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    Default How good is the PRV V6?

    I have the chance to aquire a Volvo 240GT with very sad motor, as bits for these are difficult and expensive, the thought flashed thru the peabrain to do a V6 transplant. Thoughts?

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    After seeing a pretty speccy 262C V8 in a rally a few years ago, just did a quick Google to see if I could find the car, but it came up with these alternatives instead for 2xx series Volvo's.

    http://wwwrsphysse.anu.edu.au/~amh11...gine_swaps.htm

    http://wwwrsphysse.anu.edu.au/~amh11...a_in_volvo.htm

    Then again, a 240GT would make a nice Robbie Francevic 240T replica :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon
    After seeing a pretty speccy 262C V8 in a rally a few years ago, just did a quick Google to see if I could find the car, but it came up with these alternatives instead for 2xx series Volvo's.

    http://wwwrsphysse.anu.edu.au/~amh11...gine_swaps.htm

    http://wwwrsphysse.anu.edu.au/~amh11...a_in_volvo.htm

    Then again, a 240GT would make a nice Robbie Francevic 240T replica :-)
    Yet again Simon you have proved to be a great source! Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwia110
    I have the chance to aquire a Volvo 240GT with very sad motor, as bits for these are difficult and expensive, the thought flashed thru the peabrain to do a V6 transplant. Thoughts?
    kiwia110,
    Don't let the "GT" part phase you. The 242 GT engine is just a "cooking" B23e. The cylinder head and cam were slightly different for the GT.
    These were originally specced for the Swedish Police. Heavier sway bars and gas shocks.

    Are Volvo parts so difficult to source in the "Land of the Long White Clod"?
    Repco could at one time supply pistons, bearings etc here in Aus.

    For normal road use owners of V6 [264] engined Volvos would go the other way when their engines died. By fitting a B23e engine! They ended up with a reliable engine plus all the extras of the 264 body.

    Ps. To go the "Robbie Francevic" replica would be difficult. The Francevic cars were LH drive. To mount a turbo on a RH drive is difficult [not impossible]. Dished type pistons and hollow sodium filled valves were part of the kit. Getrag 5 speed box and large [Brembo?] discs were used.

    The 240GT was a nice different Volvo when it was released here in '78.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildebeest
    kiwia110,
    Don't let the "GT" part phase you. The 242 GT engine is just a "cooking" B23e. The cylinder head and cam were slightly different for the GT.
    These were originally specced for the Swedish Police. Heavier sway bars and gas shocks.

    Are Volvo parts so difficult to source in the "Land of the Long White Clod"?
    Repco could at one time supply pistons, bearings etc here in Aus.

    For normal road use owners of V6 [264] engined Volvos would go the other way when their engines died. By fitting a B23e engine! They ended up with a reliable engine plus all the extras of the 264 body.

    Ps. To go the "Robbie Francevic" replica would be difficult. The Francevic cars were LH drive. To mount a turbo on a RH drive is difficult [not impossible]. Dished type pistons and hollow sodium filled valves were part of the kit. Getrag 5 speed box and large [Brembo?] discs were used.

    The 240GT was a nice different Volvo when it was released here in '78.
    The block has been fully rebuilt, but seems the head is knackered, a 2 litre head has been fitted, and is giving major worries, as you would expect.
    The Francevic car originally was a RHD, road car, converted here, according to rumour cos Wellington was a left hand track

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    Default How good ?

    Quote Originally Posted by kiwia110
    The block has been fully rebuilt, but seems the head is knackered, a 2 litre head has been fitted, and is giving major worries, as you would expect.
    The Francevic car originally was a RHD, road car, converted here, according to rumour cos Wellington was a left hand track
    kiwia110,
    If you can get hold of a B23e head that should put you back to GT specs with your GT cam installed.
    Fitting a 2 litre, actually 2.1 litre, could be a recipe for problems with the difference in the bore sizes.[?]

    You are correct re one of the Francevic Volvos was RHD. John Bowe drove one in the '86 Sandown 500.
    Robbie's cars always appeared LHD in Australia
    This info sourced from Pedr and Tony Davis's book, "Volvo Down Under".

    Ps I think we might get the heave ho soon dwelling too much on non Froggies.

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