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Old 03-06-2012, 11:56 AM   #221
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Will you be rebuilding the blown M54 out of the 325i?
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Old 03-06-2012, 01:27 PM   #222
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Will you be rebuilding the blown M54 out of the 325i?
Oh no, this is way above my head right now. Maybe in a few years.

I actually ran the 325 engine and the engine didn't overheat no matter how long I let the engine idle. The only problem was the miss fire and poor idling. When I was working with the engine I realized that the ccv was broken and there was a heavy leaking vcg.
Who knows. Maybe this is the only thing wrong with the engine

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Old 03-06-2012, 01:40 PM   #223
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:17 PM   #224
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I have built a few and once you do the first and it runs great you are on a natural high and knowing you can makes you fear little when it comes to a repair
Ftmfw! I built the little 4 cyl on my 924. Been to California and back several times. No issues at all.
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:55 PM   #225
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There isn't really any progress. This past week the weather in OK was horrible. It was raining like crazy and we couldn't get much done. Here are some pictures.


We pulled the 325 inside the garage so we can hook it up to the GT1 and charge the battery


GT1


Our trusted Battery charger. capable of charging Gell, AGM, and traditional lead battery. This charger also acts as a trickle charger. For the same price as the BMW advance charger we bought this instead. I still have my BMW Advance charger but it doesn't work for the e9x model (cigarette lightet socket gets deactivated after 10 mins rendering the charger useless)


The battery wouldn't hold a charge so we ended buying a battery at Autozone. Duralast 49DL fits perfectly. I have this same battery on my 323i


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Look at all of those modules with faults. OMG. luckily, most of the error codes are related to the engine and everything else were either user induced (unplugging modules) or shadow codes


Here is a picture of why BMW is recalling facelift tailights. the grouding pins are burnt/eroded


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Old 03-11-2012, 10:01 PM   #226
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lets start taking this baby apart


I wish everything was easy as the stock airbox


I popped my head underneath and saw that the engine spash guard was damaged. my guess was that some dumb ass tow truck operator didn't know how to hook up the BMW and instead of using the BMW tow hook he decided to hook it to the engine spash shield


removed the DISA and noticed an usual oil residue. my guess is a failing CCV


CCV return pipe was clogged...hmm...most likely the CCV is dead


We pulled out the injectors. We dont' have a way to do a flow test but am going to replace the injectors anway. We have six used injectors (30k miles)


Can you spot Limoncello?
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:08 PM   #227
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We removed the ignition coils so we can remove the valve cover


The engine has no sign of sludge. Not bad for 160k miles. It doesn't matter because this engine is going on display in the garage after the swap


There seems to be an usual oil leak on the plastic splash guard. It was later discovered that the CCV and VCG were leaking


A better picture of the engine oil pan shield. epic fail for tow truck operator


the undercarriage of the car is soak with oil


more oil shots


I decided to remove the fender to prevent it from damages while working on the car. The fender is going into my 323i so i might as well remove it now
some of the fender scew started to stripped so I used my most perfer method (dremeling). I have never once use a drill, EZ out, etc. The dremel method always seem to work for me
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:15 PM   #228
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now do you see why dremeling is most perferred (by me)?


the fenders are also secured by some metal or plastic rivets.


removing the bumper is easy


vendor is gone. that vent tube is for water drainage. for the M3 it is also use for ECU/DME cooling (via the side grille)


Next we are going to remove the radiator suppor bracket


Decided to test out the BMW powersteering/ATF hose removal tool that I bought on ebay for $17. These tools (different brand has different model number) goes from anywhere from $25-45. I got mine $17 shipped
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-Fuel-Lin...item3cc014dfdb
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here is the tool in action
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:20 PM   #229
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another view of the tool


the passenger fender screw refused to turn no matter what. a little touch of the blow torch was able to break the seal (excess paint...fender was previously repainted). I used a wet towel to isolate the heat just to the fender screw area


fender removed


I decided to cut the water hose to make the radiator removal process easier. the hoses were in such bad condition anway that they needed replacement


another cut hose




AC belt needs replacing
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:23 PM   #230
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the main belt is just as bad


CCV pipe that connects to the dip stick was busted


vacuum line that connects to the SAP valve was busted


picture of the engine bay


the vacuum line that connects the fuel filter to the intake boot is also busted


Need to replace the fuel filter (160K miles)


Can you spot Limoncello ?



this is where the car currently sit.

Thanks for reading. I don't expect to work on the car this week because of the forcasted rain. maybe I might tear down the 323i in the garage while it is raining outside.

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Old 03-11-2012, 11:29 PM   #231
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Nice progress.
Too bad about the front end brace, there goes another $150.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:49 AM   #232
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:07 PM   #233
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Nice progress, love that tool for removing the power steering hose!
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:15 PM   #234
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:24 PM   #235
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What is all that white residue covering most of the engine? Is it fire extinguisher powder?

And what does VCG stand for?
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:55 PM   #237
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That 325 looks sooo well taken cared for
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:08 PM   #238
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What is all that white residue covering most of the engine? Is it fire extinguisher powder?

Great question. anytime you see white residue around your engine block then it is indicative of coolant leaks. The expansion tank blew and the car overheated. the car was barely driveable (head gasket, vacuum leaks, etc) and we were able to get the car for dirt cheap.

the VCG stands for valve cover gasket. the reason why I said ti was leaking because I noticed oil stains on the exhaust manifold heat shield (tell tale sign) and throughout the plastic valve cover area.

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That 325 looks sooo well taken cared for
Yeah the car was beat up and abused but luckily for us we have a lot of spare parts and willing to put in a few dollars for a major overhaul. Not only are we replacing the engine we are going to work on the fuel system, suspension, etc. The engine that is going into this car is extremely reliable and well taken cared of. almost ever single components, gaskets, vacuum hoses, etc were replaced within the last 20,000 miles.

The car will never turn into a show car but is meant as a reliable daily driver for my husband's little brother.

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Old 03-16-2012, 08:33 PM   #239
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Well I think you should do some turbo testings on it lol well defiantly good luck I hate abused e46's ,what was the case with this one though
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:45 PM   #240
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MINI UPDATE:

I haven't touched the car in the last two weeks since i have been so busy with work. the car was just sitting on the driveway that water from the recent rain flooded the intake ports (ewww). luckily the engine is blown so it really doesn't matter.
Also, the HOA is complaining that the car is becoming an eye sore and asked me to push it into the garage. apparently a few neighbors complained (rolling eyes).

so to help me move the car around I decided to buy the EZ CAR LIFT (http://www.ezcarlift.com/) with rolling casters (so I can push it around).


^^not my picture^^

here is a youtube video



the EZ Lift is a little under $2000 but if you call and talk to the owner he will knock a few hundred dollars off. The rolling casters is purchased seperately but he will give you a discount too.

anyhow, I just have to wait several weeks to get it but in the mean time I need to push my car in the garage. I will post pictures as soon as I get it.

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