1982 Volvo "282"-6.2L

Started on Oct. 14 by MichaelYount

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2nd owner 242 - restomod - LS3 power; T5z tranny; Ford 8.8" rear; Truetrac posi - 3.55; Kaplhenke/Koni/Eibach suspension; 2990 lbs.

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Latest updates

Oct. 09

New Windshield

Finally replaced my 36 year old pitted windshield. Like successful cataract surgery. Used a universal rubber trim that was 31mm wide -- enough to cover the "paint line" that existed around my original trim. Moral of story - have windshield ...

June 24

Fuel Mileage - part deux

6/23/18 -- Nothing interesting in the way of shows/cruise-ins this morning...so I left the house early, pre-traffic. Filled the tank - an around Charlotte fill - 99.7 miles/4.88 gallons = 20.4 mpg. Drove .2 mile to I-485 loop and proceeded ...

Oct. 28

Let's try again

Euro Auto Festival 2017, #2

Oct. 28

Euro Auto Festival 2017

Picture of the Volvo and my good friend's Citroen SM down at the Euro Auto Festival in Greenville, SC Oct. '17. Perfect weather, tons of amazing cars, good friends, good wine. A good time was had by all.

July 30

Fuel Mileage

Gorgeous morning here in Charlotte, low humidity, low 60's. So early this morning I took the car out for an 80 mile jaunt round the 'loop' here in Charlotte. Virtually no traffic and speeds varied between 60-70mph on the cruise ...

July 30

Top 5!


March 30

Street Muscle Coverate


Feb. 12

Brake lights

OOPS - here's the pic

Feb. 12

Updated brake lights

The car used to have just one brake light per side -- the lower/outside panel (6 panel tail lights) on each side. Added an LED bulb to an unused panel and wired the "rear fog light" into the brake circuit ...

Feb. 12

New tag

Out cruising in our unseasonably warm winter --- and the sun hit the back of the car just right.....

Sept. 06

She's alive!

Finished up under-hood install (much interior/wiring clean up to do) and she fired right up on the first turn of the key! Pretty stoked....

Aug. 11

We NEED stinkin' badges!

I like what I did here.

Aug. 08

Finally In!!!

6.2L finally in with painted engine compartment -- now down to lots of plumbing/wiring connections.....

July 26

Getting Closer

Everything mocked up - engine back out to paint the bay!

March 04

Getting Closer....

Mounts fabbed...beginning to work accessories, etc...

Jan. 11

First LS test fit

Was able to drop in for first test fit all by myself --- a good sign!

Dec. 15

New Engine Arrived

Well, Santa came a few days early this year.....

Sept. 29

elS3 update

Old motor on the stand - being parted out.

Sept. 28

Lsthree sWap

On the stand.....being parted out.

Sept. 28

LS3 Swap

Well - the 5.0L that's resided here for 19 years escaped it's bonds today.

Sept. 27

LS3 swap continued

Getting closer.....

Sept. 05

HVAC & Engine Swap

Beginning the process of removing the crappy Volvo air conditioning with an aftermarket HVAC unit AND pulling out the 5.0L engine and installing a crate LS3 motor. Volvo hvac unit removed, and you can see the upper intake from the ...

May 23

Couple more pics - new splitter

A couple more pics....

May 22

Revised Splitter

Finished - smaller splitter without struts, new paint job for dam and bumper.

May 20

Altering Splitter

After living with it for a few years, decided to alter the splitter. Making it smaller and removing support struts. Not as functional, but a lot less 'busy'. Pics as soon as it's done and back on the car.

Jan. 24

Trunk Lighting

....another pic....

Jan. 24

Hood/Trunk Lighting

Volvo saw fit to include small mercury-switched lights for hood and trunk. When switched on, they light up when the decklid/hood are opened. And they can be switched off so that they don't light at all. I swapped the bulbs ...

July 03

Cars&Coffee Coverage

Looks like we got some coverage at Cars&Coffee Edit - looks like the link to the photos is no longer active....

April 16

Where's The Fun?

Rumor has it the car is in the WTF? section of the June issue of Car Craft --- but I've yet to be able to find a hard copy!

March 28

Underhood Update

A few cosmetic updates under the hood....

Oct. 20

Euro Auto Festival

At the BMW plant in Greer, SC - every year the 3rd week in Oct. to benefit the Red Cross. Ferrari was the featured make this year. Despite conditions being cool/windy/hint of rain - turnout was great. And the Volvo ...

Oct. 07

Fuel lines 2

-6AN aluminum return line

Oct. 07

Fuel lines 1

-6AN aluminum supply line

Oct. 07

Fuel System

With new pump I modded the tank fitting to accept -6AN fittings.

Oct. 07

New Fuel System

Removed in-tank pre-pump and inline Bosch044 (factory system). Replaced with Deatschwerks 300 in-tank pump.

Oct. 07

New Daily Driver

Decided life was short and my daily driver should be even more fun to drive than the Mini.....

Aug. 30

Muffler finished

Love it! Much quieter than before, no rattles/noises, lots more unrestricted flow potential than the previous muffler. Video link - [url=http://s937.photobucket.com/user/MichaelYount/media/Exhaust%20system%20Change/video-2013-08-30-10-03-32_zps77d3c2cc.mp4.html]video-2013-08-30-10-03-32_zps77d3c2cc.mp4 Video by MichaelYount | Photobucket[/url]

Aug. 27

Almost there....

System welded up, hangers welded on - installation was uneventful. Tacked in my tips - still working on length of those pieces and have to finish cleaning up the valance.

Aug. 23

Muffler final position

Got the hangers figured out -- they bolt into existing threaded holes in the frame just like the original Volvo hangers did. In process of cutting out the old muffler and installing inlet ells to connect to existing duals.

Aug. 19

Muffler Mock Up

Should look something like this...

Aug. 18

Getting close...

Muffler welded up - not perfect, but it seals. And with a tiny bit of grinding, some black paint and underneath the car - it'll be beeyoutiful. Ready now to remove system and begin test fitting.

Aug. 16


....ready to weld! Lots of hammer, test fit, hammer, test fit on the 14 ga. patch panels.

Aug. 11

Muffler sheet metal templates

Made of heavy paper - use these to cut 14ga sheet metal to seal up the muffler.

Aug. 09

More muffler

Will look like this from the backside...

Aug. 09

New Muffler

Trying to create a decent flowing transverse muffler, dual ins/outs with an OEM level of quiet. So - turning two separate 2012 5.0L Mustang mufflers....into this single. It will exit with twin tips right in the center of the car ...

April 19

Camber Plate


April 19

Suspension finale....

Brace back from powder coater's....

April 06

Suspension Complete

Koni Sports, Eibach 275/200 front/rear, Kaplhenke strut bar/camber plates/roll center correctors and adjustable spring perches. Taut, same ride height, cross weight set at 50/50 -- daddy likes!

March 24

rear susp update done

Koni sports and Eibach 11" x 5" OD x 200 lb/in done. Rear sway removed - won't be needed (or something MUCH lighter than 25mm will be needed) with this set up. Now on to the front!

March 14

Suspension Update II

...adjustable perches, camber plates, roll center/bump steer correctors and super-duper tower brace coming soon!

March 14

Suspension Update!

IPD sport springs and Bilsteins going away; Eibach's, Koni Sports.....

Sept. 06

Almost done - brakes2

On the ground...

Sept. 06

Almost done - brakes1

Another view....

Sept. 06

Almost done - brakes

Went together beautifully; plumbing/bleeding uneventful. Test drive in the morning!

Aug. 31

More adapter

Better shot.....

Aug. 31

Caliper Adapter

Progress on the brake upgrade....more to follow soon!

July 23

Wilwood Caliper Adapter

Got the adapter mocked up in wood; and have a CAD design --

May 19

New Wheels/Tires!

Went from 16x7 Miglias w/245/45/16 to 17x8 Voxx w/235/45/17 Conti Extreme Contact DW's

Jan. 25

New tail lights

Upgrade to later model 6 panel tails...

Jan. 16

Brake Upgrade

Well - a year and half later....finally got things mocked up. Went to a Volvo C70 12"x1" rotor and Wilwood Dynapro 4 piston billet caliper. Adapters are designed in CAD and being made as we 'speak'. The mockup was done ...

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Oct 15, 2009 12:10 a.m.
Awesome! I bet that surprises a lot of people. It's even beige :).
Oct 15, 2009 8:38 a.m.
Love it! Looks extremely well put together. Well done! SVORD; lol!
Oct 15, 2009 10:05 a.m.
That is sweet
Oct 15, 2009 12:58 p.m.
Looks awesome, the V8 is ok, the 2.3 turbo engine is AWESOME to modify, but it's hard to beat the v8 torque and simplicity as well as the abundance and low price of the 5.0 engine... I like this car's presentation and attention to detail.
Oct 15, 2009 2:38 p.m.
Thanks guys - it's a fun toy, and a pretty good sleeper. FWIW - consistently gets 17-19 mpg around town and 25-26.5 on the highway - best tank of 27.5 on the Interstate. Just about the same as the n.a. 4 banger.
Oct 15, 2009 3:52 p.m.
Very cool.
Mar 1, 2010 3:01 a.m.
I wish there were lots of production cars like yours. Trying to push my E-30 in that direction. Simple, beautiful, and fun. Cars have too much stuff now. A/C, power windows, is plenty enough luxury for me. Wonderful job.
Mar 1, 2010 5:12 a.m.
What power windows? :)
Apr 5, 2010 7:10 a.m.
Michael, saw your car at the GT Autoshow, I couldn't believe the attention to detail on this thing, truely a masterpiece original!
Apr 5, 2010 10:02 a.m.
Raze -- thanks for kudos....I enjoy refining it. When I retire, I'm just going to build cars. And I announced to my wife that I wasn't sure I'd ever need another one --- this has enough left to do to keep me occupied for a while. Knee-deep into GM Perf. Products crate LS3 possibities right now. Since Ford sold Volvo to Chinese ownership - no need to keep it 'in the family' any longer!
Apr 5, 2010 10:03 a.m.
....oh - and I got 25.2 mpg on the round trip from Charlotte!
Nov 25, 2010 1:04 p.m.
2 door Volvos rock! Nuff said..
Nov 26, 2010 7:12 p.m.
Just curious - what kind of wheels are those? Great looking car!
Nov 26, 2010 7:49 p.m.
Thanx anthromt! 16"X7" Mille Miglia wheels which I painted (antique bronze metallic) and Michelin Sport Pilots 245/45-16"
Apr 4, 2011 5:24 a.m.
Thanks to all the folks who came by at GaTech's (2010 GRM Champs!) car show Apr. 2nd. Great visiting with you and seeing your reaction to the car in person!
Apr 5, 2011 4:46 p.m.
Michael, I'm just starting a Camaro V8 swap for my '80 242 with a buddy of mine. Coincidentally enough, my Vo is also sand/almond colored and I love the look that you've put together. I'd like to hit you up for pointers in the next few months if thats alright..
Apr 5, 2011 6:49 p.m.
No problem. I'll likely go LS3 when it's time for more umph.... Probably best to just email me when the time comes - michael.yount@piedmontng.com You probably know, but if it's old school ignition - you eat up valuable space with the distributor at the back. Distributorless or the Ford small block solves that problem.
Aug 15, 2011 7:49 p.m.
Tried to add a couple of new pictures; re-did front air dam. Added a 93 Volvo 850 air dam and homemade splitter.
Mar 19, 2012 8:12 p.m.
I love this car
Apr 25, 2012 12:54 p.m.
Thanks dankspeed! About to get rid of my 16" wheel/tire combo and upgrade to 17"x8" and Conti Extreme Contact DW 234/45/17's....
Nov 4, 2012 8:25 p.m.
Updated underhood pic - lots of little clean up - new coolant reservoir, hid some wiring, cleaned up firewall, painted strut braces and brake booster.
Feb 17, 2013 12:58 p.m.
Corner weights in advance of coilover/adjustable suspension changes: No Driver, No Junk in the Trunk, 7/8 full of fuel - Total - 3035 (79 lbs. of stuff!) LF - 858 RF - 824 LR - 640 RR - 713 Cross - 48.2% Side - 50.6% Ft/Rear - 55.4%/44.6%
Mar 21, 2013 4:36 p.m.
I think I saw your car( minus the rear wing ) in the Garner/Raleigh-area? The car looks great at a distance. I can only imagine how good it looks up close. Good job!!!
May 9, 2013 9:49 a.m.
That is cool
Aug 10, 2013 7:07 p.m.
mrwillie - wasn't mine. I've never had it up in Raleigh and it hasn't been without the wing since the late 80's.
Nov 7, 2013 2:03 p.m.
Super awesome is all have to say regarding this vehicle.
Sep 18, 2016 7:14 a.m.
Got the LS3 in replacing the Ford 5.0L. Running great! Still clearing up some nits/nats -- accurate tach reading and see what codes are causing an intermittent check engine light. But I couldn't be happier. So much smoother and more refined than the 5.0L was. And carrying about 6.8 lbs/hp - man is it sporty!
Feb 12, 2017 7:55 a.m.
Almost 1000 miles on the new combo - all bugs worked out. New Classic Auto Air working beautifully, all gauges/idiot lights working as they should -- in town mpg in the 17.5-20.5 range (last fill up was 179 miles on 8.7 gallons!). Not too shabby. Looking forward to a road trip....
Mar 4, 2017 8:02 p.m.
Looks awesome. Go Jackets!
Apr 11, 2017 8:53 a.m.
Was going to bring it down to the GaTech auto show on April 1st, but my dear old mom took a turn for the worse a few days before. She passed on April 6th -- so next year I'll dedicate my trip to the show to her!
Aug 8, 2017 noon
Love what you did. I used to own a 760 with a Kenne-Bell supercharged 5.0. Would love to locate a 242 V8. I look forward to chat with you.
Oct 28, 2017 4:48 p.m.
Thx Terry!
Jul 1, 2018 10:13 p.m.
Great swap. excellent work!
Oct 9, 2018 3:43 p.m.
Thx superdve! It's been a labor of love.

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