19 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on volvo460

After having my 1990 Volvo 460 Turbo (1721cc) for just over 12 months i decided to do some improvements on the look of the car and performance.

A set of 15 wheels were fitted with 195/50 R15 tyres, (These have been replaced with 17)

To help the car stop the standard solid brake discs and calipers were removed, and grooved, crossdrilled and vented discs with larger calipers were fitted.(These have been changed with Black diamond brakes)

I then decided that due to the car having done 110,000 miles that the engine could  with a bit of an overhaul.

A second hand M reg engine and gearbox was bought and work was then carried out to it.

Larger inlet valves were reworked and standard exhaust valves were fitted to the gas flowed head.

The valve faces were ceramic coated for heat protection and stems were dry film lubricated.

The manifold and throttle body was also reworked to match the free flowing head.

At this time the cam was also replaced with a high lift one.Once all the work was finished on the head and we were happy we then started on the block.

The block was completely stripped and rebuilt, using new rings, shells and all seals.

To help keep the heat down the piston crowns were ceramic coated and dry film lubricant was applied on the under side of the pistons.

The pistons and rods were balanced as too was the front pulley, timing pulley, crank, flywheel and clutch cover and crank journals were polished.

The flywheel was also worked on and lightened dramatically.

A brand new Turbo Technics Hybrid Turbo was designed to spec using large compressor housing, 360o thrust bearing, cut back shaft and wheel assembly also the actuator was uprated and fitted to the ceramic thermal barrier coated exhaust manifold.

New clutch, new design starter motor, new power steering pump, new engine mounts, new battery and 110amp alternator we fitted.

New ECU’s and air flow meter have also been fitted along with a K N free flowing air box modification to help let more air in.

NGK racing plugs were fitted and of we went.


A very pleasing result a great improvement in power and petrol, running on unleaded the fuel consumption is between 24 – 30 mpg round town, and power output is around 180+ bhp at 5500rpm at the fly wheel and without ram air affect.

Top speeds of 155mph.


A bodykit has been fitted to the car and sprayed to match, also new shape door mirrors which look better than the early models have been fitted.

A set of 17 six spoke Wheels have been fitted with 205 40 17 Tyres

New black Diamond brake disc’s have just been fitted all round also diamond braided brake hoses front and rear.

Stainless steel free flowing exhaust has been fitted

Half Leather interior has fitted to car also new carpet and rear electric windows

Ecotek valve has been fitted to manifold

Uprated Fuel Presure Regulator (Power Boost Valve) has been fitted to inprove tick over and flat spots.

Monroe Sensa-Trac shocks have been fitted to car to improve handleing.

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