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Old Thu, Mar-09-2017, 08:29:18 PM   #41
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Pretty amazing how you managed to put the car on the trailer! Looking good

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I can't believe how neglected the donor car is. Literally every single thing on the car is neglected. Good progress. Can't wait to see more!
Agreed, but what do you expect, its black on black on black with blacked out tails and a reckless driving ticket still in the car
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Old Fri, Mar-10-2017, 09:12:59 PM   #43
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Love this!!

And your garage is awesome btw!
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Old Sat, Mar-11-2017, 04:18:24 AM   #44
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Pretty amazing how you managed to put the car on the trailer! Looking good



Agreed, but what do you expect, its black on black on black with blacked out tails and a reckless driving ticket still in the car
Yeah, haha. The cherry on top is the previous owner's first name on the registration is "Race"
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Thanks Kevin!



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Finally got rid of the chassis. I took a long lunch break at work to take it down to the metal recycler. Excuse the poor photo. As the car was being lifted off the trailer I realized I left my phone in the truck. I scrambled to grab it to get one last parting photo.



But hey, I got $44 out of it!



Bonus photo: It's about the farthest thing from an M3, but we got an i3 traded in at the dealership I work out. I couldn't resist taking it on a test drive. I think they're pretty ugly on the outside, but the technology inside amazes me. It was a fun little ride. The acceleration is super quick and the regenerative braking is pretty cool. It would be a fun little run around town car. I'm not quite ready to give up my gas guzzler though.

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Old Sat, Mar-11-2017, 02:28:56 PM   #45
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Any E36/46 M3 caliper pistons will work and there is this option: http://www.bimmerworld.com/Stainless...Set-Ate10.html

I've run them on all my track cars with great results.
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Old Sun, Mar-12-2017, 04:56:57 AM   #46
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Any E36/46 M3 caliper pistons will work and there is this option: http://www.bimmerworld.com/Stainless...Set-Ate10.html

I've run them on all my track cars with great results.
Good to know for the future. I ended up finding a new single piston that was about $30 shipped from the UK. Thanks though!
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Old Wed, Mar-15-2017, 05:46:16 AM   #47
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It's been a few days without a lot of work on this project, and it's been killing me. I'm anxious to get back to work. Finally got the engine cracked open tonight. Got the camshafts out and then pulled the head off.



And found this surprise underneath between cylinders 1 and 2.



I'm going to get the head sent out to a machine shop tomorrow to get everything checked over and get the flywheel resurfaced.

We pulled off the oil pan next to check things out down there.



Aw shit...





The oil pickup mesh is smashed and coming loose from the tube in a couple places. I did some reading on here and it looks like there's an updated oil pump design with an updated pickup tube. There's no way to get the mesh on its own though. I certainly don't trust leaving this pump in the engine, so I guess I've got no choice but to replace it. At almost $800, it stings pretty bad though.
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Old Wed, Mar-15-2017, 07:43:22 AM   #48
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This is going to be awesome! Great work so far! Excited to see more updates as they come.
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I got the head back from the machine shop yesterday. They replaced the valve stem seals and pressure tested it. There was a bit of detonation corrosion between cylinders 1 and 2 where the head gasket blew, so they resurfaced it. He told me clearances on this engine are tight, so they took off the minimum possible to straighten things out.

I don't have a good before photo, but here's the area between the cylinders after a resurface.



I got the block scraped down and cleaned up today to see the damage there. the surface feels rough between the cylinders, so I think the plan now is to take the block to the machine shop and have them resurface it, hone the cylinders, and I'll replace the piston rings, and use a thicker head gasket during the rebuild.

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grant rings make a nice set... at a fraction of the cost of OE BMW ones.. i just did mine.

my machine shop is C&T machine in Orem UT. they did a great job on my block, crank, and head..

im currently rebuilding my head myself (new seals, cleaning valves), my short block is done. My crank needed machine work -.25mm. i used stock over sized BMW bearings +.25mm and then sent them to WPC and had them treat my rod bearings.. only cost $4 per half shell.. well worth it, turn around time is 4 days
used new OE rod bolts

im doing an S54 swap into my E36 M3 sedan

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