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      PV544 Automatic Transmission conversion

      Question to you all. Is there an automatic Transmission that would fit a B18 motor for a PV544. My wife wants a PV544 badly, but she doesn't like stick shift. Any help would be helpful!

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      Quote Originally Posted by schulzjeffrey View Post
      Question to you all. Is there an automatic Transmission that would fit a B18 motor for a PV544. My wife wants a PV544 badly, but she doesn't like stick shift. Any help would be helpful!
      Welcome to Swedespeed, Jeffrey.

      Along with a 4-speed/OD auto trans in her 544 she will also be pleased with the 2013 'Vette crate motor with 450+hp.

      Yes, the B18D PV544 USA version with 12v system will accept the Borg-Warner Type 35 auto trans with mods to the tunnel. If a column-shift is desired the mods become a bit more extensive.

      The T-35 is not very popular with the performance crowd as it makes a slow car slower along with poor mpg. Other auto trans options are available but require more mods.

      My wife is also auto-only which is why we no longer have any (stick-shift) Volvos in the family.

      Best bet here may be to shop for a 544 already setup with an auto trans and ready to drive.

      Let's go shopping!

      George Dill

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      Hey schulzjeffrey maybe the wife wants you to read between the lines. But I'd call her bluff like what George has suggested.

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      PV 544 B18 Manual to Automatice Transmission swap

      Is there any modifications needed to change the manual to a BM35? I would appreciate the help

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      I build cars, trucks and motorcycle so modifications is not an issue. What would be a better tranny swap? I was thinking of a 302 Boss with a C6, but I found a great PV544 with a highly modified B18 and would like to stay with this motor.
      Jeff

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      Quote Originally Posted by schulzjeffrey View Post
      Is there any modifications needed to change the manual to a BM35? I would appreciate the help

      Bell housing/starter mods.
      Tunnel mods.
      Crossmember mods.
      Shifter mods (floor to column shift).
      Reverse lights mods.
      Driveshaft mods.
      Trans mount mods.
      M35 output shaft mods.

      Might be easier to mod the - never mind.

      George Dill

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      Volvo PV544 Transmission

      I need a automatic Transmission for my B18 engine. Can you help?? Jeff

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      Quote Originally Posted by schulzjeffrey View Post
      I need a automatic Transmission for my B18 engine. Can you help?? Jeff
      Yes.

      Right here on Swedespeed we have folks that converted their B18 from BW T-35 to 4-speed manual transmission.

      I'll round them up.

      George Dill

      http://forums.swedespeed.com/member....119-akierstein

      http://forums.swedespeed.com/member.php?44474-AREspirit

      http://forums.swedespeed.com/member.php?2932-gdogg16
      Last edited by gdill2; 01-16-2013 at 08:28 PM.

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      I realize that this is fighting against the tide, but a 544 with a good 3 or 4 speed tranny is probably the easiest stick shift to learn in and VERY forgiving, so if she is at ALL willing to try it I would bet that within a week she would love it.

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      Quote Originally Posted by schulzjeffrey View Post
      I need a automatic Transmission for my B18 engine. Can you help?? Jeff
      This gentleman has one...

      http://forums.swedespeed.com/member.php?1305-robsvolvos

      George Dill

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      Quote Originally Posted by schulzjeffrey View Post
      I need a automatic Transmission for my B18 engine. Can you help?? Jeff
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      BW35 transmission for sale. Phil Wotring KY 50X-XX1-1719 (X=2)

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      George Dill