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  2. jc43089

    chit chat thread

    I had an exciting day, Friday night one leg of my service shorted out and blew a fuse, it was shorted to ground. I didn't want to pay the after hours charge for the utility guys to come out so I made do without one leg and planned for today. I dug a 70' trench and made a Menard's run. I got a Type 3R breaker box to hang on the pole under the meter socket and other goodies. The co-op guys came this morning and replaced the janky old wiring with a 200A service to the new box on the pole, I just finished getting everything hooked up in the house, I replaced the breaker box in the house too because some genius didn't use duct seal and it was corroded on the neutral bus.
  3. AsparagusMike

    the one and only e30 s52 engine swap

    Update: Gonna go back a bit before the engine not cranking phase so I can be thorough on whats been a happenin. So my adapter for my coolant temp sender unit showed up from auto meter. Right away I tried screwing in the vdo sensor and the inside hole between the threads was way to small of a diameter for the sending unit to slide through. As I wanted to get the thing put on that day I went ahead and decided to drill the hole out big enough (I believe it was a 21/64ths) to get the sending unit threaded in and get both installed on the head. Sense I tend to not think things through before doing I forgot about the fact that drilling out the inside hole larger was only gonna make the walls around it thinner and weaker. As I began to thread in the adapter I didn't even get it flush with the head on the block before the threads snapped off from the larger portion. After taking a short walk down the driveway to cool off and think everything over I proceeded to remove the portion still threaded in the head out which wasn't all that terrible. I didn't have another adapter or a way to get the vdo sending unit installed I decided to just throw the brown top m20 back in and run with the stock gauge for now. Once I do end up doing the head gasket I will order a vdo sending unit with the correct thread pitch so I won't need to deal with finding an adapter that will work. Also installed both my oil pressure, oil temp, and factory oil pressure gauges onto the BW distribution block and tightened that into place. Luckily I had no issues there. Routed some wiring for the sending units. Once installed I went ahead and pulled a vacuum on the cooling system to check for any leaks. I did have a fairly quick loss of vacuum and started checking around to find that the other coolant sensor for ecm was only hand tight. Tightened down and tried again... good to go! Filled the system up with bmw coolant I think it sucked in something around 2ish gallons all in all. Got the intake system reinstalled, filled my power steering system with some fresh castrol atf and ran the car for a few minutes to reach around operating temp. Everything seems to be functioning great! Still slowly leaking from the head gasket above the timing cover though. 😡 Next thing on the list... exhaust. My buddy Forrest came back over last week and started cranking out the rest of the piping. So far its looking great! After getting it welded past the rear sub frame I started figuring out how we were gonna hang the thing. Went to other side of the shop and dug through my tub of old parts to scavenge up my old rear sub frame bushings. Luckily we had a bit of scrap 16 gauge stainless sitting around and we went ahead and cut a long rectangular piece out in which we took the press and bump formed a piece to fit around the bushing. We left a flat section to drill a hole through for the M8 bolt that threads into the rear sub frame. After that piece was made we took some measurements, took a piece of 3/8 stainless bar stock and shaped into something that we could use. Once shaped and fitted up, he tacked it on and welded it up. Sense the diameter of the inside hole on the bushing was larger then the 3/8 bar stock we ended up just filling it all around with some weld beads so it fit more snug. Also threw on a little end knob to keep the hanger from slipping out. Everything installed... Originally was gonna run with a magnaflow muffler but found out that the inlet pipe was 2 1/4 inch and I didn't like the idea of having to reduce the pipe back down. Instead I went ahead and ordered a vibrant street power muffler which had an option for a 2.5 inch inlet. Hoping to see that tomorrow and we will be able to go ahead and get that installed and the exhaust will be complete. Found me some seats!!! I originally said that I was having some sport seats shipped over from Florida but after doing some further searching through Craigslist I found a guy who was selling his e30 vert and had a spare set of leather sport seats from the car he was looking to get rid of sense he had got some cloth ones for it instead. Took a trip up there about a week ago and picked them up. Ya they aren't mint and will definitely need a little work but all the brackets are in solid shape and my plan will be to reupholster them this coming winter. For now though, I will be throwing some nice matching seat covers from the old set back on and run them for the rest of the warm season. Onto more things, fan relay is wired up. When ahead and mounted it next to the power distribution block. Ran the wires along the tunnel behind the fender. Grinded away some paint on one of the holes beneath the passenger side headlight for a proper grounding point for the fan. Decided to run the relay independent from the car so, (for those of you who are familiar with the spal harness) instead of running the orange wire to ignition I ran it to ground. By doing this I keep the relay on a +12 volts constant and it can run freely whenever needed. I also had to go ahead an order the 2 prong switch as the 3 prong I had originally purchased was not gonna work well with my setup. Hoping to see that show up tomorrow sometime. After reinstalling the front end and fenders I went ahead and threw the front wheels back on and layed the car on the ground. Right away I was completely disoriented by how low the car was. I have been so use to the jack stand height of the car that I had completely forgotten what its ride height was on the ground. The rear end is gonna need some tweaking as it sits forward a bit. Yes I know, definitely gonna need some different wheels. Received a cone air filter from AEM today. Went ahead and installed that but realized I was gonna have to do a little triming to the throttle body silicone elbow from BW in order for it to fit right. Couldn't get it completely back together as I broke one of the band clamps that hold it to the throttle body. Will pick up another tomorrow to get it fully installed. Ideally I'd like to make a custom air box system so I can somehow route in some colder air then the warm engine bay air this will be sucking in. Threw it on the list for a next winter project. Got the hood bracket blasted up. Planning to give that a coat of paint sometime this week, gonna keep the color the same as the engine bay so it doesn't stick out to much. Started working on wiring up the gauges inside the cabin. So far I have the lights for all three done. Plan is to run that power source off the light control switch that runs the rest of the back lighting. Ran out of the connectors needed for this so I had to take a pause tell tomorrow so I can pick some more up. Quick question for these as well. Where is the ideal place to splice into for ignition power for the gauges themselves? Still working on getting the car insured and registered (hobbyist plates) But I'm still hoping to take the car for a short spin down the road and back on Wednesday to make sure everything else is feeling good. Also, the car badly needs a wash and I have been oh so fortunate of having some great friends who love to write me encouraging notes to keep me motivated. Stay tuned!
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  5. SteelBlue

    chit chat thread

    It sounds like there is a good amount of people from here going so we absolutely should. I'll send a message to those that I know going.
  6. Rekpoint

    chit chat thread

    Ill be around we will have to do a meetup. My brother is camping at a campsite. I aint about that life so Im in the hotel LOL
  7. wasnt m3

    chit chat thread

    Of course!
  8. SteelBlue

    chit chat thread

    Nice, gonna be downtown Friday night?
  9. gilber33

    1989 E30 325i Progress

    That is EXACTLY what I needed. Thank you!!!
  10. wasnt m3

    chit chat thread

    Andy, Joe, and I will be in sites 141-143.
  11. YoungCR

    Chris' Cleanout Thread

    Haven’t even dug into organizing things yet. Those were just things I didn’t wanna move but I got everything in my garage at home, almost finished building shelving in the basement and then I’ll start organizing/cataloging and listing parts up here
  12. Yesterday
  13. KaiserRolls

    2018 AutoX Events

    https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/fvscc-mscc-road-america-autocross-8-12-2018-fox-valley-sports-car-club-627390
  14. gilber33

    1989 E30 325i Progress

    So, I know this is where the two sensors run across the front of the engine and there's a plastic cover for them. I assume this is where they go, but I dont remember how that cover or wires are secured to the front timing belt cover, but I assume it has something to do with these two holes. Any direction?
  15. Jdesign

    Chris' Cleanout Thread

    You still have e28 parts? Anything left here?
  16. Eluded auto payments but now it doesnt run... Come get it?
  17. m42b32

    2018 AutoX Events

    Just signed up for the Aug 12th event at RA as well!
  18. m42b32

    Finally Joined the Longroof Club

    I may have to change my username to 'straight4pwr' haha Sounds like a great idea to me, RA is a pretty cool spot for photos! I will for sure be bringing it to some!
  19. blue 2002 in good condition $8k? https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/cto/d/1974-bmw-2002-daily-driver/6636006385.html
  20. patsbimmer1

    How to make custom centercaps for your wheels

    Nice job! I did this a few years ago on my e36 with success. Last time I saw these they were still holding up with only a slight amount of yellowing.
  21. GunMetalGrey

    My New Daily Driver...

    I looked up some specs on Jake's X5 and was impressed to see some of the numbers. It weighs more than a modern mid size truck, it has the same towing capacity as a modern mid sized truck, along with the same payload capacity. I was fairly surprised to see such large numbers from it. I can't imagine towing 6500lbs with a 3 liter would be fun though!
  22. GunMetalGrey

    Lifted E30 V2

    I also feel like an idiot. Got the motor in the car a week or so ago and finally was getting around to getting things buttoned up. Got it to the point where I was ready to start getting the air out of the fuel system and I bumped the starter to make sure everything was ready to go. Starter just spun. I thought for a second, then remembered that in an attempt to get my tach to work I put the E flywheel back on the motor, which uses a 228mm clutch, whereas the previous setup in there had been a 240mm. I'm assuming the starter ring gear is smaller and I got used to the 24v life where you could just play "swap the starter". The diesel starter is much different than the gas starter, so I'm thinking I need to pull the flywheel and crap off. Not stoked. Ring gear diameter reference for sanity check
  23. GunMetalGrey

    Lifted E30 V2

    ^Forgot about this And one from our trip to Colorado last week
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