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Old 03-28-2009, 07:41 AM   #1
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We'll, it all started a couple of years ago when I was about 17 or something and always wanted to do something like this project, but didn't have the money to do it. So last year, I worked everyday during the summer holidays so I can afford a project like this.

November 2008 (@ age 20 now) i had enough money so i wen't out and started searching for a nice Volvo 745. Then i came across this one and bought it immediatly. It's a 1989 745 GLT 16V with a lot of options (electric windows, mirrors and antenna, a sunroof, climate control, cruise control, heated seats, adjustable ride hight in the back, etc etc). The only bad thing about the car was the sagging headliner.

The plan is to gather all the parts i need (i have almost everything now, still need a clutch and a bunch of other small bits), and take the engine apart at the end of may and build everything on it then. Until then, i'll fix everything that doesn't require taking the engine out. It'll get forged pistons and rods, MSnS with boostcontrol, JAW and COP ignition, an IHI RHC6 turbo, ebay ic, 550cc injectors (may need bigger ones), M90 gearbox while using the LH2.4 dog dish flywheel and a sachs race engineering clutch, and all the other stuff i forgot right now . I'll keep this tread up to date as the project goes.

Here's how it looked when i just got it:







To improve handling and the looks of the car i got some progressive lowering springs (Merwede springs) and installed them, together with new suspension bushings and ball joints etc. I spent three days laying under my car on gravel while it was -11C, so that was kinda unpleasant, but it was worth it :







After that, the headliner with all of the brown old foam crap that rained down in my car drove me insane so i just had to reupholster it. I also wrote an article about how to do this, which can be found here: http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=160443

It wen't from this:



to this:





Last week i have gotten a few things done. First i installed fog lights (finally) to fill up those ugly holes where they where supposed to be:











Then I converted the sunroof from manual to electric, and put a new antenna piece in my electrical antenna so it works again.

I also got a leather interior from a 940 for a nice price to replace my ugly greenish seets. It went from this:





to this:









and that's where i'm at at the moment

and a few pics of the pistons and turbo and some other stuff:













These are the spec's on the RHC6:

Turbine:
.70 A/R housing
Wheel diameter 2.420" --> 61,46mm
Inducer diameter 2.030" --> 51,62mm
70 Trim
11 blades

Compressor:
.70 A/R Housing (not certain)
Wheel diameter 2.756" --> 70mm
Inducer diameter --> 51.32mm
54 Trim
6 blades




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Old 03-28-2009, 07:45 AM   #2
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Very nice! really wanna see how it goes along.

BTW what's the power/torque rating on the euro B234...F it is out there as well, maybe?
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Old 03-28-2009, 07:55 AM   #3
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great man, this is going to be awesome.

740 wagons with draco's ftw of course im sure your going to change them to different rims?

looks to me like your going weld your own turbo header with those flanges you bought? or are you going to send it out to a shop to get it built?

nice job on the interior, my headliner is worse than yours i need to do something about it.

m90 ftw
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Old 03-28-2009, 08:01 AM   #4
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Thanks

Yes i'm going to make my own turbo header using those flanges. I like to do as much as i can by myself The rims are somewhere low on my list of things to do, i'll first get the engine up and running as i want it.

@ harribert,

It is rated at 159hp and 210nm on euro 95 fuel.
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Old 03-28-2009, 08:04 AM   #5
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thats good. your supposed to do everything yourself

top mount or bottom mount?

are you going to keep it internally gated?
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Old 03-28-2009, 08:09 AM   #6
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Top mount.yeah i'm keeping the internal gate as it is quite big on the RHC6 (34mm in diameter with a lot of room for making it even bigger. up to 38 or 40mm should be doable).

i also found one super crappy pic of my m90 on my cellphone


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Old 03-28-2009, 08:19 AM   #7
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i know the standard .48a/r t3 turbine is not as big(at all!!) but i spent some time porting the wastegate hole while i had mine apart b4 i mated a t4 60trim compressor.

its worked out fairly well for me so having a big wastegate hole of 38 or 40mm like you said should work out fine for you. i know you probably will but really take the time while it is apart to really SMOOTH out the path of the exhaust gasses, you won't regret it.
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Old 03-28-2009, 12:32 PM   #8
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sayyy, those rods and pistons look awfully familiar...
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Old 03-28-2009, 02:54 PM   #9
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haha indeed, how are they holding up? I had to wait almost 2 months for them because of you . When i ordered there was one set in stock, so the day i payed i saw you ordered them the day before, so i guess it was you they went to
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Nice!
I want to see that car one day! (And race against you in my 760)
Keep up the good work!
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Old 03-28-2009, 04:13 PM   #11
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You got yourself a deal I hope to have it running at the end of august
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Old 03-30-2009, 05:50 AM   #12
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Bought this at my local Volvo dealership (i was suprised they still have them):

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haha indeed, how are they holding up? I had to wait almost 2 months for them because of you . When i ordered there was one set in stock, so the day i payed i saw you ordered them the day before, so i guess it was you they went to
happens like that. don't worry, apparently i'm last in line in everything else that I've ordered for the car, so the motor short block is sitting bagged in the corner of the shop.
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Old 03-30-2009, 01:53 PM   #14
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waiting for stuff sucks


On a side note, just mounted it. It does make a difference, the front end feels much stiffer going over bumps etc.:

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Hey! What the part # for the brace and hardware?
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where'd you get those pistons? straight from wiesco?
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Old 04-07-2009, 06:48 AM   #17
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The number for the brace is 3526694. The mounting hardware: 3 bolts, number 985046 and one nut: 987891

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I got them from R-Sport International in Portland, OR.
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I'd just get the cherry turbos lower brace - reason being is I like the fact it mounts in three places better.

anyways, nice nice nice - looks awesome dude! /subscribed
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The number for the brace is 3526694. The mounting hardware: 3 bolts, number 985046 and one nut: 987891
Sweet! Thanks, just ordered one.

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anyways, nice nice nice - looks awesome dude! /subscribed
Yeah, but at $56 my cost from Volvo, I'll roll with this.
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Sweet! Thanks, just ordered one.



Yeah, but at $56 my cost from Volvo, I'll roll with this.
I need to ask you about parts availability on some euro stuff.
I have a hookup here but they can only order from Canada's warehouse.
I need someone who can check the US warehouse.
Cost aside, just want to know actual availability.
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I need to ask you about parts availability on some euro stuff.
I have a hookup here but they can only order from Canada's warehouse.
I need someone who can check the US warehouse.
Cost aside, just want to know actual availability.
Then I'm your man. Lemme know what you need.
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Sweet! Thanks, just ordered one.



Yeah, but at $56 my cost from Volvo, I'll roll with this.
Yay for impulse buys, me too!

Sander, where did you get those springs from and how much did they cost?
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Impules buys ftw

I got the springs from a friend of mine who at the time worked at the factory where they where made. I got them for a special price. Don't know where to get them the regular way tho.
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I got the springs from a friend of mine who at the time worked at the factory where they where made. I got them for a special price. Don't know where to get them the regular way tho.
Stealing parts in a big lunch box, FTW!
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Stealing parts in a big lunch box, FTW!
Just make sure you take both fenders home on the same day. Or at least the same model year.
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