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The painstaking process of putting a 500+ HP 6-speed into an 850 T5

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Mar 16, 2007

Sorry to keep you guys hanging. Just I have some things at work that are creating 16-18 hour days for the past couple months. I have been working it piece meal when I can. So as you know, I took that damn dashboard out again. I hate that damn dashboard. I almost gave up on that damn dashboard. The tabs broke again and the upper trim near the windshield is cracked and breaking (on that damn dashboard). I actually have a good dashboard from a '98 S70. Much better construction and material

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Feb 7, 2007

Wednesday night and its 1 am. I just got finished with a few hours under my dash installing the clutch master cylinder. I've been procrastinating on this for weeks if not months so I have I've made a personal breakthrough here. Had to get under the dash unbolt the brake master... then wedge the clutch master into position, then bolt the clutch master from under the dash and finally rebolt the brake master. Simple huh? I don't wish this task on anyone. My hands are torn and my back is killi

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Feb 3, 2007

Ok - last weekend I pulled the dash again. As I said, I wanted to re-do some of the wiring and run more power into the cabin so never have to think about getting through the firewall again. Now I can run a fuse block inside the cabin and power things. First I ran three strands of 10 gauge through the harness assy and into the cabin. Conveniently a bit of the fuse block was already broken down in the corner and allowed me perfect space to drop down into the cabin. I then mounted a distribu

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Jan 27, 2007

I changed plans on the gauges locations, stereo, etc. So, I want to re-wire everything correctly. Plus I need to loosen the master brake cylinder to get the clutch master installed. Much easier without the dash, etc. So - I should have everything back in a couple of days or so. Scott C.

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Jan 25, 2007

Received my RK Intercooler today complete with hoses, etc. Can't wait for the install. Waffle maker not included. Scott C.

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Jan 18, 2007

Just a couple of teaser pics guys (and girls). Look for more parts inbound over the next few weeks. We're going to get this project finished!!! Scott C.

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Nov 24, 2006

Major updates all. After much waiting and anticipation, the bottom end of the engine got built today. Doug K hosted and facilitated the event - I made coffee runs and defrosted the refridgerator Anyhoo... here is how the day went. Venti Egg-nog Latte, extra hot. Tediously cleaning out all the bolt threads My what a clean crank you have! Crank set into the block Bottom end put together: Torquing down the block to gap the piston rings. Installing piston and rod assembly

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Nov 10, 2006

Update - So, the imfamous Doug K just stopped by my house to pick up most of my engine parts (bolts, piping, oil pan, etc.). He also grabbed my Turbo which by way looks great all put together! So - Head should be complete next week. Doug is going to start the bottom end and should be ready for the head at that time. He say he may have the engine complete by Dec 1st. I will cart the M66 up to his place and we will assemble the clutch/trans/engine all together, wrestle it into the back of the

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Nov 9, 2006

Ok ok already.... Bottom end is finished. Crank is just getting a bit more polished up. Top end will be ready end-of-next-week~ish. Anyone recognize that bench??? Time to get busy! Scott C.

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Sep 24, 2006

I drove two hours to the machine shop to check the progress on the head work. Things are moving... albiet slowly, but moving. On this project, it is Quality over Quantity. It's kind of hard getting good pictures of head ports with a crappy little camera but here it goes: So I guess you can figure out what angle this is from... at least it if from the intake side. Notice how the port has contoured all the way into the valve guides. We're opening that puppy up! Here is a closer view of

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Sep 21, 2006

This thread not be dead!!! The Project is still alive. I just needed to devote some time to other priorities that popped up, etc. However, I think it's time to start bringing thing together and get this sucka running. So, an update. I've got all the guages installed and wired up into the dash. I fixed a jeweled headlight assy after breaking it trying to figure out a projector project that went sour. Anyway, got those back in. But for the meaty stuff. I got some of my polished parts ba

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May 28, 2006

Just an update for today. I got the S60R shifter cable assy installed and routed up to the trans. I had to modify the mounting on the floor panel and went through about 20 of them flimsy Dremel cutting wheels. CJ is going to help me make some custom length connectors back on the shifter assy... then this part is done! Bing will soon be filling that empty spot below the gauge panel I've also been figuring out the wiring, cables, etc. and getting the front of the car back on. Here are t

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May 28, 2006

Just an update for today. I got the S60R shifter cable assy installed and routed up to the trans. I had to modify the mounting on the floor panel and went through about 20 of them flimsy Dremel cutting wheels. CJ is going to help me make some custom length connectors back on the shifter assy... then this part is done! Bing will soon be filling that empty spot below the gauge panel I've also been figuring out the wiring, cables, etc. and getting the front of the car back on. Here are t

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May 27, 2006

Got some work done today but I messed up with the camera. Forgot to put the memory card in so the pics are in internal memory and I need to download on my wife's PC. Will post later. Ok - today I embarked on the wire harness conversion as written up by Hank_Scorpio. Pretty straight forward but I still get the jitters cutting into a perfectly good wire harness assy. A couple of items. That harness is an oil and dirt trap right behind the fan. So I had to clean out the whole assy as I hate

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May 26, 2006

Ok - took half a day off from work... ate some Indian food... took a nap and then worked on the car. So, I got all the M66 slave cylinder assy, piping, etc. ordered today. Also picked up a new accel cable assy to replace the one I broke . Gave a ring to the machine shop and greased the skids ($$$) to get them moving on my parts. I must have called 8 numbers trying to get someone who can get me a custom Sachs setup. Anyone out there have any connections, PM me please! I tied up some ite

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May 13, 2006

OK - a day under the car and a few skinned knuckles. What a way to spend a Saturday. Well, let's get at it... got the QBM lower torque mount, front IPD sway and QBM end links installed today. First - out with the old: Now - let's do some comparisons here. First, take a look at the IPD Sway compared to the stock sway. A noticable difference! Note the thickness. And YES the urethane matches my paint job Now let's do a compare of the endlinks. This is probably going to kill me whe

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May 13, 2006

Yes - I am still alive and kicking! UPDATE: Still having issues getting my engine parts through the machine shop which is holding some things up. I may have to grease skids to get things... uh... "re-prioritized". Well, here are a couple pics of the GT35R that I will be using. I have some choice words for ATP for their lack of organization that has created some delays and then made me waste 90 minutes in my car yesteday. 'nuf said on that... but by Monday I will have a bunch of stuff re

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Apr 25, 2006

Dang guys.... I should have know Volvo guys are hockey fans too! Anyway, back on topic. Interior is 95% finished. I have not installed the drivers seat or center console because I am still working on cables. This weekend I applied sound deadening material to the entire trunk. I also applied a layer of OverKill foam matting to the rear deck to kill yet more sound. See that ball of black material in the background? I later used that up on top of the SD material in the trunk. Trunk is

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Apr 21, 2006

Ok - I'm back on this thing 'cause I'm tired of hearin' Pras' razzin' me!!! Well - this morning started early with a bit of jetlag. First thing I did was pull the rear bumper and the interior of the trunk. I completed the Walbro 255 retrofit with no problems thanks to a sweet deal from the UNDERLORD. I also got the trunk lid and part of the trunk lined with sound deadening material Ok - next was to finished painting black the last piece of trim which was the rear bumper. Unfortunate

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Mar 26, 2006

Checking in... no I haven't been goofin' off. I've gotten the interior about 90% buttoned up... except for the pieces that I broke here and there. I did get CJ's ventilated block bolted up to the M66 and dropped into the bay so that I could figure out the cables, etc. WOW! - This sure is a shiney motor mount!!! Yesterday I was a bit under the weather thanks to Mr. Merlot. But I did get most of the interior back in play. Just need to tie up a few things here and there. Today - I went

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Mar 19, 2006

Ok - Folks. A good friend of mine told me to take a look at the upper torque rod bushing... the one at the firewall. It's kind of funny how everyone looks that the front and they spend money on a poly bushing, etc. etc. Take a look at mine. There is nothing left of the bushing. You can see right through it!!! I guess the nice looking front poly bushing is meaningless if there is NO bushing left on the rear!!! WOW!!! Scott C.

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Mar 14, 2006

Pistons and Rods - arrived today!!! The elusive Venolia .020 over forged pistons and SPM con rods arrived on my doorstep today as promised. Not much time to take a look at them. I'll sleep with them under my pillow tonight and they are being shipped off to the machine shop first thing in the morning. Can't wait to see all of this together!!! I also ordered my IPD sways today. If you don't know already - they are currently on sale!!! Scott C. Late Edit: I spent the evening pulling th

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Mar 12, 2006

I took Pras' advice and started pulling all the external molding and using Black Duplicolor bumper coating. I actually disassembled the side mirror so that I could get to the grey plastic parts only. I will post pics of the finished product. But I want to show everyone who keeps their ride nice and clean, what is look like under that side molding. For those clean freaks out there... it only takes about 2 minutes to take them off to clean underneath. Last week I got the passenger side door

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Mar 12, 2006

No - haven't been goofin' off. Went to the Burger Ball yesterday and it was great to meet up with everyone again. Thanks to Pat and his folks for being such great hosts! Received in my new soon-to-be applied UR underdrive pulley. Everything went off last weekend to start getting machined. I should have the SPM rods and Venolia pistons in hand on Tuesday. Then - we're pretty much set for the engine build.

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March 4, 2006

Ok - this morning I went over the hill and kicked Pat outta bed to do the Atlantis deal and pick up (finally Kevin ) my Erebuni sideskirts. Wasting no time and even bypassing a Starbucks, I rushed on home and threw them on the car to check them out. I gave everything a quick cleaning. I have pics with and without the side skirts, but basically once the engine is in the 18" Atlantis rims should look something like.... this PS mockup??? Here is what is looks like today: The Erebuni

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