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Old 07-28-2013, 05:03 PM   #1
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Love at first sight, e34 #2

hey everyone. been a while since i posted since i havent had anything to post.

as all of you know i had a black 95 e34 525i which was a little rough around the edges but hey, i loved it.
so heres a story for all of you. Prom night i was on my way home from camp fortune at about 2am the first corner after camp fortune is quite a surprise. I was taking it pretty quick then next thing i knew it got tighter, the car last grip in the back and once the tires hit the grass it all went from there. flipped three times then slid a few feet down the ditch on the side and stopped by hitting a tree. didnt realise i was upside down til i undid my seatbelt and smacked my head on the ceiling of the floor. first thing was to make sure my friend was okay and he was fine so we both crawled out of the driver side back window which i had to kick out ( it was already cracked) once we were out we made sure we were okay . the only damage i had was a little rack on my collar bone from the seatbelt and my friend didnt even have a scratch on him.

so now $420 later the car is home from chelsea quebec where it was in an un-monitored scrap yard where a majority of my audio was stolen. i got a good look at the car and the engine bay was almost untouched except for the air box and power steering fluid reservoir where cracked. i decided i would re attach the battery put the car in neutral and see if it would start, and it did ! better than every before haha. that brought my day up cuz destroying the car wasnt a complete loss.

and now to the good part! i was on kijiji and stumbled upon a nice little 520 e34 from italy that had been imported to egypt in 07 then from there it was imported to ottawa in 2012 by the person who had owned it for the last 2 years in egypt. sadly when it got here there was no antifreeze and the head cracked. when i read that part of the description i knew it was destiny ! a perfect shell that has never even seen winter! and a destroyed car with a perfectly running engine and tranny!

so i went to see the 520 asap and when i got there i immediately fell in love with the euro smileys , manual seats, brand new reupholstered interior zero rust basketweaves . everything was just perfect.

so now the 520 is mine and in my driveway. i have all the sevice records but i cant read any of them since theyre arabic, i have the service/user manuals but those are italian!

its going to be a project for sure since ive never done an engine swap
after being in captaine34's turbo 520 i want boost! something about the turbo kicking in is just amazing, feels like a rocket ship or something. anyways it will be a very slow project since im on a part time job budget . first thing is to pull the old engine out and anything else i can salvage from the other e34 then scrap it ( RIP first car). once the engine is out im considering doing a gasket set then once its ready i want to drop it into the car to get everything running. once thats said and done id like to get some coilover since the difference in handling from my old e34 vs Captain e34's is crazy and i love the low/adjust ability of coilovers. theeeen slowly turbo build

if anyone has any suggestions or tips or anything to say about swapping the engine it would be nice since ive never swapped an engine before so ill need all the help i can get.

without further ado heres some pictures!
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:28 PM   #2
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That's a nasty curve, I saw a few people get caught out there when I was in high school. You're extremely lucky to have gotten out unscathed!

That being said, best of luck with the build!
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:45 PM   #3
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wow, i just reread my original post, I really need to reread my posts before i post them. i also need to learn how to edit them. anyways today before the rain hit i got to digging into the 520. I posted a pic of the cracked head. and another pic is a fuse wired to what i think is the ignition relay, clearly the fuse is too big because too high of a current is flowing through and melting the wires. Im pretty sure the fuse has a link to the immobilizer which is also wired directly into the DME/ECU! anyways just a small update for now. hopefully in the next few days ill be pulling the m50tub25 out of the trashed e34 (rip)


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Old 07-30-2013, 02:55 PM   #4
wouldu like some tinfoil?
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wow thats sux (crashing) glad you & your friend were ok.
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:22 AM   #5
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the new e34 looks clean! Good luck with the build
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Old 09-02-2013, 01:37 AM   #6
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finally a bit of an update. its been slow progress but its getting there.

gotta get this thing gone in a few days to get bylaw off my ass.
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:32 AM   #7
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please resize ur imgaes from now on lmao!


1987 BMW 535i (Sold)
1988 BMW 535i (Turbo Build)
1990 BMW 520i (Turbo Build)
1991 BMW 520i (Beater)
1991 BMW 535i (Burnout Beast)
1994 BMW 540i (Scrap)
2009 BMW 335i (Daily Driver)
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Old 10-02-2013, 01:10 PM   #8
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now that i know how i will lol.
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