert even as little on rear axles, but...

I'm not expert even as little on rear axles, but I have a vague recollection of a crush sleeve being used stock, and maybe you should replace that with something else if you were going to try to run...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-01-2020, 08:29 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,622
Posted By JohnMc
Those early warning lights are not easy to see. ...

Those early warning lights are not easy to see. Small and dim.
Forum: performance & modifications 10-01-2020, 02:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 907
Posted By JohnMc
Megasquirt and no MAF.

Megasquirt and no MAF.
Forum: projects & restorations 10-01-2020, 02:09 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,622
Posted By JohnMc
The 544 and 122/Amazons share the clusters - just...

The 544 and 122/Amazons share the clusters - just a minor difference in the silver trim piece. On the PV that part is visible along the bottom, so it's prettier and says 'Volvo' on it, it's hidden...
Forum: showroom 10-01-2020, 10:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 383
Posted By JohnMc
Also - on the subject of A/C - it wasn't...

Also - on the subject of A/C - it wasn't integrated with the heater/ventilation unit on older cars like this. If it had A/C, it would be an obvious add-on unit hanging under the dash on the...
Forum: showroom 10-01-2020, 10:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 383
Posted By JohnMc
I don't think there's a nice grease fitting on...

I don't think there's a nice grease fitting on those hinges, partly why they end up neglected and frozen.
Forum: showroom 10-01-2020, 09:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 383
Posted By JohnMc
Oh, and try to force some lube into the hood...

Oh, and try to force some lube into the hood hinges! A lot of 1800's have funky panel fit around the front of the hood because the hinges get stiff from neglect and exposure, and then proceed to...
Forum: showroom 10-01-2020, 09:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 383
Posted By JohnMc
Toe settings can certianly make a car feel...

Toe settings can certianly make a car feel floaty.

Rear bars help dial out some of Volvo's factory setting which feature lots of understeer. Most people like understeer (i.e. the front end goes...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-30-2020, 04:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 473
Posted By JohnMc
I'm not sure how long you should really expect...

I'm not sure how long you should really expect the brake booster and check valve to hold vacuum.
Forum: projects & restorations 09-30-2020, 02:31 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,622
Posted By JohnMc
WHen I got mine, it was the other way around -...

WHen I got mine, it was the other way around - original coil still in place, but a generic aftermarket ignition switch. but the coil itself was weak, putting out really thin wispy faint blue sparks.
Forum: performance & modifications 09-28-2020, 03:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,137
Posted By JohnMc
225/45/17's on mine, it's traction limited in...

225/45/17's on mine, it's traction limited in 1st, 2nd, 3rd (low geared 6 spd Nissan trans, 5th is 1:1). About 550 hp, and the gearing is (so far) a bit too short.

I'll be carefully squeezing in...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-27-2020, 07:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,689
Posted By JohnMc
Did you drive it around and check for hot wheels?

Did you drive it around and check for hot wheels?
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-24-2020, 06:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,689
Posted By JohnMc
And yeah, to talk on that part of your question -...

And yeah, to talk on that part of your question - one of the reasons 240's hang around so long is because they rarely all fall apart at once. They're tough buggers. With some faults, but generally,...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-24-2020, 05:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,689
Posted By JohnMc
No, brake fade wouldn't occur in normal use. But...

No, brake fade wouldn't occur in normal use. But if a caliper was lightly stuck and holding the pads against the rotor, it's generating heat all the time, getting far hotter than it normally would. ...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-24-2020, 10:52 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,622
Posted By JohnMc
And I'd expect the tank to have LOTS more rust...

And I'd expect the tank to have LOTS more rust waiting to go to a filter. Probably well worth the effort of removing it and cleaning it out.
Forum: performance & modifications 09-23-2020, 09:30 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,386
Posted By JohnMc
Probably good for hooining around. Selectable...

Probably good for hooining around. Selectable full locking. Heh, I did a 5 minute mod on my Toyota's factory rear e-locker so I can use it in 2HI. That's entertaining on rainy slick roads.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-23-2020, 08:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 980
Posted By JohnMc
Yeah, I've always used a wrench on that bolt to...

Yeah, I've always used a wrench on that bolt to turn cams around to align them for a TB install. You're not using much force to turn them.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-22-2020, 08:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,689
Posted By JohnMc
Teeny tiny nitpick - but brake fade is when the...

Teeny tiny nitpick - but brake fade is when the brakes stop working as well because the pads and rotor get too hot.

A sudden complete loss of braking happens when the fluid boils and creates a...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-22-2020, 07:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,851
Posted By JohnMc
Any impressions I ever have about what Volvo used...

Any impressions I ever have about what Volvo used back then always turn out to be based on really small sample sizes.

I.e. my 1963 122 I used to have, the 1963 PV I have now (which has very...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-22-2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 980
Posted By JohnMc
The belt turns two things - the camshaft up top,...

The belt turns two things - the camshaft up top, and the 'intermediate shaft' partway down the motor. That int. shaft spins the distributor (on a 240) and turns the pump.

When the belt breaks,...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-22-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 980
Posted By JohnMc
And unicorns vs. horses - it's probably a timing...

And unicorns vs. horses - it's probably a timing belt. It's unlikely that a motor would suddenly seize and stop due to oil starvation, unless you stared at that oil light for... a .... bit.......
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-22-2020, 02:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 980
Posted By JohnMc
ANd it's normal to see the camshaft through the...

ANd it's normal to see the camshaft through the oil cap. There isn't all that much oil up in the valve cover, and it quickly and freely drains back down into the bottom of the engine.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-22-2020, 08:32 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,851
Posted By JohnMc
AFAIK that was purely for emissions. The testing...

AFAIK that was purely for emissions. The testing in the early 70's wasn't very realistic, it was all done on an idling engine, they weren't trying to test them at higher outputs. So the vac retard...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-20-2020, 08:55 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,622
Posted By JohnMc
There's not a lot of room in the PV engine bay. ...

There's not a lot of room in the PV engine bay. It narrows toward the front. There's about 3 inches of room between the front stack and the inner fender.
https://i.imgur.com/SjM6YyVh.jpg
Forum: projects & restorations 09-18-2020, 02:51 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,622
Posted By JohnMc
When the B20 alternator died on my PV (it came...

When the B20 alternator died on my PV (it came along with the B20), it was in the middle of a road trip (driving back from MM). I decided to improve on it a bit. instead of getting another rare,...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-18-2020, 12:05 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,622
Posted By JohnMc
The alternator certainly isn't original. Is it a...

The alternator certainly isn't original. Is it a later Volvo setup or something random stuck on there?

My PV came to me with a huge Dodge alternator of some sort stuck on it. Threaded rod...
Forum: performance & modifications 09-18-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,841
Posted By JohnMc
I think Volvo was actually the first company to...

I think Volvo was actually the first company to sell Chinese made car in the US market - the S60 Inscription. Closely followed by Cadillac (hybrid version of the CT6) and Buick.
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