Iíve been wanting to get into a turbo Volvo for years now. Initially it was a turbo manual redblock, but since I started driving the V70 I have been constantly day dreaming about a t5m. My desires have varied with time and experiences, but throughout the entire journey to this point Iíve known for sure that whatever turbo Volvo I get my hands on, it has to be red. So low and behold the newest addition to my stable, a little red $100 850r sedan that has been down on its luck lately. I have potentially big plans for this car, kinda bummed itís not an estate, but Iím very excited about finally getting a chance to save/rebuild a cheap rare Volvo!
The R was posted on the unaffiliated thread over in the classified section and when I saw it I knew I had to investigate. It has timing belt issues, Iím assuming a tensioner or the water pump failed and the belt jumped, but the belt isnít broken because the owner has cranked it over to try to start it *cringe*. I have decent hopes that the engine is salvageable so I ordered a timing belt kit to replace everything to hopefully make it run again, if this route works Iíll be compression testing it to verify engine health. If the current engine isnít salvageable Iíll be performing a full drivetrain swap consisting of a B5234t3 out of a 98 s70 t5 and an internal slave m56 out of a 2001 s60 na, along with a host of scope creep parts thrown at it to make a nice little autocross & track day car. Living is Milwaukee gives me the luxury of plenty of race tracks around that make autocross and track days incredibly affordable.
Iíll be picking it up on 6/15/19 morning and performing the timing belt job after I get it home, the results of that job will determine how much money I sink into this target of opportunity! I'll be pretty closely mirroring Sven's R sedan because of the phenomenal job he has done on it so far, but I have a couple of ideas to set mine apart The front bumper looks like it could use a little bit of repair, along with the cracked front seats but the interior is in really good shape, even has heated rear seats!