need help deciding what to do with my 318 and its (now) cracked cylinder head
my 91' 318i is a great little car, or at least it was till' I lent it to my brother for use in the winter (bad ass snow tires, LSD) and he ran it into a snow bank, while it was in there, he let it idle, not knowing that the fan clutch on the car was not at all up to the task of cooling that M42 at idle for long periods of time. the rad blew, so I hoped that it blew up the radiator before it did damage to the head.
I got it home, replaced the mangled tie rods, replaced a torn brake line(?!) and got a new used radiator from a 96 Ti. started her up, bled the system -- ran up to temp, started like a champ -- nothing unusual. exhaust had no coolant burning, coolant had no oil, but on the top of the dipstick and under the oil cap after running for 30 minutes. there is milk. FUCK.
so, the head on this M42 is cooked. I need help deciding exactly what to do with the car now, and thats where I want your input.
a.) try and track down a rather illusive M42 cylinder head (probably not super expensive if I can find one)
b) track down a full M42 (or M44, even?) to swap in (again, not out of the price leauge, but VERY hard to come by.)
c.) swap in a M50B25NV (by far the most rewarding, more reliable but piecing together one of these swaps on the cheap isnt easy.)
d.) swap in a M20B25/B27?
e.) part out the car and scrap it come spring.
f.) other (please note in reply).
the car, really impressed me so I want to save it -- the 5MT is butter smooth, LSD, no real problems, just put all new suspension and brakes on it, etc. etc.
thanks for your input, guys and if you happen to know of a M42 local, do let me know
00' BMW 323iT -- 01' Toyota MR-S -- 08' 244cc scoot-puff
84' BMW 325e/5 24V in progress -- 92' BMW 850i/6 -- 97' BMW M3/2/5