LeMons Update: The Black Metal V8olvo Has Paint

Jonny Lieberman
by Jonny Lieberman

The boys hauled the V8olvo (an '84 Volvo 244 with a Ford V8 of some vintage stuffed under the hood) up to Thunderhill for some pre-race diagnostics. The good news: we have good handling, sufficient power and adequate brakes. If you think I'm holding my cards close to my vest, I am. The bad news? A cooling problem and the oil pump seized. But that was before the crew pulled off three heroic 14-hour days in a row. Now we have the radiator from a 560SEL chilling down all 302 cubic inches. In fact, the V8olvo is in such dominating shape that it received a paint job. Yes sir, that's a Swedish Rebel Flag. With the 13 stars of the CSA. Representing what, we have no idea, but Judah Benjamin would be proud.

Jonny Lieberman
Jonny Lieberman

Cleanup driver for Team Black Metal V8olvo.

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  • Sammy Hagar Sammy Hagar on May 05, 2008

    What does an oil pump for a 302 cost? $15 from Pep Boys? It's got to be cheaper than the oil in the sump...

  • Jonny Lieberman Jonny Lieberman on May 05, 2008

    Sammy: Sadly, unlike Chevy and Mopar, Ford V8 parts don't mix and match over the decades So, while the part is cheap, finding it is difficult.

  • Andy D Andy D on May 06, 2008

    heh heh, classic 302 failure. Add valve seals to the shooping list. One of them came loose and jammed the pump.

  • MurileeMartin MurileeMartin on May 06, 2008

    Actually, finding another oil pump was easy and free- had a couple of old engines in pieces in the shop. It was the distributor (which had the pin holding in the drive gear get sheared off when the pump seized) that required a trip to the junkyard.