200 hp but pretty easily pushed to 300+ hp, right? And parts are ubiquitous and cheap.?
The stock motor in that I car is beyond superior to the 5.0. The 5.0 will also never make the torque that a turbo M20 can make (stock for stock)
used mustang injectors
easy 300-400whp on a bone *** stock motor with more torque than your kidneys can handle.
My other friend (yes, all my car friends have E30's. I am the queer miata driver of the group ) did the combination above and I am tuning it now.
He just broke the $5,000 mark and that includes the car, the motor from my other E30 friend (broken record), turbo, i/c, etc... beefy new clutch and a spare parts car.
Pics for this thread with some fun cliffs.
The 2.7 M20 in the car I am tuning (I head, E bottom)
Most the wiring finished. Just a basic MS2. Fun fact: the downpipe is made from a few pieces of a Greddy 3" turbo back for a GSX. It was given as payment from a friend and we hacked the Greddy downpipe in pieces using eyeball measurements, taped it together and had a local guy TIG it based on our magic marker lines we drew Came out perfect, sold the turbo back for 300 - free downpipe
And here is the parts car we went and picked up.
After about 2 hours of wrenching and a little ingenuity.........
Yes, you are seeing what you think you see. It drove 35 miles from Key West for Big Pine
Moral of the story. I have too much time on my hands and you should do whatever you want because I forgot what the topic of conversation was.
Seriously, if/when this Miata sells I'll have $5-6k to start a new project...
What to do, what to do?
That's simple, man! Best friend just picked up a legit rust free E36 roller for $450.00, even had good paint and a pretty nice interior. Gen III 5.3 motors can be found in generic salvage pick-n-pull yards now and a complete motor can be had for under $200.00, yank it yourself. I've seen on CL locally 5.3's complete with harness and ECU sell (people I know) for ~$300. T56's are still ENORMOUSLY high cost, but there are other much stronger transmissions out there available for a little more if you were inclined.
How does the scanner do? Much detail, or only suited for text scanning?
Scanner is actually pretty good in color. It has a pretty high resolution (1200dpi) and the color representation seems pretty close. I did have my first problem after I posted. I was manually feeding an envelope and it said paper jam. I think I just didn't insert the envelope far enough as I went through the steps to make it shut up and it worked fine.
+1.. I don't spend a significant amount of time researching LSx builds, but I've yet to see even ONE 500+hp NA LS motor, especially on stock induction..
Yeah. My cousin with I think an LS2? From a WS6 Trans Am was pretty heavily built n/a, and to the other mullet wearing guys, his power was pretty impressive. He was only making mid 400's. I just can't imagine 700hp+ on a n/a LSx. I require proof.
Sooo...if I dropped, say $450 (or equivalent trade value) on the E30, then $385 on an ebay head if I couldn't find one locally...
Do yourself a big favor and make sure you get a 325i or 325is. You get the better cylinder head, the sport suspension, better rear end gearing and, imo, the best starting platform.
Then if you wanted to do a 2.7, all you would need is the E bottom end (which can be had for cheap) and you could reuse your I head.
Originally Posted by mgeoffriau
A straight, rust-free, running 1989 325i for under $850?
And then I could drive it around while deciding whether to swap in a manual and do a turbo build, or swap in something else.
I think that might be hard to find for that price. The E30 is like the new miata; lots of people want them and are racing them. The demand is higher for clean, running cars. However, also like the miata, I wouldn't be afraid to buy a non-running car if I was sure I was going to dig into the motor for a possible swap.