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    m42 2002 (is?) nearly finished

    I've spent many long hours dreaming, planning, disassembling, cleaning, rebuilding, repainting, re-engineering, welding, fitting, fabricating, assembling, and scratching my head, but this is looking really good to me. I've already forgotten how difficult some of this has been, and my list still grows with finishing touches, but most of the big jobs are completed. One of the most amazing solutions came when I realized the in-tank fuel pump with sending unit from the 318 is a direct drop-in replacement for the '02 fuel guage sending unit, of course with some new wiring and fuel line. The mounting ring are identical. I did extend the fuel pick-up about an inch lower to account for the deeper tank.

    Honestly, I'm still a little while from start-up, but I can almost hear it run, so before I say it's a sure thing, I'll hold back and just say I think it's pretty cool so far. More to come.
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    Nice job. we will need pics :)


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    how many months has this project taken & did

    you work on it most weekends.

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    Re: m42 2002 (is?) nearly finished

    yes, pictures please...

    I have a 91 318is (M42) and enjoy the car (engine is complicated for a guy who grew up with M10 engines, but I am learning)

    I also have a couple of 2002s in various "states" of existence...

    I have always wanted to see the process of combining


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    I had the scheme in mind when I bought the

    car in 2002, but the plan became real about 2 years ago when the engine cracked. It took a while to find the 318, and then, such projects take a lot of planning and scuttling time. So, last summer I really got some major fitting issues done, including the rack and pinion steering swap, engine, trans, and driveshaft. I teach, so fall was a stall, and then I got quite a bit done over Christmas break; so yes, it's incredibly time-consuming; most free time goes into such a thing, and I have little free time to give. Fortunately, my wife loves my projects and encourages me when I think I'm nuts.

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    Ok, I'll try one picture to see if it works...



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    One more try



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    I'm pretty good at taking advice...


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    Photobucket

    Its free and that is how I have to get pics here. You just download them and then copy the html. click on the insert pic on here and past the link. And its free.

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    Ok, try this...


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    Thanks Scotty! That's exciting...

    I had to stop right in the middle of grading essays on my semester final just to give it a try. What you see is the sad looking little old '02 in the middle of the transplant, getting a little cleaning. then, engine in. Obviously the lapsed time is irrelevant. Notice the knuckles of the steering column to the rack. I'm still a little ways off, and now I'm back in class myself, as teachers have to keep taking classes to renew license, so I'm off the car for a few more weeks. teh engine was a terrible mess, greasy and rusty, but after lots of cleaning, polishing, and painting, it's looking decent. Notice the radiator sits a little higher than the stock 318 would, but it's not too far off. I'll continue working on the (stock) shroud until it works and looks stock in this set-up, but I have cut away at it to make it work initially. Well, back to work. Thanks for getting me over the photo obstacle. I'll add some more later. do remember I'm a bit "long in the tooth" for this techno stuff, but I'm not too old to learn. Later, Jim

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    Looks great. How low does the oil pan sit?

    My wife alreadt destroyed 1 in her 318is.

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    Well, it is proudly displayed to view and to

    every concrete parking barrier. Actually, the '02 probably sits a little higher than the E30. Yes, it's right out there, which looks pretty cool, a dead give-away that something is different. The engine is as low and close to the subframe as it can while allowing room for flexing and aging engine mount bushings. I may put an air dam on as a warning to my ears, but still, I may have to add a skid plate to protect from stuff on the road. It is right out front; the '02 doesn't have much protection in front of the front wheels. We drive a MINI, so we're very careful. My last personal car was the E24. As I think of it though, nearly all my family and friends drive some type of sports car, so they are generally pretty careful. We're the ones with the cars parked in the least used spaces, on the high spots away from shopping cart corrals, FUV's, minivans... I'm just kidding, well, sort of. The worst that's happened is my youngest son's driving over a landscaped parking lot median strip in his E30. Ripped the sump and pump right off. Fortunately, he was quick to kill it, and I saved it. It's the Frankenstein of our fleet...more parts from more cars than even my '02, over 300k, and it's still "His Royal Flyness," whatever that means. I think I understand. Oh, he's not a bad driver, just legally blind in one eye, and something had a grip on his good one.

    Anyway, I did take a photo, and I'll post it soon. Back to grading essays. Jim

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    Re: Looks great. How low does the oil pan sit?

    Now I see I need to paint the little air dam.
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    Thanks for the help with posting photos...

    I finally realized I could resize my photos. I liked the others larger though because they show the details, and I'm proud of the details. I really need to credit a couple of friends who have had a hand in this: I picked up the '91 318is donor from Reggie at Reggie's Motorworks here locally. He has become a bit of a specialist in E30's, and has been my source for most of the parts now in our 325e and now the m42 bits. Also, a great E24 friend "Uncle Dave" from Ky has made the trip up to help dismantle my E24 and the E30, shared ideas on the conversion, and put up with my tension while installing a used windscreen in our good E30, and we didn't really get much done on the '02, and he's still cool. It's great to have friends who share a passion, knowledge, and skills regarding old cars, particularly BMW's, if that really matters. Later, Jim

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    You are welcome. Its always nice to have people

    that have the same passion.

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    I can vouch for the attention to detail

    I got to see the progress this past weekend, and you would not believe how stock....and clean everything looks. This is going to be a great little car!


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