Sad News. As of this morning, my 1998 C70, Stage III has been sidelined and I've started my search for a replacement engine for the old 2.3L I-5 HPT that powered it. Yesterday, on my way to Salt Lake City, I bent a connecting rod. My engine has 235,000 miles on it, and I've been running the Stage III system somewhere between 75,000 to 100,000 miles. I'm a bit disappointed since I was about 65,000 miles shy of my rebuilding goal of 300,000 miles.
Guess I can be added to the list of folks that have bent a rod with the 18T turbo.
Anyway, my long term goals with this car were to upgrade the turbo to a 19T, and since I'm looking at a tear down, I thought it was a good time to start figure out what engine will work with this and my 1998 C70 chassis.
(Yes, I know this isn't the C70 forum, but more folks in the S70/V70 forum have modified vehicles than the C70 forum, so here I am asking for help.)
Ultimately, my goal is to run a 19T, with MTE software, 20+ lbs of boost, and make about 350 at the crank without bending rods. I would like to carry over the IPD RIP kit, 3" TME downpipe and exhaust if at all possible. Future considerations would be FMIC, but after I figure out the engine configurations.
I recall reading that the 2000 v70r 2.4L I-5 has strong internals, and thought this would be a great base for my project, but I don't know if this will fit. I know the heads are different since the 00 Model year incorporate VVT, and my 98 doesn't have that.
Anyway, so here goes the questions:
1.) What engine (block and head) can be used to replace the existing 2.3L B5234T3. Something that has the same plumbing and wiring would be ideas. Will the 2000 V70r 2.4L I-5 block work with the 98 C70 heads?
2.) If I rebuild from the existing B5234T3 block, can someone point me in the right direction as to where to get connecting rods, lifter, injectors, and potentially pistons for my build outside of Volvo. OR does Volvo make stronger internal components?
3.) I remember someone having a source of new/rebuilt head in Florida. Any chance someone can share that source? I think it was Chilled Man...
4.) Anything else that should be replace while the engine is apart? ie, oil pickup tube, oil pump, oil cooler etc?
Thanks for the help. Sorry for the long post.