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Fitting the engine

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As you go through this build you will notice some pictures with aftermarket headers and others with standard S52 manifolds. These headers do fit with some adjustment but I HATE the way they sound. They are very raspy and just plain unpleasant.

This is a HUGE engine to fit in a small car. It took a few versions of the mounts but I was VERY happy with the final product. These allow use of an E30 M42 radiator and also the E36 shifter bits also line up in the right spot.

There are A LOT more pictures of this process down in the gallery if you'd like to continue on!!

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Ready to drop it in

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Sitting on blocks in the bay

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Close but it does clear the stock booster.

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Sitting on wood block on the subframe

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It's close...but still accessible

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Driver's side mount in progress.

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Mount tacked together

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Passenger side in progress

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Mounts supporting weight of the engine

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