LS V8 Swapped: 1990 Volvo 240 DL

The Volvo 240 DL is a slow car in stock form…not loaded trash truck slow, but it’ll give a Mercedes-Benz 300D a good run for the money. But that all changes when you drop an LM4 small block V8 from some kind of GM SUV and start burning rubber.  Find this 1990 Volvo 240 DL offered for $5900 in Cary, NC via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

LS Swapped 300 HP 1990 Volvo 240 Sedan $5900 OBO

For Sale: 1990 Volvo 244, YV1AA8841L1417725

I have owned the car for about 2 Years. It has 174,000 Miles on it. During my ownership it has received an engine swap from a 2004 GMC Envoy. It has an LM4 (LS Family) Aluminum Block 5.3 with aluminum 862 heads. The car also has a rebuilt automatic transmission model 4L60e from an inline 6 Envoy XL. 

I have a Clean NC title in my name.

I know from the Autocheck report it has been a NC car its whole life. It was bought and owned in Chapel Hill for years.

It has the following modifications:

Volvo Turbo style grille. Holley 302 performance oil pan. It has STS Machining aluminum and polyurethane engine mounts. A custom transmission mount with an energy suspension polyurethane transmission mounting. Custom 2-piece driveshaft. DeatschWerks fuel pump, Fragola fuel lines and transmission cooler lines, Russel performance fuel filter. Cone style air filter and custom made air intake. Corvette C4 Radiator and SPAL electrically controlled dual fan assembly controlled by factory GM ECU. Custom pinned out Envoy wiring harness. Extensive engine to chassis grounding, Custom fuse block with fuse block diagram for future troubleshooting. Custom Reprogrammed GM ECU with VATS, Pass-key and Emissions removed. Retained O2 engine control. Plumbed water pump to heater core to retain heat and defrost. Recently passed NC safety inspection. B&G S2 lowering springs, Kaplehenke Aluminum strut mounts, Volvo 240 turbo front and rear sway bars. Bilstein Front Struts, Custom made adjustable panhard bar. SuperPro bushings in strengthened front control arms, SuperPro bushings on the front of the strengthened trailing arms, SuperPro bushings on torque rods. Uninstalled SuperPro bushings for the panhard rod. New Continental Extremecontact 225/50R16 high performance all season tires, C4 Corvette Wheels with gently rolled rear fenders(soft blow hammer). It has a custom made shifter linkage. Hooker Block Hugger headers, 2.25 inch custom exhaust with Magnaflow muffler and performance 2 into 1 catalytic convertor. VDO Oil pressure and voltage gauges. Tachometer, Odometer, Speedometer, Fuel Level, & Temperature gauges all work. Thee are no OBDII codes, no misfires and all available readiness codes are set. 

The whole car has been repainted. It was originally white and it was painted by a previous owner. It was a pretty lousy non-clearcoat paint job with lots of overspray on the trim and it looks like they painted over the sunroof (although I have not tried to open it.). I cannot find any evidence of any prior body work. The car has no rust.

The A/C has not been installed. The car did have factory A/C and I have some A/C parts in a box from the Volvo and from the Envoy.

I have a list of all the parts I installed during the swap in a spreadsheet.

During the swap it got: New spark plugs and wires. New rear main seal, new torque convertor, rebuilt alternator, new thermostat. New intake gasket, Oil pan gasket, and all new o-rings on the injectors. I blew solvent through the injectors with compressed air when they were off the car. New oil filter and all new fluids (obviously) New Water pump gasket. New serpentine belt and tensioner. It has new black carpet. the seats were disassembled and the covers were sent through the washing machine 8 times with de-greaser. I recently installed new window scrapers. It has new Moog tie rod ends. It also got new KYB rear shocks and Bilstein Struts. I disassembled and painted the strut tubes and cleaned and repacked the front wheel bearings with synthetic wheel bearing grease. The brake fluid was flushed and bled when the strut tubes were out. It recently received an alignment and passed a NC state inspection. 

It has manual Locks. Radio, Heat, Defrost, Blower, Power Antenna, Power Windows, Wipers, Washers, and All lights work (except the reverse lights). 

It also comes with the factory Volvo steel wheels with tires and a space saver spare. 

There is a build thread.

Best way to contact me is vis text. Chris

See a better way to drive a white sleeper?