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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 03-12-2011, 12:49 AM
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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.
Houston we have a problem.



You of all members I would have had more confidence you would have milled your head or at LEAST straight edged it with a feeler gauge for trueness.

The VR Gasket is fine, the problem most people have is they don't follow the service guidelines.

You MUST have the head cleaned,milled and tested for proper seal and inspected for defects.

You MUST chase your threads with a tap until they come out CLEAN.

You MUST use a NEW gasket and NEW torx type bolts and use an angle gauge or similar tool to ensure exact tightening procedure is followed.



Do these and you won't have an oil leak on the front corner next to cyl #1
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Old 05-14-2011, 04:12 PM
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Had a spare head milled .010" and got the .051" custom gasket, so parts are here and ready to go once there's time to set aside for it.

So, we sent the white Camaro over to paint a couple weeks ago and will be back Monday and they are picking my car up to go back in the booth

Spent a couple hours on it today, got the side skirts permanently mounted so they can be molded properly, new pass side bumper filler, and got her just about stripped down of trim to go to the booth. My painter wants to change up the color scheme a bit, let's see what he comes up with. He said since he is painting the F/R valences and skirts, will block the whole car down, skim where needed and spray the whole thing again. Love having good friends! I want to stay with Delphin, he wants to go to gun metal, but there's nothing uglier than a non-matching engine bay, even thought the jambs and all will be re-painted this time.

Anyways, gonna shave the antenna hole tomorrow and use the rear defroster as the antenna, live in FL and don't need the rear def much lol.

Anyways, here how she sits now...



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Old 05-15-2011, 06:15 PM
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Now you see it...



Metal welded in...



Now you don't (just primer for rust protection, not a body man haha)...

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Old 05-15-2011, 06:43 PM
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Now you see it...


Now you don't (just primer for rust protection, not a body man haha)...

Poof. It's gone . . .
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:48 PM
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Antenna got Hadouken!

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Old 05-22-2011, 02:47 PM
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I happen to like the aluminum bumpers on the early cars, the polisher sent me some cell pics of how they are coming out




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Old 05-25-2011, 12:49 PM
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Clean. Going to re-clear those bumpers?
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Old 05-25-2011, 05:42 PM
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Clean. Going to re-clear those bumpers?
Probably not. I would rather deal with keeping them waxed, instead of worrying about the clear sticking to a polished surface. The polisher already complained about having to remove it lol.

Went by the paint shop today, the manager there is one of my best friends and their cut off switch went on the main compressor - compressor repair guy quoted $500 to repair it and they about flipped a lid, went and checked it out, told them what to buy and will go back tomorrow to hook it back up, the shop owner said now I don't have to pay for the materials even, lol.


Entire car has been blocked, all nicks and bruises taken care of, going in the booth tomorrow! Can't wait

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Old 05-26-2011, 10:07 AM
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Good karma

Done anything to the bird recently? I discovered I make 260/360 HP/ft.lbs to the wheels with a smog cam in my 454. Lol. 330 lift and -40 overlap.
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Old 05-27-2011, 01:26 PM
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lol. A friend of ours made more horsepower from an N/A 3.5l v6 that was in his Cavi Z24, ran 13 flat, now he just put ITB's on it and transferred it to a Camaro.

No, bird has been sitting. Sold the TT motor, don't have anything planed ATM

Forgot about this cell pic when they started blocking the car, should be painted by now.

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Old 06-07-2011, 11:37 AM
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Painter got slammed with work, so the "free-bee" job got set aside

In the meantime, made the 3rd collector for my headers and sent a file over to the water jet for the header flange I designed...




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Old 06-08-2011, 09:10 AM
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Looking good. How did you make the angles on the collectors? Dye and water trick?

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Old 06-08-2011, 10:10 AM
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Laid one 18 degree bend on top of the other and got a tick mark of where the merges would meet. Next, put them on the band saw and ripped them down. Then welded the two halves solid, finally cut the end off and added a piece of straight pipe to the ends.

There's a youtube video that shows how a merge collector is made, I used the same process.

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Old 06-08-2011, 06:48 PM
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Had to order materials to make an m50 turbo manifold for a local, so added the few more pipes needed to the order...

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Old 06-17-2011, 06:36 PM
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The body guy has been blocking and priming the car for two days.

Also the flange is done for the header...



Tried making the 3-1 merge, but it was more difficult than I though with the band saw, it's a 14" Jet - too small really for the task, so I nabbed a metal cut off saw and will be making a jig to cut the pipes properly.

Hopefully will have some more updates soon...
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:25 AM
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Well was at the shop till 2am working on a jig for the new saw. Got all the angles figured out, but have to finish this 2.7i before I can work on the last collector. My car just got the first base-coat at the paint shop, he's gonna sand it again, apply 2nd base and clear early next week so - then the actual tubing can be mocked up - FINALLY!
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Old 06-18-2011, 04:45 PM
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Well, I got the collector tacked and couldn't wait to show it. Stupid 10hrs engineering this stupid thing, I'll let the pics do the talking. Have to weld it solid, trim both ends and weld the expansion pipe on, but whatever, $280 saved on Burns in favor of 10hrs, ftl, but now I know how to make them FTMFW!...



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thats alot of work my friend...
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Old 06-18-2011, 05:58 PM
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thats alot of work my friend...

6-3-1 collector...



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Old 06-18-2011, 07:00 PM
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nice work, bad luck huh ? lol aye but at least u didnt give up nice find good luck with everything
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Old 06-18-2011, 08:02 PM
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good work. nice to have skillz, ain't it.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:11 AM
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lol. Got something, don't know if it's called skills or persistence.

Pleased with the final result, though...

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Old 06-22-2011, 12:57 PM
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Car is painted, time to put her back together





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Car is painted, time to put her back together





nice color
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:26 AM
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Delphin ftw! Your 6-3-1 looks good but a bit large. Where are you going to fit that?

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