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Old 09-20-2005, 05:19 AM
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While scrounging for parts to restore a very recently wrecked '91 Volvo 240, I noticed that its front track is the same as my '49 Olds. The Volvo specs show 56.3 inches and my measurement of the Olds is 56 inches. The GVWR of a 240 is 4030 lbs. and the curb weight of a sedan is 2860 - 3036 lbs. According to http://www.carnut.com/specs/gen/olds40.html the Olds with a 6 cyl. had a min./max. weight of 3260/3945. The 88 had 3550/3945. That looks like everything would be strong enough to put under the Olds, but then I've never done anything like a front-end swap before.

The 240 has discs and rack and pinion steering with the rack in front of the crossmember. It also uses a Macpherson strut suspension, though. That appears to me to be the fly in the ointment.

1. Would the crossmember, axles, suspension and all be strong enough to put under the Olds, assuming at least a 350 to be put in and possibly a 455?

2. Is the Macpherson strut a show-stopper?

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It also uses a Macpherson strut suspension, though. That appears to me to be the fly in the ointment.

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I believe that the strut suspension would be the ' fly in the ointment '

Difficult to make work IMHO......

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Old 09-24-2005, 08:31 PM
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Have you ever seen a similar transplant where someone had to fabricate new towers to mount the struts? I think clearance for a V8 would be ok, but there are no structures resembling those strut towers in the Oldsmobile. Those would have to be built from scratch or the existing ones transplanted with the suspension and reinforced somehow.
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