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Old Thu, Sep-25-2014, 05:03:34 AM   #1
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Default PerkM3 S62 ///M Power

Hello everyone, that time has come for me to start a new journal to document a new journey.

Some of your are familiar with my first e46 M3......................It went from a standard street car to an all out track animal. It really was my dream car from the beginning and I had put more blood, sweat and tears into it than I can even recollect. I did all the work myself from the valve adjustments to reinforcing the rear subframe. It's what I first hit the track in. I had always dreamed of racing it in NASA GTS but things happened and I was forced to sell.

Journal round 1:

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showt...ghlight=perkm3

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It wasn't but a few months later that things changed. A new job with a new company opened some doors and it was finally time to get back into an e46. I wanted something well sorted and tastefully modded. The majority of you know MattMann and his ESS 550 machine...........well I took it off his hands. I loved it, the power was insane coming from an NA S54. Once I got it I tore into it, making it my own. Most of that can be seen in the journal below.

Journal round 2:

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=439628

Then it came time to hit the track. I couldn't have been more excited to put 500+ ponies to the pavement......................Oh how I was disappointed. Even with the BimmerWorld radiator, oil cooler, SPAL fan, t-stat and on and on I couldn't keep the temps under control. Part of it may have been the altitude here in Denver. None the less, I couldn't take it. The blower had to go.

So that'w where I started thinking, "well I've always wanted a CSL style intake". "Maybe throw in some cams". Honestly after having that much power from the ESS kit I new that a NA S54 wasn't gonna cut it. What I really wanted was a V8. That's where the S62 came in. I was able to sell the S54 and ESS kit to fund part of the project so I started looking.

I came across this:









So now I had a motor lol, what the hell was I going to do with it. I started doing research. What were the major issues. Sadly there isn't a ton of info out there on this swap. Most of the people that have done it are using it for racing and they don't typically have time to be on forums all day nor to they like sharing.

So the list started with:
- oil pan - everyone knows this one. The e46 chassis was made for a rear sump pan and the S62 uses a front sump. I solved that issue rather quickly, you will see that below in the pics.
- steering shaft - figure that out when I got there, full custom if need be.
- headers - will be using a set of standard SS headers from the E39 M5 to modify

That was it................................well that's what I thought.

So now I had an engine and some parts had arrived and I had completed some maintenance. I started with doing a complete vanos overhaul. Now this engine only had 38k miles on it so most of this stuff was just for piece of mind. I also replaced the rod bearings with oem WPC treated bearings. Once all that was done it was time for the initial test fit.















Dailey Engineering Oil Pump and Oil Pan




















Beginnings of the engine arms.







Well that didn't go far. Before I could even get the engine in I realized the brake booster was in the way. Brake booster and ABS actually. So out with that. So I now added brake boosterless setup and relocate ABS to the list of things to do.







Here was my solution to the brake booster. Tilton Engineering pedal assembly and master cylinders. In car brake bias adjustment as well. I will relocate the ABS just a few inches more towards the outside of the car. I'm betting the stock lines will reach if not I will re-route them. If the stock lines don't reach I may move the ABS to the other side of the engine bay in the empty compartment.













Well with all of that out of the way I could finally get the engine in, leveled and ready for the custom engine arms.








That's where I stand. The engine arms have been made and are out for powder coat. I will post pics of those when they come back. Now I'm just working through the issues.

The list now contains -
Oil pan - Dailey Engineering dry sump system.
Steering shaft - I will move the stock column down with some custom mounts inside the car to allow for head clearance.
Headers - Using E39 M5 headers to modify.
Brake Booster - Tilton pedal assembly with dual master cylinders to eliminate the booster.
ABS - Moving slightly over.
Trans to driveshaft - Revshift makes a quibo that takes the M5 trans and mates it to the E46 M3 driveshaft.

I will continue to update this thread with progress as I work through the issues. There are a few other items I'm keeping quite for now but soon. Now let me hear it..................
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Old Thu, Sep-25-2014, 05:03:54 AM   #2
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Here are a few more pieces that will make the build.

Clutch Masters 280mm oversized 6 puck clutch kit and lightweight flywheel.











Here are the Super Sprint headers in all their glory. Still debating on chopping these up or going full custom. I'm looking for a shop now in the area to get pricing on what option will be better from a power standpoint and cost effective.








Also got an S2R carbon moon roof panel while I had the car in pieces. A carbon fiber roof will be going on this car in the future but for now I felt this was a better cost effective option.

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Old Thu, Sep-25-2014, 06:43:35 AM   #3
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First!

So excited to see this documented. Are those headers the ones that SS makes for the conversion? Or are they the M5 headers?


Also, if you need an extra set of hands, I'll be happy to help. I'm moving to Denver in November
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Holy shit man!! So much drool! Can I send my car to you after you're finished with yours
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Old Thu, Sep-25-2014, 09:10:05 AM   #5
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Amazing build. This is going to be insane!!
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This is going to be epic! Hell your last car was perfect. This is just another level of awesome.
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Can't wait to see this develop
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Here it is boys. Here it is. Looking forward to seeing this develop into all its glory.
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Been following on FB... can't wait to see this come to fruition
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