At this point, I still hadn't decided what to do with the '02's motor. I'd been keeping an eye out for suitable VW TDI donor cars, but I was finding nothing in my price range. Even wrecked 10 year old TDIs are fetching $4k or more; too rich for me.
Lucky me, a *local* wrecked 1991 318is popped up in the classifieds here, posted by tommyg500. Tom had even put a coil-on-plug conversion on the M42, and purchased the Classic Daily motor and transmission mount adapter kits. Score!
I immediately made plans to check the car out, and agreed to purchase it that night. Trailer rented, I returned a couple days later to fetch my new prize.
Ain't she PURTY?!??! *ahem*
Aside from a few dings and the big 'ol wallop on the left front, the car was in pretty dang good shape. And it was originally from Canada, so it was lacking the fugly airbag steering wheel.
Here's the donor car, in its temporary home. My garage space consists of only one space, currently occupied by the '02, my stepdad's K1200LT, and my own K1200RS. The space next door belongs to my lovely girlfriend, so the E30 put her vehicle out on the parking-challenged street. Which meant...
I had to bust ass and strip that E30 down as fast as possible to keep my better half happy.
I bought the car on 11/16/13. Here it is again, later that day:
Five days later, I was done. Not bad for a guy who isn't much of a wrench, and only worked on the car after work every other day.
I saved a crapton of parts; motor, transmission, front and rear subframes including hubs and wheels, the seats, the entire brake/ABS system, and a bunch of random parts. The other parts were donated to a new friend I met on the Yahoo E30 list - but I made him stop by and remove the parts he wanted.
Two tools I have come to ADORE since starting this project: The Sawzall and The Cordless Impact Driver. Those two tools saved my sorry white ass from much pain and hell. The Sawzall was especially awesome - instead of messing around with an engine lift, I just cut the front end off the car and wheeled the motor and transmission right out the front with a furniture dolly. How awesome is that? No lifting! No cursing! (well, maybe a little cursing)
Obligatory standing in the empty engine bay shot...
Yes, I AM that dorky.
But, I was pretty damn pleased with myself. THE MOTOR WAS OUT!
SRSLY, that's one hellish mess of wires. I'm super-paranoid about having all of the ECU widgets/wires/relays/sensors and any other gewgaws I might need to get this motor running properly and smog-check-able in the relatively primitive '02. So I went a little nutty, saving damn near every wire and relay I could possibly extract from the wreck.
Motor out of the donor car, I wheeled the shell down the street to the local metal recycler who gave me $50 for it. Woo!
Now to get that tired M10 out of the '02...