The LS-Swapped Drift 1989 Volvo 240 DL of Your Goals Is on Craigslist


Volvos are already fairly first rate drift automobiles out of the field with first rate aftermarket components help and virtually indestructible all the pieces, in my expertise. They are often improved, and the proof is correct right here with this LS-swapped ’89 Volvo 240 DL listed on the market on Portland Craigslist.

The Volvo 240 DL initially got here geared up with a 115 HP 2.3-liter inline-four, which was enough for its 2,800-pound curb weight, though the facility could possibly be described as a little bit missing for wide-open-throttle, United-States-style drifting. Concern not, for that 2.3-liter is gone and the facility has been greater than doubled on this Volvo, with the substitution of the American motor-swap-standby: the trusty LS 5.3-liter V8 from Basic Motors. It will get higher, too, for backing up the GM V8 is an Aisin AR5 guide transmission delivering energy to the rear wheels through a Ford 8.8 rear finish. Moreover, there’s a complete host of dealing with upgrades all through the chassis to assist put all that energy down—sideways—in a extra predictable method.

LS powerplant swaps aren’t unusual in drift scenes, as they’re dependable, stuffed with torque, and comparatively cheap, however what’s much less widespread is seeing a swap into such an in any other case stock-looking automobile. The blue inside and iconic spatula-style headrests all look mint, with the one clue to the facility beneath the hood being a Holley Sniper EFI show panel subsequent to the instrument clusters. The skin continues the stealthy theme; apart from the tasteful hood mirrors and the 17×9 wheels, you would be forgiven for pondering this was Grandma’s outdated 240 DL.

The Drive spoke with the vendor, Philip Leusca, who purchased the automobile earlier this 12 months as an unfinished mission and accomplished it. He instructed me that the understated nature is the entire level of the construct. “Who would not love a very good sleeper?” he mentioned. What in regards to the energy output? “It is exhausting to inform how briskly it truly is due to the noises,” he mentioned, noting that the stable engine mounts and aftermarket exhaust create a raucous cabin. However, “you are not likely specializing in the velocity of the automobile, you are specializing in maintaining the automobile in a straight line and attempting to not die.” He famous that he beforehand offended a 392 Challenger proprietor with the automobile’s efficiency, which speaks to it being quick sufficient in my guide.

Leusca is simply promoting the Volvo as a result of he merely has too many initiatives, which I consider most of our readers can empathize with deeply. If you would like so as to add a well-sorted drift brick to your storage, nevertheless, it is listed now for $9,900 in Portland, with a components checklist that makes it appear fairly value it.


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