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Old 04-28-2018, 07:44 PM   #1
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I have a 1967 Volvo 122 that i was looking to engine Swap and i am on the fence on what to do. I want something cheap that can make good power and is reliably upgradeable . I was thinking a 5.3 Lm7 Or a 5.7 Chevy 350. Any other suggestions are greatly noted... Besides not at a ll
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Old 04-28-2018, 08:15 PM   #2
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If you go V8, why bother with the older engines? Go GenIII or better. And get an aluminum block - 100 lbs makes a difference in a small car.
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Old 04-28-2018, 11:49 PM   #3
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Do you want to boost it, or run NA? Engine bay is tight on the 122. I have a 4.6l 3V, and a TR3650 in my 122. The LS is not as wide, so that'll help. Does it have to be a V8? IIRC, the 2004-07 2.4l T5, will hold up to a lot of boost. Another alternative would be the Mustang 3.7l V6...over 300hp stock, and about as wide as the LS.
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Old 04-29-2018, 08:00 AM   #4
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Entire engine and transmission from a C63.
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Old 04-29-2018, 08:25 AM   #5
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Get ready to hack up the transmission tunnel to get any modern transmission to fit.
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Old 04-30-2018, 11:38 PM   #6
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What about a jdm engine like a 4age or a sr20 or 4g63 6 bolt or even a 1jz would be pushing it in length? any thoughts maybe a swap a little different
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Sr20, ka24 fit well, 1j or 2j would need firewall mods and radiator moved, rear steer rack maybe and probably want to move or slim down the battery.
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Old 05-01-2018, 12:12 AM   #8
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Do an Axial swap.

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I might have some ideas! I've always {liked|hated} the {4|5|6|8|10} cylinder {gasoline|diesel} engines from {Ford|GM|Volvo|Toyota|BMW|Mercedes|Audi|Honda}. Parts are {reasonably priced|expensive but not crazy|unobtanium} and the aftermarket is {huge|alright|nonexistent}. There's {lots of|almost no} support and they {respond well|grenade instantly} with some boost. {Good luck on your engine swap! | Trying is the first step toward failure. | What am I doing with my life?}
There was another that was a little more fitting but you get the message.

Not trying to be mean or sound rude, but just about every engine from any road going vehicle save for a 7.3 IDI or something has been done already. If not in the Americas then somewhere in Europe. Hell, there's a 142 with a big block still running around somewhere in Sweden. That thing is loud as all hell in person...

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Old 05-01-2018, 05:11 PM   #9
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I have a 1967 Volvo 122 that i was looking to engine Swap and i am on the fence on what to do. I want something cheap that can make good power and is reliably upgradeable . I was thinking a 5.3 Lm7 Or a 5.7 Chevy 350. Any other suggestions are greatly noted... Besides not at a ll
Can you give us some idea of how much time and money you want to dedicate to this project and how much fabrication experience you have?

Anything can be put in anything if you really want it to happen. The 122 is not a particularly friendly engine bay when it comes to swaps especially if you want a V engine of any type. Both the steering and the upper a-arms have staked-out claims on a lot of the available space. The prow-like firewall also conspires against alien engines.

The 122 gearbox is small by comparison to anything you might be thinking of swapping in, so expect to do surgery to the tunnel also.

That said, I have done a 302 swap into a P1800 which is very similar so it must be do-able.
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Old 05-07-2018, 07:06 PM   #10
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I right now dont have a lot of money but i have tons of time plus i dont need it running anytime soon i was thing a b5234 t5 what do you guys think and what transmission would be a good relatively available one im in the US Btw
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Deeworks does a t5>t5 adapter plate. That should be ok depending on how much power you can make.
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Old 05-07-2018, 08:19 PM   #12
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If money's tight start by figuring out what the differential and custom radiator is going to cost. Might as well figure on a custom front suspension too, don't forget brakes.
Depending on your fabrication skills just getting the foundation right for the added power may or may not break the budget.
This comes as a shock to some people, but a couple years ago I used either a 66 122 with B20/M41 or a 5 series BMW for my daily commute, 40 miles to work. Needless to say the BMW is faster, handles better and what ever.
The shocker? Either car got me to work in the exact same amount of time! Speed limits are the great equalizer.
Just something to think about, before potentially getting into one hell of a project. But I don't know your limitations, maybe this isn't a big deal for you at all.
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Old 05-07-2018, 08:32 PM   #13
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Old 05-09-2018, 12:22 AM   #14
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What about a b230 with a t5? any ideas i know its been done before
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Old 05-09-2018, 06:17 AM   #15
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Figure out how you want to mount it first, slanted or upright.
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Old 05-09-2018, 11:14 AM   #17
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Super cool uber Volvo nerd B36 swap. Hardest part of that would be finding the B36.

From what I've read, the B36 was developed first as a 3.6L V8 for the Volvo trucks of the early 60's. And then they developed the B18 as half of the V8, which is why the bottom end is a bit overspecced for the HP it makes, which made it very durable. (The prior engine, the B16, only had 3 main bearings).

They went on to make huge quantities of the B18/20, but the B36 was never made in large numbers. There are some truck engines, some marine engines, but it's a unicorn for sure.

Another thing that would be cool as hell to see when you pop the hood - an old flathead Ford V8.
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Old 05-09-2018, 12:13 PM   #18
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You should swap in a 5 Litre Type 912 engine.
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:31 PM   #19
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I was thinking slanted so that i have more room around the steering box
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Old 05-12-2018, 09:42 PM   #20
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I was looking around for a bit and i was thinking of maybe a 4age 20v silver top since there are tons of parts for them any ideas?
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Its one of those things, if you are going to do it, you are going to just start doing it.
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:52 PM   #22
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I've considered swapping an Ecotec from a Solstice/Sky into my Amazon - the major limitations besides the generally diminutive dimensions of the engine compartment and the transmission tunnel are the crossmember and the steering linkage. Anything that isn't rear sump probably won't fit because of crossmember interference, and there really isn't much volume to scallop out of the bottom of the crossmember to improve clearance. There isn't much (if any) leeway to move the engine forward in the bay due to the space that the steering stuff takes up and the location of the radiator.

Basically, anything that doesn't at least superficially resemble the Volvo pushrod motors is going to require you to get clever unless you're game to re-engineer the front suspension.
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