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Jon1465

Dreams of an E39 V10

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Is it possible? I don't know but I'm going to try and do it!

Here is the donor car it's a 525i sport which now has had the engine removed and sold off
http://imgur.com/a/pwyPma3

 

Now that's out of the way here's the new beast with a manual transmission bolted up
http://imgur.com/a/dwTA80e

I have a spare sump that I offered up to the E39 subframe and it does fit, very far back to get over the steering rack though and I think the anti roll bar is in the way slightly.
http://imgur.com/a/SxNlAl9

I removed the airboxes from the engine to make things easier to work on and save damaging them with the chain
http://imgur.com/a/fLpBbxd

After the first test fit with the engine as low as possible sitting on the subframe and steering rack there was no way the bonnet was going to close it was roughly 30mm too high and it still needed lifting up a bit to get clearance on the steering rack.
http://imgur.com/a/9mAVoI0

So it was back to the drawing board I have come up with a solution which I have roughly tested but it means mods to the bodyshell and subframe etc. But with the engine in my desired position the bonnet can close albeit with very little clearance to the insulation.
http://imgur.com/a/tcvjf9I

With the engine and gearbox in this location I can even fit the cabin filter boxes on which was a suprise! The tubes to the heater where very awkward to install I won't lie.
http://imgur.com/a/QnM2nBH

This is as far as I've got so far, progress will be slow while I try and sort the subframe situation out and see if my plan works or not!

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Is it possible? I don't know but I'm going to try and do it!

Here is the donor car it's a 525i sport which now has had the engine removed and sold off
t3Izfy3.jpg

Now that's out of the way here's the new beast with a manual transmission bolted up
el8othn.jpg

I have a spare sump that I offered up to the E39 subframe and it does fit, very far back to get over the steering rack though and I think the anti roll bar is in the way slightly.
wKBTKIl.jpg

I removed the airboxes from the engine to make things easier to work on and save damaging them with the chain
8EovVQr.jpg

After the first test fit with the engine as low as possible sitting on the subframe and steering rack there was no way the bonnet was going to close it was roughly 30mm too high and it still needed lifting up a bit to get clearance on the steering rack.
KstxhKS.mp4

So it was back to the drawing board I have come up with a solution which I have roughly tested but it means mods to the bodyshell and subframe etc. But with the engine in my desired position the bonnet can close albeit with very little clearance to the insulation.
wmZZP9R.mp4

With the engine and gearbox in this location I can even fit the cabin filter boxes on which was a suprise! The tubes to the heater where very awkward to install I won't lie.
DnjJKOT.jpg

This is as far as I've got so far, progress will be slow while I try and sort the subframe situation out and see if my plan works or not!

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Welcome back to the forum Jon.... What a car. I CANNOT wait to see it finished at SP 😄

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if you can get that working/ running correctly it will be amazing especially if it looks standard from outside. big pat on the back for having the guts to try it. Fingers crossed and cannot wait to see it finished.

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