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mtlbloodshot 03-24-2012 06:05 PM

318is Slicktop M52 SWAP
In the summer of 2010 I went to a BMW CLUB lapping event at Mont Tremblant, Quebec. A few friends that were taking part in the event had two E30 and my cousin with a MINI JCW. I had never been for a spin in a E30 but always appreciated the beauty. That sexy front end. Instantly admired the dashboard layout and the drive, SOLD! Saved up some bread and after 4-5 months on searching/seeing different e30s, I fell upon this.

I paid 3500$ with CLEAN Black leather interior
230 000 KM-142 925 Miles
Rebuilt calipers, new brakes, brake lines,fluid
Billy sports with H&R "lowering" springs
New rad
Tranny Mounts/ Flush
Crack free dash
These are a just few things replaced from previous owner. I was given a folio with the bills.
I decided to start buying parts so the car could be repainted.
Found clean doors from a local add. I went to see the seller, he was fed up of having these parts in his garage, so he sold all this for 100$

Got fed up of the MTECH 1

I needed wheels right? Got these shipped to me.
Avez Type A: 16x7.5 ET 20
16x9 ET 15

I got a used front bumper from a pick and pull for 20$
Spoke to Levent and got, Euro bumper trim all around with Euro grills and new front/back emblems. Thanks for the Tshirt.


mtlbloodshot 03-24-2012 06:06 PM

Late September, I sent out the wheels to be straightened/restored.

Love the outcome.

Now that the car is in storage, I was suffering from a dilemma. Have the car painted or touch the mechanical side. Choice? Motor. A good looking car isnt gonna make it run better. Spoke to a friend which is specialist in VW/AUDI about taking part in this build. He agreed due to the fact that we''re good buds and because he wants to branch out his knowledge into BMW. R3V is the major part of my knowledge on this swap. Im still learning and reading builds every day. Thank you for all the time and effort people take on this forum. Here's what we will be working.

1999 328 M52 from a soft top with 172 000 KM.
Quickly pulled out the tools and started to strip this thing.

A little clean up with the wire wheel

mtlbloodshot 03-24-2012 06:07 PM

mtlbloodshot 03-24-2012 06:08 PM

Having the head rebuilt.

Got a 97 328 driveshaft since Ill be going with 97 M3 transmission (on its way)

I pretty much gave the most important this build. More to come. Here are some random pics from the summer.

mtlbloodshot 03-24-2012 06:08 PM

Monday afternoon, I got to the garage with determination to remove the head from the block. Started by removing the cams and then the timing cover. The pistons look pretty good. The head is gonna be sent out to be rebuilt. Also ordered about 400$ of major parts.
- Chains with Guide Rails and Tensioner
- Head Gasket Kit, Head Studs
- Timing Cover Seal
- Timing Cover Gasket
Will have some pics up once I recieve the parts.

mtlbloodshot 03-24-2012 06:09 PM
M50 Valve Cover Gasket for ODB1 Valve Cover
M52 Head Gasket
Rear/Front Crankshaft Seal
Chain Tensioner Piston
Timing Chain/Oil Pump Chain --- One Chain on back order
Head Bolt Set
All three Timing Guides
All three Timing Cover Gaskets
Timing Chain Tensioner Camshaft

More parts coming in soon and the head will be sent out ASAP

mtlbloodshot 03-24-2012 06:09 PM

Head has been sent out, just waiting for it be ready but in the mean while this is what I did with some help.

Its alot better than when I recieved it

Timing cover fast clean

mtlbloodshot 03-24-2012 06:10 PM

Got the head back today, resurfaced with new valve seals. Got the chains and guides installed.
Thinner profile gasket to bring up the compression

mtlbloodshot 03-24-2012 06:11 PM

I forgot to mention that I picked up some S52 CAMS.

mtlbloodshot 03-24-2012 06:12 PM

This Monday was a big day for me as I set off to get the engine timed. Instead of buying the cam locking tool, I decided to fabricate my own. Using a steel plate, 3 holes and 3 bolts, I was able to lock the cams in the top dead position. Since, my buddy and I have never timed a BMW engine, we used as our step-by-step guide to do it right. Also, a E34 pan arrived. In the box was the pan, suction pipe, dipstick and dipstick tube. Went to visit my baby in storage just to let her warm up.

mtlbloodshot 03-24-2012 06:13 PM

Thanks Levent.. This update is for you.
I chose to keep the stock M52 exhaust manifolds instead of buying the long tubes as I read that they create problems. I had that Air Intake tube holes welded. Sanded and prepared the headers for High Heat Header Paint.

Once those were ready I waited for a nice package from GUTEN to arrive at the my door. The order was brand new studs and copper bolts. The headers were heat wrapped by me just for the look.

So update for today, I needed most of the stuff for the ODB1 swap and instead of buying everything, I found a M50 VANOS for 500$... The block and head wont be needed as all the pulleys. The motor will be stripped ASAP. I also have a red label 413 for sale.

Ceeker 03-24-2012 06:36 PM

nice right up! but just so you know you have a vinyl and not leather interior. :-)

jeremy 03-25-2012 10:25 AM

Put the mtech steering wheel back in.

mtlbloodshot 03-25-2012 03:28 PM


Originally Posted by Ceeker (Post 1555668)
nice right up! but just so you know you have a vinyl and not leather interior. :-)

Ahh its all the same to me lol

mtlbloodshot 03-25-2012 03:29 PM


Originally Posted by jeremy (Post 1555753)
Put the mtech steering wheel back in.

The Mtech was way tooo big so I sold it...

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