Archive for June, 2007

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

My brother got me some velocity stacks for a late birthday present:

Not that that’s going to get me spending money. However, the results of a compression and leakdown test will!

Cylinder #: 1 2 3 4
Compression: 120 120 120 130
Leakdown: 58% 58% 60% 96%

Perfect is 150, good is 140 and poor is 130, with anything below 110 requiring a rebuild, according to the BMW ’02 Restoration Guide by Mike Macartney.

But really, 96% comes from fucking nowhere, what’s up with that? Anyway, seriously, seriously looking at what to rebuild now. I know at least the head needs to be done, but once it comes out next week, I’ll have a better idea of what to do.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007


Bushing is pretty much totally collapsed.


Guibos! Guess which is which


New shift tower mounts and the trans mount from an E21 320i. The thread is a little bigger (M10 vs M8 of the old one) so I had to drill the crossmember with a 13/32″ bit to get the right diameter.


Top: old mount. Bottom: new mount. The new one might be a little tougher than the old one.


Didn’t get many pictures of the process since I was intent on getting it done asap, but here it is with just the guibo and shift mounts installed. Missing a big support arm for the shift tower, crossmember, transmission mount, exhaust bracket, and the guibo still has its metal band around it.


All installed with the aforementioned mount and brackets installed.

The car feels better than it ever has before. Starting off in first is much, much smoother, and everything in the driveline just feels a lot tighter. Next up is probably to adjust the steering box.

Monday, June 4th, 2007

Gee, my car sure is noisier and vibrates more inside! I wonder if it’s the motor mou


Oh. Looks like my guibo decided to let go after a hard life. I noticed when I swapped transmissions that some cracks had formed but decided it was still serviceable. Maybe putting a new one in (that I got for $20 from autohausaz.com <3) will finally clear up my shitty 1-2 shift!