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Old 04-22-2005, 09:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, just picked up a 79 518 with 278 thousand km on the clock. I picked up the car for 300 bucks only because i wanna put in a different power plant. The engine is in very good shape other then a small oil leak and runs and idles well for age and mileage except down on power (66kw). I wanna put in somethin that has power, preferably 150hp+, just not sure what kinda engine would fit. I would like to leave the transmission in if possible because its fine except kinda clunky when car in motion, probably needs fluid or something, not sure though. have to get under and check when get time. Brake hoses are gone which i found out the hard way when foot sank to the floor and only right front worked causing it to lock up and pull to the right. The hoses arent a problem to change though. Other then that, the body is in really good shape, no rust or dents. Paint is faded but itll get a new coat so not worryin about it. Also would anybody know what type this car is, E12,E28 or maybe somethin else. Thanks in advance
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Hi, just picked up a 79 518 with 278 thousand km on the clock. I picked up the car for 300 bucks only because i wanna put in a different power plant. The engine is in very good shape other then a small oil leak and runs and idles well for age and mileage except down on power (66kw). I wanna put in somethin that has power, preferably 150hp+, just not sure what kinda engine would fit. I would like to leave the transmission in if possible because its fine except kinda clunky when car in motion, probably needs fluid or something, not sure though. have to get under and check when get time. Brake hoses are gone which i found out the hard way when foot sank to the floor and only right front worked causing it to lock up and pull to the right. The hoses arent a problem to change though. Other then that, the body is in really good shape, no rust or dents. Paint is faded but itll get a new coat so not worryin about it. Also would anybody know what type this car is, E12,E28 or maybe somethin else. Thanks in advance
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its an e12
sounds like youre in europe?
you might be able to find a e12 euro spec m5 engine. probably pretty rare but they had 218HP and are designed for that chassis.
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Old 04-22-2005, 04:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ok, thanks a lot, yea im in germany so ill have a look around in a few junkyards and see what i can find. 218 would do the job.
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Old 04-22-2005, 04:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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FInd a m20 from a e30 325... very reliable and has 170 hp.

oh, and you can get them very cheap as there is thousands of e30s everywhere...
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Old 04-23-2005, 02:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Do you think that would bolt up to the trans or would I have to get that as well? Oh, and prob a stupid question but is it a 4 or 6 cylinder?
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the m5 will be a 6 cyl. as well as the 325i engine.
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Do you think that would bolt up to the trans or would I have to get that as well? Oh, and prob a stupid question but is it a 4 or 6 cylinder?
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6 cylinder 2.5 liter.
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ok great. Ive started lookin around in a few near by junkyards to see what they had, no luck unfortunately but still lookin. Oh and for the 325 engine, is there a specific year that would fit the chassis or does that not matter. If it doesnt matter, then ill try to get the newest one possible. Thanks
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ok great. Ive started lookin around in a few near by junkyards to see what they had, no luck unfortunately but still lookin. Oh and for the 325 engine, is there a specific year that would fit the chassis or does that not matter. If it doesnt matter, then ill try to get the newest one possible. Thanks
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they should all fit just fine... 5 series has plenty of room.
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ok great. Ive started lookin around in a few near by junkyards to see what they had, no luck unfortunately but still lookin. Oh and for the 325 engine, is there a specific year that would fit the chassis or does that not matter. If it doesnt matter, then ill try to get the newest one possible. Thanks
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they should all fit just fine... 5 series has plenty of room.
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the e12 is LOTS smaller than e34 and e28 so fitment may not be as easy as it seems. However, that m20 engine came out of 88 - 91 3 series (make sure its an i car, not an e) and it came in the 88 - 90 e34s (88 e34s were only avail. in Europe, so you should be ok) It was also in some pre 88 5s and 84 - 87 3 series, but those were the e engines I mentioned. Plenty of torque, lack in the HP and can't rev high.
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Thanks a lot for all ur replies, appreciate it. I was thinkin bout it and another question popped into mind. when i do find the engine, what else to i need to take beside hte engine of course. I was thinkin hte radiator and hosing, all components attached to engine block, alternator etc, and also what about the computer, would the comp that the 1.8 is runnin off work on the m20? Sry for askin so many questions but im a relative newbie and dont know to much about it, especially when it comes to engine swaps. thanks
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Thanks a lot for all ur replies, appreciate it. I was thinkin bout it and another question popped into mind. when i do find the engine, what else to i need to take beside hte engine of course. I was thinkin hte radiator and hosing, all components attached to engine block, alternator etc, and also what about the computer, would the comp that the 1.8 is runnin off work on the m20? Sry for askin so many questions but im a relative newbie and dont know to much about it, especially when it comes to engine swaps. thanks
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You need everything you can get from it... computer, hoses, radiator, all the wires etc. so basically when the area under the hood of the donor car becomes completely empty, you stop.
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