My 1987 BMW cabrio.... Engine swap and other junk

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  1. turboCABBY

    turboCABBY New Member

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    Hey guys. Here is my junk. It is close to being done. still have a few things to work on. here is the list:

    This BMW is my fifth project. I have lifted two trucks, done a simliar project on a nissan, and also done an engine swap in a subaru. I Bought it in April of 2005 in SLC Utah. Did an interior restoration before summer of that year, then ripped the rest of the car apart in my garage. I covered all the interior panels with vinyl by hand and even hand sewed the stitching in the doors. I replaced the dash, all four seats, every vinyl covered surface, insulation, carpet pad, carpet, and sun visors. I outsourced two things for the project: the exhaust and the hybrid drive shaft. Dropped the last wrench the day I left for college on Sept 25th. Here is the list so far:

    1993 Nissan SR20DET engine ****
    1993 Nissan SR 5 speed tranny
    ACT ceramic Maxima clutch
    DSP Nissan/Chevy/BMW drive shaft
    Saab 9000 Front mount intercooler
    Blitz Blow Off Valve
    E36 5 lug suspension swap with M3 control arms
    E39 330ci front brakes
    E36 rear brakes
    E36 M3 M countour wheels
    Custome exhaust, 3” turbo-tailpipe
    Manual boost controller
    Willwood brake bias valve (ABS delete)
    2002 Audi A4 front seats
    E30 318 rear seats
    Auto Meter gauges
    Wide band O2 system
    E30 Radiator
    Fabricated by me: Engine mounts, hydraulic lines, IC pipes, Radiator pipes, pedal mounts, wiring harness(mostly)

    **** This engine was leftover from a previous project, and that is why it was selected.

    Project goal was to make it a cruiser... So far it drives pretty nice. I will be taking it to autocross events, and the drag strip once or twice a year probably. And of course I will dyno it as well. It is in storage right now while there is snow on the ground.

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    Stripped
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    Interrior going back together

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    making engine mounts
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    Stock t25.... only holds about 12psi grrr
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    FMIC in front of radiator, both in the bay
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    some sheetmetal work
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    brake fade resistance
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    interrior almost done
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    gauges
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    wiring is still funk nasty in this shot
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    18s with the wrong offset. ewww
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    switched it up to E36 17s
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    Pretty much the smallest, highest offset wheel you can run on an e46 330 brake setup. like 5mm of clearance.
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    Some Pshop
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  2. diaper eater

    diaper eater OT Supporter

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    hot shit man. very hot shit
     
  3. Akimbo

    Akimbo New Member

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    Wow, awesome.

    Congratulations.
     
  4. atomic punk

    atomic punk pretty hate machine

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    hot

    ditch the saab fmic for something with better flow though
     
  5. seismic

    seismic New Member

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    Great job!
     
  6. Lucien

    Lucien Guest

    Clean job.

    How difficult was the swap? From your right up, it seemed to be pretty easy for you.

    Props. :bigok:
     
  7. hopeudiemahc

    hopeudiemahc "stay true to yourself and follow your heart. Giv

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    cool swap, what tranny are you using
     
  8. lawnboy

    lawnboy Robert DeNigro

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    very cool car.
    this coming from someone who dosent like bimmers
     
  9. zaink

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    nice job!! so how fast is the car :eek4:
     
  10. pumpkyn

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    Where in SLC you located?
     
  11. Juggernaut

    Juggernaut Guest

    WOW :eek3: Very nice :bowdown:
     
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    Looks awesome! :)
     
  13. turboCABBY

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    Tranny is the Nissan 5 speed.

    How fast? I haven't dragged it yet. In the nissan (within 100 lbs on wieght, same gear ratios) they run 14.2 stock at 7psi in the 1/4. Most guys with the mods I have in nissan chassis have no trouble hitting mid 13s. I need about $1000 more into the project before I take it to the track or the strip. I am just waiting for the snow to melt to take it out.

    I am not in SLC... that is just where i went to get the car.

    Thanks for all the comments guys! I finally got capture hardware and software for my video camera... But I can't drive the car when the weather sucks. I should have video when it warms up...
     
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    American SuperBeast New Member

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    that is awesome nice car
     
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    SSS350z MacGruber

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    that is very nice
     
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    WOW... thats awsome. :eek3:
     
  17. twopoint7

    twopoint7 New Member

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    :) Nice car man

    Whats crazy is I am running the exact same intercooler except setup a little different . Ill post pics tomorrow morning. Im kinda :wtc: about the SR under the hood .

    M20 + boost > SR20Det


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    for the record that isnt mine that is a buddys BUT its just showing the M20 is better than the SR20
     
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    red97gst New Member

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    it shows the M20 is better cuz your buddy put a gigantic compressor on it?
     
  19. Not All There

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    sweet swap you did there, love the guage cluster to
     
  20. turboCABBY

    turboCABBY New Member

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    What shows mine is better is that IT WAY LAYING IN MY GARAGE. I just used what I had. I would have never done this swap if I didn't already have the engine.

    But to refute, My SR is better. I got it back when they were cheap, and probably paid about as much for the engine as your friend paid for his turbo and injectors. And I probably paid less for my cabrio than your friend paid for his hardtop.

    so...

    My project > your friends project

    not the mention the fact that mine will run the way it is right now for 70K miles at least.

    Red97GST- haha I guess thats the logic.

    I really don't care if anyone likes my car or not. I bet your buddy's E30 is sick and fast. And he probably loves it. I like mine quite a bit too. To each his own. happy modding.
     
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    twopoint7 New Member

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    Well said !! In all aspects the sr20det is such a better motor, 4 valves per cyl , dohc, Good flowing head , and doesnt have weak water jackets ... the only thing the M20 has over the SR is the torque ..... It was kinda a joke:hsugh:
     
  22. turboCABBY

    turboCABBY New Member

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    I didn't know you were kidding... lol

    ABout the torque though... SR20DET is 205HP and 210 tq. And when you startiung running high boost the torque generally stays above the horsepower untill around 350 HP and torque... I am not sure about turbo m20s...
     
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    Very nice. How did you become so proficient at working on cars if I may ask?
     
  24. turboCABBY

    turboCABBY New Member

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    I read a lot online, and I got a job changing oil when I was 15. I did that for about a year, than I bought my first car about 3 months after I turned 16. Within a year there was only a few parts I had not taken off of that car. It was a nissan 240SX.

    Next I bought a dodge stealth twin turbo. I had that thing taken apart quite a bit two. I had to remove all the intercooler piping, intake manifold, airbox, and a bunch of other stuff to replace some tranny linkage I broke once. Then I sold that car, and bought an SR20DET.

    I swapped the SR20DET in my garage, and installed some electronics to monitor it.

    Next I bought an 81 4wd toyota pickup. I needed this for school (snow). I wanted to put a small lift on it to make it look cool, and It had 2" of lift when I bought. I soon found out that lifts out of boxes suck. They are all stiff and junk. So I made a lift. I got junkyard springs, made all the mounts, stratched the wheelbase 7 inches, converted to better steering, installed lockers and lower gearing, and did a lot of maintinance.

    After all the fabrication on the truck, and the electronics on the nissan, I was ready for just about anything.

    Oh I also replaced a subaru EJ22 engine in a legacy a few weeks before I went and bought my BMW. We did R+R in one day and had it running (out of time though). WE timed it the next day.

    I pretty much just dive into stuff and read a lot. FSMs are great.
     
  25. J-Passport

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    that is so awesome, I am impressed with the swap. First time I've seen something like that done.. I want to buy an e30 to build it, but i want to keep it all stock and just so suspension work. I cant imagine trying to fabricate my own engine mounts or doing the wiring for something like that. -J
     

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