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Old 02-15-2019, 02:03 PM   #16
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Crank bolt came off in about 2 seconds with the impact.

Fresh from the parts washer.

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Old 02-17-2019, 04:05 AM   #17
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Took me and 2 others with massive breaker bars to get that crank bolt off.

then again, the shop that the PO took the car to loved to over tighten every single bolt they saw. Except the cylinder head bolts, 2 were hard to loosen (as it should being 30nm, 90 + 90 torque), the rest came off with some effort, but not even close to the first two (suspected incorrectly torqued down head bolts).

Replace the transmission mounts while you are there as well.
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Old 02-17-2019, 11:08 AM   #18
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Glad I had the impact. I was on the fence about getting it and am really glad I did.


Got the fuel tank out and ordered new rubber hoses. May or may not have gotten the correct ones. Real OEM was a bit vague.

Dropped the VC and intake mani for powdercoat.

Took a closer look at the 5 speed I got. It's an E trans with the dual mass flywheel. Did some reading here, appears it should work fine with a Euro 323i bearing. Ordered a fancy RHD flywheel. It was cheaper than OEM.
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Old 02-26-2019, 03:06 PM   #19
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How’s the project coming? I ordered the same RHD flywheel (after some paypal probs that I think others have had) as well as a stock sachs clutch kit. What color did you specify for the powdercoating?
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Old 02-27-2019, 06:30 PM   #20
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I'm out of town this week. Did hear injectors are done and head is about done.
Powder coating black. Raised areas will be aluminum.
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Old 03-24-2019, 07:13 AM   #21
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Progress slowed. I've been out of town and/or busy with work.
Out of town again next week. Things should get back to normal after that.

Did get some parts back.


Head.

Valve cover and intake with fresh powder coat.





Wiped cam lobe.

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Old 04-12-2019, 05:29 PM   #22
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Made some progress today.

Oil pan on, head on, engine timed, new timing belt, tensioner and water pump.

Block surface cleaned up. Cleaned carbon buildup off the piston tops. Didn't polish them. They look weird here as there is some residual oil on them.



Fresh Surface on rebuilt head.



Starting to look like something.

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Got some little stuff done last night.

Got the cam belt covers sorted out and pulleys on.

Resealed the oil cooler thermostat.

Found out I'm missing a stud for the thermostat housing. Anyone have a part number for that?

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Old 05-17-2019, 01:55 PM   #24
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Old 05-17-2019, 03:41 PM   #25
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Good stuff! Nice access for the load leveler with no accessories or manifold. Im curious what your opinion of the in situ reassembly will be.

Aftermarket starter? I do suggest testing its engagement with the RHD flywheel before you get too far to make sure you are comfortable with it. In hindsight I do think a very light amount of dry lube on starter gear would not be a bad thing.
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