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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 07-06-2013, 10:18 AM
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Uh, no. Not on all of them. Many automatic-equipped BMWs have only A and M.
^This is what mine has....
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:09 AM
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LOL! Perfect. Then I will remove the shifter as well. It is a huge pain, especially with the locking mechanism that is unlocked when you turn the key to position 3. But no worries, I am working with an amazing mechanic (the guy you saw working on replacing the water galley gasket).

By the way, just out of curiosity... does anyone know if BMW still sells the center caps for the BBS LM wheels on the M-tech? I think it is "BMW insignia stamped with adhesive film D=70MM 4 36136758569 $5.92", but not entirely sure unless the adhesive is universal for all center caps that have a similar design.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:09 AM
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Here we go. Some updates on the S50B30 swap coming:










Yikes, the plastic casing on the ping sensor cracked. From what I hear, this is very common when an engine leaks oil and temperature changes on the plastic cover of the sensor.


Almost done removing the harness. Ooof!! Geez this is such a pain.

So there you have it. All seals, gaskets, sensors, and hoses are going to be replaced. I am going to bead blast the valve cover and repaint it for ultimate sex (sorry Hornhospital).
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:44 AM
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A bit-o-advice on bead blasting the valve cover:

Look at the inside of the cover, center-punch the rivets holding the baffle plate, and drill them out using a 3/16" bit, going only deep enough to take the head off the rivet. Pop the baffle off and be amazed and terrified at all the crud trapped behind it. The attached picture is from an M30, but I've seen similar in every valve cover I've worked on. You do not want that crap to end up in your nice, freshly sealed engine. Besides, there's no way to keep the blasting media out of that baffled area, and that stuff WILL end up in your oil. Now blast the whole cover, inside and out, and the baffle plate, too. You then get a #36 drill and drill about half the thickness of the rivet posts deep, then tap the holes with a 6-32 tap. Get enough flat washers and 6-32 stainless screws of appropriate length to secure the baffle plate, put the plate in place, put a dab of Loctite on each screw and drive them home. Now you have a nice,CLEAN cover to paint.

(You can, of course, use Metric drills, taps and screws...I just happened to have SAE on hand)
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:20 PM
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A bit-o-advice on bead blasting the valve cover:

Look at the inside of the cover, center-punch the rivets holding the baffle plate, and drill them out using a 3/16" bit, going only deep enough to take the head off the rivet. Pop the baffle off and be amazed and terrified at all the crud trapped behind it. The attached picture is from an M30, but I've seen similar in every valve cover I've worked on. You do not want that crap to end up in your nice, freshly sealed engine. Besides, there's no way to keep the blasting media out of that baffled area, and that stuff WILL end up in your oil. Now blast the whole cover, inside and out, and the baffle plate, too. You then get a #36 drill and drill about half the thickness of the rivet posts deep, then tap the holes with a 6-32 tap. Get enough flat washers and 6-32 stainless screws of appropriate length to secure the baffle plate, put the plate in place, put a dab of Loctite on each screw and drive them home. Now you have a nice,CLEAN cover to paint.

(You can, of course, use Metric drills, taps and screws...I just happened to have SAE on hand)
Noted and done! I bought a new seal and screen anyways. Figured why not.

Well, here are some more pictures. I finally got the harness off. Being as I have never done this before, I saw that I could just remove three bolts from the plate holding the wire harness and VOILA! It all came out. I felt stupid, but hey, now I learned something. Here we go:





This thing was a PITA to unplug, even after pressing in the spring bracket. It just wouldn't separate like the others did (press in and pull).




Harness is off after the three bolts were removed. And of course a couple zip ties.





Ready for a new hose... it is deformed too. The loop is pretty much gone.


Some more stuff came in to Tischer BMW. Only things missing are my pressure plate, flywheel position sensor, and ping sensors. Grrr... Adding more delays.



Let's replace these hoses and clean this bad boy up.




I swear to goodness sake that playing with a autotragic transmission wire set is not something I want to bother with again. Granted it is only a couple more feet of wiring, but DAMN, a couple more feet of wiring feels like a mile.

By the way, I also heard some disheartening news... apparently the 325is M-tech cars came with ZF transmission, plus M3 Drive shafts already... if this is true, I will have a Manual 5 speed transmission and M3 Drive Shaft and 3.23 Differential for sale. I will let everyone know. If you are a BMW CCA member (and have a verifiable number, yes I will look it up), you will get a good deal plus shipping (since I can't eat that cost up).

I will keep everyone informed.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:52 PM
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Can I get a good deal on the transmission even though I'm not a BMW CCA member?
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:09 PM
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Can I get a good deal on the transmission even though I'm not a BMW CCA member?
Well before I start listing prices, let me verify everything first. But then again, the transmission and diff and drive shaft in the car now has over 300K miles... so I may just go ahead and swap it all anyways. But we'll see. I know I took the M-Tech on some spirited drives on some back roads, and everything held up great, not even a gear whine at all.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:12 PM
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Engine is coming along with new hoses:



Cleaned up the ICV:



Valve Cover Gasket is now installed:




Just waiting on Tischer to get my flywheel position sensor. I already installed the new knock sensors and the camsfhaft
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:50 PM
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Wow, time for an update... Good lord I am slacking:

Engine is now complete and ready:













Tomorrow, the OEM engine, transmission, and driveshaft come out. Now, I am just hoping it is not a ZF transmission and M3 driveshaft. Or else I am going to be not happy since I already bought a ZF transmission and M3 driveshaft. I am kinda hoping it isn't.
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Having 2 ZF's is better than having a ZF and a Getrag...
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:02 PM
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Having 2 ZF's is better than having a ZF and a Getrag...
The Getrag was going to serve as ammunition for a rail gun.
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Update... OEM engine has a hairline crack... Rust found at the base of the shock tower in the engine bay... Not a good day yesterday...



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Old 07-26-2013, 03:29 AM
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That blowsssssssssssss. Sorry for the bad bit of luck man. Knowing you you'll get it fixed in no time.


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Blonde moment. I can't see the crack in the block?
Do not feel too bad. I can not find it ether.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:18 AM
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The crack is not visible in the photos for whatever reason, but very visible in person. It goes from where you see the oil stand housing down to the dipstick. It explains why there was so much oil in that area alone. And I mean A Lot! It took us two hours of power washing to even get it that clean. It still has plenty of grime left, but the pictures showhow clean it got before we just gave up after seeing the hairline crack. I think I may keep the head as a souvenir. Heh. Keep the head... LOL! Anyways, the rest of it is going to recycling. It has served its purpose well. May it RIP.

Hopefully Southpark can make a video like he did before.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:25 AM
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I'm so glad I live on the west coast. Generally not much rust out here.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:28 AM
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Idk how the strut tower got that bad :I


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Eh, strut towers can and do rust out. They're spot welded onto the rest of the car with seam sealer put over the seam, and that's it. If the seam seal gets compromised over time (which is likely), it provides a good place for salty water to get trapped. Not fun. Fortunately, you can buy replacement shock towers. I know the rears are pretty cheap - don't know about the fronts.

But argh, that's a bad day, Harry. The thing about restoring cars which spent a lot of time in winter states is that if you find rust in one place, it's pretty much a certainty that you will find it hiding elsewhere, too.
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Hmmmm interesting fact about the towers.... What's the plan with the engine then?


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