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Drain Hose for Volvo Turbo Red Blocks
When Volvo designed the 240 Turbo engine they used a rigid steel
drain pipe for the turbo oil return (same design for later 740 Turbo
940 Turbo). The lower part of the pipe
was designed to seal into the hole in the block. Despite having a
o-ring on the pipe, these tubes usually leaked at the block. I'm
report that Yoshifab has
brought the red block drain pipe into the 21st century
by introducing a new custom hose
fitting that fits into the existing hole and allows you to use modern racing hose and
fittings for a much
better drain system.
This was really good news to me because I really hated the drain tube I
had cobbled together to fit my Mitsubishi TD04 turbo (from an 850
Turbo). I installed it to a late model
(90+) exhaust manifold, but this turbo meant a standard metal drain
pipe would no longer
fit. The pipe I made was functional, but I didn't
trust the soft hose there in the middle due to the extreme heat it was
subjected to (even though it was reinforced
It failed at least one other time over the years (see photo).
Silicone hose is not designed for such heat and I just knew it
would eventually fail again at a bad time.
<<<The fit is so
precise that the instructions call for this fitting to be placed in the
freezer before tapping it into the hole. Yoshifab supplies
adhesive to seal and secure the fitting. The top of the fitting
for a standard -10 AN racing hose
that you can buy anywhere.
NOTE: This only works for factory turbo engine blocks (B21FT, B230FT,
Non-turbo engines do not have this hole for this oil drain.
AN HOSE TRIVIA NOTE AN racing style hose
internal dimensions are measured in 1/16th of an inch increments.
-8 AN is 8/16th of an inch ID (1/2 inch). -10 AN is 10/16ths of
an inch ID (5/8 inch).
I bought TWO of these AN
hose end fittings at Summit Racing: SUM-250090B Hose End,
for PTFE -10 AN Female Black Aluminum. Found here: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/SUM-250090B. <<<
And I bought a 3 foot section of hose to go along with the
fittings. I chose PTFE core
stainless steel braided hose, which has a Teflon inner core.
This hose is designed for hot, high-pressure oil and has high
temperature rating of 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
This item: SUM-2201010
Hose, PTFE, Braided Stainless Steel, -10 AN, 3 ft. Length. Found
These hose end
fittings are re-usable, but it's important to
note that if you
disassemble one after installing it on a hose you must
replace the TUBE FERRULE, because it's designed to get
crushed during assembly and it's NOT
reuseable. Replacement tube ferrules are available. These
-10 AN fittings use .625 inch ID cone
style ferrules like this: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/rus-620505/.
These are Tube Ferrules. They go into the above hose end fittings.
Fittings like this are re-usable, but
it's important to
note that if you
disassemble one after it's been installed and install on another hose
replace the TUBE FERRULE. The
ferrule is designed to
crushed against the hose liner during assembly and the old ferrule
reuseable. Replacement tube ferrules are available. The
-10 AN fittings above use .625 inch
style ferrules like those found here: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/rus-620505/.
I found this -10AN
Aluminum Turbo Oil Return Drain Flange on eBay to fit my TD04
Here is my new assembled drain hose ready to go in. Overall
length for my new hose was 16 inches . . . .
<<<. . . however it could
been shorter by at least 2 inches and it would still fit just
fine. Now I have piece of mind that if something is going to
break, it will not be that drain hose.
This PTFE hose is rated at 400 degree Fahrenheit. One disadvantage of using PTFE braided
hose is that's it's pretty RIGID,
which can make it difficult to make
Here's a good resource for
general AN hose and fitting sizes, dimensions, etc. It helps explain
many different types of AN
fittings and standard thread pitches used. http://fuelab.com/tag/an-thread/
If you need something more
flexible, perhaps a rubber type hose will suit you better. Yoshifab will tell you they prefer
using Aeroquip Socketless Hose.
That's a rubber core hose that uses special barbed hose fittings.
Assembly is much faster and
easier and routing them is easier because they're more flexible.
Socketless hose is rated at 300
degrees Fahrenheit. More general info
can be found here:https://www.jegs.com/p/Aeroquip/Aeroquip-Socketless-Racing-Hoses/750321/10002/-1
While no clamps are technically required for Aeroquip Socketless hose, Yoshifab recommends adding a clamp
on this hose, especially if it will be carrying high pressure
oil. A simple Oetiker Clamp
or Pinch Clamp is the
and may be easily found at Summit Racing, Grainger or other parts
suppliers. Here are some videos on
installing Oetiker clamps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1qTw8OmbMA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn8iv10LV5A