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Old 03-05-2019, 11:00 AM   #1
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Default Never thought Id love an e36...

But then I got my tax return and like a good red-blooded American, got on Craigslist looking for some Bmw to hoard. Well, the only e36 that I ever coveted was looking back at me. A non-running, 1996 California top 318ti in hellrot for a cool $1200. Its an automatic and Im not even sure Im gonna change it. Anyways, it died on the P.O. on the interstate and he never messed with it after that. So it could be anything. So far its just clicking and dash lights are flashing when turning the key, so Im charging the battery and crossing my fingers.

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Started on e30s in 1999
Loved and lost many sweet Bavarian machines
Im left with a 2003 x5 3.0 (work truck), 2003 Msport 540i 6-speed, 1990 325i 5-speed (with custom m90 supercharger setup by yours truly), and now the ti as well.

Nice to meet you all and thanks for your collective knowledge!!
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Old 03-05-2019, 02:23 PM   #2
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Good looking car, look forward to updates on this one. Are you looking to supercharge it too?
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:54 PM   #3
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Good looking car, look forward to updates on this one. Are you looking to supercharge it too?
Thanks!! I don’t think im gonna do another full custom deal on this one. If this motor is toast, I think I’ll just swap in a m52 or m54b30. If the m44 comes back, I’ll leave it alone for a while I think. I know the Downing kit is an option, but I’m a huge fan of a straight six.
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Old 03-05-2019, 04:03 PM   #4
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Sounds good, keep us posted, I just recently purchased my first Ti to and love it. I need to make a build thread on it as well.
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Old 03-11-2019, 06:52 PM   #5
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Welcome! How is it going?
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Old 03-13-2019, 12:55 PM   #6
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Its going preetty ok! The starter connection was loose which is why it was clicking. Fixed that, turned the key,and it just turned over and over and over but would never fire or start. I then decided to check for spark and fuel which I have both. Then I got out the compression tester and received the following numbers: cylinder number 1 - 60, cylinder number 2 - 30, cylinder number 3 - 0, and cylinder number 4 - 0. So, it looks like I have a blown head gasket or whatever these motors do when they get overheated severely. So I got on craigslist again and found a 1997 528i with a good motor and transmission and honestly a pretty decent body. But I think Im going to gut it anyway, and put the motor and transmission in the TI.
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Old 03-18-2019, 04:55 PM   #7
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Live in middle TN
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Old 03-18-2019, 07:44 PM   #8
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Welcome! The TI with a M52 will be major fun when you're done... We have a few here in the forum.

Since you are swapping it, ZF 5speed perhaps?
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1998 318ti Sport - "Max" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior, S52
1997 318ti Sport - "Tiny" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior
1995 318ti Active - "Blanca" Alpineweib III/Schwartz leather interior

Other Current Bimmers: 2006 530i / 2000 2.3L Z3 / 1997 1.9L Z3 / 1999 540it

1997 318ti Sport - "Huera" - RIP
1995 318ti Active - RIP
1995 318ti Sport - "Tiny" Sold
1994 325i Sedan - "Jade" - Sold
1991 318ic - "Bert" - Sold
1985 635csi sold
1984 533i "Max" Sold
1984 318i sold

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Old 03-18-2019, 08:01 PM   #9
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Welcome! The TI with a M52 will be major fun when you're done... We have a few here in the forum.

Since you are swapping it, ZF 5speed perhaps?
Thanks! I bet shell be stout!

Nah, this car wants to be a cruiser with passing power. I have a few gear bangers.
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