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    3,0 zenith carbs on newer engine ?

    I snuck over from an other board. I went and looked at what i thought was a 2002 shell but have no idea what I am looking at. The drivetrain is intact, the car is a 4 door brown that was rearended and most of the metal is gone. The only thing I can make out from the car is the ID plate under the drivers side window.

    BMW 3,0
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    It has a straight 6 that ran before it was parked with a set dual zenith carbs.

    My question is about the carbs. Are they rare or standard on this model. Are they reliable and will they fit on a newer BMW with a 6 cylinder or even worth taking off. I think this would be a great set up if i ever get around to an engine conversion. The new owner of the property wants the car out of the storage soon.


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    Re: 3,0 zenith carbs on newer engine ?

    Well, you're on the right board. The car is an e3, generally called a Bavaria in the US. The Zeniths are the stock factory carb for that car. They are good, a 35/40 with vacuum secondaries. They have an undeserved bad reputation caused by lazy mechanics who would rather sell a set of Webers than tune a set of Zeniths.

    As to putting them on a later engine, sure. Lots of people with Bavarias and E9 coupes run 3.5 L engines with Zeniths, they are more than adequate. Rebuild parts are slowly getting harder to find, but there are still at least a couple of reliable sources in the US, Mesa Performance and La Jolla Independent Service (www.bimmerdoc.com), both are in SoCal and on the WWW.

    Tony

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    Re: 3,0 zenith carbs on newer engine ?

    Thanks for the help. I spent some time looking the car when I was there it must have been a blast to drive. Are the carbs and intake worth tearing out our are they a dime and dozen, or any other parts that are no longer available ?

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    Re: 3,0 zenith carbs on newer engine ?

    Carbs and mani are worth little, maybe $25. If it has a brass radiator overflow tank, that might get you a few $. Interior parts are harder to come by. Dash, visors, console, glovebox, door panels might be worth it to eBay if perfect or close. Not going to make you rich.

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    Re: 3,0 zenith carbs?--rebuild kits

    The Zenith carb is a desirable carb when properly set up as a few of us attest--am running them on a newly built 3.5L

    Zenith rebuild kits-small and large varieties are sourced through Royze Importers-distributors:
    www.royze.com located in Garden Grove, CA

    Owner has long term love affair with BMW's back to middle-60's

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