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Old 10-09-2008, 01:16 AM   #1
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So i had a build thread on this at one point, but i think the story is good enough to deserve a project thread.
The car is a 1998 S70 T5

Current Modifications:
Engine:
Wiseco oversize Forged Pistons
RSI H-Beam rods
Samco intercooler hoses
HKS SSQV bov
Hallmann mbc
16psi on 16t
Oil pan mounted oil cooler(removed cooler in radiator)
04 C70 radiator to eliminate all coolers
S60R exhaust manifold and heatsheilds
850R clutch
singlemass flywheel swap
Eurosport tuning hot air intake with pretty heat sheild
Ipd cat-back exhaust

Suspension:
KONI adjustables
Eibach pro-kit springs
Ipd rear sway bar

Interior:
GReddy gauges
Kenwood headunit
C70 seats
04 C70 soft leather steering wheel
98 V70R gauge cluster
850R handbrake lever
orange led conversion
T5 door lock pins

Exterior:
C70 jewel headlights
V70R front bumper cover
XC grille
debadge
17" Canisto wheels

So we'll start with the backstory, i worked for three years at Crown Volvo Chapel Hill as a technition. During this time my car came through the dealer as a tow in. (about 3 years ago)The timing belt tensioner had failed and the belt jumped resulting in bent valves.

The car sat at the dealer for about 2 months and nobody paid any attention to it. Untill one day i walk by it and happen to notice it has t5 wheels, interesting...so i take a closer look and peek in the window and see that it has a 5-speed. Holy sh!t!!! Jackpot. FWD peeps will know that factory 5-speeds in the x70 cars arent exactly the most common things in the whole wide world.(in the US anyways) So i get all giddy as a school girl and run around asking advisors for customer info. Come up with the guys # and give him a call, luckily he doesnt know what he has and unloads the car to me for the convenient price of $500.

Upon the aqisition of it i realized how much of a pile this car had become. The interior was covered in cat hair, kid food and cashews. The headliner is still stained to this day from the kid handprints. We repaired the head and got it running.

So here we go...
This is the car in stock(ish) form



The spoiler, fogs and clear corners i promptly transfered over from my previous S70.

I quickly added a turbosmart boost controller and autometer boost gauge.





After my first volvo meet i decided that the stock boat like suspension was just not cutting it. Replaced with a set of koni adjustables and eibach springs.

Bought the rears used with low miles.





The car stayed in this form for a few months


Decided to switch out the bulbs in the interior for LEDs, first blue then orange.


Along with a V70R bumper and a XC grille


Ditched the turbo smart boost controller for a simpler hallman unit. I really didnt need two stages like hte turbosmart provided.

Also went with a HKS SSQV BOV, IPD catback and Canisto wheels





By this time the car was running still, strong with 175k miles. But it had many issues...
I had more boost leaks than i could name, along with a really really bad smoke problem at startup. This was also magnified by a clogged and broken PCV system.

Then the build came, it all started as a pcv fix and magnified from there. Soon after taking the intake off to replace the breather box i noticed this.


My headgasket had the runs, just little enough that i couldnt see it untill taking things apart. Upon further inspection the headgasket i used out of a generic kit upon the first fix never sealed. Also discovered this in the intake ports

A massive leak, you can barely even see the valves through the oil.

After taking the valves out of the problem cyliner we discovered this as the problem^^
When the machine shop did the initial fix they completely ripped one of the valve seals on #2. Awesome.
I also suspected a piston ring problem knowing the previous care or lack thereof of the car. So why not, having the head off and all.
Guess what, oiler rings completely clogged all around.

cylinder walls look great though


Notice the wonderful dents from when the valves crashed.



At this point i decided there was no way i was going to put the abused stock pistons and the flimsy rods back in. So i called up RSI for the job of making parts.

Out with the old...


It sat like this for a while


so i capitalized on this opportunity to install some C70 seats and a 850r e-brake handle.



After a slight delay in the pistons and rods, (due to complications at endyn Johnathon informed me) i recieved a pretty red box in the mail.







oversize pistons and h-beams. Later i would find out that the rods are actually too wide, its a good thing i went with oversize instead of standard bore like was originally intended. As i suspect this is the only reason the rods cleared the cylinders.

the shortblock back from machining.


newer 16t with no shaftplay


assembly








I also though that this was a good time to retire the old stock dualmass flywheel and clutch with a new 850r clutch and singlemass flywheel. Also put in new samco intercooler hoses and a stylin motors vacuum hose kit.



Going in



All buttoned up and ready to go

Replaced the steering rack and aligned the car, fired on the first try




Installed a set of C70 jewel headlights and xpel protective plastic



It stayed the same for about a year, doing little things here and there, and i came across a junk XC90 engine. From this i grabbed the oil cooler, hot water pipe, oil pan and R manifold along with the associated heat sheilds.







Also went with a new Greddy boost gauge and egt gauge




Then a V70r gauge cluster


And this is how it sits after all that



The car also recently ran a 14.6 @94 running 16 psi at SE7.0, it can go faster, but i absolutely suck at drag racing




The car still awaits a bigger turbo and tune, the most likely candidates are either a 3071R or a KKK K24. The decision will be based on the reliability of the tune i can aquire.
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Old 10-09-2008, 01:36 AM   #2
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Damn. Absolutly awesome car man.
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Old 10-09-2008, 01:58 AM   #3
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Fantastic $500 car!
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Old 10-09-2008, 02:04 AM   #4
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This makes me want my 98 S70 back soooooo bad... and that was still a base model And automatic but my god...

I love your S70!
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Old 10-09-2008, 02:16 AM   #5
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Kyle Once again, super nice car. good thing i didnt puke on that pretty back seat of urs at SE, lol
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Old 10-09-2008, 10:59 AM   #6
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Unless you are having the kkk24 worked over, don't waste time or money. Get the garret and be happier in the end. :-)

Once I(me... and not anyone else) rebuild the engine (2nd time... long story.) I will be running a garret 3071r or 2876r
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Old 10-09-2008, 12:36 PM   #7
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Kyle,
Car really turned out nicely. Nice Job.
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Old 10-09-2008, 01:19 PM   #8
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I realized I never even rode in your car at SE man, it looks GREAT... Now it's definately faster than my old blue wagon too
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Old 10-09-2008, 02:00 PM   #9
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You'd better get a bigger turbo and injectors on there stat. You'll be torquesteering in to orbit in no time.
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Old 10-09-2008, 02:02 PM   #10
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Very nice car. I can vouch for the speed-I ran 15.29@91 at the track in the bone stock S60R. The next day, I was following as he took off and he pulled away from me.
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Old 10-09-2008, 02:08 PM   #11
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Got a chance to drive the car at SE and it really is sweet. My S70 runs the same time (14.6 @ 94) but this car feels way faster, and with the 5 speed is much nicer to drive. It should probably be trapping closer to 100 mph. Definitely some S70 envy coming from a fellow owner.

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Old 10-09-2008, 06:31 PM   #12
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Appreciate the kind words guys, the car has come a long ways in 3 years, but has a long way to go still. I need to get the interior redone sometime, the leather had definately seen better days and the door panels are peeling like they are supposed to.
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Once I(me... and not anyone else) rebuild the engine (2nd time... long story.) I will be running a garret 3071r or 2876r
Yeah im leaning more towards the 3071. Spool time wont be that bad, and the power output will be nice, especially after i work the head over a little bit. Tuning is going to be the issue ultimately, i would like to stay with motronic just because this is my daily, but i guess ill work it out. Ive heard both good and bad things of RICA, and i would really like to find someone who knows what they are doing to do a custom tune on it.
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Old 10-09-2008, 07:38 PM   #13
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dang kyle, awesome engine build! glad i didn't yak on those front seats (which are damn comfortable btw).
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Old 10-10-2008, 12:47 AM   #14
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I know all about RICA... stay away. Honestly. heh
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:16 PM   #15
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hey man, i really like it.
great job with it
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Great looking car and you've put a lot of effort into it!
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Old 09-27-2009, 10:38 PM   #17
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Small progress recently, the car is strictly my dd now, so its kindof on the back burner, but i can still do small things non-the less
I filled up the big holes in my dash with gauges



modified an ebay catch can and threw it in


and where the drain runs

I also put on some new-style ipd springs which are awesome, and finally after having them for like 3 years, put on my 06 C70 Mirzam wheels



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man, isn't rebuilding these engines awsome? i love it.
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kyle, those wheels look sooooo good on there, man. i remember seein them when i came by your house that one time.
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Great work, awesome car. I really dig it.
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:00 PM   #21
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Kyle, how's it running?
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damn lookin good... insparation for my nautic blue v70t5m
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I need to get a ride down the strip in this at SE.
Makes me miss our red 98 S70 T5M just a little bit.
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I hear tell he's going to be sitting this one out..
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Old 09-28-2009, 05:28 PM   #25
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Thanks for the kind words guys
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Really well, its smooth and im not seeing any bad things from dailying it like i thought i might. It is pretty quick on the 16t, definitely quicker than a stock one on the same boost. I cant wait untill I get a tune so I can put my K24 on and start making more power, but its honestly great right now. It runs great cold, hot, and with more boost than the 16t should ever put out. lol. And ive really put some miles on it, its easily got over 30k on the build.
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Ill be on long island for a national race that weekend, Ill be there next year for sure though, hopefully even in the 242.

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