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Doug Vetter, ATP/CFI

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BMW328is: Crank Measured

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The replacement tunnel insulation arrived damaged but in salvagable condition. I applied the top coat of Eastwood Aerospray 2K Gloss Black and unmasked the block the following day. I also managed to measure the crank so I know what bearing types to order. Lots of pictures and data await in the latest update.

BMW328is: Engine Components Returned

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The machinist finally called to let me know my components were ready so I ran over to get them. Back at the garage I remounted the block to the engine stand so I could mask and prime it to prevent any further rust. The top coat is next. I enjoyed my brief break from the project but now it's time for the final push.

BMW328is: Engine Machine Work Update

Thursday, September 7, 2017

I received a response from Beisan regarding the lack of radial play in my VANOS following installation of the rattle kit. I also visited my machinist today to drop off a part and while there saw my block on the milling machine and the crank on the balancing machine. I also received another small batch of parts and assembled the transmission support and intake manifold. More show and tell awaits.

BMW328is: Oil Pump and VANOS Rebuild

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Over the last few days I wrapped up work on the chassis for now and began some prep for the engine build including installation of the Achilles Motorsport oil pump upgrade and a rebuild of the VANOS unit with the Beisan Systems kits. Once again, lots to show and tell.

BMW328is: Front End Assembly Complete

Friday, September 1, 2017

Today I received some additional parts, completed assembly of the front end, began work on the fuel lines and dealt with a rather annoying snapped bolt...and a snapped easy-out. As I was composing this entry I also received pictures from my transmission shop. All are ready for your viewing pleasure.

BMW328is: Front End Assembly Continues

Thursday, August 31, 2017

I continued assembly of the front end today and would have completed the process as planned if it weren't for those meddling kids headlights. More detail and pictures await after the click.

BMW328is: Front End Assembly Begins

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Today I picked up an essential order of miscellaneous hardware and other parts required to begin assembly of the front end. I managed to install the front support, truss support and newly painted bumper shock absorbers. I also completed the installation of the hood release mechanisms and verified that the hood release handle is a lot easier to pull now. More parts are on the way and more work is planned.

BMW328is: Front Support Arrives

Monday, August 28, 2017

The front support and last batch of powdercoating arrived today. I continued my rust remediation efforts, including use of some custom mixed color in a rattle can to refinish select areas of the engine bay. I also managed to do a bit of assembly too. After weeks of putting stuff into bags for safe keeping it feels oddly satisfying to be emptying those bags and throwing them away. Only 50+ more bags to go.

BMW328is: Rust Remediation Begins

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Most rational people rest on the weekend but I wound up lining the garage in plastic, donning a tyvek suit and degreasing virtually the entire belly of the vehicle in prep for my rust remediation efforts. I spent several hours on this task and the results are promising.

BMW328is: Hood Release Cable Replaced

Saturday, August 26, 2017

One job in this project has been taunting me for weeks but I managed to get the challenging portion of it done today. Of course I'm talking about the hood release cable, which I finally managed to route through the fender using the old cable as a snake. My experience pulling wires in the electrical trade came in handy here.

BMW328is: New Cams Arrive

Thursday, August 24, 2017

I delivered the front support to the paint shop, received the new cams and carriers, placed yet another order for miscellaneous hardware and other parts needed to fix stuff found underneath the vehicle and even discovered a disturbing issue with a couple closures in the floor pan. Again, lots to talk about so do yourself a favor and click.

BMW328is: Front Support Nutserts Installed

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Yet another parts order arrived today, and with it the new front support. That cleared the way to install the nutserts needed to eliminate use of those stupid expanding plastic rivets to secure the alternator air duct cover that must be removed to do any work on the front of the engine.

BMW328is: Overhauled Transmission Arrives

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The overhauled transmission is back in the garage awaiting installation. The unit was found to be in surprisingly good shape for its mileage, though some wear was evident. I sent out the second batch of parts to powdercoat and spent the remainder of my limited time in the shop today prepping and painting parts. As usual, I've prepared a bunch of pictures for your viewing pleasure.

BMW328is: First Powdercoated Parts Arrive

Monday, August 21, 2017

Not much time spent in the garage but a lot of work accomplished. The first powdercoated parts have arrived. I also picked up a couple parts from the last order including the tunnel heat shield and ordered another batch of parts I'll need for the assembly process. I think it's safe to say that I've reached the half-way point in this very long and complex project.

BMW328is: Removed Front Support

Sunday, August 20, 2017

After a bunch of diversions to other matters I finally got around to removing the front support. This will be reworked or replaced and then painted. This process will also facilitate replacement of the hood latch receptacles and related cabling. Best of all, the vehicle has been transferred to the two post lift for the next phase of the overhaul.

BMW328is: Reconditioned Fuel Injectors Installed

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Today I went to the garage with the intent to pull the front support but wound up cleaning the intake manifold inside and out, installing the reconditioned injectors, preparing some vacuum lines, developing another short list of parts I need to order, and staging more items to be blasted.

BMW328is: New Cylinder Head Arrives

Thursday, August 17, 2017

I received notification a couple days ago that the new head would arrive today from Autohead and it arrived on schedule. The surprise was that I received the AMC cam carriers along with the head and that wasn't originally part of the deal. More after the click.

BMW328is: Parts to Powdercoating

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Today I assembled a few items that require refinishing and took them to my local powdercoater. I also took delivery of a huge number of parts required for assembly. A couple of the parts turned out to be unavailable until next year so I'll have to make due without them, but it's nice to know BMW Classic is still trying to support these cars.

BMW328is: Hood Latch Work Begins

Monday, August 14, 2017

Over the last couple of days I've been researching parts needed to bring the vehicle up to snuff. I rediscovered a power steering hose part number descrepancy, placed what I think is the last big order with my dealer, and began work necessary to replace the hood latch cable and receptacles. As usual I have discovered a few more items I need to address.

BMW328is: Engine Bay Cleaning Begins

Friday, August 11, 2017

With all the major subassemblies now in the hands of vendors it was time to start preparing the chassis to accept the new drivetrain. I started to clean the engine bay of dirt and grease and identify various parts that need to be reconditioned or replaced. I also received the final quote from the machine stop and removed the fuel injectors so I can send them out for service. Lots more to talk about in the latest entry in the project.

BMW328is: Parts Delivered To Machine Shop

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

After a slight delay I managed to deliver the parts to my local machinist today. I spent a good 30 minutes talking with the shop owner about the project and I think we're off to a good start. I'm expecting a bit over a week turnaround time. Until then I'll be working on the chassis and ordering yet more parts.

BMW328is: Head Rework Complete

Saturday, August 5, 2017

I attacked the crust on the block with an end wire brush chucked into my die grinder and the results are good, but inadequate for painting. I also finished my prep of parts going to the machinist. Finally, I received an invoice from Autohead indicating that the head rework is complete, but I am also faced with an important decision about the head. Lots to talk about. Check out the full story.

BMW328is: Crank Removed and First Measurements

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Today I removed the crank, inspected the main bearings and journals, removed the oil squirters and, lastly, the crank position sensor. Then I took the block outside again and used my spray wand to wash down the block with mineral spirits so I could take a few initial measurements of the cylinders. The news is all good.

BMW328is: Bottom End Disassembly Begins

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

I degreased the block and then began disassembly of the bottom end. The pistons are out of the block and an inspection of the bearings reveals why oil analysis is such an important tool in engine diagnostics. More detail and pictures, as always, are ready and waiting.

BMW328is: Cylinder Head Shipped

Monday, July 31, 2017

I managed to inspect the head for obvious cracks and then package it for shipment to Autohead. I also took a tablet full of pictures to my technician to get his opinion on the state of the top end. The good news is we generally agree on the condition. The bad news is if I want to do this correctly I may be forced to buy some parts I did not factor into my budget.

BMW328is: Cylinder Head Removed

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I managed to remove the oil filter housing and cylinder head today. A few of the intake cam bearing surfaces are in less than ideal shape and the VANOS unit will definitely need a rebuild but overall the condition of the engine is as expected. Lots of detail awaits in the latest installment. You know what to do.

BMW328is: Engine Disassembly Begins

Friday, July 28, 2017

I spent a few hours today on the engine and managed to remove most of the external parts (pipes, hoses, etc.) as well as the water pump and thermostat. Removal of the valve cover has revealed a top end in good shape, at least cosmetically, but as far as I can tell the engine is mistimed. This may explain a few of the engine operating characteristics I've noticed lately. Check out the latest show and tell.

BMW328is: Engine On Stand

Thursday, July 27, 2017

I spent a sizeable portion of the day reclaiming the vehicle and all of the parts my tech removed from it and mounting the engine to the stand I'll use anchor point for the rebuild. Seeing no point in putting off the start of the transmission overhaul I transported it directly to the local shop for a complete rebuild. Check out the full story including pictures.

BMW328is: Drivetrain Disassembly Complete

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My technician called me this morning to let me know the engine, transmission and driveshaft had been removed from the vehicle and he would be ready for me to pick up everything tomorrow. A cursory inspection of the engine reveals it to be in pretty good shape, but I will need to do some additional work on the body. The full story and some pictures await in the latest installment of the drivetrain overhaul project.

BMW328is: Drivetrain Disassembly Begins

Sunday, July 23, 2017

After a short delay I finally delivered the car to my tech for disassembly. I also managed to mount the vise to my new table as required to overhaul the VANOS, among other things. The good news is I'm finally off and running on the drivetrain overhaul project. The bad news is any remaining hope for a "lazy summer" is out the window. August is shaping up to be an exceedingly busy month.