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    agent's 24v build thread

    After attending a couple of Brodeos and not being able to keep up with more than half the cars, I decided I needed a 24v swapped E30 in my life. As much time, effort and money as I put into getting Klaus up to OEM+ status, I couldn't convince myself to have him be the recipient of the swap. So I bought another one.

    I searched most of the Fall and early Winter to find a suitable candidate. I had two potential deals fall through during that time; one for a lachsilber over cardinal 325iC and one for a green over tan 325i. I know it's cliche, though it holds true here - the third time is a charm. Found in January, this car was the perfect swap candidate. A two-door sedan, 270k on the odometer (of little concern since the entire drive train would be replaced), straight body with only one rust button on the rear valence at the back of the battery tray, recent timing belt service, new tires, and yes, bronzitbeige metallic.

    The car was in Knoxville, and my friend RobertK was kind enough to meet the seller and give it a good going-over for me. That following Saturday, another friend (Sideways87) and I drove over to Knoxville to pick her up. She made the 200 mile trip home to middle Tennessee without incident.

    As anyone who's read Klaus' build thread knows, my wife names all the cars. When she spotted this one, she knew right away it was a female car. After she rode in it for the first time and heard the exhaust leaks, the name came right to her. She walks like a woman and talks like a man: Lola.





    I sold the weaves (which were in very good shape) with the tires on them to Donnie, the local E30 parts guy. I had my eye on a set of Borbet Type Cs a forum member was selling. I had wanted a set of these for years. I tried to buy this same set last year, though we couldn't quite get all the logistics hammered out since we were geographically separated by 250 miles - each way. This time we were able to work it all out, and the wheels with a serviceable set of tires included were now mine. First order of business: refinishing them. I did the blasting at a friends' shop, and had another friend (who manages that shop) shoot them for me in some extra DuPont Metallic Pewter urethane he had sitting around after painting his truck. It was a phenomenal price I couldn't pass up.


    In the blast cabinet



    Getting there



    Waiting their turn



    A coat of etch primer



    20mm spacers



    Done


    Last edited by agent; 05-28-2013, 08:08 PM.
    Originally posted by kronus
    would be in depending on tip slant and tube size

    #2
    Over the course of the next few months, I started accumulating swap and other necessary replacement parts.

































    Last edited by agent; 05-28-2013, 08:08 PM.
    Originally posted by kronus
    would be in depending on tip slant and tube size

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      #3
      Next order of business, cleaning her up. At least a couple species of critters had taken up residence in the car at some point, apparently while it sat for an undetermined length of time before the PO began to save her.

      I purchased a cloth interior from a forum member and sold the tan leather.


      Interior coming out



      Tan interior out



      I have no idea what this is; my guess is something put there either by the vermin or to run them out...?



      Decades of filth







      Is that a Genuine Kraco mat? Damned right it is.



      Goodies



      $1.33, a paper clip and a blue toothpick



      Clean(er) carpet



      Interior going in







      Plate filler



      One Saturday was spent installing the brakes & suspension with Sideways87








      Boogered


      Last edited by agent; 05-28-2013, 08:10 PM.
      Originally posted by kronus
      would be in depending on tip slant and tube size

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        #4
        RobertK called to say he had sourced an M52 and a diff for me, so we scheduled a long weekend to do the transplant surgery. I loaded up the car and headed back to Knoxville on a Friday with the intent of being home the following Tuesday...

        Loaded up







        Arrival in Knoxville







        At the Kadunza Shop





        And here we go!...



        Fluids coming out





        Yuck



        Exhaust coming out





        Pan extension for the transmission jack (patent pending)





        RobertK & PrestonK getting the M20 out



        Almost ready



        Out it comes





        Engine bay cleaning - before:







        After :shock: :





        Internals



        CAs and offset CABs



        New rear main seal going on



        Pan going on



        I brought two transmissions to choose from



        Shop dinner
        Last edited by agent; 05-28-2013, 08:18 PM.
        Originally posted by kronus
        would be in depending on tip slant and tube size

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          #5
          Work continues...

          Manifold built



          Painted parts





          Subframe built (yes I painted the sway bar bronzit)







          RobertK doing work



          Yuck (again)



          Scraping off the sound tar & painting





          Getting a hand from tn325i



          Luke_M and tn325i taking a break while the K brothers keep at it



          PrestonK working on the steering knuckle



          Valve Cover



          Now with the correct number of pedals



          RobertK doing work





          ECU in



          Old cams out



          New cams in; reinstalling VANOS



          Diff full of Red Line



          Diff in



          Kcufin' A



          PrestonK taking a few mm off the water pump nut





          Dropping the car on to the front subframe/engine assembly



          Installed



          Yes it landed on the floor like that - no shit



          Being the tallest guy in the room has its down sides, especially when it comes to how high (low) the car sits on the lift



          Skid plate on







          Exhaust progress

















          In there!
          Last edited by agent; 05-28-2013, 08:30 PM.
          Originally posted by kronus
          would be in depending on tip slant and tube size

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            #6
            nice work so far! keep it up.
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              #7
              First startup:

              Originally posted by kronus
              would be in depending on tip slant and tube size

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                #8
                As I mentioned earlier in the thread my intent was to get home sometime on Tuesday, though I actually didn't pull back in to my driveway until about 1am Friday (!). There were a handful of setbacks and delays though RobertK, PrestonK, and BJ all soldiered on despite working CRAZY hours trying to get me back home as soon as possible. I have to offer sincere thanks to everyone who lent a hand on this project in one way or another, and everyone who stopped by Robert's shop to help and/or offer their moral support.

                Once home, I left the following morning to help move a friend from Ohio back to Tennessee. I finished up with that on Sunday and took the missus for a ride - and the fuel pump took a shit.


                My friend Jeff getting her loaded up



                Fuel pump replacement with an assist from Mr. Schwarz





                Plasti-dipped the spoiler











                Plasti-dip shadowline







                Painted the grilles & blackened up the kidneys



                Klaus and Lola
                Originally posted by kronus
                would be in depending on tip slant and tube size

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                  #9
                  She passed emissions and got new plates today.

                  Car specs:
                  • M52B28
                  • S52 cams
                  • M50 manifold
                  • OBD1 throttle body / boot
                  • OBD1 fuel rail
                  • Markert Motorworks harness
                  • Markert Motorworks modified E32 booster
                  • TRM OBD2 flash/tune (EWS delete, post-cat O2 delete, SAP delete, 7200 rpm redline)
                  • Complete stainless dual exhaust (eBay stainless headers into Magnaflow dual in/out cat to Active Autowerke cat-back; V-bands at both ends of the midsection)
                  • ZF 320
                  • UUC DSSR
                  • Torsen 3.15
                  • E28 motor mounts
                  • H&R Race / Bilstein Sports
                  • Ruff camber plates
                  • Offset CABs
                  • E36 steering rack with brand new tie rods & sway bar links
                  • Red46 stainless skid plate
                  • Brembo blanks & Hawk HPS pads
                  Originally posted by kronus
                  would be in depending on tip slant and tube size

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                    #10
                    Very nice! This car wears its bronzit well.
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                    '88 M5 | '88 535i | '88 325i | '88 325is | '88 330is | '91 325is | '91 M-Technic 325ic | '93 740il | '03 530i

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                      #11
                      awesome man... wish i had the resources to accomplish a project like this. my goal is to put an s50 in my next e30.. but all i have is a driveway to work in haha

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Austin! View Post
                        Very nice! This car wears its bronzit well.
                        Originally posted by NeedaE30 View Post
                        awesome man...
                        Thanks!
                        Originally posted by kronus
                        would be in depending on tip slant and tube size

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                          #13
                          I enjoyed reading/looking at your build thread. Thanks for sharing!
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                            #14
                            Robert and his brother turn some quick wrenches. Looks great! only thing is the muffler looks like it hangs low.
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by kevvve View Post
                              nice work so far! keep it up.
                              Originally posted by DinoSZ View Post
                              I enjoyed reading/looking at your build thread. Thanks for sharing!

                              Thanks!
                              Originally posted by kronus
                              would be in depending on tip slant and tube size

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