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Hey,

So its been a pretty painful couple months for me. Working around the E30 rally build, it all started to get a bit tough, suspension, rust, lack of information on rally builds etc the finish line just kept getting pushed out further and further. So after doing a bit of research into what the rally boys in the UK are doing, I've stored the E30 and got my hands on a 318ti to start a new build which will be alot easier. The E30 will be resurrected one day in one form or another.

I picked up the compact from Mad-Max on Saturday and started stripping all the interior out. The engine & gearbox had already been removed which made life a bit easier

The good news, is all the parts that I've bought apart from the M3 front guard and boot with spoiler can transfer straight across, and fit alot easier. The same engine gearbox, M52b28 with the ZF box out of the donar car will be dropped in. Need to swap my sump back over. If anyone wants a sump to convert their E30 hit me up, I've also got some 24v Revshift engine mounts I don't need anymore.

Partslist:

  • Group 4 Escort Bilstein coilovers
  • R33 GTST 4 pot fronts & 2 pot rears, with standard 328i rear caliper for the hydro handrake. Will use 328 discs
  • M52b28 with ZF gearbox
  • Single mass flywheel & clutch (to source)
  • Alloy Radiator & Oil cooler
  • 188mm LSD with 4:27 gearset with double ear cover
  • Homemade-special shortshifter, based on the CAE shifter (need to finish)
  • Hydro Handrake (to source)
  • Msport front & rear bumbers (to source)
  • Multi point roll cage, seats, belts etc etc

The plan is to have the car running minus the cage for a autocross in Feb, could be an uphill battle but I'm hoping I can make it. I'll be running a version of the old Benson & Hedges liveries, converted to Fences & Hedges.

Cheers,

 

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Fences & Hedges -brilliant!! So apt for rallying.

plus I really love that B&H livery from the M3s. 

Good luck with the build I hope it goes smoothly.

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Some of the parts I've sourced that will go into this car.

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Can you give more info on the brakes? do you need adapters to run the nissan calipers?

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10 hours ago, zero said:

Can you give more info on the brakes? do you need adapters to run the nissan calipers?

Yeah will make adapters to bolt them on, once I have it all sorted I'll take some photos. I work with CAD so will draw them up if anyone else goes down that route.

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get in touch with ethrty on here.....he had some e36 msport kits he was supplying for cheap. he may have exactly what your after. Good luck with the build!

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Not sure what diffs you've got laying around, I should have a medium case 4.10:1 coming out of the black sedan sometime soon if that's close enough for you? Anything else, just ask man, will be good to see this thing going.

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I've got a 4.27:1 med case, but could be keen to keep a spare ratio.

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Thanks for the name drop guys, i dont come on here all that much anymore! Yes can do if still needed tho i imagine freight to Invercargill would be somewhat prohibitive. its yours for $100 just let me know where i am dropping it, also have some M Twist side skirts as well if they are of interest, and a sedan/coupe rear etc.

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Small win last night, got the engine and gear box in. So much easier with no front on the car!!

now to tackle what I’ve been putting off, wiring. I’ve got the full 328i loom I’m going to drop in, I just want to strip it down to the basics, then remake a fuse panel for in the cockpit so we can see any fuses that have popped from in the car, will look at running circuit breakers. 

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Finally got the balls to start work on stripping the loom back. Laid it out on the floor and worked my way from the back forward removing wires back to plugs that I don’t need. sh*t of a job when your not overly confident in your electrical abilities haha. I’m going to have to remove the fuse box from the standard location as the roll cage is going forward to meet the strut towers, so will do a switch panel with circuit breakers in the dash. Anyone else that’s done this got any tips?

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I'm not an expert on wiring but have experience making and modifying looms on race boats and cars.  Putting in some effort is well worthwhile to obtain reliability as bad wiring will kill your enjoyment very quickly.

I would advise investing in proper loom tape, good crimp tools and terminals, as well as a terminal release set.  Do plenty of labeling, even if it seems obvious, and try to stick with the basic concepts used by the manufacturer.  If you can get hold of another sacrificial wiring loom then that can be a good source of the right colour wires for any extensions etc.

Strain relief is critical for reliability in a race car or boat.  Manufacturers are generally very good at this aspect, so take note of what they do.  You might need more if you thin the loom right out, as multiple wires help support each other.  Proper loom tape is very helpful with this.

Its not that hard to do, but is very time consuming.  Did I mention labels?  Lots of labels.  I use a label maker with flexible tape and put clear heat shrink over it to protect it.

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