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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 12-20-2010, 05:54 AM
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What does your wife think of her anniversary gift turned project?
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What does your wife think of her anniversary gift turned project?
She keeps asking when the turbo is going on

Well did something. Got the Getrag out of the way and pulled the engine

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Old 02-23-2011, 05:59 PM
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So, the m30 motor didn't turn out to be a good deal. The owner has overheating problems after a head rebuild Pulled the m20 to fix all the small oil leaks etc.


New front/rear crank seal for the Delphin's m20, belt/water pump is a few months old, new oil tube o-rings, new cam seal, new lower timing cover seal, new oil pan seal, new valve cover gasket, new intake manifold gaskets, didn't separate the exhaust manifold, so I'll keep them in a safe place along with the extra head gasket and stem seals that came in the kit

Took out the crank hub or the timing belt cog and noticed the woodriff key wasn't in good shape and was causing the cam and ignition timing to be slightly retarded, repaired that. Can;t wait to get it back together and back to the dyno with the new injectors and tune

Media blasted and/or painted some parts while they were out and awaiting the lower timing cover set...





Also did all the accessory brackets but didn't take pics.

=But did take pics of the m20 we just rebuilt/ported for the race car (edit: just realized you can see the ECU simulator in the first pic lol)




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Old 02-24-2011, 06:12 PM
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dang, you snuck in and photo'd my stuff. what about the block...mine is all fresh painted and waiting on freeze plugs.
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:46 PM
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dang, you snuck in and photo'd my stuff. what about the block...mine is all fresh painted and waiting on freeze plugs.
Original paint is still in good shape



New seals!





Made all pretty, ravaged the bolts bin for as many new bolts that were correct...

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Old 03-07-2011, 01:35 PM
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She's back in the shop

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Old 03-07-2011, 05:14 PM
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that crank bolt is a beeach ain't it. 304 ft/lbs. thought id never get mine off.
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:03 PM
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that crank bolt is a beeach ain't it. 304 ft/lbs. thought id never get mine off.

I made a tool to hold the hub

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Old 03-08-2011, 09:17 AM
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I made a tool to hold the hub
Oh snap !

That is sweet.
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Old 03-08-2011, 04:26 PM
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i heard the flywheel bolts should be replaced, so i put two in and wedged my lugwrench between them and let the engine stand hold it...it worked, but bent the bolts. i like that tool though, gonna have to make me one. i found a 104k mile 3.3 running engine and computer yesterday for $200. no oil running down the block, looks clean, just been sitting for 3 years. it will hide in the junk yard for awhile, think i might pick it up. i still want an M52 though.
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:41 PM
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Thanks. Made it out of 1/2" aluminum. Laid the pulley on it and sprayed it with some black spray paint to mark the holes. Then used a hole saw on the drill press to make the big hole, then a regular bit to make the small ones, then cut out the shape with a band saw. When in use, it will rest against the water pump, alternator, or A/C compressor pending if then engine is in the vehicle and you are loosening/tightening it.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:06 PM
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She lives! Running crazy rich due to all the new gaskets and no more vacuum leaks, will sort that out tomorrow (well later today after work haha).
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:20 AM
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good deal. can't wait to fire mine up...
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:35 PM
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Don't get it. Audible knock at ~4500rpm with load, less than stock timing advance, 12.5:1afr's with load (less than 15's light load, decel and idle), 87 octane+8.3:1scr....wtf

Shakedown runs are always fun...

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That's no good.

What was the crank/piston/rod combo ?
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Stock eta bottom end, stock 885 top end.
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Well the head gasket is leaking oil FTL. Now that everything is nice and clean, I can see right where it's coming from - in typical m20 fashion, it's along the edge right above the exhaust manifold. I used the Victor Reinz OEM replacement gasket when the head swap was done, and is the only thing not replaced when the motor was pulled.

Gonna re-do the valve adjustment, not convinced it's knock, might be a loose rocker (fingers crossed) since we didn't change anything in the motor, just all the gaskets.

Have some spare heads, gonna go ahead and get a cam reground, MLS head gasket, APR studs, port the head (need an excuse to make a BMW head adapter for the bench anyways lol), and use the spare eta block with clay to see how much we can safely take off the head to bump the CR up a bit.

Figure if the head is going to be pulled again, might as well "do it up" - turbo will eventually go on the car, no sense in taking the head off a third time...

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Old 03-10-2011, 04:53 PM
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there is your issue, used a VR head gasket, the worst one available.
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Old 03-10-2011, 07:29 PM
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there is your issue, used a VR head gasket, the worst one available.

Yeah, after talking to some locals that have the same issue, they also drip, but mine seems pretty bad. Oh well. I did a head jobber for someone not too long ago that had a broken timing belt and he brought me the VR set and his doesn't leak, bought the same set for my car and it does. Luck of the draw on quality control?

ARP head studs are on the way, got 2 sets so we can put them on the race car as well. Get them for shop price, still waiting to hear back from Cometic on our pricing, we sell a lot of GM MLS so hopefully it won't gouge the pocket too bad.
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do you use "indian head" head gasket compound, or just the gasket. i got the same vr gasket set, and now you got me worried. would like a second or third opinion...
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Old 03-11-2011, 06:05 PM
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i was lead to believe the VR gasket isnt too great. which is why i went with the Goetze. no headgasket should be leaking right off the bat tho. that sounds like user error or a mating surface issue.
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Old 03-11-2011, 06:11 PM
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i was lead to believe the VR gasket isnt too great. which is why i went with the Goetze. no headgasket should be leaking right off the bat tho. that sounds like user error or a mating surface issue.
3 out of 4 locals, two of which were done by me (one leaks, the other doesn't). Tons of threads on r3v and e30tech about it after I had the issue and searched.

Head off my car came off a running car, didn't machine it, but will see how flat it is when it comes back off.

Front passenger corners on all 3 that are leaking.
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Old 03-11-2011, 06:15 PM
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i installed a VR headgasket on my red 325es a few years ago. no leaks at all while it was under my posession. i sold it a few months after the install but it didnt have any issues at that time.
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do you use "indian head" head gasket compound, or just the gasket. i got the same vr gasket set, and now you got me worried. would like a second or third opinion...

If it's any consolation, all the rest of the top end kit is holding, lol. Put on dry, check the pics earlier in the thread for cleanliness of the job.
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the other VR gaskets are fine. their headgasket is the only one with bad reviews.
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