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Old Mon, Aug-15-2016, 05:40:11 AM   #1
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Default BMW 318 IS V8 swap

Hello fellow forum members i will continually attempt to update this thread as much as i can being as i am a working college student and this is low on the totem pole as far as priorities go. however, enough about me on with the cool stuff.
(side note to mods my apologies if this is posted in the wrong location this is my first thread and post literally on any forum.)
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Old Mon, Aug-15-2016, 06:18:16 AM   #2
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Ok so little bit of back story, the whole reason i started this project was due to the most amazing deal i scored on a 1991 318is. I had been driving by this car for about a year as it sat in the same spot with four flat tires at my local auto shop in the middle of town one day i decided to walk in and ask if it was for sale sure enough it was. About 30 mins later i walked out with a title in hand and had a tow truck on the way to bring it back to my garage. I think it was a steal at $250 unfortunately I don't have the first photos i took due to an sd card failure but,
the bad: it was covered in green what i'm assuming was mold filled with leaves and other various foliage as well as a few mouse nests as well as the engine was disassembled to be fixed (head removed/ everything that goes along with it and put in the trunk which was locked and they only had the valet key and according to the guy i bought it off of had sat apart for about 10 years somewhere else apart and alone...

the good: only bad rust was on the trunk lip under the seal and battery tray. interior was in pretty good shape considering how long it sat.
(photo is after I cleaned it up decently and removed the fender)
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Old Mon, Aug-15-2016, 06:37:35 AM   #3
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After getting all my ducks in a row i set about determing what to do with this shell the cylinder walls on the engine were rusted to the point the engine would need to be rebuilt and i decided against that as i was not even sure why it was taken apart in the first place (upon later inspection it looked like some sprocket down in the engine sheered of and jammed the timing chain eeeeekkk)
So i pulled that out using a chain and a tractor now the engine just sits on the floor but at least its inside (engine hoist was being loaned to my mechanic) and was left with a decent now rust free shell, I repaired everything by this point.

After debating for a while I decided to sell my beloved e46 bmw M3 to fund this project and finish paying off the car(m3).
after deciding between a ls1 or something else i decided to search for a German BMW V8 motor.
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Old Mon, Aug-15-2016, 05:33:55 PM   #4
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I'm a simple man; I see an E30, I like. I see a V8, I like. I see an E30 V8 project, I drool.
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Old Thu, Aug-18-2016, 03:15:09 AM   #5
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thanks for the comment
but after getting my e30 and pulling out the motor. I set about stripping down the car from all the items the car will no longer need such as the old 4 cylinder wiring harness and shaving the engine bay of excess brackets
and etc (will edit to show a clean engine bay picture) I set about my search for my new old motor.
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Old Thu, Aug-18-2016, 03:43:17 AM   #6
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So after looking around for a while for a motor only which would have been successful if i wanted to spend about a grand for a motor only. then i would have to buy all the other stuff i needed separately like the brake booster assembly. so then i decided to continue looking except this time for a donor car.
first place i tried craigslist first thing i saw 1994 740i eyes widen $850 eyes wider RUNS AND DRIVES i call the guy seemed nice i was slightly skeptical but decided to take the chance on the 4 hour round trip got there and ended up the car wouldn't start, (dead battery) and had 3 flat tires, hooked up the jump box we had in the race trailer and it turned over slow but started right up, so after that talked to the guy and ended up buying the car for $450 drove the car up in the trailer and strapped it down and drove home parked it down at our shop for a few days drove it around my neighborhood just to get it running good again it overheated due to the bad radiator (i shut it off every time it went even slightly over half)after i got it running decently i pulled the front clip off and took it down into the shop to pull the motor out. then proceded to put it on my engine stand to prepare to replace all the seals.
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Old Thu, Aug-18-2016, 03:49:33 AM   #7
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a little while later after pulling off the valve covers to check the condition of the timing chain guides i decided to have a friend come over and help me test fit the engine for mock up purposes for soon to be over-engineered things more on that later but for now teaser pic...
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Old Sun, Sep-11-2016, 03:12:43 AM   #8
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Been a while since last update since prior post i have welding my transmission extension brackets to make tge six speed fit properly then put the engine in the car and have since removed it again to start building my custom brake linkage idea due to haveing literally and inch and a half of firewall clearance (most people cut the pedal assembly and move it over) i decided to basically do the same thing but use a rod to move it over on the outside of the fire wall side instead of in the footwell (will edit for photo later ) after i get this done engine will go back in car so i can route brakelines around the massive bulk of the cylinder heads.
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Old Thu, Feb-23-2017, 04:02:52 AM   #9
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good lord it has been forever since i've given an update.
i've ticked off so many things on my list of things to do on this car its insane. but it seemed like every time I tried to open up the site it was down for whatever reason I know last time I tried I couldn't get to the actual posts,
anyways since my last post I have finalized my brake bracket made sure my linkage worked correctly reinforced the crud out of it (no flex...zone lol) relocated my abs to where the battery was on early cars ran all my brake lines from calipers to abs, got a new welder along with a plasma cutter AKA best thing Since sliced bread.as well as ordered a new gas tank along with a treperformance fuel pump currently in the middle of master cylinder to abs pump brake lines made my core support bolt in, notched the frame rail for my ac compressor to clear and started on diying a strut tower brace to make one to my liking and have clearances where I need them hahah and I had the car running for a short while just to see if it would (it did and it did really well) and then pulled everything back apart to get better access to everything. hmm what else. oh yeah made a hellacious engine lifting bracket with my new plasma cutter and welder now lifts from the center instead of on the sides which I hated. also swapped out my small case differential for a medium case one and most recently ordered a kit from MASSIVE brakes settled on the 300 x 32 kit with 4 piston wilwoods. so yeah quite a bit has happened since my last post apologies for anyone who may have been waiting.
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Old Thu, Feb-23-2017, 04:15:35 AM   #10
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photos of some work need to post more
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