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Old 01-12-2014, 12:07 AM   #1
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So a friend of mine locally is an excellent machinist, and has been helping me out lately. When I stopped by to test fit some wheels today, he said "Oh hell...I never told you my dad's a Volvo guy!" and took me into the shop off to the side to check this out.

Someone may know the car...it originally came from Oregon.

Motor is a single cam Nissan VG. The owner's son (my friend) made 581hp at the rear wheels using an identical motor setup in his FC RX7, thus the motor choice.

Transmission is a worked over 300ZXTT manual trans, steering is via an adapted Coleman Racing rack and pinion...really a slick design there.

Suspension is full custom coilovers designed and built in-house. It's going to be a really, really awesome car when it's done.

Not sure on turbo choice yet, but it'll run on MS3 or 3x.

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Mounting/Bracket for the steering rack. Tie Rod goes in the hole visible below the alternator.






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Old 01-12-2014, 12:11 AM   #2
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thats pretty damn cool
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:11 AM   #3
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I like it
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:50 AM   #4
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Thats gonna be one an angry 142.
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:20 AM   #5
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Having ridden in several nissans powered by vgxx engines, I honestly don't understand why he would choose that, but hell, it looks awesome and we mod tractor engines lol

I'm really interested to see this when it's done
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:57 AM   #6
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:01 AM   #7
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This exists in WNC? Wow!
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:23 AM   #8
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Just gotta look in the right spot

Going to check out a Volvo treasure trove in Hayesville this week.
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Old 01-13-2014, 02:17 AM   #9
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You need to get pic's of the underside for that steering rack setup.

Yes, you reallllllly need to!

We thank you!

Awesome looking project so far!
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Old 01-13-2014, 06:27 AM   #10
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Nice- wot is that tiny brake booster?
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You need to get pic's of the underside for that steering rack setup.

Yes, you reallllllly need to!

We thank you!

Awesome looking project so far!
If you're super interested, he may be persuaded to make a couple more...dunno what price would be though.

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Old 01-13-2014, 11:09 AM   #12
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I'd want to see pic's first, but there's been talk from quite a few people on here wanting to do a R&P setup on 140's. Another concern though is with the engine swap as the input shaft looks to run where the stock motor mount is on a B20. Pic's at least would help in the idea generation for us stock motor guys, especially in regards to rack mounting though!
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:04 PM   #13
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Old 01-13-2014, 02:21 PM   #14
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VG33E... bleh

The rest of the car is cool though.
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Looks like it's going to be a fun car...

Why so much VG hate here?

Are the motors "that" bad or just better choices for the money/effort?
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Looks like it's going to be a fun car...

Why so much VG hate here?

Are the motors "that" bad or just better choices for the money/effort?
I have no idea. 581 RWHP is nothing to sneeze at.
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Looks like it's going to be a fun car...

Why so much VG hate here?

Are the motors "that" bad or just better choices for the money/effort?
They have a stout bottom end but in my experience the heads leave quite a bit to be desired.
Beyond that, I only have the usual complaints about insufficient aftermarket support, temperamental factory EFI and intake manifold gaskets, irritating spark plug location, and a few other issues that probably aren't a concern to someone doing this kind of swap.

From where I stand, there are just better choices for the money and effort of the swap. My VG credentials: http://i401.photobucket.com/albums/p...DSC09008-1.jpg (the picture is way cooler than the actual car, so don't ask )

All of that being said this car looks pretty sweet and when it puts down the usual 400-500hp that well modified VGs put down, it will be a freaking rocket.
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The FS5R30A is a killer transmission that can be found with a VG3X bell housing, so that is another plus.
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In my experience (friends with z cars, a 350hp z32 and a stock z31) they are a pita to work on, and suuuuuuper rough, as in not a smooth runner.
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:35 AM   #20
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Getting there...





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Old 04-29-2014, 11:02 AM   #21
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much clean

so vg

very boost

wow.
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:12 AM   #22
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I dig it. It looks pretty menacing under the hood.
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Need to tidy it up a bit under the hood.





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The blue fans are a bit much.
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