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Old 09-19-2010, 08:02 AM
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350 In BMW

Hey everyone. I recently convinced my dad to hand the keys over to me of his 1987 BMW 325i convertible which we have had in our family a while. The head gasket and piston compression rings as well as first gear is shot on the tranny. I want to do something unique to it (not like every tuner on every corner). I was thinking about dropping a 350 chevy small block in it. I love the concept. Let me know what you think and I am open to any and all ideas!!!
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Old 09-19-2010, 02:44 PM
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First welcome to the site, And second if it's really what you want to do,
Go for it and have fun in the process.


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Old 09-19-2010, 11:16 PM
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Thought about a ford?

http://e36v8.com/

Here's a Chevy kit.

http://www.nash8503.com/Conversion_Kits.html

Should be fun. You can search the internet to find DIY solutions that will save you big $$ over the kits. However the kits are tested and come complete.
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Old 09-20-2010, 01:23 PM
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Yep a 5.0 with a 5-Speed would be pretty sweet in it.


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BMW/Chevy


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Go for it! A LS2 GM motor in that Bmer would rock!
Good luck!!!!!
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Old 09-20-2010, 02:24 PM
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Lesson learned the hard way several times - if its available in a kit buy the kit! I've spent so much time on DIY this or that and it seems like I spend twice as much time and nearly as much money (or more sometimes) trying to get it right..


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Thought about a ford?

http://e36v8.com/

Here's a Chevy kit.

http://www.nash8503.com/Conversion_Kits.html

Should be fun. You can search the internet to find DIY solutions that will save you big $$ over the kits. However the kits are tested and come complete.
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Lesson learned the hard way several times - if its available in a kit buy the kit! I've spent so much time on DIY this or that and it seems like I spend twice as much time and nearly as much money (or more sometimes) trying to get it right..
I agree that buying the kit is probably cheaper in the long run, but DIY is more rewarding to me. Heck, buying a completed, running car is cheaper than building one.
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I agree that buying the kit is probably cheaper in the long run, but DIY is more rewarding to me. Heck, buying a completed, running car is cheaper than building one.

I agree about the journey being more satisfying than the end. However after you have pulled the engine for the fourth time to replace a pilot bearing because you were off on your measurements ever so slightly, you'll appreciate the kit. You still get to put everything in. It's far from easy and still requires a lot of McGuivering at times.

My kit bolted the Porsche torque tube and tranny to the SBC. I was on my own for everything else. Electrical, headers, power steering, oil coolers etc.. I let someone else's dime figure out the expensive stuff.

If you have mad skills and the equipment then go for it. You'll have pride no kit owner can have. It took me 10 months for a 3 week install with a kit, no way I'd have time to do it myself from scratch.
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i think it would be BA, you'd have a sharp car with the affordability of a chevy
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Ahh to be young again! this is, I am afraid a lesson that you will have to experience for yourself to appreciate the "wisdom" of the advice in using a kit.. same thing happened to me and just about everyone else I know... As much as we all want to be chip foose (or enter your fav rodder here) the reality is that we do this hobby in a small garage with a handful of tools, some of which weren't designed for the job (like removing a body from a frame with a cherry picker and saw horses).

do yourself a service and buy the kit, unless you plan to use the car as a conversation piece that sits in the garage for years without moving while you rework it a dozen times to get it right. You can still take lots of pride in doing the job yourself - a very amazing feat in itself in this era where no one even opens the hood to check their oil anymore.


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I would do the complete swap and use the GM trans as well..that will save a lot of heartburn..

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Thanks guys for the feed back. I am also a culinary student so funds are tough. Im doing the body on it now as its alot cheaper then the 350. But unfortunately its not running.
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I have no clue as to the driveshaft situation on a BMW..hopefully it is an open driveshaft on that car..if it is then if you use the complete engine trans combo from a donor car making a driveshaft that is Gm on one| end and BMW on the other is not hard..Get on cragslist and source a donor car there in the local area and just use the stock motor and trans for now to get everything together and running and then worry about hotrod parts after that..much easier that way and cheaper and doable as well..

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i have a 58 mercedes that has a 350 sbc...ended up using the whole frame from a 79 malibu wagon...had to shorten it to get the wheelbase correct and build trunk to alow spring mounts to clear and of course build body mounts....but very happy when i need parts that they are cheap and common
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I have no clue as to the driveshaft situation on a BMW..hopefully it is an open driveshaft on that car.
It is, and you are completely correct. Use a matching engine/trans combo and make a custom driveshaft. This is MUCH, MUCH easier than the alternative. I have an 86 E30 that's in line to get a Northstar/700-4R swap (the SBC thing is SOOOO overdone... ).

The biggest problem with a V8 swap into and E30 is the power brake booster. Consider a hydroboost.
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