Frostbitten: V8 Volvo P1800

It’s funny that I should be rattling on about engine swaps in last week’s Carnival of Wheels, and then Frostbite appears in my feeds this morning, courtesy of Hot Rod. Frostbite is a Volvo P1800 that has had a 350 Chevy crate motor shoehorned in where the B20 tractor motor once lived.

Built by Snow’s Hot Rod Shop in Aurora, this beasty lives just a few miles north of here. I may just have to pay Mr. Snow a visit to get a few more shots.

Comments

  1. Jim Slusser says

    Wow!!! Is there any other engine swaps that you know of for the P-1800? I have heard of putting a small Ford 4cyl. into a P-1800, but no others. Any chance of getting pictures and /or other info. on this swap? Where are you located? Thanks! I’m in Brownsville, Or. and own a 1969 P-1800.

  2. Scott Taylor says

    Hello
    I have 1970 p1800
    it is being “hot Rodded” out I need some help
    I have drawings of this concept car
    thanks for the help

  3. alfio says

    HEY, I JUST GET A P1800 1973, I START TO REBUILT IT, YOURS IS PERFECT, TO INSPIRE ME. JEJEE. IM NOT GONNA CHANGE THE ENGINE JUST RE PAIR IT, SAME WHEELS, BUT LOW AND ORIGINAL. I LL SEND YOU PICTURES.

  4. Thomas says

    Fuel-injected, the B20 provides a great setup. It gets good mileage until you stomp on the pedal and then it really moves. It’ll ‘move’ for perhaps many hundreds of thousands of miles between rebuilds! I am not sure why anyone would want to mess with it. However, if 130 hp (stock) is not enough, then get the aftermarket supercharger kit & try 200hp.

  5. John says

    I have a 71 P1800. I bought a 2jz for my volvo. 330 hp stock. i restore muscle cars for a living but i want to do something different. I hope to start on it in a few months. I already have the engine. Just need to put it in. Ill keep you posted

  6. Leon says

    I have a 65′p1800s restored and am working on a 66′ with a 302 cobra,T-9 trans,and a Lincoln rear. I’m looking for a front end suspension/rack & pinion to fit up. Any ideas?

  7. Robert says

    I am currently installing a Toyota Supra 2Jz twin turbo inline six cylinder with the 1JZ Supra 5-Speed. Going to be alot of work, but we are doing the custom body mods to resemble the VOX Volvo P1800 Concept. I am also developing the Flush Mount Glass System to eliminate the large rubber moulding around the window.

  8. Eamon says

    Hi,
    Robert i am thinking of doing some of the body mods from vox concept, would be interested in your ideas especialy your glass system. Any pics? or where are you based?

    Eamon

  9. Alex says

    I would be interested in your flush mount glass as well, I am building a 71. I have almost 200 hp from the motor naturally aspirated. it has alot to do with the fuel injection system. the motor has been bored and stroked too. im looking for a second car to build into a flats racer.

  10. samuel says

    i was wondering what front end you used on your car , i have a 1968 p1800s that i am installing a 5.0 engine in but i had to slide the engine back one foot to clear upper control arms with the exhaust manifolds.

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