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Fair... are you replacing the radiator? If not, then you need to get the o-ring for the bottom of the expansion tank. Every E30 318is I've seen has that bastige leaking. It's a $1.20 part... but if you fill the radiator and then have to pull it, you'll be pissed.

Also, you may want to get a new tensioner for the side of the new motor. Pops in the passenger side just below the head. Spring loaded... keeps the chains quiet. Think it was about $20. The only other leak I ever had was the valve cover. Might as well replace that before putting it in or you'll be chasing yet another leak.
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Fair... are you replacing the radiator? If not, then you need to get the o-ring for the bottom of the expansion tank. Every E30 318is I've seen has that bastige leaking. It's a $1.20 part... but if you fill the radiator and then have to pull it, you'll be pissed.

Also, you may want to get a new tensioner for the side of the new motor. Pops in the passenger side just below the head. Spring loaded... keeps the chains quiet. Think it was about $20. The only other leak I ever had was the valve cover. Might as well replace that before putting it in or you'll be chasing yet another leak.
Duly noted. Will add to our order along with...
  • Intake gaskets
  • Air inlet hose from TB to air meter (ripped)
  • Some heater hoses to replace the jumblefXXk of crap that it had under the intake
  • Oilpan gaskets
  • Oil filter
  • Spark plugs
  • Maybe a radiator hose or two
Trying to keep it on the cheep! Got the motor on the stand last night; Hanchey to bring a 2nd engine stand over this weekend to mount the donor engine up, then we'll start swapping parts over, gaskets, etc.
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Duly noted. Will add to our order along with...
  • Intake gaskets
  • Air inlet hose from TB to air meter (ripped)
  • Some heater hoses to replace the jumblefXXk of crap that it had under the intake
  • Oilpan gaskets
  • Oil filter
  • Spark plugs
  • Maybe a radiator hose or two
  • Engine that makes more than 35 horsepower
You left one item out!
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You left one item out!
ouch! But probably going to be the first thing out of my mouth on the maiden voyage.

"Oh F**K this is a dog! Let's go to pick-a-part and get a five liter..."

(only half serious) What was the issue with the 5.0L you started to put into your old 318, Teucci? I see that the brake booster is going to be a prblem with any wide engine, and of course most of the whole motor would be hanging way out in front Subie-style.... where else were there problems? The E30 engine bay is so much smaller than the E36!



If anyone ever did want to go fast at a $200X GRM Challenge in an E30 I think a $99 5.0L and T5 would be the engine of choice, given enough time and fabricaiton ability (neither of which I have much of!).


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Hey... are you using the photo of that motor without the owner's permission? Hmmm... are you
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Hey... are you using the photo of that motor without the owner's permission? Hmmm... are you
Just look at the girl in the T-shirt... keep staring... (Terry sneaks off...)
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Wonder why our website gets blocked....
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Saturday night, Jason McCall, 2.5 hours and 7 cans of brake cleaner later... the "new" but black goo covered engine and trans for the E30 are all clean and ready to go in!


Before... After

This was black from top to bottom. Not anymore. McCall Cleaned (tm).



The night before Hanchey built these reinforcement plates for the K-member (see the cracks, above-left picture). While Jason thrashed on cleaning Saturday I welded and ground the very cracked K-member, then added the reinforcement plates and painted them black. Sunday Hanchey and I built a custom set of motor mounts for the E30/M42.



The motor and trans are in (forgot to snap a pic) and the E36 based poly motor mounts look pretty good (probably not going to make these for production, tho). Hanchey made a nice parts list for some cheap stuff (belts, clips) but otherwise this puppy is going together with all old parts. Uberbudget build... for GRM $2008 Challenge? For a cheap street beater? Who knows. We sure don't!

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More E30 work (from a couple of weeks back):


L: Welded K-member plates ...... R: Custom length M42 engine mounts (poly)

Once the engine fired up it was smooth as butter, so the poly bushings worked out pretty well for the little 4 banger!

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