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Old 12-20-2016, 09:47 PM   #41
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Old 12-21-2016, 07:54 AM   #42
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One of the things I liked about my original ZHP was how effortless it was to drive. Because of that, I stuck with stock parts here and I couldn't be happier.

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Old 12-21-2016, 10:13 AM   #43
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One of the things I liked about my original ZHP was how effortless it was to drive. Because of that, I stuck with stock parts here and I couldn't be happier.

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Very nice work, I like your work cleanliness and attention to details. Hilde looks and drives beautiful now compare to when you first got her. I really enjoyed it.
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Old 12-29-2016, 11:36 PM   #44
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Teaser update: Color samples...

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Old 12-30-2016, 10:39 PM   #45
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Old 01-01-2017, 09:29 PM   #46
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Yessir.

Hilde got a new pair of shoes. Normally stick with Michelins or Contis, but read great things about the new Firestone Firehawk Indy 500s. For the price, I couldn't argue one bit. So far they've felt great. We'll see how they wear in the long run.

Tire guy got grease all over the spokes though. Why don't they clean up when they're done.


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Old 01-02-2017, 11:30 AM   #47
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I want to get those as well. Tell us your honest opinion once they broken in.

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Old 01-08-2017, 08:15 PM   #48
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Small update. Hilde's been leaving presents on my driveway, so I'm going to tackle all the usual oil leaks. Judging from the rest of the car, I'm sure all the gaskets are original.



New valve cover gasket kit, intake gaskets, oil pan gaskets, Liqui Moly oil, filter, cvv kit, oil filter housing gasket, and a full engine flush. Going to put in a Dr. Vanos rebuilt unit while I'm in there. Should purr like a kitten once we're done.
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Old 02-19-2017, 12:32 AM   #49
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Got sick of the oil leak, decided to go ahead and handle the motor.

First order of business, Vanos replacement and valve cover gaskets.



Rebuilt unit for Dr. Vanos. Lucky their shop is only 10 minutes away from here. Can't beat same day service!



After a Liqui Moly engine flush, it's out with the old...



And in the with the new. Ooh shiny...
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Old 02-19-2017, 12:38 AM   #50
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Now for the oil filter housing. This thing was a mess and I was about to find out why...

You can see the bottom of the housing is really dirty. There's also oil all around the base housing on the engine itself.



And here's why... instead of replacing the gasket, looks like somebody just slapped on some RTV sealant. That explains why I found bits of RTV in the oil filter housing.



Got most of the RTV off. Had to get the rest with a razor blade. Really starting to dislike whoever owned this car previously...

Next order of business, CVV and hoses, then oil pan gasket.
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Old 02-19-2017, 11:35 PM   #51
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Next chapter in this saga:

First, the Taco Bueno challenge. Friend from Oklahoma tells me that Taco Bueno is better than both Taco Bell and our coveted Taco Cabana! Them's fightin' words!



Verdict: shells are good, but meat is a little bland. Taco Cabana still wins hands down...

Now, with the Vanos replaced and the oil filter housing gasket replaced as well, time to tackle the CVV setup. Was not looking forward to this job since I've done it once before.

First off, the CVV was leaking everywhere. Basically every hose attachment was coated. You'll see why later:



This shot will give you an indicator of the hoses themselves. Everything is brittle and looks like the insulation has deteriorated away somehow.



Now here's where I started fuming... After wrestling with all the hoses, it looks like someone had been in here before trying to fix leaks. Rather than replace the hoses properly, some dumbshit just slapped hose clamps on everything and buttoned it all back up. With the labor involved vs the cost of the parts, I just can't understand why anyone would do this. I used this photo to show my general displeasure with the previous owner.



I was so pissed that I didn't really document reassembly. Here's the photo with everything buttoned back up properly. Unfortunately I can't finish the job because I found parts of the DISA valve missing! Last order of business up front will be the oil pan gasket replacement.
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Old 03-19-2017, 10:11 PM   #52
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After some life adventures and a new addition to the family, I jumped back on this project this weekend:

It was time to tackle the oil pan gasket. For most cars this is a pretty quick job, however the way the pan is tucked into the subframe, this becomes a little more involved for E46s.

First off, had to pick up an engine support tool. This one came from Amazon, fairly reasonably priced.



Here is a shot, albeit not a great one, of the pan access once the rack and subframe is dropped.



As with everything else, there was a surprise or two. One of the motor mounts was completely shot and in two pieces. You can see there's not much still attached to the driver's side motor mount.



And the mount itself...



Shot of the underside of motor with the pan off, before I cleaned the mating surfaces.



Oil pan cleaned up, new level sensor installed.



New motor mounts installed.



Had a shot of it buttoned back up, but everything was too dark to see well.
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Old 03-19-2017, 10:21 PM   #53
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I also needed to tackle the DISA valve that was in poor shape. Rather than just buy a new one, I opted to buy a repair kit with an aluminum flap and pivots. This should be much stronger than the stock piece.



DISA Valve reassembled with new flap.



A little bright, but you can see the metal pin that goes through the new flap.



With this installed, that should take care of the motor. I'm looking forward to filling everything up and not having any more oil leaks in the system. While I was in there, I noticed the sway bar endlinks and bushings were toast so those are on the way. Once that's done, the front end should be finished. Can't wait to get this thing back on the road again!
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Old 03-19-2017, 10:52 PM   #54
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Good stuff man. Car looks good. I tackled the CCVV and oil pan gasket on my 328i back in fall. Neither was a real fun job, and both of my motor mounts were in two pieces when I did my oil pan. How difficult is swapping the Vanos unit?

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Old 03-19-2017, 11:26 PM   #55
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Came across this post as I was browsing here. I've been running the Indy 500s for about 7k miles and four trackdays, they are great for the price. Be careful if you track them, the tread will pull up along the edges of the treadpattern and result in freeway vibration.
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Old 03-20-2017, 01:58 PM   #56
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Came across this post as I was browsing here. I've been running the Indy 500s for about 7k miles and four trackdays, they are great for the price. Be careful if you track them, the tread will pull up along the edges of the treadpattern and result in freeway vibration.
Hopefully that don't happen to me. I'm waiting to refinish my wheel to buy them. You bought them online?
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