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sheyworth 03-23-2012 10:33 AM

Looking for some knowledgable hands
So, I'm having major issues with my automatic transmission on my 1996 e36 328is. I have the ability to get the parts to replace the torque converter and a better condition tranny.

Was wondering if anyone was willing to help me do a swap? I've never done anything close to that and need some knowledgable hands. I know going to a shop is going to cost me 3 arms and a leg. I'm willing to pay anyone for their time, (I was thinking $100 for the day).

If anyone is interested, please let me know!


nate_s89 03-23-2012 11:10 AM

This is not an easy replacement to do. Especially without a hoist and a transmission jack. I have done the auto to manual swap in my driveway and it wasn't exactly fun. Do you have any tools?
You might want to think about removing everything but the transmission, towing it to a shop, having them do just the tranny swap, and then you completing the rest of the buttoning up. And if your going to be dropping the tranny anyway, why not do the manual swap?

sheyworth 03-23-2012 11:12 AM

Either way. Was considering the swap. If anyone wants to help with a swap -- that's also something I'm willing to try.

nate_s89 03-23-2012 11:22 AM

Id suggest to go for the swap. If your going as far as to drop the tranny, might as well put in something that's going to last. Plus the manual tranny is much easier to put back in then the auto.

cormier 03-23-2012 11:28 AM

+1 on going for the swap. Much more straightforeword, cheaper, easier to repair in the future -- and more fun too right! lol I've got an extra G250 or 260 if you need one too

325isStephen 03-23-2012 09:50 PM

I've also got a trans for your car, a zf from a 97 m3, shoot me a pm if your interested.

cormier 03-23-2012 10:27 PM

^^ take his it's better lol

sheyworth 03-24-2012 06:38 PM


Originally Posted by 325isStephen (Post 1555531)
I've also got a trans for your car, a zf from a 97 m3, shoot me a pm if your interested.

Can't PM yet since I don't have the amount of posts. Are you interested in helping me swap?

sheyworth 03-24-2012 06:40 PM

I lied, I can PM. Are either of you with the trannies able to help do the swap? It's great to purchase this wonderful piece of metal from you guys, but honestly it's just a wonderful piece of metal to me haha.

BmW1819 03-26-2012 08:35 PM

Tow it to my house ill do it lol

sheyworth 03-26-2012 09:42 PM

Sent you a PM.

sheyworth 04-11-2012 11:41 PM

Still looking for people interested. Like I said I'm willing to pay a bit for the helping hands. PM me if interested.

cormier 04-12-2012 08:58 AM

You have the tools with you so you just need a hand or you need to go somewhere with jacks and a compressor?

sheyworth 04-12-2012 09:03 AM


Originally Posted by cormier (Post 1559654)
You have the tools with you so you just need a hand or you need to go somewhere with jacks and a compressor?

I don't have the tools but I wouldn't mind purchasing some of them depending on the cost, because then I'd have them for future projects, and currently I don't have a lift, no. What tools would I need?

nate_s89 04-12-2012 09:18 AM

A range of sockets, ratchets, breaker bar, inverted torx sockets, clutch alignment tool, torque wrench, transmission jack, car jack, jack stands (or a lift). And an air compressor with an impact gun would be a huge help. And a long, long extension (or several smaller extensions).
Do you have all the parts to do the conversion yet? I would help you out if a couple other guys helped as well, definitely wouldn't tackle this again by myself. I have all the tools minus the transmission jack.

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