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Wuzie
01-16-2012, 12:50 AM
Hello everyone, my names Anson. 17 year old from Montreal originally, I came across this e30 on a local add and couldn't pass it up.

So, lets start off with some history. I saw the ad on kijiji asking for $1500 for a 1989 BMW 325i sedan with 245k on it, and figured it couldnt be worth much since all the other ones were listed at over $3000. There was no pics in the ad, so through emails he send me pics of this gem. Love at first sight? I think so. Went over the next day with cash in hand and prepared to negotiate. Lucky for me, the car wouldnt start. It was just cranking over and over. (It sat for 6 months prior)

http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq159/i-eat-woodz/109.jpg

http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq159/i-eat-woodz/110.jpg

http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq159/i-eat-woodz/111.jpg

I figured what the hell. Offered him $400 cash, and with reasoning it was settled at $500 cash for the beast. I paid $65 for a tow truck to tow it to my house, and since then I've been trouble shooting and cleaning the car. :hehe:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7171/6508041387_68129e9808_z.jpg

Last night, nearing the end of December, things got serious. I bought brand new fuses and replaced all of them. I checked the fuses before (first thing I did) but apparently I ****ed up cause more than half of them were blown!

After 10 minutes of cranking, it came to life. Went for a quick drive - no plates, no windshield, not registered - down my street and back, she drives like a beauty. This is how it sits currently.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7014/6597979193_694578b546_z.jpg

Replaced the driver's seat because it was torn to shit. Still need to swap the heating element over and it'll be solid.

I need a new windshield for the safety, and an o2 sensor for etest. All basic maintenance will be done soon enough.

Oh and theres a new battery in there. The old one was way undersized.

I joined here to learn and gain help from the fellow e30 owners, and hope to be a part of the bmw community. :)

MaxBell
01-16-2012, 12:57 AM
Your Christmas lights are cute. This summer is going to be like...

REVENGE OF THE RISE OF THE RETURN OF THE BRONZIT E30zzz...

I am excited. This looks like a great deal for the car! Just remember, I've got the WHOLE black leather houndstooth interior dude...with door cards...for a sedan. :cool:

Wuzie
01-16-2012, 01:13 AM
Indeed! My house is always light up nicely, the garage, not so much lol.

Heres a short vid right after I got it running, pardon the language! Im the brown kid with the City hoodie on.

http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq159/i-eat-woodz/th_10151108309185014_15865.jpg (http://s443.photobucket.com/albums/qq159/i-eat-woodz/?action=view&current=10151108309185014_15865.mp4)

And this has been ordered.

http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq159/i-eat-woodz/GermanPlate.jpg

My last name is Freeman :P

msinger
01-16-2012, 12:22 PM
Welcome to a new Ottawa guy!

karmatose
01-16-2012, 06:43 PM
Just a heads up, I had a new windshield installed in my car in August. Speedy Glass did it for $360 tax in.

Wuzie
01-16-2012, 10:00 PM
Thanks for the tip, but Im scooping a windshield from a member on here for $80, and Im gonna install it myself. :) I removed my old one and put it back in with no troubles, only difficult part was the locking strip. I read online that if I soak it in hot water to make it more flexible and use soapy water as lube, it should slide in fine.

Roysneon
01-16-2012, 10:07 PM
The only hard part I've encountered with windshields is taking them out without cracking them. Looks like a promising start for a fun project. Car looks a bit ratty, but that just means you can go crazy with it without feeling bad about molesting a pristine example.

karmatose
01-16-2012, 10:42 PM
Thanks for the tip, but Im scooping a windshield from a member on here for $80, and Im gonna install it myself. :) I removed my old one and put it back in with no troubles, only difficult part was the locking strip. I read online that if I soak it in hot water to make it more flexible and use soapy water as lube, it should slide in fine.

You can get a tool that sets it really easy. (http://www.hitechglazing.com/product/2781009/40273) The lock strip feeds into it and you just kinda slide the tool in the rubber. Probably easiest to do it while the rubber seal around the window is very warm (like on a sunny day).

After breaking a windshield in my 318i trying to get it out, I decided to just throw money at the problem of putting a new one in. After seeing the guys put my new one in, I was so mad at myself for letting someone else do it.

Wuzie
01-16-2012, 11:18 PM
Yeah I went to the junkyard and shattered 2 windshields trying to remove them :( but in my heated garage the old one came off without a scratch. Thanks for the tool, think I can probably rig something instead of spending $50 on something I'd use occasionally haha.

& thanks for the compliments about the car, yeah its not in mint shape, but it is a 23 year old car in Ottawa lol. With minimal rust (only 2 spots, surface rust) and we use a loooot of salt!

By summer time it will be in spectacular condition :)

- coils, m50 soon, new paintjob, all the little diys and more.

Roysneon
01-16-2012, 11:19 PM
I used a screwdriver...

karmatose
01-16-2012, 11:24 PM
Thanks for the tool, think I can probably rig something instead of spending $50 on something I'd use occasionally haha.

Bend up some coat hanger and gaffer tape it to a screw driver. ;)

Wuzie
01-16-2012, 11:53 PM
Will do guys, thanks for the help!

Im just a few steps closer from being street legal :D

Wuzie
02-04-2012, 09:22 PM
So a little update: Found a paint matched bumper/valance at the junkyard in minty condition, as well as the side mirrors painted. :D

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/405845_10150545847464818_639629817_9179033_1876793 825_n.jpg

Little crappy iphone update haha

MaxBell
02-04-2012, 11:19 PM
SUck my dick bitch, that was my ****ing valance and you stole it.

Jokes jokes, it looks good dude! And that's really sad that there is such a minty 4 door there. Apparently the car ran when it was dropped off at the junk yard. I got the fenders, Bilstein shocks and the brake ducts.

Too bad you didn't grab those fogs though.

Wuzie
02-05-2012, 12:23 AM
Yeah, did you notice the spare tire area? It was pushed up, maybe the gas tank got affected from it? who knows..

Super bummed about the fogs they were like new. Whatever though, Im glad I grabbed the valance and bumper.. I have my old bumper if you want to buy, its in great shape I think its new (old owner replaced?) its all gloss black.

Wish the thing had ellipsoids instead of sealed beams haha.

liquidc3lls
02-05-2012, 02:39 AM
which junkyard i do need a black door

Wuzie
02-05-2012, 02:00 PM
The car is bronzit, but the junkyard is Kenny U Pull.

www.kennyupull.net - Ottawa location

MaxBell
02-05-2012, 04:41 PM
Yeah, did you notice the spare tire area? It was pushed up, maybe the gas tank got affected from it? who knows..

Super bummed about the fogs they were like new. Whatever though, Im glad I grabbed the valance and bumper.. I have my old bumper if you want to buy, its in great shape I think its new (old owner replaced?) its all gloss black.

Wish the thing had ellipsoids instead of sealed beams haha.

Yeah, Kenny U Pull is retarded and puts those supports under a unsupported part of the car? Whatever, it makes me sick that that car is in there.

Yeh, If it's straight, I'll take it probably.

Wuzie
02-05-2012, 09:16 PM
Alright I'll text you pics.

dble Trouble
02-05-2012, 10:09 PM
Sprint Autoglass in Scarborough will change any windshield on any car for $190 + tax or I paid cash and avoided the tax. They use top quality windshields no fish bowl effect ever. I've had over 10 changed by them over the years for various cars I've owned or family/friends. never a problem. That includes labour. At that price it's not worth it to buy used with small microscopic pits (that all windshields have after a few years on the road) that glare up in when the sun is near the horizon.

Wuzie
02-05-2012, 10:42 PM
Thanks for the tip, however I purchased a windshield from Maxbell on here and installed it myself without issue :)

everlast
02-06-2012, 12:08 PM
Welcome Wuzie! Looking forward to more E30s around this summer. I promise to have mine out before August this time.

MaxBell
02-06-2012, 12:22 PM
Welcome Wuzie! Looking forward to more E30s around this summer. I promise to have mine out before August this time.

LOL. May at the latest.

msinger
02-06-2012, 12:25 PM
Welcome Wuzie! Looking forward to more E30s around this summer. I promise to have mine out before August this time.

Jay only comes out when the atmospheric conditions are perfect.

liquidc3lls
02-06-2012, 03:03 PM
Am really glad thee is an e30 group in ottawa, its gna be a nice summer guys, i aswell recently got my six banger, saw a possible entbusiast on parkway last week waved at me kinda put a smile on my face, hope to see u boys this summer dnt hate on my black four door*wiggle* hope to see ya wuzie, maxbell and all of u guys

everlast
02-06-2012, 03:54 PM
Who'd gonna hate a 4 door? Not me!! :)

The Twin
02-06-2012, 06:00 PM
Anson done stoleded that minty ass valance from Kenny u pull this weekend. Curses!

Few good guys around these parts here dude, it's all love here. Not redliners teen queen drama :P

Ryan

MaxBell
02-06-2012, 06:21 PM
Who'd gonna hate a 4 door? Not me!! :)

You 4 door losers can all have a little group therapy session for your extra points of entry.

Wuzie
02-06-2012, 07:48 PM
I would much rather have a coupe but Im still cool with the 4do, more girls to go sideways with in hopes their shirts fly off *sigh* one day...

MaxBell
02-06-2012, 10:36 PM
I would much rather have a coupe but Im still cool with the 4do, more girls to go sideways with in hopes their shirts fly off *sigh* one day...

Yeh I'm just playing. I loved my 4 door. I have a coupe now and I'm still on the fence whether I like it better. I just like teasing you guys. Either way, it's an E30 and therefore ****ing 2 legit 2 quit. *rockout*

Wuzie
02-07-2012, 08:53 PM
werd.

Not much to show, its hard to take good pics in the garage haha. I wish I could drive it down the street for some snow pics but meh.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7158/6838766257_5d2580fa32_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/6838766257/)

This was a while ago
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7146/6838766597_d1782fb918_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/6838766597/)

Little engine shot lol, dirty as fuuu, hope to be clean soon.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7030/6838766975_e911e5fd90_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/6838766975/)

Roysneon
02-07-2012, 10:36 PM
All this 4 door hate makes me sad...one of my E30's has 5 "doors". :(

Wuzie
02-07-2012, 10:38 PM
^ thats a whole new level.. O.O

everlast
02-08-2012, 11:14 AM
Srsly.. way more whores with 5 doors. You could prolly fit 3 in the boot alone!

msinger
02-08-2012, 11:38 AM
You can fit just as many in a coupe, they just have to be skinnier......

liquidc3lls
02-08-2012, 06:29 PM
big girls do things tiny chicks dream about!

MaxBell
02-08-2012, 07:58 PM
You can fit just as many in a coupe, they just have to be skinnier......

I like small butts and I cannot lie.

Wuzie
02-12-2012, 11:39 PM
I need help.

I swapped a 325e fuel rail with injectors into my 325i engine. I also swapped fuel pressure regulators. My old one said 3.0 and this one said 2.5 (came from the 325e engine)

Im getting a really strong crank.. no more fuel leak.. but it wont turn over.

The breather hose from the valve cover to the throttle body broke so I fitted a new hose however it is almost 5 feet long lol. Would that cause not enough vaccuum to work?

MaxBell
02-12-2012, 11:50 PM
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m261/srainey1/Stuff%20for%20Sale/IMG_20110213_152929.jpg

Make sure that round plug is in.

May sure your supply is on the back of the rail.

Vacuum leaks will make your car run like a bag, but it's gunna run.


Here's some info from strictlyeta.net and their 2.7 L build.

Later model 325i's use a secondary harness just for the fuel injectors, unlike the 325e's wiring harness which connects directly to the injectors. Because of this, you should use the 325i fuel rail because the 325e's fuel rail has an outlet for a return line right next to the #6 injector. If you do use the 325e rail, you'll have to figure out a way to wedge the 325i's harness rail underneath it without breaking anything.



Earlier wiring harnesses (1987 and 1988) had individual connectors for the fuel injectors and do not have a secondary wiring rail. If you are using this earlier harness, then you may be able to get away with using the eta fuel rail.

Wuzie
02-12-2012, 11:56 PM
I read that exact thing earlier today which is what kept me going in hopes of getting it running. My 325i harness combo with the 325e injectors/rail should work then no?

I wedged the harness under the outlet for the return line, it worked.

Wuzie
02-12-2012, 11:58 PM
How do you remove that round plug? Thats the plug I texted you the picture of yesterday lol.

Wuzie
02-18-2012, 02:46 AM
Brake clean didn't work. BUT IT DID START TONIGHT :D New fuel filter and new fuel pump, its dope. Fresh gas is in it too.

msinger
02-18-2012, 06:53 PM
congrats!!

Wuzie
02-18-2012, 10:53 PM
Some pics!

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7047/6898628597_cf3701ca84_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/6898628597/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7182/6898628981_36d2c08cd8_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/6898628981/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7196/6898629829_681d7e7bef_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/6898629829/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7064/6898629369_69da9c420d_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/6898629369/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7179/6898630275_93aca42209_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/6898630275/)

MaxBell
02-19-2012, 08:44 AM
WOO!! Looking sick dude!

everlast
02-19-2012, 01:46 PM
Why Alberta plates on these pics? Where are these shots taken? I work beside the only Victory dealer in town and I don't think that's it. :?

The Twin
02-19-2012, 07:33 PM
He's in Ottawa, Alberta plates Are just temp.

msinger
02-19-2012, 10:41 PM
wicked to see it out and running!

Wuzie
02-19-2012, 11:12 PM
Yeah Im stoked to drive it, and soon to be legal to drive too. Getting some exhaust work done tomorrow and hopefully it will pass etest, safety and then I get appraisal and registration done.

And yeah alberta plates just to get me around and make it look like theres a plate there atleast for now. Thanks twin.

msinger
02-20-2012, 10:57 AM
Sounds risky.... be careful......

everlast
02-20-2012, 03:42 PM
So, are those photos from Bell's Corners, or does Wheelsport sell Victory too?

Wuzie
02-20-2012, 04:08 PM
Theyre off of a dealership in Orleans, just off youville drive. Near the ford dealership is a carwash. :p

El Gato Liso
02-20-2012, 06:03 PM
lol @your ellipsoids

m50 swap sucks. go m52 at least if you're going 24valve route.

Wuzie
02-20-2012, 07:36 PM
Sticking with the m20 and boosting it. Ive come this far without just saying F it and tearing the engine out of there so I might as well see how long it lasts. Compression test showed good results so hopefully some good maintenance will set it straight.

Wuzie
03-21-2012, 11:22 AM
Havent updated in a while.. I ordered megan racing euro streets. Just gotta wait till they arrive!

Got the plate on!

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/428297_10150626759019818_639629817_9439652_2114248 514_n.jpg

and this happened earlier today haha.

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/427472_10150625691499818_639629817_9437068_2076861 482_n.jpg

Aww yee

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/420224_10150626712289818_355277399_n.jpg

everlast
03-21-2012, 11:32 AM
I think I saw maxbell posting on your wall.. your name is actually Freeman right?

I wonder if the po-po saw the plate and got it confused with the "Freeman on the land" movement.

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Freeman_on_the_land

Freeman's often drive with no license, no plates, no insurance and write "freeman" on the plate area. Bad coincidence with your name lol.

Wuzie
03-21-2012, 11:50 AM
Haha yeah, Im Anson Freeman, nice to meet you :)

It was a warning ticket for having the ontario plate in the window, as the cop is leaving I ask him if he likes my German plate so he goes and looks at it. Comes back and says he can technically give me another ticket for that. Im like wtf?

Few days later cops show up at my house for noise complain from the bmw (which is fixed now) and cop was chill. I ask him the same question and he said the other cop was bullshit, they cant ticket me for the German plate since its not registered and has no numbers, its just a name tag technically. As long as I have the ontario plate somewhere on there Im safe.

So its zip tied under my German plate now.. looks fugly. :(

everlast
03-21-2012, 11:55 AM
I think there is a provision in the HTA regulating what could be mistaken for a number plate. Obviously, the german plate is intended to be mistaken for a number plate, so you could be ticketed.

We're so close to QC, just run NO plate. They don't look at you twice lol.

sb_600
03-21-2012, 12:00 PM
^not true.

You may get away with it for a while but you will get pulled over. Happened to my buddy in his miata.

Car looks good though - congrats :)

everlast
03-21-2012, 12:08 PM
Hah, yeah, I don't recommend it. Obviously, its not legal. But putting your plate in the window is like a giant sign saying "HEY LOOK MY PLATE'S NOT ATTACHED" lol.

Woofer
03-21-2012, 12:30 PM
Good progress. Reminds me of when I was ur age with my first 325e. Good luck.

I gotta ask though....what the hell did you do to your headlights? If you want the smoked hella look, just grab a set. They are not that expensive anymore.

Or since you seem to like to do it yourself, then simply pop them in the oven to remove the glass lenses. There are several write ups on how to do it. Plus I'm sure there's a guy on r3v that posted the templates he used for the cross hairs that go in the high beam. I would post the links but I am on my iPhone and don't have any of those links saved here. A quick search should bring something up.

Ps be carefully and patient. Zimmie (mike) cut his hand when he was helping me swap lenses.

Take care

Wuzie
03-21-2012, 02:14 PM
Hmm so you're saying run no front plate? Like leave it in the glovebox? Then when I get pulled over tell him I need to mount it to get a warning? Hmm

As for the headlights, yeah that was just me messing around lol. Angry eyes on the lows and the X on the highs. It's all electrical tape so I can remove it and I am gonna remove the X but leave the angry eyes.

Thanks for feedback dudes, coils just need to arrive so I can dump this puppy!

karmatose
03-21-2012, 02:16 PM
I'd like to hear some thoughts on those coils. I've got my heart set on the Ground Control kit, but it's entirely unnecessary for the level of tracking that I will be doing. Going the route you're going would get me a turbo setup much quicker.

Woofer
03-21-2012, 02:42 PM
If you want "angry eyes" lol just get eyebrows or just make/get euro grills.

Either way good luck. I guess I missed in your thread what coils you ordered. Which ones?

Wuzie
03-21-2012, 03:11 PM
Megan Racing Euro Streets. 8k all around, I hope they're good for daily non track use. I just hope they go low enough for me

karmatose
03-21-2012, 03:18 PM
If they're not low enough, I have an H&R Cup KIt I'd trade + cash.... It's mad low.

Wuzie
03-22-2012, 12:46 AM
Right before the tape X got ripped off..

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7060/6858702298_66808b09ea_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/6858702298/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7222/6858702300_6bcbf5368f_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/6858702300/)
Engine (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/6858702300/) by AnsonFreeman (http://www.flickr.com/people/ansonfreeman/), on Flickr

MaxBell
03-22-2012, 09:48 AM
Hah, yeah, I don't recommend it. Obviously, its not legal. But putting your plate in the window is like a giant sign saying "HEY LOOK MY PLATE'S NOT ATTACHED" lol.

Yeh, I just rode around with it in the back seat. I never got stopped, but I figured I'd just say it fell off and I hadn't put it back on yet.

However, I don't think you can use that excuse many times, I'm sure they write it down.

e30tOny
03-22-2012, 10:03 AM
*smoke*Front plate legal in Quebec....:idea: maybe you could move??

http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=109341&stc=1&d=1332254441

Wuzie
03-22-2012, 03:49 PM
Maybe I should lol, cheap cheap insurance. But I dont think I can handle the quebec drivers ;)

I got my maxbimmer decals today, great service! Free of charge decals is always nice, and I'll gladly support the site :)

Wuzie
03-31-2012, 11:44 PM
Sooooo, My coilovers have finally shipped! They'll be here by next Friday hopefully, which means install the same weekend hopefully. :)

Megan Racing Euro Streets in case anyone missed it.

egye30
04-01-2012, 01:45 AM
Megan's are eeeeeh.. they will go as low as you want them to, but the ride quality won't be anything to brag about, my buddy just got a set of megan coils for his toyota, its so low he literally bottoms out just driving along and hitting small bumps.. he likes it though.. so whatever :P.

Wuzie
04-01-2012, 11:28 AM
Ahhhh crap lol, how shitty is the ride?

Wuzie
04-06-2012, 07:29 AM
http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/555395_10150671787779818_639629817_9606172_9766539 62_n.jpg

everlast
04-07-2012, 11:42 AM
Coilovers look ok, but the wood floor in the trunk is ****ing baller.. I love it. For serious.

nonlocal
04-07-2012, 01:23 PM
Coilovers look ok, but the wood floor in the trunk is ****ing baller.. I love it. For serious.

Yeah I dig it too. How do you get to the spare tire though?

Varnish that shit!

Wuzie
04-07-2012, 09:32 PM
Well this is hardwood flooring, laminate floors or whatever. The individual pieces that connect to make floors in houses. I connected the first few pieces with glue and the last few with glue but not the two halves. So I can lift up and disconnect to access the spare tire area. :)

As for varnish, I wanted a lighter color and this floor is coated so I cant varnish it well :\ I regret it now because I want darker haha.

And a little update for the coils, rears are on. What a learning process!

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7063/7055305423_98f172d9c6_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/7055305423/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7257/6909214818_58a3f74f34_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/6909214818/)

I'll see a few of you at the fender rolling meet, I'll show you the floor.

MaxBell
04-08-2012, 01:19 AM
Pfft...you have lower rear arches. You cheat.

Wuzie
04-08-2012, 10:16 AM
Im glad I do or Id still have a gap haha.

Springs are like 5" in there with no adjusters or anything. :\

Woofer
04-08-2012, 10:20 PM
Pfft...you have lower rear arches. You cheat.

This is true but higher arches can fit wider rims lol!!!

Keep up the good work.

Nice tool box. Wal Mart special? Lol I have the same one. Well I bought 2 lol :D

Wuzie
04-09-2012, 01:31 AM
Haha I bought it used from someone with tools for $130, nothing fancy but it gets the job done really well


Update:

Well, slammed the whole car and good news/bad news.. really bad.

It looks superb, got it to a height where I dont rub the fenders, just need to roll next weekend.

The bad news is that my tires hit my coilovers! It rubbed so much that I blew a tire in less than 10km. Then nearly blew the other tire >.< car is sitting at a gas station until tomorrow when stores open so I can buy washers as spacers for now.. then buy real spacers. Cause I cant even drive the short distance to my house without blowing tires.

Disappointment.

everlast
04-09-2012, 10:38 AM
I have some small spacers you can borrow. DON'T USE WASHERS.

Wuzie
04-09-2012, 11:50 AM
really? Thats nice of you, I'd appreciate that. Just to get the car home.

everlast
04-09-2012, 11:54 AM
Where's the car?

Wuzie
04-09-2012, 12:15 PM
At a gas station on innes. Near tenth line, my house is off of viseneau.

Wuzie
04-12-2012, 01:16 AM
Rolled like this for 2 days! Then the pan blew on me. :(

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5040/7069827129_f3a6395c05_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/7069827129/)

everlast
04-12-2012, 01:18 AM
LOL christ.. that MIGHT be too low. Looks bangin' though. :) So, out of commission? :(

Wuzie
04-12-2012, 01:27 AM
Mhmm, just sitting in my garage dripping oil :( I'm gonna see if I can get it welded up tomorrow, but it looks like I wont be making the fender rolling event if this doesnt get running in time. And I heard oil pans are a pita to swap on these cars so welding really is my only option, if not, I shall swap. JDM engine, however.

El Gato Liso
04-12-2012, 01:31 AM
NOTHING on an e30 is a pain in the ass!....well, in the front end of the car at least. but that might be a biased opinion

The Twin
04-12-2012, 08:12 AM
ahhhhhhhhhh shit Anson that sucks!

car looked AWESOME for those 10KM's...

that is SUPER slammed, maybe a little too much for the condition of our roads.

how far would it be to tow home?
I have access to a cummins and some straps....

BimmerBoys
04-12-2012, 09:41 AM
I did my pan with the car on jack stands while lying on my back... I wanted to kill myself.

everlast
04-12-2012, 10:00 AM
Pan's not that bad, my god it's one million times easier than a non-BMW motor swap. Just unbolt the steering rack, bend the tabs out of the way, unbolt the pan and slide it out.

BimmerBoys
04-12-2012, 10:07 AM
My problem wasnt the pan so much as the sump! I have big hands and couldn't get in there to put it back together.... I considered getting my 5 year old nephew to do it.

Wuzie
04-12-2012, 11:33 AM
Thanks Ryan, but everlast lent me some spacers. Those matched with my civic steelies are a perfect fit.

But now my oil pan is done.

And really? Everyone was telling me I gotta raise the engine and shit :S figured if I'm lifting the engine might as well get an early start on the swap.

I'll try and remove the pan today and let you guys know.

BimmerBoys
04-12-2012, 11:44 AM
Thanks Ryan, but everlast lent me some spacers. Those matched with my civic steelies are a perfect fit.

But now my oil pan is done.

And really? Everyone was telling me I gotta raise the engine and shit :S figured if I'm lifting the engine might as well get an early start on the swap.

I'll try and remove the pan today and let you guys know.

I didnt raise the engine... that might be where I went wrong. what swap are you looking at?

Woofer
04-12-2012, 11:55 AM
Damn sorry to hear. I went through 3-4 oil pans when I use to ride that low. Just swap the pan. Unless its welded properly expect leaks my friend. I have learned my lesson and now I bought a skip plate for when the coilovers get installed. If you want one let me know and I can send you the contact info.

The Twin
04-12-2012, 11:58 AM
Make a skid plate out of an old street sign.

Woofer
04-12-2012, 11:59 AM
Lol. Is that thick enough? I thought street signs were made out of aluminum? Might not be sturdy enough IMO.

Wuzie
04-12-2012, 12:14 PM
Lol, I have a stop sign in my garage xD

Yeah please do send me the info for the skid plate, I was gonna make one. I just didnt expect the pan to go so early. How much is it setting you back cost wise?


The guide Im reading says just loosen the mounts and jack the engine up a bit, I guess thats the way to do it.. I'll try it out.

As for the swap I want, Im not sure. It most likely will be a jdm engine, so an sr20, rb20, 1jz/2jz, etc.. harness splicing would be the hardest :(

karmatose
04-12-2012, 12:53 PM
harness splicing would be the hardest :(

SR20 is easy. You're welcome. (http://www.bimmersport.co.nz/forums/index.php?showtopic=32229)

Also, Woofer.. Could you send me some info on skid plates? Thanks!

Edit: If you DO go SR20, I have a crazy light flywheel for a redtop if you're interested.

Woofer
04-12-2012, 02:15 PM
Hey guys. Here is where I got my skid plate. Ask for Carlo. Good guy to deal with and shipping was pretty fast. I think I waited a week after payment.

http://www.tcmotorsports-store.net/e30-m20-engine-skid-p3020.html

egye30
04-12-2012, 02:26 PM
Hey guys. Here is where I got my skid plate. Ask for Carlo. Good guy to deal with and shipping was pretty fast. I think I waited a week after payment.

http://www.tcmotorsports-store.net/e30-m20-engine-skid-p3020.html

hmm looks pretty reasonable, i wonder if theyd make me one for my 24v

Woofer
04-12-2012, 02:30 PM
Yes they do. It's 20 bucks more I think. Just speak to Carlo. He will set you up. If you car is low then this should be a no brainier. Unless you have access to making your own one.

Wuzie
04-12-2012, 04:34 PM
Well, I cant get the transmission housing off because a bolt snapped.

El Gato Liso
04-12-2012, 04:35 PM
it should still come off with a snapped bolt....why are you removing the tranny? you should not have to.

everlast
04-12-2012, 07:03 PM
Ya seriously.. you don't need to do anything but unbolt the steering rack, bent their tabs about 70 degrees and move the rack out of the way, unbolt the pan and drop it. I've done this. It works.

The Twin
04-12-2012, 08:04 PM
Well, I cant get the transmission housing off because a bolt snapped.

Welcome to the love hate relationship of e30's :P

Wuzie
04-12-2012, 08:07 PM
Im not sure, I thought you were supposed to?

http://www.rtsauto.com/e30-bmw-oil-pan-andor-gasket-removal-and-replacement/

Following this guide, it says to remove the housing or something, so I started to do that.

everlast
04-12-2012, 09:30 PM
Not the housing, just the cross member. It's the piece that goes under the transmission.

I found that guide to be a touch misleading about the sump. Those sump bolts are *wery wery* hard to remove. Unbolting the rack and bending the tabs, however was easy.

But in the end, both work. Good luck man.

Wuzie
04-12-2012, 11:13 PM
Alright, I'll try your method Jason and let you guys know how it goes. Didnt do any work on it today.

Wuzie
04-17-2012, 11:57 PM
Guys I cant get the pan off lol -.- bolts are snapping..

everlast
04-18-2012, 12:09 AM
Whaaa? The oil pan bolts are usually so loose they come off with the slightest twist.

Lefty loosy lol?

Seriously though, I don't understand this. Some of mine were so loose they turned out by hand, which I understand happens a lot.

You gots the bad luck.

Wuzie
04-18-2012, 12:21 AM
I havent even gotten to the oil pan bolts lol. Granted I just started working on the car tonight as I was busy, but I can drop the steering rack, or the tranny cover to access the oil pan bolts. Ridiculous.

everlast
04-18-2012, 01:35 AM
Ohhh.. damn. :( Do you have penetrating oil? And MAPP gas torch for some heat? Really helps.

The Twin
04-18-2012, 08:26 AM
Like everlast said.

It's become ritual for me to soak all bolt the day before I tear into anything mechanical on the BMW.

I have bit extractors to lend if you need to fish out the broken bolts

Wuzie
04-18-2012, 12:45 PM
I did spray them with penetrating oil, but only for an hour prior. I'll spray everything tonight and let it sit overnight.

If you would lend me the extractor set Ryan, that would be much appreciated. I only have a week left until I need this car on the road :\

El Gato Liso
04-18-2012, 01:21 PM
take a picture of underneath...i want to see whats going on.......shouldn't be anything to get those screws out

Wuzie
04-18-2012, 01:52 PM
Kk will do at 5 when I get home.

The Twin
04-18-2012, 02:12 PM
I did spray them with penetrating oil, but only for an hour prior. I'll spray everything tonight and let it sit overnight.

If you would lend me the extractor set Ryan, that would be much appreciated. I only have a week left until I need this car on the road :\

No prob. I'maround after 5. Pm me if u still need addy

Wuzie
04-18-2012, 02:50 PM
I can't seem to pm anyone from my phone. Could you shoot me a text with the address? 613-eight98-89four0

Hope that wasn't too confusing :p

Wuzie
04-19-2012, 11:38 PM
Sorry I forgot about pics.

Trying to remove the tranny bell housing cover thing, and I cant extract the 2 bolts that snapped. I have a new cover and new bolts, not sure if I should try to drill it out. Those bolts are really tough and I cant drill a guide for the extractor.


And I dont have an inverted/external torx socket for the 4 bolts.

Problem after problem lol.

El Gato Liso
04-20-2012, 01:39 AM
any normal socket should fit those tranny bolts.


problem after problem? welcome to e30. lol

Wuzie
04-20-2012, 09:17 PM
Haha not talking about the tranny bolts, Im talking on the transmission bell housing, after the four 13mm bolts there are 4 E10 torx bolts holding it on. I went and bought a socket set for that. Dropped the subframe a bit then the pan bolts. Now Im working on the pump, still dont know how Im gonna get the pump bolts back in or anything, my fingers wont fit.


Jason, help me out. You said drop the subframe and bend tabs? What tabs? If I do it your way do I have to lift the engine still?

everlast
04-20-2012, 09:50 PM
Not drop the subframe, you drop the steering rack. It's bolted to the subframe via two tabs. Remove the bolts, bend the tabs and lower the rack around them and lower it. That will give you enough room to wiggle the pan off and on.

Wuzie
04-20-2012, 10:33 PM
Oh yeah, I remembered that, but those 2 bolts are being stubborn and not budging. After everything that has happened I dont want those 2 snapping either :\

And I think I need a new oil level sensor. I ripped mine out thinking I dont need it since the new pan has one, but turns out the new pan is from a 325e so the connector is different. -.-

MaxBell
04-21-2012, 12:20 AM
LOL, never break shit if you don't have to. Keep us posted, but Jay is correct, you can remove the steering rack and you'll be able to get the pan off.

Wuzie
04-21-2012, 12:22 AM
well I dropped the subframe with the steering rack, is that not enough? Shoot.

I dont want to snap the steering rack bolts :S

We tried heating them up and everything.

Cant wiggle the pan out fuuuuudge

El Gato Liso
04-21-2012, 12:55 AM
you cant get to the pump unless you take off the pan.

when i blew up my oil pan, i lowered the subframe to get it off...mind you my m50 oil pan is much bigger than the M20 oil pan, and i still got it off wiggling it. The transmission doesnt need to be moved.

are we on the same page here? what are you doing?

Wuzie
04-21-2012, 01:39 AM
What Im doing is removing the tranny bell housing - done.

Removing oil pan bolts - done.

Removing bolts for pump - done.

Removed sensors and stuff - done.

Now its just wiggling the pan out, not really working. I lowered the subframe with steering rack down cause my steering rack wont come off itself.

everlast
04-21-2012, 02:24 PM
I think its the clearance from the subframe to the rack that you need, but I can't say for sure without being under the car. My advice is to keep "fiddling". You'll get it!

El Gato Liso
04-21-2012, 02:26 PM
where is the pan not coming off from? i still want to see take pics!

Wuzie
04-21-2012, 02:52 PM
Yeah I'll figure it out guys, just thought I'd keep everyone updated.

I went to Kenny just now and pulled the oil level sensor. $2 woot lol

And I got the hood hinge off the bronzit because mine right now keeps getting worse and worse, doesn't allow the hood to open past 50 degrees. The new one seems to pivot a lot more.

MaxBell
04-21-2012, 03:54 PM
The thing to need to get farther apart is the engine from the steering rack. Cuz it hits that, so either move the steering rack or raise the engine a tiny bit.

Wuzie
04-22-2012, 09:14 PM
Got it out by raising the engine, I did not realize how easy this step would be. Now I know for next time!

Pan is off, the oil pan gasket arrives tomorrow morning which is what is delaying me right now.

Next all I need to do is create a skid plate and Im set.

Oh btw, installed the 3 spoke steering wheel that maxbell kindly gave me. Appreciate it man!

Woofer
04-22-2012, 10:58 PM
Got it out by raising the engine, I did not realize how easy this step would be. Now I know for next time!

Pan is off, the oil pan gasket arrives tomorrow morning which is what is delaying me right now.

Next all I need to do is create a skid plate and Im set.

Oh btw, installed the 3 spoke steering wheel that maxbell kindly gave me. Appreciate it man!

Just buy a skid plate lol. Seems like you are having enough problems.

El Gato Liso
04-22-2012, 11:36 PM
get some Permatex gasket sealer. use it with the gasket too.

Wuzie
04-23-2012, 03:29 PM
Am I supposed to? I got a cork gasket and was told to just lube each side with oil before install.

everlast
04-23-2012, 03:50 PM
Oh btw, installed the 3 spoke steering wheel that maxbell kindly gave me. Appreciate it man!

Aw, that's my old wheel from the E30 I have now. Take special care of it, it will bring you good luck. *wave*

Wuzie
04-23-2012, 04:30 PM
Will do sir :D I sent you a pm also about other business.


So Im probably gonna buy the skid plate Woofer posted.. $180 plus shipping and a lifetime guarantee that if the pan breaks with it on they buy me a new one, cant go wrong there!

And Im ordering BMW badges, black roundels instead of the blue.


Question though, how low does the skid plate sit? I have like 1 maybe 2 inches of clearance from the oil pan to the ground, I dont want it to be dragging!

Woofer
04-23-2012, 11:21 PM
So Im probably gonna buy the skid plate Woofer posted.. $180 plus shipping and a lifetime guarantee that if the pan breaks with it on they buy me a new one, cant go wrong there!

And Im ordering BMW badges, black roundels instead of the blue.


Question though, how low does the skid plate sit? I have like 1 maybe 2 inches of clearance from the oil pan to the ground, I dont want it to be dragging!

I haven't installed mine yet. I can let you know when I do. The rep Carlo told me that they use it on their track cars (e30) and they haven't had any problems.

As for the warranty, it only works if they install it......kinda sucks but it looks to be a good product.

Good luck!

MaxBell
04-24-2012, 02:00 AM
Aw, that's my old wheel from the E30 I have now. Take special care of it, it will bring you good luck. *wave*

I was gunna charge $200 for the luck, but I got it for free, so I figured that would be rude.

Got it out by raising the engine, I did not realize how easy this step would be. Now I know for next time!

Pan is off, the oil pan gasket arrives tomorrow morning which is what is delaying me right now.

Next all I need to do is create a skid plate and Im set.

Oh btw, installed the 3 spoke steering wheel that maxbell kindly gave me. Appreciate it man!

I should have told you earlier to lift the engine, I didn't know you had a hoist. That is the easiest way by far. Is the pan in yet? And no worries about the wheel, thanks for the wheels.

I haven't installed mine yet. I can let you know when I do. The rep Carlo told me that they use it on their track cars (e30) and they haven't had any problems.

As for the warranty, it only works if they install it......kinda sucks but it looks to be a good product.

Good luck!

Where would you go for them to install it??

Wuzie
04-24-2012, 09:03 AM
Yup pan is in and no leaks! Drove her last night.. Its hard to resist the urge to drive it. Im gonna drive it today then park it till I get the skid plate.

And I didn't have a hoist, I just unbolted the mount (only one mount had a nut on it o.O) then jacked up the engine from underneath by the A/C bracket or whatever, worked perfect.

Now I know for future pans!

everlast
04-24-2012, 10:33 AM
Great, congrats!!

Wuzie
04-29-2012, 12:00 AM
Thanks!

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7113/6977241526_ddbff4596e_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/6977241526/)

Also acquired a vw mk3 lip that Im gonna rig to fit.

everlast
04-29-2012, 01:10 PM
Holy balls that's low lol.

Wuzie
04-29-2012, 03:14 PM
Indeed it is, now you can see why I busted the pan so quick lol.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8027/6977241944_00d48f5ec7_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/6977241944/)

Wuzie
05-03-2012, 11:48 PM
MK3 Jetta lip on..

http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq159/i-eat-woodz/mk3lip.jpg

everlast
05-04-2012, 11:52 AM
BAHAH that's awesome. You should get some magnesium stick on strips so it sparks while dragging down the road lol.

Wuzie
05-05-2012, 04:46 PM
Haha! I spark when my muffler hits the ground on bumps ;)

m&m was sick last night, glad to meet some of you there.

my skid plate still hasnt arrived but Im tracking it and its finally in Ottawa on friday morning.. looks like it will be here Monday!

Wuzie
05-08-2012, 10:31 PM
Well, bad news. And good as well.

Good news is that my skid plate finally arrived. Bad news is that I cant really drive my car or put the plate on. :(

Bad news:

1) Thermostat is messed up, it keeps bouncing into the hot region when the car isnt overheating and thats causing the car to sputter now
2) Starter motor is toast, I have to push start my car to get it going..
3) Center support bearing is gone on the driveshaft.

And I cant put the skid plate on because guess what, stupid bolts for the steering rack snapped. This is getting ridiculous now, I dont have money for the repairs so I am looking for a job and parking this car for a month or two while I get some cash for a swap. I want everything out of it, no more stupid bolts lol. Everything will be replaced with working parts.

Im leaning towards the sr20 swap since I figure it would be a fun swap to do in it, and theres enough documentation to keep it fairly simple. Upgrading the turbos and everything of course, new fuel pump, injectors, the whole 9 yards.

I even had my interior and everything stripped for paint which isnt even happening this weekend :(

karmatose
05-09-2012, 01:07 PM
Honest opinion from a guy who was looking at doing the SR20DET motor swap last year, stay with the M20 and boost it or go M50 (and later boost that).

The cost of a red top from an S13 + turbo upgrades to make it competent, the time and cash it'll take to fab up motor mounts, transmission mounts and the cost of a custom driveshaft and exhaust will put you probably many times over the purchase price of your car. To do the job right, I had about $4K budgeted and that was leaving the motor largely untouched internally.

If you go with the S14/S15 SR20, you have less to upgrade but then you're into OBD2 territory and will be picking up an aftermarket ECU + paying for a tune. Also, if you go with the S15, the 6-speed is FRAGILE and has a dual mass clutch/flywheel so you'll need to sort that out.

What got me to stop thinking about doing this swap? I could build a pretty reliable M20 that would handle boost very well (new valve springs, piston rings, HD rockers, good head gasket, ARP everything) for the money that I'd dump into an SR20 swap. Also if I were to sell the car, I'm not unloading a frankenstein project on someone which means potentially higher resale value.

I hear your frustration with the M20 and the rest of the mechanicals and stuck bolts, etc... But trust me, it gets better. Eventually you'll have loosened everything off at least once and you'll never have to worry about breaking stuff again (because you've put anti-seize on it!).

...These are the joys of owning a 20+ year old car. And hey, at least it's not an Alfa.

Edit: I'm not trying to discourage you at all because in the back of my mind I think it's a rad project to undertake, I'm just giving you the thoughts that made me stray away from the project.

The Twin
05-09-2012, 01:12 PM
Honest opinion from a guy who was looking at doing the SR20DET motor swap last year, stay with the M20 and boost it or go M50 (and later boost that).

The cost of a red top from an S13 + turbo upgrades to make it competent, the time and cash it'll take to fab up motor mounts, transmission mounts and the cost of a custom driveshaft and exhaust will put you probably many times over the purchase price of your car. To do the job right, I had about $4K budgeted and that was leaving the motor largely untouched internally.

If you go with the S14/S15 SR20, you have less to upgrade but then you're into OBD2 territory and will be picking up an aftermarket ECU + paying for a tune. Also, if you go with the S15, the 6-speed is FRAGILE and has a dual mass clutch/flywheel so you'll need to sort that out.

What got me to stop thinking about doing this swap? I could build a pretty reliable M20 that would handle boost very well (new valve springs, piston rings, HD rockers, good head gasket, ARP everything) for the money that I'd dump into an SR20 swap. Also if I were to sell the car, I'm not unloading a frankenstein project on someone which means potentially higher resale value.

I hear your frustration with the M20 and the rest of the mechanicals and stuck bolts, etc... But trust me, it gets better. Eventually you'll have loosened everything off at least once and you'll never have to worry about breaking stuff again (because you've put anti-seize on it!).

...These are the joys of owning a 20+ year old car. And hey, at least it's not an Alfa.

agreed with everything said here.

stick with M20, and or do a swap that's doable in a weekend M50/52.
is the Sr20/S13 swaps where easy, and manageable they'd be all over the place on E30Tech/R3V etc....they're not.

it's not as easy as a honda swap.
if you're M20 is still workable, with a little internal investment (headgasket, headbolts) boost away and be happy!

MaxBell
05-09-2012, 01:21 PM
Yeh, there's a guy in Ontario who did the SR20 and I remember him claiming it cost like 10k at the end of the day. My M50 cost maybe $1500 after I sold the parts I didn't need.

The Twin
05-09-2012, 01:51 PM
Anson, score an engine from Kenny-U-Pull, plus all parts...you could get a M50 in there for close to Max's budget.

Wuzie
05-10-2012, 01:46 PM
I'm going to listen to all your advice everyone. I'm set on going boost for sure, now whether that's an m20 or m50 I'm not sure yet. I'm trying to get my civic on the road so I can daily that while the bimmer sits in the garage. It will probably be a few weeks before I can start the swap since I need to find a job and make some money.

For now though I'm gonna pull the m20 out. What are your opinions? I could rebuild the m20 and go boost... Or swap to m50 then boost later on. Im leaning towards the m20 route, even the option of finding an m20 for sale cheap with lower miles and working on that.

The Twin
05-10-2012, 01:53 PM
M20's are more solid than you think.

assure your bottom end is good, and at the very least replace your HG and freshen up the top end+headbolts.

conservative boost at 8psi and you can still run on your stock ecu, beside BMWConnect is the local go to guy for boost tuning.

I have a build thread over on MR for my turbo e30, lots of knowledge here too Everlast has a very clean setup.

start parts hoarding/collecting

read this--> http://www.e30tech.com/forum/showthread.php?t=74816

also Ryan George over in the F/I section of max has a good turbo M20 write too

karmatose
05-10-2012, 02:02 PM
Well, I'm building the M20 for boost because there's a whole lot less going on in the motor (Less cams, less valves, less valve springs, etc...) which means there's less to go wrong and won't cost near as much. And should it go wrong, getting another M20 is going to be a whole lot cheaper with lots of folk going to the M50 and E30's being parted out all over the place.

IMHO, keep it simple and have fun. Build up the motor now and get a few good months of motoring in. While you're having fun driving your car instead of working on it, obsessively plan your turbo setup and then do that build over the winter.

Or hell, if the motor runs good now (or ran good before your thermostat dealio), fix those issues and enjoy the car. Save your money, and do your upgrades over the winter.

Either way, take your time with it so it doesn't feel like work. That was the biggest mistake I made with my car. I was so focused on getting it done that I didn't take the time to enjoy what I was doing.

The Twin
05-10-2012, 02:09 PM
Well, I'm building the M20 for boost because there's a whole lot less going on in the motor (Less cams, less valves, less valve springs, etc...) which means there's less to go wrong and won't cost near as much. And should it go wrong, getting another M20 is going to be a whole lot cheaper with lots of folk going to the M50 and E30's being parted out all over the place.

IMHO, keep it simple and have fun. Build up the motor now and get a few good months of motoring in. While you're having fun driving your car instead of working on it, obsessively plan your turbo setup and then do that build over the winter.

Or hell, if the motor runs good now (or ran good before your thermostat dealio), fix those issues and enjoy the car. Save your money, and do your upgrades over the winter.

Either way, take your time with it so it doesn't feel like work. That was the biggest mistake I made with my car. I was so focused on getting it done that I didn't take the time to enjoy what I was doing.

good advice

FWIW, I've had my boost kit sitting in the spare bedroom of my house since last fall.

I've been working out all the bugs and maintenance stuff before I install it.

no rush...these cars have been around for at least 20 years, there isn't any race to suddenly pump it full of F/I when it's not ready.

Wuzie
05-10-2012, 02:38 PM
Very nice advice guys. My m20 did run well, the compression test we did showed all 6 were within a few psi of eachother. It has about 248k on it but it's working well. I'm going to read up on the boost info more and get as much knowledge as possible, drive the civic and work on the bimmer. I'm going to pull the engine still, replace what I can slowly and replace the stupid steering rack bolts so I can install my skid plate lol!

What are you guys doing about A/C and all? Keeping it or removing it and such?

My interior is still stripped so I'm gonna leave it that way and work on the body work as well, that way when the car is boosted I can have a freshly painted car.

Thank you guys for all your help, I appreciate it.

karmatose
05-10-2012, 02:47 PM
From everything I read, if your M20 was properly maintained, 250K KMs means it's just broken in. Freshen it up though and you'll be fine for another 250K. ;)

I've removed my A/C. It worked apparently, but I wanted the space for IC piping. Also, A/C doesn't make you go faster.

The Twin
05-10-2012, 03:05 PM
From everything I read, if your M20 was properly maintained, 250K KMs means it's just broken in. Freshen it up though and you'll be fine for another 250K. ;)

I've removed my A/C. It worked apparently, but I wanted the space for IC piping. Also, A/C doesn't make you go faster.

yep yep


my m20b25 is at 254k with comp. test 155-160 across the board.

head is a different story however...

ideally I would like to keep my A/C but i'm pigheaded and stubborn..I have a vert...no A/C required but I still want to keep it lol

Wuzie
05-10-2012, 05:18 PM
Thats the thing, I wanted to know how the intercooler would work with ac, mine works fine but having the windows down is plenty in the summer. Seems easier just to remove it.

My comp test read out from 170-180, how is that? Good or not so good? :P

everlast
05-10-2012, 05:41 PM
I couldn't fit my a/c with intercooler, and the compressor clutch gave out, so I pulled the A/c. I got the refrigerant pulled at a local garage for $50 or so.

Wuzie, you need to come over and have a rip in my E30. You'll realize that a turbo M20 is plenty fun. I have some parts you might be interested in as well, ie turbo manifold. :)

Edit: 170-180 psi is great, btw.

karmatose
05-10-2012, 10:08 PM
The guy who's car I bought had A/C and a turbo/intercooler somehow. I've never been able to find photos of it, but it's apparently possible.

Look into what Dinan did back in the day with their turbo setup and maybe you'll find your answer. I have a Dinan brochure somewhere around here. If I can remember and there's some neat info in there, I'll scan it at work and post it tomorrow.

El Gato Liso
05-10-2012, 10:46 PM
sometimes i miss the m20 honestly. so simple, and sounds awesome. i miss that sewing machine :(

but then if i were to go 24 valve, i would skip the m50 all together and go m52. with forged internals, its perfect candidate for some turbroooooooo

good luck with your e30 endeavors.

everlast
05-11-2012, 12:41 AM
Quite a number of guys have kept the A/C with intercooler piping, usually at the expense of the high beams.

I chose to remove it to give me extra room, as I didn't really want to be cramped but with a little creativity and careful planning, you'd fit both NP. 2.5" piping would be the max I'd think.

I miss a/c honestly.

The Twin
05-11-2012, 12:14 PM
170-180 is fantastic. Keep it.

Wuzie
05-11-2012, 04:45 PM
Indeed, getting sort of pumped up with this now lol! Starting near the end of June I'll be working full time getting between $13-14 an hour which should rake in some nice cash flow.

The car is still getting painted, exterior will be this color:

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/301706_10150779233231555_209307431554_10131169_104 4108296_n.jpg

And Im thinking all the black trim pieces that are on it right now might get sprayed piano black.

As for wheels, gonna rock the bottlecaps in light blue, almost like sky blue.. and the engine bay will be matching the wheels.



I also want to tuck my bay as much as possible, so a/c is gonna come out ;) what else can be removed that is unnecessary ?
Kinda like this.

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f24/tiger_stu/bluewheels001.jpg

MaxBell
05-12-2012, 11:30 PM
That's very cool dude! Congrats on the jobby job.

There's a M52 in Kenny Gatineau, and a M50 in Kenny Ottawa.

Wuzie
05-14-2012, 02:37 PM
So, idk what's going on. I can't drive this car. As I'm driving it would suddenly lose power. Every time I press the gas it would do nothing, everything will be quiet an the car slows down. As soon as I let go it revs down as usual when slowing down. It would keep going no matter what gear I'm in until it finally stalls and that's bad cause my starter is gone so I can't even start my car!

Then another issue now is that if the starter works, it would sometimes crank but not start. I'd be cranking for what seems to be forever until it either doesn't start or spotters to life.

Any suggestions? I'm parking the car as soon as I redo the brake lines in the civic, which is becoming a priority now.

Wuzie
06-10-2012, 02:37 PM
Well, a little update:

Got the civic on the road a while back, and then everything is out of the e30 ready for the engine to come out!

MaxBell
06-10-2012, 08:08 PM
Very cool dude! Is the rebuild starting soon? (Sorry i havn't got you the CSB yet :P )

Wuzie
06-10-2012, 11:56 PM
Lol thats fine dude, whenever we meet next. Theres no rush. And the rebuild will start end of June :D, I wont be able to resist taking some stuff apart though lol. And in the meantime while I wait for money for parts, I'll be doing bodywork ! Gonna be a fresh car by the end of summer.

MaxBell
06-11-2012, 12:22 AM
Seems like we're doing the same things! Engine work, bodywork. Aiming for the summer's end! Just in time to store them... *mumble*

Wuzie
06-17-2012, 03:48 PM
Haha yupp

Finally, the engine is out of the car and on the stand! Time to start tearing into this puppy.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7083/7388654044_5f39cffe83_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/7388654044/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7089/7388653186_7a4c711676_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/7388653186/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7091/7388652172_40bceaea0f_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/7388652172/)

MaxBell
06-17-2012, 09:25 PM
You work slowly! *angel*

Looks good tho duder! Lemme know if there's a day where you want someone to come out and help rip into the motor.

I'll come rebuild your drive shaft.

Wuzie
06-17-2012, 11:11 PM
I had to wait forever for an engine crane!

I'll deff invite you. Help is always great lol :D

Wuzie
08-17-2012, 09:15 PM
Been a while since I updated this.. I havent really done much. Slowly working on cleaning the bay up.. looking into a guide to tuck the bay nicely.

BUT LOOK; Euro Swag

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_5vAfF--Gc&feature=plcp

(how do you embed a vid?)

MaxBell
08-20-2012, 01:00 PM
Click "Share" > "Embed". Then copy paste that into here.

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/z_5vAfF--Gc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Wuzie
08-20-2012, 04:16 PM
I tried that lol it just displayed a bunch of code instead of actually embedding it

Wuzie
08-27-2012, 04:49 PM
Its hard to get the right lighting to show off the paint but heres the best I can do quickly...

Under the fender:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7252/7873885206_a4614b9b23_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/7873885206/)

The part thats been painted: (Its not that shiny irl lol)
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8447/7873884328_812d9d2c70_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/7873884328/)

Close Up:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8448/7873882850_030b65a2a9_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/7873882850/)


And the sexy coilovers sticking through ;)
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8291/7873881910_7c615d3cb7_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ansonfreeman/7873881910/)

Wuzie
11-02-2012, 07:24 PM
Forgot to update you guys, so heres some pics for those that care ;)

First of all, made the brackets for my seats. Only got one mounted in there so far.

http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq159/i-eat-woodz/IMG_0011.jpg

Secondly, took apart my engine and brought the head to get resurfaced at a local machine shop. Looks minty!

http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq159/i-eat-woodz/IMG_0045.jpg

These are my new stronger head studs that have been ordered, as well as a new thicker head gasket.

http://sphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/540881_3860428598258_693844040_n.jpg

Dat Turbo ahn..

http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq159/i-eat-woodz/IMG_01061.jpg

http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq159/i-eat-woodz/IMG_01071.jpg

Slight mock up..

http://i443.photobucket.com/albums/qq159/i-eat-woodz/IMG_01081.jpg

http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/523542_10151151831754818_146381835_n.jpg