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I own the base model of the 1993 Volvo 940. Since this being my first car now I didn't have many options. However since owning this vehicle i've grown to love it greatly. I do all my own mechanical work on it whenever possible. Last major repair was the extension housing on my AW71 transmission which kept me occupied for awhile I must say :D. For the past several days i've been thinking about power. I ran across on Ipd performance camshafts but notice that their only for the turbo model of my car. Their website: Performance Camshafts --- The Volvo Parts, Accessories and Performance Specialists Since 1963

I wonder still though, would this work and if not is their anything else I can try to boost my power of my engine?

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated
 

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Okay, if I can't upgrade my camshaft what about adjusting the timing? Can I move my current camshaft a lil out of timing to gain more power or am I just basically stuck with what I have?
 

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It's not that exciting but......do a full tune up. Plugs, wires, cap, etc.. Replace the air filter with a K&N insert to flow a bit more air.

One procedure that works wonders on higher mileage cars is a Motorvac. It's a fuel injection clean that a shop does. They disconnect the fuel to the injectors and run the engine on cleaner. They usually clean the intake and throtle assembly too. I have had this done a number of times to my newer cars and WHAT A DIFFERENCE. My Jeep GC has a mileage function on the computer and within the week had improved. Acceleration was also MUCH better. G-Tech meter says 0-60 came down almost a second to 6.9 - my wifes 'fear alarm' comes on sooner now too. Most shops charge around $75.00.

A good running 7/940 is a great car. If you want a lot more power, spend the money on a 940T or 960 and save the aggrevation.
 

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I think that since i'm hard headed and short on cash for another vehicle lol. I'll stick with my base model for now.

Here are the current modifications/repairs i've made to my base 940 thus far; before I came to know of this forums existence. I think yull see that I am indeed persistant in my persuit of keeping and improving my base 940.

I've added a K&N air filter.
Took the air filter box apart to reduce air restriction further.
Replaced a bad 80amp alternator with a 100amp performance one. Replaced my wires and spark plugs.
Replaced a worn timing belt and timing belt tensioner.
Had the brake pads and rotors replaced.
Bought a new battery, oxygen sensor, catalytic converter.
Use Seafoam in my oil and fuel once every other month or so.
Or in the case of my oil add some whenever I do an oil change.
Took out my sunroof completely and repaired it to working conditions
again.
Repaired my drivers side headlight assembly after it melted from the
lightbulb coming loose.
Replaced my valve cover gasket.
Taken off and put back on my exhaust manifold in addition to the
downward pipe before the cataltyic converter.

My next question is mainly out of curiousity. Is the block on my base B230F the same as the block on the Turbo model of the 940 the B230FT?
If so, whats the difference in the B230FT? Is it the head?

I thank all of you whom have left messages on this forum... Indeed I have found this forum encouraging and will continue to.
 

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The turbo engine is different. Block has different web casting, forged crank has extra oilways to cool low compression pistons, sodium filled ex. valves, thermostat controlled oil cooler, different clutch/flywheel and yes, the head.
 

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I've been told that it is possible to turbo my base model engine. Is it? I have my doubts about this though so I'm asking. So the block is different, obiviously the head, and the electrical systems i'm assuming to since a different block would indicate the need for a better/more complex electricial system.

Aside from what i've already done in modifications I'm starting to think this lil car of mine might be stuck in its ways and very very eager to not change at all. Am I right? Or have I just not put enough research into it? I'm very eager to hear any suggestions and indeed am open to all that are willing to toss 1 or more up hear.

My current modification I've been looking into for over a year now is the addition of hydroxy gas into my intake. Does anyone know anything about that?

Also. Is their a place that I could go to attempt to buy an low compression B230FT engine block for my car? Any suggestions would be helpful.

Thank you all for your responses
 

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Adding a turbo is more work than it's worth, considering you can but a complete Turbo Volvo cheap.

Yes, Nitrous Oxide injection would be an easy way to boost power. It will affect the life of your engine since you will be stressing it, asking it to produce more power than it was designed for. You do seem to be prepared to work on the car.

Add Nitrous, have fun and then whenever it occurs, be prepared to fix any damage that results. Not that it will happen right away. A 25hp nitrous kit should be easy to live with but resist the temptation to buy the 200hp setup.

Here's a good resource;

http://www.nitrous.info/

Understanding Nitrous! :: Index
 

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Okay, thank you for the suggestion. However I'll tell you right now lol. Nitrious scares the junk outa me. Yes indeed, I've found it appealing for awhile though, but considering the price of a kit I've ruled that out in addition to the fact that I being a clumsy person that I know I am. I would most likely trigger the Nitrious by mistake an end up smashing some poor young mother's rear end to bits whose lil one was in the back seat.

Thank you for the suggestion again though
 

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I highly suggest that you visit TurboBricks | High Performance Volvo Club

It's been around for a while and there are a lot of knowledgeable folks on there. And they've done it all as far as modifying their Volvos. Hopping up the Turbo Volvos, adding turbos, etc. Furthermore, there are extensive write-ups detailing the addition of a turbo to a naturally aspirated engine.
 
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