Who all has rebuilt an engine? If only it were free, I'd be super excited to refresh my VQ. I'm most excited to balance all the rods and pistons to help to rev more smoothly. And to clean up the heads a bit.
I think I know what I'll use for a daily when I eventually upgrade to the E60 M5 from the E39 540i. It's the perfect daily. Easy to park, fun, 34 mpg, cheap, easy to work on, comfortable, aux/blu tooth, and it's different. Selling the E39 should cover the cost of one of these which is a bonus.
If you saw my last post about how to improve the brakes on the early 350Z’s, you’ll know I showed you several ways to improve the stock set-up without needing different calipers. The recipe I gave you is more than adequate for any driving scenario up to a full track weekend; I did seven track days on that exact set-up. Eventually, you may find you want more stopping power as you increase power or focus more on track
Unfortunately, due to packaging I won't be able to get quite as much clearance, but I'm going to do the best I can. Eventually I'll move the engine back 6 to 12 inches depending on trans tunnel clearance then angle the radiator the below Miata duct is the inspiration though.
I stole the PVC drill holder from Pintrest. The drill bits and socket attachments were my idea. There are sharpies in their own holes just to the right. If it's not easily accessible, you probably won't use it.
OEM hardware is usually really good stuff. These bushings for an intake pipe I removed from my 540i could be super useful in the future for a different project. Keep the hardware you remove; it could come in handy