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  1. I did another test fit of the m42 last weekend and the gearbox will not clear the tunnel at least not tilted 30 degrees. So in order to vert mount the m42 i will have to cut and shut the transmission. The plan is to use ordinary angle grinder mounted on a jig/stand that will move/slide on the flat table where the transmission will be bolted. I don't need a lot of precision at this point. I will need a gap between the two pieces to weld it properly anyway. What is important is to have the transmission perfectly centered/ coaxial with the crankshaft and to do
  2. New hubs and dust shields. I also have a set of reman calipers and brackets. 286mm brakes will do for now. I will look into some 4 pot wildwoods if the stockers will end up not sufficient. Freshly painted rear subframe I really like that SPI epoxy primer. Works great And the part that I did not enjoy at all. Hate the prep work. I need to wait for the radiator (e36 318i) to get the brackets fabbed and welded before I paint. I will hit it with two coats of epoxy followed by couple coats of single stage urethane.
  3. I finished the front suspension. Sway bar links are done. I painted the front subframe, strut housings and spindles. I’ll finish welding rear subframe adjusters today and paint the rear tomorrow. Next will be the engine bay prep and paint. I will also need to paint rear wheel wells. After that I can start fitting the engine. I got a mixed feeling about the vert mount. It will give me much needed clearance on the passenger side but will put the shifter 2-3” to the left. I can chop and rotate bellhousing but that will be not
  4. Last week I test fitted the motor with the new pan. It looked cozy in there almost too ”sr20” looking when it sits straight. Two feet clarance in front of the motor for that 4” thick intercooler or maybe ac condeser🧐
  5. So i water tested it and found 3 pinholes. Welded em shut and no more leaks. I got the drain plug bung and 10AN for turbo drain ordered will weld em next. Also the oil pickup will need some slight chopping and welding to fit correctly. Do you think I should baffle the pan since there is no sump for the oil pickup? Don't mind the welds, looks like shit but will hold. For my excuse last time I welded aluminum was 2 or 3 years ago. I ordered poly rear sway bar bushings and mounts and stock diff bushings. I should have the suspension ready for pain
  6. I just welded the m42 vert mount oil pan. I hope it doesn't leak. I will fill it with water once it cools down and leave overnight.
  7. Thank you sir. I whipped front bar mount today. Temporarily mounted the bar and the control arm link is a no go. Its too short and at weird angle. I will link it to the strut tubes. I also did one of the rear diff mounts and started to fit the rear bar. Looks like the rear will fit quite nicely.
  8. I did some sway bar fitting tonight. Where do i connect the links?Control arm as in e30 or strut tubes as in e36m3? Any pros or cones to either setup? I also got some goodies
  9. Duplicolor cheapo laquer from Oraily it comes in quart size cans. I sprayed that with smaller touchup gun 1.0 tip. Just stirred it and shot it. i was too cheap to buy a clear to go with it so i followed with rattlecan clear. I dont expect it to last. I will run em just for one season to see if i havent screwd something up with suspension. If the car survives first season i will get some 16s with some beefier tires. I would love to have em in 16x7 and 16x8 or even 8/9”.
  10. I’ve seen it before. Their universal dash that talks to maxx ecu does not have bmw graphics but i am sure they could load it. I am not sure about the support tho. I like aim’s flexibiity with CAN. You can define your own can protocols. Also aim has multiple pages that can be swapped. What i dont like about most dashes is that you cant use your own graphics . Most of em have predefined graphics and will allow only changes to some parts of the graphic and maybe a font size and color. Maxx Ecu has built in bluetooth and they have app for apple and android. I dont know how responsi
  11. I figured out my swaybar situation. I got a set of e30 ST bars 22/19mm front fits pretty good. I will link the front to the strut housings just like e36m3. I started chopping the oil pan and should weld something up this or next week. I got a new torch: ck tl26 I might need the whole 200 amps to do 1/4” aluminum for the oil pan. The torch that came with my thermal arc is ok but the cables are way to heavy and stiff. New ck feels much better. Its still air cooled. I might get the water cooler at some point. I also
  12. Did something happened to the bbcode support? For some reason fickr does not work here for the new pictures anymore. Previous pictures show up no problem its just the new ones that do not work. [url=https://flic.kr/p/2kWyf5c][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51156852843_4d906279cf_h.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2kWyf5c]Helmut[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/186931632@N07/]w grync[/url], on Flickr I checked here and it works https://www.bbcode.org/playground.php
  13. Another month and another update. I refinished style 7s and wrapped em with some cheapo toyos 195/45/15s. This thing sits low Good thing is I plan to run some 16s which will be 1-1.5" taller. Either way there are no chances to run the 3" exhaust under the subframe. There is not much space for the 3" over he subframe either. I suspect some side exits in the future. I had to redo the whole rear subframe because I messed up the angles of the diff.
  14. Hello, I am trying to figure out sway bar setup for my e21. I have e36 front suspension sway and e28 rear but stock e28 rear bar is not ideal because the bump in the middle to clear e28 diff mount and e36 front has too much hanging below the frame rails. Looking at the pictures it seems that e30 might be a good match. Could someone please measure their front and rear sway bars for me? I am looking for the arm lenght and width between the arms. Also if there is a part of the bar that hangs lower than the arms it would be nice to know how much lower it is.
  15. Damn its been almost two months since the last update. i got distracted building my welding/shop table. 1/4" top 2x3x1/8" tube. Nice and solid. Good enough for some light duty welding Helmut and welding table by w grync, on Flickr Helmut and welding table by w grync, on Flickr I pulled the second fender, finished front coilovers and welded the lolipop mounts. i put some contours in and my car looks like crap. Waaaaaay too big Untitled by w grync, on Flickr I am changing plans and will roll on 15x7s with some skinny 205s this se
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