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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Well I got everything unbolted from the old motor except for the tranny and exhaust. Looks like a big messy pile of stuff but it is all labeled. Any tips before I head under the car?

 

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Here is a pic of the used heart soon to be transplanted. Just looking over the used motor I am amazed at how clean it is inside the coolant hard lines and thermostat housing. Even the exhaust and intakes ports have little to no dirt and carbon build-up.

 

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Did you get your new engine from Barbarian Auto Recycling?

Don't the engines come with an intake and OFHG?
 

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Engine swap progress (just one pic)

Looks clean. Make sure you keep crud out of the opening where the OFH goes. I have seen it theorized that a bit of dirt in there can cause VANOS problems. Good luck.


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Did you get your new engine from Barbarian Auto Recycling?

Don't the engines come with an intake and OFHG?
It came from Bavarian BMW Parts in Rancho Cordova, CA, which is probably the same place. No it did not come with an intake or OFH. I was aware that it would be an almost bare bones engine and went that route instead of buying one of their complete engines. I figured since I will be transferring over a lot of new parts from my old engine that this route made more sense for me. Plus I wanted to go through every single wire, coolant and vacuum hose in the old engine.
 

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Looks clean. Make sure you keep crud out of the opening where the OFH goes. I have seen it theorized that a bit of dirt in there can cause VANOS problems. Good luck.


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Will do. :thumbup: Thanks for the tip.
 

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:excited: Nice progress.

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Thanks. Next step is to get the tranny separated and than mount the old engine on the engine stand.
 

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Here is a photo of the old engine. This area is located right at the head and engine block on the passenger side. I'm guessing this is where my head cracked or the gasket let go. Thoughts?

 

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Here is a photo of the old engine. This area is located right at the head and engine block on the passenger side. I'm guessing this is where my head cracked or the gasket let go. Thoughts?
My first impression is "well, duh".
 

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My first impression is "well, duh".
I wouldn't say it is that obvious because it looks to me like the coolant you see in the photo indicates a very slow leak because of the numerous dark and light colored rings as well as the lack of coolant towards the bottom of the engine block. In my opinion this photo only confirms why I needed to add an ounce or two of coolant a week for the last 10 months. Once I started loosing about a gallon of coolant per day leads me to believe more of an issue internally in possibly that same area.
 

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Tips:
take lots of pictures before you take items apart or disconnect things.
label everything.
put nuts, bolts, screws, and any miscellaneous item in a container and mark it.
again, take pics.
Go, slow, steady, and takes breaks.
Good luck, and I applaude you for tackling this DIY.
Good job.
 

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BeMyWhip...I labeled and bagged everything before pulling the engine. I'm just waiting on a buffer stop coming from Germany that I order over a week ago. As soon as it gets here I will begin installing the new motor.

 

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Stop buffer arrived today so my long break is over. Today I was able to remove the tranny from the old engine and than put the old engine on a stand.



 

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I had time today to attach the new engine to the tranny as well as put on the headers, support brackets, transmission cooler lines, and starter. Will attempt to install it back into the car tomorrow morning.
 

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Cool. You have a nice little shop there.
Few questions. ..
how much was a replacement engine... about?
And how easy/ hard did the bolts, nuts, studs, etc come apart?
any challenging items?
 

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Cool. You have a nice little shop there.
Few questions. ..
how much was a replacement engine... about?
And how easy/ hard did the bolts, nuts, studs, etc come apart?
any challenging items?
 

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As you can see, he bought it from Barbarian BMW Parts in CA. You can get it for $2200 plus shipping.
 
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