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Old 01-21-2019, 03:02 PM   #1
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Hello guys, been a long time since i got a chance to actually build something volvo related.

Been trying to get back to whiteblocks for 5 years and now finally managed to do that

What started out as a simple naturally aspirated 5 cylinder swap to my "daily-beater", so i could have a little fun with it, has come to a point, where when i get what i want from the engine, i'm going to swap it to a proper chassy for drag use

So to make long story a little shorter - here's my beemer 5 years ago:


Meanwhile, it has had several engines, starting with 1.8 83kw stock engine, then 3.0 v8 engine, then again 1.8 engine that ran on 2,5bar of boost, then 2.0 6 cylinder with turbo and finally what the thread is about - whiteblock.



So about the "thing" itself - Regular e36 body, minor mods in the front suspension, mostly everything rebuilt few years ago. So far i've used it for dragracing and also drifting as my own entertainment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-tc4J13qEI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnyuSwJJvnc

Sad part is.. my best ET so far is 13,625@162kmh with my 1.8 engine and 0,9bar of boost, so i haven't succeeded much
But this year not should, but WILL be different

So the engine.. i started the swap with B5254S from my old volvo 440, got to drive it just a little around garage when its life got ended due to oiling error.
That sorted out.. new life on the chassy started b5204T engine i picked up. Looked for specifically 2.0 due to 81mm cylinder, so it would handle more power

I will not bother you with every little detail i have made, so i'll let the pics to the job
















Engine: B5204T
ECU: Megasquirt 3v3.0
Turbo: Holset HX50
Wastegate: from Audi AAN
Injectors: Siemens deka 825cc
Fuel pump: Walbro 450lph
FPR: Turbosmart
Clutch: stock diesel one for now
Gearbox: Getrag 240

Those are specs for the first dyno.. also boost will be 0,7bar as base, because i don't want to kill the engine so quickly with my need for power

For drag season, i have forged rods, crank from D5 engine waiting, and also plan for better clutch and double-VVT(for now just exhaust cam).


I think i have covered most of the important parts of this build, so hope you liked it and if anything is bothering, i'm always listening to what everyone has to say (i'm mostly not that way that people suggest but that's not the point)
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Old 01-21-2019, 03:47 PM   #2
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I dig that oil pan. Finding RWD B6xxx pans is starting to get hard, especially in North America. Did you use the stock 5-cyl pan as a base?
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Old 01-21-2019, 04:14 PM   #3
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Are you using a plate adapter for the Getrag?
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Old 01-21-2019, 04:14 PM   #4
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Looks good. Nice to see a swap that is volvo power into a good chassis.
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Old 01-21-2019, 05:04 PM   #5
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Yeah i used the stock fwd oil pan.. thought about finding the rwd oil pan but as i do everything myself, it was basically 0 expense on modifying it to fit

Gearbox is also welded, but i got it from a friend because 5th gear is making noise and he made himself new one.. also i was too lazy to make myself one, because it was supposed to be a fast and easy project
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Old 01-22-2019, 05:08 PM   #6
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haha! i like what you did to the grille...! ;)
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Old 01-22-2019, 05:53 PM   #7
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haha! i like what you did to the grille...! ;)
Glad You like it


In other news.. got the screamerpipe and hood exit hole sorted out
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Old 01-22-2019, 08:39 PM   #8
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This is insanity! I love it
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Old 01-23-2019, 03:03 PM   #9
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Very nice fabrication work.
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Old 01-23-2019, 03:49 PM   #10
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It's hard to beat that engine and chassis combination.
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Old 01-23-2019, 07:59 PM   #11
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What oil pan did you start with? Did it have the oil cooler/warmer on the side of the pan?
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Old 01-24-2019, 04:16 AM   #12
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Oil pan is from 5cyl fwd car and yes it had oil cooler lines but in front of the pan not side. Side ones wouldn't probably work for me.
As you see i used them for remote oil filter, but that is not needed in every case, original filter mount works fine if there's enough room for it

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Old 01-30-2019, 05:22 PM   #13
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So i finally pulled myself together, and went to dyno... 5th time with this car... best result so far

But to stop your exitement, didn't go there to pull big power because i still have stock internals and i want it to stay running just a bit :D
Main thing was to see if everything works properly.. and gladly it basically does.
Oil catch system i think needs some improvement but everything else was just dandy.

So it has 9psi of boost at the moment and 222hp/256nm at the wheels.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCHSOBg3Tr4
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Thinking back i could've turned up the boost just a bit.. regrets
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Old 01-31-2019, 08:33 AM   #14
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That’s going to be a hoot!
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Old 03-12-2019, 03:00 PM   #15
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So finally i did some fixes and went back to dyno..

The result is 340hp/378nm at the wheels so about 360hp/400nm from engine at 20psi of boost
Not bad for stock 2 litre whiteblock..


(dynosheet is in kw :P )


Next step is new exhaust header because me and my tuner are pretty convinced that it doesn't flow and causes detonation.. because at max hp i only have 2 degrees of ignition advance and lots of fuel to avoid knocking
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Old 03-12-2019, 06:39 PM   #16
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Pretty cool. Why did you ditch the m54?
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:09 PM   #17
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Nice work so far!!

What are you doing with the VVT solenoid? Are you controlling the cam timing they the ECU or is it left uncontrolled?
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Old 03-13-2019, 02:39 AM   #18
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M52 i had but i don't like the sound of them and also kinda boring engines as probably every imaginable build has been done with them.. i mean small turbos, big turbos, multiple turbos, all kinds of chassies etc.
Yeah they might be good.. as are 2jz, ls and other highly mainstream engines but i never seem to choose the easy way :D
I like experimenting and doing things nobody usually does.

What comes to VVT then it is controlled by ecu. It is a very good thing, especially what comes to small displacement-big turbo combination :D
When i finally have the time to rebuild the engine i'm gonna add the intake vvt also
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Old 03-13-2019, 03:47 PM   #19
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340whp is pretty amazing, especially if it's a stock bottom end. Those T5's REALLY improve when you open the exhaust side of the motor up.

I bet it's a blast to drive!
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