Doh! Steering rack is too big at either end and needs to go back to Marlin to be modified. Its about 2.5cm out one side and 5cm on the other. Major toe out!
Woohoo delivery from Marlin including the steering rack, track rod ends, electric fan, brake servo and master cylinder.
Electric was needed because the viscose fan wouldn’t fit in with the radiator in place. The donor radiator was a bit too big as well so we are waiting for a new one those too.
Track rod ends are not part of the kit-in-a-box so those need to be ordered seprately.
I’ve had a few questions on where I got the adapters from. I purchased them off eBay, however the original seller bought them off someone in the states who had them made by: http://www.motorsport-tech.com/
Due to having a full set of E36/46 wheels sitting in the garage with almost new Bridgestone RE720 rubber it seemed a shame not use it. We’ve sourced a set of 4 to 5 stud adapters from eBay to allow fitment to the E30 hubs.
Test fit of engine. Got bored waiting for steering rack so we thought we’d “chuck” the engine in and see how it fits – very nicely from the look of it. The gearbox mount bracket is a bit off so its being held up with a jack until that’s bent in to the right shape and had one hole moved a bit.
New pictures in the gallery showing the cleaned up and de-rusted limited slip differential fitted to the Sportster.
More new pictures of the front with the brake calliper and wheel test fitted: Click me
Thank you to pacerpete on www.E30Zone.co.uk I now have a 3.91 ratio LSD for the Sportster! Went to collect it today. Now it needs to be cleaned – de rusted and painted ready to go in the car. – Anyone need a 3.91 open diff?
Excellent! I got big funny shaped box from Marlin today. Quite a lot more bits, specifically ball joints and shocks. Click me
Front suspension is together! Just need the steering rack now for final test fit. I’ve put pictures up of the progress. Also test fitted the front anti roll bar. I still need to fabricate brackets for them.Click me
Don’t have any pictures yet but after getting some male/male adapters I was finally able to get on with installing the rear brake pipes and hoses. Looks pretty good. I may invest in a pipe flaring tool to do it properly.
The pedal box is close to complete now. I decided to use the ball bearings from the donor car. This needed a bit of work on the pedals to make them fit. The tubes that they pivot on needed drilling out to 20mm to allow the BMW bearings to fit in. Got there in the end, pictures can be seen here: