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Old 03-23-2013, 09:30 AM
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My take on a hot rod

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First off, I'm from a country with no tradition for building Hot Rods. The typical stuff is motor upgrades and small stuff, and custom body work. The law in Denmark don't allow us to do motorswaps, unless the new motor have no more then 20% more horse power. But we are allowed to upgrade the motor that came with the car, as long as we keep the crank, block and same type of heads.

So we take the smokey-way on our builds ;-)

My first car is a '69 Volvo 121 2L/121ci 4 banger with a 4 speed. Bought it from my Dad the I got my licens. Bin my daily driver for many years. After it got rebuild it rolled past 200.000, but on a Volvo that means odometer reads all zero.

I have no picture from stripping it down, but I went down all the way to bare metal, and nuts-and-bolts.
Got it mediablasted and coted with Zinck.





Sorry for the sorry *** photos, comes from my old camera.

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Nice work. Keep it up. Does the law there allow NITROUS?
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The pictures in the last post, is from after bodywork. I had a guy do they bodywork, and I helped him along, and learn more about doing Old School Bodywork.









Nitrous is allowed but is expensive and it bump your insurence up, because driving with a flamable gas is problem in Denmark.
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I guess if you can't do an engine transplant, then you do what ever you can with what you have. Do some suspension work and make it handle better. As far as nitrous, that bottle is a lot safer then the car gas tank - of which one US cup measure of gasoline (~235ml) has the potential explosive power of a stick of dynamite and means your politicians are as naive as ours, but in a different way.

While not a lover of ancient Volvos, that sure does look very nice with the new paint
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Yes, to the native part and do with what you got.

In my book a hot rod is a car there is about go before show and thinking outside the box.
I Re-built the motor with first ringsize over stock, Ground crank and a stock upgrade cam from Volvo known as K-cam (The best allround cam), rebuild big valve head, Breaker-less ignition, distributor with better curve, 2 2bbl Solex side draft Weber-style carbs and 2" exhaust. A need little set-up that is putting out about 130hp for a 2540ish lbs car.
I'm building a more powerful motor for the next Volvo.

I'm backing it up with a with a 4speed with a OD, and a non-OD rear ( Maby 3.24-3.54 rear)
So I get a very drivable car with go fuel economy.

The car is lowered 40mm, and got slightly rake/nose down, new bushings all around and complet bilstein rally dampers, they clame 40% better traction then stock.
Found a pair of 15x5.5 stock looking steel rims, to replace the stock 15x4 rims. Still undecited over tire size for the new rims, want WW but big'n'little.

Any ideers on size?
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Update

My rims, light cream.


This is quiet a bit forward, but I lost the fotos from in between, computer melt down.






This is how it looks now, only needs small stuff, and I cant get the headliner just right. Aint tight enough. It drives so nice.
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Just so you know, Nitrous is not flamable.
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Would they let you turbocharge the motor ?
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Would they let you turbocharge the motor ?
^This. All day. This.
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not a volvo fan but , i do have to say a very nice clean build !! Good luck.
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What a beautiful build! Nice job!

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very nice.... thanks for sharing.
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Nice car! I cannot imagine not being able to swap engines to more than 20% more horsepower. I would not want my '42 Chevy with 75 horsepower. Get the laws changed or find a high torque / low horsepower engine to swap in.
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I upped my 305 to a 355, here in Spain they canīt tell the difference.
I told the guy I had taken the motor down and replaced all the gaskets
then topped it off with nice paint.
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I upped my 305 to a 355, here in Spain they canīt tell the difference.
I told the guy I had taken the motor down and replaced all the gaskets
then topped it off with nice paint.
This is what i mean with a smokey-approach to thing, if your not court, no cheat.

But we does a lot of gow-job things to cars from the late fifties and forward. And there is always room for improvment on a stock motor.

But my car can keep up with modern Traffic, and thats how I want this build. But the next one is gonna get even more get-up-and-go.

Turboes is allowed with a fair amount of paperwork. Mostly regarting Brakes.
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