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Old 01-09-2011, 06:20 PM   #41
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awesome work on the rust, I wish I had your skills and workshop to fix up my e30...

You mention the Ansa exhaust was loud and you suspect a leak, I would bet its a leak, I have an Ansa on my 85 318 - M10 and it is not loud at all.
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Old 01-09-2011, 08:40 PM   #42
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Sorry for the lack of updates, better late than never. I got really crunched for time at the end of the summer and then I thought I lost all of the pictures of the end of the rust repair, but I recently found them on an old hard drive so all is good now. When we last left off the driver side was finished, and just needed the welds ground down and cleaned up.

What started as this:




Now looked like this:




Muuuch better. (As much as my feet loved the open air feeling). So now the next step was the passenger side repairs, which was by far the worst rust damage on the car. I could go into details about the shitty patch job some previous owner did on the passenger floor, or the holes in the rear rocker panel, but I think I'll just let the pictures do the talking.

The Passenger Floor. Maybe there's at least some hope of clean metal underneath....




No Such Luck:




Finally cut it back to some 'clean' metal:




Then new floors were cut out, beads were rolled, and then welded in like the drivers side. Which I forgot to take pictures of.

Next was the rear passenger fender area. This is were you could really start to tell the car spend a lot of winters in Michigan (and were the wind noise was coming from on the drive home).

Lots of cancer:




View from the inside, cause even backseat drivers need a sunroof for their feet.




Luckily the cancer could be cut away:




It did get fairly deep though...




So after cutting out that rust and welding in some new metal I gave it a nice coat of POR-15:



After Drying:




And then a new panel to cover up the insides from more damage:




Then I needed to make a new outer fender panel. Here it is in the earlier stages of being hammered out:




And here it is welded in place. It's not the prettiest but I'd say it's pretty darn close for my first hand-made fender.

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Old 01-25-2011, 01:12 AM   #44
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Now with the majority of the rust repair done (woo!) it was time to help makes sure things didn't start to rot away again. but before you can really protect the metal, you have to get down to the bare stuff. This meant getting all of the old, tar-ish sound deadening off of the floors. Normally this is a terrible job that can take days with a heat gun and a scraper. Unless you know a little trick. Say hello to my little friend...

Dry ice in a convenient pillow case:




It may look tame, but it's doing it's thing. After 5-10 minutes under the pillow case, the sound deadening chips right off like a Maaco paint job.




Here's the rear with all the sound deadening off the floors. They are now ready to be covered in POR-15:




But first let's give a nice test fit to those e24 rear seats. After some trimming of the rear fiberglass they fit like a glove.




With the rest of the interior sorted and repaired, the floors got coated in POR-15 top and bottom (where the undercoating had come off):






Then as the POR-15 was drying, I prepared the next layer to go down. Sound deadening tar paper and Insulating ducting foam. Much like Dynamat and carpet insulation in function, but a whole lot cheaper. If I ever get to the point of doing a 'frame off' restoration, then I may splurge on the name brand stuff. Until then these will definitely do just fine.





Laying down the Tar Paper:






Laying down the insulation on top of that:






With all that done there was just a couple of minor details to button up like re-sealing the gas tank and patching some holes in the trunk. Then the new fuel lines were run and hooked up to the engine. Finally after a couple of cranks she fired up as good as ever. That was about as far as I managed to get before school started and I was back up on campus. I did drive it up at school on and off for a couple of months until the weather really started getting cold. At that point, the lack of a working heater/defroster meant that the windows would fog up within the first 15 seconds of driving. So she got parked until I could find more time to work on the heater box and brakes. Thankfully that time came at the beginning of the new year. hopefully I'll be able to upload those pics in the near future.
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:48 AM   #45
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:53 AM   #46
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love those rear seats, nice work!
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:15 AM   #47
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love those rear seats, nice work!

As much as I hate to say it, they're even more comfortable than the recaro's in the front lol. Eventually when the interior gets to the point that the worn out vinyl is the crappiest part I want to get the the fronts and rears recovered in the style the rears are now (black with silver stiching). But for now there are more important things to work on, like actually having heat lol.
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:38 AM   #51
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Being from springfield are you on OhioBimmers.com??
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Yup, there's another thread over there for this ironically. What's your s/n over there?
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Same as here zk369

actually hopped on just now and found someone with a sig in the same spot as yours, I assume that was you?
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Yup, also the same s/n for me over there.
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:25 AM   #56
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I'm going to try and let the pictures do the talking....

Step 1: Remove the Hood



Step 2: Admire Weight Reduction



Step 3: Examine Ugly Engine Bay



Step 4: Spill Coolant All Over the Floor



Step 5: Disconnect Coolant System and Remove Radiator



Step 6: Remove Intake Manifold



Step 7: Admire Your New Roomy Engine Bay. Your engine now runs on hopes and dreams.




The main reason for removing this stuff was to work on the new manifold design and make sure it would bolt up to the head and let the carbs sit at the correct angle etc etc. But after looking at how dirty the engine was I couldn't help but think I should just pull the whole thing and give it a good refreshing. But I digress...
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Like I said earlier, one of the main reason's she's been decommissioned for the winter was the lack of a heater. This would let the window's fog up very quickly, which is never a good thing. So while the coolant system was drained I figured now was as good a time as ever to tear into that and get it fixed. So without further ado....

The ugly 'ol heater box after I wrestled it out from under the dash:




The mount for the heater valve once I unbolted it. Who knew plastic would get brittle after 35 years of head fluctuation....




The innards, not very pretty. Although I have heard leaves can increase airflow ~20%.




And here's the bastard that's been keeping me in the cold.




Next to his replacement:




And the fan blade swapped over, ready for it's new home.




I then finished disassembling the rest of the box and sorted all the parts. I just need to actually sit down and order the new seals and grommets to put her back together. I'll also fix all the cracks with some JB weld or the like and give her a fresh coat of paint.



Oh, and last but not least I might as well take out the alternator and brackets to give them a good cleaning. I doubt they like being covered in old oil. Also I cut out the stock battery tray since I'm moving it to the trunk. I bet I could fit a V10 in here with all this extra space! (well not even close, but I can dream).

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So here's a nice shiny, freshly sand-blasted intake manifold. But how do you get the port from it into your 3D CAD program?




First, use some thinking juice. It's very recommended for those times you just can't seem to figure out how to get something done.




Then suddenly you figure it out! First, guestimate the port the best you can and print it out on some computer paper. Then stick a small led flashlight into the port like so:



Now, just lay the paper over the port and see how close you are. After a few iterations hopefully it will look something like this:



And not something like this:



From there you can just make the correct transitions into the right spacing for your application. This is the latest design I'm made. The only real additions that need to be made are bungs in each port for fuel injectors, which would allow the manifold to also be used for ITB (the R1 carbs I'm using have a throttle position sensor standard, so they can just act as throttle bodies if you 'forget' to hook up the fuel line.)



At this point curiosity got the best of me and I had to find out what kind of condition my ebay-special carbs were in. so I removed the float bowls and to my pleasant surprise they look great!



And that was without me cleaning them out at all. I wish I could say the outside looked that clean, but that's nothing a quick shot of carb cleaner won't remedy.




So as of this update you guys are actually all caught up with the project.











Except for what I did this past weekend.
Let's just say this isn't going to be my winter beater anymore.
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I really hope u decide to clean up that engine!! It needs some refreshing!

Great updates though
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