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Old 06-17-2013, 12:03 AM   #601
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Nice welds, I so need a gas mig welder, the flux core unit I have is just messy splatter city

So what plans for the motor? M20 fly wheel, exhaust cam adjustment, chip?

Also what gears r u running in the diff.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:51 AM   #602
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:18 AM   #603
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:23 PM   #604
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Nice welds, I so need a gas mig welder, the flux core unit I have is just messy splatter city

So what plans for the motor? M20 fly wheel, exhaust cam adjustment, chip?

Also what gears r u running in the diff.
Yes, the mig does an okay job, it helps out with noobs like myself spit out some acceptable welds I need to get a handle on tig welding, it would definitely have come in handy for this manifold and turned out much nicer.

Plans are just to leave it alone for now. It already came with a MarkD chip (or so I was told, haven't looked inside yet) so it should be okay as is. I do plan to do some sort of flywheel, because theres no way I'll use that dual mass shit, and I'd like to reuse my race clutch. I was thinking to swap the ring gear on my M10 flywheel, but I haven't looked to see if that was possible yet.

The diff I have in the car right now is a 3.91. However, part of the difficulties of the swap were because of my decision to use an E36 trans because of gearing purposes. It should be nice and lively with this combo!

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Got the exhaust header finished up tonight! Turned out as good as it could considering it was all done with a mig welder! Had to heat the #4 runner to get it to sit right, but everything is now minty without any major stress! Paint tomorrow, then install!

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Old 07-16-2013, 11:24 PM   #605
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Progress is slow... but progress is progress, right?!

I asked the Dad to give me a hand with adapting the alternator which was a lot more hassle than anticipated. We used an alt mount bracket from an E36, and cut the crap out of it on the milling machine to make it smaller to clear the steering box, and also had some spacers and a few odds and ends made to get the alt to sit at roughly the same spacing as the rest of the pulleys. It turned out really well.



Started to get cracking on the radiator mounting situation. Found some scrap metal bits and went to town! With some scraps from the roll cage piping, and some leftover square tubing from some previous project, I made some bases to place the E36 318 rad in the front end of the car. That red cross brace you can see in the picture above that used to locate the E30 318 rad was chopped off.

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Old 07-20-2013, 12:49 AM   #606
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Lots more progress... but not much pics. Basically, all thats left to do before I can fire this bitch up is wiring (all of it) and exhaust. Rad is in, flywheel/trans/driveshaft installed, shifter fabbed up, etc etc.

Mounted the coils under the dash to keep the engine bay a bit tidier. ECU also mounted on the right.



Richie donated a shifter base to the cause, and it was a perfectly clean candidate to chop up. I ended up cutting the front part off, and basically bolting this entire base straight to the chassis. Shifter/linkage feels okay... I'd prefer the throws to be a bit longer... but what bugs me more is the side to side play. Its better than 75% of the BMWs I see everyday, but its not acceptable for a racecar IMO. I will attend to new pins and bushings once the car is up and running. But at least I can select gears now!

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Old 07-21-2013, 12:11 AM   #607
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Finished the exhaust system today. Header mounted, looks great!



Rad mounted. Still have to bolt the dip stick on, thats why its leaning against the top hose.



Pic of the entire engine bay as it sits. Going to tackle wiring tomorrow, then I'm almost done!!

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Old 07-22-2013, 12:11 PM   #608
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whoa, engine bay looks nice and clean - and you have a TON of room! keep it up!
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:23 PM   #609
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:25 PM   #610
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:31 PM   #611
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^ Thanks guys!

I had originally planned to take it to Mosport for a lapping day last Wednesday, but I just didn't have enough time to get everything sorted out on it. After I knew I couldn't make it, I sort of just gave up on it. Until yesterday. Wiring is done, kinda hack, but at least it starts, and I can move the car around. Just sorted the throttle cable this even by playing with the stops, and creating some other tabs and such to get everything operating properly. Goal for the end of this week is to tidy the wiring that it doesn't look so bad.

Anyways, so the motor runs, sounds okay I guess. Kind of noisy at the front like a chain noise or tensioner, whatever is in that area, but I think I need to run it a bit more before I make any assumptions on it as I've only run it for less than a minute so far. I am eager to drive it, but damn, it sounds like the epitome of Fart can, ricer, etc etc. The sound this motor emits out the exhaust sounds like faaarking JUNK! I need to get some mufflers ASAP for this thing!

Pics at the end of the week when its tidy and I've attempted at least a bit of a cosmetic restoration to the outer engine covers so it doesn't look so 'junkyard'
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Here it is!! Swap officially DONE! Just now to attend to a couple small issues like shifter bushings, misc gauge sending units, etc etc. But at least its in drivable condition... time to find a track day to test this bitch out!

Kurt came by today to help finish up some of the small details like wrapping the harness, getting everything situated so it looks all nice and cozy in the bay like its supposed to. Also made a small 'muffler' insert today out of an old Ansa exhaust tip... definitely helped get rid of most of the 'ricer' noise that this engine makes. It looks strange, but at least the sound is livable now.







Not sure why this pic got sideways, but oh well!

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Old 08-06-2013, 01:35 AM   #613
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That harness looks sick.
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:42 AM   #614
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Wow clean!!!!

Come to the lapping next tuesday!
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:33 AM   #615
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How do you get the aluminum covers clean ??
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