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Old 10-22-2011, 12:14 AM   #161
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In the market for a 2002 now.
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:10 PM   #162
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Not much progress on the car as I haven't been able to get into the shop lately. But I have received the rest of the valve train parts so I can finish putting the head together.










VAC Billet Rocker Arms
Eibach High Spring Rate Dual Springs
VAC Cr-Mo retainers
Hardened Valve Locks
Schrick 288/288 camshaft

Together with the lighter, oversized valves these should allow me to rev reasonably high with a good safety factor. I probably won't go much above 7.5k, but it depends on what the power curve looks like.


The next step will be to get the radiator and accessories sorted. I also want to fabricate a coolant overflow tank, oil catch can and brake fluid reservoir out of some aluminum I have. Hopefully I can get into the shop in the next few weekends and get started on it.
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:17 PM   #163
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:03 PM   #165
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Thanks guys. I also just found an interesting article about a few different steering racks in early 3 series. Seems like the QR Z3 rack might be a good replacement for the stock '02 steering assembly while maintaining close to original geometry. I'll get some more detailed measurements the next time I'm in the shop. Converting to a rack as opposed to the steering box system would give me a lot more room for the braking and clutch master cylinders.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:54 PM   #166
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:02 PM   #167
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as far as steering racks are concerned. At least in the e30 they are garbage.

the Z3 rack is slightly quick ratio (2.9) however the e36 328/M3 rack is much more plentiful, cheaper, and at 3.1 is a great improvement over the stock 4.1 of the e30. I would go for that one.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:37 PM   #168
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as far as steering racks are concerned. At least in the e30 they are garbage.

the Z3 rack is slightly quick ratio (2.9) however the e36 328/M3 rack is much more plentiful, cheaper, and at 3.1 is a great improvement over the stock 4.1 of the e30. I would go for that one.
Good to know, thanks. As far as bypassing the power steering, can the same thing be done with the e36 racks as the e30 racks (i.e. just making the fluid a closed loop system within the rack itself)?
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Old 11-03-2011, 11:42 PM   #169
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OP the welds around the shifter base are not very good. No bashing just pointing it out.
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:31 AM   #170
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Thanks for the constructive criticism. Out of curiosity what looks bad about them. I still need to grind them down and fill any pin holes that are left.
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Old 11-11-2011, 08:48 PM   #171
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Thanks for the constructive criticism. Out of curiosity what looks bad about them. I still need to grind them down and fill any pin holes that are left.
Well its hard to tell exactly from the pictures posted on the last page. But from what I could see you may not have your welder set up properly.

You shouldn't have to grind down any weld that is good. Also if there are pin holes in the weld then you have porosity and that tell me right away that the weld is no good.

Post some up close pictures and I can tell you more.
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Old 11-12-2011, 12:59 AM   #173
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Where are you sourcing your parts for the 2002? I'm fixing one up for my uncle in law and I'm planning to swap a KA24DE engine in there because they're cheap and affordable.
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:56 AM   #174
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Well its hard to tell exactly from the pictures posted on the last page. But from what I could see you may not have your welder set up properly.

You shouldn't have to grind down any weld that is good. Also if there are pin holes in the weld then you have porosity and that tell me right away that the weld is no good.

Post some up close pictures and I can tell you more.
Don't have any more pics at the moment, haven't been in the shop for a while. That being said I don't have pinholes or anything like that. The welds are pretty even and smooth for being layed down on thin (~24 gauge or thinner) 40 year old metal, for me a least. Also, the only reason I say I need to grind them down is I want it to look like a stock stamped piece, i.e. no visible beads at all. If you can lay down a bead that makes itself disappear you are a welding god lol.

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Where are you sourcing your parts for the 2002? I'm fixing one up for my uncle in law and I'm planning to swap a KA24DE engine in there because they're cheap and affordable.
Really depends on the parts. For most things I can just post up on 2002faq.com or the local '02 owners group on facebook and somebody normally has what I'm looking for. It's funny, the older the car the more likely it's enthusiasts are to stockpile any and every part you could ever need for them. Then you just have to wait for them to realize they probably don't need 4 extra windshield washer bottles and your all set.
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Old 12-05-2011, 03:12 AM   #175
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Small update, mostly just putting off writing my final paper for my history class lol.

As my last senior design project I was able to talk one of my professors into letting me do an individual study on casting. Long story short this was a way for me to work on the S54 ITB adapter and have it count towards my ME degree. I still need to finish up that report, and upon doing so I'll post up more of the details I went through to get to the finished casting stage. However, until then I'll just leave this in here:



They obviously still need the machining work done to them, but that is the worlds first set of adapters for bolting S54 Throttle Bodies onto an M20B25 head. The total added length in between will be right around 2.5". While not ideal, it was the shortest distance I was comfortable with while still maintaining a smooth transition between the outlet ports on the throttle (oval shapped) and the inlet ports on the head (kinda like a sideways D). I must say I am surprised how well they turned out being the very first try at casting them. I had zero mold failures and assuming I don't find any internal porosity they should work just fine. Future improvements may include adding the ports to move the injectors out of the throttle body assembly and closer to the port (basically stock m20 placement) as well as adding extra material to allow the stock oil drain tube to be used. As it sits I will just be using a piece of rubber or AN tubing run from the center manifold down to the block.
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OP, you might be getting a hell of a lot of PM's from me soon. Currently looking at a '68 2002 that belongs to a guy I know. He also has a '71 911T so I'm hoping I can keep him busy with working on the P-car and have him sell me the BMW.

check it out... no huge rusted out holes as far as I could tell (but it was getting dark out, need to go back during the day tomorrow). Car was in a garage for 20 years in the desert and didn't even run. Car runs, not perfect but it works... approximately #4000/77639 4MT in the US

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Old 12-05-2011, 03:24 AM   #178
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Nice, doesn't look to horrible from the top but be sure and get underneath and poke around. When I bought mine I saw an area that I just thought was road grime on metal, turned out to be dirty carpet padding sticking through where the floor used to be lol.

Are those 911 seats in the front?

Edit: Here's a great checklist to go over when your looking for one. I gotta say I was really anxious to get mine and looked past a few things that I really regret doing now. Just adds up to a lot more time and money that could have been avoided.

http://www.02restoration.com/bmw-200...-buying-guide/
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Nice, doesn't look to horrible from the top but be sure and get underneath and poke around. When I bought mine I saw an area that I just thought was road grime on metal, turned out to be dirty carpet padding sticking through where the floor used to be lol.

Are those 911 seats in the front?
yeah, original seats were trashed. He has them too but these are in there just so he can use the car. they're actually pretty comfortable
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