E30 Project Thread -- Job 4: Fix a bunch of little things.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First. Successful. Start.

Which would be neat if it weren't revving to the moon. Hey, whatever.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Well, I DID fuck something up, but it's in the car now. Special thanks to John and Jeremy for not murdering me when I wasted six hours of their time with a mismounted engine arm. Everything's down-hill from here!

Next:

-Finish assembling my wiring harness adapter and put that sucker on the engine.

-Mount the computer in the glove box and feed the connector to it.

-Attach the coolant hoses to the pipes on the firewall and mount a puke tank.

-Hook up my fuel lines.

-Find myself a Mass Airflow unit (preferably European) and a good conical air filter, then run a bunch of hoses to them.

-Solder the connector to the brake light switch for the new transmission.

-Give her some brake fluid.

-Replace the clutch slave I somehow destroyed, then bleed the system.

-Feed the engine some oil.



And suddenly, slightly less than a year later (grr, I suck), all of these things are done!

Driveshaft and rear diff time...
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brakes flushed and bled!

Drivetrain assembled!

Reverse light switch rewired!

Ready to drive!

The tach completely stopped working for some reason...whatever!

Damnit, why can't I just have an exhaust that magically works right now?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drove it around a bit earlier this week. Seems super-loud from inside the car with no exhaust, but apparently it's not that bad outside/from far away. No power steering, so a new pump is on the way. Hopefully I'll get that working this weekend (if the pump shows up).

Also, I ordered a heap of pretty rad suspension parts, so that'll be nice.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

E30+S50+Wet Road+Mastercraft Tires = Why yes, I CAN break the rear end loose during clutch break-in!


Still to fix:

Make ABS work. I know how, but I haven't bothered yet.

Make the damned brake pedal stop sticking down. Still not sure why that's happening, but it may be the fault of the booster.

Fix the power steering, or decide I just don't care since I'm kind of used to it by now.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I'm not exactly surprised. That car is going to be so much fun once that clutch is baked.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Skid plates? I'll have what he's having.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw that yesterday. He does a good job of not lifting.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pedal modification is still holding up fine, as expected, so now the car is at least 100% functional. Still no P/S or ABS, but I'm living without them for now. The brakes communicate about as well as the rest of the car, so I'm betting modulation will be extremely easy.

I REALLY have to do something about the exhaust drone. Drove the thing around for about an hour this week while Jacob and I were playing Ingress, and I came home with a headache. Retuning the exhaust is now priority #1.


...especially since I'm still getting 25mpg with a stuck-open thermostat. Cool

220 miles until clutch break-in.
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll just leave this here.


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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have to love when someone who drives a DTM Z4 still describes an E30 as light and agile.
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For personal reference,

Speed at which each gear reaches 6500rpm, ZF320, 205/55/15 tires, 3.25 final drive:

1st - 33.8mph
2nd - 57
3rd - 85
4th - 114.5
5th - 142

Given that I've been using 20/40/60/80/100 as top gear speed points for break-in, and it's still felt quick, this should be really neato.

93 miles until break-in.
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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What an absolutely fun toy. This has definitely made me realize I need that E34... Sorta wish you did a more thorough buildup for it, but I fully understand how that goes, I need to do a better job on my projects as well. If you used any specific sources/ forums for info you should post them on here or in my E34 post...
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