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Old 10-25-2019, 01:08 PM   #726
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I still think you shouldn't worry about temps. The cts-v operating temp is 215-220º
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Old 10-26-2019, 11:53 AM   #727
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Modern Golf-based VWs are great cars. I can only imagine how much fun that R is. The 242 is looking minty fresh. I hope drool will bead up on the Griot's waxed surface.

Congrats on the SEMA / Optima invitation! If you need SEMA survival tips I can chime in with that. I worked the show for 10 consecutive years and never need to go back
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Old 10-28-2019, 10:40 AM   #728
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I still think you shouldn't worry about temps. The cts-v operating temp is 215-220º
After some driving around on Saturday morning, the highest temps I saw were 185. I sure hope I have things working better now. Have never had the fans shut off at idle before and the car run cooler.

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Modern Golf-based VWs are great cars. I can only imagine how much fun that R is. The 242 is looking minty fresh. I hope drool will bead up on the Griot's waxed surface.

Congrats on the SEMA / Optima invitation! If you need SEMA survival tips I can chime in with that. I worked the show for 10 consecutive years and never need to go back
Dude I am so impressed with that little car. Its such a great drivers car. Aside from the overly bolstered seat for my big ass its wonderful.

Its my 4th trip to SEMA and 2nd time there with a car so I totally get it. 10 years would be waaay too much but I like to chat with friends in the industry.

Its always a different experience.
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Old 10-28-2019, 06:02 PM   #729
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After some driving around on Saturday morning, the highest temps I saw were 185. I sure hope I have things working better now. Have never had the fans shut off at idle before and the car run cooler.
My fan is running all the time. It comes on I think at 188º and the high speed around 192º. I set those 5 years ago and forgot about it.
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Old 10-29-2019, 09:09 PM   #730
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Just finished reading through this thread. I should have just given you a bunch of money to sort out my 240 instead of P.R.E lol
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Old 10-30-2019, 01:42 PM   #731
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My fan is running all the time. It comes on I think at 188º and the high speed around 192º. I set those 5 years ago and forgot about it.
We set ours to turn on at 200, it was set at 190 and the fan was always on in traffic.
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Old 10-30-2019, 03:32 PM   #732
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With a 187F t'stat on the inlet, the ecu temp sensor shows 195F-197F under cruise. Set the variable controller to control at 202F - so it ramps up when you come to a stop, and goes off 20-30 seconds after you leave the light. Winter time, I've made the 25 mile round trip to Cars&Coffee sans traffic -- and never had the fans come on at all.
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Old 10-31-2019, 10:06 AM   #733
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That's really good info on the fan settings.
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Old 10-31-2019, 05:41 PM   #734
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I was wrong about my high speed. It comes on at 196º
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Old 11-09-2019, 02:33 PM   #735
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Grats on the SEMA spot 8)

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Old 11-15-2019, 05:29 PM   #736
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Thanks for sharing, I had no idea that was even out there on the interwebs.

Vegas was overwhelming for us. 2 day drive down and 2 day drive home. We walked about 60 miles in the 6 days that we were in Vegas, lots of it for SEMA lots of it from hotel to casino, down the strip and at the racetrack.

I am not sure I need to do SEMA each year, Ill probably take a break for the next year or more. There were so many people there it was insane.

A few of my top pics and fun ones from the show.





















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Old 11-15-2019, 05:53 PM   #737
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The car seemed to be a hit. People loved that it was something different and well built. Each time we were at the car for something or another people would stop and take pics or ask lots of questions.

I think my goal of subtle from the outside and great content on the inside was a success.

We headed out from SEMA Friday even on the Ignited Exit Parade. It was awesome, tons of people but we were exhausted by then.



OUSCI was pretty rad, lots of cars and spectators on day one for the Auto Cross, which was half autocross and half road course. Run times were just under 60 seconds and the course itself was awesome, first half was a little loose, second half had lots of grip so it took some adjusting to that.

Road Course and Speed stop were Sunday. I did well on speed stop at 18th out of 32. I had a tough time on the Right side and would have done better if I could get that time down more.




Saturday Night was Road Rally out to Shelby.





Sunday LSX Magazine grabbed the car with Kristi and went out to take some pics of it for an upcoming feature.



And just some random cool shots over the weekend.










So that's a wrap.

Lessons learned, the car needs lots more radiator. My fixes worked great in traffic and around town even on the auto cross and speed stop the car stayed cool in sunny 80 degree weather but got hot again on the road course. Temps about 230.

I developed some vibration in the car in Fontana and thought it was tires, but we noticed it all the way over to Shelby and Back and it never improved. Sunday on the Road Course, the vibration got worse on hard right hand turns. I got the car up in the air and looked everything over, possibly a little bit too much pinion backlash but everything else seemed ok. I tightened a couple of loose jamb nuts but no improvement. I only did orientation and 1 road course session so I could get a lap time, but they were not hard or fast laps.

I need lots more camber and lots more front sway bar, as I have gotten better and faster, I have been able to push the car harder and harder and getting more induced chassis roll. This is letting the front roll over onto the edge of the outside front tire on mid sweeping turns and I am getting some shudder and push, also have to scrub a lot more corner speed than necessary.

Ill be upgrading the front struts, bigger sway bar and more camber in the off season.

The car needs more power. Will be doing the BTR cam, valve springs, 1000cc injectors, 2.4 pulley, cnc ported snout and a retune on it in the coming weeks. I would love to do an aluminum 6.2 but its not in the cards right now.

A few other odds and ends, hood vents, front brake cooling ducts, tripple adjustable rear shocks and a rearend checkup will be in order as well.

Overall for a car I built in my garage with mostly junkyard parts I have been pretty impressed with it, not only how it handles, but the beating the car took all summer long. The list of things we have done with this car since it was finished up in April is pretty awesome. Not to mention the people we have met along the way have been awesome. Looking forward to more adventures in 2019.

This is all built around a 200k mile 6.0 and a used 2002 Camaro T56.

Time for more chop chop this winter to get ready for March.

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Old 11-15-2019, 06:40 PM   #738
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Sean making us all look bad.
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Old 11-16-2019, 10:46 AM   #739
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Almost looks like you had tire contact on that front left fender during the stop there.

As always, car looks phenomenal, performs beautifully, and you still have plans for improvement. Keep it up man
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Old 11-25-2019, 12:48 PM   #740
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Almost looks like you had tire contact on that front left fender during the stop there.

As always, car looks phenomenal, performs beautifully, and you still have plans for improvement. Keep it up man
Totally hits the fender at full lock and lots of compression. But its never hurt anything so Ill keep sending it. It will get better with upgraded sway bar and more camber so I am not super worried about it....thats if the fenders dont get cut up for 315's.

Finally unloaded the car from the trailer this weekend and took it for its last spin for the year Saturday afternoon. Beautiful afternoon too.





So here we go Sunday morning, not working at a feverish pace or anything I tore the car down. Drained all the fluids, bagged all the hardware and inspected everything.







This was about lunchtime. Found a couple of interesting things. The alternator is totally trashed. There is a good 1/8- 3/16" play up and down on the end bearing so it will need to get changed out.

Tore down the Drivers side after lunch and began with removing the rockers and rocker tray and pulled all the plugs.

I ordered all of this stuff from Brian Tooley Racing and everything so far has been awesome, the valve spring compression tool works so good, they have great instructions online as well. These are a dual spring setup and come in a kit with new hardened spring seats and new valve stem seals. I also ordered the valve stem seal installer tool which took all of the guesswork out of the install.

The process is pretty straightforward on these, a couple taps with the hammer to make sure that keeper is loose, thread in the air chuck into the spark plug hole and give it some air to keep the valves closed. Spring compressor to loosen keepers, pull the keepers with a magnet and remove tool, Pop off keeper, spring and pull the seal and spring and reverse the order.

I took my time removing everything to make sure that it all goes back in the right locations.



Here you can see I have cylinder 2 done and working my way back.



All 4 done and ready for the other side.





I am still shocked at how clean this thing is inside. It had over 200k when I installed it last year and has been beat on all summer long. The van it was in was one of our fleet vans and had the oil changed at regular intervals of 7,500 with synthetic fluids. This is a pretty good testament to me that regular maintenance is key to long vehicle life.

I have been running Mobile 1 and WIX filters since it went in the car and after being in here I see zero reason to change that.

Going to mess around with the other side of the engine this week and see if I can get all of this buttoned up for the cam swap this weekend.

Then I can get onto the blower snout, pulley and injector and figure out what to do for an oil cooler.

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Old 11-25-2019, 06:03 PM   #741
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Well down the rabbit hole we go BTR V2 trunion upgrade is ordered after reading about bearing failures of the stock stuff with the double valve springs.

http://www.superstreetonline.com/fea...gli-delicious/

This is finally out. Pretty cool to see this thing in print....although I dont have my actual copy yet.

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Old 11-26-2019, 09:48 AM   #742
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I'm glad this car is getting the recognition it deserves.
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Old 11-26-2019, 10:12 AM   #743
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Congrats Sean, having a car in SS is goals af, I'm happy it's such a clean and well sorted example to show what these cars can be. Great work.
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Old 11-26-2019, 11:40 AM   #744
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This car is getting a lot of attention outside the Volvo community. Definitely exciting.

Happy for you, and stoked to watch you continue to improve!
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Thanks man, much appreciated.

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Appreciate the kind words. Its pretty cool to have a car in a big print magazine and they have a huge online following.

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Happy for you, and stoked to watch you continue to improve!
Thank you. It has definitely gotten a lot of exposure outside of the Volvo community and I think that is a good thing for these old cars.

I am excited to get the next round done and be ready to go for 2020 season early so it has the bugs all worked out.

Thanks for the kind words all!!

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Old 11-27-2019, 04:35 PM   #746
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Been following this all along. Hope you sell it to me when your done!
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Old 12-03-2019, 12:15 AM   #747
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Been following this all along. Hope you sell it to me when your done!

Thanks for following along. Not ready to sell this one quite yet but have a handful of people wanting to buy it
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Got the other valve springs, seats, seals and retainers all installed last week.

Just been tinkering with it the last few days since I have been battling a cold, its getting worse.

Here are some pics of why I decided to do the trunion upgrade and some of how.

You can see that the stock trunion only has about 40% of an actual shaft so the bearing puts a lot of pressure on that one spot...not that this is bad wear for 200k plus miles. But when you put in heavier valve springs it really puts pressure on those bearings and shaft.





and here is the other major problem. The factory bearings are just pressed into the rocker arm itself, there is no keeper in there and the bearing is a roller bearing with no keeper on the inside so if things come apart, these end up everywhere.

I chose to do the BTR TRK002 upgrade after a lot of reading up on what works.

You can see how huge of an upgrade this is.

Fully captured USA made Roller bearings



A full round shaft for bearings to ride on and fully captured with washers and clips.





The process was really straight forward with the right tools.



Totally worth the $39.00 in my opinion.

Tore down the front of the engine and built some tools.

A sharp eye will note the stock VVT 1 bolt camshaft still in place. I did elect to build some 5/16" dowels to keep the lifters up in their tray while Asher and I hot swapped the cam.



New power maker installed. Its a BTR Stage 2 blower cam I can post up the specs if people are curious. Specifically built for the LSA setup.



New 3 bolt gear and new timing cover installed and torqued. Crank pulley pinned again and back on.

Onto the next phase. Pulled off the blower snout and got to cleaning.





Stocker



Not Stocker

CNC ported Blower snout





All reinstalled with a griptech 2.45" pullley for a lot more air this go around.



Going to do the Mark Williams boosted 102mm throttle body to go with the snout just need it to show up.

Finally got around to installing this bad ass Turn One Power steering pump and billet pulley.





The only snafu so far is the BTR kit shorted me snap rings for the trunions. They sent them out overnight to me but when they showed up they were the wrong ones so waiting on those still.

I did measure for pushrods and they were correct at 7.400 so got those and 15 of 16 rocker arms installed.

I had a hand this weekend from my nephew and Asher, always nice to have a hand. Thanks dudes.

Looking forward to getting this thing back together, should be pretty potent.

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Old 12-07-2019, 01:42 PM   #749
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Got the other valve springs, seats, seals and retainers all installed last week.

Just been tinkering with it the last few days since I have been battling a cold, its getting worse.

Here are some pics of why I decided to do the trunion upgrade and some of how.

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Looking forward to getting this thing back together, should be pretty potent.

Sean
Wow! Thanks for the pics and the detailed descriptions! That is money I'll need all the help I can get when I go LSA on mine! Hehehe actually first off I'm trying to go turbo, but maybe later

Do you know which edition of SuperStreet your 242 will show up in? Apparently you can back-order https://www.circsource.com/store/sto...magazineId=146 I was thinking December? Or January 2020?

Keep at it!
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Your 242 is making its way around the interwebs. My buddy Bill, not a Volvo guy but has many V8 classics and is currently building a V12 BMW motor for a ‘68 Lincoln 2 door coupe sent me this text earlier. Ha ha!

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