Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Facebook page more active than this blog

Since I've created the Facebook page, it's much more interactive than this blog. It's alot easier for people to comment/discuss stuff, and easier to post pics. Check it out here:

Finished E30 5.0 for sale in Boston

Here's your chance to get a driving E30 5.0: Ryan from Boston is selling his converted car: "Hey Matt what's going on? I have driven my E30 all summer as a daily driver with absolutely no problems. Now it is time to sell, I am going to do a 740i with a LS1 conversion next. My car is on Craigslist Boston for $4,900 or best offer." You can call Ryan at 508-509-6375

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

E30 trans mount sorted

I tweaked the design on the E30 transmission crossmember last night. I made it to fit both the T5 and the Tremec. I should have some in, and some E30 oilpans made up, in a week or two.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

Tremec, meet your new home!

I finally massaged enough of the transmission tunnel to fit the Tremec in the E30. And check out our new Facebook page!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fitting the T5 in the E30

I have been learning the hard way how much the trans tunnel needs to be massaged to fit the T5 bellhousing. Install, mark, remove, beat with a hammer, repeat! I think I did this maybe 6-8 times yesterday? I dont want to beat too much because it takes away from legroom. So close, but not in yet.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Oilpan mod

Well, after I dropped the engine in, the oilpan was hitting the rack bolts, so out it came and I had a new pan made. Take 2!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The shuttle has landed

I dropped the 5.0 in my E30 tonight without any major problems. Woot!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

E30 oilpan

I got my oilpan did!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Big brake kits for E36, on a budget

Robert Mott knows a hell of alot more about big brakes than I do. He has been making brakes adapters for Porsches and other track cars. He is making caliper adapters that make big brakes super easy and cheap for non-M E36 cars. Here's what he sent me:

"Non-M3 to Wilwood Superlite adapter Prototypes off a 3 axis Bridgport mill are done and fit perfectly. I'm going to sell these Billet adapter protoypes with BRAND NEW M3 325x28mm rotors.... The next sets will be CNC'd and have an elliptical shape and will include new mounting bolts....$425 shipped anywhere in the U.S." So basically, all you have to do is buy the Wilwood calipers and pads and you have giant brakes on the cheap! Contact him at

Robert may be developing a similar kit for E30, stay tuned...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

E30 progress

Here's where I'm at today:

Bought Explorer motor, Tremec 5 spd trans, BBK headers, Summit parts, etc. The car is already stripped. I had to put wiring harness and glass back in. Sunroof panel tack welded in place. I'm going to convert the Explorer EFI to Mustang EFI. I cant decide to keep the 3.73 limited slip or use a 2.93 open to keep the revs down. Decided on manual brakes, couldnt find a 540 booster/linkage setup. I'm working like crazy on this manual.

Everything is going to go much faster than my first swap.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jack's E36 pictures

Here's some pics from Jack's E36 swap:



More pics here

Thursday, March 10, 2011

E30 arrived, 5.0 bought

I ended up buying Tommy's shell of an E30. Ironically, Tommy was one of the first guys to try out the E30 engine mounts. He decided to go back to his Miata project instead of the E30. He stripped it down to almost nothing. No drivetrain, interior, sound deadening, nothing! It's so light, thee men can pick up the rear end and move it. So I have to re-assemble it, but its kinda neat because I will add back the bare essentials to keep the weight low, but have it driveable. It came with Corbeau seat brackets, cool 16" Miata wheels, rear plastic bumper, boxes of parts, a pair of my motor mounts, prototype trans mount, and a one-of-a-kind steering wheel. :)

I also found a whole 1997 Mountaineer 5.0 with a bad transmission for $500. Why an Explorer 5.0 instead of a Mustang 5.0? 3 reasons:

1. Shorter front accessories should fit better in the E30 (1.75" shorter, I believe)
2. GT40P heads kick ass
3. Explorer intake and throttle body kick ass




Monday, February 28, 2011

Temporarily out of stock - motor mounts

Sorry, Im currently out of motor mounts, I should have more in a few weeks, bear with me

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Announcement: E30 V8 beast in the works

Many of you have reminded me to get off my ass and write the E30 V8 swap manual.

Tonight, I have started plans for a E30 V8 car. Here's the details:

- 1988 325is coupe, stock suspension and brakes (for now)
- 3.73 LS rear end
- 5.0 with carb, GT40 Explorer heads and headers
- C4 automatic transmission

I'll post pics of my progress on here and document everything fully for the manual.

The C4 automatic and carb will make the swap alot simpler and cheaper, which goes perfectly with the E30, I think. It will also give people a wider variety of options. When I finish the E30 swap manual, I'll include the E36 swap manual on the CD too.

I might even paint the thing flat black. :)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Im still here

Well, after the most traumatic 2 months of my life, I'm still here and getting you guys what you want! Its amazing what you can bounce back from with the right attitude.

Due to my divorce, I sold my E36 5.0 on eBay. The new owners are crazy about it. It's a husband and wife, and the wife grew up racing cars on dirt tracks and stuff. She has called me several times to tell me how much she loves it.

I still have all parts in stock, and I am working on writing the E30 swap manual. (Rewriting actually - hard drive crash erased the last one) I also have a bunch of E36 shift rods made up, I just need to add links for the shopping cart.

I have sent a ton of parts out, all over the world. I sure wish you guys wouldn't leave us all hangin' and SEND US YOUR DAMN PICTURES LOL!

Thanks again folks and if you need anything from me, just let me know!


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Some good deals on E30's and sick motor setups

A few people have emailed me about some stuff for sale:

Jeff is selling an E30 and TT302 setup:
Simply inquiring if anyone you know would be interested. If you give me a number i can send photos of the motor assembled, the FR T5, and all the other mounds of shit I have for the swap. I just got a new house and cannot afford to spend time on this car. 87 325e in great shape minus a small rust spot under drivers door... 87 302 rebuilt last year with 38.5k on rebuild, twin garrett T04Rs, 76MM garret single ( for optional single turbo setup) HUGE Fmic, zoom clutch, your motor mounts and trans prototype ( thank you so much for being kind enough to send it). The engine has TFlow track heat intake, FR injectors, FR MAF, new water pump, a pair of T04 manifolds on it wth the T04s bolted to it. Text me or call me if you are interested in seeing any of these pics i have on my phone.

Contact Jeff at six three six 328 5476

Tommy is selling his E30:
I'm needing to sell my E30. I'm moving in the next few months and will only be able to take my Miata along, so the V8 I've built up will be going into that instead. Would you want to pick up the E30 pretty cheap (less than $1000)? Comes with my prototype trans mount. ;) If you have any interest in it at all, lemme know.

Contact Tommy at seven seven oh 778-2638