jdmae92
jdmae92 GRM+ Memberand New Reader
7/30/08 1:11 a.m.

I just got home with a Volvo PV544. It doesn't have an engine or transmission, I am still deciding what I want to put in. I am thinking of a 2.3 turbo from a 740 or 940 or maybe a DOHC turbo from an 850 if it would fit. It originally came with a B18 and the B20 drops right in. Here are some pictures from the PO

ZOOMiata
ZOOMiata GRM+ Memberand Dork
7/30/08 6:21 a.m.

There are two or three of these in my city that seem to still be daily driven. They all have a lovely patina to them, and I want one every time I see one. They're so much smaller than they appear in pictures.

Cool car. Have fun.

John Brown
John Brown GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
7/30/08 6:35 a.m.

The 850 DOHC turbo would be a gas!

Good luck!

spitfirebill
spitfirebill HalfDork
7/30/08 6:59 a.m.

A co-worker of mine has one of these cars. He just gotten it back from a shop that got it running after it had sat for years. A previous owner used to use it to plow. It think his has a B-18. I too love them.

wreckerboy
wreckerboy SuperDork
7/30/08 7:08 a.m.

I had one of those (a '63) years ago and loved it to death. There was one locally that ran a 2.8 Ford in it. The guy had a sticker on the fender that read "Powered by Fjord"

I recognized the photos from the PO. That car was for sale for quite some time. Congrats on the buy.

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder Technical Editor/Advertising Director
7/30/08 10:34 a.m.

I'd stick with Volvo...the basic 2.3 from the 240/740 can be tuned very well in NA or turbo'd form.

car39
car39 Reader
7/30/08 12:36 p.m.

Saw one a few years ago that had a super sweet B2300 motor dropped in it, all emissioned, fuel injected, the works. The only compromise the owner made was to drive the A/C compressor off of the rear end, so the A/C only blew cold air when the car was moving.

914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
7/30/08 1:08 p.m.

SBC?

5.0?

V-12 Jag?

What does it weigh with no motor?

jdmae92
jdmae92 GRM+ Memberand New Reader
7/30/08 1:49 p.m.

Not sure on the weight with no motor, with the original motor it is 2250.

Evan_R
Evan_R New Reader
7/31/08 3:32 a.m.

it's a narrow engine bay, so forget a 90-degree V-anything unless youbuild a tube frame. The 2.8 Ford 6 or the 2.8-3.4 GM 6 will be a fit, but be careful of steering shaft/exh. mani. interference.

Damn near any I-4 will fit, there's a lot of vertical space. If you want a turbo, you might hafta flip the manifold over and put the turbo up high.

jdmae92
jdmae92 GRM+ Memberand New Reader
7/31/08 3:39 p.m.

Hmmm... I wonder if a Volvo diesel will fit. Were those fours or sixes?

jdmae92
jdmae92 GRM+ Memberand New Reader
7/31/08 3:51 p.m.

Does anyone know of a place to get newer Volvo diesels in the US. Like the JDM import sites. I was reading about the D5 engines (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volvo_D5_engine) but I don't know of anywhere to get one.

neon4891
neon4891 Dork
7/31/08 4:00 p.m.

lsx?

jdmae92
jdmae92 GRM+ Memberand New Reader
7/31/08 4:06 p.m.

I thought about lsx but as mentioned before the engine bay is very narrow, as are the frame rails and I'm not totally convinced I want to start chopping up the frame.

neon4891
neon4891 Dork
7/31/08 4:17 p.m.

good point, it's just that LSx is the standard answer to "what engine" as Miata is to "what car".

Back to your car, it looks nice and good luck with finding a diesel.

Volksroddin
Volksroddin Reader
7/31/08 5:58 p.m.

keep it in the famly, use a Volvo.

Birthdays
Our Preferred Partners
0PbWf8ySnPwspawsa8ugl8nqxv8QjuZvondfCabPI8fPH39uQU7vPuo8eFOinmbG