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Old 04-02-2014, 12:37 AM   #61
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Maybe dont shred those tires... never forget a friend in need (of new tires).
You aren't going to want these -
The "summers" are a set of old Dunlop Direzza Star Spec Z1s that have major camber wear on them...

The reason they are getting "thrashed" is because they're basically at their life expectancy.

That said though, the tires that are on the wagon will not be the tires that end up on the wagon post LS1 install.. If you need new tires I'm happy to offer them up to you first? 1 mismatch, 3 others.. will have to get deets later (or you can get in touch with me if you're seriously interested). I technically offered the wheels up to someone else first, but if he doesn't want the rubber you've got first dibs? (225/4X/R17)
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:35 AM   #62
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I opened this thread and expected to see one of these.



nice car though, can't wait to see it all done. I got to enjoy driving a 540i wagon about 600 miles on a roadtrip, I would love putting an LS motor into one of those!
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:47 AM   #63
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That's a pretty solid wagon too... Just thrice the price

If y'all hadn't caught this in another thread on here, I was trying on my E36 summer shoes for some fun this weekend. After that, I believe the project will officially "begin"-



But before I get to the fun, I have to fix 1 thing... have been smelling fuel and getting an evap code - Turns out I have a bit of a leak (fuel had been dyed so I could track it down with a UV light in case it was hard to find the source).

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dang i think a wagon should be my next car
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That's a pretty solid wagon too... Just thrice the price

If y'all hadn't caught this in another thread on here, I was trying on my E36 summer shoes for some fun this weekend. After that, I believe the project will officially "begin"-



But before I get to the fun, I have to fix 1 thing... have been smelling fuel and getting an evap code - Turns out I have a bit of a leak (fuel had been dyed so I could track it down with a UV light in case it was hard to find the source).

Close call on that. Was it just a crap clamp?
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Close call on that. Was it just a crap clamp?
Haven't officially repaired it, but have parts in hand to replace the gasket that seals the pump assembly/lid - The leak isn't a pressurized leak (fuel line). Rather, it leaks when the tank level is above that point, which is basically the top 1/4 or the tank or less..

Will be fixing tonight... won't be re-filling tank to "full" until tomorrow end of day (after racing), but hopefully that will solve my issue(s) and SES light..
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:18 PM   #67
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Haven't officially repaired it, but have parts in hand to replace the gasket that seals the pump assembly/lid - The leak isn't a pressurized leak (fuel line). Rather, it leaks when the tank level is above that point, which is basically the top 1/4 or the tank or less..

Will be fixing tonight... won't be re-filling tank to "full" until tomorrow end of day (after racing), but hopefully that will solve my issue(s) and SES light..
Well - I'm pretty certain I fixed the problem..

Pulled the cover off, and looked at it all again - Non BMW hose clamp, Non BMW sticker on fuel pump assembly... Both look clean(er than everything else around it)...

OK... odd...

Pulled fuel pump cartridge out - WHAT THE ****. No fuel pump gasket. No pieces, nothing in the tank -whoever reinstalled the replacement unit did NOT include/reinclude/replace the gasket. No wonder it was leaking

Now to see if I get more power without the vacuum leak...
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So...

Looking to put up an official for sale ad for the M54/tranny, 137k miles, 4 owner? As far as I've been able to tell, everything's minty fine

What's a fair price for that setup? Engines are listed all over ebay from $1k-$1500.. which is unfortunately less than what I was expecting, but oh well..

Anyone want to buy an M54 and or the auto sport tranny that goes with it? Figured I'd list it before I removed it from the car so people could come inspect it in running condition before I pull it..
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Great news! Engine's sold! :thumbup:

Found a local buyer who (unfortunately for him) let his step-son borrow his 325Ci and promptly suffered massive failure.. Water pump failed, kid drove on it for 3-4 more days... I just... I don't even... Yeah - it's bad... So, he bought the engine, and the swap is happening ASAP. Started on Saturday- Here's where we stand



Obvious failure is obvious.


Got his engine/tranny pulled, started tearing down the front end of my wagon last night. If all goes well, I'll have an empty hole and no extra vehicles/engines in the garage by the end of this weekend.



..Sorry for the incredibly ****ty pictures this time around.. Figured any pictures were better than none..
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MMmm....

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It's been forever, and unfortunately it bothers me that this project will likely progress slowly..

That said though, got the oil pan and am starting to work on engine and transmission mounts.. Need to create a few jigs and fixtures, and then I'll be off to ordering some material!

Not too far away from feasibly having the engine in the car for a test-fit (with some turbos?).. then again, "test fit" is likely still a month or two out at this rate.
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I've had a bit more time to put in on the project recently - Think I've got the engine mounts straightened out! Just need to get some material ordered and produce the first prototype set..

In a [beneficial] twisted turn of events, my company purchased a FARO edge arm and a Vantage tracker - what that meas is that I can VERY easily reverse engineer parts.. I snagged an extra subrame from EBay, modeled the critical interfaces, and then got along with mount designing.. So far, so good!

I expect the transmission mount that I ordered to be in by Monday, and I'll use my FARO equipment to pick up the factory BMW tranny mount points... Tranny mount should be fairly simple, only needing to worry about clearance for exhaust and ground clearance (if that's even going to be of concern).

Would anyone be interested in a 'kit' if I were to produce a few of these? Any necessary design improvements would be incorporated between prototype parts and production parts. I'm also considering producing them in 2+ versions - For starters, I'd offer them as finished parts, or if you have access to welding equipment and wanted to save some bucks I'll send you all the parts to weld together and jig piece/parts so you could do that yourself... thoughts?

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Passenger side engine mount assembly, you can see surfaces and features below it that represent the sub-frame (grey transparent surfaces)..


More to come when more parts start to arrive!
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Right now it's so slow I don't even think I could get it out of my garage under it's own power...


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Sorry I don't need your "kit". My car isn't as slow as yours
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