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Old 11-28-2009, 06:41 AM   #1
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Well, I’ve started my project. I’m really taking it slow since I’ve never tackled a job like this before. I have access to a storage facility where the project is taking place. I have a bunch of tools at the site including pneumatic tools and an engine lift. I also have J!m’s manual and a Bentley.
The donor:
1997 M3/4/5, 70K miles, rear ended
Alpine White, Dove grey, completely stock.
The beneficiary:
1998 318ti M Sport, 5 speed, artic silver, black leather/blue grayish cloth.

This project is going to take some time since I have the donor vehicle and I need to remove the engine/transmission first. Also, I want to do some PM on the engine once it is removed, including washing the engine, making it pretty.

So far, I’ve removed the following from the donor:
- exhaust, heat shield
- Drive shaft
- Shifter link has been removed from transmission. That famous clip was doing its usual
- Front bumper, grille (my plan is to remove engine and transmission together out the front)
- Radiator, a/c condenser, air box, air flow meter and boot. Throttle body is still attached to engine.

Now I’m a bit confused. I’m not sure how to remove the donor engine:
- Do I need to remove the intake?
- If I do, I’m not sure how to deal with the injectors, fuel rail, etc. It looks complicated for my level of experience. But again, I have a ton of time to get it done.

If someone could point me towards a link or set of instructions on how to remove an E36 engine, I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance.
More to follow....
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Old 11-28-2009, 06:53 AM   #2
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buy yourself a Bentley and a Haynes manual.

You might even consider this:
http://www.318ti.org/forum/showthread.php?t=12912

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A few random photos from the past and where I’m at now.
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I had to cut trunk apart to salvage spare tire. I love Contours!

Impact must’ve moved drive train enough to shift center bearing and crack transmission support.
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cut the trunk and rear windshield off and replace it with the Ti's hatch and rear bumper. You'll be the only one in the world with a 4 door 332ti
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buy yourself a Bentley and a Haynes manual.

You might even consider this:
http://www.318ti.org/forum/showthread.php?t=12912
he already said that he had a Bentley and Jim's swap manual

cutting the trunk apart to get the spare, you sure don't waste anything what kind of shape was it in?
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he already said that he had a Bentley and Jim's swap manual
whoops, didn't catch that. Well the manuals are pretty clear on what's involved to yank the motors Bluebimma had the most creative idea, he unbolted the front subframe, then lifted the car off of the engine!
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whoops, didn't catch that. Well the manuals are pretty clear on what's involved to yank the motors Bluebimma had the most creative idea, he unbolted the front subframe, then lifted the car off of the engine!





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In short, there are MANY ways of removing and installing these engines.
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Update:
I’m going really slow with this project. Good thing I haven’t tackled the ti yet! I’m actually learning about cars as I take the M3/4/5 apart and try to comprehend what different systems do; how they are attached to the car, etc. Also I’m learning about tools, fasteners, and all that good stuff.
So far, I’ve removed the complete front fascia off the M3. I’ve removed the engine w/ tranny in one piece. I used an engine hoist to remove the engine and attached the engine to an engine stand. I was a bit leery if the engine stand would hold the S52 but I was assured by the folks at fastenal that sold me the M12 bolts that it will hold. They were right - it worked like a champ.

While the engine is out and sitting on a stand, I’m planning on doing the following:
- Replace valve cover gasket
- Locktite the oil pump nut (replace oil pan w/ new gasket while I’m at it)
- Replace belts
- Replace studs that hold exhaust manifold. Some nuts backed out but whan I tried tightening, the entire stud rotates.
- Replace H2O pump & t-stat.
- Clean the engine with carb cleaner and try to make it pretty!
- I will not be doing any maintenance on the tranny since it recently had mounts, clutch, flywheel, TO bearing, etc replaced. I will need a tranny mount bar though to replace the one cracked from the accident.

I’ve gutted the M3/4/5 interior and plan on posting items for sale on this forum (since I believe some items are compatible with the compact) and also on our friendly sister-site, bf.c.

I’ve discovered a few items that need replacement prior to swapping the engine into the compact. Somehow the throttle body off the M3 fell on the floor when it sat on the fender, even though it still has the cable attached. I discovered one of the “hinges” or rotating plastic parts that move the cables broke. I will post a photo soon of what I mean. I hope it can be replaced.

Well, that’s it for now. This project will take a long time, not because I’m not interested, but I’m really learning a lot and my work schedule only allows me a few hours per weekend.

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Still trucking...
- As J!m had written in his manual, discovered how thin that plastic shielding that sits sandwiched in the cowling area.
- Replacing cabin filters...
- The insulation or lagging that is attached to the transmission tunnel was all deteriorated. Had to cut it out. Will this be a problem in the future?
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- The insulation or lagging that is attached to the transmission tunnel was all deteriorated. Had to cut it out. Will this be a problem in the future?
Road noise will be a little louder inside of the passenger compartment and the floorboard will get really hot. I'd definitely replace it.
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