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post #1 of 6 Old 02-10-2012, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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possible ford small block swap into BMW E34 535

ive got a 91 bmw 535 bmw with 286k mi on it, it runs really well, i just cant seem to kill the motor so i was thinking about putting a mildly built ford 302 in it. it seem you cant have a conversation with BMW guys related to putting an american motor in a BMW, the immediately deem you an idiot and just bash you, or tell you to put the bmw 4.4 v8 in it (which only produces about 15 more hp than the current 3.5 I6 that is in it) so i was wondering if anyone on here has any experience with the older 5.0's, or 5.0 swaps in to other cars. the ford 302 is supposively the only one that isnt too tall to fit under the hood and its not too heavy. the only other motor is a GM 5.3 and im not too sure on that one.

if anyone has experience witht the motors or swaps let me know, thanks.

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I looked up a lot of info for an LS1 swap into an E36 M3. Not sure how much room there is in comparison, but special headers and steering shaft are required. I would think getting everything electrical to work would be the hard part

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What's in the car now? It should be a 3.5 liter M30 engine. Have you considered just building that instead?
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It seems the LS1 is the one to put in there. Lots more documentation, available parts, etc.

I've got a 97 M3/4/5 fwiw.

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I know a guy that is just finishing up a 302 ford into a 325. It looks like it should be fun and from the outside it looks stock. Drop a 363" SBF into that 5 series and see what your bimmer buddies have to say when they're always looking at your tail lights.
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