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<B></B> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> OK I learn more about Volvo every time I come on this site!!! Some real Smart guys visit this site!!!<p>So can somebody tell me if I can take my late 1989 230F engine and install it in my 1993 Turbo Wagon where the blown 230FT engine currently is??? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I've been told by an ex-Volvo guy....that the turbo will damage the 230F cylinder head, so I should not use the turbo after the engine swap.....<p>Can somebody tell me if this is true? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: 230F vs. 230FT.....CAN THESE BE INTERCHANGEABLE W/O PROBLEMS???? (harleyplug)

Yes, a B230F engine will withstand turbo boost. If you're just running the stock boost level, I think you'll be fine. Might want to put a new head gasket on the B230F, and replace all seals. If the B230FT head is OK, put it on the B230F. The only difference between the heads would be the exhaust valves and the camshaft. The turbo cam (marked T) is not a great deal different than the non-turbo cam (marked M). The turbo exhaust valves are sodium filled, which were used because they transfer heat from the valve seats. The non-turbo exhaust valves are solid.
 

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The B230FT also has a lower compression ratio, so if you try to up the boost on the B230F block you may run into a pinging problem - hence the earlier question about boost levels.<p>Doesn't seem like a big problem to most that do the swap.<br>
 
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