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    My 325e <3 Part 2

    The old 325e needs a new heart! The tired m20 is going out after 238k give or take 30k? The donor is a 1994 325i convertible the previously had a rocket bunny wide body kit. M50b25 with 113k on the clock. Pulled the motor and trans today:

    To be continued...

    Previous build thread from last owner:
    https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/for...2-my-87-325e-3

    Specs:

    -1987 325e w/ Zender evo spoiler
    -Removable core support! (Should make swamping the engine a breeze)
    -M50b25 swap(in progress)
    -G250 trans (in progress)
    -Condor PS delete (old r3v kit was made of plastic and leaks)
    -e36 3.6 steering rack (replaced with rack doctor, still has issues)
    -UUC DSSR kit (hope it fits new trans)
    -3.25 lsd differential (re-sealed a while back, getting repainted now)
    -Elcoy /Nasieg 5 lug kit e46m3 front and e39 540 rear brakes
    -AL Italia 16in M Contour replicas w 205/50r16 Falkens (they clear the massive e46m3 brake calipers, just barely)
    -Full poly suspension oem+ 85a bushings (rear is getting upgraded)
    -Bilstein HD struts on stock springs (putting in Bilstein Sports with Sport springs)
    -Garagistic Adjustable subframe (getting put in as well)
    -Racing Dynamics Strutbar (might replace)
    -Euro Smiley headlights
    -Home made Luke box w/ Alpine 10in sub
    Last edited by itsonlygeorge; Yesterday, 05:24 AM. Reason: Tapatalk mobile posts suck the formatting out of everything...
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    1987 325e Lachssilber w/ MarkD chip and late bumpers, Zender EVO spoiler, s3.25 LSD

    Originally posted by nando
    I don't think there's really strong evidence that ZDDP harms cats.

    #2
    Looks like a good chassis to start with, Any progress?
    Zach@Zakspeed.us

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      #3
      Originally posted by moatilliatta View Post
      Looks like a good chassis to start with, Any progress?
      Progress! Motor is on a stand and getting torn down. Got the wiring harness off and labeled. Trying to determine if the head gasket should be replaced. I don't have the tools to hold the cams in place and removing the Jesus nut on a stand is not gna be fun. There's some buildup on the front of the block.

      This is the only real bad spot i can find. Theres some rust on the bit of exposed gasket under the CPS wire. Should I be worried? I don't want to do the head gasket unless I have to. Odometer reads 113k but VIN registration comes up as 150K.

      Ordered all new cooling system hoses and intake seals fromFCPeuro and BimmerWorld. I also ordered a silicon vacuum hose kit from HIPSI Motorsports. Those should come in a few days.

      If I leave the head gasket alone I can paint the block and start replacing parts. I've got a new 140amp alternator, water pump, etc to put on. Remove PS pump and reseal oil filter housing. And I need to clean and swap the oil pan once the oil pump nut comes in. Planning on cleaning and painting the valve cover and degreasing e34 oil pan this weekend.
      Last edited by itsonlygeorge; 09-20-2019, 12:06 PM.
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      1987 325e Lachssilber w/ MarkD chip and late bumpers, Zender EVO spoiler, s3.25 LSD

      Originally posted by nando
      I don't think there's really strong evidence that ZDDP harms cats.

      Comment


        #4
        Cleaned up the block today: Before: After: Primer: Paint: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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        1987 325e Lachssilber w/ MarkD chip and late bumpers, Zender EVO spoiler, s3.25 LSD

        Originally posted by nando
        I don't think there's really strong evidence that ZDDP harms cats.

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          #5
          Under the valve cover: Getting stripped: Painted: (didnt get pics of primer or cleaned up cover) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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          1987 325e Lachssilber w/ MarkD chip and late bumpers, Zender EVO spoiler, s3.25 LSD

          Originally posted by nando
          I don't think there's really strong evidence that ZDDP harms cats.

          Comment


            #6
            Progress! Picked up the engine from the shop today. New head gasket/vanos seals etc. clean bill of health on the head, valves/cams are clean.

            Old motor:

            Crap old exhaust:

            Removable core support



            Off!


            Face, Off!


            Motor out!

            Anyone one need a boat anchor!


            Trans gone!


            More tmr! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
            Last edited by itsonlygeorge; 10-13-2019, 05:00 AM.
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            1987 325e Lachssilber w/ MarkD chip and late bumpers, Zender EVO spoiler, s3.25 LSD

            Originally posted by nando
            I don't think there's really strong evidence that ZDDP harms cats.

            Comment


              #7
              Need to get this in! Just a mock up of whats to come.



              Removed booster, master, clutch slave/master. What a pain. The bolts are basically inaccessible.

              Steering knuckle feels good n right but the ujoints are easy to move. Previous owner got a kit for the steering rack knuckle off the forum and the spacers are too long to fit the washer above the rack. The top U-joint will not move. I spreyed it with PB Blaster and tried the usual screw driver trick, did not work. HELP!

              Threading Porsche 944 booster. Don't get HF Tap and Die kit, it broke in 10 minutes.

              More stuff coming out for cleaning up and paint. Front subframe, knuckles/strut cups, swaybar, and rack to be cleaned up. trans brace. All dirty and surface rusted. I try to get under the car every year and at least spray off the undercarriage to keep the surface rust at bay. I didn't get to it last year and you can tell where the moisture is. The knuckles are getting VHT Epoxy paint for the undercarriage. Subframe and brackets will be red to match rear subframe.


              Time for the wire wheel!




              Aircraft stripper. Honestly the Loctite Chisel I used on the valve cover worked way better. Still had to wire wheel a lot. This stuff was gooey and didn't eat through all the paint/primer layers. I did two rounds and then gave up and wire wheeled it some more. Next time I'm getting a sand blaster, even one of the kits fo a power washer has to be better than manual stripping.



              Stripped all the things!

              Took out the blower motor cover and striped it with the wire wheel. Man was that shit on there thick! I guess it was for insulation and noise deadening.


              I didn't really have the tools to tackle the rust on the bottom of the spring cups, so I wire wheeled and scuffed up. It will have a textured feel to it but whatever. I wish I upgraded to E36 struts for this reason alone. Being able to replace the whole cup kits is awesome! E30 sucks that you have to take the whole strut assembly apart and you're stuck with an old part.

              Subframe getting VHT Chassis Paint. Not sure if it's better than Rustoleum but it's an epoxy paint and should be tough. One step paint, no primer. I did basic prep/degrease but there is a distinct rough texture on the cups. I only did the top of the subframe black. I was going to do just the mating areas but the can of VHT was getting light. Sprayed the top of the frame black.


              The cup are looks good, but the drains were rusty and had some smallish rocks rusting into the metal. Good thing I chiseled them out. The paint won't last here, but at least the rust is covered for now.

              Backing plate got a bit of touch up too... why not? Bearings are masked off...

              Ran out of the VHT paint and switched to Rustoleum cherry red enamel. Sprays on thick, the nozzle is market at "fast spray" not a joke.

              Almost forgot this crossmember. Quickly wire wheeled and painted.

              Primed and Red? It actually matches the rear subframe. That got powder coated properly and reinforced with camber/toe adjustors. I suppose I should have upgraded the front subframe for the heavier motor... I blew the budget on everything else!





              Anyone have a good source for a good foam strip for the blower cover? The old one was dry rotted out.


              Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - Tapatalk sucks for posting! All the images do no follow line breaks and are generally a mess when editing on a computer later. Then the changes don't look right on Tapatalk and the images show up as dead links. Grrr...
              Last edited by itsonlygeorge; Yesterday, 05:07 AM. Reason: I hate Tapatalk. Posting images from the iPhone is a pain and the formatting sucks.
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              1987 325e Lachssilber w/ MarkD chip and late bumpers, Zender EVO spoiler, s3.25 LSD

              Originally posted by nando
              I don't think there's really strong evidence that ZDDP harms cats.

              Comment

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