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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 01-30-2014, 10:30 AM
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E30 M52 Build

Hey guys, been a member on here for many years, very active in the E36 section. Feel free to check out my Hellrot Turbo Build which is always ongoing.

Right now I'm DDing an E39 540 6 speed, the plan is to get my E30 build going so I can sell the 540.

I bought the car last January from a member on here who had kept it in his garage for many years. Super nice guy. It's an 84 318i, no engine or tranny, etc. One of the cleanest E30s I have ever seen and it's all original. There are two spots where clear coat is peeling but that's the only flaws. Eventually I'll have that taken care of once it's up and running.

The plan is to use my M52 that I have from a parts car and a ZF transmission (not bought yet) Plans are as follows:


Keep it OBD2
Headers
2.5" Quiet exhaust
S50 cams I have laying around
Tune
Different MAF maybe?
F1 racing stage 3 clutch
M50 intake manifold
New gaskets for OP, VC, oil filter housing, thermostat housing, etc, etc.
Powdercoat various parts (thinking gloss white, other ideas?)

Now for other odds and ends I have many questions. I'm trying to figure out everything else I need. What are the top options for motor and tranny mounts, tranny crossmember, wiring, etc?


And here are some pictures, not sure how fast progress will be because it's freezing cold here in PA and my garage isn't heated.


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Various engines I have laying around:



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The M52 teardown:



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Old 01-30-2014, 12:21 PM
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Nice start, consider changing to a 325 rear subframe and diff and rear trailing arms. You have speed bug so the added bigger differential and the rear disc brakes vs drum brakes makes for better braking.

This section tends to be slow. You could look at www.r3vlimited.com as there is a swap section there.
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:07 PM
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Thanks! In a few years will probably come a full 5 lug swap.
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Old 01-30-2014, 03:42 PM
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Honestly I feel it's a bit overrated. 5-lug that is, unless you source a E30 M3 setup or Z3M rears and the Proper E36 set up up front.
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Old 02-01-2014, 05:41 PM
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I'll have to look more into it. But I'll probably do a similar project to my e36. All new bushings bearing brakes powder coat coilovers and reinforcements at the same time.

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Old 02-04-2014, 04:01 AM
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What engine management are you looking at using ?
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Old 03-08-2014, 05:22 PM
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Stock DME, not sure on tuning company yet.


Got some bad news, I took the valve cover off and oil pan off today. I found broken timing chain tensioner pieces in the oil pan, and pulled out the broken piece from the timing chain area. Thoughts? Engine made no noises when it was running in the 328.



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Old 03-12-2014, 05:04 PM
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ZF showed up!

Going to freshen it up with all new seals, clean it, and drift pin sets.


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Great to see the parts collection growing!

Got an E34 M50 sump on the way?
Are you going to get an E36 diff, or enjoy buzzing around at high revs with the E30 small case diff until it blows up?
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:26 PM
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I have the oil pickup tube already.

Gonna use whatever diff is in it for now lol.
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What ZF box are ou using & why ?
Just asking, as I am going to follow your example with the M52B28 swap and have to prepare this well in advance !
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Dunno, it's a ZF 5 speed from a 328 or M3.
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what drive shaft are you gonna use. I have a similar setup to yours but my drive shaft is a cv not the 4 bolt.
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No idea on the driveshaft yet.

Updates:

Cams removed from M52, and S50 cams removed from M50. The M52 is dirty, really dirty and sludgey. You can see the difference between my old M50 and this M52.

I also cleaned up a spare timing cover to install, and picked up my powdercoated valve cover, thermostat cover, oil pan, and oil filter housing. I was thinking of doing the timing cover but nah, won't see it.

Can I swap my M50 cam trays into the M52? I already have them resting in place, and everything looks good. I'd much rather use them because they are clean and I know they were taken care of (by me).


I have a big order from ECS coming in that should allow me to get the engine buttoned up. I should have more done tomorrow.

















You can see how much cleaner my M50 head is, as well as the cams and trays.









1 or 2 broken guides on the M52.







Too bad I ordered an M52 valve cover set before I decided to switch.

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Nice progress.
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S50 cams and trays installed, timing set (hopefully right) oil pan and valve cover installed. Getting closer!

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Drilling oil pump nut

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Wire tied

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Powder coated oil pan and valve cover

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