Welcome to my BMW 16v K conversion build.
If you are looking into starting a BMW conversion I would suggest looking at the following links.
If you are interested and keen to attempt this conversion and any conversion for that matter I would suggest you complete a reasonable amount of research prior to spending any money. I always create and develop a spreadsheet detailing the cost of any parts or services required to produce an estimate of the total project cost. This spreadsheet cannot be produced in 5 mins. If you think you have completed it, you havent. The spreadsheet will always expand and alter during the build. Dont forget that once you have completed the engine build and installed it in your mini you are going to have to insure it, if you are under 20 I wouldnt bother starting this conversion and hope to install it unless youre seriously loaded. Ensure you set yourself a reasonable budget. There is no point starting a project if you are unable to fund it, I see it so many times that people get 90% through a project then having to throw in the towel and it ends up on ebay.
I dont want to put anyone off completing this conversion but you need to be realistic. For a standard build you will be looking at around the £3,500 mark. When you are building a new engine I will always suggest you dont cut corners, if one component fails or is installed incorrectly you could destroy the engine beyond repair, maybe for the sake of that extra £100 that you didnt want to spend.
One more thing you should do prior to making your decision is to read a build guide to get an understanding of what is needed and what isnt. You can buy a complete guide from Specialist Components or you can find a free guide on Morspeeds website. If you think the work is beyond your capabilities you can buy a complete engine that is plug and play.
I decided to go with the Specialist Components Conversion Kit. John is a very friendly chap and knows his stuff and is always able to help answer your questions.
Now to the pictures:
BMW 16v K1200rs head arrives:
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BMW head acid dipped and Bead Blasted:
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Mini Engine Block studs, oil and water ways blocked, Bored out to 73.5mm honed and skimmed:
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Central Main Strap Fitted:
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BMW head on Mini block for the first time:
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Specialist Components Conversion Kit arrives:
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BMW head converted to fit mini. Thanks to Nick Butler at Auto Imagination for welding this up.
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Cam Cover Prior to Machining:
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The next step is to have the head face and side inc the cam cover skimmed and the oil return couplings drilled and tapped.
I will try and keep this up to date so check back regularly.
Edited by mini_nutz, 11 May 2014 - 07:28 PM.