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Old 08-25-2015, 09:09 PM   #11
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I think a 4BT would be practical since it doesn't require a computer to run (its all mechanically controlled), makes plenty of power w/ some very simple upgrades and it's pretty economical (20+mpg in full size trucks, I would imagine you'd see 25+ in a HB). The only thing is you'd have to SAS swap the front cause there's no way that IFS is going to stand up to that weight! I'd love to do it but I'd have to have a king cab 4x4 to justify the investment. 4x4 has a strong enough frame that I think it could handle the weight when coupled with a SAS.
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Old 08-25-2015, 10:21 PM   #12
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The whole point of the OP is has to do with working the system to avoid onerous automotive taxes he enjoys by living in Sweden.

Fortunately for us in the USA as as BAD as we may think our tax system is here at least we get keep a far great portion of our earnings to spend as WE WISH rather than send to the government as is the case in most European countries. In this situation the OP is trying to work the system to drive and enjoy what he wants at a cheap price tax rate. It just so happens that the choice the OP has for diesel engines available in Europe that are "legal" for a swap are far greater than diesel options available here in the USA. The other issue to consider is that 80+ percent of the passenger vehicles in Europe are DIESEL powered unlike in the USA where virtually all passenger vehicles are GAS powered.

Diesel fuel in Europe is whole lot easier to find than gas!
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Old 08-29-2015, 01:15 AM   #13
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The whole point of the OP is has to do with working the system to avoid onerous automotive taxes he enjoys by living in Sweden.

Fortunately for us in the USA as as BAD as we may think our tax system is here at least we get keep a far great portion of our earnings to spend as WE WISH rather than send to the government as is the case in most European countries. In this situation the OP is trying to work the system to drive and enjoy what he wants at a cheap price tax rate. It just so happens that the choice the OP has for diesel engines available in Europe that are "legal" for a swap are far greater than diesel options available here in the USA. The other issue to consider is that 80+ percent of the passenger vehicles in Europe are DIESEL powered unlike in the USA where virtually all passenger vehicles are GAS powered.

Diesel fuel in Europe is whole lot easier to find than gas!
Your'e absolutely right:

Let me just give an slight example how our tax system works:

If I buy let's say a 1998 king cab 4x4 diesel here's what I'll pay per year:

Road tax: roughly 1000$
Insurance: 500$
Yearly vehicle checkup: 40$

Same pickup but 30 years or older:

Register fee: 7$
Insurance: 250$
Vehicle checkup: 20$(only every 2 years)

And with a diesel price at(and this is lower than it has been for at least 5 years) 5,30$ per gallon it feels like every buck saved is a blessing.
At it's worst the diesel was at 9,20$/G.

So it's not just that I'd like an powerful diesel in a D21, it has some other perks also.

I'd prefer if we could have the same rules as when I got my first diesel:

The tax was around 300$, but the diesel was around 0.95$/G and the insurance was less than 50$.

And this is the mid 90's, not in the 60's.
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Old 08-29-2015, 01:30 AM   #14
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And of cause I missed out on the XC70, wasn't fast enough this time.
The tranny alone had paid for the whole car....
Well, have to find another car, a good V70 with the same engine is a bit more, but still way cheaper than buying all the bits and pieces at the wreckers.
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Old 08-30-2015, 03:30 AM   #15
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Sucks that you missed it. Hope you find another, I'd really love to see this build.
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Old 09-26-2015, 06:44 PM   #16
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Ok, so the project started in the other(maybe the right)end, finally found a suitable D21 at the right price.
A long(660km)drive, but its more or less rust free.
So now its just a couple of km from home at my friends house who took it down on his trailer.
The guy who I bought it from was going to build an A-tractor of it(another strange vehicle made by the Swedish laws).
But he never finished it, so I have to put the front diff back, but otherwise it should be drivable.
Ill post some pics later, I forgot to take some when we picked it up.

So finally Im a Hardbody owner!, it only took about 20 years...
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Old 10-01-2015, 11:51 PM   #17
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Question about trasfer case, has anyone here installed a np/nv242 in a hb?
Slightly considering a Volvo 960 auto+nv/np242 in this truck.
20 years ago I said that I'd never have an auto, but now as I drive quite alot in town also, I'd really like it...

I have to double check, but with the 960 auto and what I think the final gear is, I'd be at around 2100rpm at 110km/h with 235/85r16 tyres.

And that's the next question, anyone here has that size on their trucks?(pics wou'd be great)
Lift needed?, clearance issues?

Note, hope to have rims that don't increase the track more than 30mm(or close if possible), max what dmv agrees on here...
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Old 10-02-2015, 05:01 PM   #18
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31.5" tires will fit just fine on stock rims. If you replace the wheels with something that has a higher offset you'll get a little scrub on the fender flares/mud flaps if it has those on it.

EDIT: This is what mine looked like with 31.5s on OEM wheels.

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Old 10-02-2015, 11:56 PM   #19
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31.5" tires will fit just fine on stock rims. If you replace the wheels with something that has a higher offset you'll get a little scrub on the fender flares/mud flaps if it has those on it.

EDIT: This is what mine looked like with 31.5s on OEM wheels.

But those are 10.50 wide, right?
I was hoping to find something around 31" but skinny, 235/85 is almost 32".
But it seems like one has go down to around 30" to find something with the same width.
Big thanks for the answer and the pict, really nice looking truck.
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Old 10-04-2015, 04:21 PM   #20
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A couple of pics of what it looks like right now.
Previous owner has sanded it down, so it looks quite crappy.
But it seems surprisingly free of rust.






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