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I picked up a piece of granite from a local stone guy. Off cut from a job.

I got emery cloth (220) from Harbor Freight.

questions:
1. Do I use any spray adhesive to keep the emery cloth from slipping?
2. Wet or dry?
I do such dry.
 

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Ok, I gave it a shot. Would love feedback on what I got wrong!

Emery cloth:
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Mounted to stone using 3M photo spray adhesive:

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Sanded using a combination of up and down and circular motions with only enough pressure to counteract the lopsided shape and weight distribution:


And the finished surface:
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Problem.

When I was installing the OFHG the upper right bolt spun as I was torquing it and removed the threads from the block:

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So what is the smart move here?
 

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Back on track! Got my timesert kit and made short work of the oil filter housing.


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I also got all of the camshaft tools, so I am putting the cam to cam chain on. Sadly, the used tensioner I bought was the wrong part, so another delay. Ugh.

Next week...

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And the M56 intake:
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If anyone is curious, there are a few salient differences:
1. The manifold gasket is different, and seems MUCH more durable. The old one was still very soft and flexible
2. The flange in the center is for the evap valve, which is stainless. The connector is much more robust.
3. The smaller black connector below it goes to the sucking jet pump. On the M54, this is a simple hose connection with a clamp. On this manifold it is a removable connector similar to those on the CCV of the M54 and uses silicon tubing
4. The air distribution piece is welded on - so no o-ring and no leaks
5. There is no hole for the intake air temp sensor, so no leak there
6. No CCV connections - the CCV is in the valve cover - no leaks...
7. No large vacuum connector.
8. It uses a modified 330 throttle, and a 330 DISA, boots, and MAF
9. The base of the manifold has no bracket. it is held solely by the studs on the block

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Doing some starter rebuilding - may as well while I wait for parts ;)


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After:


New pinion and commutator bearing/bushings, new brushes, new through-bolts, cleaned, tested, and re-greased
 

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A little more progress this weekend. The camshaft chain is in with a new tensioner, and the VANOS is snug in place:

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Not exactly sure how to get the crap off the thermostat mounting surface. Another "fix it with gasket sealer" special. Argh.
 

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Something you may want to do looking at the photos. Push in and rotate the non return valve so the fin that is wearing starts somewhere new and doesn't trash the OFH. Snip from your photo below with red circle.

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A little more progress this weekend. The camshaft chain is in with a new tensioner, and the VANOS is snug in place:

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Not exactly sure how to get the crap off the thermostat mounting surface. Another "fix it with gasket sealer" special. Argh.
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A little more progress this weekend. The camshaft chain is in with a new tensioner, and the VANOS is snug in place:

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Not exactly sure how to get the crap off the thermostat mounting surface. Another "fix it with gasket sealer" special. Argh.
Might I suggest a correct amount of Curil T?
 

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So I scored a pair of ZHP camshafts from an 04 330i that seem to be in great shape:

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Groove on exhaust side journal cylinder 5. Otherwise all smooth.
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Now the question. If I am opening it up again, should I bite the bullet and rebuild - new head gasket, new rings, new rod bearings. Already have both seals replaced as well as intake, valve cover, timing chain and oil pan gaskets.

Pro:
  • I dislike that my other b30 requires such effort to stop oil burning (Rotella, o2pilot, frequent dipstick checks)
  • I could pm improved Mahle rings and (maybe?) look forward to 200k miles with less stress
  • Engine is on a stand and not getting installed until August at the earliest
  • Another notch in my mechanic's belt ;)

Con:
  • Can't figure out whether I have to timesert or not (no overheating, 98k miles)
  • Never done it before
  • Money - I estimate $300 for head work at machine shop + $5-600 for gasket, bolts, rings and bearings, timeserts $150

Please weigh in if you have an informed opinion (or if you have a ZHP exhaust sitting around unused)
 
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