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Old 08-06-2008, 11:39 PM   #1
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Default Volvo Head Swap

For anyone who wants to try the volvo head swap on the 2.3 LIMA engine, Here are some helpful links for you

Car with the proper cylinder head
89-90 Volvo 740 GLE
91 Volvo 940 GLE (Canadian)

Engine # B234F

Here are some helpful links for you
http://www.turboford.net/ubb/ultimat...c;f=3;t=025541
http://www.turboford.net/cgi-bin/ult...c;f=2;t=041747
http://www.turboford.net/ubb/ultimat...c;f=3;t=025603
http://www.turboford.net/cgi-bin/ult...c;f=3;t=022395
http://www.turboford.net/cgi-bin/ult...c;f=2;t=039858
http://www.turboford.net/cgi-bin/ult...;f=20;t=003080
http://www.turboford.net/ubb/ultimat...c;f=8;t=000021
http://www.turboford.net/ubb/ultimat...c;f=2;t=047427
http://www.turboford.net/cgi-bin/ult...;f=20;t=003170
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/2300-16V/
http://www.merkurtech.com/merkurtech...es/item045.php

There is also another one at
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Old 08-06-2008, 11:45 PM   #2
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fgtj?

You been painting without proper ventilation or playing with some starter fluid?[sm=alcoholic.gif]



I've read about the swap, but it's more work that I'm interested in doing. I have access toa machine shop if I need it so maybe one day I'll reconsider it.
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Old 08-07-2008, 12:03 AM   #3
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It's fixed now, didn't like the geocities site[&:]
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Old 08-09-2008, 08:03 PM   #4
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with these heads what kind of performane increase can be expected?
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Old 08-09-2008, 08:21 PM   #5
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It really depends on your set-up.

No one has solid numbers on all stock just the head.

But from all the info Ive gathered, you've got a **** load better air flow which makes it better outside boost I would think
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Old 08-09-2008, 08:48 PM   #6
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so this head would be compatible with the t4 engine?
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so this head would be compatible with the t4 engine?
uhh... what? speak engish, not engine to me
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Old 08-10-2008, 11:18 AM   #8
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lol sorry. so this head is compatible with the turbo engine in the 1988 thunderbird i have? i can use these on that engine correct? what is the lima engine?
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The LIMA engine is the 2.3 ford turbo engine, the B234T is the engine in the volvo.

The head will fit but only with mods to either the cylinder head or the block.

they share the bolt placment, but the volvo head is a little to short so a aluminum block has to be welded on and custom pistons have to be made.

Im missing most of it, but thats why there are links....
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i think it would be a lot easier to use more boost and port the stock or a dp head than messing with that complicated of a swap.
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:29 PM   #11
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Very try jug, but dear to be different, and also the 8V heqad can go soo far before you'l need an aluminum head, and for almost the same price, have a DOHC head
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but most people here cant even afford or have the knowledge to do a turbo swap...let alone such a complicated swap as the volvo head
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:04 PM   #13
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New here but Did'nt I read on here that someone is selling heads that are already prepped for around a grand. Are the benifits worth it ? What is the diff between a stock 8 plug head. Have'nt gotten my Stang yet. Narrowed down to a red 88 w/rebuilt eng/trans or aqua 93 low miles. Looking for good mpg . Id be willing to drop 1k on a head for mpg or more power.
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The 8 plug head is still a SOHC, the volvo head is a DOHC.

I wouldn't do the swap unless you want power. The volvo head flows a freaking tune better than the stock 2.3 head.

For MPG I would just port match the intake to the head, a bigger exhaust (2.25") and a CAI for better mileage.

Was running a completly stock engine with a CAI and I was getting 32-34mpg hwy
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Old 09-18-2008, 04:25 PM   #15
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I picked up one of those heads last week and sold it. Not interested in the work involved. If I was going to try a differant head it would be the 8v volvo head. It did come out turbo. So exhaust manifold would not have be made maybe. Flows almost as good as the 16v. This is all per Volvo guy at turboford.net. Here is some pictures of the head I got.
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Hey MG man if you find another one let me know ok? I'm thinking of doing it since I'm really bored lol
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I realize 8plug is sohc , I was just asking if there is a benifit on a na motor. But thanks for the info and clarification. What I was trying to say is that I think someone is selling volvo heads already prepped, but cant confirm since I cant remember where I read it. Well time to go to work, another day another 50 cents.
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Someone on TF is making the cylinder head a direct bolt on, but it's going to cost arouns $1000-$1500 for the work done then you need a standalone system just to get it to work right,
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There is one on evil bay that has the block welded on it. Ouch price is over a 1000. I got this one cheap, cheap. The person I sold it to got a extremely good deal. I just wanted to pull one and see one in real life. I would have probably bought it just to foul around with. And if I see another for this price I will get it for you. I will PM with what I pd for it.
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1000 -1500 doesn't seem high if the head is ready to drop on. Didn't even think obout what else needed to be done to get it to work. It's all the reast of the changes you need to get it working right, as you said. Money you can use on a turbo swap. Cheaper in the long run unless you do the volvo head w/turbo motor. Just wishing out loud.
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