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I have some sad news to report.

Had Glenn come over and go over my wiring, we fixed everything (except for the constant on windshield wipers) and figured out my tail lights were on because the washer in the brake pedal broke. Went to fire it up and nothing. 2 more times and it tripped the circuit breaker we installed at the battery.

He went to go grab some bait for fishing and we were looking around; my friend thought we should try hand cranking with a ratchet on the crank pulley nut. It was finger tight and we were all like WTF. Tried to tighten it and it wouldnt move -- the motor is seized. We thought there had been an oil leak because the dipstick kept showing low oil despite continually filling it, but we couldn't ever find a huge oil spot under the car.

Got to pulling it out and the 2 lines for the oil filter relocation kit were loose at the sandwich plate, we are thinking thats where it must have leaked. At this point, I'm not sure what to do. I am moving to California in December and had planned on storing it in family's garage for use when I am back in town. I don't really have the money or time to work on it. That night I couldn't sleep, I was thinking about how much to part things out for and the actual logistics of selling things off -- basically all brand new parts at a huge loss.

I'm going to get it up on a stand this weekend hopefully and look into the bottom end to see how bad it is. My tuner was saying it may just need a new crank and bearings. Will let you all know what I decide to do, though I'm not sure if anyone is really following my build anymore.















 

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stick with it man, I almost sold mine here a few days ago and now im glad I didnt. more then likely your crank is fine and all you will need to do is polish it and then get the rods honed and slap some new bearings in, been there done that haha.
 

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That's a bummer man. Hopefully it's not all bad. We are following! Just lurking around thought. Heh
 

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Wow, that is not cool. I hope there is some light at the end of your tunnel. Love the post. Keep up the good work..
 

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Dont quit now! You probably could just get away with servicing the crank and new bearings. I personally am not doing too much modification early on. At least 10 people had repeatedly beaten into my head to just go ahead and install the motor with all necessary parts to make sure it runs fine and doesnt need a rebuild, and then pull it out again to start modding it. I'm sure yours is just a fix that can be remedied with some money. Money will also come and go. I look forward to seeing what happens next

PS people always read but don't always have the time to reply or just dont have anything to really add to your progress. We've been keeping up
 

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i dont know how the hell i did this but it was brought to my attention on zilvia that i have my front brake pads in backwards. jesus christ... must have been one of those 100 degree days when i was swapping out the pads
 

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Ok so heres the deal. I went down to JDM Miami the other weekend to pick up a short block. It was about a 10 hour roundtrip but now Im making progress. Got to work on breaking down my motor.


















So I had let my friend seal my valve cover while I was working on something else. He's like "oh yeah I know how to do this, you just put a little bit of liquid gasket on the corners of the half moons". I knew that you needed to fill the half moon and I should have stopped him there. Here is the result:






I was pretty angry and alone and somehow managed to pick up the block and get it on the stand by myself







my bearings








"new" block from JDM Miami



that oil return hardline (the one that meets up with the T on the valvecover) was super sharp. I walked past it and just barely bumped it



anyways, got the old block down and the new block up on the stand and started taking it apart. things were good except for the timing chain guide bolts (the allen head ones); some monkey torqued these to probably 50 ft lbs and one of them stripped



we broke off the old plastic style guide and were able to clamp on with vice grips and spin it free

then last night i started the reassembly with a new oil pump























and i got tired / called it for the night. i set my oil pan ontop but it isnt sealed




picked up some assembly lube



ive got midterms to work on today but when i wrap up im going to head back out there this evening. ill seal the oil pan and secure the chain so it doesnt come loose. then im going to take out all of my rockers, shims, and lifters and spray out my head real good to get any metal shavings out and then scrape off the gasket on the bottom. depending on how things go i may torque down the head and continue reassembly
 

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Discussion Starter · #331 ·
I slacked last weekend but I got down to business last night.


oil pan sealed:



Water pump:



Pulley:



Cylinder Head:





Bled all my lifters again. Intake side lifters, shims, and rocker arms back in with a little bit of assembly lube



Both sides



Cams buttoned down






chain guide in, tensioner in, CAS in, and a light coating of oil poured on everything




Valve cover sealed



coil packs



spark cover



and how she's sitting now



Im wrapping up some work then I have to go to a housewarming party for a bit. Afterwards I'm going to bolt pretty much everything on and see about getting it on the ground for the flywheel/clutch/tranny. :)
 

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I am enjoying the progress man! Do not let your friends near your engine anymore, it seems like you do have a lot of issues with that.

Keep it going, I miss the summer mornings that I had all to myself to just mess with the car. I still remember dealing with the extremely sticky mess of painting the underchassis.
 

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haha true. i wont even really get to enjoy it much, im on such a time crunch. im moving to CA in december and leaving this car here for when im in town; i need to get it up and running so i can get it over to where i am storing it.

i got down to business saturday night after the housewarming party i went to:

motor mount brackets and ac/alt brackets




water neck sealed


coolant inlet sealed, rubber lines getting added back on, knock sensor on



intake mani back on




fuelo rail





exhaust side














ready for flywheel/clutch/tranny. ive got family coming to visit this weekend. looking to do those last few things the 30th and get it back in the car the 31st and running the 1st (hopefully)
 

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finally got back outside --

got the flywheel/crank pulley torqued down



no pictures but got the clutch also torqued

tranny bolted up



somehow, during the struggle of getting the tranny to slide in, i lost the spring that goes under the shifter plate. i was able to order one from a nissan dealership in Massachusetts so I didnt seal that just yet. Ill have the fun task of doing it in the car again











got the motor in and my friends got the driveshaft in.

should be one more day to hook up the harness, do my belts, throw in the radiator and fill it, and hook up the intercooler pipes
 

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Ive got no pictures to post but it was a semi-success today. The car started just fine with the "new" block! The reason that it was a semi-success is because my tuner wasn't able to get into the map with his password so we could adjust the timing and verify that everything was good to go. He's going to look into it and see if its an issue with his laptop and try to get me running by next weekend. Its cutting it pretty close because I am packing my POD on the 18th and moving to Corona, CA on Christmas day!

ETA: in the downtime, I swapped the brake pads around so I wont die next time I get out on the street. It was just the one wheel and the rotor/pads didn't appear to be damaged
 

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Semi-success is better than nothing, or even failure. Looking forward to more updates.
 

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So Glenn came by and got into the tune...not sure if I mentioned that we were locked out one of the days he came over. He found his old laptop and the password worked just fine. He got my timing dialed in and we were good to go!!

After I had finished packing up everything I was ready to drive the car over to my girlfriend's parent's house for storage. I turned it on to let it idle while I was trying to install that little brake pedal stopper thing (the one that causes your brake lights to stay on when it breaks or falls out) so I could drive over safely. Im laying upside down in the driver area when I start hearing this tapping noise, so I hopped out and went to look. My belts started to shred and were coming off! :(

I didnt get to have a final drive; we had to have it towed over there. **My girlfriends dad later replaced the belts and lined up my pulleys so they weren't off center anymore**

So anyways, I moved to Corona, California on Christmas day. Things were super busy as we had plans to go to Las Vegas for New Years Eve -- I had like 4 days to do a bunch of things like establish power, cable, etc. and buy a car. I started work the Monday after New Years; I work in Irvine, CA!

So yeah, sorry my thoughts are jumbled right now. I was cross-shopping an FRS/BRZ, a WRX, and a few other cars. I really wanted the WRX because they dont depreciate at all out here and it would be a good investment, but there were no newer ones in my price range. I went and test drove an FRS and really liked it but my girlfriend said she felt claustrophobic in it.

So, I ended up going with something a little different:











Its nice having a working turbo car! lol
 

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So guys, to give an update on my new car in case anyone had thoughts of purchasing a BMW, let me tell you a little story.

I bought my 2013 328i as a certified pre-owned vehicle through a local BMW dealership out here on 12/29/2015. It had 23,500 miles and, being a CPO, it had a great warranty. All of my maintenance and everything will be covered for the next year or 50,000 miles. After that, the CPO warranty kicks in and lasts until 2019 and 100,000 miles -- it doesn't cover maintenance (oil changes, etc.) but covers everything else.

So the night I picked it up, we went to my girlfriend's parent's house to get some of her clothes to bring to our new apartment. Everything was great until we left her place. The head unit started going into this reboot-loop where it would stay stuck on the BMW logo screen (no access to iDrive controls) and play music for about 2 minutes before going blank and restarting a minute later.

We were heading to Vegas for New Years celebrations, so we took it to the dealer to see if it was a quick fix, and it was not. They said it was ok to drive so we road tripped to Vegas with no tunes. Coming back on 01/02/2016, we dropped it off Sunday morning, 01/03/2016, and they put me in a loaner 2016 528i with some nice options! :)

I was in the loaner for just a few days until about 01/06/2016 when they said I could go pick her up. They had replaced the entire head unit and iDrive system under the warranty and my car was back to new!

I made it a week, to about 01/13/2016, when I started hearing one of the door speakers rattling. I wondered how it could have blown as I haven't REALLY bumped the music. Then again, with my options my iDrive doesn't have a volume meter, but I don't think it was my cause. I was thinking about bringing it by the dealership again because the speakers are covered as well. Then Saturday night, we had stopped by downtown Fullerton for dinner and we were heading back on the 91 when all of a sudden I get hit with a drivetrain malfunction error, the car starts shuddering, and then I lose all power and come to a dead stop. A fuel supply error pops up on the screen which is odd because I had over half a tank of gas and haven't used anything less than premium since purchase.

Luckily, there was a CHP not too far behind us and he stopped all of the lanes of the freeway. I effectively shut down the entire 91 (which is like 6 lanes of traffic) for 15 minutes. Because this thing is so electronic, we couldn't get it to go into neutral. **I later found out from the tow truck driver that the neutral release is under the center console and you have to pop it off and use a penny or a key or something to twist it**. The car wont start, as its cranking you can get it into neutral but then once it stops it goes straight back into park. The CHP officer wanted to push my car with his bash bar while it was in park and Im like uhhhhh....please dont do that, let me keep trying. Miraculously, Im able to get it into neutral and we push it over to the shoulder and the traffic is on its way.

My girlfriend and I wait in the shoulder for 40 minutes for AAA to show up to tow us 3 miles to the dealership where I actually purchased the vehicle. It's 7:30 at this time and so the service department has been closed for half an hour; they're the ones who set you up with a loaner vehicle. The sales floor manager comes out, who I had dealt with during the purchase, and he starts giving me the standard bs about how he can't get us into a car for the night. I was hearing him out before I started to say anything and my girlfriend goes 0 to crazy in about 2 seconds and all of a sudden he has a car in inventory that we can drive.

So on 01/16/2016, I am in another loaner. This time a 2016 328i, also with some nice options.

I swung by the dealer today as the service dept. wasn't open yesterday. They wanted to swap out my inventory vehicle for an actual loaner. I was like 30 seconds too late and these asian girls got the 4 series I wanted. They didnt have any 1's or 2's available so my options were an X1 or a 3 series. I said I would take the 3, not knowing that they were going to put me into a 320i !!

Now I'm on my 3rd loaner in less than 3 weeks lol. and man, the 320i is seriously slower than the 328i by a considerable amount.

All in all, I'm kind of regretting this purchase... :\
 
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