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Old 07-20-2021, 06:17 PM   #1
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Default 93 Volvo 240 b230ft/T5 build

Hey all! Iím officially apart of turbobricks! Iíve scrolled around the forums for
Months now, googling and researching. I was in debate, on either a B230f + T with T5 swap or a B230ft with T5 swap. (t5 swap coming after motor). Originally, I planned to square in the suspension first. Whatís left, is coilovers, adjustable sway bar end links (BNE has the order, just waiting on them to get the bearings needed), BNE trailing arm bushings, and the adjustable torque rods by BNE. Itís already got the IPD sway bars, BNE adjustable pan hard bar, itís on cut springs (previous owners doing), and bilsteins all around. I decided to post pone the rest of the suspension temporarily, due to a solid deal on a 91 740 turbo that runs and drives for $1200! (itís been impossible to source to a FT block or full swap here in Oregon, still need to meet the local Volvo club however. Been told those guys have spare parts up the wazoo) So thatís the plan as of now, get the 740 turbo donor car. Thankfully the owners holding it for me, and wants another Volvo enthusiast to own it. Otherwise, itíd be a B230f + T. So general run down; and I know thereís loads of info on these builds all over. But w, people coming and going from the site. Or better parts, tunes, etc. I figured this would be the most direct way to go about it if I have questions. This is my parts list as of now, if you have opinions/advice/knowledge to share. Iím all ears.

B230ft Swap/Upgrades:
My NA already ready has Lh2.4, ECU # 0 986 262 713. Havenít checked for EZK yet. Iíve read to use the 740 turbo computers though, my question is, since itís an automatic. Will that be okay? I have a manual m47, and am doing the T5 swap shortly after this. Which, does anyone else think itíd be easier to swap in the b230ft and T5 already mated? Or separate? I have one sourced locally, just need to pull it.

* Volvo 740/940 turbo ecu/ekz/ecm from donor car. (Coming from a 91 740 turbo wagon)
* Extended MAF connection
* Block mounted distributor/intermediate shaft from my na b230
* Isuzu NPR intercooler upgrade
* 3in down pipe/exhaust. Hood dump?
* High impedance injectors, other options as well. Blue part number: 0280155830 - 33.3 lbs/hr - 350 cc/min - 20į *SPLIT BEAM* spray pattern with 12ohm resistance. Red part number: 0280155759 - 30 lbs/hr - 315.3 cc/min - 25į cone spray pattern with 15.95ohm resistance. Site: https://forums.tbforums.com/showthread.php?t=301784
* Upgraded rods/pistons (now or later, undecided. Ultimately for motor life span and conditioning)
* @Redblockpowered: stage 1 chip or better
* IPD Billet HD Turbo cam
* Cometic head gasket
* Freshened up head/potential porting
* Boost controller (Turbosmart), boost, wide band, and oil pressure gauges.
* Potential turbo rebuild, or minor upgrade. (Brand new t3 maxspeedingrods turbo is for sale locally for $100, unsure of turbo company quality though)

How are the stock head studs on the b230ft?

Will the stock Volvo 740 turbo manifold work? Or do I need to grab a 90+, or different manifold? If the donor car doesnít have a +90.
Im going to get it on the 28th.

If I missed anything I need, let me know! I appreciate everything everyone has shared in prior threads. Iím stoked to get this ball rolling!
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Old 07-20-2021, 08:58 PM   #2
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Here’s some photos, and bit of a history on my car.
I had zero intention of buying it honestly, it wasn’t until I really saw it. That I fell for the ugly little thing. Guy I bought it from just gave up on it before he could even change the wheel color. Drove great, rides alright with the cut springs, and well. It’s fun. Previous previous owner and I got in touch though, because he had to write me a bill of sale. The seller I met, never did any of that stuff. Thankful for that however, because now me and the previous owner who wrote me a bill of sale, so I could title transfer. Is now a good buddy of mine. Haha
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Old 07-27-2021, 04:33 PM   #3
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Update! I got the 740 turbo! Drove up to Portland, and drove it on home. And it did great, i
Took a leap of faith buying it without seeing it first. Luckily the seller was honest, almost to honest.

https://app.photobucket.com/u/McBate...2-9dd1bcaf0bb7

I got my new sway bar end links, thanks to BNE or Kaplhenke racing!
Got some new, un crusty blinkers too!

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My dad and I were talking about forged rods, and brought up shot peening the stock rods to reinforce them. Has anyone done this with stock rods and had good results?

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Old 07-27-2021, 08:07 PM   #4
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The issue with the stock rods is that they are heavier than the aftermarket maxspeeding rods. So while the stock rods will take the power they aren't adding to the performance of the engine. Shot peeing works very well to strengthen stock rods and it would be a good process if you don't want to spend the money on the aftermarket ones. Personally, I would prefer to save the weight if you can.
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Old 07-29-2021, 04:55 PM   #5
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The issue with the stock rods is that they are heavier than the aftermarket maxspeeding rods. So while the stock rods will take the power they aren't adding to the performance of the engine. Shot peeing works very well to strengthen stock rods and it would be a good process if you don't want to spend the money on the aftermarket ones. Personally, I would prefer to save the weight if you can.
Thanks man! I really appreciate your input. Iíve got a lot of questions, regarding small odds and ends like that. Iím rebuilding the motor, so I figured I might as well throw the maxspeedingrods and pistons in. Itís only going to help me out anyways!
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Old 07-29-2021, 05:02 PM   #6
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Fixed those photos that didn’t work! Sorry!

One other small question, since I’ll be using my NA harness. I will need to use high impedance injectors, due to using the NA harness without the resistors. Right? Well, unless I found the wrong info. I was right, high impedence is what I want.

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