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alan1272 last won the day on November 25 2012

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  1. alan1272

    the 518i and the m52...

    well this has been a while! unfortunately the thread has lost a lot of the pics due to photobuckets shenanigans. i still have the car, it runs and drives but has still yet to be put on the road. it got shuffled down to the bottom of the projects pile by various houses/ e30's/ bikes etc but its still there tucked up in the garage. i did drive it once when i had to leave the previous garage in my mates yard, it went like a stabbed rat up the road unitl the bodged PAS pipe blew, but it was enough to get it to my new garage. i'll hopefully be making some progress towards putting an MOT on it within the next few months. if anyone has a 6 cyl coding plug for the instrument cluster im in need of one.
  2. alan1272

    the 518i and the m52...

    i've had a couple of half-days working on the exhaust; i've managed to get as far as the first silencer for which i've used a cherry bomb (that takes me back to my yoof! ) as they're cheap, easy to work with and pretty robust. towards the front i've used a jetex 'Y' joint and made it a sleeved fit with the modified down pipes from the Donor car. the rest of it is made from old bits of exhaust that my friends and i have collected. it's mostly 2.25" - 2.4" dia pipe. i know it's not a fancy stainless system that costs twice as much as all my cars put together, but i'm taking my time and doing the best i can without spending any money
  3. alan1272

    New Suspension

    it looks good! exactly how i want mine to sit. bilsteins are superb, had them on the rally car for a few years now and cant fault them. So billies and H&R it is!
  4. alan1272

    the 518i and the m52...

    well, i stand corrected. the question is, which one is in papercutout's car?
  5. alan1272

    the 518i and the m52...

    ok, these are gearboxes i've used in my rally car. on the left: a ZF from a e36 318ti compact . on the right: a Getrag from a E30 318is, which is the one i have used in my e28.
  6. alan1272

    the 518i and the m52...

    yeah, i thought ZF boxes had a smooth case and getrag's had the webbing on the outside of the case?
  7. alan1272

    the 518i and the m52...

    ah really? i'd never seen one on anything that early (but i hadn't researched it either tbf). Papercutout: any chance of a picture of your 'box and all the mounts please? i'd like to make this thread a good reference for anyone attempting the conversion in future.
  8. alan1272

    the 518i and the m52...

    same here, but thinking about it now, did the e28s have ZF manuals or were all BMWs of that period Getrag equiped? my donor car (E36) had a ZF so i now guess he meant it was the ZF from the M5X donor. i couldnt get the engine anywhere near with the standard M52 E36 mounting arms, i didnt have any E34 ones to try. as far as i can remember it was clashing on the steering box and it wanted to put the engine back through the bulkhead to get the holes to line up. that pic with the angle doesnt exactly float my boat. i like a good bodge but thats a bit far for me. if the angle was welded to the subframe and gusseted a bit it'd look a lot closer to being right; as it is, all the force is going through one bolt in the angle/subframe
  9. alan1272

    the 518i and the m52...

    it's a tricky one. it looks like you need the engine at the stock angle to give clearance for the servo. in theory with an m20 box the stock angle for the engine will mean the box is canted over. Papercutout doesnt seem to have this issue though so maybe he's better placed to help? are you intending to make mount arms from the angle iron? if so go big as it's a better to go overkill than risk a failure in my view; although im sure 3mm thick stuff would be fine with boxing/gusseting in the right places.
  10. alan1272

    the 518i and the m52...

    this is how mine sits at the moment, hasnt really changed much in the last 6 months!
  11. alan1272

    the 518i and the m52...

    wow it looks like M5X E28's will be old hat by the time i get mine finished hi Daz, your car looks like it's coming along nicely. using the m20 mounts you engine is sitting a little more upright than mine, i'd be interested to see a pic of the sump angle. you could possibly use a clio or 1.3 MK2 golf servo to get roung the clearance issue you have, there's a couple of pics earlier in the thread of my clio one. as for moving your engine forward a bit, as long as your prop has a sliding centre joint it should be ok. just loosen it beore hand, move the engine, then tighten the centre nut back up. don't go too mad though, leave plenty of spline inside the joint. people may talk about moving the engine forward being bad for weight distribution etc. but in a chassis design thats pushing 40 years old i doubt you'll notice if you need any help just shout, i'm no expert but i'll try my best.
  12. alan1272

    the 518i and the m52...

    fantastic! thank you very much
  13. alan1272

    the 518i and the m52...

    yeah, i'm doing exactly the same. the problem being i binned the original exhaust over 12 months ago so i have no idea where it was routed! plus being a 518i it doesnt even have a hanger bracket on the rear beam, only the one down by the fuel tank. i'm really not looking forward to this job; crawl under car, measure, mark, get out, cut, get in, try, get out, cut, get in, try, get out, throw away, get new piece, get in.....you get the idea
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    the 518i and the m52...

    i've now finished the front end rebuild on the Reliant Scimitar that has kept me busy over the winter, so it's back to the E28 at last! With the propshaft all bolted into place i could put the heat shielding back on and start making the exhaust. i spent hours looking through my garages trying to find the heat shielding only to come to the conclusion that it never had any! this was after i had spent some time confused as to why i could find nowhere to attach what turned out to be an E30 heat shield one of my friends who works in the motor trade has collected lots of exhaust bends and pipes in 2 1/4 inch and 2 3/8 inch flavours and i also have some left over from making an exhaust for my rally car, so as soon as i get my hands on a suitable sized silencer i can start building the system. i intend to make it a single pipe system as this is a lot easier to make; it's gonna be enough of a ball-ache doing it with the car on axle stands without adding the complexity of a twin pipe system! i could do with shots of the undersides of any E28s showing the exhaust routing for inspiration, so please post any you have! thanks.
  15. alan1272

    New e28(!) radiator?

    i had a rad from this seller in my E34 518i and did over 20k miles with no problems. they're pattern parts so they're only cheap, but the quality is really very good for the money. i've bought another for my M52'd E28 project. http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/coolpartsuk