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940 V8 Ford Conversion 2 years 10 months ago #371

Alright, time to break the V8 ice.

I'm currently working on a Ford 5.0/T5 conversion in my 1993 940 Turbo wagon. I'm transplanting the setup from another wagon thats rusted out, but was built using the Ross Converse Kit. The engine will be getting GT40P heads, a Ford Cobra intake setup, Ford Racing shorty headers, and a good cleanup before it goes in. The car has gotten new Ipd heavy duty springs front and rear (stock shocks though), chassis braces, and Ipd sway bars front and rear to help beef up the suspension.

Hopefully I've accounted for a lot of stuff as I've been planning this project out for a couple years...still have a few things I'm iffy about:

Radiator. I was thinking about having a custom aluminum 3 row built to fit in the stock location, but I also hear of other guys using stock Volvo rads and not having any problems. What are your experiences?

Clutch Cable hookup. This is one of the most common breaks I've heard about; the stock Volvo cable not being beefy enough to withstand the heavier Ford clutch. Has anyone come up with a good way to modify a Ford cable to fit the Volvo clutch pedal?

Gauge hookups: I'm putting in some aux gauges simply because I'm not sure how much to trust the factory gauges running off the Ford sensors.

I'm very interested in hearing any other bits of advice people have who have completed these projects before (unless its 'don't do it'...they've been tellin me that for a couple years already =D )

Thanks much!
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Re: 940 V8 Ford Conversion 1 year 11 months ago #642

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Any luck with the conversion so far?
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Re: 940 V8 Ford Conversion 1 year 2 months ago #1013

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This can be a viable conversion w/ Ford -or-Chevy V8 and it's fairly straightforward. My '84 760 has about 50K Ford V8 miles w/ orig. rear-end, gets better mileage than 4 cyl., is docile, and can get out of it's own way, since 1996. I have stock Swedes too, but Ahhh...the V8.I See that finally VoVo does have an Eight Cylinder model, no faster than mine at 1/8th the price.
Regards, Ken
Driving Swedish Steel since '69....Pushed/Pulled a few too!!

BTW---for HOT-ROD-VOLVO( above post)---Radiator...use a diesel one..no problems.
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Re: 940 V8 Ford Conversion 1 week 5 days ago #1610

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You are in good company! One of the car mags (Hemmings Sport & Exoctic??) recently had an article on the conversions Paul Newman made with V8s in Volvo wagons. Apparently Paul also made several for friends, including David Letterman, back in the day. I have friends that did the Ford conversion for various Jaguars (much cheaper than an OEM engine build), they generally used 289 vintage Ford V8s as they were smaller than the GM engines and easier to fit.
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940 V8 Ford Conversion 1 week 5 days ago #1611

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The V8 Swedes are out there. The Brickboard and Turbobricks forum have a V8 section. I missed that Hemmings , but Paul had Converse build his 960 wagon and talked Letterman in to one. These were brand new 960's!! Newman's had a supercharged 5 liter w/ 5-spd and 9" rear. It was out there for sale for 100K I saw rumored on the net. Letterman 's was featured on a bit w/ Seinfield called something like "Driving w/ Seinfeld for coffee"---an 1800 was also featured. Since the 5L Ford V8 only weighs about 35 LBs more than the Volvo motors, it's a breeze. There is now an"stand alone" wiring harness for the GM/ LS motors, so you can just dial in the Horses you want, even a "paddle shift" tranny, and dig in your wallet. The 2/7/9 series can handle the power, and there are some A** kicker swedes....sleepers, and all in all MUCH cheper to build than to buy a Bimmer or fast Mustang. " Boxy but Safe.....and Fast !!!
Regards from Sunny FLA. Ken......Driving VoVo's since '69
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