E30 5.0 Conversion details (updated Feb 2, 2010)This page is designed to give you an overview of the 5.0 swap and what is required. It is also designed to help you plan your swap and start collecting the required parts. This page does not get updated often. Read our BLOG here to get the latest information and customer builds.
Ford 5.0 sitting in a BMW E30
The E30 5.0 swap is almost identical to the E36 5.0 swapWe have a TON of details on the E36 5.0 conversion here. 95% of the E30 swap will be the same as the E36. Please read all information and links posted there, and then see below for the key differences:
Brake BoosterThe brake booster is in the way. You'll need to go to manual brakes or a remote booster setup ($$). Many folks go manual brakes when swapping in Euro S50 motors. You need to move the mounting point to the brake pedal up 1" for increased leverage. A smaller booster will not work. The engine needs to be all the way back near the firewall, the engine bay is too short.
Oil panA front sump pan is required, and you will have to cut and weld it to miss the steering rack.
Cutting the Ford 302 5.0 oilpan to fit the BMW E30 325 or 318
FirewallSome hammering on the firewall will be required. The heater core pipes have to be cut off or re-routed behind the firewall. There is no room for them to protrude because the 5.0 engine is in the way.
Engine mountsWe have the E30 5.0 steel engine mounts finally ready for sale here. They use E30 325 rubber/poly motor mounts under them.
Transmission crossmemberThe transmission mount can be made with a piece of angle iron with 4 holes drilled.
Headers/steering shaftThe steering shaft/header issue should be very similar to the E36 5.0 swap. The pictures below show the headers dumping towards the front on an E36 5.0 swap.
ShifterThe shifter comes up very close to the original hole.
The Ford 5.0 T5 shifter comes up nice in the BMW E30 (318 or 325)
Completed swapsSeveral people are currently building 5.0 powered E30's. Read our Blog for the latest links and photos.
The Infamous turbo 5.0 E30Here are some pictures of a 5.0 swapped turbo E30. Little is known about this car except for the pictures (these aren't our pictures, we're just posting them for reference). They are provided for information & motivation. It's probably pushing 400-500 horsepower.
The BMW E30 with turbo 5.0 and Cobra intake!
Check out the huge turbo Ford 5.0 in this BMW E30!
PS. Be sure to read our FAQ on E36v8.com