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Old 12-03-2014, 05:49 PM   #1
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Vicky the 330ci

Well I guess this is long overdue so a lot to catch up on, here it goes...
So I bought the car a couple years ago (2012) down around NYC with 106k on it as well as some 19's which in my opinion are only good for M's that have fender flares big enough to accommodate for them, some clear side markers, and an M3 csl front end. (mandatory car garage photoshoot pic)
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Seeing as how its my daily and I enjoy a fair bit of spirited driving I swapped to the OE set of style 68's
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I drove the car like this for a very long time without modification except for some basic maintenance and a few items I was almost certain had never been replaced or refreshed, and a couple of small goodies
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Old 12-03-2014, 06:03 PM   #2
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As of fall 2013 I have been enrolled as a student in Alfred States Motorsports program, freshman year of which I didnt get too much of a chance to work on the car but I did get to rebuild the VANOS system with Biesen seals and noticed a serious improvement in the powerband (highly suggested) also while I was in there I took the opportunity to do the valve cover gasket, new plugs, cabin filter, little things like this.
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and then my worst nightmare happened, lost the car around a tight cresting right in the winter and broke my front bumper cover, passanger side light cover, passenger side fender, and passenger mirror.. stupid road sign... SO, some major frustration and cash later I was back on the road with the OE amber corners, a new fender (that was fitted like **** thanks to the horrid work of the body shop) and an Mtech 2 front end (which honestly I'm quite alright with, I like the way it looks and unfortunately theirs no s54 under my hood.) so heres the look after the fix between a friend of mines m30b33 swapped e30 and a mysterious e28 (baller)
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Old 12-03-2014, 06:16 PM   #3
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Now I guess were just about caught up to the start of this year, senior year of my program where I essentially get to build a car of my choice and that's about it. so the year prior i had bought a solid 86 Fiero with the 2.6 v6 and 4 speed (practically a Ferrari right?) The plan with that was an LT1 swap and some other **** blablabla but when it comes down to it I'm a BM guy who plans on working at euro shops after graduation so why build a Pontiac? And coming up with a standard driveline combination that the LT wouldnt turn into spaghetti was just too much of a hangover deal. So Vicky it is.... My plans for the car by the end of the year include a roll cage I have cut, bent, notched, and tigged myself that ties in the rear strut towers and aft mounts for the rear subframe, the interior (since stripped) will be carded in order to better appearance for daily use. For suspension I am running Bilstein sports from an M3 in the rear, Koni yellows in the front in conjunction with H&R races, poly urethane bushings all around, camber plates and chrome molly lower camber arms I am fabricating myself to ensure I have full adjustability in all my alignment angles. As far the M54B30 I am crossed between the seemingly dependent relationship of performance versus reliability. As far as performance goes I am building an exhaust after the high flow headers and cats, as well as collaborating with a friend of mine to construct a full trumpet (to fit the lines of my M-tech 2 front opening), air box located behind the front bumper, and charge pipe up to the mass air flow. Lastly I will be tuning through the stock computer using BimmerEditors ms43 firmware, however to ensure reliability I am focusing heavily on preventing harmonic imbalances and high RPM related stresses in the cooling and lubrication systems rather than using my budget (building an e46 on a college student budget has been the hardest part) to pull more power from headwork and internals. The differential has been changed from a final drive ratio of 2.93 to a 3.23 and I am rebuilding the differential and driveshaft with new bearings and seals combine with oversizing accessory pulleys from turner and deleting AC to rid of all the parasitic loss in the driveline as I can. Lastly I will be fabricating an aluminum diffuser made to fit into the body lines of the OE rear bumper with the black section and down cut out.
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Old 12-03-2014, 06:26 PM   #4
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so for the cage I'm using .90 wall laser weld (again the college student budget killin me here) but im not building the car to fit any sanctions regulations im really just hoping to stiffen up the chassis as well as prevent any subframe to chassis damage by tying it all in together. This was all done in less than 3 lengths.
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Old 12-03-2014, 06:46 PM   #5
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As for that intake I was talking about I really cant take much more than a little credit for it. A good friend of mine is a composite specialist studying down in RI so as far as my input to the project goes it was just getting him the molds and measurements of what he needed. I cut out the bracket in the driver side opening of the bumper that held the fog light and took a negative of the opening and then made a positive with plaster. When that was finished I cut out the center of the hole to mock it up completely as well as shave it down just enough to kill off some imperfections. as for the box and pipe it was just mocking up a 3.5 inch carboard pipe, pie cutting it, and taping it together strategically as well as making a cardboard box big enough to fit a pre chosen filter. things that were trimmed/deleted: a small section of the inner fender wall (that I will clean up once I have a finished product of the box, this needed to be cut in order to make a space big enough to fit past the headlights into the bay) the driver side light bracket (just an aluminum bracket supporting the light cluster but I bent it up nicely to add some strength) trimmed out the bottom of the aluminum front bumper core to make room for the box, and also the breather hose to the radiator which I'll figure out another way to feed it.
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this is it all set up outside the car with the proper alignment
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Old 12-03-2014, 06:46 PM   #6
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Old 12-03-2014, 06:56 PM   #7
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And now heres a couple of the goodies I have waiting to be bolted on when all the major fabrication is finished.
the rear lower control arms im making from chrome molly and 3/4's hiems from Ruff Stuff (jeep parts on an e46? why not!)
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the shmiedmann headers and high flow cats, I will be wrapping the headers (even though they're so pretty...)
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and heres the dyno sheet from when i did a pull at the beggining of the year in stock form.
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Old 12-07-2014, 03:34 PM   #8
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So update from Friday, started weldin up another seat bracket for the passenger side and then burnt in the door bars which were prepainted away from the weld zone to make my life a little easier masking everything up. unfortunately some impurities showed up in the weld and I had to really crank up the heat and burn them out while adding a bunch of filler but once the cratering stopped I could finish it pretty cleanly. The highlight color is international harvester red (my central New York roots are showing excuse me) although it looks orange in the picture.[IMG][/IMG]
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also got the bracket arms for the cut and marked up but the shop is waiting on the new supply of belts.... but hoping to finish the control arms early this week.
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Old 12-08-2014, 11:16 AM   #9
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You're making som nice progress, keep it up
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:10 PM   #10
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Thanks! progress is all I can hope for. So today I started masking off the car to paint the cage and finished up welding the camber arm bungs for the spindle side, also just about finished the passenger side seat bracket. so with a week left in the shop until late January I'm getting to the point where I can start putting things back together instead of tearing them apart .. thank god. Unfortunately I'm still waiting on a couple things, the stupid plastic gromets in the gas tank for the EVAP system (the original ones broke coming out) camber plates in the front, thinking about the ground control units if anyone has any input I'm all ears, and new bushings everywhere ... I've heard good things about the powerflex FCAB's and I'm thinkin hopefully I can save some money by just buying the whole rear end set together, 75D's would be nice.. but other than that once I swap the input flange onto the 3.23 and about a grand later it can go back together. All about hearing constructive criticism!

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Old 12-09-2014, 02:50 PM   #11
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Well despite getting burnt a couple times and just about completely ruining a 20 dollar bit (due to using motor oil instead of cutting oil at the drill press, thank you Alfred) I made some half way descent progress. Continuing painting the cage in sections and was finally able to see a somewhat close to finished control arm. Also got a nice picture of the intake in its computer drawing stage from my friend down in RI, lookin professional.
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Old 12-09-2014, 09:01 PM   #12
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Nice, I like where this is going
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Old 12-11-2014, 11:24 AM   #14
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Thanks guys! I really appreciate it. Unfortunately my last day in the shop got robbed by the snow (GET ME OUT OF NY) but yesterday I got about halfway done with the other control arm bracket and got a little more of the cage painted. So I suppose I'll take this morning to sit down with some tea and do a little more research on Bimmereditors ms43 firmware. As far as EFI tuning goes Im not gonna be playing too much with ignition advance (maybe a little, but I need to keep it conservative) however with the modifications I'm doing/intend on doing I should be seeing a lot better airflow on both intake and exhaust so I'll spend a lot of time with steady state injector pulse width to compensate. I also understand the program allows for VANOS adjustment so I'll be playing a lot with that too hoping to let it rev out a little easier. I'm unsure if it allows for individual exh, and Int adjustment but if it does I'd like to add a little more overlap and a slightly quicker adjustment in the rev range, but boy would a set of Schrick 264's be nice.. I'm still waiting on that lottery ticket. Anyway I also plan on upgrading to the EMP Stewart water pump in which I have heard awesome things about including a 20% increase in water flow? If this is true I maaay just have to send my head out to get decked a couple thousands and sneak a little higher compression out of the block in stock form... Typically I wouldn't think of doing this but with an increase in water flow, an AC delete opening up a bunch of airflow to the radiator and the ability to run just a hair rich (probably shooting around 13.2-13.3 in the upper rpm range) to cool combustion chambers, I don't think I'll need to worry too much as long as I check valve clearance first. Welp, interested on any thoughts or suggestions, in the market for AF ratio gauge and data loggers so some personal reviews would be helpful.
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Old 12-11-2014, 11:49 PM   #15
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Nice work. Love this stuff.
Can't wait to see the finished air intake.
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Old 12-13-2014, 03:50 PM   #16
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Sooooo we picked up a 76 2002 today.. good thing, needed something to keep me company and dirty over winter break in my own garage.
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