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Old 07-25-2019, 08:23 PM   #176
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That's going to be awesome!
I hope it doesn't end in a shower of shattered cast iron, but yeah! This little guy was built for gas stand testing so the internal wastegate valve features were never machined and the port was welded shut. I'll have to find a small external wastegate and hope I can control it well enough. TiAL 38mm might do the job pretty well.
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Old 07-25-2019, 08:29 PM   #177
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Back on topic, here are some fartsy shots of the 245 on its extended break from reality.



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Old 07-29-2019, 11:52 AM   #178
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Battery tray removal looks great. I ended up removing mine as well.
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Old 08-02-2019, 02:00 AM   #179
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Reverse engineering the 240 engine bay using a Faro arm (Alex's). We took points all over the engine bay and got all of the bolt holes, mounting surfaces, pierce points for the steering, etc. Concentrated more points on the right inner fender to build a surface model there using the grid of tape. It turned out pretty slick and I'm using the bay model to help with my engine mounts and general packaging strategy.
May I rewind for a moment? Just catching up; I know plans have changed since way back when, but... Scanning the engine bay is killer! My hat's off to ya. Gosh, if I had that capability at my disposal…

Well, maybe it's better that I don't. I already document more than I need to. Haven't yet moved into a dwelling without building a scale drawing first -- in the old days it was engineering graph paper and little pieces of construction paper cut out for various furniture pieces, now it's multiple layers in Photoshop. Sure, there are more appropriate tools, but it's easier to use what ya know. And come to think of it, I mapped kitchen roof contours with a water level when trying to decide how bad the wood damage was. And the back of a 240 wagon to predict how many guitars and duffle bags I could pick up on an airport run. So, yes, I'd probably measure just about everything.

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Here in my family we've been referring to this 245 as "Fred's car." My 5-year-old was out exploring in the garage a few months ago and got spooked by something and told my wife there was a monster in the blue car. Instead of telling her monsters don't exist, Michele's response was "Oh, that's just Fred...he's a friendly monster." So now the kid looks forward to going out and sitting in the car to visit with Fred. Apparently he's big and shaggy but I've never seen him since he is pretty shy. Here's a little cupcake or birthday cake she made for Fred. It stays in the car for him.
Awesome pic. I love that you're training them so young. The burning question, though: has Fred moved to the green car?

OK, now back to your regularly scheduled program...
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Old 08-02-2019, 02:24 PM   #180
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I've been distracted with this little guy lately. 1967 Opel Kadett Kiemencoupe. Been sitting for a decade or so but it runs. It's like a scaled-down Chevelle or Chevy II meets an early fastback Barracuda. I had the bad thought of taking the B20 from the green 245 and swapping it into this Opel, but am holding off on that until I've explored all other options with the teeny tiny little 1.1L pushrod four it came with.
If you just give it to me you wont have to worry about it anymore.
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Old 08-02-2019, 10:31 PM   #181
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Indeed - it would be rude not to. I've had this little GT12 on my desk as a decoration for years now. Just so happens it would work quite nicely up to ~100hp on an ancient 1.1L 8-valve engine revving to ~6krpm...





Is it odd I’m more excited about this than the Volvo?
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Old 08-03-2019, 12:20 AM   #182
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No. It's way less familiar and therefore more interesting
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Old 08-04-2019, 05:09 PM   #183
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Battery tray removal looks great. I ended up removing mine as well.
Sweet. Got your message too. I need to plan my next move on the 245 - likely involving crossmember ideas (bad ideas) and some test fitting before I finally get the motor mounts fabbed up.

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May I rewind for a moment? Just catching up; I know plans have changed since way back when, but... Scanning the engine bay is killer! My hat's off to ya. Gosh, if I had that capability at my disposal…

Well, maybe it's better that I don't. I already document more than I need to. Haven't yet moved into a dwelling without building a scale drawing first -- in the old days it was engineering graph paper and little pieces of construction paper cut out for various furniture pieces, now it's multiple layers in Photoshop. Sure, there are more appropriate tools, but it's easier to use what ya know. And come to think of it, I mapped kitchen roof contours with a water level when trying to decide how bad the wood damage was. And the back of a 240 wagon to predict how many guitars and duffle bags I could pick up on an airport run. So, yes, I'd probably measure just about everything.


Awesome pic. I love that you're training them so young. The burning question, though: has Fred moved to the green car?

OK, now back to your regularly scheduled program...
It's been great to have the engine bay scan - Alex helped out a ton with this, not least in owning the handy Romer arm that we used, and finishing up the surface modeling. We took a bunch of points at various key spots around the bay and at regular intervals on that tape grid and then had to build the surfaces from the point cloud. It's a fairly rough model still but works great for packaging big stuff like engines or airboxes.

Fred the Monster lives in the garage attic now, last I heard!

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If you just give it to me you wont have to worry about it anymore.
In all seriousness, we have a 3rd '67 Kadett Kiemencoupe - a Rallye that is in very rough shape and is acting as the parts car. I posted some photos in the GRM thread. Any interest in the shell of that? I'm not sure exactly how much we're going to remove from it yet...

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I'm excited about them both in completely different ways! But have been bogged down with regular maintenance jobs for a few weeks on other vehicles. I've got 11 cars total right now not counting either Lemons racer or my mother-in-law's CRV which I maintain as well...so there's always some sort of pressing job that takes me away from the purely fun stuff.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:38 PM   #184
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Fun stuff this weekend. Alex came over and helped me heave the rear axle out of the 245. It was incredibly dirty, but all the fastener threads look brand new upon removal. No issues. Everything looks very original and heavily patinated except for the brake pads which I replaced a few years ago.



The axle assembly will go to our workshop this week for measurement of all the pierce points, brackets, and flange locations. Then subsequent construction of an axle fab fixture which will benefit both Alex's white 242 and this car. He's spearheading the effort and will probably post details in his thread. It will allow us to throw a bare rear axle in and weld up all the necessary brackets in the correct locations for installation into a 240.

Once the rear axle was out, I pulled the right front strut, hub, and brake assembly complete. This allowed me to embark on the first fit-up of the 3-piece AC Schnitzer Type 2 wheels that I kept when my E34 M5 sold last year. These are 17x8.5 front, 17x9.5 rear with 255s, as a reminder. This will be tight but the suspension and rear axle will be assembled around these wheels, so no adapters, and I can place them exactly where I want. 5x120 of course. Once everything is built with these wheels it opens up a ton of alternative BMW wheels for future shenanigans as well.












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Old 08-12-2019, 06:03 PM   #185
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This is all very exciting. I want more!


Also those wheels look fantastic on there.
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Old 08-12-2019, 08:42 PM   #186
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Gawd that color and those wheels
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v8 swap when
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Old 08-12-2019, 11:00 PM   #188
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Also those wheels look fantastic on there.
Thanks dude. I want more too! I'll post up as much as I can during the ongoing process. This elephant will require many many small bites before I can declare it eaten however.

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I had my doubts at first honestly, when I was just imagining how it would look, but now that they are mocked up I'm 100% on board.

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It's literally happening right now. It's like a tree growing though - so slow as to be imperceptible if you sit and watch.

There are several puzzle pieces that I'm fitting into place that have to be finalized before I lock the engine position down, but I'm getting close.
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Wow, the wheels look absolutely perfect on this! Definitely did not expect that. Keep up the good work, I'm loving the detail and thought going on here!

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Old 08-13-2019, 11:37 AM   #190
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It's literally happening right now. It's like a tree growing though - so slow as to be imperceptible if you sit and watch.

There are several puzzle pieces that I'm fitting into place that have to be finalized before I lock the engine position down, but I'm getting close.
Excuses, excuses.

Really excited to see how this comes together.
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