Build Status: Complete
Country: United Kingdom
Words & Pics: GB69
Contact Owner: E30zone Profile
After selling the e36 328, I decided to do a “proper” build. Made a trip to Driftland to buy an e34 540 with 6 speed gearbox. 2 weeks later bought a e30 318is. The build will be to BDC Spec, so I can compete in a few rounds next year. Its being built my ME, and a mate who owns A.B. Motors.
Car Spec List:-
Vehicle – BMW e30 318is 2 door Coupe
Engine – BMW e34 540 M60B40 4.0 v8 Engine (301 bhp, 292 ftlbs)
Completely Stripped Interior, inc No Heater
Built and Maintained by A.B. Motors
6 Speed Gearbox, standard Clutch/Flywheel
Wisefab Lock Kit (e36 kit, with e30 top mounts)
BC Racing Coilovers (10kg Springs)
Custom CPS Propshaft
E30 325 Welded Diff and Driveshafts
Modified Rear Beam, to allow Toe and Camber Adjustment
A.B. Motors Custom Exhaust
Custom Spray Painted by A.B. Motors
6 Point Roll Cage by WRC Walker Race Cars of Thirsk
Chizfab – Hydro, Boss and Steering Wheel
Driftworks Track Culture Bucket Seats
Driftworks Orange 4 point Harnesses
32 Litre Aluminium Fuel Tank with Sender and Fuel Gauge
Walbro 255 Fuel Pump (Swirl Pot to Engine)
APS 250bhp Fuel Pump (to feed Swirl Pot)
3 Litre Swirl Pot
Japspeed S14 Radiator with Cosworth 1.5 Bar Radiator Cap
Digital Temperature Gauges/Sender in Top and Bottom Hoses
2 x 12” Electric Fans
E30 Fibreglass Wide Arches
E30 Fibreglass Bodykit (Front Bumper & Skirts)
E30 Fibreglass Rear Bumper
FIA Battery Cut Off
FIA OMP Bucket Seat Side Mount Rails
Power Steering Oil Cooler
JJC Plumbed in Fire Extinguisher
Driftworks Handheld Fire Extinguisher
Full Strongflex Polybush Kit
E36 5 Stud Front Hubs, E36 Compact Rear Trailing Arms with 5 Stud Rear Hubs
TRS Tow Straps
Battery Box behind Passenger Seat
540 M60B40 4.0 v8 Engine from a BMW e34;
So the stripping commences:
Decided to remove the car wiring loom, so I can relocate the fuse box inside the car.
Forgot to label the connectors, gonna have fun putting all this back in.
Japspeed S14 radiator trial fit for size.
Currently most of the sound deadening is removed, need to remove sunroof and shit attached to roof. Then its off for Roll Cage.
Spent approx. £6.5k so far on parts and buying both cars.
Current Parts I have, still waiting on many coming.
In the above picture, about £1.5k worth:-
32 litre fuel tank with sender unit
3 litre swirl pot
APS Fuel Pump to feed Swirlpot
Walbro Fuel Pump after the swirlpot
3 x AN8 90 degree fittings
Plumbed in Fire Extinguisher
Bucket Seat Adjuster
OMP Seat Frames x 2
e36 328 Propshaft
FIA approved Battery Cut Off with Pull Handle
Chizfab Hydro, Boss and Steering Wheel
Aerocatches x 2
Japspeed 50mm S14 Radiator
2 x 12″ Electric Fans
2 x TRS Tow Straps
Dashboard with mock up panel and switches
Not in pic
e36 Front Hubs, Discs, and Brake Calipers
e36 Compact Rear trailing arms
e36 compact BC Coilovers.
I now have:-
e36 Front Hubs, Discs, and Brake Calipers
e36 Compact Rear trailing arms
e36 steering rack
Strongflex full e30 poly bush kit.
Got another delivery today:-
2 x 4 point Harnesses
and dunno wtf that blue shit is
2 x Track Culture FIA bucket seats.
I have just about all the parts needed for the build now. Just waiting on hearing when I can get cage sorted.
I had the e34 540 on rolling road today. Made decent power at 301.1 bhp and with 170k miles on it aswell. Cant wait to get this in the e30, I’m gonna be jizzing all over the place.
Its off for Roll Cage fitting on Mon 12 August. It currently looks like:
Got bucket seats loosely fitted. Gonna have to either hammer shit out the floor to flatten it, or weld in some kind of box section with longer bolts.
Hoping to get the car back next week with the cage fitted/painted.
Its been away nearly 5 weeks now. During that time, we’ve removed the 540 engine and gearbox.
Crank oil seal was leaking slightly, done some research and made a Flywheel removal tool from a long T60 torx ssocket.
Ordered parts from the BMW dealer from e30zone.
Then started painting up a few parts I have waiting to go on, and sort the BC Coilovers to fit the Wisefab top mount and lower adapter.
Had to cut about 5mm off the top coilover bearing and half the nut to get the top mounts on. Then found I’m gonna have a problem adjusting the damper settings on the coilovers, so think I’m gonna have to drill a hole in the e30 turret so I can adjust them.
The wisefab logo will only be visible when bolted to the turrets.
6 point Roll Cage now done, with Harness bar and double door bars. We can now crack on with the build.
I went to take a pee pee, and a mate took a grinder to my car.
Crossmember removed which will be replaced with box section so that a large S14 50mm radiator can be fitted. Also welded up any unneeded holes in the bulkhead.
Engine bay painted.
Front subframe was also removed, painted with hammerite and so will be refitted tomorrow along with the wisefab kit and e36 steering rack.
Wisefab e36 kit now fitted to my e30, with e30 top mounts, e36 compact BC Racing Coilovers, E36 Steering Rack, hubs, discs and brakes, and Strongflex Eccentric Bushes to improve Caster.
Waiting on new Tracks Rods coming before testing the lock. Sad
Also need to sort steering linkage.
Caster looks ok to me, but I know **** all about caster.
Local motorfactors sent wrong track rods out, so we made do with the old rusty 1’s. Got the steering linkage sorted, and checked the lock. Gonna need some wheel spacers, as wheel catches preventing full lock.
We managed to get a few hours on the car over the past 2 days.
Taped the wide arches on, just to see what they looked like. Looks like I’m gonna need spacers on the rear, but wont know how big until I do the 5 stud conversion and get my e36 wheels on.
Mate decided to lash a bit paint on the cage, bollox to masking up, will paint interior again. lol
Came across a problem with the Wisefab top mounts, and BC Coilovers, damper settings couldn’t be adjusted as top mounts are off centre. So drilled a hole in turrets, original adjusters were not long enough, and cant leave them on as they would snap off on lock, so had to improvise, an allen key driver does the job just fine, gotta remember which way is soft/hard tho.
E30 325 Diff Welded, bollox to gay LSD’s.
Bonnet Pins done, took my time and got em just right.
Bolted in the 30 litre fuel tank, 3 litre swirlpot and 2 fuel pumps, 1 of them a Genuine Walbro 255. Waiting on braided hoses coming to connect them all up. Then its onto wiring.
Battery cable off the 540 was not long enough to put battery in the boot, so it will have to go on back seats instead. Prob safer they anyway.
Finished painting the interior.
Move car in centre of garage, to see what lock we got. Only aligned by my gammy eye atm, but it looks ok.
Then decided to bolt flywheel, and clutch back on, then the 6 speed gearbox and just had to have a go at fitting it into the car.
It fits. lol
Haven’t bolted the gearbox mount up yet, so engine is sitting lower at the back.
Put the wiring loom back into the car, connected up a few bits, and then done the wiring conversion for the engine harness.
Quickly rigged up a temp fuel line, and went to start the car, without any Manifolds or an Exhaust.
Here is the video of first start up. Ignore the messy wiring.