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Old 09-03-2018, 10:41 AM   #501
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Old 09-03-2018, 12:25 PM   #502
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Yeah, Iím gonna swap in a turbo whiteblock at some point. Probably the most cost effective swap I can do (also familiarity plays a role). The head is off my brotherís C30. It skipped time and bent a bunch of valves. Just setting it there to check sizing. I would boost the M20B25, but there is zero room for an intercooler. With one less cylinder I might be able to make room. Plus, what kind of confusion havoc would that cause? Vintage Volvo body>E30 chassis>modern Volvo engine.

Iím in no hurry though. Iím enjoying the car after six years of driveway ornament status. Iíll start amazing parts and when the time is right, then Iíll mess with it
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Old 09-05-2018, 04:42 PM   #503
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I gotta travel to El Paso for work next week, so I’m gonna try and get some glass work done before I go so it can have a nice long cure time.



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Old 09-05-2018, 09:19 PM   #504
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Making caps for the end of the dash to meet up with the door tops.

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Old 09-05-2018, 11:32 PM   #505
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I’ve tried doing some research, but it’s difficult to find anything firm. Does anyone know if you can you run a RWD manual whiteblock swap on the OE ECU (ME7?)? When I do the swap I want to do it on the cheap (of course) and love the idea of the OE reliability and all the engineering/tuning that goes into the stock system. Idle, tip in, lean cruise, all have already been worked out. You can find P2 T5 somethings for cheap all the time.
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Old 09-05-2018, 11:33 PM   #506
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Old 09-05-2018, 11:44 PM   #507
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Iíve tried doing some research, but itís difficult to find anything firm. Does anyone know if you can you run a RWD manual whiteblock swap on the OE ECU (ME7?)? When I do the swap I want to do it on the cheap (of course) and love the idea of the OE reliability and all the engineering/tuning that goes into the stock system. Idle, tip in, lean cruise, all have already been worked out. You can find P2 T5 somethings for cheap all the time.
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Old 09-06-2018, 12:10 AM   #508
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Yes. Talk to Hilton, not that dumbass Lucky at ARD.
idk I had mixed feelings with him years ago on p80 stuff but thats all that I know
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Old 09-06-2018, 12:48 AM   #509
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Yea he has no idea what heís doing.
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Old 09-06-2018, 12:44 PM   #510
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Iíve tried doing some research, but itís difficult to find anything firm. Does anyone know if you can you run a RWD manual whiteblock swap on the OE ECU (ME7?)? When I do the swap I want to do it on the cheap (of course) and love the idea of the OE reliability and all the engineering/tuning that goes into the stock system. Idle, tip in, lean cruise, all have already been worked out. You can find P2 T5 somethings for cheap all the time.
It would be easier to do 4.4 and ditch the ETM
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Old 09-06-2018, 01:41 PM   #511
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Iíve tried doing some research, but itís difficult to find anything firm. Does anyone know if you can you run a RWD manual whiteblock swap on the OE ECU (ME7?)? When I do the swap I want to do it on the cheap (of course) and love the idea of the OE reliability and all the engineering/tuning that goes into the stock system. Idle, tip in, lean cruise, all have already been worked out. You can find P2 T5 somethings for cheap all the time.
If you took the ECM from a P2 car the complications would arise from the CANBUS network and the other modules in the system that are required to make the system operate without any error codes. But from a mapping standpoint, I would expect that minor tweaks are all that would be required to tailor a stock T5M tune to the car - for the most part a manual is a manual, doesnít matter if itís a M56, M66, M90 or some other transmission.

A 99/00 turbo would be a good starting point because the ECM doesnít communicate with nearly as many CANBUS modules as a P2. 00 would be preferable due to the limited nature of the memory/available maps in a 99 ECU. The 99/00 isnít as sophisticated as the later P2 ECMs but theyíre both still ME7 which offers a huge upgrade in control over M4.4.

I would also recommend avoiding ARD, a few too many of my friends had problems with their tunes on a ME7 car for me to encourage anyone to work with them for a tune.
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Old 09-07-2018, 11:19 AM   #512
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Ok, so Craigslist ad says “rebuildable core. needs headgasket”. I buy it with intentions of swapping the head onto my brother’s C30 with bent valves. He decides that he “probably” wants to just have his head rebuilt so that he has a known good part, rather than used. I get the engine to the shop and break it down. I’m not seeing any bent valves, obvious head gasket failure, cracks in the head or cylinder. I text the guy back to ask how he knows it was a bad head gasket and the response I got was

“The heater hose had a leak. And he drove it for a couple days like that. Before he decided to check the coolant level and add more. He said it would over heat after he topped off the coolant. He than took it to a shop who allegedly diagnosed a failed head gasket. It was cheaper to swap in a junk yard engine than repair the heat gasket. That's when I got the car. I didn't diagnose any further and pull the motor.”

Thoughts? The plugs were out, so I’m assuming someone did a compression test.



I wiped the lips down with acetone and a grey scotchbrite to check for cracks:
Cylinder 5 (both sides)



Cylinder 4 (both sides)



Cylinder 3 (both sides)



Cylinder 2 (both sides)



Cylinder 1 (both sides)



Cylinder head (I wiped the gasket surface down with acetone and scotchbrite to look for cracks or corrosion):

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Warped head?
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Old 09-07-2018, 12:04 PM   #513
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Can you feel pitting at the top of 4 or does the camera play tricks?

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Old 09-07-2018, 12:09 PM   #514
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Head warped .013" according to my machinist's ruler and feeler gauges.
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Old 09-07-2018, 02:52 PM   #516
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Head warped .013" according to my machinist's ruler and feeler gauges.
That was going to be my question. Check the head and block. Open deck is picky.
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Old 09-10-2018, 01:27 PM   #517
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Which trans will you use Atom ?

Or is it posted and id missed it ?

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Old 09-10-2018, 04:48 PM   #518
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Which trans will you use Atom ?

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Getrag 260 so I can keep the rest of the BMW stuff. Still working out the details on how Iím gonna do it exactly.
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Old 09-10-2018, 05:10 PM   #519
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Old 09-10-2018, 06:17 PM   #521
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That’s what I paid for both with transmissions
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Old 09-10-2018, 07:09 PM   #522
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Soooo.... Iíll take that S54 w/trans for $500 and you can keep the S52 for free?
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Old 09-10-2018, 07:11 PM   #523
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