V8 Week: The worst V8 BMW ever.

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My appetite for engine swaps has waned as I grow up and appreciate originality and provenance, but that’s not to say I dislike them. I still think an S38 in an E30 would be excellent, or a modern 2.0T in an older VW. I can usually even get past the uncomfortable feelings of cognitive dissonance when I see 3-series with 2JZs from Supras or RB26s from Skylines. There’s been an LS1-powered E30 M3 that crops on eBay every once in a while that looks great and must be a wild ride. Hopefully I’ve convinced you that I’m not upset with this 3-series purely because of the engine swap. It’s the whole package – the Subaru scoop, the terrible stance and wheels – piled on top of a Chevy 355 that makes me feel sad for the unwitting 318i that was the basis for this monstrosity. Sure, it does great burnouts, but why?!

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Year: 1995
Model: 318i
Engine: Chevy 355 V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: ???
Price: $11,900 Buy It Now

Click for more details: 1995 BMW 318i with Chevy V8 for sale on eBay

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GetAwayCarz Performance Drivelines has just completed the newest addition to the lineup of fire-breathing mix-breeds. This car started out life as a 1995 BMW 318i (YES, as far as insurance is concerned, it’s a 100HP 4 cylinder that doesn’t require a high emissions inspection 🙂 ) The shell has 170k on it but is in excellent condition. We added a 355 cubic inch small block Chevy with 10 to 1 compression, 2.02″ intake valves and 1.6″ exhaust in freshly rebuilt heads, .465″ lift cam with 282/282 duration with a fresh timing chain, a new then modified edelbrock intake, a holley 4 barrel mechanical secondary double pumper carb with custom fabricated Ram Air box for dense cool air through the hood scoop, full MSD ignition system including 6AL box, MSD billet distributor, MSD custom taylor ignition wires and MSD’s Blaster coil, adjustable fuel pressure regulator is on drivers side strut tower for accessibility.

The engine has a new high volume oil pump, new pan and pan gasket for a clean look when under. With the addition of extra horsepower you need extra cooling also, a large aluminum radiator with electric cooling fans does just that when combined the reverse spun, HD high flow corvette aluminum water pump All this is used to spin the 10.5 inch 3200 rpm stall converter thats in front of the manual valve bodied and shift kit’ed 4L80 HD 4-speed with overdrive transmission with custom bent hard line cooler lines to the front mounted transmission cooler, its own fan with its own temp controller. Custom drive shaft to the 3.91 Posi-traction differential in the independant rear suspension. The custom and beefy 4 wheel suspension system is adjustable and is set now for the best ride quality yet great launch and performance. This monster has the nicest stance and no need to worry about speed bumps with its clearance underneath. It has the perfect ride for even long trips compared to most hot rods that you need a mouth piece for. There is a custom subframe for the engine mounts and a custom fabricated transmission crossmember that you can trust not to twist. The brakes and rotors front and rear are brand new. While everything was apart the calipers, brackets and rotor hubs were cleaned and coated with a silver high heat coating to make sure it all looks better than everyone elses for years to come.

This is not just a race car, you have a luxurious leather interior that BMW is known for. With the addition of a ratchet shifter with custom shift boot, the interior appears untouched. Instead of aftermarket gauges all over the interior and out of place we decided it would be best to use the factory gauges, without any V8 conversion gauge adapter options available on the market GetAwayCarz fabricated their own. With a custom circuit board behind the needles all the original gauges work perfectly giving it a complete factory appearance. All the lights in the front of the car were replaced giving it a fresh showroom floor look. The functional hood scoop along with the FACTORY M3 body kit, not the cheap replicas, and the brand new unique offset 18 inch wheels really make the monster look like it wants to EAT other cars on the road!!! Horsepower is pointless if you can’t get it to the ground. With 18 inch staggered wheels it has large 275mm wide tires in the back for the best acceleration without sacrificing handling. From the back you can see the high flow 3.5″ tipped Flowmaster muffler attached to the large custom formed exhaust all the way up front to the GetAwayCarz hand made headers.

A new Pioneer cd stereo was installed with aux input in front face for your ipod or phone to be used. A Rockford 350 RMS mono-amp was installed neatly next to the factory amp and is pushing an 8 inch Rockford sub. The amp can push much more if you would like it to. All around this is the perfect street rod combining the stylish looks and maneuverability of a BMW with the extremely blunt power of a large Chevy V8!!! Any questions feel free to ask. This will be the best addition to someones collection or the one and only for the street warrior!!! Check out the video for some audio!!!

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I’m glad this car is 3,000 miles away and will most likely stay that way (I see it fitting in great in Florida). I don’t care that it started as a lowly 318i – a bone stock 318i is better than this. If someone buys this car they’re obviously of a different mind than I, but you could get a decent E36 M3 for this price and not have to be laughed at everywhere you drove.

-NR

1976 Porsche 911 V8 Custom 993 Turbo Body

Here is an interesting Porsche 911. A 1976 with a 993 turbo body kit and a built 350 Chevy stuffed in the back. Perhaps stuffed is not the right word as it doesn’t do justice to the amount of quality work that appears on this vehicle. Judging from the description the seller seems to be a straight shooter, which I like to see in car listings.
This car has a lot of time and parts put into it. The list of modifications is well done, purposeful, without being over the top. The seller claims there is 243 hours worth of work in the paint and body work alone. With 350+ horsepower and weighing only 2550 pounds it is good thing it has a full cage.
This car does look like serious fun and it will be one of a kind.

Here is the list of equipment:

Body: European 993 Turbo S body kit. Correct details down to the left hand wiper conversion. Need I say more?

Electrical: Early Porsches are not known for electrical engineering excellence. That is why I rewired the whole car with a modern Painless Performance racing fuse block using standard ATC type fuses. Everything is fused and I have even installed a Flaming River cut-off switch. Don’t forget the aircraft style starter switch…nothing but the best.

Interior: The interior was stripped down to bare metal (floor pans were perfect) and then sealed with a truck bed liner. Lightweight custom aircraft grade door panels covered in black leather with “Porsche” embossed. Did I mention the guy who has done interiors for Jay Leno did this interior? Race seats, 5-point harnesses, SCCA roll cage, and RS style pulls is just the start.

Stereo: You should be listening to the glorious sounds of V8 torque behind you. If not, a Sony CD player with auxillary input (think IPOD, or SAT radio) with 280 watts should suffice.

Engine: Race bred Corvette 350 V8 with a healthy cam. Blueprinted, balanced, forged crankshaft & connecting rods, and even painted to match the car. MSD racing ignition system, rev limiter, FlowMaster 40’s, Custom headers, everything Jet Hot coated to the tips in chrome.

Drivetrain: This is what separates the men from the boys. I have a Renegade Hybrids 915 racing 5-speed transmission with the sought after 8:31 ring and pinion. But wait, it gets better… It is a true MAGNESIUM cased tranny with solid Billet inserts and modifications. Only 100 pounds dry! (I know, I shipped it out Fed Ex) The engine is only running 350+ HP and 375+ Torque. This tranny is built to take 450 HP+. Extra tall 1st and 5th gears, 930 bearings, and 930 diff. cover. It has been purpose built from the start with one thing in mind: put the horsies to the pavement! Wevo short shift kit, Redline Fluid and topped off with a chrome Porsche shift knob.

Clutch you ask? Why sure – it is a KEVLAR clutch and custom pressure plate. Why Kevlar? It simply is the best. It takes a long time to break in (500 miles) and must be done carefully. Trust me, after the coin I dropped, it was broken in by the book and you will enjoy my restraint for years to come.

How do you stop such a beast? I was hoping you would ask. I installed a complete Boxer Motorsports racing brake kit. This is often referred to a “Big Red” brake kit. The rotors and pads are actually common racing “Outlaw” and “Hawk” parts – easily sourced, if needed. I also rebuilt the master cylinder and upgraded to stainless steel brake lines. It wouldn’t be complete without the ATE Super Blue racing fluid. I was convince I would need a brake “bias adjuster” to properly set up my car. However, the system was so perfect right out of the box that it was not needed. During the prescribed break-in ritual for the brakes, I performed numerous hard stops, terrified my neighbors, and then returned home to shoot rotor temps with a laser thermometer – 250 degrees. They were not even breaking a sweat. The brakes are simply one of the most gratifying aspects of this car.

Suspension: Since the V8 is actually 50 POUNDS LIGHTER than a 930 turbo motor, I was forced to modify the suspension. The 30mm hollow core racing torsion bars held the car too high. Solution = more racing components. Each corner of the car is fully adjustable. It is currently set at 20% lower than European ride height. Did I mention the car only weighs 2550 pounds? It has the power to weight ratio of a rocket. All new polygraphite bushings, tie rods, ball joints, front strut brace, bump steer kit as well as any other component that can be replaced. The Porsche dealer then spent SIX hours aligning the car to my specs – and I was there the whole time. The car handles absolutely fantastic with instant feedback. Want to hang the tail out – no problem. Flip the car around a corner – yes. It stays flat, level, and begs for more. You will become a better driver just by testing this car.

Wheels & Tires: The wheels and tires you see are BRAND NEW with ZERO miles. I had some comments on my old wheels (see video link). To show everyone that this is truly a “no holds barred, cost no object project” I bought all new 19″ rims AND tires. They are mounted, balanced, and FILLED WITH NITROGEN. The STICKERS ARE STILL ON THEM…for now. I may take the car out and put a few miles on them. However, I have averaged less than 500 miles a year, so don’t expect many miles, if any.

Protection: Ah yes, you want to come back to the car where you parked it. No worries here – there is a fully functioning FM remote paging alarm with a ridiculous range and a full vehicle display.

The seller even includes a video of the car so you can hear it fire up. The idle is pretty lumpy you can tell it has a hot cam.

The seller is looking for $45,000 plus, and I find this hilarious, a 12 pack of Rolling Rock “to help drown my sorrows when you peel out of my driveway and I never see her again!”

~Evan