Bmw chevy v8 conversion




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  • I figured the only way I wanted to own a BMW would be if I could update the drive -train. A small block chevy V8 conversion was performed.

    Vehicle: Third generation BMW E36 (–). Fitment Notes: The Sikky LSX swap kits are designed for use with the LS series of motors (LS1-LS9) and the T transmission. Our kit Engine Mounts & Transmission Mounts. CAD/ CAM.

    Search for LS1 engine swap, there are a few out there, usually in the . year old bmw engines more refined than a modern chevy small block?.

    Bmw chevy v8 conversion

    Bmw chevy v8 conversion

    An oil pump pickup from a 4x4 V6 S was installed. The factory gauges were manufactured by VDO. A small block ford could be tucked further back in the car, possibly as much as 2 inches. We had to tweak the Transmission Dipstick Tube to face toward the front of the car a little more.

    Bmw chevy v8 conversion

    Bmw chevy v8 conversion

    Bmw chevy v8 conversion

    Bmw chevy v8 conversion

    Bmw chevy v8 conversion

    I have plenty of notes and need to get them on the web before I forget all the details. I built the car in a few months. There are many ways to attack a conversion project. This conversion requires fabrication skills.

    A sawzall , welder, drill, grinder, and common sense are required to perform this conversion. I hoisted the motor into the engine compartment and studied the engine, engine compartment, and thought of how to attach all the necessary components.

    Bmw chevy v8 conversion

    This is how I performed my conversion. I put the backup lights on a switch. The neutral safety switch works. I had the dash apart several times. Everything works except the trip-o-meter. The speedometer is electronic and gets its signal from the rear differential.

    The factory gauges were manufactured by VDO. I converted from 5-speed to automatic gas and brake pedals. I used a hammer on the firewall where the trans. Since I used a R4 instead of a TH I had to trim a small section about an inch-inch and a half by 12inch long of the tunnel on the passenger side where the tunnel flattens out to floorboard.

    Bmw chevy v8 conversion

    I used a factory transmission crossmember. I turned it around and moved it back in the floorboard slots. My Father welded a plate on it to bolt the transmission mount to it. There is another crossmember under the car. I used it under the rear of the transmission. I bolted a rubber snubber from a traction bar to it to help support the rear of the transmission. We had to tweak the Transmission Dipstick Tube to face toward the front of the car a little more.

    There were many options.. BMW motor sports offer a very expensive manual brake kit. I chose a part I had on the shelf a master cylinder from my 70 Chevelle.

    The unit is cast iron, heavy, but functional. I installed it but the brakes didn't work as well without a stiff push. I changed the relationship of the brake pedal, push rod and master cylinder to achieve a better ratio more brake pressure with less foot pressure.

    Bmw chevy v8 conversion

    I can't remember the ratio but do remember that I came up with a ratio slightly more aggressive than what WILWOOD brake manufacturing suggests probably 6. I just hooked the 2 rack hoses to the factory reservoir. The car steers remarkably well so I haven't been in a rush to add the power steering pump. I clearanced the front crossmember for oil pan clearance and then welded a few strengthening pieces to it.

    An oil pump pickup from a 4x4 V6 S was installed. I originally tried to use the factory BMW motor mount locations. It wasn't working out that well. I took a faster, easier route. I ended up using a front motor plate. I cut and welded a pulley that I used for a while. I'll find out how it works come spring. I installed a HOWE aluminum radiator with a front mounted fan.. The front mount electric fan pretty much rules out an air conditioning install. I haven't changed the factory suspension Yet.

    NO F*CKS GIVEN V8 SWAPPED 3 SERIES!!



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