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Old 03-26-2020, 01:03 AM   #1
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I picked up a pretty clean 1990 240 wagon with a 5 speed a few weeks and and decided that I wanted to go fast. I ended up picking up a lm7 5.3 and a 4l60e from a 2004 Silverado. The engine combo was from someone who had already prepped the engine for a different swap, it had a f-body accessory drive and oil pan along with a PSI harness. The goal was to just get everything together and get it running as fast as possible, I'm moving and losing my garage. Eventually ill do the 8.8 swap and upgrade the brakes/suspension, but for now its pretty much stock.

-The engine mounts I built using a Barnes 4x4 cross member kit, and notched the cross member so the f-body oil pan would have room, and the engine and trans can go in in one piece.
-The headers are the summit brand ls swap, and the STS machining steering shaft for clearance.
-Fuel system is a walbro 255 in tank with an6 lines to a corvette regulator.
-Single piece driveshaft made locally.
-Purchased a stock volvo auto shifter and made linkage to shift the 4l60e.
-Kept the stock brass radiator, it was in great shape, but wired up a 16" pusher fan.

I'm sure there's more but that's all I can think of right now. Took about a week, wasn't terribly difficult. I'm still finishing up the gauge wiring, and waiting for a sts cross member to come in (I have a temp one I welded up)












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Old 03-26-2020, 01:06 AM   #2
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Old 03-26-2020, 03:02 AM   #3
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Who the heck put 140-series wheels on a 240?
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:30 AM   #4
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Fired it up?
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:44 AM   #5
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I'm just laughing at myself for how long it took me to get my LS swap on the road.
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:21 AM   #6
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Its been fired up and driving around, no major issues so far. Also the wheels came one it, I'm looking for a wider set, traction seems to be an issue.
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:50 AM   #7
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Who the heck put 140-series wheels on a 240?
Could be 160 - late ones have enough offset and width (5.5") that they're not really any worse than original 240 wheels. If they are 140 though, that's a pretty deliberate choice, it needs spacers to clear everything and is only 5" wide.
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I'm just laughing at myself for how long it took me to get my LS swap on the road.
Yeah, for every story that reads "it cost $500 and only took a week to do, I don't see what the big deal is," there's 1000 that take multiple years, bankrupt the builder, catch fire, never run, etc - depends on the goals, resources, and skill of the builder. Still impressive to see, though!
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:55 AM   #8
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well that's sketchy knowing that there's a crossmember with that much cut out of it on the road...
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Old 03-26-2020, 01:03 PM   #9
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hey nice swap!!!
Ive been working with mine for about 3 years in spare times . I would have loved to get a hold of the pedal assembly , but ive done mine already .
Kinda Jealous you got yours already on the road cause im stock home because of the Chicago ordinance of staying at home.

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Old 03-26-2020, 03:12 PM   #10
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well that's sketchy knowing that there's a crossmember with that much cut out of it on the road...
It was plated with 1/4 plate and fully welded. It should be plenty strong.
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Old 03-26-2020, 03:15 PM   #11
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Could be 160 - late ones have enough offset and width (5.5") that they're not really any worse than original 240 wheels. If they are 140 though, that's a pretty deliberate choice, it needs spacers to clear everything and is only 5" wide.Yeah, for every story that reads "it cost $500 and only took a week to do, I don't see what the big deal is," there's 1000 that take multiple years, bankrupt the builder, catch fire, never run, etc - depends on the goals, resources, and skill of the builder. Still impressive to see, though!
It was more than $500... probably closer to $3500 with the engine, trans and all the other stuff that came up. But being on Covid lock down in Colorado gave me plenty of time. As for the wheels, there are no spacers and they fit, so I assume they are the 160 ones?
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Old 03-26-2020, 04:26 PM   #12
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Hell ya! I’m working on mine right now too with al this down time haha. Did you bypass all the stock regulator and filter **** under the rear and put in the vette regulator there?
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Hell ya! I’m working on mine right now too with al this down time haha. Did you bypass all the stock regulator and filter **** under the rear and put in the vette regulator there?
I just removed all the stock lines, filter, and pump and picked up a corvette regulator that came with AN adapters. made it super easy.
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:18 PM   #14
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I'm just laughing at myself for how long it took me to get my LS swap on the road.
Same here.

Nice job, those tires don't stand a chance.
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Old 03-27-2020, 11:59 AM   #15
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the wheels came on it, I'm looking for a wider set, traction seems to be an issue.


Nicely understated.
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Old 03-29-2020, 10:34 PM   #16
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Impressively quick work. I am guessing you have done some swaps before...

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As for the wheels, there are no spacers and they fit, so I assume they are the 160 ones?
Those look like the 140 wheels to me. They will fit a 240. If you decide to ditch them, keep me in mind. I am in CO.
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Old 03-29-2020, 10:58 PM   #17
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What upper radiator hose is that? I need one just like that.
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Old 03-30-2020, 12:08 AM   #18
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Who the heck put 140-series wheels on a 240?
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Could be 160 - late ones have enough offset and width (5.5") that they're not really any worse than original 240 wheels
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Those look like the 140 wheels to me. They will fit a 240. If you decide to ditch them, keep me in mind. I am in CO.
According to this wheel interchange TSB the 140 wheels will cause the tires to rub in the rear on a 240. The late 140/164 wheels all look the same so it's hard to tell which they are without checking the part number.

http://hiperformanceautoservice.com/...Wheel_Rims.pdf
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Old 03-30-2020, 10:47 AM   #19
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well that's sketchy knowing that there's a crossmember with that much cut out of it on the road...
1st thing I thought when I saw that.
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Old 06-09-2020, 10:49 PM   #22
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Little update on the car. Swamped the rear end for an 8.8 with an LSD, ipd sway bars, full poly bushings for the entire car. Re drilled the front hubs to 114.3 to match the rear, and found some old American Racing 5 spoke 15s with 0 offset, no spacers. Threw some bilstein touring and cut springs for now, will probably do coils eventually. For the brakes I just replaced the rotors,calipers, lines and some EBC yellowstuff pads, the braking seems pretty good but I may upgrade if needed. Upgraded the fuel system with an Aeromotive 340 pump, Brian Tooley Racing dual valve springs, trunion upgrade, and a BTR stage 1 turbo cam (hint on the future of the car). I have an AW5 5 speed out of a chevy colorado, a fabbot adapter kit, and a spec stage 3 clutch ready to go in. I also ended up just building a cheap gauge cluster, the factory one had a bunch of issues and this was easier. I added a Subaru hood scoop so the hood would close, I hate the way it looks but it was the cheapest option for now.

A few people have brought up the cross member, I think the picture is misleading. The cross member has angled sides, so it may look super thin but that's where it comes to a point, its a triangular shape with 1/4" plate welded in. I jack the car up from the center of that cross member every time and there is zero deflection. The worst case is it starts getting stress fractures so I reinforce it. Half these cars are rusted out on 30 year old shocks and brakes (no judgment, its part of why I love them) that cross member is the least of your worries. But I understand that everyone has to critique and bitch about something, so I'm here for you to vent if ****ting on it makes you feel better.

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Old 06-09-2020, 10:58 PM   #23
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If anyone wants a super easy way to re-drill the front hubs just grab a 108 to 114.3 adapter. Knock out the 114.3 wheel studs, then bold the adapters to the hubs and use the empty 114.3 stud holes to drill through. Perfect holes, really easy.

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Old 06-09-2020, 11:42 PM   #24
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Hey nice idea!!!! I used digital gauges on mine and the same type of leds for all sort of warning things, the only one different was the battery light , although it was led, I changed the bulb to incandescent bulb to trigguer the alt on and I dyed the bulb with red nail polish. Great job. Also I had a Cressida before switching the 7mgte to the volvo wagon and I used a sSubaru scoop too just for looks. Take care
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Old 07-15-2020, 11:00 PM   #25
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Made some updates, swapped to the AR5 5 speed. Switched to microsquirt ECU, dropped a turbo on and the dyno graph says the rest... 745/663 wheel at 6000ft altitude, 11PSI. The turbo is a VS racing 72mm billet. Still have a lot of cleanup work to do with wiring and the cold side, but she drives great.

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