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Dark_Helmet

M –35
Lincoln, Nebraska
United States

 
 

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I hate this car...

By Dark_Helmet

Filed under: 1993 BMW 318i (the new headache)

So, I take the car to the shop to have the springs swapped and snows put on... should be about $400 maybe $500 with a couple extra fixes tossed in.

um, wow.

1) Bent strut
2) destroyed backing plates on rear brakes, which means
3) needs new wheel bearings at the rear
4) front brakes on UPSIDE DOWN, therefore
5) destoying flex lines
6) wrong fuel filter having the effect of
7) badly kinking the fuel feed lines and
8) front LCAs are wasted.


oh joy.

IT LIVES AGAIN!!!!

By Dark_Helmet

Filed under: 1993 BMW 318i (the new headache)

Went out to the car yesterday and the clutch pedal was not meaninfully connected to the clutch fork.

thankfully I had forseen such events (with some prodding) and my new clutch slave had arrived tuesday afternoon.

Last night I put it on and bled the clutch with the help of Mr. Project (who is "the man") and we're back on the road again.

the old slave was trashed, it was just less fluid oooooze out of the seal around the piston/pushrod... it was BAD.

So, now it is time for the new springs...

IT LIVES!!!!!

By Dark_Helmet

Filed under: 1993 BMW 318i (the new headache)

well phase one is finally complete... I drove the car (YES, DROVE THE CAR) to the exhaust shop tonight to have it sorted out/welded up, and I purged and bled the coolant system (will have to bleed it again, I'm sure).


huge thanks to armen for helping me at many stages of this project and for smacking me upside the head when necessary...

thanks again man... It will go to the suspension shop next week to have the taller M3 springs put on and some alignment work done.

So Close I can smell it!

By Dark_Helmet

Filed under: 1993 BMW 318i (the new headache)

the engine all mocked up, I will have to disassemble it back down to the lower intake, but I am confident that I know where everything goes and can get it all back together with a few more hours of careful work.

picture below shows everything mocked up safe the thermostat...

I suck at being a mechanic...

By Dark_Helmet

Filed under: 1993 BMW 318i (the new headache)

I didn't screw anything up yet (that I know of) but wow, it takes me forever to get this stuff done.

lower intake manifold on, torqued down some more stuff, another run to the parts store, in general "getting there" but not too aweful fast.

if I could avoid the "undo-redo" cycle (you don't want to know how many times on the lower intake) I would make much better progress.

also thanks to armen for a remote "diagnose" on the oil level sensor connectors.

More Progress...

By Dark_Helmet

Filed under: 1993 BMW 318i (the new headache)

Last night I buttoned up the motor... the lump is all in there... I hope!

the valve cover gasket was a HUGE pain, but otherwise, I'll start throwing the intake manifold and fuel and ignition systems together tonight. I just hope I remember where everything goes!!!!

wow, this really is starting to look like a complete car again!

Cam Sprockets in Place!!!!

By Dark_Helmet

Filed under: 1993 BMW 318i (the new headache)

again, self explanatory...

The Head is ON!

By Dark_Helmet

Filed under: 1993 BMW 318i (the new headache)

self explanatory...

Exhaust Header Bolted Up...

By Dark_Helmet

Filed under: 1993 BMW 318i (the new headache)

Again just like it says, the header is bolted and torqued to the head, with new studs and nuts all around I assume you can tell!

if you could get the compression high enough and spin it nice and hard with a solid lifter... you MIGHT actually make enough power to really have some fun... but alas, it is destined to be a torqueless wonder... but it is nice to look at!

Head Gasket in Place...

By Dark_Helmet

Filed under: 1993 BMW 318i (the new headache)

I finished wiping down the head surface today, and set the head gasket in place... there's something kinda theraputic about that.

I can actually tell that its a touch thicker (.012")... nice quality piece IMO.

Header...

By Dark_Helmet

Filed under: 1993 BMW 318i (the new headache)

removed from cat lead-pipe, and cleaned up with a wire brush and some brake cleaner (great gift of the Almighty), ready to go back on the head as soon as I get the head studs (BMA to the rescue).

Progress Part 2

By Dark_Helmet

Filed under: 1993 BMW 318i (the new headache)

I have all but 2 or 3 parts needed to finish putting this thing back together, it is simply a matter of how much time I'll have to do it.

hopefully I'll have re-assembly pics on thursday!

PROGRESS!!!

By Dark_Helmet

Filed under: 1993 BMW 318i (the new headache)

after an entire week of gnashing, I got the head off last night, and good news indeed, the head gasket does not appear to be compromised, but the profile gasket was WASTED.
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