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Hating this Quad Turbo Big Block Volvo 960 is Automotive WHARRGARBL

Tim Odell October 8, 2013 For Sale 41 Comments

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I kind of want to hate this car. It has all the trademarks of a loathesome redneck-sets-upon-import-with-cubic-inches project: bad flames, bad wheels, NASCAR decals and ridiculous power claims. But really, once that engine bay opens up, it’s clear these guys aren’t f&*$ing around (much). Additionally, there’s a screen shot of it a dyno curve running right off the top of a 1,000hp graph. Nothing on the torque curve adds up to the claimed 2,200hp, but there’s no doubt this setup (four snails on a Dart 565ci block) is capable of roasting those Goodyear all-seasons to nothing in a glorious, whistling burnout. To resist is to WHARRGARBL.

We’d tweak the stance, get some proper wheels and tires (not sure what constitutes “proper” here…), and find some way to hide that plumbing under the hood for greater sleeper effect. Your cageless arse would be thrown off the drag strip after one 11 second pass, but the sleeper effect would be well worth it. Also, bonus points to the eBayer for including all the relevant info in a sort of stream-of-consciousness list:

tested with open wastegates and closed/boost starts at 2800rpm/in a loaded state.

rear axle 373/first gear 308/700r4 tci/straight up boost. dyno run off. chained it down.

“now thats a quad”

Now that’s a quad, indeed. Auction ends this morning, get crackin’: 1992 Volvo 960 Quad Turbo Big Block Swap.


  • Sjalabais
    • ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

      It's beautiful, I'll even ignore the radio, and please please please let 565ci be 9.60L, no I won't check.

  • cruisintime

    Less than 200.00 on motor? What the hell is wrong with it that you would spend all that time and money and then drive it 200 miles?

    • Living life a quarter mile at a time…

      • cruisintime

        I was a little slow on that one.

        • jeepjeff

          Bad reaction time or missed shift?

          • cruisintime

            Synchromesh misjudgement.

    • Scandinavian Flick ★

      200 mi on new motor…

      Read: Not the first motor.

  • jeepjeff

    We have the torque curve in the picture, and that's what actually gets measured, so we know the power curve:

    Powah = (Torques x RPM)/5252

    Notice: given constant torque, power increases linearly with RPM, and given constant RPM, power increases linearly with torque. If the torque drops off just right (roughly linearly) with increasing RPM, you get a flat power curve. (EDIT: The 5252 constant is a unit conversion factor, this equation is for Hp, ft-lbs and RPM, which is what is given in the graph in the listing.)

    In other words, that graph doesn't spike off screen, it pops up a little past 1100Hp, stays level, and then drops back on screen at the corner. The peak is probably around 1140-1150 (from my spot checks). If you keep cranking the boost up, it will get there eventually, well, as long as the rods stay in the engine. But that also begs the question, why didn't they post that dyno run?

    So, yeah, about that 2200Hp claim…

    • Prolly 2200hp Peak Music Power Out.

      • jeepjeff

        You think you're kidding. That engine is at best 20% efficient (power out the crank), and IIRC, the next 20% goes into the water jacket, and the rest goes out the rest goes out the tail pipe as heat and noise, so even at "only" 1100Hp on tap, yeah, there's potentially 2200Hp of waste blowing through the pipes (even if I've got my cooling load estimate wrong).

        • Scandinavian Flick ★

          Sorry, man, not to diminish what you're saying, but I read this part, "and the rest goes out the rest goes out the tail pipe" to the tune of Another One Bites the Dust.

          • jeepjeff

            That doesn't diminish it at all. In fact, it warms my heart, even if you were pointing out a typo (stupid editing artifacts…).

            • Scandinavian Flick ★

              Haha, glad to hear. It just tends to bug me when people ignore the rest of a post to nitpick a typo, so wanted to make sure you knew that's not what I was trying to do.

      • Scandinavian Flick ★

        As someone who used to work in mobile audio at a large electronics store chain… Hehehe…

        I'm looking at you, Sony Ex Plod.

        <img src="http://i.imgur.com/kVPUE5F.jpg"&gt;

    • My observation as well (was tempted to put it into excel just to make sure I didn't miss some climbing part of the curve).

      Still, I don't doubt a 560+ci motor with snails is capable of numbers like that, but it definitely takes some tuning. For once, I wonder if dual 650s are actually enough carburetion.

      • jeepjeff

        Yeah, you're right, that block should be able to hold up to that kind of power. Fuel delivery might actually be the problem here. (And after that, more tuning and boost. And hopefully not a new transmission.)

  • And all this time I thought WHARRGARBL was the sound of an unmuffled GM 60-degree V6, also known as "Whale Farts" according to my buddy.

    • FuzzyPlushroom

      I like 'whale farts' better than my previous 'rocks in a coffee can' description.

  • jeepjeff

    We go to car shows and the car is the life of the show.

    It looks like it might be a trailer queen. Whoever buys this should run it in Drag Week. Well, except that at some point during the build someone seems to have said, "Damnit. Not enough room for turbos! Welp, guess we don't need this." Where "this" was the radiator… Leaving the hood off ain't gonna make up for it.

    EDIT: I think I found a reason for you to hate it, Tim.

    • "Bottom mounted 4 core front radator .twin 16 fans"

      I guess it won't be much good for offroading, then.

      • jeepjeff

        That's what I get for not carefully re-reading the ad after looking at the pictures more carefully. Hopefully it's still good to go over speed bumps.

  • Brett MacPherson

    Waaaait a second…

    Now I know that the Dart motors are strong and all…. but that Dyno screenie shows the motor spinning to 11,000 rpm. Which you know…. seems like a lot for a 9.3L big block. I'm not sayin'…. I'm just sayin'….

    • BAMacPherson

      I derped up boys.

    • Drag motors can wind out to around 10k. 11k is a bit optimistic, so I'm with you on your skepticism.

  • njhoon

    It's ok but it's no Nova. http://www.hotrod.com/featuredvehicles/hrdp_0611_

    [youtube 96Hv_jRQMv8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96Hv_jRQMv8 youtube]

  • FuzzyPlushroom

    Note that it doesn't say what sort of rear end it's got. Also note that the factory differential in some 900-series cars is a 3.73 Dana 30, sometimes with a G80 locker. Note yet again that he doesn't mention how many differentials the car's been through.

    • Any idea just how many of them came with G80s? They transplant nicely into 240s, and I've yet to find much on which year/trim levels 9xx came with the locker. A cross-ref with which GM trucks used them would be handy, too.

      • If it's a Dana 30, there's no shortage of diffs available to install thanks to 40 years of Dana 30 use in the front end of Jeeps.

        Any local 4×4 shop can swap gears and axles for about $500 in labor + cost of parts (about another $500).

        • Yeah, but I'm thinking I could DIY* for far less if I knew which Volvo to pull the whole thing from.

          *DIM? And possibly a dim possibility.

  • Van_Sarockin

    Why, it's all et up with shiny!

  • RichardKopf


    • ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

      I know right!