Build Status: On going
Country: United States
Words & Pics: Paul C
Contact Owner: R3V Profile
Some history first.
I hail from NY and attend one of the service academy’s. I purchased my first car in 2012, a 2005 OBP Subaru STi. With all modifications it pushed 400awhp.
But I was involved in a accident in thanksgiving which included a roll over and I was lucky that no other cars were involved.
And before I hear anything about racing, I was not racing. I was going 5mph over the speed limit hit a bump followed by a off camber right turn causing me to loose traction of all 4. I was the only one hurt in the accident and ripped my spleen almost in half a few mm’s from the artery.
After the accident all I could think of was what car to build next, at that point all I knew was I wanted to do a 2jz swap and have it be faster than my STi. I narrowed my choices down to the BMW e30 and the Mercedes 190, I chose the BMW e30 as I found it more classy and the old school BMW 4 headlights are to die for, being so light didn’t hurt either.
It then took me roughly 3-4 months to find the right e30, a 1988 BMW e30 325i. It was literally impossible to find one without rust. Even looked at cars in California to have it shipped over. No rust was essential due to the stresses I would put on the car. I finally found one. It had no rust, replaced suspension, steering rack, perfect interior, basically the seller took care of all those “old car problems” I would have to do myself. The only problem it did have was that its brake light switch needed to be replaced, and had some electrical problems with its blinkers. But I could fix that while doing the engine swap.
After purchasing the car I worked with Freed Engineering to come up with a parts list. Ben Freed and Billy Freed will be doing most of the engine work, and Harry and I will be doing everything else and minor engine work, as well as learning from Ben and Billy.
And here is some of the parts list, I have left out prices and non-significant parts such as front/rear main seals, water pumps, gaskets, hoses, belts, ect.
2JZ Engine set
R154 Shifter Extension
Clutchmasters Stage 3 Clutch kit
JZ S-chassis wiring conversion with mount kit
speedo converter box
BW S363 Turbo
Turbo manifold CX racing
Tial MVR gate
Tial Q BOV
4″ intake and filter
Intercooler CX racing
We will be doing a 3″ strait pipe exhaust
Since the drive train is being completely replaced we will be make sure the axles and diff can handle the power of the 2JZ and just not turn the gears into metal soup.
As for our HP goals, I will keep that a secret until its done and will show the dyno sheet at the end (:
And that is where I am right now with the build. I plan on making it a complete sleeper and leaving it how it looks in that picture above. Rims will have to be changed so I can actually grip and not just drift everywhere, but I am not sure if I will put on a front valence or anything like that yet. I think if I left it as it is, literally no one would think it is modified so heavily.
Parts are all in, and engine is out.
Today the crossmember was reinforced.
So the engine is in, heheheh. Just makes me want to cry. Looking good too if I must say myself, but it looks like I might have to move the brake booster, feel like it will get in the way.
A lot of updates these past few days! The firewall had to be stripped and pushed in a bit to make room for the rest of the engine and heater hoses.