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EuroNut 11-08-2010 03:28 PM

1984 318i Build (1jz content)
Hi guys, I've always loved e30's and had always planned to get one. Recently I bought myself an 84 318i with very minimal rust as a project car. A few weeks and a bunch of research later I picked up a 1jz gte motor, tranny, ecu, and harness to be swapped in over the winter.

Here is a list of everything that will be going in over the winter:
-1jz gte stock tt motor
-r154 5 speed transmission
-3.73 lsd differential
-custom driveshaft
-28x12x3 front mount intercooler
-Greddy rs BOV and turbo timer
-custom 3" downpipe and exhaust
-16gal. fuel cell
-255lph pump
-e34 brake booster

After all that is done I plan to tackle the suspension and brakes.

Anyways, enough with me talking. on to the pictures
This is the way it looked when I bought it:

Then we moved it out to the shop and the work began:

blk3 11-08-2010 10:18 PM

cool, good luck man lookig forward to seeing some progress

EuroNut 11-09-2010 09:16 AM

Picked up some more goodies
And cleaned up the diff a little bit before replacing the fluid and re-installing it.

craz azn 11-09-2010 11:05 AM

If you need rear trailing arms with discs, w/ or w/o ABS, I got a set for ya... I am eagerly looking to see this build finished, looks interesting!

EuroNut 11-09-2010 12:45 PM

Thanks craz I'll keep that in mind.

Rear end is installed now, tonight I'm de-greasing the engine bay and getting it ready for a slight shave while I wait for my intercooler.

defaultName 11-09-2010 01:18 PM

I was tempted to look at this car when it was for sale.

I'm happy to see it's in good hands.

What colour is that?

EuroNut 11-09-2010 02:17 PM

I don't think it's an oem colour. it was originally matter though. It's getting a 100% respray next year after I get 91 bumpers.

defaultName 11-09-2010 06:06 PM


Originally Posted by EuroNut (Post 1463588)
I don't think it's an oem colour

I was looking at another 1984 318i and it looked like the same colour. The ad said Baltic Blau and it looked green like yours in the picture. Maybe thats what colour yours is.

JINT 11-09-2010 08:02 PM

looking forward to new pics

EuroNut 11-10-2010 05:05 PM

Today I dropped the 1jz in just to check clearances and to get an idea of how the mounts need to be fabricated.

The motor will sit lower, I just need a front sump oil pan as right now it sits on my crossmember

Mounts line up perfectly, I just need to extend the mount arms that are bolted to the motor and install some poly bushings.

And the 16 gal fuel cell in it's new home

EuroNut 11-18-2010 09:38 AM

ok I've been trying to save some funds for the build so in the mean time I've prepped the bay by removing the crazy amount of factory seam sealer, removing all unnecessary brackets and bolts, and smoothing everything out before painting it black. I've also rerouted the headlight harness through the driver side fender, and the fuse box power wire behind the firewall for a cleaner look. Pictures will be added shortly.

Right now I'm prepping my motor to be dropped in...for this i still need an e28 booster, a clutch/flywheel, new timing/serpentine belts, and some gaskets. After all that is on I'll be ordering pre-made swap mounts to avoid any headaches. keep checking back for updates.

EuroNut 11-18-2010 05:37 PM

picture update:
smoothed and primed
relocated brake line.
Painted. you can see how I ran the power wire for the fuse box (at the battery tray)
Notice no headlight harness in the bay
Once the motor is ready to go in, I'll update again with some more pics.

SamE30e 11-19-2010 12:12 AM

Looks awesome. I seriously considered putting a 1j in my E30, but I never had the time space or resources to do it. I actually was going to go look at that car for a winter beater haha.

Good luck


EuroNut 11-19-2010 05:28 PM

Thanks! just looking over my options in the begining I figured for not too much more hassle than an m50 swap I get 297hp with no engine or turbo modifications. And i found a good deal on the motor so...

it seems that a lot of people looked at the add when the car was for sale. It was also a steal IMO.

bmwconnect 11-19-2010 06:04 PM

nice work!!

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