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Hi All -

I have a complete B20 engine to sell. It's a Penta, which means that it's set up for use in a boat. That said, much of what makes this a boat engine is easily converted such that it can become an automotive engine.

To convert it for use in a car: some straightforward machine work on the head, then installation of the car specific stuff. This amounts to intake and exhaust manifolds, installing a water pump, the front timing cover, the cam, and a couple other noninvasive things like the oil cooler and thermostat housing. And you'll need a clutch.

It's an 8 bolt engine [1974-75]. This means that you can bore the block and install B21+.040" pistons in it if you choose, and you'll have a 2174cc B20. A genuine increase in low end torque. But taking this one apart to do that would be foolish. Because this engine is NEW. Wear it out for the next decade, then bore it out.

This engine was purchased, new, from a Volvo Penta dealership, in the late 1970s. [The Penta 130, which we car people know as the B20, was available later in the marine world than in in the automotive world.] At that time, it was a BRAND NEW factory built engine. Not a rebuild. Not an overhaul. Not a rebore. Not an engine with any single component that had been reconditioned. A new - off the assembly line - engine assembled with factory parts and not the currently available Taiwan built oil pump, not the marginal oil pump delivery pipe seals, not the 3rd world bearings. Of course, this one has steel timing gears. That's what Volvo used in boat engines back then.

The heads used on Penta engines are the same as the R Sport blanks. They offer the largest factory intake valves - 44mm, along with the standard B20 35mm exhaust valves. The injector mounting surfaces are intact and have never been drilled for injectors, so in the USA, the closest comparison would be that of a "Canadian B head." If you're new to the Volvo thing, the Canadian B head is as close to VCS/R-Sport as you'll get without actually finding a genuine VCS/R-Sport factory modified head. Because the injector holes aren't drilled, there will be less turbulence in the intake ports than if you were to use a standard E or F head.

I've spoken to a couple Volvo engine builders, and I've been informed that this head is the best for porting and use in a high performance application. By all means, ask anyone who can get 200 horsepower out of a naturally aspirated B20 whether these heads are or are not as good as I suggest.

This engine is not ready to install in your car. This is something that, with a few changes, will likely be as close to a factory new engine as you are likely to ever have the chance to own and use. In the rest of your whole life. Ever. If you can find a B20 that's closer to factory new than this one, I'll give you a hundred dollars and a pint of Tequila. We'll split the Tequila, but you can keep the C Note for yourself.

5 hours running time since new. Read that again. FIVE HOURS SINCE NEW. This is a 40 year old engine with the amount of wear you'd find if you bought it new here in Portland, then drove it to Eugene and back (that's about 250 miles, for you out of towners), then stored it for the next 40 years.

Of course, it turns freely.

If you buy it, I'll remove (and keep) all of the marine specific stuff. You'll end up with an engine, the head of which will need some machine shop work (that is, 4 holes will need to be drilled in the head). I'll happily include an automotive appropriate front timing cover and crank pulley.

You're very welcome to come over and inspect the thing. I won't take it apart for internal inspection, but the valve cover is off, and you're invited to see what an unused valvetrain looks like.

I'm offering it for $3000. If that seems high, consider the cost of having your heavily worn out B20 machined, plus the cost of new internal parts, plus assembly. And you'll end up with whatever aftermarket stuff might be available at the time. If you want genuine Volvo stuff, this is the way to have it.

Enough blather. I don't expect anyone on the list to be in a position to buy this thing, but I want to offer it up in case someone wants the closest-to-new-engine that they might ever see.

$3000. Factory new.

Thanks,

Cameron
Portland OR
 

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Great story and offer, here's another...

I've got a zero mile factory rebuilt B20, one of the very last available from Volvo in the early '90s before they concluded their factory exchange program. This is a complete 6-bolt engine built by Volvo using a factory reconditioned crank with all new parts. 040" OS pistons, hardened valve seats, C cam, 9.5:1 CR, 42 mm intake valves, with all the original factory plastic sealing plugs still in place.
Looks period correct rather than still freshly painted, turns freely, and has a brand new flywheel factory balanced to the crank. Has the new factory specs plate riveted to the block as originally supplied by Volvo. Ready to install without any fussing...
Also unlikely to sell quickly at $3000, but as with the Penta above, a great piece at the right price just waiting for the right person and car.
Michael in northern NH
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Hey NorthNH-I see no replies to this from last October-which tells me it sold in a flash. Just checking...long gone? Stuart
 

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Hiya Stuart, thanks for your interest, funny you should ask...

Had some offers, some interesting, back when this unicorn motor(s) was originally posted, but the interest never resulted in action.
So it is still lurking in a corner of my shop.
I was just yesterday half-thinking of swapping it into the B18 Amazon wagon I recently got distracted by, but that beauty still has it's original 75K motor that seems happy where it is...
So, whatcha' need?

BTW In my experience there are plenty of (fellow) vintage Volvo folks for whom very little happens "...in a flash".
Best, Michael
 

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1st Post - Hey Michael!

New member here, recognizing Michael's user name from BaT...
How goes it up there? In process of prepping and selling my '03 Land Cruiser - once sold, will be looking for an Amazon 2 door...I'll keep your unicorn engine in mind when/if I need one!! Greg/Seacoast NH

Hiya Stuart, thanks for your interest, funny you should ask...

Had some offers, some interesting, back when this unicorn motor(s) was originally posted, but the interest never resulted in action.
So it is still lurking in a corner of my shop.
I was just yesterday half-thinking of swapping it into the B18 Amazon wagon I recently got distracted by, but that beauty still has it's original 75K motor that seems happy where it is...
So, whatcha' need?

BTW In my experience there are plenty of (fellow) vintage Volvo folks for whom very little happens "...in a flash".
Best, Michael
 

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Michael,
Not necessarily - in a perfect world yes, but I also have some awesome memories of a 66 or 67 wagon. 2 of my cousins picked up an old wagon back in 86 - 1 week of prep and 5 of us drove it from VT to Tampa and back for spring break. Ran like a champ, and the oil barely changed color. I'll check out the thread you sent me...
 

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Michael, I'm not on Turbobricks yet so I can't respond there - but I have a great idea that will keep your family safe and sound during the upcoming winter: I'm about to put my 2003 Land Cruiser on the market...2nd owner, under full warranty up through Oct 2015, tan w/tan leather, full service history from day 1, low miles (128K), title in hand, brand new Michelin tires, and more...I'd rather trade it to you for your wagon, and my wife is totally on board as well (which never happens, so this must be the thing to do!). Check out IH8MUD and you'll notice a similar level of passion and emotion in the LC community, which I've been a part of for a couple of decades. Let's do it! six 0 three, 9 one 3, 4 four 2 Two...Greg
 
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