Hi all, I've lurked here for a long time and decided its time to start a thread for my project, even though its nearly finished. History: I've always wanted to have a go at the drifting lark but never really got past a T junction peel out in my MK2 Escort and I've never dared give it a go. Now I've decided I want to actively get out, attend some noob days and hopefully have some fun. The Beginning: I bought a mk2 Escort when I was 17 in 2005 as a daily driver, retired the Escort from daily service in 2006 and bought a 1991 Volvo 240 GL Estate which I loved but got bored of and in 2009 I sold it which I instantly regretted. Bored at work one day back in 2011 I had a look on Google and found a topic on how to put a 5 cylinder Volvo T5 engine into a Left hand drive Volvo 240 and when I told people I wanted to have a go at it, people laughed.....and quite rightly so as I had ZERO mechanical knowledge at all (I didn't even know how to do an oil change) but being a stubborn ass I thought "ill show you" and it added fuel to the flame. Even more so, I didn't own a Volvo 240 or have anywhere to do it. 2 weeks later I saw a 1988 Volvo 240 GLT Estate Auto on eBay, 127k miles from new with full service history and 4 owners from new.....so I bought it and driving it the 238miles home it promptly dropped onto 3 cylinders but that didn't stop me. It powered all the way home at 85mph and I still drove it around all weekend running on 3. I had a car and whilst I was waiting for things to fall together I re-vamped the car, fitting clear indicators, ditched the heavy roofrack, lost the spotlights & junked the towbar. I rented a workshop, bought my very first socket set and set to work to see how difficult this mechanics thing really was. Old engine & box out, engine bay cleaned up. Thing bolted together. Set of mounts from the USA , sump welded, gearbox arms shortened and things started to come together. At this point I realised I was missing some conversion bits and after failing to track them down, I found a Volvo 960 with another gearbox on eBay and I was the owner of a dough rough 960 with a locked drivers seat that was so un-comfy, smashed headlights, gutless worn out engine, scrap PAS and enough suspension knocks that I felt like I was in an active gold mine. But it had the bits I wanted. Whilst this was going on I poked some holes in the car. Some friends came over and welded this up for me and then I finished off the rest. Suspension was next. Kilen 40mm springs (couldn't afford to import Coilovers or make my own at the time Ill address this later). Superflex bushes, Gaz front & rear adjustable dampers, DVS Panhard rod, DVS Upper strutbrace and lower body brace, IPD 25mm rear sway bar and a Whiteline 24mm front roll bar. Back to the engine. Things starting to come together now.