I MODDED MINE

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classics -

Alex bought his 1987 Volvo 340 seven years ago, as a keen en­trant in road ral­lies. ‘I’ve fit­ted a Re­nault F7P 1.8-litre 16-valve engine with a multi-layer steel head gas­ket. The ride height is stan­dard but at the front there’s a thicker anti-roll bar, stiffer springs and ad­justable dampers while at the back there are coilovers. The Volvo is a great al­ter­na­tive to an Es­cort MkII as it han­dles bet­ter and is much more af­ford­able; my car owes me just £1500 plus the £300 pur­chase cost. These cars are so pre­dictable and con­fi­dence-in­spir­ing to drive at the limit when the sus­pen­sion and brakes are sorted. And speak­ing of the lat­ter, harder brake pads are all you need if you’re do­ing any mo­tor­sport – the rest is fine as it is.’

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