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85 525e First car

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So I bought my first car on the week end, but it needs a bit of work...

It's a 1985 Bronzit 525e that is half way through a manual swap, it's got manual windows and sunroof but that just means less things to break (I hope). It's a bit of a mess at the moment, most of the center console is taken apart and there is no gearbox or driveshaft in it. The previous owner has done most of the electronics and put the pedal box in.

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Is the 260 I have the correct one for an 85 eta?

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looks about right, though someone else with more early 80s knowledge will chime in.

I assume you will be getting flywheel redone!!

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looks about right, though someone else with more early 80s knowledge will chime in.

I assume you will be getting flywheel redone!!

Yeah, from those pictures definitely, got any recommended places?

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looks like the gearbox has had the holes drilled for the crank sensor ,

but I don't see the trigger point on the flywheel , it wont run if it does not have that .

I may have a correct flywheel in stock for that model

thanks brent@bmworld.co.nz

looks a bit like this

http://blog.bavauto.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/flywheel_manual_ref_pin_text.jpg

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I took some more photos of the flywheel and clutch. Does everything look ok?

Also took a photo of my helper...

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EDIT: Yes they are gardening gloves, I didn't want to get the camera dirty

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So... I think I might have a Victor Reinz headgasket as I have a VR exhaust shield (See the photos in the linked thread) and my engine looks similar to the one in the photos :( (in regards to the oil on the block and not the head). Would be a good time to put on a different head though :ph34r:

http://www.e30tech.com/forum/showthread.php?t=106683&page=2

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This excites me! Cant wait to see some pics of it out of the garage

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This excites me! Cant wait to see some pics of it out of the garage

Me too :P

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Nice find. I'll be watching progress on this and waiting to see it on the road.

Very cool.

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yes indeed, should be cool when you get it on the road. kudos!

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I may have a flywheel here with the motronic trigger, happy to loan if you need to get pattern

Cheers...Stephen

021 744 881

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I may have a flywheel here with the motronic trigger, happy to loan if you need to get pattern

Cheers...Stephen

021 744 881

His flywheel has the trigger on it fortunately.

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I hate it when I'm right... I did mention to the guy selling it that I thought the gearbox wouldn't fit because it was off an m30 and it doesn't fit my m20 (no suprises there)...

So now I need to either:

Get the right gearbox for my car (swaps anyone?)

Get an m30 for my car

Put someother engine and gearbox in my car

or get a car with an m30 and manual swap it and get rid of the e28

Ideas?

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Easiest option would be to spend the time tracking down the right gearbox for your car.

Save you the hassle of getting it certed.

And with the ammount of knowledge and parts tucked away by members here I'm sure something will come up.

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If I did something that would require a cert, go big or go home?

manual m60b40 swap? :ph34r:

I think putting an m30 into it probably wouldn't be worth it as I would need a cert for that, so I may as well put something worthwhile into it...

EDIT: I think just getting the correct gearbox would be simplest...

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After further research I think need another g260 (probably the same as euroho) and some appropriate drive shaft and shift linkage

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Was the first owner of this car based in Wellington ? ( MT Victoria or Wgtn City Terrace)

If so it was on old boss's car and I drove it a number of times in the 80s :-)

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Was the first owner of this car based in Wellington ? ( MT Victoria or Wgtn City Terrace)

If so it was on old boss's car and I drove it a number of times in the 80s :-)

Probably, the guy I bought it off was in Wellington.

Still also looking for a gearbox and shift linkage

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Got it started. But it dies if you give it any throttle from idle.

I attached the auto bellhousing so I could plug the sensors in.

Does it sound normal for having only the manifolds on?

Also I can only get it started by bridging pins 11 and 14 on the diagnostics plug, turning the key does nothing.

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It won't start from the key because you probably haven't jumped the wires at the auto shifter switch for the lock out (have you?).

Once I had the flywheel on right, mine sounded pretty much the same without the exhaust on so I think it's correct.

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It won't start from the key because you probably haven't jumped the wires at the auto shifter switch for the lock out (have you?).

Once I had the flywheel on right, mine sounded pretty much the same without the exhaust on so I think it's correct.

I have bridged the pins on auto plug, but I have a feeling it might be something to do with that.

Good to know.

Now I just need to decided if I can find the right drive shaft (already found gearboxes) or to just do an m30 swap, which makes sense as I can get an m30 foe less than a getrag 260

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I would do the m30, you could probably sell the eta motor as well (someone with more experience could confirm this, I'm not sure what they're worth).

Which pins did you jump? Tell me the wire colors too, mine were 3 brown wires, two of which had black stripes if I remember correctly.

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I would do the m30, you could probably sell the eta motor as well (someone with more experience could confirm this, I'm not sure what they're worth).

Which pins did you jump? Tell me the wire colors too, mine were 3 brown wires, two of which had black stripes if I remember correctly.

I followed this guide:

http://www.e30zone.net/e30zonewiki/index.php/Engines_Troubleshoot

Which told me to jump pins 11 and 14 here:

http://www.e30zone.net/e30zonewiki/index.php/Diagnostic_Plug

My engine has the earlier half round plug.

I know that the crank in the eta engine is worth $500 by itself.

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