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In the Beginning ... there was the chassis
Under the hood ...
Front view ...
That was then ....
And this is NOW!
This car was purchased in 2004
to make a vintage race car; one that is unique.
· Engine and suspension removed and body put on rotisserie for undercoat removal and repair of driver’s floor and jack wings with new metal parts.*
· Body set on chassis jig to check for trueness and to install roll cage.*
· Bumpers removed, hole cut in front valance for oil cooler opening.
· Small chin spoiler added to valance to promote a low pressure area behind the radiator to improve cooling airflow.
· Inside fender lips rolled for additional tire clearance to use wheel spacers.
Suspension and Brakes:
· Front, ’70 P1800 double A-arms with shorter, stiffer springs to lower car. Bilstein shock absorbers. Stock steering gearbox and column.*
· Rear, live axle from ’70 P1800E suspended by shorter, coil springs and Bilstein shocks.* Located by four trailing arms and a Panhard rod.
· Rear brakes are the stock two-piston calipers that came with the ’70 rear axle. Front brakes are Volvo four-piston calipers from the ’70 P1800E.*
· Dual m/c with Tilton bias brake and clutch pedal assy. SS flex lines.
· New tie rod ends, ball joints, bushings and wheel bearings.
· IPD front and rear sway bars.
· Volvo B-20 (2 liter) w/ Volvo rally-spec cam.* Head is milled, ported and port matched to manifolds. Estimated 11.75:1 compression ratio. Pistons, valves and rods are balanced Volvo items.
· The carbs are 1 ¾” SU HS-6 units prepared for racing w/ velocity stacks and K&N filters. They sit on a ported stock Volvo manifold. The exhaust header is Jet-Hot coated.
· The exhaust pipe is 2 ¼” tubing with an oval-shaped tube exiting in front of the right rear wheel.*
· Ignition is Volvo distributor with optical trigger and a Bosch “blue” coil.
· The engine prep by a Florida Volvo specialist who used it in his P1800ES to win the Central Florida region F-production SCCA championship (2006).
· Freshened (valve job, rings and bearings)
· The engine dynoed at 140hp. (Pinnacle Motorsports of Fort Worth, 1/2008). In its last outing (Feb. ’08) it either spun a main bearing or broke the oil pump shaft causing loss of oil pressure. The engine will have to be rebuilt. A spare, stock Volvo B-18 (1.8 liter) engine included if one desires to prepare the car for vintage F-production.
· Transmission is a stock Volvo 4-spd unit w/ new motor and trany mounts.
· Clutch is a Borg and Beck unit with a lightened flywheel. Activation is by hydraulic master and slave cylinders. All parts except the flywheel are new, including the t/o bearing and pilot bearing.
· The driveshaft was built by Mickey’s in Fort Myers, Fl using a front half from the ’65 P1800S and the rear section from the ’70 P800E. New u-joints and center bearing were installed.
· New TrueTrac limited slip for Dana 30, 4.10:1 rear end.
· Radiator is from Volvo 240 and has an additional row of cooling fins. It also weighs approx. 12# less than stock P1800 unit. A water filler/thermostat housing unit was custom-fabricated to raise the filler cap to the highest point possible to insure no air pockets exist in radiator or engine. Twelve inch electric cooling fan. New hoses.
· Oil cooler is a 13-row Mocal unit. All oil hoses are braided stainless with AN-10 fittings. A Mocal engine block-mounted adapter is used to route hoses to the cooler, an Oberg remote filter and Accusump engine pre-oiler with check valve. The Accusump is located in the driver’s compartment and is manually operated.*
· An 8,000 RPM SW tachometer with Autometer mechanical gauges including, oil and water temps and oil pressure. Additionally, an aircraft-type dual EGT gauge is installed in the otherwise stock Volvo dash.*
· There are five Superlite 15x6” wheels with mounted Hoosier Speedster vintage-legal tires plus four Volvo P1800E wheels with old tires that are used for trailering and shop roll-around. Long wheel studs were installed and ½” spacers used.
· Twelve gallon Fuel Safe cell mounted in a fabricated frame with a Carter electric fuel pump and Jeg’s filter in the trunk connected to a fuel pressure regulator and fuel distribution block w/under hood gauge which measures pressure supplied to the twin SU carbs.*
· The battery is a gel-type unit mounted in a box in the trunk behind the right rear wheel well. There is a cut-off switch on top of the right rear fender. There is also a charging port in the rear bodywork.
· The roll bar is an eight-point cage installed by E.J. Trivette of North Fort Myers, Fl, a race car builder and former NASCAR driver.* It features a bar that protects the fuel cell from rear collision.
· The seat is an upholstered aluminum unit by Beherents, mounted to a framework welded to the cage. It is adjustable with fast pins.
· The safety net is custom-made by TeamTech to fit the Volvo. It utilizes an automotive seatbelt-type release.
· The 5-point camlock seatbelt system is by TeamTech also and features padded shoulder straps and a sternum strap for additional protection.
· There is an amber LED rain light in addition to standard brake lights as required by CVAR.*
The car also included:
20’ Cherokee enclosed tandem trailer w/winch and canopy.
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