5.0 V8 in Volvo conversion goes better than expected! (27 Photos)

"Here he goes again," you are thinking to yourself. "Here he goes again talking about that damn Volvo station wagon stuff." "Shut up, just shut up about it already," you say frustrated that he would want to bring it up and talk about it on a PHOTO blog.

Guess what, questioning reader, I finally have a story for you.

Imagine, if you will, a world in which Volvos are no longer owned by the Chinese. They are owned independently and they like to shove engines of your choice into anything. How about a 5.0 Mustang H.O. V8 in a 1993 Volvo 960 wagon? How about "sure." Could you slam that V8 into a 98 Volvo 740 wagon? "No problem." How about an 2002 Mercedes E 320 with a Corvette LS-1 V8? "Yes." What if that reality existed today? It does.

Say hello to Converse Engineering: Home of the "Volv8"

They can put a Ford-sourced Mustang 5.0 H.O. V8 engine into just about any Volvo. Considering the the ease and relatively low cost of maintaining the Ford V8 compared to the slightly worrisome long-term reliability of Volvo engines, it is a definite win-win. Depending on Volvo the 0-60 times are in the range of 7 seconds without any aftermarket hp helpers. That's impressive. Fit a supercharger on the engine and we are talking about competing with an M3 territory. Five and a half seconds to 60, in a Volvo STATION WAGON!

Obviously with the right cash on hand and the "if it fits it goes" mentality of the shop an arrangement could be worked out with most any engine and most any car. Oh, the possibilities! Where do i sign?


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  • Michael

    Is that a Buick 3.8L Turbo V6 in #18-21?

    • Tank9000

      yeah… random toss I guess

  • mgreen

    Better think twice when one of these pulls up next to you at a red light. Never hear the end of that. I would drive one.

  • nate

    What transmission do you run with your for ford 5,0?

  • Jon

    Nate – T5 world class fits right in the stock shifter hole. all you need is a custom crossmember and if you want you can use another adapter to fit the stock mustang drive shaft. These cars were almost meant to put 5.0s in them. I have a 240 that I plan to convert within the next couple years. I'm just waiting for that trusty old 4 cylinder to blow!

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