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Project Wheel-Vo... Running gear found.

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We all have a "must build" project in mind, and this is mine..


Over the years I have restored WH's

Built things that go on them such as a snowplow and harrow...

Added a couple of extra wheels - The 6x6..

And even made a fast fun machine - Project Why Not..


Wheel-Vo is the silly/stupid one :lol::D


As you all know I paid The Showman a visit the other day and came back with a car load of WH..  A 312-8 although with no engine and trans it's more like a 300-0 :lol:





Here it is back in the workshop thrown in a rather neat pile :D











The plan?


The title should of given you a clue, I'm on the look-out for a cheap Volvo that will give up a 2.3 turbo engine, gearbox, rear axle and maybe a few other parts, then sell on the rest to get a few £££'s back..

Of course a standard WH chassis won't be suitable so I'm going to have to build one..

A lot of work ahead but I can/am collect parts while I'm finishing Project MadTrax..


There won't be any real updates for a while but I can keep you updated as to how the parts collecting is going..


And of course... Video's :D



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 I guessed there was a new crazy, mad, crackers, stark raving mad creation on the cards, when you said you were paying Chris a visit. Will it be ready for August, for me to try on my annual jaunt darn sarf? :smoke:

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On 20/01/2018 at 6:54 PM, nigel said:

I always new you were bonckers 🧐


Thanks for noticing mate :D:lol:



On 20/01/2018 at 8:34 PM, Stormin said:

 I guessed there was a new crazy, mad, crackers, stark raving mad creation on the cards, when you said you were paying Chris a visit. Will it be ready for August, for me to try on my annual jaunt darn sarf? :smoke:


Somehow I don't think Wheel-Vo will be ready by August mate, but please feel free to drop in the workshop when your down this way :thumbs:



On 21/01/2018 at 3:59 AM, HeadExam said:

Glad to have another Ian project to watch


Thanks dude, it's going to be a while until anything really starts on this project, but starting it certainly will do :thumbs:

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On 24/01/2018 at 10:16 PM, C-101plowerpower said:

ooh sounds like a nice mad project, so, would a volvo 850 drivetrain do? i might be able to get one of those cheap;)


Sorry for the late reply Koen..


The 850 engine I understand does bolt to a rear wheel drive gearbox, but the wiring would be a total nightmare!

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Morning all, well Project Wheel-Vo has taken a big step forward this week as the new running gear has been found...


You might say it's been safely kept in this big metal box :lol:





A "can't quite get he's head around my thinking" Nigel gives the Volvo 940 2.3 SE Turbo a :thumbs:   :D





That's quite a big 4 pot!

A Volvo B230FK if your into engine numbers.







Here's the important bit... The turbo B):D





Size wise a manual gearbox would be smaller, but an auto does make life easier... Also I kinda like the idea of being able to keep both hands on the steering wheel during launch as well :lol::D





I dug out the WH 312-8 bonnet/hood to have a look size wise......

This pic makes me look totally nuts for even thinking of this project!  :blink::huh::o





However, lift the bonnet/hood up and plonk the said WH item on and suddenly the engine does not look that big..

A certain amount of errr... "Scaling up" is going to be needed on the WH panels but not as much as I had 1st thought as the actual auto box isn't as long as I had 1st thought.

Of course I have to fit a radiator and intercooler under the hood as well.

I will be using the Volvo rear axle, they are known to be strong and (quite handy for me) easy to narrow :)





As of yesterday here's where I have got to..

Just need to disconnect the shifter linkage, speedo cable (I think the speedo is driven from the 'box), unplug any electrical bits, unbolt the propshaft, unbolt the 'box crossmember and then the engine and trans can be removed as one..

Glad I have the use of a forklift :D




No idea why the forum software want to put this duplicate pic in at the end, but I can't seem to get rid of it!



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On 06/06/2018 at 10:16 AM, nigel said:

Your barmy mate, as mad as a box of frogs, absolute nutter 🙄🧐


Thanks mate, good of you to notice :D:lol:



On 06/06/2018 at 10:37 AM, pmackellow said:

Madder than Mad Jack McMad, winner of last years Mr Mad competition! :D


We like mad, go for it Ian ! :thumbs::omg:


Hi Paul, mad it certainy will be :D



On 06/06/2018 at 10:39 AM, Stormin said:


No! Just inventive. Loopy but inventive. :rolleyes:


Loopy and inventive... Sounds like the perfect combo to me :lol:



It's been a very busy and heavy week, but when needs must..


The Volvo engine bay now looks like this..





Engine out..

A big thank you to Rob (far right) who has put a lot of time in over the past 7+ days to help me get this stage done.

A thank you to Matt (far left) who did the very careful forklift driving to pull the engine and trans out..

And a thank you to Nigel (middle) for offering advice, getting in the way sometimes, and for sitting on the forklift to make it look like he did the driving :D:lol::P





Back in the workshop with a few parts plonked in place..

Only roughly plonked as the pallet is getting in the way and the engine is leaning to one side.... But you get the idea :D:thumbs:











To make the engine run a few wires are needed....

Quite a few as it happens.. I need the complete loom from the engine bay back to the front doors.. Which looked like this once the dash had come out..







The fuse and relay box!     I won't be needing all of them thankfully!.





Why so many wires?   Well, being a "modern"-ish car I need one of these brains to run the fuel injection system..





And one of these which is engine management..   I've not opened it up yet to check, I have a feeling it's one of the ECU's that can be "chipped" to get the engine producing the power it should be rather than the "tamed back" from the factory as it is now..





The loom out the car!   I won't need about 75% of this as I won't be running power window, rear screen heater, power sunroof or even the headlamp wash/wipers!

I think I'm going to need a very good wiring diagram :D





But I do plan to use as many of the guages as I can..





The Volvo now looks like this and is ready for the "metal monkeys" (as I call them) to come and collect.





Parts removed..


Engine, trans, wiring loom...







Four wheels to smoke the tyres/tires off of :lol:





Rear axle..





And a new bit of wall decoration :D



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On 13/06/2018 at 9:21 PM, Cub Cadet said:

This is going to be a crazy build! Looking forward to it :omg: :hdance:


Thanks mate, yep crazy it certainly will be :D



On 13/06/2018 at 9:41 PM, C-101plowerpower said:

dont think those front wheels will be on the ground alot:D absolute madness, i love it


Hi Koen, it will be interesting to see what the front end does under power.. The brain says the front wheels should lift, but....   at least 75% of the weight will be at the front, so..... ???



Let's start this small update with a video shall we? :D




To keep Nigel happy, here's a pic of him actually driving the forklift as the engine was moved from a pallet to a four wheel'd trolly thingy.





Though I think the forklift fumes may of gone to his head a bit :lol:





With the pallet out the way we could plonk parts in more or less the right place..

For the comedy value the wheels were put where they would be on a standard WH... A bit narrow me thinks :lol::D









I like this view, with the wonky wheels and panels it kinda looks like a wacky cartoon :D





I'm trying to be good and get MadTrax finished before I start on this build, but you just know I have to have a fiddle and make a start even if it's only getting everything in the right place so I can take some measurements..

A lot to work out first before I can even think about making a chassis!



And to finish this update, have another video.. Wheel-Vo part 2.



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On 20/06/2018 at 12:43 PM, HeadExam said:

Another science project from our mad scientist. Looking forward to seeing this one come to be.


Mad scientist eh??  Not the first time I've been called that :D

No more progress yet, but I do plan to get a bit more into it next week..


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