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  1. #81
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWCurves View Post
    Every time you post I'm struck by the quality work you and your shop does.
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    Second round of updates:

    Neil brought in his M3 for a RACP repair. We did a used vehicle inpsection and are knocking out the items on the list he does not have time to DIY. We did the usual, stop drilled and welded all the cracks, then CMP plates were installed. After that we stitch welded both upper coil spring and RTAB pockets along with the wheel well seams. We've seen so many cars that have been "reinforced" already and have this spots separating. I don't know if it was just missed during the reinforcing and happened after but it is becoming a standard part of our RACP repair. Then new BMW subframe and trailing arm bushings along with Rogue Engineering shock mounts.












    Next, rod bearings, we got quite the surprise when pulling the oil pan off.




    Doesn't look like it caused any damage though. These don't appear to be the original bearings but with 186k miles it was peace of mind to know they are fresh.




    And with the pan off we addressed the drain plug, it had been stripped and had a "pan saver" type plug in it. We correctly installed a time sert and then surfaced it to give a perfect sealing face.




    Sold my Imola ZHP.




    And then quickly spent the money on an M3 (probably) parts car. The guy said it needed a clutch (SMG), but from the short drive I took in it I think the transmission might actually be broken. It's in really good shape overall but it has a pretty decent scuff right on the RR wheel well opening which I think is going to make it to much investment to fix (at least the way I would want to). So it will probably live on in a sedan or touring swap.










    It did have a check engine light on and Vanos faults stored, I popped the valve cover off as the first thing I did and wouldn't you know, broken tab...




    Adam was back for a SMG conversion, we did the usual with the AutoSolutions SSK and he provided us a manual plenum to really round out the underhood change.








    And now for a different SMG conversion. We swapped out the SMG for a ZF320 5spd, Tilton twin disc clutch and flywheel with a CAE shifter.






    We didn't have the correct clutch alignment tool for a twin disc setup, but luckily we did have a broken ZF...






    And then we also "bullet proofed" the Vanos.



    Current Garage... '00 R11S, '09 HP2S, '12 R12GSA, '00 Gray 332iT, '00 Black 323iT (wife's), '02 Alpine 325iT (Eileen, Track Wagon), '02 Japan Rot 325iT, '04 IR ZHP Sedan

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    Hey, George. What is this stuff ?

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    2005 IR / black / 6MT
    150,000 miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredo View Post
    Hey, George. What is this stuff ?
    Alfredo,
    I think that is a generic blue shop towel that people like to use. Somehow it got into the crankcase and sucked into the oil pump pickup.
    Current Garage... '00 R11S, '09 HP2S, '12 R12GSA, '00 Gray 332iT, '00 Black 323iT (wife's), '02 Alpine 325iT (Eileen, Track Wagon), '02 Japan Rot 325iT, '04 IR ZHP Sedan

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    OIL PUSHED THROUGH THE WIRING HARNESS TO THE DME WTF

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZHPizza View Post
    OIL PUSHED THROUGH THE WIRING HARNESS TO THE DME WTF
    Yep, I've seen it a few times, never on a M62 thought.

    Years ago the M62s had issues with the thermostat housing leaking coolant through the pins. It would short out and pop a fuse in the E-box. If you just replaced the fuse (without replacing the t-stat) often times the thermostat would catch on fire... saw more than one car get the fire extinguisher in the shop. lol
    Current Garage... '00 R11S, '09 HP2S, '12 R12GSA, '00 Gray 332iT, '00 Black 323iT (wife's), '02 Alpine 325iT (Eileen, Track Wagon), '02 Japan Rot 325iT, '04 IR ZHP Sedan

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeH View Post
    Alfredo,
    I think that is a generic blue shop towel that people like to use. Somehow it got into the crankcase and sucked into the oil pump pickup.
    Oh, boy !
    2005 IR / black / 6MT
    150,000 miles

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