Figured you guys might be interested, and this is still my favorite forum so i figured what the hell.
Somewhat current shot(when i remember to update)
I bought the car from Vollgas motorwerks of portland oregon, the car had a stroker m20 in it that was pulled and the car then sat for sometime, i bought it along with an m20b27 eta motor to drop in for the time being.
It came with, e30 m3 front seats, ie poly motor mounts, bilstiein struts and lowering springs, uuc short shift kit, uuc header back exhaust, mtech II wheel and some other odds and ends, it is a clean white straight body with about 120k on it and only a few very minor dents, and since i told my self i would only buy a white e30 it was hard for me to refuse this.
it was in need of a bath real bad, so i gave the engine bay a good degreasing and gave the car a quick soap.
i hate tan, will be doing something about that....but it sure is sexy =]
i want a factory shift knob also...
Picked up the motor a week later....
u know u love the kabota =p
oh no, fram gtfo!
Then today started dropping the motor in, my dog athena, you will see her quite a bit, she keeps me company.
once the car is clean she wont be sitting there ever again! lol
Made a bit of progress today, went to the junkyard, they only had one 325 and it was an e so i grabbed the throttle body i needed. The whole harness, ecu and guage cluster was gone so i still need to grab all that. I called around the only other 3 yards and none of them have any I's =[
I grabbed the rear heater hoses and that little valve setup from the 325e at the yard, i still use that even with the I tstat right?
so i still need
-eta harness and ecu and coding plug
-need to pick up the headers
also need to mount the alternator and ps pump, not sure if i have all the parts to mount them, it sucks because ive never worked on these before and i recieved the car with no motor in it and a trunk of parts lol.
yanked the motor back out and dropped the trans, damn these 260s are light!
sorry for the wierd color pics, for some reason my phone decided to not be normal lol.
managed to get the motor and trans mated and back in it goes
Turns out its easier to just swap to an 885 head on the b27 bottom end and use my current wiring hanress and cooling system rather than trying to convert it all to use the b27 cooling system and wiring harness.
So a little update, the guy i bought the car from had an I head and parts at the shop so i swung by tonight and grabbed it all along with the headers that go with my exhaust ;)
I dont see the 885 casting number on the head like most heads, this head and manifold are off an Xi tho, so can someone reassure me that it is the correct head and manifold i need?
So now i have
-complete I head
-I intake mani with fuel rail and injectors and harness and throttle body
-the headers to finish off the exhaust
Im pretty sure thats most the stuff i need, it sounds like i need to get a couple coolant/water temp sensors from an I motor and a headgasket kit and some head bolts.
this is the only numbers i could see on the head, but it is a little bit dirty and it was kinda dark out so i might be missing some, can someone confirm for me please?
got the head most the way stripped down, dont have a valve spring compressor(need to invest in one) so i will have the machine shop pull those before they pressure test and deck it, will drop off the valve seals with them tommorow morning when they arrive, hopefully can have the head back before the shop calls it a day and is gone for the weekend. ugh might fork up for a regrind and seat, not sure yet.
and some goodies, love having a chill ex boss who lets me order through his wholesalers, cheap parts within the hour!
Had the machine shop pressure test the 885 head today, no cracks, exhaust valves got a recut and the deck got machined flat and valve seals installed, dropped it off in the morning and picked it up after work and started assembling it and working on the car.
nice clean FLAT surface for the headgasket
yanked the head off the b27, its pretty nasty, quite a bit of carbon build up, ive seen much worse but it is no wonder the exhaust valves werent sealing
So i scrapped the carbon build up off all the pistons and scotch brighted them with some wd40 to get them clean, 10minutes later and they all looked much better
cleaned the deck the best i could, its definetly flat and pretty damn clean so im confident i will get a good seal with the hg
I bought a goatze headgasket instead of using the pos vr one from the kit i bought, very happy i spent the 30 bucks and picked this up, it looks a million times better quality than the victor rienz....and it smells of fish:rofl1:
Set the head on
didnt have the torque specs for the head with me so i started putting the headers on, then called it a night, ill finish tommorow.
Picked up a trigger wheel today thanks to a local dude which i think i might be hitting up for some more parts if i cant find them at the jy tommorow.
still need some hoses, waterpump pully, crank sensor bracket, alternator and ps brackets, it sucks not knowing what shit i need and just having to find out as i go along.
Torqued the head down today, adjust valves and put the valve cover on, installed new timing components also.
tightened up the headers and put the trigger wheel on.
here is where i left off =/
got all the parts i need, attempted to start the car today but ive got no fuel pump coming on.
Tested the pump, its ok.
The car had a unichip installed but im not sure if its all hooked up correctly, could someone tell me if this wiring looks botched?
it looks like its connected to some wires coming out of the ecu but none run down the harness anywhere else and theres a few wires coming out of the unichip plug that arent hooked up. Id like to just do away with the whole thing for now but im not sure if it is part of my reason for no fuel pump.
Got the car running, ran like shit, pulled the unichip out and rewired the harness back to stock and it runs like a champ, needs an iacv tho.
Today i pulled the seats out and the door panels off and did some cleaning, i am on the hunt for a black capet kit and black door cards and black front m3/vert seats and some late model rear vert seats. But for now, ill clean it all up and leave it.
could be worse i guess
after some cleaning of the door jams
My girlfriend helped me all day, she cleaned all the seats and door panels, actually did a great job
Also found out my seats are heated, just need to wire them and get some hog rings and reattach the bottoms.
Pulled the ugly seat covers off the rear seats and cleaned them up and installed them, shame about the tear =/ oh well, only temporary till i can find a vert rear seat
Pulled the rear spoiler off and cleaned under neath it, also pulled the tail lights and license plate to have a good wipe down, cleaned in the trunk jam and the inside of the trunk lid
thats all for now
got the car up in the air tonight and did some steam cleaning, also extracted carpets.
cleaner than it looks in pictures.
Still waiting on a stock ecu to swap out for the one in the car which has a war chip setup for the old stroker motor the car had, so it runs pretty rich and wont pass deq/smog, so the car wont be on the road till around the 10th, which is ok because it gives me time to work on it.
pulled the carpet out and steam cleaned it in preperation for dying it black
some good old sem trim black for the trim and grille, and valspar vinyl dye which i will use to dye the carpet black and possibly the door cards if it looks right.
also recieved my shift boot and ebrake boot from topgaiter on ebay, they look great and they arrived within 5 days from the uk! we will see how they fit but from what i see so far i would definetly recommend, the price was too good to pass up
Also bought a set of trim rings from a guy here on the forum, forgot his name, at first i thought the temp and fuel guage rings wouldnt fit but they just need to be pushed in very very hard, but they snapped in nice and tight in the end, the speedo and tach need a dab of glue to be held still, no big deal.
Also painted my needles red.
Just waiting on my alpina tach strip and some bulbs and batterys for the si board.
quick update, dont expect anyone to care but i would like to keep this all logged ;)
got the stock ecu in the car, runs much better, passed smog/deq with flying colors, transfered title and got new tags, just waiting on insurance and i should be able to start driving it.
havent got much done at all lately. cant put the carpet back in yet because i need to buy another can of carpet dye because it got knocked off my dresser and ruining my bedroom carpet....good way to spend 50 bucks.
Plans to m50 swap, should be picking up an nv m50b25 next week.
well i took the plung.
now im on the hunt for a clutch, motor mounts, and an e34 oilpan and pickup.
snapped a few pics since i realized i havent posted pics since i had it cut/buffed/polished/waxed, pictures dont do it justice, paint looks great, couple small spots on the front fender and on one rear quarter where the primer is shinning through from being polished before, but over all i am happy with it.
i want to repaint the front and rear valances, but im not sure where to find some alpinwiess II paint....anyone?
i hate all that yellow shit under the car, really need to reundercoat the whole car, sigh...oh well, maybe one day. My boss just bought a 3m udnercoat spraying gun for a pretty penny so he can undercoat the unimog we are building, so i can properly undercoat/seamseal anything i want now =]
So does anyone know what i should do for paint? i need some alpinwiess II in either a spray can or just a can that i can throw in my hvlp, would i be better off just having it paint matched at a local store?
Well progress has slowed lately, working alot, moved into a new house, finally have a decent sized garage, and money hasnt allowed for much progress on the e30.
But here is what has happened lately.
started glassing in the side markers on the bumper trim
recieved the 13 button obc i bought from a member on here, everything looks great, havent installed yet.
installed my kenwood i had sitting on the shelf along with some hertz hi energy 3way 6x9s in the rear, will be installing a 4ch amp and building some kick pods for the front 6.5" components in the future, have everything just need the time.
recieved my euro ellips' headlights yesterday and installed them last night.
resoldered the euro plugs onto my harness and wrapped it all in heatshrink and pet braiding.
will clean up the wiring a little more when i do the m50 swap and the m20 is out of the bay.
yes i know i need to put the front end back together....as soon as the bumper trim is done.
ordered a morimoto hid kit, i wanted something with quality and i have heard good things about them and figured i could justify spending 100 bucks more than the shitty ebay setups.
Thats about it for now.
god damn it, just typed up a huge post and then it disapeared, i give up, pictures do the talking.
Im putting a volvo 5cyl turbo motor in the car.
bought a 260/6 out of a 535i today, now i can buy the adapter plate and get rolling on it.
pulled the m20 this evening.
whats up now suckas =p
02 t5 motor, will be running on my old vems standalone from the 855 and a big snail.
Edited by mdlimy, 28 May 2013 - 08:59 PM.