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Old 11-14-2009, 12:58 PM   #1
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how hard is it to drop a smallblock v8 in my 245? anyone here ever done it or am i going to be on my own?
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Old 11-14-2009, 02:45 PM   #2
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you will probably be the first one round these parts to do it. If it ain't got a turbo, these folks ain't interested
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Old 11-14-2009, 02:50 PM   #3
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LS swap.

That would be ten kinds of awesome.
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Old 11-14-2009, 02:57 PM   #4
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Never been done before.....if you accidently google "Volvo V8 conversion" with optional Ford or Chevy added in all of the 100 or so links that pop up are all fake, so are all the posts you'll find here if you search "chevy or ford conversion"
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:12 AM   #5
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:42 AM   #6
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:57 PM   #7
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you will probably be the first one round these parts to do it. If it ain't got a turbo, these folks ain't interested
You're ASSuming. How the heck do you know im not going to put a turbo v8 on it? Well, I probably wont, but i could if i wanted to! I was actually kind of considering a roots blower.

If i can find somewhere to store one, i'll actually be able to have two bricks. Im buying a nice 93 245 and really dont want to sell my beat up 86 245...but have nowhere to put it. :P one'll stay b230f and get a +t and one will get a v8.
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Old 11-21-2009, 07:58 AM   #8
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There are already turbo ford and Chevy V8 Volvos on this board, you better use a Hemi.
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Old 11-21-2009, 03:45 PM   #9
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Not that hard, but none are all that easy.

I put a heavily modified 5.0 in a 960 with instructions and it was tough. You will need to reman a driveshaft, rewire and plumb the engine bay, perhaps deal with firewall issues.

My miscellaneous parts/ labor expense (on top of donor car and recipient car) came to about $5500.00.

I have enjoyed the car daily for 2 years. I highly recomend using an automatic.
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Old 11-22-2009, 11:58 AM   #10
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From what I've seen, Chevy, Ford and Mopar smallblock v8s will all fit in a 240 engine bay without any modification to the sheet metal. A ford 4.6L modular v8 will fit with some trimming. Ford 302s can easily be sourced with a T5 transmission which fits 240s perfectly, on top of that, 302s are lighter than Chevy and Mopar smallblocks, though they lack the power potential. Just google "volvo 240 v8 conversion", you'll find plenty of stuff.
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Old 11-22-2009, 12:11 PM   #11
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just sold my mounts for the 5.0 conversion....it's been done, you can do it!
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Old 11-23-2009, 10:40 AM   #12
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anyone know whos car this might have been? i would love to meet the previous owner and see what all was done to this car for the swap

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Old 11-23-2009, 11:52 AM   #13
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Conversions seem to be the norm these days but seriously I would luv to see someone swap a modern day hemi in one of these boxes. It would be interesting to see one since I've never seen or heard one around. g@tti
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Old 11-23-2009, 11:58 AM   #14
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Not that hard, but none are all that easy.

I put a heavily modified 5.0 in a 960 with instructions and it was tough. You will need to reman a driveshaft, rewire and plumb the engine bay, perhaps deal with firewall issues.

My miscellaneous parts/ labor expense (on top of donor car and recipient car) came to about $5500.00.

I have enjoyed the car daily for 2 years. I highly recomend using an automatic.
ii'd attach pics -- but cant figger out how...
hey, i was jus wondering, why do you recommend an automatic?
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Old 11-23-2009, 12:09 PM   #15
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Conversions seem to be the norm these days but seriously I would luv to see someone swap a modern day hemi in one of these boxes. It would be interesting to see one since I've never seen or heard one around. g@tti
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Old 11-23-2009, 01:12 PM   #16
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a hemi would be awesome in a 240.
so would a gnx 3.8 v6 too lol
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Old 11-23-2009, 02:13 PM   #17
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How come nobody wants to put a S65 M3 engine into a 240? Should be some in wrecking yards already.. 3.9 litre V8 with ITB's and 400crank horsepower. Sounds like an easy day to me if you've got the money.. And you wanna make something "different" Cuz a small block swap sure as hell aint different anymore.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:46 PM   #18
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How come nobody wants to put a S65 M3 engine into a 240? Should be some in wrecking yards already.. 3.9 litre V8 with ITB's and 400crank horsepower. Sounds like an easy day to me if you've got the money.. And you wanna make something "different" Cuz a small block swap sure as hell aint different anymore.
people usually do the v8 swaps to have a reliable engine, more aftermarket parts, and cheap simple raw power.
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hey, i was jus wondering, why do you recommend an automatic?
getting a manual that will hold up to the torque is expensive, at least that is my opinion. i have a turbocharged v8 in my volvo and use the automatic because i can't afford a standard transmission that will hold the 500+ lb/ft of torque.
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people usually do the v8 swaps to have a reliable engine, more aftermarket parts, and cheap simple raw power.

If you want cheap simple and raw buy a mustang.. and grow a mullett.. and stop buying condoms hahahaha..
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Old 11-24-2009, 12:54 AM   #21
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If you want cheap simple and raw buy a mustang.. and grow a mullett.. and stop buying condoms hahahaha..
i shouldve also added the sleeper appeal.
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:32 AM   #22
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If you want cheap simple and raw buy a mustang.. and grow a mullett.. and stop buying condoms hahahaha..
That's too funny Vince, you made my belly hurt.... I'm still cracking up on that.lol g@tti
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Old 11-24-2009, 04:53 AM   #23
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Auto? Seems like the AOD trannies used on many Ford conversions are pretty weak and T5's are stronger. I am sure if you are running 500hp there are better auto trannies.

The 5.0/AOD 740 I drove also shifted like crap - the T5 conversion was a lot better in the example I have driven (though not great).

I need to get rid of my BMW 86 535i - seems like the 6cyl and getrag 260 should be able drop into my 240 or 740. Not sure it is worth it for just the 200hp. Though there are turbo kits for the M30 motor......
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Auto? Seems like the AOD trannies used on many Ford conversions are pretty weak and T5's are stronger. I am sure if you are running 500hp there are better auto trannies.

The 5.0/AOD 740 I drove also shifted like crap - the T5 conversion was a lot better in the example I have driven (though not great).
i have an AOD from a '92 E250 van and a Lentech shift kit, $75 for the trans, shift kit was a trade.. the car dyno'd at 360whp and 465wtq, so far it works out pretty well.
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Old 11-24-2009, 11:18 PM   #25
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fudge it and put a buick 215 aluminum v8, i would love to see that, that is my plan for this 142 im hoping to get
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