Brian Block’s 1968 Volvo 122S Amazon
The Volvo 122 aka Amazon is one picturebook example of a restomod basis. A guy named Brian Block has gone all in with his and made it a very special track day toy.
Some decisions made in the process may hurt a Volvo fanatic like me, such as the Mitsubishi engine it was fitted with, and the size of the moose-sticker on the side is questionable (not the sticker itself - that's awesome, just its hugeness). Otherwise it has quite a subtle appearance, disguising the massive amount of work that was invested in this. Altogether I find it very cool and would love to go for a drive with it.
Here are all of the numerous upgrades that make this Amazon truly amazing and one hell of a project:
Suspension & Brakes
Fabricated adjustable 4-link trailing arms & panhard bar, VP progressive rate springs, Bilstein dampers, IPD sway bars, IPD poly bushings, QA1 heim joints, Wilwood reverse-swing pedal assembly with fabricated pedal box, Wilwood billet Superlite 4-piston calipers with Old School Speed adapter brackets, 2-piece Wilwood rotors with aluminum hats (front), Ford Explorer calipers & discs with EBC pads (rear), Wilwood external proportioning valve
Wheels & Tires
16-inch WedsSport TC005 wheels, Kumho V720 tires
Stripped & caged, Corbeau fixed-back Forza seats with Corbeau sliders, Auto Meter gauges
Mitsubishi 4G63 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve inline-four from 1991 Plymouth Laser, Wiseco 9.5:1 forged pistons, stock rods, ARP bolts/studs, Crower 272-degree camshafts, Crower springs & retainers, fabricated Antilag Racing intake with RacerX velocity stacks, JM Fabrications flange & fabricated Antilag Racing exhaust manifold with Treadstone forged stainless collector & flange by Warren D’souza, Precision Turbo PT5831 T3 turbocharger, fabricated 2.5-inch exhaust with Dynamax muffler to side exit, custom front-mount intercooler with Garrett core, TiAL wastegate, TiAL blow-off valve, fabricated water outlets with Wilson Manifolds inline -16 thermostat, Walbro 255lph fuel pump, Fuel Lab regulator, Dave’s 720cc Siemens Deka injectors, fabricated FTY oil filter housing for filter relocation by Scott Glassbrook, fabricated oil pan, windage tray & pickup tube by FTY Scott Glassbrook & owner, 2G reflashable ECU and & repinned harness by Jeremy Williams, tuned by Jeremy Williams at Antilag Racing, PMAS blow-through mass air meter
Ford T5 World Class transmission (like in a Mustang), Bill Hichner 4G63 T5 bellhousing to mate the transmission to the engine, ACT pressure plate, Ford Turbo Coupe clutch disc, stock Mitsubishi all-wheel drive flywheel, Precision Driveshaft custom-length driveshaft, Old School Speed driveshaft spacer, narrowed Ford 8.8-inch rear end from ’95 Explorer with 4:11 gears & Ford Racing LSD
Not bad huh? My favourite part is actually the steering wheel, that's the cherry on the cake for me. What do you think, is it appropriate to do this to a classic Volvo or should they be preserved as original as possible?
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The Volvo Amazon is bloody marvellous in general, here's some evidence: