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07-11-2020 07:46 AM
fiftyv8 Glad to know that you are on top of all this engine stuff. I was unaware until I stumble upon it on YouTube and thought of your project immediately.
Yes, I was believing that the BMW was absolutely bullet proof, obviously not.

I wanted to flag it with you since during a build it is much easier to deal with a problem, rather than after it is finished and you really don't want to be going back over old ground and pulling things apart.
Re-doing stuff can really take the shine of a happy ending...
07-11-2020 07:34 AM
Originally Posted by fiftyv8 View Post
I assume you know about the BMW V8 valve seal issues.
If not you may want to deal with it before it makes a big mess...
That one is a different architecture V8 then the one I've put together. Granted, all the years of V8's did have some Achilles Tendon in design.

The first gen V8, the M60B40 had major problems with the Nikasil cylinder lining and the amount of sulfur in U.S. fuel. Eventually leading to no compression and dealer replacement engines on a very large scale.

The 2nd generation of BMW V8 (M62B44) had problems when engineers cheapened out the design of the timing chain and instead of an idler gear for the chain they used a plastic U shaped guide. (They also went from double row chain to single row chain)The U-guide would break and imminent engine failure.

The PCV system has always been problematic from day one. As technology kept advancing the unique problems from each generation kept getting weirder.

My project is a blend of Gen 2 and Gen 1 BMW v8's, I've got the Gen 2 4.4L short block with Gen 1 Heads and the Gen 1 double row chain with idler gear. No automotive manufacturer and engineering is infallible. As far as the census of superior BMW German engineering, that's just marketing.
07-11-2020 06:55 AM
Mykk Get her to make some noise for the first time last weekend:

Then with the pipes bolted up:

04-15-2020 07:36 AM
fiftyv8 I assume you know about the BMW V8 valve seal issues.
If not you may want to deal with it before it makes a big mess.

03-11-2020 08:57 PM

02-16-2020 07:06 AM
Jag bottom link.

I was wondering how your progress was coming along. MY step son wants to finish a T I started in the early 80's. Buick V 6 . Track T style. I had a Ford 9 partially installed but my step son had a donor Jag so we will put in the Jag IRS. \ the last 2 chassis I used CCR plans and 7/8 DOM to build the frt and rear wishbones. This one uses Ford split wishbones on the front dropped axle and I have pieces from and old trailer and will use pieces from the front wishbone to build the rear JAG locators like you did. Years ago I cut the ford spindle stub off, machined an adaptor and Used Bolt on AMC disc brake spindles That WAS a mistake. To match the Chevy bolt pattern on the Jag I will dig out another set of stock ford spindles and put on Camero rotors and calipers.
02-15-2020 04:02 PM

08-17-2019 06:03 PM
fiftyv8 That is an interesting idea you have for mounting your headlights.
Never seen that before.
I wonder how they will stand up to all the road bumps.
I'd be interested to read your feedback once it is on the road and clocking up a few miles.
I hope it works out for you.
08-17-2019 02:08 PM

08-17-2019 02:07 PM

04-24-2019 10:43 PM
Rip VW It is a hard decision to decide where to locate the shop. My own personal selection based on your question would be to Move to the Farm! First there is 3 phase there. If you ever want to do milling or Turning most if not all of the good equipment runs on 3 Phase! There are ways around that by using converters to generate three phase and such. However if you already have it why not take advantage of it.

The second plus for the farm is the fact that Farm implies some distance from neighbors. That means less complaints from neighbors about running a air tool or something noisy. or running engines. The other place imply's to me a residential location. Also, You may have a better luck in permitting on a farm. Call it a feeding shed..

Ok there is my vote...
04-24-2019 02:24 PM
making progress

I bought 2 sets of Ufab welding squares from fireball tools and a plasma tracer kit from rotton leonard. I haven't seen the Ufab listed on his website for a while. A friend is a pro welder and is putting it all together. one set for him and one for me. I made a new set of jag wooden patterns to make the jag stuff with his plasma. My fab shop is 300 miles south. We bought a 40 X 50 quanset building from an estate sale . still on pallets a few years ago. I need the engineered drawings to get a building permit and need to decide where to put it up Either at the step-son's 1.5 acre house or down on the farm that has 3 phase power for irrigation pumps.
04-24-2019 12:21 PM
Mykk After a hiatus I'm back on the project. Losing the use of one shop space, putting everything into storage. A brutal winter in this area. Now found a new shop space and continuing on.

My first time welding. Just tacking in bits until a pro can come in with some real firepower.

Differential mounting:

Differential cross member and seat mounting:

Motor mounts, radius arm mount tabs:

Clutch & brake master/pedal assembly mounting:

Kinda funny seeing how far back the seats sit without a body or drivetrain.

Rear shock mounting:

12-30-2018 07:19 AM
fiftyv8 Great work, but I am curious about the way you have located your headlights a few posts back?
Is this permanent or just for fun now.
If you did keep that set up your lights would work great on turns...
12-30-2018 06:08 AM
'48 Austin Looking good! I like the roof.
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