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Old 05-17-2019, 12:36 PM   #3841
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I lived without AC in my "toy" semi-recently. I was able to tolerate it for longer than others, but then age kicks in. This is subjective tho so kind of a moot argument. The real question is...what will someone pay/not pay for a enthusiast car, whether stock or modified, when the AC is deleted/innop? Just look at current 'for sale' cars and notice the price difference for people that go the extra mile and add ac to engine swap cars. You'll notice at least 4-5k difference in my experience, but this can also be attributed to people that are under the impression that a swapped car with AC has been put together better than one without.
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Old 05-17-2019, 04:46 PM   #3842
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Old 05-17-2019, 06:08 PM   #3843
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I'm always curious what the weight and balance of a S54 swapped E30 looks like.
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:04 PM   #3844
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I'm always curious what the weight and balance of a S54 swapped E30 looks like.


Not bad actually. But it is a setup that definitely benefits from as wide of a tire as you can get under it.

Thereís a couple swaps at the shop right now, a track only car (caged, aero, fender flares..etc), a Touring (not quite finished) and a two door.

Iíve been considering using an M54B30 in my racecar for enduros. Itís dead nuts reliable, and power band is good for a light car like an E30 on the track. Plus, low mileage examples can be found in 5 series for cheap..


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Old 05-17-2019, 11:04 PM   #3845
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That s54 car could really stand to have more pictures posted. I think that would boost the interest.
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:28 AM   #3846
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Already at 16k the s54 climbing pretty fast.
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Old 05-18-2019, 05:17 PM   #3847
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I like the M54 S770 more than that S54 car.
I know people get all tight in the pants over anything with an S54 in it, but the S770 looks way more finished.

The S54 car doesnt have one shot of the backseats, so I am assuming they didnt even finish the rears the same as the fronts.
That would make a good weekend track toy (which would make all the MTech upholstery a waste, but the Cabrio appears to be a much nicer overall car
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:16 PM   #3848
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I like the M54 S770 more than that S54 car.
I know people get all tight in the pants over anything with an S54 in it, but the S770 looks way more finished.

The S54 car doesnt have one shot of the backseats, so I am assuming they didnt even finish the rears the same as the fronts.
That would make a good weekend track toy (which would make all the MTech upholstery a waste, but the Cabrio appears to be a much nicer overall car


I agree, the vert looks really cleanly built


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Old 05-18-2019, 08:38 PM   #3849
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AC is necessary, I saw IL on that list, it gets damn hot and humid in Chicago in the summer.

Anyway that is the thing that is holding up finishing my car, I won't be done till AC is proper.

I wouldnt buy a car without working AC unless it was for track only.
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