Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Divorce sucks

Blindsided by a divorce, I'm sorry if I can't get you your emails right now. I will get orders out as soon as I can, please be patient with the questions. - Thanks, Matt

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cody's E30 5.0 swap pictures

Cody is taking alot of awesome pictures of his swap here:

Awesome work!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Global swapping, international shipping, and Jalopnik feature

I am excited to announce that these swaps are going global. I shipped a set of mounts to Norway today, and I have shipped sets of motor mounts to England. I quoted some shipping rates to Australia a while back.

If you are outside of the USA, make a note of this: I can ship the CD and the engine mounts inside a USPS flat rate box for about $45 anywhere in the world. The problem is the trans crossmember, it's too long for the flat rate box. If you want the crossmember, the next cheapest option is Fedex International. Shipping to Norway was a hefty $220, shipping to Australia was higher I believe.

If you want to check rates, just go to Fedex International, and estimate the rates for a 'Large' Fedex box about 15 pounds. It ships from US zipcode 31904. I don't mind filling out the customs form, but you'll have to pay any import taxes that might apply to you.


In other news, my car was featured on the automotive blog Jalopnik:


Lastly, take a look at this Flickr photo set by Joey. He's got an eye for photography, so it will be neat to watch him document his swap. As he progresses, I'll do another blog post about it.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Timothy's 5.0 build thread: super clean and lots of pictures!

Tim, an experienced 5.0 swapper, is doing an amazing job on his project. Everything is super-clean and his exhaust is very nice. Here are some highlights:

- Exhaust, for now, is 2 passenger side headers. The passenger side dumps backwards, while the drivers side dumps forwards and snakes around the front. Pipes are dual 2.5" into a flowmaster.

- He plans to have fully-functioning air conditioning

- He is using the Trick Flow package for a giant leap in horsepower.

Check out his build thread:

Friday, July 23, 2010

The world's fastest E36 5.0 conversion

Ladies and gentlemen, let me present the world's fastest BMW engine conversion. Prize goes to Zongyang, from Kentucky.

Zongyang bought the manual and mounts on June 6. Let's say it took 4 days for everything to arrive to his house. That was 6 weeks ago.

I got an email from Zongyang the other day, saying that his car was running and driving, but he was having cooling issues. He used the stock BMW radiator, and is going to switch to the Thunderbird radiator to see if that helps. (That should only take about 20 minutes for him) :)

I'm still stunned that he is already finished.

Anyway, enough BS, here's some pictures:

He's going to post more pics of his conversion here at his Photobucket Acct:

In other news, Gene's car is on the track, but he still hasn't sent videos. I guess it's time for me to pester him about that...

edit: Zongyang fixed his cooling issues after swapping to the T-bird radiator. Great job!

Monday, July 12, 2010

E30 5.0 pictures!

Robert is nearly done with his E30 5.0 swap, and sent some pictures. We're going to be testing out the prototype E30 transmission crossmember shortly. Look at that ginormous radiator!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Gene's E36 5.0 is DONE! Plus, his exhaust pics!

Well folks, this is a happy day for me, as Gene has his car on the road now. Here's a few pics when he was getting his exhaust done.

Folks, this has got to be the simplest, easiest, cheapest setup. Just drop the motor in and tell your exhaust guy to finish it like this. You could probably run the E30 exhaust just like this.

If you remember, Gene's build has the Trick flow package, so he's probably pushing about 300-350 rwhp, near LS1 power! He hopes to do some testing and tuning at Watkins Glen racetrack in about a week. Kick ass!!!

update 5/26/10: Gene emailed me the following:
I am told by the engine builder that rear wheel HP should exceed 400HP with the set-up I have. From the little I've driven it so far, I can tell you it has INCREDIBLE power and acceleration like I've never experienced!!! Hope to dyno it this season. If all goes well I hope to take some on track videos at the Glen and send them on to you. As a SCCA racer and track instructor I hope to have this beast on the track more than a few times this year. Now the rest of the car has to be brought up to the performance of the engine. While I upgraded the front suspension during the build I will gradually be upgrading rear suspension and brake system, interior, paint, etc depending on how the funds hold out.
I still don't understand why your build has not taken off like the LS1 conversions. While this has not exactly been an easy weekend project(I estimate about 350-400 hours so far), it certainly doable with persistence and certain mechical skills. Maybe my build will encourage more interest. I will be more than happy to share what I have learned. Thanks for all your development and engineering work, and your encouragement. Keep in touch. Regards, Gene

Monday, May 3, 2010

The fastest way to a BMW E36 V8: Buy my car!!!

Hey folks, I am selling my car to make way for a new project. This is the fast way to get a v8 E36 without putting in the hours of work! I would like to see someone else to take this car in a new direction (turbo/heads/supercharger/strip it down/race it) Here's the details:

- BMW 1996 328i - converted to 350i
- Ford 5.0 (302) engine from a '91 Mustang in great condition
- T5 manual transmission
- stock 3.90 rear end
- Full mandrel bent single 3" exhaust w/ high flow cat and summit turbo muffler
- Engine mods: Explorer intake & throttle body, K&N filter, underdrive pulleys, aftermarket headers (1 5/8 primaries), 3" custom single exhaust.
- Suspension: Brand new H&R sport springs and Koni single adjustable shocks, M3 strut hats (offset for more caster), polyurethane rear trailing arm bushings
- Wheels/tires are staggered M3 with Michelin Pilot sports. Tires are not bald, but they could probably use replacing soon.
- New brake pads on front
- Car is very clean with no accidents, approximately 195k on chassis
- White exterior/black leather interior
- Car works great with a few thousand miles on it
- Tinted windows
- Clear corner and sidelights
- Issues: A/C is not connected, chip in windshield, one tire loses air, and I haven't corrected the tach: To correct tach, just install this:
- Car is located in Columbus, GA
- Total weight is forthcoming
- The car comes with a free conversion manual to document everything
- Price: $8,900 or best offer

Why I'm selling: I enjoy building things more than driving them. I know it's weird, blame it on my ADD :) Here's some projects I'm considering:
- A BMW E30 5.0 with Explorer motor and a carb (basically a go-kart)
- 4wd 2nd generation 4Runner - possible 5.0 swap, maybe chop the back off
- '48-54 Chevy pickup Rat Rod - slammed & rusty with a fuel injected 350 and torq-thrust wheels

The car is sorted and reliable. There's no reason why you couldn't drive it home. I have filmed a few videos where the car was driven hard, but most of the miles on it since the swap are easy miles, cruisin' around town with the V8 rumblin'. More pics and details are available, just email me at

Friday, April 30, 2010

Ryan's E30 Remote booster pics!!!

Here's Ryan's pictures of his '91 E30. He mounted a remote booster from a '94-95 e34 540. Awesome work, Ryan!

Here's how to put a 5.0 in a BMW 2002!!!

Yesterday, I received an email from named Petri, who builds hot rods out of Alpine, California. ( He is originally from Finland. He has an amazing project, where he basically cut off the bottom of a BMW 2002 and welded on the entire bottom of a Fox Mustang, including suspension, floor pans, everything! What an amazing project:

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

E30 remote brake booster

I received this email the other day: "Hey – I bought your engine mounts and e36 manual, very helpful. I am doing a 91 e30 conversion and will try to send some pictures soon. Car is just about done. Just wanted to let you know that a 94-95 e34 540 has a remote booster setup that puts everything in front of the shock tower and runs off linkages. I got one from a salvage yard complete master/booster all linkages and firewall plate for $75.00. I had to move abs pump forward about 6 inches and shorten the linkage rods but it fits great, just thought you might like another option."

I'll post pictures as soon as I get them - the booster seems to be the only hang-up in the E30 5.0 swap. This is a nice cheap solution to the problem, and the only one where you get to keep your power brakes!

Monday, April 19, 2010

BMW E36 5.0 302 V8 swap: Hard Launch!

To satisfy demand, here's a hard launch video of my BMW E36 with 5.0 Mustang engine and T5 transmission swapped in. This is not a full rev, clutch dump burnout, but it is a hard, tire spinning launch. You can also see that it's easy to spin 2nd gear at will. The rear end is all stock BMW, with 200k miles on it - see, it won't blow up! :) It is not a limited slip rear-end, but sometimes both tires spin. I have very wide rear tires with the staggered M3 rims - 245's I think. Full information is available at and (E30 5.0 swaps are now happening, too). Check out the blog on my site for other swapped cars. Keep in mind, I only spent about $2,300 on this swap total!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Gene's progress

Here's a shot of Gene's progress - it looks great with the Trick Flow intake and MSD wires. He deleted his A/C, but is keeping power steering. Looks great!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Perry's BMW E36 325is 5.0 V8 converted race car (on a budget!)

Perry, one of the earliest people to start this swap, is a SCCA champion autocrosser. After finding a cracked block, he was forced to rebuild his engine, setting him back. The engine is currently built and on the stand.

Perry's motor is a great example of how to build a 5.0 on a budget. By using GT40P heads and headers, and a F303 cam, this engine will be putting down strong, reliable power using dirt-cheap factory parts. The GT40P heads and headers come stock on '97-99 Ford Explorers, and the F303 cam is a tried and true bumpstick. Perry has built his engine to produce boatloads of torque, something that he can really use on the racetrack. With a combo like this, who needs to drop $5,000 on an LS1, or $10,000 on a supercharged/turbo'd M3 motor?

Perry should be able to recover most or all of his engine cost when he sells his built BMW M50 motor. Here is one time when the high cost of BMW parts actually works in your favor!

The sickest part about this whole thing is that the engine is going to be dropped in Perry's stripped-down race car that only weighs about 2400 lbs (with drivetrain). This thing is going to have the power to weight ratio of a Monster Miata or a Shelby Cobra replica, but has the benefit of a stiff chassis, great weight distribution, huge brakes, and huge tires, at a fraction of the cost.

Here's the specs on his build and a teaser shot:

Engine: 1994 302
  • GT40P heads (58cc version)
  • F303 Cam
  • 24# injectors
  • 70mm Throttle Body
  • Exploder Intake (GT-40 style)
  • FRPP GT40P Specific Shorty headers

Trans: T-5

  • 12lb Flywheel
  • Stage 2+ clutch

Car: 1992 BMW 325is

  • Projected weight: 2400lbs
  • 17x9.5 Corvette wheels (!)
  • 275-45-17 tires

The motor should make 270-290rwhp 300-320rwtq

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Stay tuned as we post more updates from this awesome build!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Gene's 5.0 E36 is coming along nicely

Here's a sneak peek of Gene's 5.0 BMW E36. Check out the sweet Trick Flow valve covers, MSD distributor, and ceramic coated headers. Do I spy 30 lb. injectors??? His plan is to turn the exhaust pipes back under for dual exhaust, instead of Y-ing into one pipe like I did. Stay tuned for updates...

Brad's 5.0 E30 is alive!

This man works faster than anyone I know. This is the second known E30 5.0 in existence!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Matt Haskell's E36 318ti 5.0 build (with Cali emissions!)

Matt Haskell is a guy who completed his E36 5.0 swap before I did. He did a great job, and had to jump through extra hoops to get his car emissions certified in CA. Here's his build thread, which you guys may not have seen because Bimmerforums does not allow links to competitive sites:

Tommy's E30 347 build

Tommy is the second person to get my E30 5.0 mounts. Once we're 100% sure Brad's mounts fit, I will be sending him a pair. He's building a monster - a stripped down E30 with a 347 with a carb, I believe. He's documenting his build here:

Brad's E30 5.0 Build

I have been working with Brad, pioneering the E30 5.0 swap. He is documenting his swap over at Here's the link:

Welcome to the E36V8 and E30 V8 blog

Folks, the spammers overwhelmed me on the message board, so I deleted it. Too much pain in the ass. Sorry about all that. I figure there are lots of message boards out there on this stuff, like Bimmerforums, E30tech, and others.

I've replaced the boards with a blog, where I can showcase the badass cars you guys are building and post other important info. You can add it to your RSS feed, or I think you can even have it emailed to you. I promise not to fill up your inbox with dumb stuff, but I will do a separate blog post for each persons car. That way, you can easily look in the sidebar and find someone's car.