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  1. 11 points
    m42b32

    Alpine e30 progress/build thread

    This weekend was exhausting... The picture is pre-paint, and without the hanger on the rear section. Despite my ugly welds I'm really happy with how it turned out. The majority of the system is a mix of aluminized steel mandrel beds and straight sections, and the rear muffler and flanges that connect to the headers are stainless. I used some lap-joint band clamps to connect the mid-section to the pipes coming off the headers, and some 309 stainless flux core wire to weld on the muffler. The 309 wire was really difficult to dial in, but is apparently the best way to join dissimilar metals. And the end result after getting a coat of black high-temp paint: I managed to keep it pretty snug against the body so I hopefully minimized any ground clearance issues. Seen here is a post-paint adjustment since the tip was sitting too high and hitting the body. Also seen here is the final install of the newly rebuilt 3.15 LSD (huge thanks to @TehRaydarlover) with a condor diff bushing to match the rest of the car. Just needs a fresh fill of gear oil and the drivetrain will be ready to go! For the exhaust hangers, I used some generic exhaust hangers and mounted them to one of the heat shield bolts in the middle of the car, the original hanger location on the rear subframe, and then added two nutserts to the frame rail under the trunk floor. They are pretty stiff so the exhaust basically feels like it is solid mounted. Not sure if I love that but the engine is also solid mounted so it should be ok. If it ends up cracking I'll know where to add a flex joint haha. While I was waiting for paint to dry I mounted the strut brace to finish off the engine bay! With the exhaust mounted I was able to bleed the cooling system without pissing off all the neighbors. It bled very easily, but unfortunately I need to drain it all again to fix a leak in the upper radiator hose. Bleeding the cooling system was also the first time I ran the engine for an extended period of time. The lifters were pretty loud at first but after a minute or two above 1500 rpm they quieted nicely. It got up to a steady operating temp of around 200F according to the ecu, oil pressure is right in spec too. The exhaust is definitely on the loud side, but its manageable and sounds pretty good so far. I also decided to make sure everything clears the hood since the PS reservoir and coolant expansion tank sit pretty high, so I got that mounted back up. Maybe not the smartest move because I need to mess with the cooling system still, but it felt good seeing it looking like a complete car again (bonus super cluttered garage shot) Another issue I've come across is the bleeder screws on the front calipers...again. I just can't get them to seal. I'm hoping there is just some dirt or something causing the leak, but I have a feeling there might be an issue with the caliper itself as this has been a recurring problem with multiple different bleed screws. Hopefully I can get that sorted. Picnic hit list (5 days remaining): - Fix leaks and re-bleed cooling system - Get the front brake caliper bleeders to seal - Fill the diff
  2. 6 points
    patsbimmer1

    chit chat thread

    Last weekend my son turned 4 and for his birthday my mom got him a BMW Motorsport Teddy Bear which I've never seen before. It's pretty cool!
  3. 6 points
    m42b32

    Alpine e30 progress/build thread

    Skid-plate is in for good! With that in I was able to get the cooling system completely plumbed (and secured better than in the pic)and ready to be filled. I also continued to pump the clutch pedal through the evening and all the sudden got a really good pedal feel towards the end of the night. Not sure if it is completely bled yet but the dead spot at the top of the travel is gone and it feels pretty decent. I will just continue to pump it every once in a while until it's time for the first drive. Updated to-do list for making it to the picnic (8 days remaining): - Finish exhaust - Bleed cooling system - Reinstall glovebox - Reinstall hood - If I have time, swap in the new diff
  4. 5 points
    wasnt m3

    chit chat thread

    After years of looking for a pair of these handles(without spending a fortune), I finally found some. I've never seen rears, just fronts.
  5. 5 points
    DrLeadFoot

    SCHLEPN | The E39 540itA Story

    Took it for a little test drive yesterday afternoon after bleeding the brakes again while activating the ABS/DSC pumps. It stops!! While on test drive I took the dirty girl through the car wash! It feels good to see this outside! Last night, we popped in the M5 fuel pump. Had to swap over the 540i top to keep the barbed fitting as the M5 has a quick disconnect. Swapped the mirror motor pins on the driver's side so pin 1 has the blue wire and pin 2 has the white wire so both door modules matched pin locations. This corrected the mirrors folding opposite ways when you hit the button. Bled the clutch again, The feel is still not 100% but it drives. Felt it was time to add the fresh M badge on the motor! Counting down the days to the exhaust shop!
  6. 5 points
    jc43089

    chit chat thread

    We finally are buying a house. It took a while but it's a nice house about a half hour outside of Wausau, it is a raised ranch built in 2013, 3 bedroom 2 bath on the main floor and finished walkout basement with 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. And a big attached garage with in floor heat, I think it is about 24 deep by 32 wide. The door is a 16' door centered on the width so there is a big space on either side. The whole house and garage are heated with a wood boiler with LP backup. It's on 26 acres that are mostly woods with about an 8 acre hay field. We are supposed to close June 12th so we are pretty excited about that. We have been living with my parents like all cool Millennial folks. Also have a deal lined up on a very good condition Rotary 10k asymmetrical lift. The garage ceiling isn't 12' tall but I will either modify the top of the lift to fit the 10' ceilings or box in some holes to the attic and run the top bar through the attic. For 1800$ I couldn't pass it up, it is less than 10 years old and the guy who had it in his shop was very particular about keeping everything spotless so it looks all but new. Tomorrow is my last day of work until August (Tech school instructor) so I will be able to get working on the BMW van and other things. Still planning to drive it to the Hawk vintage races this year.
  7. 4 points
    KaiserRolls

    ‘91 E30

    Started pulling the g260, got carried away
  8. 4 points
    B C

    E46 Things

    The HDR setting on my phone turned itself up to 11 Replaced: Cabin filter, VANOS filter, AC belt up next is a fresh oil change
  9. 4 points
    Oil threads suck. Run whatever makes your balls tingle and change it whenever you want. Never talk about it publicly /thread
  10. 4 points
    KaiserRolls

    New build! E90 M3

    Gotta flex on the p00rs
  11. 4 points
    KaiserRolls

    ‘91 E30

    This weekend I got around to doing the detent service on the zf. Thanks to @m42b32 for the trans tools rental. It’s pretty easy to do, most annoying part was when I had a snap ring fuck-off into a low earth orbit and bounce off the evo/Miata/garage door. Found it after a few minutes luckily.
  12. 4 points
  13. 4 points
    There are restrooms near the entrance though only one stall which from the sounds of it may become toxic. The river is nearby if things get desperate though this may lead to 911 calls. Should be enough of us there at the picnic to post bail if it comes to that.
  14. 3 points
    Saturday June 8 We are meeting at Qdoba for the rare opportunity to indulge in the unobtanium that is the Qdoba breakfast burrito. Meet here at 8:45a, we will leave for the picnic around 9:30a and take the freeway directly there TAKE THE CAPITOL DRIVE EXIT! QDOBA Mexican Eats 12345 W Capitol Dr, Wauwatosa, WI 53222 (414) 462-1000 https://goo.gl/maps/V2dyRsjAh1Qk2HQ26 I promise, it will be worth it! Graphical clarifier for anyone who thinks "Qdoba in tosa near the freeway, I know where that is" well, there are 2 that fit that description. This is where we will be:
  15. 3 points
    m42b32

    Alpine e30 progress/build thread

    Hopefully! Can't work on it tonight, but the o-rings I need to fix the radiator hose leak are showing up today (thanks mcmaster!) and I can work on it tomorrow-Friday in the evenings. I am planning to go to the garage tomorrow after work and not quit till I've at least driven it around the block.
  16. 3 points
    rampelsauce

    Back from the dead or something.

    The biggest issue with them is you loose a lot of feel with their product.
  17. 3 points
    HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SUCCESS! I tested my theory on the spacers and I was correct. There was about .55mm of additional space between the hub centric portion of the wheels and the spacers. this would cause a shift under a heavy load or impact no matter how straight I installed them. This would offset the rotational mass causing a vibration at higher speed. Yesterday I did a 90 MPH trip on a flat freshly paved road and it was smooth as butter. I was also to finally get the side skirts back on and all of the nutserts installed. Next step is the water pump and thermostat update to try and get that temp gauge under control and all of the mechanical items will be checked off the list. I also I bought a new radio to replace the 90's style kenwood that sounds terrible. Nothing special here, but it will be less of an eye and ear sore. Sorry I haven't added any pictures, I have been jumping from one project to the next and havent been documenting as well as I should.
  18. 3 points
    rampelsauce

    Back from the dead or something.

    Carpets out, sparco installed! Got most of the stereo and airbag wiring out as well. I'll be trying to get a few additional things done before the E30 picnic so you guys can see some progress. My garage will be coming along as well, my landlord buried the conduit to run power for my equipment. So HOPEFULLY he runs it this week. @wasnt m3 is hooking me up with some old cabinets so I can build out a nicely organized space for getting this S52 out of the M3 chassis and into the compact.
  19. 3 points
    Ryan...

    chit chat thread

    Everything is finally settled, the fiance and I close on our house 6-17-19! Only drawback is the 2 car garage, so I need to figure out if it's cost effective (and if there's enough room) to add a 3rd garage spot, or just go with a parking pad next to the garage for my DD.
  20. 3 points
    KaiserRolls

    Joined the Club Today

    Saucy
  21. 3 points
    gilber33

    1989 E30 325i Progress

    Crank out. Block mating surface cleaned up. And valves are all lapped. Next I’ll pull the block out into the driveway and pressure wash and then drop it off to get honed. Finish assembling the head. I think I’d like to get this back together before December so it can go into the car between the end of year and next June. Some big life events that will make car time limited.
  22. 3 points
    DrLeadFoot

    SCHLEPN | The E39 540itA Story

    Did some coding to get the DSC light off and threw on the summer wheels! Had to switch 2 sensitivity settings to S62B50 and the light went off! Went from 10 to 13 on one and 3 to 2 on the other. I still need to get the dsc/abs module to think it is a manual but that needs to be done through the IKE (cluster) but I already popped in the M5 cluster so the VINs don't match up. Might need to pop in the 540i cluster to code it to manual then swap back to the M5 cluster. Need to look into this further.
  23. 3 points
    SteelBlue

    chit chat thread

    Good day for racing. Monaco has been okay, but really looking forward to the 500
  24. 3 points
  25. 3 points
    Are there bathrooms at the park? Those burritos have a pretty low residence time.....
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