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still very impressed with this and cant wait to see it done.....but i wonder on the oil breather could one close the hole all together and put a hole in the head on the plenum side and evac thru there instead?...or at minimum chop that oil fitting down to close to flush with the cover to try and clean it up more


i need a make/model/part# on that aluminum you used for the wire loom....LOVE IT!!! and must duplicate it
 

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Apologies to anyone on dial up if this page takes
an eternity to load up.
Been a while since the last update as we've been a little busy
and as it happen we got quite a bit done, worst part of it is theres
so many pic's here its hard to remember what order it was done in
so here goes.
One of the things that was needed doing, was the dash, or to
flock it to be precise. This can be seen on quite a few race and rally
cars and I suppose the main idea behind it is to stop the sun reflecting
up off the dash board onto the windscreen and dazzeling the driver.
We done it cause it looks sweet.

first up strip the dash.....................



with the dash out and empty we could pull the demister vents...........



we've tried the spray on stuff before and ended up getting more on
ourselves than the dash, one change of wind and you end up with stuble
like Desperate Dan, so we now stick to using material instead.
The material we use is foam backed and polyester so it has a bit of stretch
to it which helps covering the bends.



however we make things a little easier for ourselves by filling
in some of the unneeded dents and dips in the dash. A few cardboard
templates....................



transfered to aluminium, bonded in and the whole dash sanded
down and washed with thinners to help the glue stick................



cut some rough lengths of material...........



and lay them up with the aid of a few thumbs tacks to trim the
material to its final shape (fancy thumbs tack are essential, results
can't be guaranteed with standard dull tacks)................



now the tricky part, after carefull practice we've found that if
you aim the nozzle of the spray glue canister very, very carefull at a
small area of the piece you are trying to glue it will only cover
everything in a fifteen foot squared area. After cleaning up the glue
explosion it looked like this.............



then carefully pull the material back over the dash, and position
it perfectly without sticking yourself to it in the nano second it takes to
go off...............



first one we ever did ended up with a suspicious bump in the
middle of it that looked exactly like a soon to be missing vise grips.
With the top side done it's fliped over and the vents pieces are glued
down before the demister vents are refitted................



leaving the finished article looking like this...............



with the dash finished and refitted we could now make and run the
various looms that had to finish around the dash. One of these was going
to be the main cable from the battery. The battery was to be mounted in
the center of where the rear seats used to be. You can buy all sorts of
fancy and expensive lightweight fiberglass and carbon fiber battery boxes
these days, this particular one is extremely robust and cost effective and
is refered to by specialists as "a hardware store plastic bucket"..............



covered in white decal and bolted securely into its final resting
place................



the tail light and fuel pump wiring were finished the far side of
the rear bulkhead.................



so they could now be coupled to the main battery cable and ran
to the dash.................



with all wires now present and identified :mad: at the dash it was
time to finish off the panels they were to plug in to.............



first of which was the dash gauge panel...............





stick some clocks and warning lights in the front.................



and stick some wires on the back part...............



fuse board proved a little busier...............





any finally the switch panel.............





which when refitted looks like this..................



fuse board needs some covers made up to go around the sides........



although the 3 l.e.d. lights look like shift lights they are in fact
indicator, alternator and oil warning lights................



a little aluminium checker plate provided the pedals and floor
plate............





after which there was a delivery of some large boxes.........



containing wheels, or 12 of them to be precise...............



which were followed a few days later by some Pirelli slicks........



so after fitting the wheels and setting the ride heights and corner
weights, the engine bay was then completed by bolting everything
into its final resting place and securing anything that looked like it
could make a lunge for the open timing belt....................









then it was time for our favorite job, to see who could trap
the most air bubbles under a decal..................











and thats pretty much about it, we've trailered it up the country
to the other garage at the moment where it wait's for some final parts to
arrive before it can be brought out and given it's final test drive.
Hopefully this will be before the new year. We'll get some footage to put up
on youtube for the last post.
At least it won't be lonely parked up for the next fortnight .........







 

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Whoa!! Nice conversion,lots of work here!!
There was a 325i here in South Africa running a Glenwood 30l TT.The BMW powerplant was not reliable at the time..
Very nice project..
 

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Very nice, but can you put a nice little 4 leaf clover sticker somewhere on there just for us?
 

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Thats looks a fantastic Job and its going to be very cool.
It will be a real head turner!!!
Well done ,

I did something similar but maybe easier, I put the V6 in Lotus 7 type chasis

Similar issues with the gearbox/bellhousing , but i made a conversion plateand used the bell housing from a 164 then mated a ford gearbox (type9).
So i can still use the alfa clutch pressure plate but use a ford friction plate.

http://www.locostbuilders.co.uk/upload/Engine in car 2.JPG
 

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I did something similar but maybe easier, I put the V6 in Lotus 7 type chasis

Similar issues with the gearbox/bellhousing , but i made a conversion plateand used the bell housing from a 164 then mated a ford gearbox (type9).
So i can still use the alfa clutch pressure plate but use a ford friction plate.

http://www.locostbuilders.co.uk/upload/Engine in car 2.JPG
Beautiful intelligent work, love the blue rocker covers.
 

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Just a Quate------ If this guy shows up at a BMW track day. There going to be pissed-off. I have E30 m3 also and when show up with my 75 And beat the times Of E30 m3 with S52(99 M3 3.2l) swap they get MAD. Bimmer guys hate us! Regardless that is big job. M50(98 2.5 325is) swap would have been easier. He got one thing right the sound of Alfa is one if kind! Hope you post the final picture of the car when done. Might bring you more customers in future E30 racing suspsions are more parts easier to find!
 

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Weird swap. BMW sixes sound great too and have won many touring car races ...

Myself I'd rather ruin BMW owners day by passing them in a 75 ... thus completely rubbing their noses in it :D:D
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Hahahaha this is amazing, good work and its so funny to see a BMW with an Alfa V6 and it actually sounds better than the BMW I6 which itself sounds pretty darn good!.
 

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Just a Quate------ If this guy shows up at a BMW track day. There going to be pissed-off. I have E30 m3 also and when show up with my 75 And beat the times Of E30 m3 with S52(99 M3 3.2l) swap they get MAD. Bimmer guys hate us! Regardless that is big job. M50(98 2.5 325is) swap would have been easier. He got one thing right the sound of Alfa is one if kind! Hope you post the final picture of the car when done. Might bring you more customers in future E30 racing suspsions are more parts easier to find!
I'm going to a BMW track day this Friday with my Verde at NHMS in NH, first event of the season, can't wait!

Kevin
 

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Have you guys seen this video of the car in action? It's awesome!!!

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