Emelie: Doing it right... the second time

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Re: Emelie: My M50NV do-it-all sedan

Postby pr0craztinazn » Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:53 pm

Annnd almost 2 months later, the head ends up at a local machine shop (different from the last one) to get checked out. I'll be replacing the valve seals and lapping the valves with this head, just as I did the last one. I'm hoping to take a day off in a week or so to put everything back together. The only item I am debating right now on the head swap is going to ARP head studs.

I couldn't sleep, so I drove up to MD and replaced the front brake rotors & pads in the cold. The hope is that Saturday's weather is good enough for me to find an E30 to pull some miscellaneous parts out of, and then I can get the car back on the street to work out whatever kinks are left prior to 100 Drifters of December. The other goal is to be able to send the E46 off to the body shop to repair the deer damage from a few months ago, and bring my AE86 to MD to slowly continue getting her together.

UPDATE: the machine shop just called and said the head checks out with zero warpage and no leaks. HOORAY!
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Re: Emelie: My M50NV do-it-all sedan

Postby M20_fever » Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:58 pm

awesome news! Whats stopping you from head studs?
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Re: Emelie: My M50NV do-it-all sedan

Postby pr0craztinazn » Fri Nov 04, 2011 5:16 pm

$$$; with the cuts in hours and pay at work, I can't throw money at the car like I was hoping to :(
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Re: Emelie: My M50NV do-it-all sedan

Postby M20_fever » Fri Nov 04, 2011 5:49 pm

totally understandable. Head studs are a good investment though, especially if you plan on boosting. If there are other non-critical items on the list above studs may want to consider moving them up.
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Re: Emelie: My M50NV do-it-all sedan

Postby pr0craztinazn » Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:16 pm

After further cuts at work (I am my own shift lead now, lolol :( ), I am literally doing the work of two people. Finding time to do anything is impossible. Well... except for buying parts.

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I didn't seem to get instructions for exactly how to modify the struts to fit in the stock strut housings, but oh well.
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Re: Emelie: My M50NV do-it-all sedan

Postby Nsquared97 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:20 pm

Oooo! Are those the single adjustables? Very interested to see how you like them.
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Re: Emelie: My M50NV do-it-all sedan

Postby pr0craztinazn » Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:42 pm

Correct; they cost multiple times what my E30 cost me. I know they won't be the magic bullet, but hopefully they will make my driving life easier.

I ordered a VDO temp sender and VDO Cockpit International (Metric & Imperial measurements) temperature gauge, as well as a in-head temperature sensor adapter from TRM (http://www.racersmarket.net/index.php?p ... &Itemid=93), and I'm still waiting. Also decided to stop using the $8 Radio Shack soldering iron and spring for an Aoyue soldering station instead; that has proven to be worth every penny so far. Digital temperature control reminds me of the excellent Weller iron I used to have, before I misplaced it during my move south from Baltimore.
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Re: Emelie: My M50NV do-it-all sedan

Postby M20_fever » Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:18 am

Very nice units! Can you post a closer pic of the rear shock mounts? Those don't look spherical, like they only move on one axis?
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Re: Emelie: My M50NV do-it-all sedan

Postby Yoshi » Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:33 am

yay parts
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Re: Emelie: My M50NV do-it-all sedan

Postby ponycarman » Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:57 am

Awesome konis! What mods are you having to do to get them to fit? Are you talking about shortening them?
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Re: Emelie: My M50NV do-it-all sedan

Postby pr0craztinazn » Sat May 26, 2012 7:03 pm

The strut housings need to be cut and re-welded. I will be getting pics of the shock mounts soon, but its basically like a spring hanger with a hole for a bolt to go through the eye mount on the top of the shock.

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Not much else to report, other than the fact that glass and I still don't get along. I have ~3 weeks to get her back to daily driver status before I send Ellie, the E46, in for paint.
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Re: Emelie: My M50NV do-it-all sedan

Postby Yoshi » Sun May 27, 2012 1:32 pm

I gave up on handling stock glass. :( sorry bro. that blows
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Re: Emelie: My M50NV do-it-all sedan

Postby pr0craztinazn » Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:43 pm

A more substantial update is coming soon. However, I promise this: if the M50 gives me any additional shit, my options are: back to the M20 (unfortunately likely given this is plug and play), V6 (way cheaper, lighter, and easier than the following options), M52B28, or M62.

I mildly regret selling my M52B28TU; its quite a lovely lump in my E46 and would work well in an E30. However, if I want something that will drive reliably, and covering all the bases this time doesn't work, I am going to be pissed.
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Re: Emelie: My M50NV do-it-all sedan

Postby M20_fever » Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:57 pm

What V6 are you thinking about? I'm partial to the m20, though im sure everyone here knows that, lol.
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Re: Emelie: My M50NV do-it-all sedan

Postby Yoshi » Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:59 pm

<_< wtf is up with the motor meow?

You did pull it out of a mud pile.
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