Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder SuperDork
10/15/01 7:36 a.m.
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The Volvo continues to be a great source of entertainment, both in the garage and on the road. We recently drove down to Naples, FL to visit with some relatives. The non-overdrive 4-speed transmission meant that the engine was spinning at nearly 5,000 RPM for any sort of highway speeds. This caused some oil leaks that quickly went away after some around-town driving. Earplugs were bought for this trip.

The KG Trimning header was sent to Jet Hot and coated with their ceramic material. This combination of Tri-Y design and high quality coating have improved performance. How much performance gain was made will be determined on the dyno soon.

The stock fuel pump was removed, and a blocking plate was used for the subsequent hole in the engine block. An electric fuel pump now resides back near the tank.

The KG Trimning header is a 4-2-1 design. Dyno testing will be done 10/25/01 to see how it compares to the IPD unit.

We've scheduled an appointment with BSI Racing for a tig-welded rollbar for the Volvo. This will allow us to compete in some track events in the future.

And we got a chance to do some testing of the 122s and were very pleased with the results. On our .6 mile test track, the old girl came across the line with a low 46 second run. The Lexus IS300 5-speed we tested the same day was only half a tick faster.

This time around, the 122s got a 8.5 second 0-60 mph time. This was only a slight improvement over its 8.6 of a few months ago. Reason? The shorter tires and new rear axle ratio mean that 60 MPH requires a second-third gear shift.

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