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E30 Coupe - Engine swap to M54B30 & too many other mod's

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On 3/24/2018 at 5:10 PM, gjm said:


I think these are discontinued Ruff R358s?

TSW in NZ deal with Ruff.

Don't think BG Marketing deal with Ruff.

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Decent amount of progress in past month or two.

  • M54B30 engine Trial fitted
  • G220 Gearbox and standard factory manual mount sorted.
  • Gearshift linkages too long so shortening those 60mm
  • Then measured driveshaft and having front section lengthened 180mm
  • Bumpers are all now Fiberglassed back together and all mounts glassed on, now for some sand/fill work and painting.
  • Porsche 911 SC Brake booster modified and installed
  • XYZ Coilovers fitted to front struts and installed
  • Front wheel bearings were shot so fitted new wheel bearing hubs
  • Medium Case LSD fitted
  • Front seats are being recovered with Factory Pacific Blue material, hope to get those back this week.
  • Modified the E30 steering linkage to suit the Z3 rack but it's just not working, hitting exhaust manifold hard. Picked up a Holden Astra linkage on Friday which I have started modifying to fit while engine is out, will get that sorted this week . I suspect manifold may still need some massaging.

Lots of other things happening along the way to keep things moving, engine currently out while sorting the heater lines and also refitting clutch slave cylinder and gearbox plus sorting Radiator and hoses which I think I know what i'm doing with that.

Hope to have engine and gearbox back in for the last time on Sunday if time allows, then will get the exhaust made up. After that its the Wiring harness, which will hopefully be sorted by my Auto Electrical guy.

Steady progress, project has escalated a lot from original plans :), was something my son and I are building for him to learn to drive in.... yeah that's not going to happen!



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Loving the project.


Make sure to put up pics of your progress on the steering linkage mods.

I've modded e30 steering linkages to fit the e46 using the Ireland engineering donut.

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Car looks to be coming along nicely Brent! 

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On 5/17/2018 at 12:59 AM, marquis said:

Car looks to be coming along nicely Brent! 

Thanks Marcus!

Yeah your LSD is painted, fluids, fitted and torqed up ready for some action.

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