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BMW 2800cs -> S38b36 project

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Hi All,

Approximately 2 months ago I bought myself my second e9. Driven by the enthousiasme for this type of car and my goal to have a S38 swap done once in my life I bought myself all the way from Sweden this 2800CS, VIN#2221283. Just an almost bare chassis, but a very good one with almost no rust. With only 20% of the parts with it, nicely painted in different colors, a 3.0CS rear subframe and brakes underneath it's a mix of everything. Originally the car came in polaris metallic and was delivered in the Netherlands in 1970 according to the seller. The rest of the history of the car is lost in time...

This project will take some time (years) and I'm not in a rush, both from time and money perspective.. ;) Probably it will stay in the garage over the coming winter and I will start early next year with this project. I bougth myself a e34 M5 in the past for a future project like this, so a few parts I have already available, like the engine. I will try to update this thread from time to time.

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FYI, the front valance or lip is from a 73 with the shorter outside slots which changed to implement the US 74 shock absorbing bumpers. Nice project you have though.
 

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New season, new first (small) update, made myself a kind of moveable car lift because of limited space in my garage.
Took of the Swedisch tires with spikes! (on an e9 o_O), will put them for sale, but tires are really old and gone.
Also made a first start with dismantling the rear axle and the interior ceiling plus trim.


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Nice project that will keep you busy for some time!
What's your opinion on this kind of car lift? Is it possible to work on the bottom/under of the car? I'm hesitating buying one, since they're quite cheap.
 

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Nice project that will keep you busy for some time!
What's your opinion on this kind of car lift? Is it possible to work on the bottom/under of the car? I'm hesitating buying one, since they're quite cheap.
It's a cheap alternative for a real carlift, but with being cheap it comes also with some disadvantages. It's easy to handle, but the part of the car within the square of were the lift is, is hard to reach. Working under the car goes fine, as long as you don't have to work at a spot were the carlift is. Carlift reaches high enough to lift the chassis in that way that you can take away the rear axle with shock absorbs mounted.
You can make the lift even wider, parts are with it, but I have chosen for this approach. I must admit that it's good for lifting a bare chassis, when the car is fully equipped its better for both the car and the lift to lift only one side of the car. I also used a car jack at the back of the car to keep it horizontal. But that is also because the car is not tightened to the car lift. Still have to do that. ;)
 

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Small update after having dismantled the complete car over de last few weeks, except for the bonnet, trunk lid and the steering column. No big surprises, except for the sheet metal part above the glovebox, nicely hidden behind the sound deadening and mounted with pop nails. Took out all the sound deadening and wiring. Previous owner made quit a bit of cuts and extra switches, not sure what the purpose was of all those switches.

By today I'm making the first preparations to put the engine in the engine bay to make sure everything fits. First issue already came across, the engine mounts don't fit the subframe mounts. Have seen several topics on the forum here, which say that it's a drop in, but it is definitely not I experienced. I know the KMS/Brett adapter plates, but am not sure which adaptor and mounts are the correct ones. Need to check some topics still and otherwise will open a topic.

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First picture of the subframe and the engine. I've put some red lines in the pictures for the contact points, but the one in the top left corner is just to mention the engine mount, but the bottom of the mount is not even visible.
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Yesterday I completed the first step in the e9/S38 marriage. With an other e24/e28 M30 oil pan underneath the engine I managed to get the engine in.
I list a few items here where I have to look at to make it fit. I will try to list as many as small details in this thread.
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I used the standard e9 engine mounts and the standard e9 subframe for this setup.

1.- The subframe needs some small cutting at the thermostat housing tubing end.
2.- The wiper reservoir won't fit and needs to be placed somewhere else.
3.- The relais holder bracket is coming to the air intake.
4.- The original S38 dynamo fits, but if I want to make use of the cold air intake the frame need some adjustment.
5.- The header of the last 3 cilinders is hitting the floor and therefore blocking the engine to become more straight.
6.- The bonnet support needs to be removed because it is hitting the fuel line.
7.- The air intake support, which on the S38 is mounted to the engine/engine mount is taken of because if you use the original gas linking system it comes exactly at the point were the gas linking hinge is mounted.
8.- Brake system not mounted yet, but I do have an hydraulic booster.
9.- The battery bracket will be removed.

Things to think about at the moment:
1.- The engine fits quit well, but can move +/- 2 cm backwards, but I'm doubting to do that with the KMS engine brackets for instance, or just to order a custom made radiator. I also have just 1/1.5 cm space left between the oil pan and the subframe, needs another M30 oil pan possibly in that case. Not clear to me how many different M30 oil pans there are?
2.- Where to mount the wiper reservoir, at the headlight section or just on the side of the interior air intake box.
3.- Should I use the S38 dynamo or just the e9 dynamo. The e9 doesn't have that heavy amount of electronics on board.
 

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From over the weekend a small update.
-. Fixed the hydraulic brake booster and shorten the original brake booster hub. I now have +/- 1 cm clearance between the master brake cylinder and the air intake tubing.
I will have to cut off the brackets for the coolant water tank also because of the clutch cylinder that has to come in. What also needs to be fixed is the gas pedal hinge. I have taken it out to make the brake booster fit. Should be possible to fix, will have to make it a little bit eccentric.
-. Taken of the battery holder, relais holder and the CSi analysis plug. This should give more then enough space to get everything fixed.
-. Attached the e9 dynamo and servo pump adapter plates to the engine, but doubting what to do with the servo pump because of the pressure the original pump can give (100 bar) were the original delivers 130 bar. I don't have the self leveling system from the M5 any more, but am not sure if it is enough for the brake booster.
 

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