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Old 06-13-2013, 09:12 PM   #1
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My M60 powered E30

I took my E30 out on another shakedown run today and I thought I would take a few pictures and post with a few specs. (sorry for the cell pics and the dirty car but it's not ready for a big photo shoot anyways)




I bought the car 3 years ago as a shell. (big mistake buying a shell) The body was very clean but every bolt on panel was rusted out badly and has been replaced.



The car started life as a lachsilber 1990 325i auto coupe.

The specs as it sits today.

Painted BMW British Racing Green (same as E36 M3 GT and some E34 M540s). The pictures don't do the colour justice because it was dark out on both days.



M60B40 engine. The mounts are Johnny D specials. The subframe is in its original spot and the pan is not notched.
6 spd trans from a E39 540. The flywheel, clutch and shift parts are all OEM E39 M5 stuff.
It is running a 3.25LSD diff right now but 1st is very short so we'll see how long that lasts.



The brakes are all stock E30 parts with Zimmerman rotors and Hawk HPS pads. I went with the E34 remote booster but no linkage. I mounted the booster on a 13 deg angle from the centre line and modified the pedal mount to match. I connected the pedal and booster with a 12mm OD steel shaft and a pivot on the booster side. It works well so far.



For cooling I tried a E28 535 rad but the rad I have leaks and I didn't like the hose configuration. Now I'm using 2.5" thick aftermarket Toyota Celica GT4S rad. The rad has a greater surface area then a E28 or E36 M3 rad because it doesn't have end tanks, they are top and bottom mounted. The centrally mounted spout also clears the oil filter nicely. I have a 16" ebay pusher fan mounted. (I just found out its not working so I'll have to do some digging)



The suspension is all new. It sits on a 60/40 ST kit with Tokico shocks (temp stuff until I decide what to do in the long run) and it has Eibach sway bars.

The wheels and tires are VW Corrado 15" steelies widened to 8.5 up front running 205/50 tires and 9.0 out back running 225/50 tires.

The interior is still a mess but at least usable. I have a 14" wood Dino wheel and VW MKII valour Recaro seats on Johnny D mounts.



That's all I can think of right now.

The car runs fine however the fan is not working and the alignment is way off. It also has an ABS light that I really don't want to chase right now.

I'll get these little things sorted out then I need to get it safetied and e-tested.

Let me know what you think.
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:32 PM   #2
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Looks awesome dude! Bet she's a beast! Tight fit for the rad eh? How's your fan wired? You've done other e30 work? Where'd you get the inspiration for such a project?
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:55 PM   #3
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Thanks. This is my first BMW. I was into MK1 VWs years ago. When I was looking for a project car I had an SVT Focus as a DD (great car) and I didn't want another FWD rev happy car. I wanted RWD and more power.

I love the look of the E30 so it was a natural fit.

I actually wanted to do a S38 swap but I couldn't find a motor for a reasonable price for the life of me. I didn't want a 24v swap because it was just to common (I have regretted not going 24v a few times). At the time Jonsku's white M-Tech2 M60 cabrio was just being finished and a few threads popped up on e30.de. I thought, no big deal lets do it. How much harder than a VW 16v swap can it really be???

3 years later (I took a few breaks and the body/paint took too long) but here it is.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:32 PM   #4
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Nice ride man! are you in Stoney creek? Never seen this car around. But I guess the grass is always greener on the other side, I sometimes wish I did a v8 rather than my 24v swap.. lool
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:20 PM   #5
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Nice to see it got done, and my motor went to an amazing swap! I wish more people would do the same! This thing must be a rocket!
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:57 AM   #6
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Wow! Can't wait to see where this goes.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:11 AM   #7
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:25 PM   #8
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Nice ride man! are you in Stoney creek? Never seen this car around. But I guess the grass is always greener on the other side, I sometimes wish I did a v8 rather than my 24v swap.. lool
The car is not legally on the road yet. I hope to get it safetied and e-tested soon. I have seen your car commuting in the morning down the QEW!

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Nice to see it got done, and my motor went to an amazing swap! I wish more people would do the same! This thing must be a rocket!
The motor is great is started right up after sitting that long. I only had a mild vacuum leak in the throttle body gasket.

I really hope someone buys that e34 540/6 that you have as a complete set to do this swap. Having the entire car or front clip would make the swap so much easier and faster.

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Wow! Can't wait to see where this goes.
Hopefully on the street between the white lines very soon.

Thanks for all the props.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:46 AM   #9
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The car is not legally on the road yet. I hope to get it safetied and e-tested soon. I have seen your car commuting in the morning down the QEW!
Yup that would be me! Let me know once you're road legal, I'd love to meet up for coffee and see the car in person
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Who did you have do your driveshaft and what was the price?
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:56 PM   #11
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Cardanic Drive-Line & Machine Shop did the drive shaft. I had the front section of a E39 540/6 drive shaft cut off and welded to an E30 drive shaft. They replaced both U joints, the bearing and balanced the shaft. They did a great job and was one of the few places that would even touch it.

Sorry but I don't like to quote cash prices that people give me.
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:45 PM   #12
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I like very much! Great work! This JohnnyD Mount Building Co. must have been busy, you used a lot of their parts!
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How did you mount the radiator(what modification was required)? Looks like a mishimoto MMRAD-T200-94?

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So now we have two stupid fast green sleeper BMW's in the GTA (or close enough!)lol
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:13 AM   #15
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How did you mount the radiator(what modification was required)? Looks like a mishimoto MMRAD-T200-94?
I bought the rad at...

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/1990-1994-TOY...2c8f3e&vxp=mtr

because it was cheap and I'm still not 100% confident the Toyota rad is the best choice. Once I know it works (see comments below) on hot days I'll post more details in the popular V8 swap forums as a reference. The other issue with the Mishimoto rad, is it doesn't have a drain plug, only the sensor bung.

According to the Toyota guys the best aftermarket rad is a Koyo but it's $$$.

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This JohnnyD Mount Building Co. must have been busy, you used a lot of their parts!
Damn right!

When I started the swap the only off the shelf parts were the e30.de mounts with spacers. I bought a welder off Kijiji for $200 and started fabbin stuff.

WARNING!! To all those that want try this swap you WILL need to fabricate small brackets and mounts. I couldn't imagine not having a welder, grinders with cut off wheels, jigsaw with sheet metal blades, good hole saws and a vice and starting this swap. Now a days there are a lot of great parts available by Garagistic and I highly recommend you use off the shelf parts if you are not confident in your welding skills but there are a lot of little things that rarely get discussed in forums that will need little brackets.

Now back to work on the car! I need to figure out how to bleed the coolant system properly. I'm pretty sure that is my fan problem because the wiring is fine.
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