LCM Volvo 245 ‘ 74-1UZ 4.0 V8 engine Swap Pt. 1
LCM Volvo 245 ‘ 74-1UZ 4.0 V8 engine Swap
After the LCM Volvo 940 with a 2JZ 3.0 GTE Supra engine It’s time for a new project. Of course again an old Volvo, in this case a Volvo 245 from 1974.
I had set my sights on one of the in my opinion ‘ vintage ‘ Volvos; A Volvo 245 with the old-fashioned round headlights.
Finding a first generation Volvo 245 that is not completely eaters can be quite a challenge. After a couple of views I decided to post on Facebook to sales groups, after a while I got a message from the north of the country. In Groningen There was an orange 245 from 1974 which originated In France and even on French plates.
The pictures looked promising and a few days later I sat down to the coffee with the owner, a very nice and cozy man. After talking about cars for hours, I bought the 245 named Peter and immediately made an appointment with the RDW for an import inspection.
An import inspection may sound exciting but is actually no more than a check of the paper, Chasisnummer and in an old car an additional check on 9 points such as head-on height, braking action etc.
Exept a detached fuel hose from the mechanical pump the inspection went without problems and I stood outside again 30 minutes later with an ‘ approved ‘ Volvo 245.
The Volvo 245 must be used as a daily transport. Important things are therefore: reliability, good handling and comfort.
The 1UZ 4.0 V8 engine from Toyota/Lexus proved to be the most logical choice because it is very reliable, can drive on LPG, has enough power (265PK) and above all not much heavier than the original engine is.
The 1UZ is easy to find in England. The most advantageous is to purchase a complete Lexus LS400 and strip it for the parts. In England they are already on sale from 600 pounds.
The interior looks original very retro from what I like, however comfortable it is totally not. For this reason, fully electric seats of the LS400 will also be built in. A little less retro but they are exquisite!
The chassis was a logical choice just like the engine. LucaCarMods.com supplies BC-Racing coilovers for the Volvo 245. Yes.. Even for a 44 year old Volvo!
It remains fascinating how much difference a coilover set can make. The Volvo 245 looks similar pieces better with the BC-Racing coilovers set. Of course, the road behaviour is also many times better than the original suspension. Peter steers tightly and is stable on the road.
First of all, the old B-series engine must be domed, it goes back to the old owner of Peter and will be reused in another Oldtimer Volvo.
1UZ 4.0 V8 engine
The question was how and whether the V8 engine was going to fit and there is only one way to find out. It was time to put the new V8 1UZ engine of Lexus in the Volvo on a pair of bobbins.
What turns out; A V8 fits perfectly in the engine compartment of a Volvo 245!
To achieve a good weight ratio it is important to place the motor backwards as far as possible. With a V8 you are limited in this because the cylinder bench comes against the brake booster; This is of course remedy but not necessary in this situation.
Engine supports fabricate
The engine mounts are easy to fabricate. What takes a lot of time is fitting and measuring!
The car must be 100 level on the bridge, the engine block must be in line with the drive shaft, the engine must be at the right angle, the correct height and so on. The most time is here.
When fabricating the engine mounts I used the following materials:
- 5-6mm thick sheet steel
- 3mm thick-walled steel pipe
- Wishbone rubbers of an Opel
I made the engine mounts so that no weld and/or grinding work should be done on the Volvo. They are easy to assemble with the subframe and stabilizer rod bolts.