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lab rat 09-01-2011 12:35 AM

Project: Sleeper wagon
 
I love my 325ci with ESS TS stage 1. But you can never have enough power and I fell in love with wagons (and also have two kids now).
I finally moved into a house with a garage so it's time to start the next project.

Objective: build innocent looking station wagon that will do 0-60 in less than 5 seconds.

Plan:
Phase 1 - buy an e46 wagon, swap in M54B30 and supercharge it.
Phase 2 - upgrade suspension, brakes, diff (LSD) and transmission

Progress:
Find Alpine White wagon with manual transmission - done
Find low mileage M54B30 - done
Buy headers and get them coated - done
Remove the supercharger from the coupe - done
Order Stage 2.5 upgrade from ESS - soon
Order other goodies like new water pump, expansion tank, new MAF, etc ... - ordered
Change all gaskets and seals on the engine including VANOS - waiting for parts
Swap the engine and install supercharger - I don't know how much time I'm gonna have. It will take months rather than weeks.

Here is what the car looks like now (minus the ugly roof rack). I will bring it to mostly stock look but I might keep the M3 bumper for intercooler airflow.

http://www.pazouti.com/cars/w1.jpg

http://www.pazouti.com/cars/w2.jpg

http://www.pazouti.com/cars/w3.jpg

zcchen 09-01-2011 02:02 AM

How do you find such an awesome stick shift white wagon!!!!! So jealous!!!!!! you lucky man! Turbo it!

BimmerBrakes 09-01-2011 02:40 AM

:excited: to see this BUILD! Glad we can be apart of it :D

nickr519 09-01-2011 02:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zcchen (Post 13542267)
How do you find such an awesome stick shift white wagon!!!!! So jealous!!!!!! you lucky man! Turbo it!

yeaaah buddy! That thing could achieve serious sleeper status. :evil:
sup ;)

MarcusLSB 09-01-2011 03:55 AM

I'm anxious to see this progress. Thats a clean looking wagon!

TArse 09-01-2011 04:15 AM

Sub'd

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try M3 09-01-2011 04:23 AM

take the ugly e36 mirrors off too. but can't wait to see more :thumbup:

McSpeed 09-01-2011 07:18 AM

Sleeper wagon - yes! Awesome!

DubVersion 09-01-2011 09:45 AM

.. now that you're swapping engines, why not upgrade the engine pistons/rods and go stage 3. Even more power !
I'm saving up to - one day - buy the M5 Touring and supercharging it. Shame you guys don't have that model in the US.

Greetings,

Jeroen

lab rat 09-01-2011 10:34 AM

zcchen - it wasn't easy to find. Took me about 9 months. Yes, it has sport package too :)
DubVersion - stage 3 might happen one day but I don't want to spend that much money on the motor. I need to keep something for brakes and suspension. We miss out on some great cars that are available in Europe and Japan. We didn't even get the e46 330i touring.

SweTurbo 09-01-2011 05:46 PM

Looks great , i've seen a few norweigan wagons with S54's(cant wait to see how the M54 will do against them) :D

Oh and please get rid of the net in the bumper , looks rice :(

Wifes E46 Wagon 09-03-2011 08:30 AM

I've been thinking about doing this to my wifes 2000 323 wagon. Go for it!

lutzperformance 09-03-2011 09:34 AM

Sweet idea, the wagons are so bad to the bone... I'm still in love with the E34 M5 Wagon that we have locally.... so awesome!

lab rat 09-12-2011 10:18 PM

Headers are here. Thanks Anthony, they look great. I'll be dropping them off for coating later this week.
Engine is still not here though :(

http://www.pazouti.com/cars/w4.jpg

BimmerBrakes 09-13-2011 02:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lab rat (Post 13577891)
Headers are here. Thanks Anthony, they look great. I'll be dropping them off for coating later this week.
Engine is still not here though :(

http://www.pazouti.com/cars/w4.jpg

Awesome :) Keep me posted! Excited what you got plan...

lab rat 10-01-2011 10:24 AM

Update:
The engine is finally here. Found great deal on stock sideskirts. Started to remove the supercharger. I had it installed last year so doing it myself is great new experience.

http://www.pazouti.com/cars/w5.JPG

http://www.pazouti.com/cars/w6.JPG

P.S. Holy crap the pic quality. I'll use the real camera next time.

bigjae1976 10-01-2011 10:32 AM

Awesome...I would LOVE to do something like this.

Ky///m3 10-01-2011 04:23 PM

That thing will be awesome. The hardest part was just finding the manual wagon lol

AndyN 10-06-2011 11:08 AM

Are you using most of the same parts from the 325 TS2? Does the upgrade cost much from M54b25 TS2 to M54b30 TS2?

Gheybe 10-06-2011 11:16 AM

Awesome!!!!
I hope you get M Tech II for the wagon.


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