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  • Engine swapped 1986 BMW

    Hello everyone!
    Today i'll show you all a bit on what i've spent the most part of this year building and chopping in my tiny rural home garage! This post is really just to show my passion to old car's, especially to one of my all time most wanted cars. The 3 Series BMW from 1986! (Also commonly known as 'E30') Mine came from the factory as a 316, a tiny four cylinder SOHC engine which produced a astouning 90HP at the brakes. Now i know as this car had already super car performance back in the day, it even came as an automatic to reduce some of to unbearable power to make it even more smooth.
    Since now all should have realised, this is by far no longer automotive standard anymore. And i sometimes wanna go fast. So i decided to swap a 6 Cylinder 24V DOHC with 5 Speed Manual Trans in it!
    I'm no professional mechanic, just a madman who has watched over 300 MCM Episodes and listens to eurobeat while driving... so i bet you can guess where this is going. Totally amateurish Engine Conversion Time!

    But now enough introduction. It's time for the donor car: Front .jpg

    Got myself some sweet BMW 328CI (Coupe) which has a 6 Cylinder 24DOHC Engine that produces around 192HP from the Factory. Mine made around 210 HP when i dynoed it.
    After it broke down on me and since it wasn't in the best overall shape to begin with, it was clear that the engine had to move in a new home... E46 Motorausbau (1).jpg

    Above is my first engine extraction, was not smart enough to drain it before... Not recommendet!
    Well, at this part i was set so...

    That's when i bought the 1986 3 Series! It's a somewhat rare color, called 'Lapisblau' (lapis blue)
    n2j03b.jpg

    After the old engine got chopped, i braced the engine frame:
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    After it beeing back in place, it was time for the marriage of E30 Oldtimer goodness with 24V perfection...
    Hochzeit.jpg
    to be continued...
    Last edited by sebe20; 15-09-2018, 01:17 AM.

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    The engine beeing in it's final place: M52T

    After that i spent a lot time managing the loom and all of the wiring on the inside of the cabin aswell as some interieur changes.
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    Then came the big brakes, some 292mm Brembo's and a 5 Stud conversion using Z4 Wheelhubs
    Bremsanlage.PNG


    The stainless steel duplex exhaust arrived:
    IMG_20180827_104218_789.jpg


    to be continued...
    Last edited by sebe20; 15-09-2018, 01:28 AM. Reason: Continuing

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    • #3
      The forum goes crazy when using special symbols and letters, I guess you tried to use the comma on top of the e for 'Coupe' ? The forum doesn't like that and cuts of the entire post after that point.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TheCaptain View Post
        The forum goes crazy when using special symbols and letters, I guess you tried to use the comma on top of the e for 'Coupe' ? The forum doesn't like that and cuts of the entire post after that point.
        So this seems to have caused it to disappear, right on spot.

        Re-sprayed the rear snackbar: IMG_20180909_132210.jpg


        And this is what where i'm currently at, all my hard work ultimately got to this point!
        IMG_20180908_175255_699.jpg

        Also upgraded to a 320mm steering wheel because on the original one the horns didn't work... Also got some HELLA yellow horns
        Closer look on the engine bay: IMG_20180908_174043.jpg


        I've still got to do some stuff left to do, but it runs, revs and my neighbors won't say 'Oh no what's he doing again'... To be continued
        Last edited by sebe20; 15-09-2018, 01:33 AM.

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        • #5
          love me a BMW E30, that shape!!

          nice work mate!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by kin37ik View Post
            love me a BMW E30, that shape!!

            nice work mate!!
            Thanks mate, It's the ultimate driving machine!

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