Each time an previous Volvo pops up on Speedhunters, you already know it’s going to be a banger. My newest contribution to the ‘SH Prancing Moose Membership’ undoubtedly continues that development.
This 1974 Volvo 242, owned and constructed by Kaido Jõema in Estonia, was bought in 2016 as a rolling physique in less-than-desirable situation. Kaido’s dream was to construct one thing quick.
The distinction between this automobile and nearly all of different previous Volvos that we’ve featured previously is its engine. As an alternative of a cross-manufacturer swap, Kaido has constructed up a B230 – one of many four-cylinder engines that Volvo specified for this mannequin – to see how far he may push the block. With the assistance of cast pistons and H-beam connecting rods, the reply is sort of far.
Kaido began by upgrading the engine’s authentic 530 cylinder head to a excessive efficiency 531 head – an merchandise with holy grail stature within the Volvo modifying world. Additional to this, an S/T4 camshaft from Swedish tuner KL Racing and upgraded valve springs had been fitted.
It’s all in help of the actual power-making side of the engine construct – a giant Holset HX40 turbocharger. The turbo system encompasses a customized manifold, customized intercooler and a 4-inch down-pipe that directs spent gasses to a customized exhaust. On the opposite aspect, a KL Racing customized consumption manifold mounts an digital Bosch throttle physique and twin injector rails to produce the motor’s massive thirst for E85 gasoline. Tuned via a MaxxECU engine administration system, the bundle delivers a strong 442hp and 550Nm to the wheels.
To carry and successfully switch this energy to the Volvo’s again tires, Kaido fully reworked the drivetrain utilizing a wide range of principally modified-to-fit BMW elements. The gearbox is a 5-speed ZF unit linked to a Tenaci clutch and a billet flywheel, the driveshaft is from an E46 (3 Collection), and the rear axle is from an even bigger E39 (5 Collection). The differential itself got here from a good larger BMW E65 (7 Collection). The vital factor is that all of it works – and effectively.
As I discussed initially, Kaido needed the Volvo to be quick, however he additionally needed it to have the ability to deal with at pace and in a wide range of situations, from the road to the monitor and, most frequently, the drag strip. To that finish, the entrance suspension now options HSD DualTech coilovers with TXR Efficiency camber plates and a steering equipment, whereas the rear finish advantages from customized management arms and Unusual Engineering adjustable coilovers.
The BMW connection continues with the wheels – AC Schnitzer Kind 1s, measuring in at 17×8.5-inches entrance and rear.
When Kaido bought the Volvo it had been repainted darkish blue, however seeing as he’s effectively versed in automobile portray, another person’s work was by no means going to chop it. The ‘customized’ tail lights had to go too.
The 242 was initially inexperienced, and though no codes exist for the precise coloration, stripping out the inside revealed some authentic paint that Kaido was capable of match from. Earlier than the restorative bodywork and portray commenced, customized widened fenders had been fabricated in any respect 4 corners.
Taking the paintwork one step additional is customized pin-striping across the automobile, once more, all Kaido’s personal work. He even doubled down and customised his helmet.
Inside, the Volvo is fairly uncooked, simply as you’d anticipate in a automobile that spends numerous its time chasing faster ETs. There’s customized bead-rolled door panels (sure, Kaido made these too), a deep-dish Sabelt steering wheel, customized gear and handbrake levers, a few extra gauges and never a lot else. The entrance seats are certainly one of my favourite particulars – simply strive discovering a pair of authentic Lancia Delta Recaros!
Previous challenge automobiles are sometimes a studying curve, and this very cool Volvo – aptly named ‘Rakett’ (Estonian for ‘rocket’) – definitely has been for Kaido. From engine work to fabrication, and from portray to pin-striping, this gifted Estonian has accomplished all of it, and is now reaping the rewards of his efforts from behind the wheel.
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