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    Picked up an e30 325i last night. It is rougher than a sailor's sac, but is a cheap means of having some fun.
    The plan is to have it tip top & usable for round $5.5k USD including purchase.

    Cost so far $1,500.

    Spec:

    • Rusty Scuttle
    • Rear Pocket (under the battery) has a fine big hole in it
    • Paint is bad
    • Sunroof tray is rusty
    • Interior needs to be disinfected
    • Every bushing is gone
    • Misfiring under load
    • Exhaust is swiss cheese
    • Sills and jacking points are solid
    • Arches are solid
    • Front panel is pretty straight
    • There is an oil leak of some sort
    • The sunroof visor covers previous hole repairs



    I'm just interested in having something that I don't necessarily need to care too much about, and won't bust the bank if it breaks.
    The thought of a solidly setup e30 with an LSD on a greasy road it what it is all about.

    I had to sit on my hands last night to avoid going to town with the credit card before getting a clear picture of how bad the car might actually be.

    Plans:
    Next 1-2 months (in order of priority)

    • Clinical Clean of the interior (seats out, steam clean, dead frog removal etc)
    • Full Engine Service (belts, fluids, plugs and ignition system)
    • New Exhaust
    • Full Polybush Bushing Kit
    • New Brakes & SS Hoses
    • Z3 1.9 Shifter and New Shifter Cup/Bushing
    • New iS Front Lip (or an MTech II Valance if I can find one)
    • Find an LSD somewhere
    • BC Racing Coilovers



    Long Term

    • Get my hoard from home shipped over
    • Safety Devices Half Cage
    • Schmidt Modernline 16x9J Wheels
    • e46 steering rack
    • Start making a go at painting it


    Done Deal Photo- MINT!!!


    Actual photos (not so mint)






    One of many dead frogs




    Disgusting interior









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    Current: e34 m5, 2002Tii, e30 316
Previous: '89 e30 m3, '88 325iS, '90 318iS, '91 318iS, '91 318i, '87 318

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    Ripped into it last night and started ordering parts.

    Surprisingly clean where e30s are usually rust. The only really bad spots are the roof, and this rear pocket;


    The other side is perfect


    Clean battery tray & chassis legs


    Interior removed for a serious clean



    ..during which I found a whole pile of service history back to the 90s. But....it explains how long the gears in the odometer have been worn - see if you catch it



    Ordered a complete service kit, powerflex bushing kit and z3 short shifter & busing kit tonight.
    The plugs are rotten and she could do with a good "tune up" as the yanks say.

    From there I'll see if it is worth the $ for coilovers etc
    Last edited by e30mclow; 22-09-2017 at 12:51 PM.
    Current: e34 m5, 2002Tii, e30 316
Previous: '89 e30 m3, '88 325iS, '90 318iS, '91 318iS, '91 318i, '87 318

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    Nice Find.. theres an Mtech II car in Ontario imported from Japan on BAT which i considered bidding on, contacted the seller and th chap thinks its worth M3 money, hes f**in lakes as us Longford boys say.. im still hoping to find that barnyard find, and i need a bigger Garage..


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    Looks nice a nice base Ger!

    E46 rack would be one of the first things on my list to sort though lol
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    The boys!

    I can get an e46 m3 rack for about $150 delivered, but can’tremember the deal with the hoses? Do I need some made up to length?

    Gutted and cleaned the interior last weekend
    Full Service Kit arrived today
    Full Powerflex Performance Pack came in on Monday
    Picking up a 5 branch and center section on Saturday.
    Have made up a rear section using my old b5 s4 APR Exhaust (that was $2,000 new!)
    Did a compression test and she is 165-170psi when cold across all 6. Plan is to make sure she is running 100% before spending too much.
    Once verified to be solid, I’ll order the BC Coilovers, Brakes and Bearings.


    Looking forward to getting rid of the comfort of a 2016 Silverado and getting into an e30 as a daily driver again!







    Last edited by e30mclow; 27-09-2017 at 04:46 PM.
    Current: e34 m5, 2002Tii, e30 316
Previous: '89 e30 m3, '88 325iS, '90 318iS, '91 318iS, '91 318i, '87 318

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    Nice progress, so you mated the Audi Exhaust to it?? how does that sound??


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    Quote Originally Posted by Feens View Post
    Nice progress, so you mated the Audi Exhaust to it?? how does that sound??
    Not yet, maybe next week.
    The rear smaller box is held with one clamp, so it is easy to go louder if needed.

    Oh - I know of a lachs 325iS with Cardinal interior and euro 3.0 for sale in Calgary, but he wanted almost $20k
    Current: e34 m5, 2002Tii, e30 316
Previous: '89 e30 m3, '88 325iS, '90 318iS, '91 318iS, '91 318i, '87 318

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    Quote Originally Posted by e30mclow View Post
    The boys!

    [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3][COLOR=#000000]I can get an e46 m3 rack for about $150 delivered, but canítremember the deal with the hoses? Do I need some made up to length?
    Are you thinking of a purple tag e46 sport rack rather than a normal e46 m3 rack?

    I put one into the iS and needed hoses & splines made up by DanThe off the Zone

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    E36, E46, purple tag, Z3 racks are all the same to fit. The 318is doesn't need the splined shaft to make them fit but nice to get rid of the rubber coupling anyway.

    I used make up kits before to fit them (probably sold or fitted nearly 50 of them!) but the pipes Dan does are nicer. Impossible to get something similar made in Ireland as usual so I just use those pipes if fitting one these days.

    Gers car being LHD, he won't have any issues with clearance go the manifold obviously even with a 6 branch so just a case of spacers between the rack and subframe and hoses to suit or bend the originals
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveM-sport View Post
    E36, E46, purple tag, Z3 racks are all the same to fit. The 318is doesn't need the splined shaft to make them fit but nice to get rid of the rubber coupling anyway.

    I used make up kits before to fit them (probably sold or fitted nearly 50 of them!) but the pipes Dan does are nicer. Impossible to get something similar made in Ireland as usual so I just use those pipes if fitting one these days.

    Gers car being LHD, he won't have any issues with clearance go the manifold obviously even with a 6 branch so just a case of spacers between the rack and subframe and hoses to suit or bend the originals
    Is the e46 m3 rack not slower than the purple tag rack?

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    Chances of me finding a purple tag are very slim.

    I recall the 1.9 z3 as being a contender in the day, as it was linear rather than progressive.
    Current: e34 m5, 2002Tii, e30 316
Previous: '89 e30 m3, '88 325iS, '90 318iS, '91 318iS, '91 318i, '87 318

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    Quote Originally Posted by e30mclow View Post
    Chances of me finding a purple tag are very slim.

    I recall the 1.9 z3 as being a contender in the day, as it was linear rather than progressive.
    Could you buy one over here and bring it over there? Or even German ebay for LHD?

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    Yea, E46 M3 is slightly better than standard E46.
    Purple tag is 3 turns.

    CSL is 3 turns too be slight deadzone in the center for high speed stability as some people say the purple tag is abit twitchy.


    Z3 1.9 is 2.7 turns but not as much travel as the purple tag
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    I’m sure my silver iS had the z3 1.9 rack, which I liked…butlosing out on some lock would be a tragedy..
    Tough call.. I wouldn’t get away with scutting around hereanyway. One more ticket and I may as well give up.



    Threw new plugs and distributor cap & arm on it lastnight and it now sings – that along with the compression test was enough for meto open the wallet.


    Picked up the 6 branch manifold this morning.
    Ordered BC Coilovers last night.

    Also ordered Rear Camber & Castor Plates & Bolts, F& R Strut Braces, SS Brake Lines & Clutch Line, a new genuine BMW iSfront lip & clips and some other misc stuff. That equated to a $1,700lightening of the wallet.



    Finding it hard to decide on wheels, as once the rear issquared up using the camber correction, 16x9s just won’t look that great.
    I’m considering 5x120 adapters and running these, which arepretty clean an popped up for sale for $300.





    Current: e34 m5, 2002Tii, e30 316
Previous: '89 e30 m3, '88 325iS, '90 318iS, '91 318iS, '91 318i, '87 318

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    Pulled the rear subframe out yesterday.
    Went fine, it being a southern car with no salty grot.
    Nice and clean under there too.








    I'll drain & clean the diff before putting it back in.
    Fingers crossed that all the parts come in this week.
    Current: e34 m5, 2002Tii, e30 316
Previous: '89 e30 m3, '88 325iS, '90 318iS, '91 318iS, '91 318i, '87 318

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