Re: Best economy gas setup or hightech efi?
Geez. How are ya gonna put a V8 in a front wheel drive Volvo?
Are ya sure it's an 850? Cause I didn't think they made those in 1985....... in fact if it is a 1985 I'd say it's a 242 or 244. In which case go the Windsor. It'll fit better and compliance will be easier. Not to mention that there are lots of go faster goodies for Windsors that will be in stock for years to come.
If you are going LPG then the Clevo might be an option.
Vince Harmer (Harmer Automotive 02 6241 3851) in Canberra has a 350 Chev, Turbo350 and a Ford 9 inch in a 262C Volvo Bertone which is the same basic shape as the 240 series but had a 2.7L V6 as standard (same as the 264 engine) instead of the 2.1L 4cyl (the 242 had a 2.3 4cyl.)
I almost bought a 1979 264 Volvo with a 302 Windsor and a C4 in it so I know they fit in the 6 cyl Volvo's. Never seen a 244 with a 302 in it. Doesn't mean it can't be done.
As far as setting up for gas goes, you can't run any more compression than if you were setting it up for PULP. LPG doesn't get any better than 100RON these days and PULP is around 98-99RON. So don't expect any free performance gains out of LPG.
My apologies for my knowledge of all things Volvo. My family has owned quite a few. They'd be good cars if they were better looking, better sounding and a shiteload faster.
Good luck sticking a V8 in one. It's just what they need. Just don't do it to a 242GT. They're collectable these days, (Remember Robbie Franzovic? He won the ATCC in 1985 in one (Actually it was a 240T but they never brought those into Australia. Closest we had was the 242GT and they didn't come stock with the turbo anyway). Didn't that rattle a few chains........the "Swedish Valiant with a hairdryer on it", DJR quote)
There are two types of fools.
The first, who thinks that because it is old, it is good
And the second, who thinks that because it is new, it is better.
Last edited by Chris Brooks; 12-17-03 at 04:10 AM.