DAY 4 Final Day
day 4, i come into the shop to find rick already at work pulling the tranny. i slept in an extra hour doing research on the whole it will fit/wont fit issue. the only thing we could do was pull the tranny and take a look at everything. after we pulled it out, we noticed that the grinding came from the clutch fork hitting the clutch plate, for some reason we measured everything up, the pressure plates were exactly the same, and the pressure plate was like a mm or so different, (like triggerhappi had told me) but the issue wasnt the clearance it was the fingers on the clutchplate, they are sunk in much further than the stock clutch so when everything is together there is next to no clearance for hte clutch fork.
what i learned, is that the clutch fork is the same on both cars, as well as the pin. the differences are the slave and throw out bearing. however with money running tight at this point in time, i decided to just throw my old clutch in . Fruityone(member here on bmw-forums) had told me that this is what he eventually did as well and he has had no problems.
clutch fan back in, finishing the rest of the cooling system, and adding the coolant (take the chance to double check all fastenings and hoses) bleed the system and your done with the cooling system.
well we tried the DME that came with the engine and of course it didnt work, reason being that the DME that came with teh car was EWS (anittheft protected) so because we used my original DME we decided to check how it was running using the Co machine. as i figured i was running rich, how the Co machine works is is you remove O2 sensor and the plugs that are on the top of the manifold ,and replace it with the plugs that come in the kit, you intall the two pipes into it which hook up to the machine and measure your Co and hydrocarbons. pretty cool , cant wait to get my custom chip.
manifold plugs replaced. 02 pluged back in.
engine is running and ready for its maiden voyage.
after my first drive all i can say is amazing , my tires wouldnt hook in 1st, 2nd and a bit of 3rd. (snow tires and slightly damp road) so much pickup , and my tach was acting all funny because it would studder when i hit the gas then wing itself to the right, it was amazing and so much fun to drive
My baby Cassidy is now sleeping in the garage, i drove the 100 kilometers back to my mothers house to restore her for the rest of the winter. the drive home was perfect and i had no problems except exceeding the speed limit at every chance , and sometimes by surprise. i cant wait for spring..........
id like to thank the Autotrend www.autotrend.net
thanks to Don Katsumi, Robert, George, Ryan and a very special thanks to Rick Tan, he did all the hard work and taught me a lots of new things. i could not have done any of this without his help and the help of the team. any Toronto BMW owner would be a crazy not to check them out.