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Author:  Nickp1 [ Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Nicks BMW M52 build back on

After 3.5yrs on hold due to a garage extension, MR2 V6 build, Monte engine rebuild etc etc, I'm finally back at the point where I can re-start my Haynes build.

This was where I started back in 2011

http://forum.ppcmag.co.uk/viewtopic.php ... 61ff4bf446

Pretty grubby after its lay up-

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So a quick wash down and dry off in the sun before going back into the garage-

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Space cleared and floor painted. Shelves are currently overloaded with the rest of the parts for the build-

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Thought I'd try out the bodywork for size-

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And see how a wheel looks on there. My lad seems to approve ;)

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All I need now is TIME, oh and a Digidash, exhaust, pedal box etc etc

Author:  The V8 Files [ Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:17 am ]
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I remember coming accross your thread during my trawls of the web. Good to see it back on :D

Author:  Nickp1 [ Mon Jun 22, 2015 12:11 pm ]
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Settled on a single welded in brace at the front of the seats to prevent any potential flexing in the middle of the floor and protect the leading edge of my arse!!

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One floor panel cut to size, just waiting for the 4mm stainless rivets to arrive-

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Author:  Nickp1 [ Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:33 pm ]
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Ok so the drivers side floor is in. Bonded, rivetted and a couple of extra m6 bolts towards the centre of the front seat bracing bar. It feels rock solid with no flexing or 'doinging' :D Now I'm happy with the result I'll crack on and do the other side the same.

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Author:  Nickp1 [ Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:24 pm ]
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Drivers side floor now finished and seat trial fitted into position. Feels nice and solid :D

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Time to start on the passenger side now I'm happy the floor is nice and solid.

Author:  Nickp1 [ Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:15 pm ]
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Thought I'd replace the sticky old bush in the steering column while I was on with sorting the seating position. Nice shiny self centering bearing and all spins nice and freely now :)

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Author:  Nickp1 [ Thu Jul 09, 2015 7:20 pm ]
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Got both side floors fixed in now and both seats trial fitted. A little low at present but easily remedied with some spacers once I know the height of the seat belt mountings on the rear rollbar-

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Author:  Nickp1 [ Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:51 am ]
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I always knew bodywork clearance would be an issue when I decided to fit the BMW engine in my Haynes. Today I found out to what extent. The engine's about as low as it can go, with the oil pickup already 25mm below the bottom rails. There's not much to be gained from modifying the sump / pickup as the flywheel then becomes the lowest point. So it looks like I need to gain about 50mm from somewhere and I'm pretty sure I can't get anywhere near that by dropping the engine / box. The easiest / obvious solution is to raise the bodywork (nosecone / bonnet / scuttle) on 2 50x25mm alloy box sections fixed on top of the engine bay top rails. But is this going to look all wrong? Should I try and lower the engine 25mm (major pita!!) and raise the bodywork 25mm instead?

Thoughts please.

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Author:  Nickp1 [ Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:16 am ]
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Today I decided to drop the engine and see how things look. So I removed all the Land Rover engine mounts which gave me an approximate 40mm drop. The bodywork now fits, JUST!! The oil pickup is now 50mm below the chassis at its lowest point. I haven't tried the sump yet but I reckon it'll be too low so I'll either need to cut it down or make a completely new one in steel. The flywheel isn't the issue I thought it would be and the gearbox is currently the low point and is about 20-25mm below the chassis.
I reckon this is where the engine is going to sit now so I need to chop off the engine mounts and lose 40mm from them. I suppose this is what happens when you mount your engine before you have any bodywork.

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Author:  The V8 Files [ Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:07 pm ]
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Cracking on and making good progress :D

I'm interested in your gear linkage, as its something I will have to sort at some point.

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