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1995 Volvo 850 Turbo (Noob Tries to Bring Her Back to Life)

Help, Advice and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's extremely popular car line -- Volvo's 1990s "bread and butter" cars -- powered by the ubiquitous and durable Volvo inline 5-cylinder engine.

1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
1997 - 2000 S70, S70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70, V70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70-XC
1997 - 2004 C70

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1995 Volvo 850 Turbo (Noob Tries to Bring Her Back to Life)

Post by humanlover » Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:41 pm

Now that I have a ton of time on my hands, I am looking to get my '95 Turbo back on the road. I love this car; it took an absolute *BEATING* for close to a year before giving out due to neglect. Long story short, the vehicle started having oil pressure problems and it threw a rod thru the front of the block right by the PCV oil trap. Before that happened there were constant oil leaks seemingly coming from everywhere. Oil starvation killed the motor, so at this time I'm currently looking for a new block that I can rebuild and drop in.

I'll document my trials and tribulations here for your entertainment. I've never rebuilt or swapped or even pulled an engine myself before; the most complicated thing I've done is a PCV job on my current 1996 Volvo 850 NA daily driver which took me an entire Saturday. Feel free to post encouragement, discouragement, sage wisdom etc. What other compatible vehicles should I be looking at when sourcing an engine?

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Re: 1995 Volvo 850 Turbo (Noob Tries to Bring Her Back to Life)

Post by humanlover » Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:45 pm

Sleeping beauty will ride again if I just throw tons of money and hours at her
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Re: 1995 Volvo 850 Turbo (Noob Tries to Bring Her Back to Life)

Post by erikv11 » Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:56 am

Looking forward to it!

For engines, the easiest is to look at 95-97 850s and 98 S/C/C70 cars, any turbo model. Here's the easy list:
The same HPT engine: 95-96 turbo, 97-98 HPT
Also compatible: 97-98 LPT (the GLT model cars)

Any 95-98 R model is just a regular HPT engine, if you run across that. The LPT engines can drop straight in to your car, just keep your current ECU and fuel injectors. Your intake manifold may need to be kept if you have EGR.

You can do more complicated things too during an engine swap, like change the emissions equipment (dump EGR and/or air pump) or move to a later year engine, but those require small modifications.
'95 854 T5-R, Motronic 4.4, 185k
'96 855 NA, 145k
'98 S70 NA, 220k (living out west)
'98 V70, T5 tune-injectors-turbo, LPT engine, 285k
'06 S60 R, 165k
'99 Camry V6 :shock: 125k
gone: '96 NA 850 210k, '98 NA V70 182k

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Re: 1995 Volvo 850 Turbo (Noob Tries to Bring Her Back to Life)

Post by greg850r » Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:44 pm

I have a 5spd 95 GLT wagon I'm using for a donor car for a manual swap. Motor needs rebuilt but is all there.
05 Cross Country wagon
99 C70 Convertible
96 850R wagon
96 850T wagon
96 850 GLT 5spd N/A sedan
97 850R 5spd sedan
66 GTO 421SD 4spd
67 GTO 455 T400
02 Powerstroke 4x4
85 Yota 4x4
24' 454 Challenger
07 Softail Custom
02 Sportster Custom
Parts cars not included

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Re: 1995 Volvo 850 Turbo (Noob Tries to Bring Her Back to Life)

Post by erikv11 » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:24 am

95 GLT engine is unfortunately NA, not useful to OP.
'95 854 T5-R, Motronic 4.4, 185k
'96 855 NA, 145k
'98 S70 NA, 220k (living out west)
'98 V70, T5 tune-injectors-turbo, LPT engine, 285k
'06 S60 R, 165k
'99 Camry V6 :shock: 125k
gone: '96 NA 850 210k, '98 NA V70 182k

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