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jaysbmw 01-09-2007 03:32 AM

Swap Manual Q&A
 
I bought a 95 clubsport 318ti and going to sell my 97 ative 318ti for $4,900
here in san francisco bay area berkeley ca, was that a good idea i miss the zip off the line but i love the clubsport looks so maybe one day i will swap out the motor or should i leave it alone.

96cali 07-24-2007 11:58 PM

Swap Manual Q&A
 
Does this manual come with customer service, e.g. answering follow up detail questions by email, how this or that compare to a 2.8 swap, etc?

SporTi 07-25-2007 06:00 AM

Alternative purchase
 
I saw your pix. I think I would rather just buy your car instead. :biggrin:

J!m 07-25-2007 01:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 96cali (Post 129283)
Does this manual come with customer service, e.g. answering follow up detail questions by email, how this or that compare to a 2.8 swap, etc?

Good question.

As an owner of my manual, you would be offered not only e-mail support, but phone support as well. This has always been the case since I sold the first copy several years ago.

Of all the manuals I have sold, I have only had questions from two people. When I get this feedback, I try my best to incorporate these details into the new versions of the manual, because I'm not always available right away to help you out.

It is quite comprehensive at this point, but I will continue to improve it as best I can with my own experience as well as the experience of others who have done the swap to make the best swap resource as possible.

J!m 07-25-2007 01:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SporTi (Post 129316)
I saw your pix. I think I would rather just buy your car instead. :biggrin:

I am open to offers.

Hint: It will NOT be cheap...

96cali 07-25-2007 07:20 PM

Sounds good!

Quote:

Originally Posted by J!m (Post 129351)
Good question.

As an owner of my manual, you would be offered not only e-mail support, but phone support as well. This has always been the case since I sold the first copy several years ago.

Of all the manuals I have sold, I have only had questions from two people. When I get this feedback, I try my best to incorporate these details into the new versions of the manual, because I'm not always available right away to help you out.

It is quite comprehensive at this point, but I will continue to improve it as best I can with my own experience as well as the experience of others who have done the swap to make the best swap resource as possible.


DustenT 07-25-2007 08:15 PM

I should probably just buy one of these manuals. It seems inevitable...

J!m 07-25-2007 09:14 PM

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Originally Posted by DustenT (Post 129388)
I should probably just buy one of these manuals. It seems inevitable...

No rush buddy!

You can save up a few bucks each month and get it in time for Christmas!

After the first of the year, it may remain the same price, and it may not. Paper and other consumeables are not getting asny cheaper, and I don't want to go with the lighter grade, less-bright paper, as it doesn't do the photos justice, and won't hold up as well to the greasy-handed shop environment. I think the text covers it well, but the photos really help when you can see exactly what I'm talking about.

As more pages go into this thing, more paper and toner is required as I'm sure you can imagine. I am OK with this for now, but I think if I exceed 80 pages (which will happen of I add just a few more detail photos) I may have to add a few bucks to the cost.

Still, compared to the other options out there, a real bargin for an engine swap manual, specific to our cars!

roadrash 07-26-2007 01:02 AM

J!m... have you considered having your book printed by CafePress or some other similar company??

J!m 07-26-2007 01:12 PM

I have, and it doesn't make any sense.

As soon as I pick up another detail that will make the manual better, I insert it before the next copy is sold, and the manual is updated. I only have the latest version saved- I don't keep the archive of the old versions. The manual itself is also the place I keep all my swap data- I don't have other files with other information- it's all in there!

I should have kept a record of up-dates over the years, but unfortunately, I did not. It is almost twice as many pages now as it was in the first version. Back then, I had not yet done the rear sub-frame up-grade, or sorted out all the details with the front suspension up-grade. That is all in there now, but could be better illustrated through photos.

Therefore, I also plan to do a bit more photography on my car, to help illustrate these details, and I have also considered tearing into the wiring harness to see exactly how the dealer corrected the other minor electrical problems that were addressed on my car. The dealer has to do the EWS/ECU alignment, and if you tell them the other things in the manual that also need to be addressed (which depends on which engine you have), they can do it (usually), so for now, it is working fine.

I also know exactly how to by-pass the EWS system to eliminate the need for the dealer, but I will not publish that at this time so there is not a sudden rash of stolen E36's out there... Possibly later I will add this information, as I have to check what my liability might be with my attorney before I do.

I'd love to do a PDF version, as you can then jump to the section you want from the index (the manual is fully indexed, by the way) and you could get it as fast as you send PayPal, but there are so many boot-leg EVERYTHINGS on eBay, and I don't want all my years of hard work to go out the window.

By the way, with all the copies I have sold, I still have not scratched the surface of my initial costs to do this job... The sales numbers are not there to justify a conventional publishing house for this right now. I am not getting rich selling a manual every few months on average.

I have given some thought to a password-protected web site for swap manual owners to have access to the latest info, as well as be able to add additional info which could then make its way into the latest manual versions for others. Every copy of my manual is serialized, so this could be coupled to a password and bingo, I have a secure site with access traceability to swap manual owners only. Here's the rub: this all costs money, and it would not be fair to ask an owner of the manual to then cough-up more money to be a web member as well. I have to see if I can work around this somehow... Maybe a Yahoo Groups thing or something so there is no up-front costs. I don't know how well I can lock that down, however. I had also considered a non-secure section for those who have swapped without my manual, or did the Chevy V8 swap or whatever (they would not have access to the secure section) and a photo section- show off your swapped cars, and have a permanent photo record of all the swapped cars out there. Lots of possibilities...

Phamster 07-27-2007 02:58 AM

I just recieved my copy today and this book is awsome! I was worried it may come in black and white but this booklet is in color! The documentation is very well layout. You guys should get it just for reference! Thanks again Jim!

J!m 07-27-2007 01:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jaysbmw (Post 102047)
I bought a 95 clubsport 318ti and going to sell my 97 ative 318ti for $4,900
here in san francisco bay area berkeley ca, was that a good idea i miss the zip off the line but i love the clubsport looks so maybe one day i will swap out the motor or should i leave it alone.

Well, Jay, it's up to you.

At this point in time, the swapped ti is NOT a replacement for the M3, as a used M3 can be had for less than a used ti.

As I did, you have to do the swap for the love of the car, not to save a few bucks off the price of an M3, and CERTAINLY not to try and re-sell the car for a profit. That trick never works with most cars, and not these in particular.

So, I cannot answer your question for you. I can say that the $4,900.00 you get for your second ti will quickly be consumed doing a swap, and I'd like to add that I think it is a shame to convert a real ClubSport ti with so many 1996+ sport models out there. If my car was a 1995 ClubSport, I would not have done the swap- I would have waited and got a second car to swap...

J!m 07-27-2007 01:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Phamster (Post 129581)
I just recieved my copy today and this book is awsome! I was worried it may come in black and white but this booklet is in color! The documentation is very well layout. You guys should get it just for reference! Thanks again Jim!

Thanks for the praise, Thanh.

I do my best! If you see anything that needs to be adressed or made more clear, just let me know and I'll take care of it.

Best of luck with your project!

col.hapablap 07-29-2007 05:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by J!m (Post 129613)
you have to do the swap for the love of the car, not to save a few bucks off the price of an M3, and CERTAINLY not to try and re-sell the car for a profit.

qft

i'll be buying the manual... soon.

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since it's fairly comprehensive atp, would you ever consider doing a small groupbuy for custom-made manuals in hardcover? i'll lay it out for ya. i'd be down for a very limited first edition copy.

J!m 07-30-2007 01:00 PM

Every manual is unique in that they are all serialized to a single owner.

In other words, limited edition of one copy for each one.

Hardcover will be too expensive, particularly in such low quantities.

If I ever get it to the point where I feel it's "finished", perhaps then I could consider a final version suitable for publication. I keep adding more information as I collect it...

As I mentioned before, I have not sold all that many copies as it is, so I imagine I'd end up with 490 hard-cover books rotting in boxes in my basement in 20 years...


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