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BMW Compact Build

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Grant Hughes
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Location: Whitefish, MT
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Age: Settling Down
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BMW Compact Build
July 31, 2018 10:01AM
Contemplating parting ways with the new shell. Located in Denver, needs a few big things and a ton of little shit.
Straight and clean title 1996 BMW Compact with a full swap from a 1996 328i for the 2.8L I6 engine. FX Racing lightweight flywheel and Sach's clutch kit, Zimmerman rotors and Porterfield R4 pads, TRM modified ECU with EWS security delete though swapped all EWS stuff from donor car. Carbon fiber door panels, carbon look lightweight mirrors, FIA 253 roll cage (sill plus angle door bar), Mishimoto radiator, hoses and aluminum expansion tank. New Bilstein Touring shocks all around (same shock I've done over 600 competitive gravel miles on in other car over last few years)

Car was fired up at one point but just idled as driveshaft is not installed yet. No exhaust but all the parts and a nice muffler to build the collector back. Fuel lines need secured under the car, brake lines need redone, rear T was cut out, no seat brackets, expansion tank needs mounted and fan needs resolved.
Will take $5k on whatever stock BMW wheels I have laying around.
Email me at grant@rally.build if you have questions or any interest.



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NoCoast
Grant Hughes
Senior Moderator
Location: Whitefish, MT
Join Date: 01/11/2006
Age: Settling Down
Posts: 6,816

Rally Car:
BMW



Re: BMW Compact Build
August 06, 2018 04:07PM
Message I sent with some redundant, some reiterated, and some new information. smiling smiley

As far as parts to purchase, biggest it needs are the brake system as
it's missing the rear T on the brake lines. It might have braided
lines to the calipers already, I cannot recall if I had put those on.
I had planned on the Massive Motorsports dual master pedal box with a
pair of Tilton masters and redoing rear brakes with braided lines to
accomodate a hydraulic handbrake. I have parts list, it's around $800
and was worth 3 seconds per mile for my driving style to be able to
consistently have unboosted brakes with a proper brake balance (Lands
End 2015 vs 2016).
On the current car I run the Zionsville Auto radiator shroud and
expansion tank but had planned on skipping that for the Compact and
just using Mishimoto radiator and expansion tank. The expansion tank
needs mounted and an electric Spal fan needs added to the system.
Fuel lines are dangling as the location of the filter is more near the
bottom of the firewall on the six cylinder vs. on the engine in the
old four cylinder and there isn't mounting provisions for that on the
Compact. Pretty easy fix.
Dave Brown was helping assemble the car back in 2016 and lost some
hardware like Guibo bolts and such but those have all been replaced.
The correct driveshafts combo should be around but I never got far
into that as I had hoped to source a medium case diff upgrade (diff
and E30 halfshafts) but had also decided to try to keep the small case
diff for intial use and get the car moving. Pretty standard upgrade
in these cars and well documented.
I have a nice muffler and the mandrel bent pieces from Columbia River
Mandrel Bending to build the exhaust from collector back. Needs
fabricated though obviously. The sunroof skin needs some love to
patch the hole. Dave got a little overzealous at times with the patch
panel as well.
Needs some wheels as the ones that are on there are not mine. We
could work out a deal for a set of EvoCorse from Rally.Build if you'd
like, the aforementioned 3 seconds per mile at Lands End was also
enough to go from never having wheel problems to bending six in one
event. Subsequently I don't know if I even have any stock wheels left
at this point.
Stock seat brackets are still in the car. We did a heater core delete
as they are a known failure point and usually pretty unneccessary in
Colorado based cars though you may consider an aftermarket heater like
the Summit ones. I have one there for my other car that you could
look at, they are like $150 or something like that. Figure snow event
in December I should probably figure out some kind of at least
defroster. smiling smiley
That's all I can really think of at the moment but I'm sure there are
a few other things. Cage still needs gussets in main hoop welded in
(I made them just not installed) and the rear V bars from center of
main hoop to rear shock top mounts. Should be a pretty easy Tuesday
night fab/welding project. I had planned to do them when I was there
in June but my trip got cut way short. Am tentatively planning a trip
in September to work on the car further. If it gets too far along
though I'll probably end up deciding I want to keep it. The Compact
is the best looking BMW body style for rally and the semi-trailing arm
rear is theoretically stronger than the multi-link used on the sedan
and coupe models for gravel use. It's also a much nicer shell than my
current car. Oh, it also already has a racing stud upgrade in the
hubs.



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Grant Hughes
Senior Moderator
Location: Whitefish, MT
Join Date: 01/11/2006
Age: Settling Down
Posts: 6,816

Rally Car:
BMW



Re: BMW Compact Build
September 06, 2018 07:46PM
Car is almost ready to fire and move under it's on power. Few things forgot to add...
Z3 quick rack with new ends!
Lithium lightweight battery
Mishimoto shroud and electric fan.
This thing should run and drive hopefully on Monday. Going to finish radiator shroud, dash fitting, and rear brake T hopefully before I fly back to Montana. I'll be back at Christmas to get more work done. Exhaust needs fabricated but have a box of Columbia River madrel bends, a 2-1 Y pipe, and a nice Vibrant muffler that come with the car.
Optional parts here that could be sold with it.
Double stacked 4.27 medium case diff - $500
Not 4.10 but probably 2.9x LSD with no rear cover - $100
EvoCorse wheels with Federal gravel tires, $1400 for four, $2000 for all six.
OMP RSPT seats, harnesses, etc are all negotiable.



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Grant Hughes
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Location: Whitefish, MT
Join Date: 01/11/2006
Age: Settling Down
Posts: 6,816

Rally Car:
BMW



Re: BMW Compact Build
September 11, 2018 08:52AM
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Grant Hughes
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Location: Whitefish, MT
Join Date: 01/11/2006
Age: Settling Down
Posts: 6,816

Rally Car:
BMW



Re: BMW Compact Build
September 11, 2018 08:53AM
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