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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 07-14-2015, 09:09 PM
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V8 swap guys need some input

Ive been tossing the idea of tossing a sbc in my 318. Id like to hear from some guys that have done it. Any input would be awesome
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Old 07-15-2015, 07:01 AM
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Iv'e never personally done it, but there are some kits out there for certain v8's. http://e36v8.com/
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Old 07-15-2015, 07:12 AM
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I'd ditch the idea of using a Ford engine and go with an LS engine instead. You'll be much happier in the long run.

http://www.vorshlag.com/product_info...c7a32aa9bc8143

That said, how experienced are you when it comes to working on cars? Most people who ask this kind of question typically have done little more than learn how to change their own oil, so an engine swap isn't particularly realistic.
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Old 07-15-2015, 08:48 AM
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I have a fairly extensive background lol. This is just my first bmw ive owned. I saw fazda's build thread and as far as getting everything in and running seems fairly easy. I just want to see what peoples opinions are on pros and cons of the swap. I wasnt planning on using a ford engine lol, sbc ( small block chevy)
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Old 07-15-2015, 08:49 AM
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I honestly dont have the funds to go ls. I think im going to go for an old school carbed engine to see if I like it, then go to an lq9
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:02 AM
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I'm sure you could get a 350 in there.

Big A$$ cams, aftermarket heads, headers to true dual exhaust. Fairly cheap in the end

Personally I think I would be awesome to have a BMW that sounds like a stock car, but then again I like turning heads.
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Old 07-16-2015, 11:01 PM
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Ive got a close friend of mine thats says he can get 450 at the wheels fairly cheap so I think thats the route im going to go.
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Old 07-20-2015, 08:53 AM
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thats what a bunch of friends and i are doing to a 98 328i. but progress has been slow and interest is dying out because of it. we have the chassis just about stripped and were planning to use carb'd small block to keep it cheap and simple.
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Old 08-01-2015, 10:17 PM
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Any updates? I am seriously considering a 302/T5 swap for my sedan. Thinking of turning my E36 sedan into a track only drift missile!
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Old 08-02-2015, 08:20 AM
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Still planning this project out and gathering parts. I want to have everything I feel im going to need before I start
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Old 08-13-2015, 11:54 PM
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Well I finally got her home, and plans have changed. I found an extreamly good deal on a low mileage 325 that is rusted out. Ill be picking it up tomorrow and just going with the m50
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Old 08-13-2015, 11:55 PM
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First bath in over a year
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:31 AM
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:02 PM
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Well the v8 swap idea is going to wait. I got a good deal on a rusted up 325.
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