Swapping a different drive line into a race car is nothing new; drag racers have been doing it for decades to feed their need for speed. Now, when you start mixing different cars together with a new drive line, that’s when things get interesting. Doing it with a Volvo station wagon takes things to a whole new level of awesome. Johnny “TTR Jompa” Wallin from Stockholm, Sweden has done just that by mixing together a Volvo 164 and 245, then adding some boosted LSX goodness for a totally wild race car.
By day, Wallin is a self-employed digger driver, but after the work day is over he goes to his personal shop and relaxes by building and welding different projects. This is actually Wallin’s second time owning this car.
“I purchased the car as a 164 in 1992 and sold it 1999 and it was almost stock back then. I loved the car but needed the money to fund another race car,” he explains.
When Wallin repurchased the car it had a majority of the tube chassis work done, but he decided to make some revisions to it so it was more to his liking.
Don’t think for one second this car will just be a show project and have any easy life – Wallin plans on putting his Volvo to use both on the track and on the street. After the car is dialed in Wallin will bring his hot rod out to the Birka Cup for big tire cars and will try to earn a spot in the Stockholm Open where the 32 most badass cars in Sweden line up and do battle. As if that was not enough, he plans on trying to crack into the Top 10 Stockholm, which is Sweden’s version of Street Outlaws.
These big goals are going to be chased by some serious horsepower that Wallin will have on tap in his Volvo courtesy of an LS7 block equipped with Darton dry fit sleeves. The LSX bullet is rocking some serious internals with a Brian Crower 4-inch-stroke crank that swings BC H-profil 6.125-inch connecting rods and Diamond pistons.
The top end of the engine has a set of Chevrolet Performance LS3 heads, LS3 intake manifold and 94mm throttle body. A camshaft from LJMS and valve springs to match complete the valvetrain. Wallin made his own turbo kit that gets its boost from a Borg Warner 480 80mm turbo.
Behind this powerful engine is a Powerglide with a Reid case and COAN 9” Extreme bolt together converter. Out back is a built 9-inch rear end filled with Strange Engineering goodies; it’s attached to a custom built 4-link suspension setup designed to get all that power to the ground.
Wallin is still in the process of finishing the car up and will have fire in the pipes very soon. The only thing that gives this wagon’s true intentions away are the steam roller sized tires out back; by the time you see those it’s already too late!