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    New con-rods are here!

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    I have everything that I need to assemple the 'bottom end' now, so if given the chance that is what I will be doing this weekend!

    Next big buy is the Head gasket and the ARP head studs!


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    Well this weekend I got into the workshop and made a good start on the rebuild!

    A few pictures along the way to illustrate the job!

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    Here you can see that the top of the piston is dished. This is what gives the 8.5:1 ratio as opposed to the standard flat-topped 328i piston which gives 10.5:1

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    Unfortunately, One of the Piston rings broke in half! No idea why it literally fell into two pieces, I wasn't even applying any force to it! Weird! Still rather it happened now than when running!

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    Due to the broken ring, I was unable to fit the piston to cylinder 1 but I have ordered another piston set. Hopefully that will be here some time this week at which point I can get it popped in then think about reinstalling the oil baffle plate and oil pump!

    That, all being well will be Saturdays job!

    Cheers for looking!


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    Not a particularly exciting update but an update nonetheless!

    I have for a while wanted to have a method by which to disable the subwoofers in the boot entirely if I wanted to. I could have used any old rocker switch from Maplins, but I much prefer to have something that looks a little more OEM so I found this!

    I believe it is used on some of the Harmon-Kardon setups to change the sound in some way, I'm not really sure, I'm sure that someone out there will know!

    Anyhow, it was impossible to find one of these anywhere in the UK, at least when I was looking so I had to get one from the States! Infact it came with the whole console and the little cubby tray too, not that it was any use of course, being from a left hand drive model! So anyway, I paid ridiculously over the odds for this switch but at least I have the one that I wanted!

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    I had to modify it a bit as I wanted the small speaker picture to be off and the large speaker picture to be on, Sods law it's the other way round! Easily solved however by disassembling the switch carefully and popping the rocker switch out of the housing and popping it back in the other way round!

    Off

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    All that I needed to do to make it function how I wanted was to route the remote signal cable from the head unit through the switch to the amp, the cable that tells the amp to turn on or off when the ignition is turned on or off!

    Looking at these pictures has made me realise that I need to get the cotton buds out and clean the switch for my rag top!

    Thanks for looking guys! hopefully have some more pictures of the engine going together this weekend!
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    Nice. I can only get time to read the last few pages and what a good read. Handy as that's the colour interior I want to get my hands on from a 4 door, and nice pics on the seat back mend. I have only ever built 2 engines bearings up and they were CVH's which were like lego really. The 635 will get a built engine but I have to build a cave first. The only thing that bothers me with it is that I fear that I'd only be able to source most of the upgraded bits from the states and anytime i've imported stuff from there it costs stupid amounts in fees. Do you find upgraded supplies are well catered for in the UK now or are you finding that you keep ending up on US sites?
    One site I ordered from was priced in pound notes and turned out to be trickery and actually based in the states. In saying all that, if I lived next door to Ireland engineering, I'd be in debt constantly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rudeuk2 View Post
    Nice. I can only get time to read the last few pages and what a good read. Handy as that's the colour interior I want to get my hands on from a 4 door, and nice pics on the seat back mend. I have only ever built 2 engines bearings up and they were CVH's which were like lego really. The 635 will get a built engine but I have to build a cave first. The only thing that bothers me with it is that I fear that I'd only be able to source most of the upgraded bits from the states and anytime i've imported stuff from there it costs stupid amounts in fees. Do you find upgraded supplies are well catered for in the UK now or are you finding that you keep ending up on US sites?
    One site I ordered from was priced in pound notes and turned out to be trickery and actually based in the states. In saying all that, if I lived next door to Ireland engineering, I'd be in debt constantly!
    To be honest mate, I am finding that there is a wealth of parts out there both standard and upgraded!

    Also owning the Alpinan B10 I find that parts for that engine which is obviusly what yours also shares are so easy to find! Things like ARP bolts and such tend to come from the States but there are plenty of UK based authorised dealers out there that it doesn't really seem to be an issue!

    It's a lovely colour interior in my opinion and I find it really compliments the green! I had a full interior for a 4 door a couple of years back but I fitted it to a saloon that I was shifting on to make it look a bit more appealing! Shame really, but if I come across anything then I'll let you know!


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    Wow kev looks like you've been busy should be a really good engine with all the forged parts the m50/52 is a very well supported platform that makes very good power when boosted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon1465 View Post
    Wow kev looks like you've been busy should be a really good engine with all the forged parts the m50/52 is a very well supported platform that makes very good power when boosted!
    I know mate, it had bloody better make decent power otherwise it'll be an almighty anti-climax!

    Well today had it's ups and downs!

    It started out really well,

    I had received the replacement piston rings that I had ordered to replace the broken one that I suffered. This meant that I could get piston number one fitted to the block and then begin to refit all of the other bottom end components like the oil pump etc.

    The piston fitment went really well, no more broken rings which is a plus!

    All six pistons sat in their new home!

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    Then it was time to fit the oil baffle plate, this could have gone easier!

    The standard main bearing cap bolts have a fairly low profile to the heads, this is in stark contrast to the replacement ARP main bolts that I have employed for this build!

    Which in turn meant that the baffle plate did not fit! I forgot to get a picture of it failing to fit but you'll understand the issue when you see the post op pics!

    I had to remove a small section of material using my pnumatic saw and die grinder in a few key locations on the plate to clear each of 6 bolt heads.

    A few pics to illustrate!

    Pnumatice tools for the win!

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    Drilling a couple of holes

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    Then after all of that it got thrown into the parts washer for a degrease and swarf removal!

    Before fitting!

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    It's not the prettiest of work but I didn't care about that, as it's buried in the sump where it'll never be seen!

    I'll update again in an hour or two!


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    Next was to test my patience!

    I ordered a brand new rear window from Germany, at a cost of around 90, I believed it to be pretty reasonable!

    It is a bit of a pain in the ass to fit as it involves unzipping the old one and zipping in the new one. It really isn't as straight forward as that sounds!

    Here is the old window, it is the original one so 18 years old! Pretty good for what is essentially a piece of polythene I reckon!

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    A close up of a little split that had formed due to where the window folds when stored. You can also see that the little rubber bead that surrounds the window opening had deteriorated and come away too, and looked pretty nasty!

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    Now unzipping the old window should have been fairly straightforward however it proved to be problematic, the zip kept getting stuck at a few points but we got it off in the end!

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    Old window off!

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    Fred then took to removing some of the old sealing tape that surrounds the window to watertighten it.

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    Then disaster!

    Upon attempting to zip in the new window we discovered that the factory stitching holding the zip to the original roof had deteriorated badly to the point that the zip became totally detatched!

    Making the whole excercise totally fruitless!

    I now have a rag top without a rear window or any possible method by which to fit one!

    I basically need to get an entirely new roof, something that I hadn't banked on!

    So for now I can be thankful that I have a Hard Top for the car so I don't have to worry about my nice clean interior getting wet!

    I think that a new roof is going to have to wait for next year to be honest otherwise it's going to eat into my boost fund!

    I think it still looks cool with the Hard Top on anyway!


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    Luckily you have that hard top or you'd have to get all ghetto with gaffa tape! That's odd that those main bolts clash with the baffle, someone else must have encountered that problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rudeuk2 View Post
    Luckily you have that hard top or you'd have to get all ghetto with gaffa tape! That's odd that those main bolts clash with the baffle, someone else must have encountered that problem?
    My thoughts exactly but no mention of it so far as I know! The only thing that i can think of is that those that have encountered it just decided to leave it off!

    The only trouble is that believe it or not, having large amounts of oil freely splashing the bottom end components actually has a negative effect on horsepower! I appreciate that it won't be a huge amount but when you are biulding an engine for all out horses then you want to eek every last bit out of it!

    Hence the dramatic solution! Anyhow, all sorted now!


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