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GunMetalGrey last won the day on December 11

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About GunMetalGrey

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    Wisconsin's 1st Brodozer E30
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  1. GunMetalGrey

    Lifted E30 V2

    Cycling the glow plugs (it's on a switch, may as well just leave em on longer) seemed to help, but it wasn't super cold. So we shall see if that continues to be useful. Got the wastegate bolted on. Which really sucked, there is very little room to put hands, let alone wrenches and the like. And I must say.... Holy shit, major change. Didn't expect it to be so noticeable. With the internal gate you would get up to boost pressure, then it would feel like it was getting choked out (all torque no HP) and wouldn't feel strong up top. That has changed greatly, it builds boost like it used to but once it gets up on the wastegate it just pulls until limiter without the feeling that it's being choked out. 10/10 best mod yet. Thing scoots real good, and once I get the intercooler in I will be adding more fuel and that means we get to go even faster. Side note; open wastegates sound real odd on a diesel. It almost sounds like a big vacuum leak when it opens up. Side side note; $60 wastegates are complete crap.
  2. GunMetalGrey

    An E36 Investigation

    It's sitting in the storage unit right now, and will be there until a friends car is out of the shop (Christmas deadline) At that point this thread will become a bit more active, and I'll type up the info. I still need headlights tho lol @Rekpoint
  3. Ad says parking sensors, none visible. Also says running boards. Which is just an odd thing to say. Seeing that the pictures are pictures of a screen, I would assume it's fake.
  4. It'd be a shame if someone were tooooooo Buy it and steal the engine out of it.
  5. GunMetalGrey

    Lifted E30 V2

    ^ I will try that more often to see how she goes! What's easy to chase with a diesel engine? Speed! Wait, that's not right.... I want to extract more out of this thing, and an easy place to start is an external wastegate to get some top end power back. I bought a 38mm wastegate after hearing that you can usually bolt them to the EGR valve location with a bit of modification. I ended up needing to make an adapter, but since the new wastegate came with flanges it was quite easy! @HipMF I haven't welded in a year or so, and this was my first go (I went a bit fast it appears). I think you'll be good to go for your manifold! Gotta clean up the splatter and try to paint it, but I look forward to seeing how this will change things!
  6. GunMetalGrey

    Shop Life 2.0

    Can confirm that this stuff is shaping up to be quite awesome.
  7. Keep in mind that some of the older cars here are still using their original engine
  8. GunMetalGrey

    Diaries of a Daily Driver

    Title and plates obtained. Fix the window and it's time to make obnoxious V8 noises everywhere, and get just as bad of gas mileage as my truck!
  9. GunMetalGrey

    Lifted E30 V2

    I know the pump is timed a bit hot, so I was going to back that down a touch and see if it helps. I do think there is a touch of air somewhere. I run the plugs once before starting, but maybe I'll run em twice? 120A relay for the glow plugs, battery cables feeding them, stock relay was 80A so I've got plenty of overhead. New plugs were put in this one. New window (junkyard)
  10. GunMetalGrey

    Diaries of a Daily Driver

    I still enjoy this view New headlights in and wiring for them fixed! Did an amp draw test and it settled down to drawing about 10mA, so there is no drain and that is exciting! Reverse lights don't work though, and the bulbs are fine, so I gotta dig into that next!
  11. GunMetalGrey

    Diaries of a Daily Driver

    Did a few things with the 540 now that I've got a bit more space. Brought it in, changed the oil, threw the snow tires on, replaced the tiny battery with a massive H8 AGM battery, and started swapping the headlights out. The car had either a bad battery or a decent electrical drain. I am going to test the current draw for about 20 min with the car off to see if it is going to "sleep". I found broken wires behind the headlights and went to the junkyard and grabbed a bit of the headlight loom to replace those wires with. It's been starting well in the cold, and the idle has been pretty good lately, and I feel like it's been improving every time I start it. It still makes glorious V8 noises and slides quite nicely. The biggest things holding me back from daily duty are the stuck drivers window (window slightly open) and not having titled it yet. Updates today lack pictures, which is lame, but it's on the brain.
  12. GunMetalGrey

    Lifted E30 V2

    This thing has been really grumpy about the lower temps, I feel like air is entering the system somewhere and the cold is making it all worse. It will be pulled into the shop soon to get an external wastegate, a fuel pump swap (for science, and because I have $1500 in that pump now...), and to be re-timed. It makes an inconvenient amount of torque, and down very low. Snow traction takes some effort.
  13. This is largely what I feel like selling the diesel E30 will be like. People think it's cool (just like the van) but no one wants to actually own it. Edit: Though if the momster van ran and drove it may pull more genuine interest. Half finished projects are tricky to sell.