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Volvo Adventures is an independent "Down Under" based resource for the older Volvo models


  Member Volvos :

PV653 - 1933

TR679 - 1934

PV658 - 1935

PV56 - 1939

P1900 - 1956

TP21_P2104 - 1956

Duett - 1958

PV444 V6 - 1958

122 Project - 1959

PV544 Rally - 1960

PV544 Rally - 1961

PV544 Race - 1962

PV544 Rally - 1964

122S Cabrio - 1963

121 Project - 1963

221 Estate - 1963

220 Estate - 1965

121 Amazon - 1966

122 Amazon - 1966

122S Mod - 1966

123GT - 1967

123GT USA - 1967

123GT - 1968

Duett - 1968

122S Mod - 1968

122S Mod 1 - 1968

122S Super - 1968

122S Race - 1968

122S Japan - 1969

1800 Mod - 1964

1800S - 1969

1800E Mod - 1971

1800ES Show 1973

1800ES USA 1973

144S Mod - 1967

142 Race - 1969

142 Rally - 1970

142 Auto - 1970

144S - 1971

145 Express - 1971

144 Race - 1973

164TE - 1974

Laplander - 1974

C306 Firetruck

245GL - 1978

242GT - 1980

242R  6cyl - 1980

262C Bertone - 1980

240T Mod - 1982

284 V8 Mod - 1982

240GL - 1987

240GLT - 1988

360GLT - 1989

440GLT - 1994

480GT Turbo - 1995

740GL - 1989

780C Diesel - 1986

780C Diesel - 1988

780C B230 - 1988

780C Bertone - 1989

850GLT - 1995

850T5R Mod - 1995

960 - 1995

965T16V - 1992

965GLE - 1993

V70 - 1998

S70 - 2000

V70 Van - 2000

S90Ex - 2001

V40TD - 2002

S60 Chall - 2002

S60T5 - 2003

V70TD - 2002

90XC - 2003

C70T5 - 2007

V50 R design - 2009


1958 Volvo PV444 Buick V6
(Photos of this car supplied by the owner of this car,
Unites States member Dennis E. Flynn)


  More photos below, please click on image for full size photo

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I sold a 1939 Packard last October and took this 1958 Volvo in trade for part of it. The car was original but the engine and transmission were very tired. The following day I came across a 1991 Buick 3.3 liter V6 that was a factory overrun and had never been in a car. Upon checking I found that if you take a 700R transmission (4 speed automatic with overdrive) from a S10 Chevy pick up you can make this engine a rear wheel drive set up. So off to the races I went with the set up. 

The engine fit with some cutting of the floor and firewall and moving the steering gear ahead about 1 1/2". I made my own motor mounts, added 4 universal joints to the steering shaft and built my own exhaust headers and rear transmission mount. That got the engine in the car. 

Next came cutting the bottom of the driveshaft tunnel out all the way back and using a driveshaft from a 94 Chevrolet Caprice with a Ford rear yoke I had a driveshaft that would couple up to a narrowed down Ford rear end from a late 80's Ranger pick up. If you take the rear end from a Ford and cut the long side down about 3" so you can use the short axle on both sides you come up with a 44" hub to hub rear end width and a bolt pattern that matches the original Volvo wheel. This gives me a rear axle ratio of 3:73 and also has better brakes and no more tapered axles that rust in place.

Next came the cooling system. I had a radiator made locally to the same width and height as the original but it is 5 tubes deep or about as thick as the tank is. An electric fan completes that part and is coupled to a computer from a 1991 Oldsmobile Calais that has been cut down to fit and also controls the engine for fuel injection and so forth. The top rear of the front cross member had to be cut out to fit the oil pan in and it was beefed up on the front and underside for strength. Cutting the floor board did not have any adverse affects on the strength of the frame and I have had no problems with that at all.

As I had no idea where to start with gears for the speedometer I went with a digital speedometer and blacked out the original numbers and made a mount to set the 2 1/16" new gauge in where the old speedo head was. a 12 volt to 6 volt converter got the fuel gauge and wipers going again.

The car has very nice acceleration and is VERY peppy. I started this project last November (2002) and completed it last month (May 2003 ) with a three month break due to a heart attack and very cold weather without a heated garage. I am 61 and a retired Firefighter/Paramedic and the only thing I had to send out to have done was the radiator and drive shaft. The rest I did all myself such as painting, welding, fabricating and etc. Not a lot of pre planing other than I knew what I wanted when I got done, I just start and overcome obstacles when I encounter them. The big help to me is I have no engineering degree and was not handicapped by knowing it couldn't be done so I just went ahead and did it.

I did have some clearance problems with the front wheels as the inside of the rim hit the top of the upper control arm on tight turns and I had to grind some metal off the arm to clear
. There is an inherent vibration in the Buick V6 engine and I will have to re do the motor mounts and soften them up a lot as I get a lot of transfer of engine vibration through the car. When it is mounted sideways in the Buick it is on mushy mounts and allowed to "float". I still have drum brakes all around the car and have to find a conversion for the fronts. I hear the Volvo 120 disks will fit on the front and you have to re mount the shocks to the front of the arm instead of the rear to clear.

Dennis E. Flynn

An up date 15 Feb 04. 
Most of the vibration I thought was engine was from the torque converter being 12 thousands off center. Doesn't sound like much but when you have 30 some pounds running around like an egg you have problems. I took a dial indicator and by turning the flywheel with a screw driver took readings at 6 equal points around the diameter, kept at it and got the run out down to 2 thousands. The vibration is now all but gone. A note to others that want to try a transverse engine swap.. I could not use the original 3.3 torque converter due to the transmission spline being different, I had to go with the torque converter from the 2.8 engine that was originally hooked to the 700R4 transmission and re drill the holes in the 3.3 flywheel. I guess I missed by a little and paid for it. 

I have gotten some very interesting feed back from people visiting this  site and have enjoyed sharing ideas with them. 

Thanks Dennis


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6 cylinders, Buick 3344 cc
160 HP at 5200 RPM
185 foot pounds at 2000 RPM
700R  4 speed auto with O/D
Steel 15x7
Yokohama  P205x60R15


Dennis Flynn's own web site about his cars

 Some other interesting Volvo photos

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