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If such a thing is possible, Volvo 240s have an even mustier image in Australia than they do in the United States. That's good for those of us who know that they're anvil tough and respond well to modifications. Being front engine, rear wheel drive and European, the ingredients for a stormer are there, if you care to do some work. Additionally, 240s are super easy to work on, and there's a decent enthusiast base, especially now with the interweb tubes in full swing.

Engine swaps into RWD Volvos are nothing new, Converse Engineering and Jags That Run have been selling kits to provide your "Brick" with a small-block heart transplant for years. A particularly determined Aussie has swapped in a twin-turbo Toyota Supra engine good for 284 horsepower. Sure, the V8s will bump out that pony count all day, but they won't have that inline-six wail. Of course, there's something equally alluring about the rhythm of a V8 doing its work, too. Decisions, decisions. Guess we'd just have to get a few and go swap-crazy. Good thing old Volvos are cheap!

The dyno run video is posted after the jump.

[Source: Carscoop]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      2JZ engine, no shit.
      • 8 Years Ago
      An amazing swap!

      I am gonna write this before comments like "volvo sucks" or "the 240 makes me vomit" start pouring in. The 240 Turbo won the 1985 ETCC championship in Group A (in just the second year of entering the ETCC), beating out some very strong competition like the BMW 635csi and Rover.
        • 8 Years Ago
        And yet it's still as desirable as an atomic wedgie.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Okay, you don't care, that's cool. Explain then, why you took the time to read the post, look at the pix and leave a comment.
      • 8 Years Ago
      well, if your gonna have a rocket, nothing safer then using a refrigerator for a shell.
      nice mod / swap not loving the interior but it's not my car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd like to see this vs the Vovette in a quarter mile.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Really cool project. I have always wanted one of these in good shape so that I could swap a SBC in it. This is very cool too, but I would imagine the 2jzz swap being far more expensive.

      The only bummer is that awful Pep Boys interior treatment.

      It could use some nice web style BBS rims to really make it look good.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the definition of pointless...

      somebody please give me a reason to care.

      Autoblog, you should pay attention to your slogan; modded 240s with pink-and-purple interiors don't count as "the auto industry"
      • 8 Years Ago
      They should try a mid-engined version of the estate, that would be even better!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Only thing I don't understand is why they chose a 4 door sedan. To my tastes a 2 door would have been so much more cool.
        • 7 Years Ago
        A wagon would've been even cooler
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why spoil a perfectly sound Volvo with a Toy engine?
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Probably even better in the rallies with the Supra power.
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