: Turbo LS E36 M3

jon volk
05-30-2015, 12:37 PM
Figured it was time for a build thread.

I sold my previous project in order to build a 100% street car that I can scare the family with in comfort. Since I used to own a fabrication business that primarily built turbo BMW parts, it was only natural to drop a similar driveline that I had in the Mustang into Bavarian sheet metal. The goal is a factory like installation without cutting up the car.

The new owner of the Mustang dyno'd at 614/590 at 14psi with the Chinese GT45. This setup will be pretty much the same except with a Precision 7675CEA.

Old project thread. https://www.yellowbullet.com/forum/showthread.php?t=824458

The new
1995 BMW M3
2001 LM7
Built T56 with 30 spline output shaft
80lb inj
Shannon Taylor MS3 gold plug and play box
750il 210mm rear diff

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Out with the old
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New OE chassis connector parts for plug and play wiring
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Dual in tank pump hanger with twin Walbro 400lph pump. They will be PWM controlled by the ecu and a single 80amp solid state relay.
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05-30-2015, 12:46 PM
Love it

05-30-2015, 12:50 PM
Cool build . Gl with it

jon volk
05-30-2015, 01:24 PM
In stock form the car weighed in a 3,160. I doubt it'll be much more than 3,250 when complete.

05-30-2015, 01:25 PM
BMW M3 Power

jon volk
05-30-2015, 01:27 PM
^ That's the type of stuff I used to build hardware for. Did quite a bit of business with PPF out of Sweden.

The motors don't seem to last very long at that level. My entire long lock cost less than an s52 MLS gasket :)

05-30-2015, 01:32 PM
More! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbrIFkuMyYY

jon volk
05-30-2015, 10:19 PM
Should be enough clutch
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Some more goodies arrived today. Black intercooler to go with the theme. Should look and sound like a stock car with a bad idle valve :)
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05-31-2015, 01:56 AM
Watching build with interest, thinking of doing similar once I sell my Mustang. Same reasons, scary fast but with some creature comforts :)

What are you using for mounts and headers?

jon volk
05-31-2015, 08:38 AM
Mounts are from CX racing. They were the best value at $500 for mounts/crossmember and they offset the motor to the passenger side so you can use the stock steering shaft and not relocate the ABS pump. The rear diff has quite an offset to it from the factory so this actually makes for better driveline angles. I'll be making my own turbo manifolds. They will probably be some sort of log style to keep packaging simple.

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jon volk
05-31-2015, 02:23 PM
Slowly getting there. Should have the motor dropped in Friday morning before work at this rate.

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Welded AN fittings to the OE ps lines to use standard JIC hydraulic hoses.
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FPR bracket to go with the minimal cutting/drilling plan.
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05-31-2015, 02:54 PM
Very cool build. There is a silver one of these that I pass each day calling my name out.

jon volk
06-02-2015, 10:41 AM
Chugging away
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06-03-2015, 05:44 AM
Such a sick build man. I have a 00' 323CI E46 coupe 5 speed (its my daily driver). If I didn't have all of my attention set towards building a dragster for next year I'd probably do something similar to this. 5.3 or something along those lines.

jon volk
06-05-2015, 11:58 AM
Dragged my ass outta bed at 4AM to get the motor in before work. Looks like this is going to be the turbo location. I'll need to run a scavenge pump, but it'll allow me to run a 3.5" downpipe, a real air filter, and off the shelf coolant hoses. The radiator sits right up near the compressor housing. Couldn't do it up top because I am running a stock euro 5L washer bottle that will double as my meth tank. It has 7" of ground clearance as it sits now.

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06-05-2015, 12:02 PM
Looking good!

06-05-2015, 12:04 PM
Your going to need a pump to return the oil from the turbo if it stays down there.

jon volk
06-05-2015, 12:05 PM
Apparently you didn't read the text of my post ;)

06-05-2015, 12:25 PM
I like it!

jon volk
06-06-2015, 02:11 PM
Made a shifter handle that uses a stock BMW knob. The typical round ball people use just looks out of place in the BMW interior. Now have a working throttle and clutch. Turbo manifold fab next week.

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06-10-2015, 08:06 PM
I really dig the intentional stock interior appearance. Please say you intend to keep it as much under wraps as possible appearance wise when its all done!

jon volk
06-10-2015, 08:19 PM
I really dig the intentional stock interior appearance. Please say you intend to keep it as much under wraps as possible appearance wise when its all done!

That's the plan. Black intercooler, super quiet exhaust with two 18" resonators and a full size muffler out back. Should look and sound like a stock car with a bad idle valve.

Problem number one arose. E32 750il diff showed up today. Uses a 210mm ring gear vs the medium case 188mm. I was greeted to the cleanest fucking junk yard part I've ever seen. Bad news, it's a fucking open diff, despite being sold as an LSD. Hopefully the yard will make it right and it won't result in a CC dispute.

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jon volk
06-12-2015, 09:15 AM
Started turbo fab stuff. The drivers side is a bit of a bitch but nothing too crazy. Will be able to drop the wg tube between the compressor and turbine housings and dump it right into the downpipe.

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jon volk
06-12-2015, 11:52 AM
Gauge pod from Ortiz Custom Pods came today. They modify OE dash pieces for gauge mounting. Looks pretty good and was $80 shipped, no core. Gauge is a VEI dual function a/f and boost. Red illumination and all black when off.

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06-12-2015, 04:47 PM
Do you lose use of the AC vent that was in that spot? If not, what was there or was it just blank?

jon volk
06-12-2015, 05:52 PM
Yes, that vent just gets lost. It won't have a/c, just heat anyway. I usually keep it on the feet and windshield. I'm not a fan of hot air in the face. Here it is test fit.

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06-12-2015, 06:04 PM
NO AC????? WTF, that would never fly in Florida!

jon volk
06-12-2015, 06:45 PM
It's a white car! Doesn't get that hot. The turbo sits where the a/c compressor would go. Packaging is enough fun as is.

jon volk
06-16-2015, 09:29 AM
Turbo is firmly located. Just need to connect the dots.

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jon volk
06-19-2015, 08:59 AM
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jon volk
06-20-2015, 10:56 AM
Pretty much done with the turbo manifolds. Just need to add a wastegate flange to the passenger side and make the crossover pipe.

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jon volk
06-20-2015, 11:34 AM
ECU showed up care of Shannon Taylor. He does a nice job with the harness. It could run with literally 3 wire hookups.

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jon volk
06-21-2015, 03:00 PM
Somewhere, a spiral cut ham is missing it's wrapper.


Staring to look like a car again. Manifolds are done and tightened down for good. Harness fit great.


Next up is intercooler mounting. That will be another day.


06-21-2015, 03:18 PM
looking good.

really cool build

jon volk
06-21-2015, 05:39 PM
One more shot


06-22-2015, 03:59 PM
Looks really good! What did you end up doing about the rear differential?

jon volk
06-23-2015, 09:10 AM
Looks really good! What did you end up doing about the rear differential?

Sent the wrong one back on the junkyards UPS account. I sourced another diff with the correct LSD so I'm good to go.

Intercooler? What intercooler?
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jon volk
06-24-2015, 10:15 AM
Starting to come together.

06-24-2015, 12:09 PM
That dual pump hanger is secks!

06-24-2015, 12:21 PM
Starting to come together.

Im pretty sure the LS motors look factory installed in anything you can drop it in to.

jon volk
06-26-2015, 09:17 AM
Started the exhaust. Everything has fit like I hoped. Steering is at full lock here. Plenty of ground clearance.


New OE knob without a shift pattern. A BMW shift pattern on the knob would immensely hurt my OCD.


jon volk
06-26-2015, 06:07 PM
Checking clearance with the couplers that showed up today. BOV will mount on the underside of the piping. Once that and the compressor housing are coated wrinkle black, the turbo should all but disappear


06-26-2015, 06:35 PM
Will the stock radiator be adequate for cooling?

jon volk
06-26-2015, 06:46 PM
Should be fine. The turbo is located as such that it shoudnt disturb airflow behind the radiator. There are a bunch of guys running stock radiators with LS motors doing track days. That puts way more thermal stress on a cooling system than a couple 3rd or 4rth gear pulls. Its not like I can hot lap the car on the street without going to jail. Ill have a 16" puller in back and 16" pusher in front offset to opposite sides.

jon volk
06-27-2015, 05:39 PM
Made some decent progress. 210mm diff is installed. Swapped to a four bolt input flange and made the driveshaft. Just waiting to press in the u joint with an arbor press at work on Monday. I normally just squeeze them in with a vise but the adapter from JTR is on the tight side. The Rally Road diff bracket fit great. I highly recommend their stuff. Started on the crossover pipe as well.






06-27-2015, 05:48 PM
looking very cool.

how will you hook on road? any plans for traction?

jon volk
06-27-2015, 06:06 PM
275s on the rear, speed based boost control and wheel speed differential traction control care of the MS3 ecu.

06-27-2015, 09:58 PM
really nice job.

jon volk
06-28-2015, 10:17 AM
Considering my 15 month old daughter has more patience than I do, I took another crack at the rear u joint with my vise. With the aid of the smoke wrench, the heat loosened up the press for enough to get it done.




The offset of the CX racing mounts actually seems beneficial for driveline angles. So better fit in the engine bay without moving stuff, straighter driveline shot, dirt cheap, and two subframe attachment points per side. I'm glad so went this route.

06-28-2015, 10:55 AM
Lots of good progress there!

jon volk
06-28-2015, 10:59 AM
I'm trying to get it done for Bimmerfest East at Etown on 8/15. I have some customer cars I need to work on come Monday so progress is going to be minimal for about 3 weeks. Then it'll be thrash time.

jon volk
06-30-2015, 10:45 AM
Elbow off the compressor to clear the intercooler.


Modified ECU bracket


Right at home in the stock location


jon volk
07-01-2015, 07:51 PM
Nothing groundbreaking. Just a simple expansion tank from spare parts I had. Attaches to some factory bracket that so can't remember what it's original purpose was. It will tee into the heater return hose.


jon volk
07-02-2015, 06:37 PM
Managed to get the drain sump mostly done. Still need to weld a -10 male fitting on. It fits a 1.5" valve over breather on the baffled tube. It's angled rearward and slightly canted toward the drain hole. Welded kind of shitty since my argon tank was on fumes but I didn't want to stop.


jon volk
07-04-2015, 02:26 PM
Crossover pipe done. Down pipe still needs the wastegate return. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v699/jonvolk/FB1838C3-41AF-496F-AA11-709E48BBAE06_zpsz1jxa3cg.jpg Euro 5l washer tank for enough capacity for windshield washing and intake cooling http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v699/jonvolk/43C8B1FF-525E-42F5-9011-CF0417FF709A_zpsgtnpk9mq.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v699/jonvolk/8C1F6964-AD12-4512-B5E9-D9F4F31437B6_zpscfeogchu.jpg

07-10-2015, 02:22 PM
Nice progress. I don't know where you find the time :-)

jon volk
07-10-2015, 02:25 PM
Typically Tuesday and Friday mornings. 4:30-7:00AM before the gym and work. ;) Some Saturday's when I can convince the wife!

jon volk
07-10-2015, 04:53 PM
Managed to finish the wastegate return, hot side charge pipe and start the cold side. Moving right along.



jon volk
07-11-2015, 09:55 AM
Making Intercooler pipe ends.


JGS BOV and a finished end


Out of sight behind the bumper


07-11-2015, 01:11 PM
Love this build, I'm convinced that BMW makes a pure drivers car (not rich so I don't know about porsches).
Keep at it!

07-11-2015, 01:27 PM
Nice work Jon...


Matt Arruda
07-15-2015, 09:57 PM
Looking good John your making me want to join the LS family

jon volk
07-16-2015, 04:44 PM
Thanks man. Wish I got into the LS stuff sooner.

jon volk
07-19-2015, 10:37 AM
Back from vacation and back at it. Decided to go with a Volvo fan. Made an aluminum fan shroud and put the radiator back in for good.




jon volk
07-21-2015, 10:03 AM
4" intake pipe fit perfect. Still will likely need a slight angle on the top side once I get the filter. Finished my drain sump as well. All I have left fabrication wise is the exhaust, last cold side bend and mounts for the scavenge pump and meth pump.

From there, wiring, some hose clamps and lots of tire smoke.


jon volk
07-22-2015, 07:31 PM
Cold side pipe finished after stopping off on my way home from work. 2 bungs for meth nozzles and the AIT sensor bung are in the bottom side of the pipe, out of view.


jon volk
07-24-2015, 08:43 AM
Almost finished the exhaust this morning. I just need to make some brackets to weld into the muffler for the hangers.


Also finished up the intake pipe. The filter was a tight squeeze and the hood just slightly crushes the corner. I wasn't about to hammer the fender well or downsize the filter.



jon volk
07-25-2015, 11:46 AM
Primary fab work is done. Black muffler blends in nicely.

Topped off the oil sump with a filter.


Definitely going to need to remove the spring pads in the rear to level things out a bit. Front sits a bit lower with the extra weight.


07-25-2015, 05:03 PM
Why not pull air from behind the bumper by the cut out to the inside of the fog light where I would assume it is much cooler and somewhat force fed? Is that the stock muffler or just painted black? Either way looks very stock and stealthy.

Your plate is spot on.

jon volk
07-25-2015, 05:12 PM
There isn't enough room to get between the tire and the hot side pipe to run the filter into the bumper. That was my first choice. With two meth nozzles and a decent sized Intercooler I'm not too concerned. It's at least not behind the radiator. The muffler is a 3.5" in/out piece from Vibrant. They sounds great and the finish is pretty durable. inwanted a plate that wasn't vehicle specific and it matches pretty much anything I build on various levels, haha.

07-25-2015, 05:23 PM
I run aluminum Vibrant 3.5 inch mufflers on my Blazer and am very happy with them. They sound great and my exhaust for both sides from the collector to dumps with hangers weight less then 8 pounds......... combined.

07-29-2015, 02:53 AM
That's super-badass man! I want to buy it from you when it's all done!

Oh, and if it was mine, I would take it to all the local BMW dealerships and drop it off for some sort of "engine noise" or something, then play stupid when they start asking questions.

07-30-2015, 11:46 AM
Coming along crazy! Messing with the dealership service advisors is amazing..used to do that @ the local Lexus stealership with my old modded gs400...straight piped with 18x10/18x11's...probably every tech would come out to the service drive to hawkeye it..and the other customers just grimmaced

jon volk
07-31-2015, 08:49 AM
Im dying to get this thing on the rod and have some fun. I'm hoping it runs cool but there are plenty of guys doing track days with the stock radiator and that's far more thermal stress than a few 3-4 gear pulls on the street.

Finished up the fuel pump wiring this morning.


Solid state relay for PWM control of the pumps.


Drilled and tapped the EGR blockoff as the boost/vacuum source.


Starting on the X20 to ecu wiring next.

jon volk
08-01-2015, 03:36 PM
Started the remaining engine wiring to the new x20 connector. Hopefully will have it wrapped up later in the week.


A 90 degree 3/8" tube stem to 1/4" push to connect is a perfect fit into the headlight washer grommet on the euro washer tank.


jon volk
08-04-2015, 08:55 AM
Nearly finished with the wiring. Still waiting on some connectors and another fuse block for the relay outputs.



08-04-2015, 09:06 AM
What did you ever do about the rear end? Does the larger center section simply bolt in or did it require anything special. That engine bay looks like a lightly modified stock vehicle. Amazing work. I think this will serve your family much better then the Mustang did.

jon volk
08-04-2015, 09:44 AM
I got ahold of the correct LSD 750il diff. The axles directly bolt up. The stock front diff mount is cut off and a new bracket is welded on. It uses two bolts up front, instead of the stock one piece that bends under power. The rear mount is an oem Euro m3 mount. The M3 in Europe came with this differential from the factory. The alternative to welding the bracket of course is importing a subframe.

This will definitely be more fun as an all around car.

jon volk
08-07-2015, 09:58 AM
Getting to the final stages. Wiring is done and started powering things up. I need to finish up the heater hoses, plumb the scavenge pump and get the right adapter fitting for the oil pressure switch.

Not much room left for anything. Good thing it doesn't need anything else!





08-07-2015, 11:08 AM
So much want

jon volk
08-07-2015, 04:28 PM
The last pieces are rolling in.


jon volk
08-08-2015, 01:53 PM
Ready to add oil. The only thing left underneath the motor is to wrap the downpipe.





jon volk
08-14-2015, 08:44 AM
The to-do list is getting real short now.

Finished up the meth install, wrapped the downpipe so I don't melt my tie rod boot and started adding fluids.





08-14-2015, 09:44 AM

08-19-2015, 01:24 AM
Saw this on Craigslist and I thought of this thread. An LS swapped E30 BMW M3. http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/5138620999.html

jon volk
08-19-2015, 08:23 PM

08-19-2015, 08:45 PM

jon volk
08-22-2015, 07:37 PM
Had it on the road for the first time. Just a couple times around the block. Everything seems to be working as it should. The RXT clutch is awesome. It drives better than stock. VE table needs some work but that'll come with data logging.



08-24-2015, 08:17 AM
Enjoy in good health.

How is the spool?

08-29-2015, 07:51 PM
cool ass build. Man you gotta squeeze some ac in there though!

08-29-2015, 08:48 PM
Badass build

jon volk
09-03-2015, 08:22 PM
Been a little bit since I last updated. Car is running great. Biggest issue I had so far was the mystery mileage Volvo fan burning up on me. Replaced that and have been good to go. Car runs at 187-190 with the stock radiator. Just added the heavy wastegate spring as it was only making 6psi at 70% duty cycle. It now makes 9-10psi on just spring pressure. I haven't gotten on the throttle too much as I'm still breaking in the clutch. Did a quick 2nd and 3rd gear pull and it's at 10.5:1 a/f at 10psi. Need to dial that back and put some timing in it. Also bought some Konis and have Ground Controls en route. Hopefully making the first 130mile round trip to work late next week.




jon volk
09-07-2015, 02:37 PM
Some pics not taken with a potato.





09-07-2015, 05:33 PM
Wait till you realize it magically gets 25 mpg on the highway and its a great commuter car! The progress and results are great.

jon volk
10-09-2015, 01:06 PM
Been awhile since an update. Been driving the car a ton. I had an issue where I thought the clutch was done, but it ended up being an axle stub coming off. It must never have need seated correctly. The diff makes one hell of a grinding noise with one axle de-coupled.

Anyway, I have it tuned to just under 18psi on pump gas and spraying windshield washer fluid through 2 5gph nozzles. Flat 11:1 a/f at 11 degrees of timing. That's about as far as I'm going to push it for now.

Im going to add a fluid pump to spray the 1-3gear set as I've picked up a whine after extended high boost highway pulls.




10-24-2015, 11:31 PM
Are you planning on making any 1/4 mile passes? Great fab work man! Love the car.

jon volk
10-25-2015, 10:49 AM
Are you planning on making any 1/4 mile passes? Great fab work man! Love the car.

Yeah, I plan on taking it to the strip as well as the roll race events out in by Slipstream at Pocono Raceway. I was originally supposed to go to Pocono this month, but I ended up selling my ticket and was going to a 1/4 mile rental instead. That got rained out so this year is done.

I'm glad it's almost winter since last weekend this motor let go at the top of 4rth at just under 18psi. 11 degrees of timing on 93. The only thing that went wrong was the meth didn't come on till 5500rpm. I forgot there was a temp threshold of 60 degrees that I didn't change. I figured why the hell would my temps ever be that low. Well, Sunday was fucking cold! There was a few more threads of color on the plugs, buy nothing crazy. I'm not 100% convinced the meth not turning on was the cause. Number two rod went through the pan, but everything else looked fine so far.

Datalog shows good air fuel, rpm spike is a touch of 4rth gear wheel spin. Knock sensors don't show any loud noise until decel from this run. The a/f spike was a throttle blip before completely dropping out of it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v699/jonvolk/1EBC450E-66AD-44A2-96BA-0E7AFBA1EAFB_zpspg3bd5c1.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jonvolk/media/1EBC450E-66AD-44A2-96BA-0E7AFBA1EAFB_zpspg3bd5c1.jpg.html)

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From the endoscopic camera....

Bottom of number 2
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Top of number 2
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10-26-2015, 10:52 PM
My guess is you reached to power limit of the gen 3 rods. Unless the ring lands butted and the rod ripped itself off the bottom of the piston (though if that was the case you'd think the ring lands would fail before the rod broke out the bottom). I'm curious to see what you find once you get the piston out.

jon volk
10-27-2015, 07:58 PM
I'm curious to tear it down. Nothing went through the exhaust wheel. If my cam made it out alive, it's no loss. I've been looking for a motor with the better rods, but everything locally is $600-1000+. For not much more money, I'll just build a basic forged 5.3 with Wisecos and Chinese rods. That seems like a better long term solution to pushing it hard all the time.

10-29-2015, 06:21 AM
Bad luck mate.
How did the wife take the news?

jon volk
10-29-2015, 01:09 PM
Ha, she knows I run this stuff hard and shit happens. We took the car out a bunch of times. My 18 month old had zero reaction to any pulls. Just chilled in her car seat munching on whatever snack she had. It'll be back together relatively soon.

10-29-2015, 03:05 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v699/jonvolk/4B5447EC-F579-4CE0-B900-389AC355AF3E_zpscgpi1zug.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jonvolk/media/4B5447EC-F579-4CE0-B900-389AC355AF3E_zpscgpi1zug.jpg.html)

That didn't take long! :p

jon volk
10-29-2015, 03:19 PM
I also had 40+ datalogs from WOT pulls. It was beat hard every time the was out. :p

jon volk
11-10-2015, 12:27 PM
New bullet for the chamber arrived today.

L33. 70-80lbs lighter, better rods, better heads, more compression for better spool. Should be fun. Motor seems to be in fantastic shape so far.


11-11-2015, 09:29 AM
What will you do to the motor to prep it for the car? Do you mess with hone, ring gap or bearings? Studs and head gaskets I would assume? I have a ton of respect for the junkyard motor builds.

jon volk
11-11-2015, 12:45 PM
Just slap gm mls gaskets, Chinese head studs, cam and PAC 1218 springs in. All of which are getting reused from the old motor.

jon volk
11-24-2015, 04:17 PM
Suspicions confirmed. Looks like it was just making too much steam for the gen iii rods. Piston number two seems to have had enough side load on it to bind in the bore and the bottom of the piston came apart on the down stroke. All other pistons are perfect. No cracks or chips in the rings/ ring lands from detonation. All the rods seem to have at least some bend to them.

So far it looks like the cam is going to be OK.



jon volk
11-27-2015, 03:07 PM
Sitting around watching car videos at the in laws made me realize that turning shit down isn't in my vocabulary. Looks like I'm going to do forged rods and pistons in the aluminum block. For the cost, it's a worthy investment. I plan on keeping the car for quite a while.

24+ psi here we come.

11-27-2015, 03:11 PM
Sitting around watching car videos at the in laws made me realize that turning shit down isn't in my vocabulary. Looks like I'm going to do forged rods and pistons in the aluminum block. For the cost, it's a worthy investment. I plan on keeping the car for quite a while.

24+ psi here we come.


Sucks about the rods, but I am looking forward to more progress.


11-27-2015, 03:57 PM
Sitting around watching car videos at the in laws made me realize that turning shit down isn't in my vocabulary. Looks like I'm going to do forged rods and pistons in the aluminum block. For the cost, it's a worthy investment. I plan on keeping the car for quite a while.

24+ psi here we come.

What rods/pistons are you going with?

jon volk
11-27-2015, 04:00 PM
Probably Wisecos and K1 rods. By the time a set of eagles are resized they'd likely come in about the same price.

11-28-2015, 12:05 PM
Probably Wisecos and K1 rods. By the time a set of eagles are resized they'd likely come in about the same price.

I am really curious to see how this goes. One my future car build list is some sort of land yacht. I am thinking either a 70 Impala or a 69-72 Grand Prix. The idea is to build a max effort 5.3L with smallish turbos that can take 20psi at 2000-2500 RPM and be done by 5500rpm.

From what I understand it's that kind of low RPM, high cylinder pressure scenario that can be brutal on the rotating assembly. I'd love to hear your thoughts on that...


12-11-2015, 09:42 AM
What an awesome build. Hope to see you at the poconos this coming spring!

jon volk
12-11-2015, 09:57 AM
I'm hoping to be out there. I'm glad I missed out on the fall event. I would bent the rods and oiled down the track there instead of I95.

As for building a low rpm torque monster, I think you'd need a serious rotating assembly. The below is a good read on rpm vs boost on stock parts. It makes sense that mine got pretty neat up as I was making highway pulls from 3500, whereas a drag car setup gets up on the converter and hangs 5500-6500 in most of these high boost deals.


12-21-2015, 09:44 PM
I'm actually doing same type of build
But I started with Bare ls2 block, eagle crank, Manley rods with upgraded bolts, wiseco pistons etc
Slapping an f1 procharger on it
Should be around 800whp
Also putting an 8.8 rear in it

jon volk
12-23-2015, 04:15 PM
Nice. Look into the e32 diff. It's way less work and has proven to hold 1000+ and 8 second passes.

12-24-2015, 09:13 PM
Actually already have the 8.8 In the bow subframe all finished
Just gotta get axles made and the rear is a wrap
I'll start my own build thread
Trying to see who stuffs a big tire under the back, might try a semi mini tub to fit. 26x11.50x17 tire in the back

12-25-2015, 05:43 PM
I'm hoping to be out there. I'm glad I missed out on the fall event. I would bent the rods and oiled down the track there instead of I95.

As for building a low rpm torque monster, I think you'd need a serious rotating assembly. The below is a good read on rpm vs boost on stock parts. It makes sense that mine got pretty neat up as I was making highway pulls from 3500, whereas a drag car setup gets up on the converter and hangs 5500-6500 in most of these high boost deals.



Thanks for the link. I think I have come across it before.

Surely with the proper rods and pistons a low end torque monster can be made to live. Look at various OEM turbo engines. They all have a torque curve that looks like a dining room table. This is because they use small turbos that run out of steam at the high end. If their rotating assemblies can last, why not a well thought out aftermarket assembly, like the one you are going to put together?

Look at the torque curve of the LTG:

http://www.chevrolet.com/performance/crate-engines/ltg-four-cylinder.html?cmp=OLA_DISPLAY_9188409_124812467_29 8335017_66935003

That's a little 2.0L making 20psi. It's making 250lb/ft at 2000RPM. Just a simple calculation to a 5.3L would put at around 660lb/ft at 2000RPM. I understand there are a ton of different variables, but you get the idea.

Here is a BW MatchBot combo that I was playing around with:

MatchBot (http://www.turbos.bwauto.com//aftermarket/matchbot/index.html#version=1.3&displacement=5.3&CID=323.406&altitude=100&baro=14.665&aat=75&turboconfig=2&compressor=62k80&pt1_rpm=2000&pt1_ve=85&pt1_boost=15&pt1_ie=99&pt1_filres=0.08&pt1_ipd=0.2&pt1_mbp=0.5&pt1_ce=66&pt1_te=75&pt1_egt=1550&pt1_ter=1.53&pt1_pw=3.89&pt1_bsfc=0.43&pt1_afr=11.5&pt1_wts=300&pt1_wd=83&pt1_wd2=74&pt1_wrsin=69033&pt2_rpm=2500&pt2_ve=95&pt2_boost=20&pt2_ie=95&pt2_filres=0.1&pt2_ipd=0.2&pt2_mbp=1&pt2_ce=73&pt2_te=73&pt2_egt=1600&pt2_ter=1.8&pt2_pw=19.86&pt2_bsfc=0.45&pt2_afr=11.5&pt2_wts=320&pt2_wd=83&pt2_wd2=74&pt2_wrsin=73635&pt3_rpm=3000&pt3_ve=100&pt3_boost=20&pt3_ie=95&pt3_filres=0.12&pt3_ipd=0.3&pt3_mbp=1.3&pt3_ce=75&pt3_te=72&pt3_egt=1650&pt3_ter=1.93&pt3_pw=30&pt3_bsfc=0.48&pt3_afr=11.5&pt3_wts=340&pt3_wd=83&pt3_wd2=74&pt3_wrsin=78238&pt4_rpm=3500&pt4_ve=100&pt4_boost=20&pt4_ie=92&pt4_filres=0.15&pt4_ipd=0.4&pt4_mbp=1.5&pt4_ce=75&pt4_te=71&pt4_egt=1650&pt4_ter=2.04&pt4_pw=33.67&pt4_bsfc=0.5&pt4_afr=11.5&pt4_wts=368&pt4_wd=83&pt4_wd2=74&pt4_wrsin=84681&pt5_rpm=4500&pt5_ve=105&pt5_boost=17&pt5_ie=90&pt5_filres=0.18&pt5_ipd=0.5&pt5_mbp=1.8&pt5_ce=69&pt5_te=70&pt5_egt=1650&pt5_ter=2.19&pt5_pw=40.06&pt5_bsfc=0.52&pt5_afr=11.5&pt5_wts=400&pt5_wd=83&pt5_wd2=74&pt5_wrsin=92044&pt6_rpm=5500&pt6_ve=105&pt6_boost=15&pt6_ie=90&pt6_filres=0.2&pt6_ipd=0.6&pt6_mbp=2&pt6_ce=60&pt6_te=70&pt6_egt=1650&pt6_ter=2.37&pt6_pw=42&pt6_bsfc=0.55&pt6_afr=11.5&pt6_wts=400&pt6_wd=83&pt6_wd2=74&pt6_wrsin=92044&)

That's using a pair of EFR 6258s...



01-31-2016, 04:10 PM

Any updates?


jon volk
01-31-2016, 04:52 PM

Any updates?


I was actually just about to post one.

Holidays are over and the customer car I was working on is gone, so I'm back onto the M3.

Finished up the cylinder heads. Just cleaned up the surfaces with a white roloc disc, installed new valve seals and swapped in the PAC 1218 springs from the old motor.



Cleaned up the block a bit as well. Pistons should be here Wednesday, then it's off to the machine shop for a bore/hone.


Patched up the oil pan



Since the plug and play harness was installed then I added the rest of the connections, it wasn't as neat as I would have liked. Stripped the loom off, redid a few things, and added in the wiring for the transmission oil sprayer pump. Recovered it and then wrapped it with self fusing silicone tape. Still need to finish it as I underestimated how much I would need.





Bonus pic, the reason I wasn't working on my shitbox


01-31-2016, 05:23 PM
Nice work Jon.

Care to comment on what I said in post #118?


jon volk
01-31-2016, 06:14 PM
It could probably be done with some pretty standard forged parts. I bet the OEMs spend some thought on rod angles and pin locations. It seems the 4.8s in stock form can take more power than the 5.3s. Assuming the physical strength of the pets are similar, the difference in power handling comes from the stroke and rod length differences. I've never done enough research to really comment on the best path for a build like that. I've always gone the opposite route and tried to keep the bulk of the power in the upper revs. Probably because I've played with more stock motors over the years than forged.

jon volk
02-02-2016, 10:24 AM
Pulled the last of the stock firewall padding out and started with the gold reflective tape. The full firewall and trans tunnel will be covered.


jon volk
02-06-2016, 01:21 PM
Ready to head to the machine shop next weekend. Scored a set of SBC K1 rods NIB for $380. Even with the offset I'll have .032" of side clearance on the small end.




Back to square one on the heat shield stuff. The stuff above was the cheap eBay stuff. It was cheap enough to take the risk. While there was no discernible difference in the actual reflective portion, the adhesive was mediocre at best. The cheap stuff peeled off easily and left no residue. You can see on the ABS pump where I removed a piece of the "good" stuff, purchased from Pegasus Racing for my mustang, and the reinforcement fibers and adhesive are still really stuck on there. I'll gladly pay an extra $200 for that sort of durability.


Brian Esser
02-09-2016, 04:33 PM
As someone who has been through the hell of having to replace my N54 turbos, I so wanna do this t \o my 3 series.. Fantastic build.

jon volk
02-09-2016, 04:36 PM
There's a guy that posts to the Sloppy Mechanics Facebook page that's in the final stages of an LS turbo E90.

jon volk
02-09-2016, 05:04 PM
Said E90

https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/943947_10156512213530224_915415129726374037_n.jpg? oh=14dd9fe6ae445ea54103793da38e1fcd&oe=572DC9A1

jon volk
02-13-2016, 03:34 PM
Block and rotating assy are at the machine shop. The good heat tape from Pegasus Auto came and I finished that up. The full trans tunnel and firewall are covered.



The wrap on the downpipe frayed a bit and the only purpose was to keep the heat away from the steering rack. DEI makes a nice thick heat pad that attaches with hose clamps.


02-15-2016, 07:20 PM
Good call on the SBC rods. They are a lot stronger than the K1 LS rods

jon volk
02-15-2016, 07:53 PM
Good call on the SBC rods. They are a lot stronger than the K1 LS rods

Interesting, I hadn't heard that before. Parts should be done at the machine shop in 2-3 weeks. Finished up the heat tape shit tonight. Removed the ABS pump while I was in there. The ABS never worked and the pump was starting to make a loud clicking noise. Considering none of my cars in the past 6 years have had ABS, I'd rather have the extra room to change cylinder 7s plug from the top.


02-15-2016, 10:23 PM
Very cool project, it's cool to see something different. I sent you a pm if you don't mind me picking your brain a bit.

jon volk
02-24-2016, 10:13 AM
Been chipping away at some small stuff. Bypassed the ABS pump and put silicone fire sleeve over the hard lines, wrapped the manifolds, started putting the wiring harness back into the car. Replaced the yellowed brake reservoir with a fresh new one. Also deleted the fog lights as they would always end up dangling after being hard on the brakes from 140+.
Motor parts are done and getting picked up on Friday. IC piping and coolant tank are out for black wrinkle powdercoat. Hope to have those back next week.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v699/jonvolk/AA77C01B-FAD1-405A-8D07-93F52AA6F76B_zpsitu9tfxi.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jonvolk/media/AA77C01B-FAD1-405A-8D07-93F52AA6F76B_zpsitu9tfxi.jpg.html)
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jon volk
02-26-2016, 03:24 PM
Tried out these clamps from Gates and will use them everywhere. They even make a size for 3" couplers so I'll give them a shot on the charge piping. They're one time use obviously, but the goal is to drive it, not work on it.


Motor parts are all machine and assembly should start tomorrow.




02-26-2016, 03:26 PM

This clamps work awesome. I've been using them on all my builds for years.


jon volk
03-05-2016, 07:55 PM
Making some progress. Forgot to order a new timing set so that'll need to wait till next week.





jon volk
03-07-2016, 07:43 PM
A little powder coating


03-07-2016, 08:15 PM


03-11-2016, 07:53 AM
Great build, thanks for documenting and taking the time to post it up. Cool of you.

jon volk
03-11-2016, 08:47 AM
Thanks. It saves on the questions and It's helpful to have everything in one spot when I want to double check how something fit together.

Over the hump and going back together.





Picked up a set of nearly new Nexen 275/40/17s for mockup for $40. Getting them mounted today. Once I'm convinced they fit, they'll die a smokey death and be replaced with R888s.


jon volk
03-11-2016, 08:08 PM
So the tires fit way better than expected. Yes they are wider than recommended for an 8.5" wheel, but I'll take the extra rubber any way it comes. I've run 275s on 8" wheels on past cars and they made full tread contact with the track.

100% stock fenders. They will get lightly rolled anyway though.





jon volk
03-12-2016, 08:14 PM
That moment you realize that you need to buy new coils because everything else is too nice to top with the dirty rusty old ones http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v699/jonvolk/C64F12EE-6EFD-4ED0-8A61-182B16DB75B9_zpsyvyiszsv.jpg

03-13-2016, 01:07 PM

How about using the Holley valve covers?


03-13-2016, 01:12 PM

I noticed how you have the pressure gage mounted on the fuel rail. I had previously mounted a remote sending on my LS3 rail in a similar way and I was lucky that I noticed a problem before I set my GTO on fire...



jon volk
03-13-2016, 01:16 PM
I'll keep an eye on my rail.

The Holley covers are nice but they won't fit the D585 coils that I like using. I just powder coated the stockers and ordered an aluminum bracket. I found a set of new AcDelco coils for $210 shipped so, after selling my old coils, I'll be into it for less than the Holley covers themselves.

jon volk
03-18-2016, 10:33 AM
Making some small progress.

I've been running a 318 cluster to match the ecu set at half tach output. I also wanted the 7k tach as an 8k with shifting at 6500 was a bit silly. Finally got around to swapping the needles from the M3 cluster.


Also bought fresh new D585 coils with aluminum brackets.




jon volk
03-18-2016, 06:43 PM
Don't mind me, just pic whoring on through.

I haven't seen these used for charge piping before, but they're too clean not to try. I figure if these have to deal coolant at 16psi for hours on end, they should be able to seal 24+ intermittently. Only doing the pipe sides for now. The intercooler sides and throttle body will still use t bolts.


Don't have much left motor wise. A few odds and ends to connect. Then I need to see how much damage there is to the transmission and add a spray nozzle to lube the cluster gear. If the gears aren't sharp or blued, I'll probably just run it and deal with the whine for awhile.


jon volk
03-25-2016, 03:01 PM
Probably starting this thing up next weekend. Put the spray fitting in the transmission and got it bolted back into the car.

The gears had some slight discoloration and wear but looked decent overall. Enough that I'm just going to run them and deal with the whine.






jon volk
04-01-2016, 12:00 PM
It's back up and running. Going to go over a few things to make sure bolts are tight but it fires up with no knocking or leaks. I'll take it. Replaced the driveshaft with an aluminum one while it was apart.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v699/jonvolk/th_6F8DC08E-D33F-41A0-A0BD-EF594C9BBE2F_zpsararqpxj.mp4 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v699/jonvolk/6F8DC08E-D33F-41A0-A0BD-EF594C9BBE2F_zpsararqpxj.mp4)





jon volk
04-03-2016, 07:56 PM
So far so good. 10.9 a/f at 13psi. Plugs say it can use a little more timing. No smoke or bad noises and the oil appears clean.

My daughter is ready to go for drives again.





04-07-2016, 09:09 PM
Great build Jon. Used to love your post on E30tech back in the days. Nice to see your still building great cars. Keep it up.

jon volk
04-08-2016, 06:39 PM
Dusted off the non potato camera.


Mopar Muscle
04-14-2016, 01:20 AM
Just stumbled on this thread. I have one of your old E36 666 T3 manifolds still alive and well. I had you build it with out a wastegate outlet so I could finish myself with a different wastegate configuration...it turned out well.

Great build...love the LS E36 cars!

jon volk
04-15-2016, 09:22 AM
Just stumbled on this thread. I have one of your old E36 666 T3 manifolds still alive and well. I had you build it with out a wastegate outlet so I could finish myself with a different wastegate configuration...it turned out well.

Great build...love the LS E36 cars!

Its cool to see that stuff still out there. Especially the ones that have been running around since 2005 or so.

Quick video of some low boost pulls (13psi)


04-25-2016, 10:51 AM
pretty cool car. ive always loved the e36 and hope to see this car around as im a local guy lol

04-25-2016, 06:14 PM
I bet thats a whole lot more comfortable then the mustang! Great build.

jon volk
04-26-2016, 04:53 PM
I bet thats a whole lot more comfortable then the mustang! Great build.

Much! Its nice to be able to take the family out too.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v699/jonvolk/BD548CF8-6DB5-490D-8859-C29A7303DCEA_zpsqwupmcxf.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jonvolk/media/BD548CF8-6DB5-490D-8859-C29A7303DCEA_zpsqwupmcxf.jpg.html)

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Havent been able to drive too much. Only have about 100 miles on the new motor so far. Mounting up some Toyo TQ drag radials in 275/40 this weekend after I roll the fenders. Hoping to get out on the track in the next couple weeks.

Getting some wheel hop with 1st gear roll ons. I have a larger rear sway bar (24mm vs 19mm) on its way and Im also going to try a 96+ axle as they were a different diameter. Apparently varying axle diameters was GM's solution to CTSV wheel hop from what Ive read.

jon volk
04-30-2016, 04:31 PM
Rolled the shit out of my fenders so so can get my wheels widened 3/4" and set the camber to zero in the rear.
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Made a little smoke since I'll be mounting the drag radials shortly

jon volk
05-10-2016, 08:33 PM
Haven't been able to drive the car much as I've been traveling for work a bit the past few weeks. I did finally manage to get my drag radials mounted.......and bought some Apex ARC 8s.

They look too damn good. Time to turn it back up to 18psi.

17x9 et30 front, reusing the 225/45s I had. I'll defiantly upgrade these to 245s next time.

17x9.5 et35 rear. 275/40 Toyo TQs

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05-10-2016, 08:48 PM
Why'd you do toyo over a Michey Thompson drag radial

jon volk
05-10-2016, 08:51 PM
I really like Toyos R888s and the TQ is the same compound with a softer sidewall. They were also only $160 each with my buddies Tire Rack discount. Everyone that's used them seems to love them.

05-10-2016, 09:09 PM
I'm gonna try out the new Mickey Thompson et street r in the 315/35-17 on 17x10.5 arc8

408ci with some boost

jon volk
05-20-2016, 09:48 AM
Not much to report. Tires work awesome. Dyno appointment on Monday.

Pic for added post content :)

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05-21-2016, 09:50 AM
I really dig the entire concept of this car, not the least of which is the ability to enjoy it as a family. Giving up your mustang for this and keeping the same intent in the long run says volumes for ones ability to have their cake and eat it too! My hats off to you and your little girl. If shes anything like my 3 and 6 year old boys, every time in the Monte Carlo is a good time to light them up.

05-25-2016, 07:36 PM
What did the dyno say

jon volk
05-26-2016, 08:10 AM
Nothing good. Something is going on in the valvetrain. Need to do some sorting out and get back on shortly.

05-26-2016, 09:01 PM
What's going on maybe I can help

jon volk
05-27-2016, 08:03 AM
I still need to do a little more troubleshooting. The short version is Im missing 300hp or so and power begins to fall off almost 1000rpm early. Ive already ruled out pushrod length. I am going to do a leak down test as a quick go/no go on whether the cam timing is severely off. I highly doubt Im advanced a tooth on the gear, but stranger things have happened. I also need to verify commanded timing vs actual. I remember Shannon Taylor was down 200hp because the reluctor wheel was retarded 7 degrees.

The data log on a street 4rth gear pull at 18lbs is 2.5 seconds slower now than on my old stock LM7 16lbs. I also need to swap some junkyard coils back on. I bought new AC delco d585's just because the brackets on my old ones were rusty and ugly on the fresh valvecover powder coating. One was DOA out of the box so those may be an issue, especially spraying 10gph of water/meth. Oil pressure is great, car runs great, just isnt making any power. If I make a street pull off the wg springs at 10psi and turn my boost trim knob during the pull all the way up to 18lbs, there's not real appreciable increase. Valve springs are always a possibility, but I didnt have any issues with the same springs last year. I am going to change those regardless as they PAC 1218s and Id rather have duals with the good motor. Id hate to drop a valve. On a $300 junker, who gives a shit. Cam is a TU2 so its pretty mild on lift, but a little duration heavy. Same cam as I ran in the last motor.

jon volk
05-27-2016, 05:03 PM
ignition timing is dead on. Need to put a dial indicator on the rockers but the overlap looks about right on the exhaust stroke as the timing mark I made in the balancer passes TDC.

Running out of stuff to check. Hopefully the coils are the culprit.

05-28-2016, 06:19 PM
You can't see on your logs that the ignition is shitting out
Are you running out of fuel?

jon volk
05-28-2016, 08:18 PM
Heres a 4rth gear pull at 16psi on the old motor vs 18psi on the new over the same rpm sweep. Hell the newer log looks better just from a smoothness factor. Tried measuring some valve stuff off the rocker tips but realized that was futile with hydraulic lifters. Im pretty convinced its not cam timing, especially for how easy it starts and it pulls the same vaccum as the old motor at idle. 10-11in/hg.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v699/jonvolk/logs_zpsiixiuydw.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jonvolk/media/logs_zpsiixiuydw.jpg.html)

jon volk
05-31-2016, 04:42 PM
Making some progress. Turned off the meth and backed timing off a little bit. Pulled through 4rth almost 3 seconds faster, almost on par with my old runs.

Need to verify nozzle flow and set up my meth for PWM control to vary the amount and get back on the dyno. Going to install BTR dual springs and some used OEM D585s to rule out the Delcos as well. Absolutely strange since the meth hardware is the same as last year.

jon volk
06-17-2016, 08:58 AM
Car seems to be running decent now. I probably wont have time to get on the dyno before I head to the track next month.


jon volk
06-22-2016, 11:12 AM
Just been putting miles on the car. I ordered another set of "junkyard" d585s. The car still feels soft at higher boost and occasionally I can feel a slight surging feeling through the revs.

Found this online and it confirms my suspicions of the new Delco coils I installed.

If it's the GM part 10457730 (and actually has that number on the box), that's the genuine AC Delco D585. Lots of cheap AC Delco BSC-1251 on ebay, advertised as D585/BSC-1251 - Made in China. I actually ordered a set of these and tried them on a customer car. On the dyno, they worked fine until about 20 psi, then started to misfire. My bench test confirmed that they just don't deliver the plug current of the OEM part. I contacted AC Delco the see if this was a real branded part, and they confirmed that it was - a lower cost, lower performance coil.

jon volk
07-01-2016, 03:44 PM
Noticed a u-joint was clicking. Pulled the shaft and found this. Already have a moly shaft on order from Strange Engineering. Glad I found this before going to the track. That could have been a bad day.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v699/jonvolk/964324B5-A532-4D38-A446-6FB4161E3531_zpsve34gzp6.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jonvolk/media/964324B5-A532-4D38-A446-6FB4161E3531_zpsve34gzp6.jpg.html)

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07-01-2016, 04:19 PM
Good find!

07-01-2016, 06:34 PM

Glad you're making progress and that you found the driveshaft before it let loose. That would have made for a terrible day at the track! Can't wait for track results.


jon volk
07-01-2016, 06:47 PM
The funny part is that I just swapped the rubber trans mount out for a poly one. I remember thinking to myself, damn I must be getting old because these things vibrate more than I remember. Guess that wasn't the underlying cause of a vibration.

09-03-2016, 05:28 PM
Woa nice 1995 BMW E36 M3 with more horsepower run faster

jon volk
10-08-2016, 07:37 PM
Nothing new really. Just beating on the car regularly. Logged over 3,000 miles since April. Maybe make it up to LVD before it closes for the year.


jon volk
10-27-2016, 04:35 PM
So I just picked this up for a song

TH400 built by Starla's on LI
ProTorque revolution converter
Gear Vendors OD

Hopefully I'll get it bolted in this weekend.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v699/jonvolk/F8F20D6B-7ABC-4F9E-918B-6734EEDE1F74_zpsq81pbn6o.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jonvolk/media/F8F20D6B-7ABC-4F9E-918B-6734EEDE1F74_zpsq81pbn6o.jpg.html)

10-27-2016, 04:37 PM
Nice score!

jon volk
10-29-2016, 10:29 AM
Well this is promising. Not seated yet, but plenty of room everywhere. Not one hammer was swung so far. The pan needs to be replaced with a standard depth unit. This one would be on the ground.

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jon volk
10-29-2016, 06:24 PM
So it bolted up just fine. No hammering or cutting anywhere on the chassis. I'm going to need to redo my crossover pipe and will probably need to modify my exhaust a bit but so far so good. I'm still a bit in shock as to how well it fits. The biggest pain was cutting the bellhousing to clear a few bolts on the rear cover.

Shifter will be a cut down B&M Quicksilver in the stock console.

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10-30-2016, 12:16 PM
Why the swap to auto?


jon volk
10-30-2016, 12:43 PM
Easier, faster, more durable.The T56 is getting noisy and I don't want to deal with rebuilding it constantly.

jon volk
11-01-2016, 08:58 AM
Getting real close to wrapping this up. Had to modify my crossover pipe to clear the trans pan. Exhaust fit right back up. I did have to cut part of the driveshaft bearing mount bulge out of the tunnel to clear the slip yoke but that was the extent of it. Shifter is all hooked up with the interior back in. Hopefully mounting the trans cooler on Friday morning and then its just a waiting game to get my driveshaft back from Stange Engineering. Still a bit in shock as to how well this all fits. My MS3 box will be controlling the overdrive for both cruise and shifting at WOT over 143.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v699/jonvolk/2A8FEF2F-55F9-4B70-B019-78D28C5B4792_zpsviiyxwiv.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jonvolk/media/2A8FEF2F-55F9-4B70-B019-78D28C5B4792_zpsviiyxwiv.jpg.html)

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11-04-2016, 05:01 PM
I know the 6 speed units weigh a fair bit. The TH400 is no light weight either nor is the overdrive unit. Any idea what kind of weight penalty we are looking at here with the swap? At least the driveshaft is shorter now.

jon volk
11-04-2016, 05:30 PM
The trans is probabaly a wash and the od unit probabaly adds 20lbs. I'll get it back on the scale once it's rolling again. Shaft is only 32". Still waiting to get that back from Strange.

jon volk
11-12-2016, 05:33 PM
Back on the road. OD is awesome. Car drives fantastic and the converter seems pretty good for what I need. 60-100 times dropped from a consistent 3.2s to 2.6s. Depending on weather, I may try to hit up Island dragway next weekend. Only issue so far is a driveshaft vibration but I'm going to play with the mount spacing to see if it improves.

Turbo 70 Camaro
11-12-2016, 09:46 PM
Nice update

11-28-2016, 05:37 PM
I'd say you have some insane 1/4 mile times coming your way with that new setup! Nice work.

jon volk
12-29-2016, 09:25 PM
So I shimmed the trans mount up and down over a 2" span and still had a vibration. There's just some angles going on that the u joints weren't happy with. I decided to try a double CV joint shaft using two CV joints and splines scavenged from E46 M3 driveshafts. I bored out an extra 210mm 6 bolt input flange and press for a cut off 32spline th400 slip yoke. The end result was zero vibrations. Which is particularly amazing considering the shaft wasn't balanced and uses ERW tubing.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v699/jonvolk/E340A3BE-1EA0-4824-BB3B-9C8F43C15C1C_zpskoqgproa.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jonvolk/media/E340A3BE-1EA0-4824-BB3B-9C8F43C15C1C_zpskoqgproa.jpg.html)

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12-29-2016, 09:58 PM

That's pretty awesome! Nicely done.


12-30-2016, 10:32 AM

Are those CVs plunging or not?


jon volk
12-30-2016, 11:01 AM
I believe they are.

01-18-2017, 11:04 AM
This thing is cool!

jon volk
04-28-2017, 08:00 PM
Quick update.

Drove 2.5 hours to Lebanon Valley. Went [email protected] and then [email protected] ramping the boost in a little quicker. Got thrown out for no safety equipment and drove another 2.5 hours home. Same boost and timing that I commute to work with (23psi/8degrees). Car worked extremely well.....went straight, zero wheel spin.

Pretty confident it's got a 9.9x in it with daily driver trim getting the power in quicker. 3460 race weight. A/F was a little rich at 11.2 for most of the run. The car seems to pull hardest around 11.5-11.7. Need to find a track that will be a little lighter on the safety thing.



04-28-2017, 09:23 PM

Did the CV driveshaft fix your vibration?


jon volk
04-29-2017, 08:21 AM
Yup. Silky smooth now, even without any balancing. I do need to replace the front cv though. I've got a backlash click from a stop, but I fucked up the gasket and lost some lube.

jon volk
05-13-2017, 07:32 PM
Since there was no track video, heres a quick hit on cold tired coming home from work.


05-15-2017, 04:33 PM
looks like a lot of fun!

jon volk
11-23-2018, 08:48 PM
Ready to start a new project