The Volvo 200 series lasted for a multi-decade production span starting way back in the hazy 70s and only ending when it was popular to “talk to the hand” (1993). Less boxy cars needed complete redesigns
to meet periodic new safety standards, but the 240/260 was build decades
ahead of the competition in terms of safety – resulting in an iconic
boxy Volvo shape that defined the marque for a few generations. The biggest thing missing from the boxy is power and that can be easily solved if you’ve got the time…but why not pickup someone elses swapped box and save yourself the time and money. Find this 1985 Volvo 245 Wagon with V8 swap here on craigslist offered for $3,000 in Tacoma, WA.
This isn’t a perfect museum piece Volvo, but the asking price is favorable and most of the hard work has already been done. Anyone looking to shove a Ford V8 into the front of a Volvo 240 will need to source a kit from Converse Engineering (or Jagsthatrun) and they aren’t cheap. Even if you get a free Volvo and free 5.0 V8, the total cost of the conversion can easily exceed the asking price on today’s feature.
Ford’s 5.0 liter (302 cubic inch) V8 is rating somewhere in the low 200 horsepower range from the factory (depending on donor vehicle), but aftermarket parts are available that will easily boost the power into the 300 hp range. This one could probably use some high compression internals…but that would be after you swap in a T-5 manual to replace the AOD slushbox.
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