E30 M52 swap

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E30 M52 swap

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Evening all,

The wife is out, my daughter is in bed & I'm surfing the bay of E again.

There's a nice 4 door 320i E30 on there & as I've just been reading Jeroen's 320is thread I was wondering how much work is involved in swapping an M52 engine & box in it?
Would it be just a case of fitting the engine & wiring up? Or would everything else need upgrading? (Besides the obvious suspension, brakes etc) I understand that it would be best to get a full E36 328i Donor car but would there be any other parts I needed like M50 inlet manifold?

I'll have an easier time getting a 4 door car past my wife than a 2 door.... And just toying with Ideas lol.

I know this is an E21 forum but you're all really helpful & not set in your ways so I thought I'd ask here.

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It's way easier to do on an e30 there's plenty of guides on the net.
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Yeah , thanks Nas. I've spent the last 30mins reading a few while trying to convince my daughter it's not time to get up lol
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I Believe an E34 5 series might be a better donor due to having the correct oil sump, which seems very costly to buy seperately, as everyone knows people doing these swaps need one and price accordingly. I would imagine the wiring is more similar to the E30 as well, being a similar generation car.
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Tbh. I'd leave the engine in the e34 and just turbo it.

E34s are cool. E30s are a bit meh.
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nas80 wrote: E34s are cool. E30s are a bit meh.
You should go on the zone and mention this.... :whistle
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He did :wha
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Lol one of them accused me of being a druggy for "modifying a turd" Lmao. It's possible
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nas80 wrote:Lol one of them accused me of being a druggy

mind you they should know!
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lol, well if you want a drivers' car a M50-ish conversion in an E30 will do great. Problem: the 2.8 M50 would be the best one but it was not available in the E34. If you find a sump then get an E36 donor!
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That's the plan Jeroen,
I'm just waiting for a decent 4 door, manual, M20 car to turn up for sale at a decent price. Then I'll start looking for a sump & once I've found one if them I'll get a donor E36 for the swap.
Probably take a couple of years to complete though.
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Doesn't have to be too much work, you don't have to re invent the wheel so if you find a sump and an engine things might move forward pretty quickly!
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Just put a deposit down on a nice 4dr 320, will put some pics up on Thursday for whoever is interested :)
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We live by pics lol
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Lots of pics :mrgreen:
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