New Volvo c304 owner new engine swap/ camp rig project

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tmoney
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Re: New Volvo c304 owner new engine swap/ camp rig project

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After I got everything mounted and the frame was holding its new power plants on its own, It was time to check and make sure nothing interfered with the new power plant.
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tmoney
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Re: New Volvo c304 owner new engine swap/ camp rig project

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She sits in there nice and snug but still plenty of room to work on!

Next I decided to tackle the steering as I couldnt move her around the shop without getting steering functional.

I removed the clutch pedal and modified the brake pedal assembly to hold my steering drop box. I did this for two reasons. One was to make it clean and simple in the footwell so I didnt have many rotating parts that my feet could get in the way of... Also I wanted as much room as possible in the cab for my feet and to be comfortable. I used the power steering gearbox from a RHD postal jeep. I used a custom short steering column based on the chevrolete steering columns and I mounted it to the dash. And with a couple ujoints the 3 components were connected! I had to lengthen the drag link bar and build a custom pitman arm. I also removed the big round crossmember and added a rectangle tubing crossmember a little further back.
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tmoney
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Re: New Volvo c304 owner new engine swap/ camp rig project

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More pics
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tmoney
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Re: New Volvo c304 owner new engine swap/ camp rig project

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I then decided how I would mount the cab so i could finish the last of the steering components and make sure it all functioned properly.
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tmoney
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Re: New Volvo c304 owner new engine swap/ camp rig project

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I am now working on getting the intake made up to where it will fit. I have also decided to go with an air over hydraulic setup on my brakes. I will already have an onboard air system for air lockers and 3rd axle disconnect.

This is where we are today!

I have ordered a bunch of parts that should be showing up within the next 3 or 4 weeks and then I can make another update! I am designing the cooling system now and the fuel system is already designed and installed but I do need a new fuel tank or to cut mine open and clean it out.
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tmoney
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Re: New Volvo c304 owner new engine swap/ camp rig project

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DISCLAIMER!


I know im not the best fabricator out there! (yet) But its mostly all meant to be functional and easy to fix. Its not a show truck it will be used!

I should invest in some extra tooling like a proper welder (not flux core) and maybe a mill instead of an angle grinder. The pieces that have mattered I make sure I use the right tooling. The other pieces I have been doing with what I have. Working out of my small 2 car garage as well. I know I can probably do a bit better job if I take more time but I also dont settle for something that will fall apart or not work down the road (or off road)

I have enjoyed working on this project so far. I am hoping to have it running and driving by the end of this year!
roobar_and_custard
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Re: New Volvo c304 owner new engine swap/ camp rig project

Post by roobar_and_custard »

Nice progress! Steering looks good - never seen the drop box you used before, certainly frees up foot space.

Sitting the body up on rubber mounts is something I also plan to do (once my Volvo makes it back onto the "to do" list) - what mounts did you go with?
OUTBACK
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Re: New Volvo c304 owner new engine swap/ camp rig project

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What a great update! Keep the pictures coming in.
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Re: New Volvo c304 owner new engine swap/ camp rig project

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Joeri wrote: Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:29 pm You cant even do a chassis extension here in Belgium.....they will take your rig of the streets and it will never pas MOT. :x

YUp same here in Malaysia legally cannot even weld stuff to the chassis it's confinscATED on registration or ownership change inspection.
ormandj
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Re: New Volvo c304 owner new engine swap/ camp rig project

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How's this c304 coming along? It sure looks like a fun project!
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