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Old 02-07-2010, 01:22 PM   #1001
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Im just waiting on parts to come in.



Still to come in are tie rod ends, temp switch, SS components, spark plugs, and a few other things.







Removing the rack











Out





I also finished modifing the kuckle but my batteries died. Ill have pics in the next update.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:59 PM   #1002
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I got a little bit of work done today, but the damn CSB was hardto remove so I need to get a bearing puller. The rain poured on me while removing the oil pan, so I had to call it quits.



I got a few parts in today. The SS kit, and temp guage are the main things.







Removing the Water pump, T stat, and belts



Off





New ones on





A/C belt on





I found this cracked so I need to buy a new one tomorow





Old Temp guage



New temo guage installed



Note stock e36 shifter to z4 3.0 shifter





Installing the parts









Removing Traction Control







One of my biggest fears when starting this was losing track of tubes and wires.

Does anyone know where this one goes?

Ends here



Starts here





And this one on the e36







I almost got the pan off before it started to pour. This was the last pic I could take





Thanks.
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Old 02-10-2010, 08:40 PM   #1003
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Today I got in the new pulley and tie rod end.





I also rented a bearing puller to get that damn CSB off.





Pics of the process



Off



New one on





A/C belt, and WP pulley on





Now on to the e34 oil pan



With the pan off this was the best time to deal with the oil pump nut



Nut off



New nut Thread locked on, and the threading messed up



e34 oil pick up tube





Sanded the pan and block to clean it off



Copper gasket applied



Pan on







Belt on





Dip stick installed.





Thats it for today.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:55 PM   #1004
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nice to see you started on the engine!

reminds me when i brought back to "life" my car
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Old 02-11-2010, 04:31 AM   #1005
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Can't wait to see more improvments. Specially E30 is waiting outside for warmer days and I havent decided yet wich way I will go with her.
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:03 AM   #1006
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great job on your E30
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:57 PM   #1007
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nice to see you started on the engine!

reminds me when i brought back to "life" my car

Thanks, and thank you for following this from the begining.

Good memories, huh?

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Can't wait to see more improvments. Specially E30 is waiting outside for warmer days and I havent decided yet wich way I will go with her.
Thanks, go crazy and dont look back

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great job on your E30
Thank you
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:57 PM   #1008
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Today I got a little bit of work done. I got the CABs off but have no pics of that. I also got the headers installed.



Stock





Removed



Test fit





Mounted





I noticed that I would hit the heat sheild on the mount



That had to go



It was still close, so there were spots that I had to smooth out





Done





Thats all today
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Old 02-12-2010, 07:24 AM   #1009
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Great Progress!!! How long before you think she'll be up and running again?
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Old 02-12-2010, 10:08 AM   #1010
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Nice progress...makes me miss my e30. Car was wayy easier to work on than my e46.
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:08 AM   #1011
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Great Progress!!! How long before you think she'll be up and running again?
Thanks Randy. Soon, I just have to drop it in then do the wiring. I am not working on it but a few hours here and there, so in the next week or two.

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Thanks, yes it is, lol.
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:09 AM   #1012
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I got a little bit of work done the past few days.



I took off the valve cover to refinish it.







Off









Taking off the gunk





Process







Then I found this.





I need to get that welded up real quick. It was a crack that was filled with JB weld.





I also worked on the front end

New tierod





Installed





Removing the control arm





Old one out





Compare





Process







Installed



Now on to the e36 steering rack





Tie rods on.



Installed







Removing the driveshaft



Taking off the cover



CSB



CSB unbolted



Taken out





I missed a gasket on the oil pickup tube before so I had to remove the pan again





Off



Cleaning the old gasket



Gasket on the pickup



Pickup mounted





Cleaning the block





New gasket on





All done





As soon as the Valve cover is welded up, the motor is ready to drop in.
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Old 02-18-2010, 10:40 PM   #1013
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Great job so far.
Love the aluminum floor jack too? What brand is it? I want one.
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Old 02-18-2010, 10:55 PM   #1014
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very cool, nice update!
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:06 PM   #1015
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Great job so far.
Love the aluminum floor jack too? What brand is it? I want one.
That looks a lot like my lighted Harbor Freight jack.
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:37 AM   #1016
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This is probably a basic question, but when you retrofit a E36 motor into an E30, or even the steering rack for that matter, how do you know if it will fit? Are they the same size, do they have the same mountings, will they work optimally when retrofitted, etc?
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Lookin good... can't wait to see the motor in
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Old 02-22-2010, 12:42 PM   #1018
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:16 AM   #1019
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Great job so far.
Love the aluminum floor jack too? What brand is it? I want one.

Thank you. It is a Harbor Freight Jack. They have coupons in the back of the car magazines ( automobile, car & driver, motor trend...) I really reccomend it.
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very cool, nice update!
Thanks buddy
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That looks a lot like my lighted Harbor Freight jack.
Yep, I just didnt get the lighted one
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This is probably a basic question, but when you retrofit a E36 motor into an E30, or even the steering rack for that matter, how do you know if it will fit? Are they the same size, do they have the same mountings, will they work optimally when retrofitted, etc?
These particular swaps have been done so many times that they are tried and true. You could look up all of the info and follow step by step instructions.

Eveything needs to be modified, but imho since everything is put out there to read it is not so bad. Plus the modifications are not too labor intensive. It is more like putting certain parts together.
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Lookin good... can't wait to see the motor in
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:17 AM   #1020
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I got a little bit of work done the past days.

Since I had modified the stock tranny brace to accept the tilt with the new motor. I had to re weld it back to its stock location.





I also decided to change the Rear main seal, Pilot bearing, and throw out bearing. The clutch has been changed before and is in good condition.



Tranny off


Old RMS out, new one in





I took out the wire harness finally, does anyone know what this harness connects to? It was connected and I could follow it, but I am limited in space right now.



The pilot bearing was too small


The throw out bearing was also wrong, so thats it for today.
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