Minerva: The S54 powered, better than new, daily driver

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rlfletch wrote:This is possibly, the only e28 I would take over mine. Lovely build.
Funny, i have the exact same sentiment. :laugh:

Engine is in the car!

New motor mounts (e28goodies) don't fit. Motor is inches further forward than with the original mounts I used when we first fit motor in car. Working on fixing now. I sold the old mounts and we need a quick turn so we're going to modify the e28goodies mounts.
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All exterior trim is now on. Sex.
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The M5 spoiler got warped at some point. We're noodling on how to fix this. Suggestions welcome.
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Headliner is coming together. He did the moonroof panel so I could confirm material choice. Confirmed! I've always had a thing for this style of perforated headliner. Reminds me of my Dad's Mercedes.
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We're going to buy a late-model parts car because we keep finding little (and big things) that I missed.

Big screw-up on struts. I specified Billie B8s (24-006071). That's what Dan ordered. But he got B4s (Comforts). It took Ahab to notice in all my pics the struts weren't yellow. That I never noticed this is not surprising. The rest of you failed me is beyond me. Thank God for Ahab. I'm using this pile of lemons as an opportunity to make lemonade. Namely, I've decided to go with the H&R coilover setup. Which is another reason to get a parts car.

If you know of one in the Seattle area LMK.

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Spoiler warpage looks like what happens when it’s not installed properly. Looks like it’s too low.

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wkohler wrote:Spoiler warpage looks like what happens when it’s not installed properly. Looks like it’s too low.
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It’s lower on the blue car. It’s what causes it. Can only go off your photos.

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wkohler wrote:It’s lower on the blue car. It’s what causes it. Can only go off your photos.
I tink I see what you mean.

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Looking forward to the resolution on the spoiler- Chris's eye for the little details never ceases to amaze.
Digging the liner for the moonroof- looking forward to the install.

Press on!

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Thank Fu**ing God, I didn't stick with painting this car Minerva. That's all for now.

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cek wrote:Thank Fu**ing God, I didn't stick with painting this car Minerva. That's all for now.
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vinceg101 wrote:
cek wrote:Thank Fu**ing God, I didn't stick with painting this car Minerva. That's all for now.
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I'm not on facebook, so I can't verify, but apparently someone else is building an S54 powered E28 painted Minervablau. The potato pic I saw re-enforced why I changed my mind on using that color.

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E28 goodies is but they changed to a M57.

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BenGerman wrote:E28 goodies is but they changed to a M57.
Came here to ask if that was the car even though i saw m57 was the plan.

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Yeah sucks to have the same ideas as everyone else. That's why you don't tell people your plans. Didn't work for me either.

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wkohler wrote:Yeah sucks to have the same ideas as everyone else. That's why you don't tell people your plans. Didn't work for me either.
To be clear, I couldn't care less if there's other Minerva painted cars out there. Or Arrow.

My comment was based around the fact that I decided (late, but not too late) that I actually don't like the way Minervablau looks in many light situations. It has a washed out appearance that is too teal. The pictures I saw of the (now) M57 car re-enforced this for me.

Arrowblau is the same pigment, but because it is not metallic, light does not play on it the same way. It always "pops" which is what I was after.

I still like the car name Minerva though, and will keep it. I have my reasons.

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I guess I misunderstood. I know you have seen photos of Bjorn’s M5 so I thought that was part of your decision making. Either way glad you’re happy with your decision. Would suck to be this far into it and realize at this point you might not like it. I’ve been there.

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wkohler wrote:I guess I misunderstood. I know you have seen photos of Bjorn’s M5 so I thought that was part of your decision making. Either way glad you’re happy with your decision. Would suck to be this far into it and realize at this point you might not like it. I’ve been there.
You did misunderstand, but that's not your fault.

I have communicated with Bjorn several times previously. His car was absolutely my inspiration for choosing Minervablau. I knew I wanted a special blue and dug the photos of his car. The name Minerva has a personal connection for me and I love Porsches. Etc...

Much later, I finally saw a few Minervablau 911s in person and realized the color washed out in the sun. This was just weeks before the car was to hit the paint booth. Then I met @3pedalcollector at Vintage and he explained how Arrow and Minerva are the same color, just non-metallic and metallic respectively. I found an Arrow blue 911 in Seattle and checked it out. It was exactly what I wanted...plus I liked the fact that non-metallic is generally easier to fix. So I changed plans. I'm delighted with the result (but insanely anxious to finish it for realz).

Btw, I have heard Bjorn is giving the e28goodies guys grief for using Minervablau (I'm not on Facebook anymore so I hear thins secondhand). I know he wasn't happy with me choosing that color, but he never asked me not to.do it. If he had I'd have told him to take a hike.

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Oh, and the car is back from the upholstery shop with the headliner installed. I hope to have a conjugal visit Thursday. I'll post pictures if I do.

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I haven’t told anyone about my plan to have my car wrapped in Arrow Blue :laugh:

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Dammit, I get so damned confused when I don't keep up with your thread... :oops: :confused: :wave:

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In for updates!

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The thought just popped in my head after reading about the motor mounts / motor position slightly forward: Have you had a chance of weighing the S54 vs the stock motor?

I don't recall seeing any conversation on this, at least on this thread. I can see you moving the 10mm wrench to the glovebox if it helps you achieve 50.0000/50.0000 weight distribution... and I respect that

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Re: Minerva: The S54 powered, better than new, daily driver

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...not to be rude, but WE NEED UPDATES!

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I deserve the scorn. Sorry about that.

I will be able to visit tomorrow. I had a chance to drop by last week and was able to get the ECU programmed to delete the secondary O2 sensor etc... Ages ago I had gotten all the software setup to read/write the MSS54HP ECU and change all interesting settings. I had already done this with the stock tune, but the ECU now has the Steve Dinan provided tune, so I had to do it again. Fortunately, my old, trusty Lenovo Stinkpad X200s still runs and the software licenses still work. I used BMWFlash to read/write the flash and the amazing MSS52 / MSS54 / MSS54HP Binary Modification Tool to change the programming.

As I was doing this, it took me a while to remember how it all worked (it WAS Oct 15, 2017 when we got the motor running the first time with the test-fit in the chassis). But I got it figured out.
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I was able to do this because we finally got most electrics up and running, so there was power to the ECU and OBDII port. And CAN Bus. Note my custom Mtech 1 wheel. Tee-hee.
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The car wasn't ready to start last week though...
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Digging the ECU mount. Nice fab. Compare this to my hack on Vlad.
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Note baggie of brand new, ceramic fuses?
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I had to remind the 425 team how we had set things up so the Z4M air filter housing fit...they had started re-inventing. We had to form a small dimple in the airbox to clear the brake booster and we've located the E36 heater control valve (I don't know where yet; I'll see tomorrow).
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The Z4M wiring harness box is not in place yet.
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Compare above to Oct 2017 to see how slick it's gonna be with that Z4M harness cover.
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Rear exhaust hanger fab. Solid.
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Oh, and one last thing. Watch this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qINlfGU ... e=youtu.be

F*UCK YEAH!

I was sadly not there for it, but I will get to experience moar tomorrow...

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Schweetness.

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Re: Minerva: The S54 powered, better than new, daily driver

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Question for y'all. Realized I don't have a plan for a fan shroud. What creative ideas do you have?

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Awesome update! Love that color!!

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