This BMW M10B18 engine was supposed to be rebuilt, to fit in a BMW E30. Yet after close inspection during the blueprinting process, it revealed not only that the bores are completely out of spec, but also that there are multiple cracks on the deck. A rebuild would have been impossible. Instead of scrapping this piece of Bavarian engineering, here is what I have made of it…
I started by polishing the crankshaft for roughly 30 hours, before sending it to be chromed. It still turns by hand, in its original (and highly worn) bearing caps…
I then bead-blasted the block, and sent it to a machine shop anyway, to bore the cylinders out and skim the deck, so that it looks fresh.
Four coats of epoxy, two of BMW’s own « AlpinWeiss » and two clear coats protect the block.
Afterwards I asked a friend who is a carpenter to make a base out of solid oak, onto which the engine is now bolted to.
A tempered glass top has been cut to measure, resting on top, with the nose of the crankshaft poking out of the top.
Quite usefully, this item can also serve a purpose if you wish it to: four bottles of your favourite beverage can be stowed into each of the cylinders.
If you are interested in this specific item, or would like to order a similar one, I will be glad to hear about it.
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