Wow lots of progress actually since I last posted, it's been a while (again lol). Some pics:
Few new things;
Rebuilt headlights - new clips, repainted housings (and indicator housings)IPD springs - had them in for a while now, have been quite enjoying them. ~2.5kg/mm all round is much better than the stock ~1.2kg/mm ones, bit under dampened though.Grille - cut the whole centre out of a stock grille and trimmed the top and bottom supports flat, used a cutout from a server rack door's mesh and some bolts to hold the supports in place. All painted black, very happy with the look.XH swaybar - 30mm front sway bar from a 90s XH Falcon Longreach ute. Properly stiff, only noticeable give in the front during cornering seems to be in the springs now.Tyre size - running a 205/50R15 Kuhmo in the front now, works really well. Steering feel and response is much better.
Some photos of the sway bar. Running trimmed Falcon body bushes in the Volvo brackets for now, old Falcon poly on the Volvo endlinks. Followed a thread on here for relocating the brake lines but used some big nuts as spacers instead in my application, got about 2cm or so clearance from the bar.
Got lots of parts on order and some stuff planned;
Front sway - still need to get some 3cm tall alloy adapters made so I can run the falcon brackets, got some poly body bushings already and some endlinks from @AshDVS
on the wayDual rear sways - got the bar but need to make some brackets up out of 5mm bunnings steelSprings - getting some 5kg/mm fronts (DVS Special) and shorter 2.5kg/mm rears (King Super Low)Struts - Bilstein B6 all round on their wayBrakes - about time for an upgrade. Got some HEL lines, Brembo rotors, and QFM A1RM front and Centric PQ Pro rear pads on their way
Once all that's in i'll see how he performs and go from there.
If i'm happy enough i'll probably focus on getting the AQ151 crank/rods/pistons checked out by an engine shop and hopefully put them in a B230E block from @gavinh with the 531 head, K cam and adjustable gear, new belts and tensioner I already have and new seals/paint/etc. Then add the M46 with a STS flywheel, pull everything out, paint the bay, mount the pedalbox, swap the driveshaft and slap it in ?