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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 10-21-2012, 06:13 PM
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Excellent! We need a photo of you standing in the engine bay, though.
I know but the POS eBay battery for my real camera isn't charging so I'm left with my phone and my roommate is always to busy being stoned off his ass and talking about starting a project with his ix to come take a pic for me .
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:16 PM
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Nice job Chip! That engine lift is ghetto as fcuk! What did you strap it to and how are you gonna get the engine down?
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:23 PM
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I made a frame out of 4x4s and put a pulley that used to run on a track in the top of the barn on it and hooked the ratchet strap to that so I could pull it out of the engine bay. You can actually loosen the ratchet a few teeth at a time, takes a while, but it worked.
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:25 PM
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Ah, now I see the pics quite a few posts back. Cool stuff.
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And there we go:


Sorry for the pic quality, all I have is my phone, and lighting isn't great .
That ratchet strap is bit light duty for my liking. If it's one of these it's only rated at 800 lbs working load......
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It's one of the heavier ones Lowe's offers, safe (for the strap) working load of 1000 lbs, breaking strength of 3000 lbs, and I made damn sure to keep my toes out from under it.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:24 PM
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It's one of the heavier ones Lowe's offers, safe (for the strap) working load of 1000 lbs, breaking strength of 3000 lbs, and I made damn sure to keep my toes out from under it.
Good deal! Still, keep clear just in case!

Don't want to end up like I did where the copays totaled more than it would have to hire someone to do the job.
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..... So guys...... I think I did a very bad thing......
Thoughts?, is this weldable or do I need a new block?.
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Bottom right of the back of the block, one of the biggest bolts that holds the transmission on.
I was bracing a piece of metal against it to hold the crank so I could together the bolt holding the main fully off, and then this happened.

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I would just run it without that bolt. Or try to get it in somehow. The transmission has like 6 or 7 other bolts. It's not going anywhere. Unless someone else can think of some reason that this bolt is essential...
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:22 PM
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That'd be a relief.
Any suggestions for getting that front bolt off?. The M54 block had a shallow hole in the back where you could put a bolt to hold the back of the crank, but I didn't see any thing like that on the M50.

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Use bolts on the flywheel with a rod in between. And a breaker bar on the front.
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I would just run it without that bolt. Or try to get it in somehow. The transmission has like 6 or 7 other bolts. It's not going anywhere. Unless someone else can think of some reason that this bolt is essential...
This^. Mechanical design margin is typically 50% minimum, but more typically 100%-150% when it doesn't affect weight. Running 5 vs 6 bolts reduces your margin by 17% assuming they're all equally loaded.
When you get boosted up to 500 RWHP, that's when to start worrying, but even then you've consumed all the design margin even with all the bolts there so what the hey! One extra bolt won't make a difference then anyway....

All that aside a good shop should be able to weld in the area and redrill and tap the hole if you wanted to but fully bolted up. Cast iron is difficult but not impossible to weld for someone that knows what they're doing.
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All that aside a good shop should be able to weld in the area and redrill and tap the hole if you wanted to but fully bolted up. Cast iron is difficult but not impossible to weld for someone that knows what they're doing.
I doubt that it would be worth it for an M50 block. I've had this on craigslist for several weeks...

http://newhaven.craigslist.org/pts/3506302054.html
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Cool! What do you think the shipping cost to VA might be?
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Maybe if someone sits on the top while it's taped closed?
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Lol, I once talked to a blacksmith who made swatch blocks and after the USPS introduced the flat rate box he cut an inch off them so they'd fit, said he took a stack of them to the post office and offered to carry them to the back for the lady, but she was armament that it was against the rules... Until she tried picking one up

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