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Old 05-07-2013, 05:19 AM   #1
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Any other mechanics?

Are there any other mechanics on this forum?

And no, I don't mean people who work in an office and change their own oil and spark plugs.

I work as a diesel technician for a Ford dealer. I am new to BMWs (had a trick 1992 VW Jetta before I bought my e46) and have been building, selling, and trading cars all my life.

I have found that there aren't many people that own e46s that are professional mechanics.

I'm not trying to bash D.I.Y.ers or inexperienced people (we all had to start somewhere, mine was rebuilding 1971 Ford F-100 my dad gave me at 10-18 years old), just wondering if there's anyone else who works in a shop and owns one.

This thread:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=985694

Had me shaking my head. Some of the replies make me wonder how cars have lasted so long without underbelly shields! I have a 1948 international flatbed that still runs, no shields!

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Old 05-07-2013, 05:48 AM   #2
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Any other mechanics?

I'm a 9 year tech with 2 years at BMW Jalbert (Montreal before it closed), 2 years at Honda (Civic Sources) and 5 years at an Indy shop on the outskirts of Montreal.

Built 2 chassis for DMCC (Drift Mania Canadian Championship), built 2 chassis for CTCC (Canadian Touring Car Championship) and 1 chassis for CRC (Canadian Rally Championship).

In regards to your comment on not running belly pans... I'm a perfectionist and obsessed with precision. With my background in racing, more specifically CTCC, I can tell you the advantages of having the belly pan (we used belly pans that were also front splitters. They extended 8-10" from the bumper's lip and angled between 17 and 22 degrees) and I can tell you the disadvantages to not having one (especially when the car's undercarriage is designed to have one).

I think a safe thing to say is:
- if your car came with it from the factory, do not remove it.

You can modify it (to have a bigger access hole for the oil drain plug).

You can extend it (to have a longer pan extending to the transmission. Main gain would be ease of rapid air passage under the chassis).

You can change it's material (I have seen a few guys who have produced homemade fibreglass moulds and cranked out ghetto carbon fiber pans. In CRC we used aluminum reinforced carbon).

You can even make it a diaper (yes a diaper. While in Toronto during a DMCC event, our engine have up the ghost and started puking oil from the dipstick tube, front and rear crank seals and so on {thank you Tial wastegate for getting jammed wide open!} so we lined the splitter/belly pan with adult reusable diapers and voila! An engine diaper).
But you can't remove it.



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Old 05-07-2013, 11:48 AM   #3
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Re: Any other mechanics?

Nice to see another tech on here. I haven't had quite the fabrication experience you have, but I'm building a 1972 F-100 step side with a 2003 crown Vic front suspension and a 4 linked 8.8 from a explorer sport trac.

I just believe belly pans are there for oil/fluid drips, a little bit of aerodynamics, and mostly to keep stuff from going up into the engine bay. I don't think there's any real harm to running without one, unless something flies up and hits the engine on the highway or something.

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Old 05-07-2013, 12:13 PM   #4
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There was just one of these threads like a month ago.
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:17 PM   #5
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There was just one of these threads like a month ago.
That's nice.

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Old 05-07-2013, 12:19 PM   #6
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http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=837491

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Old 05-07-2013, 12:48 PM   #7
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I never knew an e30 touring existed... lol.

Edit: I probably have, but just mistook them for the e34 touring.

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Old 05-07-2013, 12:51 PM   #8
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:52 PM   #9
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Sort of want.

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Old 05-07-2013, 04:06 PM   #10
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