Okay.... Lets see where I let off.
Found these adapters to run 5/8 spherical bearings on the e36 knuckles. I will build the control arms soon
Engine coming out again. I hate the new subframe layout
Subframe and rack land right where the oil pan should be. I could leave it here and have bad ground clearence, or make a custom oil pan and move it all up
New crossmember and rack mount. Moved up 2.25 inches. Fixed hround clearence and also minimized bumpsteer spacers.
Breaking in the plasma cutting some 1/4 sheet for a new engine cradle
Bending the cradle. 1.5 .120 wall DOM left over from a cage build
These plates will be welded to the frame rails, with nuts welded to the back of them. Creating one big threaded insert esentially to mount the cradle to, along with possibly other reinforcements.
Frame drilled, nuts welded to backing plate
Cradle installed. I wanted to keep it bolt in for ease of servicablilty.
Motor mounts rev2. They use stock e46 rubber mounts. This way I can buy off the shelf aftermarket mounts and bolt them on some day
THEN I WENT OFF THE DEEP END
I am not very expereinced with aluminum. What better time to try some oil saturated cast aluminum? I prepped it really well and had decent results. 2 problem areas I will take down and re-weld. Need to finish this pan then check for leaks.
I will take some measurements to see how much capacity I lost. I will use a remote filter (big ford style) or a oil cooler to get the capacity back.