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      01-11-2017, 04:48 PM   #45
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The thoughts of pulling up next to this car and seeing Leno driving it, hahahaha
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Very nice build. Been wanting to get down to Leno's garage but haven't had time. If I do, I'll post up any interesting rides he has (I'm sure all are, but we'll see lol).

I've seen Leno on the freeway in various cars and met him a few times. He was a judge at a car show I was in and brought his SJ Duesy. He was a nice guy until some dumbass placed her purse on the hood of the car. He tore her a new one and deservedly so.

This M1 build is badass..the exhaust IS music...but it might grow a bit tiresome unless you cruise it in 6th to make it livable in a DD. Kudos to the owner...sweet project.
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Very nice build. Been wanting to get down to Leno's garage but haven't had time. If I do, I'll post up any interesting rides he has (I'm sure all are, but we'll see lol).

I've seen Leno on the freeway in various cars and met him a few times. He was a judge at a car show I was in and brought his SJ Duesy. He was a nice guy until some dumbass placed her purse on the hood of the car. He tore her a new one and deservedly so.

This M1 build is badass..the exhaust IS music...but it might grow a bit tiresome unless you cruise it in 6th to make it livable in a DD. Kudos to the owner...sweet project.
Thank you. I wanted to take photos in the garage of some of the cars but we signed paperwork saying we would not. They have so much stuff in there and have plans to do a lot of content with it, so they do not want any spoilers leaked. Jay is the man.

The video actually makes the car seem a bit louder than it is.
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Thank you. I wanted to take photos in the garage of some of the cars but we signed paperwork saying we would not. They have so much stuff in there and have plans to do a lot of content with it, so they do not want any spoilers leaked. Jay is the man.

The video actually makes the car seem a bit louder than it is.
Oh really? No pics? Surprising since most of his stuff has been shown. Guess we'll see since my visit isn't going to video'd and a friend of mine works for him...lol. He has a ton of toys. Chances are if you see a classic on the 101 freeway that is perfect, it's his and/or him driving it. You can't miss him in his convertibles (or driving his pumper Firetruck).
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      01-11-2017, 07:55 PM   #49
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Oh really? No pics? Surprising since most of his stuff has been shown. Guess we'll see since my visit isn't going to video'd and a friend of mine works for him...lol. He has a ton of toys. Chances are if you see a classic on the 101 freeway that is perfect, it's his and/or him driving it. You can't miss him in his convertibles (or driving his pumper Firetruck).
yeah, i dont know if they are being more protective of the cars since the tv show started. he did have some new stuff moving in.
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Really cool video I always loved your build! Jay seems like a genuine car guy, I'd love to sit down and talk about some of his classics with him.
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That sound is intoxicating
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Oh wow, just amazing, thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

If not for the insane cost of a build like this, I'd love to have a car like this. What a special ride...
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Awesome conversion. Congratulations for the labour of love. I love the GT3 reference as it looks like a proper GTS (or CSL) that BMW never made based on the 1 series.
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A super badass build
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What isn't there to like about this? Long live the S65!
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Very cool !
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The other warehouse houses his collection and really is more of a museum dedicated to his interests than anything else. All of the cars in his collection are spaced out and arranged so they can all drive in and out of the garage. He regularly drives and enjoys all his cars. It was awesome to tour around there and I actually found myself asking more questions about the artwork than the cars.
Great job Marco! You made us all proud.

You've built yourself a truly unique and amazing car! Congrats on your accomplishment!

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OP, thanks for sharing. Can you please comment on the weight distribution in this new setup? BTW, your audio convinced me NOT to get rid of my S65...ever :
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Such an amazing build Marco! You have the BMW enthusiast community drooling with excitement over the build.

Great job! Can't say enough how cool that car is.
Are the 1M fenders and rear 1/4 BMW original? The rears seem even wider then a stock 1M. I love fender flares They don't make cars like that anymore aside from the F80.
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OP, thanks for sharing. Can you please comment on the weight distribution in this new setup? BTW, your audio convinced me NOT to get rid of my S65...ever :
Thank you. The S65 only weighs 15 more lbs than an n54 and sits further back. The s65 transmission is heavier but due to it being low and more toward the center of the car, it doesn't compromise anything. The car with the v8 entirely preserves the factory balance and dynamics. What really sets it apart from the e92 is it is over 400lbs lighter, while still keeping all street amenities, and has a shorter wheel base.

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Such an amazing build Marco! You have the BMW enthusiast community drooling with excitement over the build.

Great job! Can't say enough how cool that car is.
Are the 1M fenders and rear 1/4 BMW original? The rears seem even wider then a stock 1M. I love fender flares They don't make cars like that anymore aside from the F80.
You have a keen eye. These steel arches are slightly wider than a factory 1m.
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OP, thanks for sharing. Can you please comment on the weight distribution in this new setup? BTW, your audio convinced me NOT to get rid of my S65...ever :
Thank you. The S65 only weighs 15 more lbs than an n54 and sits further back. The s65 transmission is heavier but due to it being low and more toward the center of the car, it doesn't compromise anything. The car with the v8 entirely preserves the factory balance and dynamics. What really sets it apart from the e92 is it is over 400lbs lighter, while still keeping all street amenities, and has a shorter wheel base.

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Such an amazing build Marco! You have the BMW enthusiast community drooling with excitement over the build.

Great job! Can't say enough how cool that car is.
Are the 1M fenders and rear 1/4 BMW original? The rears seem even wider then a stock 1M. I love fender flares They don't make cars like that anymore aside from the F80.
You have a keen eye. These steel arches are slightly wider than a factory 1m.
I have a thing for hips of all sorts
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I would like to see a comparative with an original M3 E92 GTS... but I think that the better car would be this little 1 Monster 👍
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I would like to see a comparative with an original M3 E92 GTS... but I think that the better car would be this little 1 Monster 👍
The e92 m3 GTS is an amazing car and a huge source of inspiration in my car. My car puts down more power, has better suspension, and is lighter. I would expect it to be quicker.
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Marco, if I may, I'm curious about your intake/hood setup.
The stock induction system on the S65 was designed with the hood inlet/vent as one of the three main air inlets as described in the following BMW diagram, the other two being the inlet behind the double kidney-grilles and the inlet in the bumper.


Even though your hood is weight optimized being carbon fiber (based on the video), I noticed there is no hood vent/inlet a la the E9X M3 hood so with your hood closed, the air inlet guide on your intake that sits where the hood inlet would be is effectively blocked from receiving air.

Was this deliberate? Or was there a discussion with the guys who worked on the project? Obviously a Dinan 4.6L is far from stock, but I couldn't help but notice that your air intake system follows the shape of OEM S65 intake but the hood doesn't have the inlet.
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