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Old 10-08-2015, 12:50 AM   #1
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E36 LS Powered Track Car Build Thread



Hello everyone, seeing that this is my first post here I figure I would introduce myself. My name is Dan and I am based out of Scarborough. I am an automotive tech by trade. I have mainly been around the Toyota and Nissan community for many years and recently decided to take the plunge into a BMW.

I picked up this E36 earlier this summer, it is a 328is with the M52b28. I ended up putting together a simple turbo setup which was really peppy. Unfortunately it was making more torque then the stock clutch could handle and ended up burning it. All my turbo goodies and BMW parts are up for grabs which I will post up soon in the classified section.

In this thread I will be documenting my progress on this build from start to finish, hopefully will be able to finish it for next season. Will be posting up some pictures real soon
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Old 10-08-2015, 09:30 AM   #2
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Hey my name is Dan so you will have to go by something else, perhaps Jeff?

Good luck on the LS swap. I don't assume you need any pointers but I have done it twice already so let me know if you need any advise.

What are the motor plans?
Are you going to buy or build a fitment kit?
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Old 10-08-2015, 11:57 AM   #3
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As you can see this is my car with the turbo setup. LS block fresh from machine shop.

I will most likely be fabricating my own mounts considering pre made kits run around $1000 cad.
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Old 10-08-2015, 12:13 PM   #4
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Ha, now we have two Dans with LS swaps. I'm looking forward to seeing some progress!
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Old 10-08-2015, 06:44 PM   #5
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Nice block! Good luck with everything looking foreword to progress reports!
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Old 10-12-2015, 12:49 PM   #6
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Hey my name is Dan so you will have to go by something else, perhaps Jeff?

Good luck on the LS swap. I don't assume you need any pointers but I have done it twice already so let me know if you need any advise.

What are the motor plans?
Are you going to buy or build a fitment kit?
Motor plans will be a surprise to build suspense I will spill the beans on that once those parts come in.

Which oil sump setup did you find works best with the E36 chassis?
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Old 10-12-2015, 11:59 PM   #7
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Another update, pulled out engine and making a few measurements for mounts. The stock engine is actually offset 1" towards passenger side so I will be keeping that offset in mind when building my mounts. Also the clearance between the steering shaft and brake booster will need to be kept in mind. I will need to look for a sump that will allow me to position the motor as low as possible in the chassis, seems so far the F body sump looks like that best OEM pan to use. I will also go over some aftermarket options as well.
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Old 10-14-2015, 12:20 PM   #8
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Motor plans will be a surprise to build suspense I will spill the beans on that once those parts come in.

Which oil sump setup did you find works best with the E36 chassis?
Ah, I look forward to finding out.

I used a standard LS F-Body pan with the F-body parts but its probably not useful for you as my mount kit was built for it. Really your desired engine placement will determine what you need.

If I was going to do it again I would have at least added the improved racing oil pan baffle to help protect against oil starvation on long/hard G corners. Ideally Id prefer to go with a accumulator/dry sump setup but I couldn't sustain the costs.
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Old 10-27-2016, 04:14 PM   #9
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I'm actually in the beginning stages of doing the same to my E36 M3. I need to sell off my engine and tranny first though as it's going to get a bit pricey.
I started a thread with details on my engine; with the upgrades it dyno'd at 354WHP. I'm working with a drag race motor builder who's been building
race motors since the 70's so the end hp figures should be fun.
Let me know what my engine should sell for so I have an idea of what a reasonable offer would be like.

Thanks

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Old 10-28-2016, 01:10 AM   #10
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I almost forgot about this thread! I made mounts and installed engine. Next step will be wiring. Should have it track ready for this season.

I sold my old setup for 1800 with the turbo stuff.
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