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Old Fri, Dec-14-2018, 03:45:30 PM   #11
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This is going to be a good thread, I can tell already. Good luck with the swap, I'll be right behind you!
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Old Mon, Dec-17-2018, 02:08:07 PM   #13
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Did a little work on the donor. Decided to pull off a headlight to see how easily this thing was going to come apart. As expected, it's basically a giant tinker toy. About 40 mins later I had most of the front end off and decided to take a quick break.



Next I pulled out the under panels, exhaust and driveshaft. At this point the quickjack was already paying for itself as it made access to everything much easier than I'm used to. I can see how an actual two post lift would be even better, but unfortunately I don't have the room for one and I like that the QJ is portable and I can easily store it when not in use.

Next I pulled off the airbox. I "borrowed" some elastic hair bands from my soon to be wife and used some plastic bags to keep the intake protected from foreign objects.



Then I decided to pull the radiator, condenser and other stuff to give myself access to the engine.



The SMG wiring junction box under the car was unbolted and it looks like everything should come out as an assembly. I still need to disconnect the fuel feed line, ground strap and a few other odds and ends but it is getting really close to coming out of there. I'm planning to pull the engine and trans as a unit and separate them later. Hopefully this won't cause any issues but I will find out soon enough. If anyone has any tips or suggestions, it would be great to hear them!



Finally, I assembled my engine crane that I picked up from HF. This thing was actually somewhat frustrating to get together since one of the support bars in the back didn't want to line up, but I eventually got it into place. I also picked up a load leveler as it seemed like a good use of a few bucks. Of course I used a coupon on it as well



This is where I decided to stop for the weekend. I could have gone ahead and pulled the engine, but I would rather wait until I am fresh to get it out of there as well as figure out the best approach so nothing is damaged in the process.
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Old Fri, Dec-28-2018, 01:54:31 PM   #14
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Unfortunately, pulling the motor and trans as a unit didn't work out for me. While I'm sure it's possible, I just didn't have enough space to make it happen how I wanted. I decided to go about it a different way and remove the transmission first as I've seen several builds done this way. Some of the bellhousing bolts put up a decent fight but overall it wasn't too bad. Luckily I already had a bunch of long extensions and a transmission jack from a previous transmission swap I did on a truck.

Transmission pulled with shift actuator and hoses still attached.



Safe to say this is getting replaced, yikes!



Next up will be removing the engine, subframes and fuel system. I am getting pretty close to being able to work on the wagon, which has me pretty excited!
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Old Fri, Dec-28-2018, 04:02:07 PM   #15
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Nice pick up, it would be a super sleeper if you kept it gold!
Everyone jumping on the band "wagon."

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Old Sun, Dec-30-2018, 09:15:08 PM   #16
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Nice pick up, it would be a super sleeper if you kept it gold!
Everyone jumping on the band "wagon."

I'm actually considering leaving it this color as it has really grown on me. It doesn't look like much now, but once it is detailed and the lenses and faded trim are replaced, it may just make for a nice little sleeper. I am undecided on if I want to leave the body stock or do the M3 front and rear fenders. I would love to do the body, but the rear won't be easy and certainly won't be inexpensive to farm out.
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Old Sun, Dec-30-2018, 09:15:41 PM   #17
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Box of goodies showed up. Engine mounts, fluids, clutch install kit, etc. etc.



Lowered the car down and hooked up the crane.



As easy as just pull it out right? Nope, of course not. The car is too low for the engine hoist legs to fit underneath it without contacting the control arms. I decided to sit the front tires down on ramps and then roll it backwards once the engine was free. This worked, but it was a process that involved moving it back a few inches, jacking it up manually and then moving the ramps further back three times. After I rolled it back, I felt like celebrating as I was able to do this completely by myself in my home garage



The celebration was short lived as I realized that I needed to clean the floor, find a spot to put the engine and push the car back into the garage. Without an engine, it was quite easy to push it back inside. Now when it's on the lift, it seems a bit sketchy without any weight on the front end, but I'm hoping that it's better once I pull the rear subframe. Thinking to definitely do the back before the front as I would hate to take any more weight off of the front at this point.

I still have so much left to do, but this was a big milestone for the project in my mind. The next steps will be to remove the subframes, pull the fuel tank and related lines and hopefully get to work on the wagon within the next several days.
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Old Tue, Jan-15-2019, 03:22:36 PM   #18
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Made some progress on my build

Swapped clear tails onto the touring. They made a huge difference on the car and I feel it looks a bit more modern. I haven't detailed the car or done anything with it yet other than this. I plan to redo the faded trim and give it a full detail once done with the mechanical side of things.

Pulled in and ready for work to begin.



The touring looking over its new powerplant.



Put the M3 on jackstands and moved the quick jack over to the Touring.

I was a little worried about the exhaust on the touring, but it came right off with very little effort despite some slight rust on the oem bolts from 2000.



Pulled the front clip.



Pulled the transmission and the auto gear selector.



Pulled the M52tu and cleaned up the bay as it was disgusting in there.



The leaky turd that made a mess of the engine bay.



Once I had the engine out I swapped the front subframes.

323i brakes.



M3 brakes, much better.



Also installed new engine mounts on the M3 subframe before moving it over as I don't think this one would work too well anymore...



Don't know if these really make a difference, but decided to install them since I'll be running coilovers on the wagon and a little extra mounting surface never hurts.



Unfortunately, the 16" touring wheels wouldn't fit over the M3 brakes. I put the square setup on the front, but it obviously isn't going to work as they were aggressive on the M3, but look just plain ridiculous on the Touring. They'll work to roll it around for now and I can figure something else out when it comes to wheels and tires in the future.

Also lined up the engine to place it in the bay.



The S54 looks pretty good in its new home



That was enough work for one weekend. Will take a few days off from the project and hopefully get back on it this coming weekend. I still have so much to do, but it feels good to not only put the engine in the touring, but to also get back some of my limited garage space by getting it off of the floor
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Old Tue, Jan-15-2019, 03:36:26 PM   #19
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Dude, right on!! That's so much progress done so fast.
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Old Wed, Jan-16-2019, 03:34:19 AM   #20
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Dude, right on!! That's so much progress done so fast.


Once you get moving it's hard to stop. Definitely a labor of love as there is so much to do, but time flies when you're having fun!
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