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Thread: Project 560i: my E39 LSx build

  1. #51
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    Congrats! 1st drive is a huge milestone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unnatrl View Post
    Congrats! 1st drive is a huge milestone.
    Thank you sir! Still much to do before it's "done" but it felt great just making a few laps around the block.

    S.F.

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    Congrats man!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchiz318 View Post
    Congrats man!!
    Thank you sir! I think I may tackle the trunk floor this weekend so I can complete the exhaust. Running around the block a couple times with no mufflers was ok but not for any real testing. Hard to listen for noises or feel for errant vibrations when all your getting is noise and vibration! 😀

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    Quote Originally Posted by StolenFox View Post
    Thank you sir! I think I may tackle the trunk floor this weekend so I can complete the exhaust. Running around the block a couple times with no mufflers was ok but not for any real testing. Hard to listen for noises or feel for errant vibrations when all your getting is noise and vibration!
    The uncapped test drive is a right of passage.

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    This weekends project: Shifter

    So I completed the shifter setup using a slightly modified factory early E39 shifter assembly and a 36" cable and bracket from Shiftworks.

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    See post #61 for balance of pics.

    Came within 1/8" of being able to use the automatic bezel, even had the shift indicator working. I did create some clearance but didn't like the result so the manual boot will have to do.



    S.F.
    Last edited by StolenFox; 07-02-2017 at 01:49 PM.

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    Trunk modification!

    Well, doing this was a little nerve racking:

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    But on a positive note, I did learn that my battery tray was holding on by 1/2 a spot weld:

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    So I welded up all the holes and cracks and then welded the tray back in:

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    See post #61 for balance of pics.

    S.F.
    Last edited by StolenFox; 07-02-2017 at 01:56 PM.

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    Turned out nicely. Job well done.

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    Looking good, just waiting for my engine to detonate

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    Overflow pics from post #56 and #57

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    Quote Originally Posted by E39540V8 View Post
    Looking good, just waiting for my engine to detonate
    Thank you sir!
    Last edited by StolenFox; 07-02-2017 at 02:23 PM.

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    What are you doing with the aircon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by E39540V8 View Post
    What are you doing with the aircon?
    It will be functional. LS3 compressor pumping the factory system. Activation either through can-bus adapter or a 12V request through the GM pcm.

    S.F.

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    Please write up the details when you do the aircon, are you planning on getting the cruise and traction control functioning as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by E39Touringoz View Post
    Please write up the details when you do the aircon, are you planning on getting the cruise and traction control functioning as well?
    Will document the A/C when the time comes. My car did not come with cruise, may retrofit though. For now CC & TC will be courtesy of my right foot.

    S.F.

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    More exhaust work:

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    I have the drivers side s-curve muffler discharge pipe mocked up in the pic, building the passenger side and custom 3"x5.25" oval 304SS tips. The tips will almost completely fill the cutouts in the valence and will hide the discharge pipes and a good chunk of the mufflers. The mufflers are stock 2016 Mustang 5.0L. Painted them flat black to help the mufflers disappear under the car. Pic is misleading from the angle, they only hang 3" below the valence and are level. Going with stock mufflers as I do not want this car loud, just a little rumble. The tubing from the fuel tank back is also from the Mustang and everything north of the tank is 2010 Camaro SS.

    S.F.
    Last edited by StolenFox; 07-02-2017 at 02:32 PM.

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    another good build. I really like the radiator fill neck. I am hoping to fire mine up for the first time in the next few days.

    I see in your first post you wanted to eventually do an 8.8 swap to it. I wish you would have done it before so I would have had something to go off of lol. it was very time consuming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxBodyRacing View Post
    another good build. I really like the radiator fill neck. I am hoping to fire mine up for the first time in the next few days.

    I see in your first post you wanted to eventually do an 8.8 swap to it. I wish you would have done it before so I would have had something to go off of lol. it was very time consuming.
    Thank you sir! The radiator was a challenge for me as I'm not as skilled with aluminum as I'd like to be. The 8.8 will be IRS out of an explorer. You have my respect for taking on a stick axle swap, way more and then I've got the juice for!

    S.F.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StolenFox View Post
    Thank you sir! The radiator was a challenge for me as I'm not as skilled with aluminum as I'd like to be. The 8.8 will be IRS out of an explorer. You have my respect for taking on a stick axle swap, way more and then I've got the juice for!

    S.F.

    ahh yeah the explorer 8.8 seems to be the go to setup. I have the IRS out of my E46 I think when I get some time I am going to fabricate one into it, sandblast and powdercoat it and sell it. I am sure there are plenty of people out there that would love a bolt in swap.

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    Love it, like the idea of a nice not loud exhaust for a drivers car, are you going to carry a full size spare or something else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by E39540V8 View Post
    Love it, like the idea of a nice not loud exhaust for a drivers car, are you going to carry a full size spare or something else?
    I raised the spare tire well as high as I could and still fit the space saver spare tire. Bought a unused one from a E60 for $75 on craigslist. I just need to hone the center bore out from 72.56 to 74.1mms

    S.F.

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    Airbox mod & new inlet tube setup

    Last edited by StolenFox; 07-02-2017 at 02:47 PM.

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    Nice Work, airbox looks the ducks guts

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    I think a little wrinkle black on that aluminum intake tube and it will look totally stock!

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