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Old 12-18-2009, 10:31 AM   #51
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Holy crap, that thing is farggin crazy!!!
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:38 AM   #52
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looks like it has a header on it. What's going on with the radiator?
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:42 PM   #53
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The original radiator had a leak i was told. It needs to be re-sodderd and or completely re built? If thats posable? The PO rigged up a working radiator in front of the orginal one and just ran some hoses. Seemed to cool it fine on the drive home, then again it is winter. Its a little leaky but it works. He said during the summer whne sitting in traffic, it wanted to get hot because the original radiator was kinda in the way.

So what i would like to do is, either find a 544 radiator and just drop it in or find something that will cool the car good and see if i can just make it fit. Also, i was going to see if i could put a bigger fan on to help cooling. I was wondering if the B20 motors came with a fan shroud? I know they are important in terms of directing air flow. Im kinda anal about cooling because i used to have so many cars overheat on me and it kinda scared me straight in terms of getting the cooling system working good.

I could have just told you that the original radiator ran on magic dust.
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:46 PM   #54
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Here are a few more photos my co-owner took of the car on the way home.





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Old 12-18-2009, 12:55 PM   #55
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No air cleaners on those carbs?
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:13 PM   #57
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Get the original radiator recored.
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:17 PM   #58
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Get the original radiator recored.
So you can get it done! Any advice on a good shop or mail off too kinda place? Fair prices?
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Old 12-18-2009, 06:34 PM   #59
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Hey guys, seeing as i know nothing about carbs, could anyone suggest a good book to learn/maintain them? Volvo based would be nice. The Motor is B20, i see IPD has some carb books. Reviews?
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Old 12-18-2009, 06:48 PM   #60
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Talk to Jim Morris. He had great advice that got me started. I'm by no means a carb expert but his advice gave me he confidence to attack them a little and I did tune them a bit before I sold the 142S
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:15 PM   #61
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Hey guys, seeing as i know nothing about carbs, could anyone suggest a good book to learn/maintain them? Volvo based would be nice. The Motor is B20, i see IPD has some carb books. Reviews?
Not sure about a volvo specific book just for the SU's, but look for "SU tuning and tips". Been a great reference for me so far. It has a blue cover, there are usually a few copies floating around e-bay.

You might want a look for the little tool kit for SU's on ebay as well, as well as a flow meter for balancing the carbs. The tools aren't completely necessary, but it's a hell of a lot easier with them than without
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Not sure about a volvo specific book just for the SU's, but look for "SU tuning and tips". Been a great reference for me so far. It has a blue cover, there are usually a few copies floating around e-bay.

You might want a look for the little tool kit for SU's on ebay as well, as well as a flow meter for balancing the carbs. The tools aren't completely necessary, but it's a hell of a lot easier with them than without
Yes! Been here done that! They're wor buying if you intend to keep the carbs and don't know someone with the tool!
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:24 PM   #63
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That is an awesome score and a damn nice ride. Looks like minimal rust. I love the mini-ceramic fuse, not to mention all the other little things it has going on. It's obviously seen a good life, and hopefully more to come! Let the b20 be, its found its home.
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:28 PM   #64
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So you can get it done! Any advice on a good shop or mail off too kinda place? Fair prices?
Ask around your local shops for a good radiator place.
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Find an SU book & Post on Brickboard the vintage guys there know carbs.
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Old 12-19-2009, 11:13 AM   #65
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Thanks guys. In search of a good SU book now.
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Old 12-19-2009, 11:51 AM   #66
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Everything you'll need to know about PVs can be found over on the 444-544 brickboard forum:

http://www.brickboard.com/RWD/?model=444-544

You can go to Vclassics, it's a dead forum (hopefully will never be taken down), but has a lot of good info in the tech achives:

http://vclassics.com/archive/index.html

Engines and some of the basic info are shared with the 122s, and there is a site that has all the factory manuals (greenbooks) and parts catalogues (I usually use just the parts catalogues because they show exploded views of how things are put together) for the 122s (left side of the page, click on "Documents"):

http://www.volvoamazonpictures.se/

I can shoot you a copy of the 544s greenbooks and parts manual.

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Old 12-19-2009, 12:04 PM   #67
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The original radiator had a leak i was told. It needs to be re-sodderd and or completely re built? If thats posable? The PO rigged up a working radiator in front of the orginal one and just ran some hoses. Seemed to cool it fine on the drive home, then again it is winter. Its a little leaky but it works. He said during the summer whne sitting in traffic, it wanted to get hot because the original radiator was kinda in the way.

So what i would like to do is, either find a 544 radiator and just drop it in or find something that will cool the car good and see if i can just make it fit. Also, i was going to see if i could put a bigger fan on to help cooling. I was wondering if the B20 motors came with a fan shroud? I know they are important in terms of directing air flow. Im kinda anal about cooling because i used to have so many cars overheat on me and it kinda scared me straight in terms of getting the cooling system working good.

I could have just told you that the original radiator ran on magic dust.
Hey, I have a good radiator on the 140 I am parting. It has a b20 motor also. Looks to be the same one.
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Old 12-19-2009, 12:05 PM   #68
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Paul...thanks for the tips! Just getting the car and not knowing all that much about it is a bit overwhelming at first. Same way i felt when i first got my 744t many years ago. All this info will help and ill take the cold winter months to do more reading then fixing. Thanks so much, this all helps!
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Old 12-19-2009, 12:05 PM   #69
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This car is so full of win, it's not even funny. awesomeness around. congrats on a wonderfully epic purchase.
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Old 12-19-2009, 06:41 PM   #70
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WOW! YIKES! AMAZING! All at the same time. That thing is nuts! Haha, do it right, clean some of that stuff up and take care of it. Definitely cool.
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Old 12-19-2009, 06:58 PM   #71
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in case you hadn't figured it out yet from other posts, you have twin SU's. this is a good setup and will provide enough fuel and air to the car. I'd get some air cleaners for it though. They can be had for fairly decent money. I still can't believe how awesome a find that is. Also, don't know if you were aware or not, but that is absolutely NOT the stock guage cluster. stock guages have a horizontal ribbon style spedometer and fuel, and temp guages all as one piece.

EDIT: forgot to add that the front bumper is also not original, but looks great, adds to the theme of the car, and I'd keep it personally.
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Hey, I have a good radiator on the 140 I am parting. It has a b20 motor also. Looks to be the same one.

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Old 12-20-2009, 02:18 PM   #73
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:45 PM   #74
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Looks like a fun project! Good thing that the B20 was dropped in there, as it originally had a B16 which is a pig. The B20 is a great engine for this car. I rebuilt one and put it in mine (see pic below) and it really flies. If you do the math, the B20 puts out 118 HP in stock form in a car that's about 2200 pounds. You'll blow away any normally aspirated stock 240 out there, and you'll surprise some stock Civics too You can get your rad re-cored, but add in a 5 blade fan (as in the picture) from a later 122s. The cooling will be just fine with that setup. A 140 rad will not fit because it is an early 544 with the hood hinging internally instead of externally like the newer cars.



Judging by the ID tag, the car was red like mine and this is what your interior would have looked like in 1960.



If you need any advice or technical help with this car, please feel free to e-mail me at rob544(at)sympatico (dot)ca

Good luck with your car. You'll find that as you sort things out, it is an amazing car to drive. It's surprisingly quick and very easy to throw around.

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Old 12-20-2009, 05:53 PM   #75
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hey rob, where abouts in canada are you?

there seems to be an awful lot of PV's up north here.
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