We were just in San Antonio March 4, 2006, with the Volvo Car Meet.
Anyway, yes, anything is possible - get out the cutting torch...
Everything will be in the way - crossmember, chassis sections, firewall, etc.
For $600 and a trailer-tow from Temple, Texas, you can be the proud owner of a '69 Volvo 164 (B30) that needs an alternator and battery. This car has been in a barn (no joke!) for at least ten years and the owner is a work buddy of mine.
Sure, you don't need another B30 engine and probably have a spare 240 at hand but for less than $1,000 total investment you can be hotrodding a vintage 164 to the Volvo Meets!
BTW, the 1973 Volvo 164E (B30FI) was quicker 0-60 than the standard Corvette of the same year - cool!
George, thanks but I am not interested in a 164. I was thinking of a transplant into my 240 wagon. The later posting on here answered my question and it's something I'll consider. I didn't know there was a meeting on in SA - let me know next time OK?
Now, if you find a good 142 or 145 laying around then please let me know!!
The B30 is basically a tractor engine with terrible fuel mileage, thoug it does run smoothly and has good torque. If you want to increase the fun factor, look for a wrecked 240 turbo - 82 or newer - and transplant the entire turbo powerplant, tranny, drive line, and rear axle assy. Then you can have lots of fun and get decent mileage. I did that swap in a 3-day weekend in my garage several years ago on a 79 242GT. Lots of fun to drive! Or find a nice clean 82-85 240 turbo and save yourself a lot of work (that assumes that half the fun is not doing the work and having a car that surprises folks)
I do not see why he wouldnt put the B30 in his car, it will be a torqu monster. Not fast, but will pull anything.
I would rather put a 327 in my 240, but thats me!
Yes, I bet it would bolt right in. There are two different locations where to put the transmition mount on the 240 so it would be easy. The only thing is electrical. That would be interesting. I think that these motors had the early D-jetronick injection. You would have to swap modules and such.
try this same question over at turbobricks. they could probably tell you more about strange engines going into cars. seriously some of its crazy...... one guy (the poi) took his b6304s in his 960 wagon and turbocharged it. mind you it doesnt drive, theres something that isnt quite right but it will start and somewhat idle... so there would be a good place to start
If you want to increase the fun factor, look for a wrecked 240 turbo - 82 or newer - and transplant the entire turbo powerplant, tranny, drive line, and rear axle assy.
1) B21FT is only 7.5:1 static compression ratio
2) trans swap is optional, but if you have an AW70, put in the AW71
3) rear axle swap is totally unnecessary, unless you want a different ratio (turbo used shorter gears than non-turbo for a given trans)
Go with a '90+ B230FT (8.7:1) and it will be much nicer than an old B21FT.
The 164 front end is about 4" longer than the 240, so the straight 6 fits more easily. But a straight 6 will fit a 240 if you package things right. The B30 has a nice head design, despite non-crossflow.
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