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e30mclow's latest e30 Project 
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There will be fewer and fewer low cost LS engine and trans combos as time goes on. You have older Camaros, CTSV and Pontiac G8 (auto only). I would jump on the 3500. Now if it is a 99 it will be an LS1 350 hp. You could also get a later truck engine with alum block but then have to buy trans etc separate.


Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:47 pm
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Unfortunately I missed out on that package.
There's a corvette breakers yard that'll ship me something from Charlotte.
Right now they have an 85k mile 5.7 LS1 for $2,500 (no box).

I'll keep reading up on what the best option is for an e30 swap.

Qualicas - As a guy that's now done what, 3 LS swaps? What did you find to be the best option in terms of $/Weight/Power?


Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:04 pm
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When i done my S50B30 Swap, i felt that 300BHP was just about right for the e30 Chassis it broke away at highway speeds when overtaking in 4th with the foot down, i had crapy/worn tires on the back which was most of the problem on a damp road,

Snappy power but drivable, i recon if i had anymore power it would be hard to put down on the road


Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:46 pm
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Actually, just one LS swap. I bought everything new and custom. Now I would just buy an LS with alum block from any GM truck. Most common will be the 5.3 litre. Buy that, change cam and intake and you have easy 400hp at crank. Probably check car-part.com and buy ex Canada. Local auto wreckers have 6.2 and 5.3 engines for $2000+. Then check for T56 trans or buy new for $3000.
No matter which way you go, it will be a lot of money but building it is fun and driving even more fun. Not cost effective EVER to modify any car.
I have rebuilt a number of BMW cars and engines etc though.


Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:00 pm
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Serious kit arrived tonight.
The chassis will flex before any of this business.

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The seat search continues. Having been beaten to a set of m3 seats, I've found these Recaros 3HRs away that I may take a chance on.

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Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:35 pm
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Picked up the recaros this morning, after a lot of driving.

In case anyone thinks I'm being JDM tacky, this is as close as I'll ever get to the feel of the Holy Grail - the e30 M3 Sport Evolution

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Managed to make it home from Virginia with enough time to install the rear sway bar. The install ran into darkness, so I'll post photos tomorrow as I install the front bar.
Brackets for the seats should be here on the 5th or so.


Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:38 pm
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Got the ARBs in last weekend, now it is finally on to fixing the interior!

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Should be all swapped out on Saturday, before my Recaro brackets arrive on Tuesday.


Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:34 pm
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Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:31 pm
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Great Job Ger. looks Class


Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:46 am
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Great Job Ger. looks Class


Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:46 am
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i like the red interior!


Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:36 pm
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