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Discussion Starter #162 (Edited)
With the last issues being sorted out by TMR this week, I picked up the revived heart of #231 and took it to my 'workshop'. IMHO, TMR performed excellent with the overhaul of this engine. It just looks brand-new.



Needless to say that I am very happy with the result and I am eager to start with the planning of the installation phase. I already wrote the technical specification and the requirements, but I have to wait for the new water-pump, new clutch etc. etc. before I can start working.



Although the rebuild-project has been completed, I will continue posting updates about the installation, break-in and testing phases.
 

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Sure thing, can't wait to see the finished result. :eek:

What part of NL are you in ? Wouldn't mind to come visit sometime when my car is back in driveable condition. (if you don't mind).
 

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What part of NL are you in ? Wouldn't mind to come visit sometime when my car is back in driveable condition. (if you don't mind).
I always look forward meeting people with similar interests, but send me a PM roughly two weeks in advance so I can place your visit in my agenda. I live in the province of Overijssel (roughly 2.5hrs driving distance from Maastricht).
 

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Don't worry, it won't be for quite some time, car is in the shop with engine troubles, and still have some body work after that, and fixing little things, but should be feasible in a few months :) I'll let you know well in advance.

And only a 3hr drive...every drive in that car is a dream :grinyes:
 

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Hi Raymond.
The engine looks beautiful, as you say it looks as good as new. I'm sure you can't wait to get it back in the car and run in. Its great to see someone really go the distance and get their car back to its former glory.
 

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I have debated whether or not to share the full financial consequences of this ordylle. However, an accurate calculation is already possible from the information in this thread so it cannot do any harm to share the conclusions. The following picture shows the breakdown into the three objectives of the rebuild. Parts cost and labor cost have been separated.



Note that prices are ex VAT.

Although the total amount is staggering, it resembles the cost for a full rebuild. It also comes close to the price of new RMFD engines from BMW. I knew this in advance when I started this project. In return, I will keep matching numbers and have a full documented rebuild, something that is impossible with an RMFD engine. Please note that the grand total only covers the rebuild and does NOT include any new additional parts such as clutch and water-pump. These have to be replaced regardless of choice and should be left out of the comparison.
 

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Raymond

As you mention the cost in isolation is quite staggering (but expected) - however I would say the labour element is very fair and would assume this does not include your time in removing and reinstalling the engine/gearbox and all the work associated in painting the ancillories. Will be interesting to record your running in experience and then how it feels performance wise - I'm sure it will feel crisper and more potent...

Anyway great work and very illuminating and to have all matching numbers is a worthwhile achievement...
 

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Hi Raymond.

I think you will still have made a decent saving on a RMFD engine. My S38B36 was £8900 once the VAT was paid and that was with a full trade discount. The water pump was included though :rolleyes:.
 

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Hello Raymond,

The cost is high but not as frightening as I once imagined (five figures). An excellent thread which tells everyone just what is involved. Hopefully you will soon be able to tell us the good bit e.g. how great the new engine feels.

:cheers:

ralph (vadas1)
 

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Hi Raymond, I stumbled across this thread recently and found the entire thing to be engrossing. I did have a few questions though about the actual rebuild process.

I assume that your mechanic rebalanced the crank to match the new pistons and con-rods. Were there any noteworthy results - particularly since you suspect a partial earlier rebuild.

Also, I was wondering if you chose to have the head tested/tuned on a flow bench. Along the same lines, did you specify any modifications for the engine/head internals other than the double valve springs? It seemed to me that you were very much in favour of keeping the engine absolutely stock.

Good luck with the re-installation

Max
 

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Reinstated the URL's to the pictures for a second time; this time following a critical issue in my photobucket account, which photobucket acknowledged, but could not resolve.

Please note that this also applies to all my previous postings that date back to 2004 or so. I will repair the links, but this may set me back for about at least a year.
 
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