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Old 10-18-2012, 12:02 PM   #21
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I cannot believe that you used vice grips on your VANOS pistons

Great work otherwise.
Yeah I was weary of it but a fellow forum member who shall remain unnamed assured me they would be fine. I used a lot of padding but apparently it wasn't enough.

Honestly I am not that upset about it, just a lesson learned. If it scores the vanos bores I can find another unit somewhere and rebuild it. I am not one to shy away from taking cool stuff apart and putting it back together again.
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:37 AM   #22
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Did CABs this morning.

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Old 10-22-2012, 12:28 AM   #23
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CCV time!





Old crap out:


I ordered a new hose for this nipple but it seems like the old one had a cap on it (sorry it's out of focus, I put too much faith in autofocus). Just transferred it.


In case anybody's wondering how to disconnect these hoses (it's not very intuitive) just pry these tabs back


After wrestling around doing it wrong, I seemed to break the supply hose


After cursing BMW's engineers for 10 minutes I realized it was just a 3 piece hose. So since it was way easier to plug the hose back into the hose end than connect the hose end to the oil separator, I just did this:


Then connected the upper hose with the weird rotating connector


Here's the oil separator and hose end


Fed the hose in and connected it


The spreader hose was cake


Time to button it back up


Cleaned the TB while I was in there


All buttoned up (except for MAF plug, that'll teach me to get sidetracked explaining MAFs to girls)

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Old 10-22-2012, 10:19 AM   #24
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^ I couldnt tell you the number of times I forgot to plug something in explaining what it does to my girlfriend

Anyways great work!
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:13 AM   #25
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^ I couldnt tell you the number of times I forgot to plug something in explaining what it does to my girlfriend
Yep, the dangers of dating a mechanical engineer.

Anyway, here's the deal with the car:
-First owner had it for 9 years and rear ended a Jeep, totaled the car
-Second owner bought it off an auction site and repaired it. He owned it for 6 months and 5000 miles
-I bought it knowing all of this, salvage titled car with 86k on it

Spoke to the original owner a week ago and this thing was his baby. Car has had its oil changed every 3500 miles since new, so I was pretty happy. This came in the mail today (pic includes the roundel-less key I received with the car on the bottom right):



Very nice to get a lot of this stuff. (note the allen sunroof wrench is actually out of an E36 toolkit that he mixed up, an old relic)

Also received this today.



Why? Well since one headlight was replaced on the car, it now has one ZKW and one AL. ZKW-R lenses are in the mail.
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:30 AM   #26
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Damn, you work fast. I think I'm just going to have my 318is towed to your driveway so you can get that running and pay you back in boba and car parts.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:51 AM   #27
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Will fix E30s for welding labor
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:20 PM   #28
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I remember when you were telling me "bla bla bla e30>>> any e46" when we were walking on lombard? street... even Dmitriy had your back. lol.

nice pickup


edit: you bought an aftermarket PCV kit?!? shunnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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Old 10-25-2012, 02:59 PM   #29
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I remember when you were telling me "bla bla bla e30>>> any e46" when we were walking on lombard? street... even Dmitriy had your back. lol.
E30 is still more fun IMO. This thing is amazing and likely faster, but due to no sense of speed it's not as exciting.

Anyway sup Julien! How's life?

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As long as the wookie noises are gone and I'm not drinking oil I'm happy
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:44 AM   #30
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You've been a busy bee, haha. Nice work.
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:21 AM   #31
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Alright, been busy with this car.

Fuel filter.


Doneski.


Little cameo with E30 which will be running again soonish.


Herro herro, what do we have here?


Up we go


Stock 90k mile struts


Awesome shop spring compressor


All buttoned up


WTF BMW... why do you make me tear your insulation?


Old and new


Konis on and ready to go, car is completely transformed.
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:27 AM   #32
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Oil change (leveling the car out)


Glad I had this 36 from before


Old water pump out... I think this was original, although the rest of the cooling system is new.


Stewart pump and URO metal pulley. Yeah it's overkill but I don't want to worry about it.


God damn it BMW.


Luckily I had spares


No pic of after. Replaced pulleys, belts and bled coolant.
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:41 AM   #33
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Metric Mechanic built 3.15LSD with 3 clutches and 30 degree ramps.


Old seals out


New seal


New seal in. Did not replace the spring clips which turned out to be a mistake. This side does not hold the axle stub in. Still need to tear it apart again and replace that stupid clip.


Exhaust and heat shield out


E sockets for the input and output shaft bolts


Separating the driveshaft was weird. Didn't budge prying against the crossmember/brace, had to remove crossmember and pry against the input flange.


2.93 ready to come out


Diff out


2.93 out and 3.15 on the ground


Rear UUC sway vs. stock


Diff and rear sway in, this was a pain in the pitch dark with no light


Front sway in (next day)
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:45 AM   #34
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I needed some FAGs in my rear end, wheel bearing time!

Old one out.


New bearing in


Hub


Hub in


Freakin' ebrake back in. Pain in the ass.


Brake on


Finally down on the ground
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Wow! Thats an awesome amount of work!

How much did the LSD cost you? 3.15 is a perfect ratio for the 5 speed.

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Old 02-26-2013, 10:03 AM   #36
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Excellent work...You spent lot of time for your car...
I like this kid of people...
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:21 PM   #37
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Wow! Thats an awesome amount of work!

How much did the LSD cost you? 3.15 is a perfect ratio for the 5 speed.

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Thanks, I nabbed it for just over $1k from bigjae1976. They are about $3k new from MM.

3.15 is very livable for DD duty. I did like the long gears of the 2.93 as the M54 is well paired for it but the 3.15 is a great DD gear, especially if you've got a 6 speed. I'm at about 2900rpm at 80 in 6th. With a 5 speed you'll be at about 3400rpm at 80, also not a horrible increase. But for only being 8% shorter it's definitely a noticeable difference in gearing.
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That driveway looks familiar.
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:52 PM   #40
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Autoxed it, actually did very well all things considered. The class I'm in (SM) is full of corn burning Hoosier-shod Evos and I am mostly stock on 300 treadwear tires, I was about 1-2 seconds off their pace.



Got rid of the old windshield cowling after the autox. Old nasty cowling:


New sexy cowling
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