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Hi There.<p>I recently Purchased a 1982 242. It has 242 GT-style braces in the engine bay, IPD springs up front (not in the rear, for some reason) and has been fitted with a boost gauge and EGT gauge, as the previous owner was planning an engine swap of a turbo motor before he had to sell it. <p>I'm not planning an engine swap, but the stock b21 with the single stromberg is responsive enough for daily driving, but I have wanted a tuner for a while now so I thought I'd use this as a starting platform for some serious performance upgrades down the road. one of these upgrades, if it has been done, would be to throw a turbo on the engine already in the car, as I don't plan on keeping it out of commission long enough to swap a motor. are there any recommended performance upgrades for this particular year? <p>Any help, recommendations, links etc would be greatly appreciated.<p>Cheers,<p>Jay
 

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Re: Making a non-turbo Turbo? has it been done? and other questions (amerbritcan)

Welcome to Swedespeed, Jay.<p>Indeed, the Volvo Nuts of the World have turbo'd a non-turbo in the 240 in many variations from 160hp to 600+hp - go for it!<p>Assuming the existing engine is in perfect condition you will need a new/rebuilt turbo and plumbing, a complete FI system with new fuel injectors, a different ecu, a fuel pressure regulator, a different exhaust setup, an oil cooler for the engine oil, a new water/air intercooler, etc.<p>Your desire to minimize shop downtime is understandable but under ideal conditions your are looking at a full week of work at 8/hrs/day.<p>Another option would be to build a complete turbo motor on the bench then swap engines during an over-nighter.<p>Have you checked out this place?...<p><A HREF="http://www.turbobricks.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.turbobricks.com</A>/<p><br>George Dill<p>
 

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Re: Making a non-turbo Turbo? has it been done? and other questions (amerbritcan)

Indeed, it has been done once or twice <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> Not only is George's suggestion of TurboBricks an excellent one, so is bench building a separate motor. Many on TB "+T" their n/a motors, but there are underlying issues involve making a "built" motor highly desirable. The n/a motors have a higher compression ration, making the limit on the boost you can safely run substantially lower than their factory turbo counterparts.<br>The good news is, the B21 is a stout block and head. If you don't build a separate motor, you'll need to start accumulating parts now. You'll need a air meter from a B21 turbo(it's the six cylinder w/ 2 fuel lines cut out...no mystery there!), fuel distributor, new head gasket (do it now or do it later; it WILL blow!), new exhaust manifold (get one from a 90+ 740/940 turbo, they flow better than the pre 90 ones. The factory turbo models had stellite coated, sodium infused exhaust valves to help dissipate the increased heat from the turbo. Many +T'rs on TB run stock valves...not me. But, that could be an option, I guess. You can also buy a hotter "turbo" grind cam shaft that favors the exhaust side. IPD has a pretty good one as do other suppliers like Isky. After you make these mods, you'll want to open up the exhaust, turbos create their own back pressure...the less you add to it the better. It doesn't have to be loud to flow well. I run 3" pipe from my turbos all the way to the rear...vast improvement. Read TB...it will definitely "school" ya!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Making a non-turbo Turbo? has it been done? and other questions (swiftjustice44)

Thanks for all this info....I was under the impression that TB was a board exclusively for Volvos that already had their turbos. it looks like I'll need to do up a separate engine and swap it in after all. oh well. <p>Cheers,<p>Jay
 
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