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Old 03-09-2005, 11:36 AM
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Building My Own

I've purchased two street rods and they just weren't what I wanted so I finally decided to build my own. My first car was a 1960 Volvo PV 544 (looks very similar to a 46-48 Ford); I owned this car back in 1968. I just purchased a 1965 Volvo PV 544 and will go to pick it up next weekend. I know I'll be using this site for many questions since I've never built a street rod before. My plans are to purchase a wrecked 96 -2000 Mustang wth the 3.8 V6 and automatic and convert the drive line and suspension to the Volvo. I want to end up with a highway cruizer with today's modern convienences and something you don't see everyday.

If anyone has any knowledge of anyone who has done a similar upgrade with a 1946-1966 Volvo; I'd love to hear from them.

I will be doing 95% of the work myself with the help of some very experienced friends. I plan to start a project journal here on this site and keep it up to date.

Wish me luck

Big Al

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Old 03-09-2005, 02:09 PM
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I had to look it up to see what it was. What a neat car. That thing would be sweet with a V8 conversion.
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Hi There.............another Al here

Am now just terrorizing the city streets with my 1958 pv444 with a 350/350 combo.

Been working on this project (outside) all winter, here in Reno, am quite satisfied with the results.

The 544 has a larger radiator (mine is 15x15) however additional cooling is required if the summer temps reach 100 or so.

I have removed the gas tank and have a round tank in the trunk. In place of the tank I have mounted a second radiator and topped it off with a 4000 cfm Lincoln fan.............this works.

Have been messing with motorcycles these many years and my hot roddin skills were lacking. Funny that when the project is about done your skills improve (only to be lost again thriough inactivity)

Bought a plasma cutter and a MIG welder and a sheet of 18 gauge. Cut chop and build.

Turned out pretty slick.

one problem remains.......rear end gearing......

Mine is 4:56..... Volvo went to 4:10 in 62

Rather than putting in a ford 8.8 inch unit or 9 inch I am trying to find 3:54 far unsuccessful. I really dont to buy a narrowed unit etc.....but may have to.

I have found a couple articles on the internet about v-6 engines in Volvos. Personal preference is to go for the 350 sbc as my car will be a daily driver, but not an interstate hauler. I want t5o be able to attend local shows etc in a 100 mile radius.

Good luck with your project

Al Padur......775-786-1619
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I saw one a Few years ago....

Back in the 70's some guy dropped in a 283/powerglide and custom paint...don't know much about it...he went on his way and haven't seen or heard from him since.


Rat Rods Rule!
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Old 03-14-2005, 04:03 PM
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besides mustangs, I'd also look at 83-97 T-birds for a parts donor....and if you find a 3.8L super coupe, that would be really cool....
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Old 03-15-2005, 06:00 AM
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go with a v8
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