Project: M30 335i Touring (Maybe now an S38)

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Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:41 pm

excellent thread, will be keeping my eye out for this round the county.
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Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:47 pm

Well, this has been a long time since I have updated this, mainly down to as always, not much progress..

Unfortunately for my e30, I've been getting a bit too into these switches and for a while now it has been pretty full on.

However, that means I have finally started selling these new units, they're able to monitor oil or coolant temp to a much more accurate level compared to the cluster gauges.

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It has taken me over 4 months of testing and prototyping to get to this point, but I am very happy with the final product.

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Message me if you're interested :banana:

Back to the project, I haven't really been in the mood to finish this any time soon recently. Mainly due to the huge amount of tasks left to do, it becomes so much where you don't even know where to start and feel like doing one part won't exactly help the process.

But I bit the bullet and decided to send my big engine parts off for vapour blasting.

Putting my touring to good use.

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Then, here are some comparison pictures.

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So all was going well, until I found this:

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One step forward, two steps back. Have passed it on to a specialist who will give me their verdict next week.

Great.
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Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:19 pm

Till I find out the news on my block, I've decided to start painting engine parts. Mainly to stop be from throwing everything in the bin and locking myself in my room for an eternity.

So only photo I have of the rocker cover when I got the engine is this

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First, I spent a couple evenings wire wheeling, de-greasing and paint stripping the cover.

Next was to remove the AFM mounts, this is because I'm using a flipped inlet manifold so they won't be needed.

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Then I filled the rest and sanded it all done, ready for primer.

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Primered

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Then used VHT wrinkle paint,

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And I am SO happy with how these bits came out! I still have to shave off the BMW part but I will let it set for a couple of days.

Also did my mates TDS rocker

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Turns out I have this car in my garage too? Can't remember it being here..

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Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:00 pm

Right, I may have made a slight investment..

My M30 block was still with the engine specialists and they weren't crazy happy with the condition of it. I was advised to start looking for another block, just in case it doesn't work out for them.

So, I noticed an S38 for sale. Obviously I had a quick look at it, had a dream over it then got back to searching. I couldn't find anything for sale M30 related that I was looking for, whether it be too far away or just astronomically priced..

So I had another look at the S38, passed it on to my friends, and they didn't exactly say no. A couple days go by and I bite the bullet and contact the current owner, I have a long chat about it and he says that the bottom end started to knock so he removed the engine and replaced it, it has been dry stored for 4 years and he pretty much forgot about it.. He explained that he can't guarantee the condition of the bottom end but the sale was for the top end, it just came as a complete item.

Luckily he was only an hour away from me so I decided to go have a 'look' at it.

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I wasn't able to really check any of the internals, but I knew that if it wasn't salvageable, I could make my money back in parts.

Soooo I put a deposit down for it, to collect in a couple of days.

It was a pretty tight fit in a Ford Connect..

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It was a long night but we had to see what it would be like when it's in place

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I forgot how big these engines are.

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Now it is time for me to strip it down and see if I can actual save it, I am really not fussed about how long it will take.

Is there anyone out there with an s38 swapped e30? I can't seem to find many in the UK, would be great to talk to someone about them.
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Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:46 am

8) ooooh that is cool. I hope the S38 is salvageable!
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Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:58 am

Yup, very cool, fingers crossed for the engine.
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Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:52 pm

Steve wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:58 am
Yup, very cool, fingers crossed for the engine.
SeanOB wrote:
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8) ooooh that is cool. I hope the S38 is salvageable!
I'm trying to keep my calm and not get too excited just yet.

Will be stripping it down early next week, so I'll either post the outcome on here or make a for sale post haha!

Thanks for the comments 8)
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Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:14 pm

SeanOB wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:46 am
8) ooooh that is cool. I hope the S38 is salvageable!
Me too. Could turn out quite epic!
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Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:46 pm

Quick update;

Started on the strip down the other night to assess the cam and crankshaft situation.
Seems like one of the middle conrod caps had actually come off whilst driving, it has beaten up the journal quite bad but nothing toooo crazy (I hope).
All the other main and conrod journals are good with no apparent wear, so it can't have been oil starvation as first thought.
Seems to be a slight bit of pitting on one of the cam lobes, this will need to be looked at too.

My question is, if repairable, would it be possible for me to just grind down the one damaged journal and fit the thicker bearing, or due to the balance of the crank will I have to have them all ground?

I need to get a micrometer to check the dia of the journal first anyway, hoping to get the head off tonight to inspect the block, head and cylinder walls too. Will update the thread with pictures soon..

Help from anyone with experience on this would be greatly appreciated.
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