I originally posted in the xc70 forum but I'm guessing I'll get more help here.
Well the slushbox in my wifes 04 XC70 finally quit. I've been wanting a V70r with a manual but I'm thinking I could get a wide body version cheaper this way. I'm planning on buying a rear ended 2004 s60r manual and swapping everything over. Now my question is in the how to. My thought was that I'd lower the subframe out engine and trans/transfercase and all and switch the s60r setup to the xc70. I'm hoping if its another 2004 it should mostly bolt up aside from the manual swap part. Any thoughts from anyone that's done this or something similar? I'm looking to get all the "R" features inlcuding the brakes, front seats, sway bars and drivetrain. Gonna let go of the 4c struts, but I do want the steering components and sway bars. I'm wondering if the transfer case and rear diff are different from the xc70? Are there other R features in missing?
Please give me your thoughts, comments and insight. And if you think this is a hopeless cause, bad idea or whatever else, I'm doing it anyway. I have the car thats worthless now, and i can get a wrecked s60r for around $4k.