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  • FredK
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    The caps are called "tapered caps". I think one of the most commonly known manufacturers is Caplugs Inc. You can buy them in smaller quantities from McMaster.

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  • Digitalwave
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    Dang. I have... four... N52 cores laying around now, it would be nice to seal them up.

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  • DEV0 E30
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    Those came with the engine when it was shipped to me. I wish I could say I knew where they got them though.

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  • Digitalwave
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    That pan is great. Where did you get all those plugs for the hoses and ports on the head?

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  • DEV0 E30
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    Good bump Fred. In true me fashion... nah. I haven't. Good friend who is my go-to AC guy had a terrible accident at work, and I haven't contacted him about helping for obvious reasons, I am going to see about someone else doing the refrigerant part.

    Along with all the other life changes happening, I've really sucked at getting into the garage to do anything but that's ok, other things are more of a priority.

    I'm going to give the electric power steering column thang a try. I'll either keep the Z3 rack I have, and block off the holes on the rack, or use the (manual) Z4 rack that is coming.

    Shoulda just bought a z4? Maybe. lol.

    Got some more parts coming, and of course I'll realize I need more.

    I want to do an inventory on what I have on the engine and what else I'm going to replace on it, then it needs to go in and free up some space soon.

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  • FredK
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    Bump. Did you get that mini-split installed last year?

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  • hoveringuy
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    I have a better appreciation for the genius of that Porsche pickup now.

    In fabricating my "pan, version 2.0", I find that the desired place for the pickup "X" is directly under the inlet to the oil pump, and partially blocked by that long extension. The Porsche pickup is a very elegant solution!

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  • DEV0 E30
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    Things have been slow on the car, other life and projects happening.

    A few weeks back, I started spending my weekend mornings on minor updates to the garage, so it isn't absolutely miserable in there.

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    My previous garage was very similar, with the same orientation - garage being furthest to the west, and garage door opens to the north.

    Old house I had blew in cellulose above, and had insulation in the walls already, and the house already had an insulated garage door.

    I threw in a window AC unit, and did an epoxy flooring. I could get it chilly in there, and worked well.

    ​==========================​

    This house, while it is not our forever house, for the next few years... I need to not break a sweat being in there for 30 seconds... and if I'm in there for hours, not be dying.

    I foolishly thought the parking pad/slab was going to be where I got this project done when the weather was nice, but now that will be for other uses.

    So followed a similar plan like my old house. Blew in cellulose, 16"+ worth above garage to match the cellulose already above the main living space.

    The west wall was just 2x4 studs before. So I put in R13 fiberglass batts, drywalled, taped, mudded, and got a fresh coat of exterior paint, which will hold up better.

    I would prefer to do much more insulating and building science techniques, but I have to remind myself, this isn't forever house, so I've followed the code and what I call, shitty standards for AZ.

    Garage door will get insulated panels soon, then will get it's spring and motor adjusted as it will be heavier, getting it inspected today by a local company.

    New mini-split AC is here and in a week or two it will be operational. Separate circuit for just it is done with AC disconnect is all in place.

    The mini-split wasn't that much more than a wall unit (which are more expensive than window units) - but the efficiency is worth it in my mind.

    When it comes time to sell this house, the mini split will be a feature to all, where window shakers can be eyesores to some.
    Last edited by DEV0 E30; 08-21-2023, 08:11 AM.

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  • Panici
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    Originally posted by DEV0 E30 View Post
    Random update: The correct plate (for manual transmissions) between the engine and transmission is going to take 4-6 weeks to ship. Apparently not in stock anywhere in the USA. Bummer.

    I yanked the m40 to not have month long waits on parts... .
    Waiting on parts is the worst.
    You can only plan so much ahead of time, there will always be those parts that sneak up on you.

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  • DEV0 E30
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    Random update: The correct plate (for manual transmissions) between the engine and transmission is going to take 4-6 weeks to ship. Apparently not in stock anywhere in the USA. Bummer.

    I yanked the m40 to not have month long waits on parts... .

    Oh well, this should be a one time thing.

    Originally posted by hoveringuy View Post

    Stock E90 pressure is too much for the E30, it's meant for the heavier car. I dropped the pressure regulator of a Porsche Cayman pump in and it feels much, much better. (mid-engine Cayman has less weight on the front axle, probably similar to the E30, actually...)

    It's like a 5 minute swap but you'll need to grab a used Cayman pump to get it. Also incredibly easy with the pump installed so don't sweat it too much.

    ​Noted. Who knows, maybe I'll end up with electric P/S like someone...
    Last edited by DEV0 E30; 06-21-2023, 01:02 PM.

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  • hoveringuy
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    Originally posted by DEV0 E30 View Post
    Power steering pump goes on soon.
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    Stock E90 pressure is too much for the E30, it's meant for the heavier car. I dropped the pressure regulator of a Porsche Cayman pump in and it feels much, much better. (mid-engine Cayman has less weight on the front axle, probably similar to the E30, actually...)

    It's like a 5 minute swap but you'll need to grab a used Cayman pump to get it. Also incredibly easy with the pump installed so don't sweat it too much.

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  • greyis89
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    My gosh that oil pan and stuff looks super trick! This is going to be way cool.

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  • DEV0 E30
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    It really is a shame, it's gorgeous.

    Power steering pump goes on soon. It's sitting on a shelf. Need to get a new belt that will work with that, and new tensioner.

    Not sure if I want to get a new waterpump now, but if I do thermostat, and waterpump, it is probably smart considering I have no idea if they are original (100k mile motor).

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  • hoveringuy
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    Shame this will be hidden inside, such a work of art!

    Also, no power steering?


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  • DEV0 E30
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    Oil Pan Install:





    Fancy:










    Need (2) bags of these specific bolts, and use the smaller ones.



    Porsche parts, so you know it's good, I've got the part number, will include when made into Google Doc down the line:







    For attaching pickup to windage tray/screen, and filling holes that were used to keep plastic original pickup:

    These are smaller (M6) aluminum bolts.

    First pass on all first torqued to 4 NM or 35.4 IN LBS.

    Then, going back around (+100 Degrees turn after 4NM is the final torque spec).




















    Test fit:






    Rear of Crankshaft rubbed (JUST BARELY) on rear weld, so it was needed to shave some off, hoping no leaks happen due to this.

    Maybe put some JB weld on the outside, just below, before transmission goes on?







    BACK TO IT.

    Used (28) bolts from two of the [ 11 13 2 210 959 ] bags:

    These are aluminum bolts. First pass on all first torqued to 8 NM or 70 IN LBS.

    Then, going back around (+90Deg turn after 8NM is the final torque spec).

    NOT PICTURED: Thin line of RTV used on bottom of gasket - so a small line between the oil pan and gasket will hopefully seal any marring/scratches on the pan's mounting area.





    Few more shots of the oil pump pickup:







    Finished, for now:














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    My touring being a 318 doesn't have the pins for oil level level, so my oil level sensor will be installed as a dumb unit that just hangs out for now.

    The M20 oil dipstick + tube I sourced is slightly different than the one this pan is designed for, so I'll need to use another.

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    Bolts to attach engine to transmission arrive today I believe.

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    Next install session will be for flywheel, clutch. Need to ensure I get the right plate/parts between engine and transmission.

    Then attaching engine to trans, then I should be able to get this thing sitting in the car, awaiting all of the other things to do.

    Need to start accelerating the pace now, life and lots of things are happening, but we are getting into hot temps, love to have this thing running long before it gets cool.
    Last edited by DEV0 E30; 06-19-2023, 10:11 AM.

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