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Old 01-31-2016, 07:55 PM   #41
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OK, just have a little patience with me. I think my copies are currently in storage (trying sell my house and build a new one).
no worries I am going to upload my fab notes from today to try to keep me on track now that people are taking interest
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Old 01-31-2016, 08:10 PM   #42
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todays build includes this, with a threaded and vented aluminum cap and .1" thick walls currently drawing out the pieces to see how small of a plate I can order. bracket for this and the A/C relocation kit is laid out as well. no photos as its a cut a build type project



rough location before i start the new hard and soft pipe bends / placement
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:37 PM   #43
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Old 02-02-2016, 07:32 AM   #44
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Why relocate the AC?

Function and Form. I would like this to be a mild VIP build so A/C is a must and simply I live in Florida at the moment ahah
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Old 02-02-2016, 09:53 PM   #45
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pretty stoked about how smooth everything is coming together at this point!

UPDATE

I wanted to move my A/C lines, condenser(I think its called?) and washer fluid to the ABS pocket so here we go

this is what I was thinking, obviously the lines will need to be re-bent.


from here I used a bunch of old angle and box steel to make up a quick bracket, this is another 1 of a million reasons I keep all my left over nuts and bolts from projects I have yet to buy new hardware.





here it is installed. this piece will also hold the mounting points for the washer fluid tank I am making. (material is in the mail) I am going to actually have to weld the tank aluminum nice. I have been lazy so far.




I will have to grind and repaint the bracket once I add the last box tubing for the mounting point for the washer tank, but this keeps the rust on this old metal from getting worse!

thanks again

trying to get my A/C lines made and brazed up tomorrow!
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Old 02-06-2016, 07:21 AM   #46
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Cant see them either on the website
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Old 02-06-2016, 08:57 AM   #48
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The problem is some photo hosting sites require you to be logged in to see the pics. Need a different hosting site OP.
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Old 02-06-2016, 10:16 AM   #49
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Cant see them either on the website
I noticed that when I check this thread when I am on a new computer, thanks for the heads up
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Old 02-06-2016, 10:16 AM   #50
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what site would you recommend?
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Old 02-06-2016, 10:21 AM   #51
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Update

so hard / bad news this morning.

I started unbolting the exhaust manifold for the turbo install and I had a weird feeling to check the oil cap. I unscrewed it and there was 'milkshake' so now I am stopped trying to decide if it is time to retire this car / project or if I want to try another head gasket. a had another head gasket swap on a 2.5 liter m54 that went and now this complete 3.0L swapped in appears to have gone.


options and options are greatly appreciated. my best idea right now is to install the turbo manifold and it appears that when the head gasket arrives I can pull the head and leave the intake manifold and turbo manifold on. then I just need to have a shop re-align the vanos.


ideas are appreciated.
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Old 02-06-2016, 11:24 AM   #52
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Old 02-06-2016, 11:33 AM   #53
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so much wasted time
ya I feel like this always happens, I checked all the fluids right before I started my A/C line project now I am half way done and its all for not. I really want to repair the motor / swap in a new one but I just don't think its feasible
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ideas are appreciated.
So with every 3 series that I've had, there has been a 'milkshake' found under my gas cap during winter months, and it has not been from bad HG's but from less than stellar CC breathing systems and short drive times. I know you're in FL but I would check for oil in coolant, drain oil and look for coolant or water, then do a compression test before anything else.
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Also, if your going FI, you'll want a better HG anyways. I've done 2 HG repairs on the M5X engines I think they are pretty cake, not to mention you get to repair all those little vac lines.
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I doubt it is headgasket. Check post #2

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Old 02-06-2016, 04:44 PM   #57
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So with every 3 series that I've had, there has been a 'milkshake' found under my gas cap during winter months, and it has not been from bad HG's but from less than stellar CC breathing systems and short drive times. I know you're in FL but I would check for oil in coolant, drain oil and look for coolant or water, then do a compression test before anything else.

I will when the rain stops, however its been drinking coolant as well....
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Old 02-06-2016, 04:46 PM   #58
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I doubt it is headgasket. Check post #2

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thank you! I will check that as well. the first motor in this car had bad compression/ blown head gasket and came that way, not sure how how the dude drove the car but everyone makes it sound like he must have had to drive the wheels off it to get it that way.

after trying a head and HG swap- which also blew, I went with a new motor.
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Old 02-06-2016, 04:47 PM   #59
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Also, if your going FI, you'll want a better HG anyways. I've done 2 HG repairs on the M5X engines I think they are pretty cake, not to mention you get to repair all those little vac lines.

I am mainly afraid that if it is a bad head gasket it'll be the same thing that happened on the old motor, replace the HG and put a new head on and then have it go 600 miles later.

I do really want to keep this car! I love the lines
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Old 02-13-2016, 07:29 PM   #60
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**update***

sorry for the wild cliff hanger- but here is an update. I decided to keep building the car, a lot of the reason is the instant support on here, I am going install and sort out the whole turbo install. and then diagnosis the engine before I drive it / tune it. my thinking is this turbo manifold doesn't need to be removed from the engine to get the head off the car. so its a lot less time if the head does indeed need to come off.

so here are the photo updates. I am now trying Photobucket as it appears Imgur sucks..



I started the washer fluid holder. my welds are getting a lot better - technique and cleaning methods are improving, but I apologize for the sloppy welds.



this metal is thicker than i wanted, but at least it'll stop stray bullets. heres all the lay out marks pre cutting.



mocking up for welding




mostly done




needs to be cleaned up a lot. but its functional





it has since been cut down a little bit and still needs a few more welds and a tab installed
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