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  • #31
    I use https://imgbb.com/ for photos.

    Re engine, if I had the opportunity to swap again I would go for an S54, more power, torque, and aftermarket support.

    Otherwise if you have the funds, the s14 will clearly be a nice choice too.

    Look forward to the resto.
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    • #32
      S54 is still a dark horse but I did that swap in an e36 track car so I think the s14 is still the move. Letting go of my Daytona slicktop e36 M3 to focus on this if any of you are interested! Inbox me.

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      • #33
        Hi all! I’ve decided to stay w/ the s14 and build out to the 2.5

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        • #34
          I spent some time on the paint recently and surprisingly a lot of it came back! Still planning on a respray but it was really enjoyable to see the paint clean up

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          • #35
            Hi everyone!

            the machine shop just came back with great news that the block and crank came back solid on the s14 so we are moving forward.

            I am looking to have a fun and reliable street build so after consulting and reading, I believe I’ll be going with the 284/276 cam and 11:1. Not sure on rods and I’m being told the standard cf intake and “max unit” from john is great.

            car is going up for paint as well this weekend.

            do you all have a brand you recommend for brilliant red?

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            • #36
              Hi Patrick,
              Good news on your engine and your polish up job is working well.
              Your engine will go really good with your 2.5 crankshaft and the cams you selected, bit of a jigsaw
              putting it all back together since you did not pull it apart but it will be an enjoyable journey.

              E30 M3 1987
              Mini Clubman GT
              BMW E36 323 Msport
              Toyota Corona
              KTM 200EXC
              Honda CB50 (1979)

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Dave @nz View Post
                Hi Patrick,
                Good news on your engine and your polish up job is working well.
                Your engine will go really good with your 2.5 crankshaft and the cams you selected, bit of a jigsaw
                putting it all back together since you did not pull it apart but it will be an enjoyable journey.
                Thanks Dave!

                I pulled the trigger on the cams this afternoon and I’ll be going 11.25:1 pistons. Looking to close a deal once carbon box and alpha N tonight and set of PL2 0320 injectors as well!

                Also! Appreciate the kind words on the polish but I caved and it’s off to paint this weekend haha

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                • #38
                  Hi all!

                  it looks like after a year, my engine “builder” is backing out of putting the s14 together. I’m located in Miami FL. There was a Tampa shop mentioned but does anyone else have any suggestions for a shop to get this thing complete? It looks like I may be in a pickle.

                  thanks!

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                  • #39
                    Hi,
                    Sometimes it is well worth traveling to get some who is capable experienced and able to turn a trunk load of fish boxes in to a rebuilt/restored S14 engine.
                    I think this shop has been mentioned before.
                    Personally what I would do is ring first and then visit Thomas's shop see if the both of you are on the same page with what you are trying to achieve and expectations.

                    Dave.

                    Motorsports Concepts
                    4711 N. Manhattan Ave.
                    Tampa, Florida 33614

                    T: 813.348.6183 (8am-5:30pm, M-F)

                    E30 M3 1987
                    Mini Clubman GT
                    BMW E36 323 Msport
                    Toyota Corona
                    KTM 200EXC
                    Honda CB50 (1979)

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                    • itsplynch
                      itsplynch commented
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                      This is looking like the route I’ll be going. Exploring a few options this week and going from there. I appreciate the feedback!

                  • #40
                    I tried ringing him and his voicemail says he’s not taking any appointments at this time and the mailbox is full. Can anyone verify any recent work or have a way to contact him?

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                    • #41
                      Hi Patric,
                      All I have for you is this.
                      http://store.motorsportsconcepts.com




                      I have no affiliation with Thomas, he is the only person I have read about on forums in the Florida area specialising in E30 M3 who has had real hands on experience.
                      As you know now just have to find some one passionate about fixing your M3, I will do some more research to contact him.

                      http://carsandconcepts.com

                      email.

                      [email protected]

                      Dave.

                      E30 M3 1987
                      Mini Clubman GT
                      BMW E36 323 Msport
                      Toyota Corona
                      KTM 200EXC
                      Honda CB50 (1979)

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