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Old 03-12-2015, 04:33 PM   #1
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Default What's the largest V8 you've seen in a Volvo?

200-series, specifically.
I'm asking because I may or may not have a 460 lying around not doing anything. I haven't had a chance to measure my own, but according to the intertubes it's 27" wide from manifold to manifold, 34" long. So different manifolds may be required based on how precisely they fit between the towers. The radiator would need to move.... somewhere further forward. Might have to cut a hole out of the hood, and if I did that I'd swap it over to carbs for that look.....
Anyway, I don't have NEARLY the resources to do that... just thinking out loud.

Based on what you've seen, what is the upper limit for engines in the stock bay of a 240? (No mods of the frame/towers/firewall.

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Old 03-12-2015, 04:42 PM   #2
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200-series, specifically.
I'm asking because I may or may not have a 460 lying around not doing anything. I haven't had a chance to measure my own, but according to the intertubes it's 27" wide from manifold to manifold, 34" long. So different manifolds may be required based on how precisely they fit between the towers. The radiator would need to move.... somewhere further forward. Might have to cut a hole out of the hood, and if I did that I'd swap it over to carbs for that look.....
Anyway, I don't have NEARLY the resources to do that... just thinking out loud.

Based on what you've seen, what is the upper limit for engines in the stock bay of a 240? (No mods of the frame/towers/firewall.
Haven't seen it in a Volvo, but you could get a 500ci Chevy to fit into a stock bay. don't expect to use a hood, and expect to spend a boatload of money.


My money is that you couldn't fit a ford big block into a 200 chassis. If you could, the car would be a nightmare to turn.
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Old 03-12-2015, 04:52 PM   #3
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Yeah, a myriad of problems pop up when you start thinking about the swap. For instance, the engine weighs about 720 pounds, more than two B23s.
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It's really too bad there isn't enough room in the back of a wagon to make a 7.5 liter, mid-engine, rear drive destroyer of worlds/harbinger of the end-times.
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Someone did a ford 4.6 DOHC swap, they're very wide engines and it fit. Big block is just so damn heavy though.
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Big block with aluminum heads, intake. Then it wont be so heavy.
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Depending on how you calculated for swept volume, you could come close to Big block V8 displacement with a rotary.
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Old 03-12-2015, 07:11 PM   #13
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Liquid Piston Rotary? Their website says it's scalable from 1 HP to 1000HP...
2HP/lb, smaller, no vibration...
I bet a big one sounds cool.
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427 SBC = 7.0L

No inner fenders I'm sure you could fit a BBC in there, I put a 454 into an FC RX7 once....worthless to say the least.
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200-series, specifically.
I'm asking because I may or may not have a 460 lying around not doing anything. I haven't had a chance to measure my own, but according to the intertubes it's 27" wide from manifold to manifold, 34" long. So different manifolds may be required based on how precisely they fit between the towers. The radiator would need to move.... somewhere further forward. Might have to cut a hole out of the hood, and if I did that I'd swap it over to carbs for that look.....
Anyway, I don't have NEARLY the resources to do that... just thinking out loud.

Based on what you've seen, what is the upper limit for engines in the stock bay of a 240? (No mods of the frame/towers/firewall.
A guy that worked for Eric J. (aka Volvo Dr in Sussex NJ) squeezed a 460 into a 245.
The radiator was out in front of the rad support and no bumper.
A guy down the road from Eric's shop had a 245 drag car with a twin turbo gen1 small block.
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I had a 426 Hemi in my '86.


It was a wagon. It was in the back. The B230 didn't mind hauling it around.
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Old 03-16-2015, 12:35 PM   #18
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If a Ford 32-Valve modular will fit, then technically a 460 will fit (width wise a 460 is narrower than a DOHC modular, but the 460 is considerably longer than a modular so you'll run out of room by the radiator). However I'm not really sure why anyone would consider a big block for a street car anymore when you can get more power and nearly the same cubic inches out of a stroked small block. Add to the fact that the 460 was the heaviest production motor built for passenger cars.

I had a twin turbo 460 in a Fairmont for several years. Then I grew up and switched to Ford small block and modular stuff. They're great for towing... With turbos they'll do cool rolling burnouts at 60MPH... Unless you're doing that the allure of the big block fades when you realize it's really just an awkwardly big heavy engine.

Don't forget your transmission options are mostly limited to an equally awkward, heavy C6 unless you invest in custom bell housing and converters.
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There's a 240 with a caddy 500 around somewhere isn't there?
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i had a 426 hemi in my '86.


It was a wagon. It was in the back. The b230 didn't mind hauling it around.
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I had a 426 Hemi in my '86.


It was a wagon. It was in the back. The B230 didn't mind hauling it around.
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Old 03-19-2015, 01:11 PM   #23
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I had a 426 Hemi in my '86.


It was a wagon. It was in the back. The B230 didn't mind hauling it around.
Nice. I had an aluminum block 568ci Chevy in the back of mine for a couple days. So paranoid someone would steal the car for that engine!
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So paranoid someone would steal the car for that engine!
I had no fear anyone would steal the 426, I had more fear that it would never come out, or that the rear end would ever be the same.
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I had a 426 Hemi in my '86.


It was a wagon. It was in the back. The B230 didn't mind hauling it around.
This reminds me of a detachment to Fallon Nevada.
We were all bragging and swapping top speed trun stories and I asked one of my buddies how fast his HD 883 went.
150mph he claimed
"ask Renny". Renny nodded and said "it was in the back of my truck!".
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