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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 09-02-2011, 09:00 PM
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92 - 318 iS motor swap to small block 350.

Hey all. Ive been searching all over for information on the 350 motor swap for my 318. Theres a company that sells all the conversions for a 87-93 5.0 motor bolt in. But i dont want a ford...anything. Is there any site or person that could refer me to a list of complications i might run into?
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:04 PM
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:18 PM
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Are you extremely mechanically inclined? Do you have access to welders, machinists etc?

This is a very in depth process, and while I can lead you in the right direction you've got to understand the seriousness of what you're doing. It's not a simple change the mounts, drop the engine in and god process by any means.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:33 PM
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Well as i understand it, the 5.0 drops in with detailed instructions and diagrams. I am mildly inclined. Anything serious i turn over to my mech. The 5.0 seems fairly seemless and not difficult. Just wanted some info on the 350 because i would much rather run that than a 5.0. The 5.0 takes no body mods while i would imagine yes the 350 would take some cutting and adjusting. The right direction is always appreciated
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:13 PM
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Pretty good info/pictures here:

http://www.jagsthatrun.com/BMW_Order.html
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:40 PM
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Or there's always Vorshlag.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:47 PM
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THAT'S what I was thinking of and couldn't remember the name. Thanks Karl.

http://www.vorshlag.com/index.php?cPath=1_4_63
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Yes, they are. They're about 3x more expensive than they should be, but that's the price you pay for a custom made niche product I guess. The whole kit is way over-priced, but the product is good and I guess what you're paying for is all the R&D and saved time.
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Yes, they are. They're about 3x more expensive than they should be, but that's the price you pay for a custom made niche product I guess. The whole kit is way over-priced, but the product is good and I guess what you're paying for is all the R&D and saved time.
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Old 09-03-2011, 08:03 PM
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Yeah, you could install a Vorshlag LS1 kit within a few good days of solid work, whereas custom fabricating your own kit will cost less but take weeks and weeks of mock-ups, test fits, etc.
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I can make you a set of mounts for far less than the major companies want. The rest of the engineering isn't overly complicated.
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