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Old 06-12-2016, 09:16 AM   #651
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I the car still under construction?

Volvo 164e B30e, Megasquirt MSII extra
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Old 09-07-2016, 08:19 AM   #652
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Hi, some news on the project is long overdue!

Just a short update for today, but there will be more to come soon.

I have had a long-term dip in motivation for the 164 project, but thanks to Ste's Granddad (yes, really) my mojo is coming back.

His Grandfather sadly had to give up driving, and his lovely gold 164 came into Ste's ownership. Driving it rekindled my memories and enthusiasm for mine.

For health reasons, my income is likely to drop considerably, so I am re-planning some aspects of this project for cheaper alternatives, to allow for getting it finished with the potential to upgrade later. I'll still try to work to a high standard, just using more ingenuity and less cash...


I have taken the block and head to the engineering workshop. The block is being bored and sleeved so I can re-use the original pistons.

The head is having hardened valve seats fitted to allow for unleaded fuel.

I have dropped (for now) my plan to have larger exhaust valves and ceramic coated pistons. I will settle for less boost for the time being.

Cleaning up the head before I took it to the engineer

I have decided on Megasquirt engine management, I'm just working out the detailed spec required then it will be ordered.


I am revising my plans for the interior to avoid the cost of a re-trim of the seats which I originally intended. I will update soon when I have evaluated the ideas I'm working on.

Steve and Ryan very kindly unearthed and cleaned up the car after its hibernation - that was also a major boost to the motivation!

That's all for now



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Old 09-10-2016, 06:02 PM   #653
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glad to see that this project is getting back on track! Please keep the updates coming.
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Old 09-18-2016, 08:14 PM   #654
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Hi all,

An update not about the 164 specifically, but related.

For health reasons, I am very likely to make a career change. My intention is to set up in business, maybe Spring 2017, doing restoration and modification on classic cars, specialising in the RWD-era Volvos.

The 164, and my other project, the 245 turbo, will in effect be the 'demonstrators' for the venture, to show standards and some of the range of modifications that can be achieved. (Mods aren't mandatory! I am very happy to work on totally standard classic cars as well).

The aim will be to carry out high-quality work much cheaper than a good bodyshop or modification workshop can provide, due to my low overheads.

If any UK members are interested in commissioning some work, from maybe a respray right up to me building a car to your spec, please feel free to PM.

This isn't a certainty yet. If I go ahead formally, I'll post in the Trade section of the Forum setting out what I can offer. Meanwhile, here are some examples of things I have done successfully on RWD Volvos


Turbo Engine swap
Performance upgrades

Automatic to manual conversion
Manual to manual+overdrive conversion
Volvo M47 to M90 conversion

Handling upgrades, all aspects
Left to right-hand-drive conversion
Brake upgrades
Wheel upgrades and refurbishment

Leather seat repair
Custom seats design and installation
Leather seat recolouring
Custom dashboards

Conversion from k-jet to LH2.4 turbo engine management
Custom audio installation
Custom instruments

I am currently doing the bodywork restoration on my friend Ryan's 245, photo updates here:

All for now, Regards

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Old 08-16-2017, 04:38 AM   #655
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So, how did the business pan out? Did you ever got around to working on the 164?
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