E36 s54 conversion.

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  1. 6 Dec 2018 at 7:54 PM #581
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    Engine is coming along nicely, I’ve just had word it should be all finished early next week so that a nice Xmas pressie for me!

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    It wasn’t without a last minute issue though, when my builder put the oil pump through the parts washer he noticed the pump drive chain had managed to wear a hole through the pick up pipe.

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    Lucky a call out to friends and 3m64ewmb came through with an excellent condition light use oil pump so that went into the build along with a super speedy part delivery from Ben @ hackengineering for a new chain tensioner, big thanks to John and Ben.

    In other news, more bodywork.........................

    I sourced a decent bonnet locally and got hold of some gtr vents,

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    Cardboard template made,

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    Bonnet taped up and marked out for cuts, LOTS of measuring and double checking went on here.

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    And after a bit of angle grinder, dremel, hand files and sanding pads, first side cut out,

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    Started on the other side,

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    Once I’ve finished the cuts and got the bonnet painted, I’ll get a body shop to do this as it seems harder to get large flat panels looking good with a home paint job I’ll bond the vents in with some sikaflex or equivalent. Obviously all the vents need opening out which I’ll do at some point.
    Hopefully I’ll have a fresh s54 to take pics of soon.
     
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  2. 6 Dec 2018 at 8:58 PM #582
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    Coming on nicely mate! Where did the vents come from??
     
  3. 7 Dec 2018 at 3:53 PM #583
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    Utterly brilliant read and catch up with what you have achieved. Great stuff!
     
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    You are more than welcome Matt:beer:
     
  6. 23 Dec 2018 at 9:18 PM #586
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    Awsome build you have going on.

    Hats off to you
     
  7. 24 Dec 2018 at 6:19 PM #587
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    The car looks awesome and mega build

    Couldn’t find decent gtr vents anywhere, the fit good on these?
     
  8. 28 Dec 2018 at 12:04 PM #588
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    Thanks for the kind words guys, good to see people are still reading!!

    The vents are really good quality, nice thick abs plastic, here’s some better pics of them,

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    As you can see, they are nice and thick so they have some strength, the top side has a textured finish which look good. The vents themselves need cutting out which should be no problem with a dremel.
    As for fitment, well, they are custom fit, if you mount them under the bonnet as I will you have to take great care to get the holes spot on, I’ve done mine with a can opener so they look a bit of a dogs dinner but with more patience and skill a good job can be achieved!
     
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  9. 28 Dec 2018 at 2:40 PM #589
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    Excellent thanks Matt
    Trying to find decent vents is near impossible.
    Also what fan are you using for cooling again?
     
  10. 28 Dec 2018 at 5:36 PM #590
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    No problem mate.
    As for the fan I’m just using a 16” slimline fan from ebay, nothing special. I only need it to help get the temps under control if I’m sitting in the pits or waiting to get out on track, when the car is moving it doesn’t need a fan at all.
     
  11. 28 Dec 2018 at 6:00 PM #591
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    Ok mines going to be used at weekends on the road so might need more cooling but the ac fan is really heavy.
    Also how do you find the width? Some people are running 200mm extra track now surely that will be horrible to drive?
     
  12. 29 Dec 2018 at 3:49 PM #592
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    To be fair, a fan is a fan! I’ve had a 16” fan in there since it was a 2.8 and it can sit idling forever in the summer and never overheat with the fan on.
    As for track width, I have 50mm spacers either side and run 18x10 et0 so my track is much wider. At the rear there is no problem, just more grip, the front runs 15mm spacers and 18x10 et0 rims, I had to install a kit to help with the roll centre/bump steer to help with the size of the wheels, I guess the steering is a bit dull but nothing obvious, I run a purple tag rack too. If funds permit I will probably install a slr kit to remove the need for spacers at the front but it’s not really needed.
     
  13. 29 Dec 2018 at 4:00 PM #593
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    Finally got off my ass and in the garage today for a little bit of work, I’ve finally started on the rocker cover, I cleaned it down, degreased, and gave it a light sanding before laying down some primer,

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    Paint tomorrow!

    With the new framed door installed the standard bmw rubber door trim surround no longer fitted, it caused the door to bow outwards and the top and made it impossible to close the door. The problem with this was that without a trim the door frame slapped into the bare metal seam and was just plain nasty, car builders solutions came to the rescue in the form of their small eared rubber door trims,

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    Fitted a treat and stops the door slapping the metal, small job but a nice job!
     
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  14. 30 Dec 2018 at 6:13 PM #594
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    Loving the progress! Was wondering if you had any clearance issues with the GTR vents and the airbox? I've got an S54 with the Karbonius airbox and Vibra-Technic mounts and had to make adjustments to the bonnet to get it to shut. I have changed bonnets as mine was a bit rusty and went with OEM mounts and the new bonnet shuts without any adjustments (result!) but wondered if you would get issues with the GTR vents.
     
  15. 31 Dec 2018 at 2:12 PM #595
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    Hello mate,
    Funny you should mention that, the carbon fibre gtr bonnet that was on the car before it flipped open and smashed used to rub on the airbox where the vents were, they were inset quite deep into the bonnet as it was a proper gtr bonnet, the now standard bonnet with copy gtr vents in it should be better for clearance, the new vents are nowhere near as deep. Time will tell though!
     
  16. 31 Dec 2018 at 2:25 PM #596
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    Did some more work on the car, I got the cover painted and lacquered, just waiting on a new badge and that’s done,

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    I’ve now started work on the drivetrain, so exhaust and prop removed,

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    The centre bearing was wrecked,

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    Prop split it two,

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    The bearing fell apart, I only needed a puller to get the actual bearing off, everything else was fubar,

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    So a new bearing ordered.
    I had an issue with what appeared to be grease all over the chassis above the nose of the diff, where the prop bolts to the diff, I had assumed the gaiter on the prop was split and it had flung grease out but the gaiter is perfect, a look on realoem shows there should be a gasket between the prop and the diff which mine didn’t have so I guess this is the cause of the leak. I’ll order a gasket and hopefully all will be fine.

    Now, I was going to strip the whole rear end down to cleans and paint the chassis and have all the diff carrier powder coated but an opportunity has come my way which means I need to spend money elsewhere, as a result of this the whole bodykit on the car is now up for sale if anyone wants it or knows who might want it,
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    Geoff steel front bumper complete with bimmerworld carbon canards,
    Front wings, complete,
    Rear arches
    Rear m3 bumper
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    All mounting hardware
     
  17. 31 Dec 2018 at 3:06 PM #597
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    What engine mounts you running? The Vibra Technic ones are the same height as OEM however they are stiffer so the engine sits higher than OEM / doesn't sag as much. The bonnet wouldn't close without modification as it hit the oil filler cap!

    I have raised this with Vibra Technics however they weren't caring...

    Will keep an eye on your progress, thanks.
     
  18. 31 Dec 2018 at 3:36 PM #598
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    I’m running solid engine mounts, I think I got them from pmc Motorsport. I’ve heard the vibra ones can cause the engine to sit high
     
  19. 31 Dec 2018 at 8:29 PM #599
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    That’s going to be some change if the whole kit is going! Got to still to be wide arched as you have no rear arches left

    Looks so good since you painted it.

    How much we talking? Doubt I could afford it
     
  20. 31 Dec 2018 at 10:20 PM #600
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    Not that much at all compared to how much it all cost to buy. If you are seriously interested drop me a pm and we can discuss it mate
     

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