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Old 05-28-2013, 08:02 PM   #1
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After attending a couple of Brodeos and not being able to keep up with more than half the cars, I decided I needed a 24v swapped E30 in my life. As much time, effort and money as I put into getting Klaus up to OEM+ status, I couldn't convince myself to have him be the recipient of the swap. So I bought another one.

I searched most of the Fall and early Winter to find a suitable candidate. I had two potential deals fall through during that time; one for a lachsilber over cardinal 325iC and one for a green over tan 325i. I know it's cliche, though it holds true here - the third time is a charm. Found in January, this car was the perfect swap candidate. A two-door sedan, 270k on the odometer (of little concern since the entire drive train would be replaced), straight body with only one rust button on the rear valence at the back of the battery tray, recent timing belt service, new tires, and yes, bronzitbeige metallic.

The car was in Knoxville, and my friend RobertK was kind enough to meet the seller and give it a good going-over for me. That following Saturday, another friend (Sideways87) and I drove over to Knoxville to pick her up. She made the 200 mile trip home to middle Tennessee without incident.

As anyone who's read Klaus' build thread knows, my wife names all the cars. When she spotted this one, she knew right away it was a female car. After she rode in it for the first time and heard the exhaust leaks, the name came right to her. She walks like a woman and talks like a man: Lola.





I sold the weaves (which were in very good shape) with the tires on them to Donnie, the local E30 parts guy. I had my eye on a set of Borbet Type Cs a forum member was selling. I had wanted a set of these for years. I tried to buy this same set last year, though we couldn't quite get all the logistics hammered out since we were geographically separated by 250 miles - each way. This time we were able to work it all out, and the wheels with a serviceable set of tires included were now mine. First order of business: refinishing them. I did the blasting at a friends' shop, and had another friend (who manages that shop) shoot them for me in some extra DuPont Metallic Pewter urethane he had sitting around after painting his truck. It was a phenomenal price I couldn't pass up.


In the blast cabinet



Getting there



Waiting their turn



A coat of etch primer



20mm spacers



Done


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Old 05-28-2013, 08:02 PM   #2
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Over the course of the next few months, I started accumulating swap and other necessary replacement parts.

































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Next order of business, cleaning her up. At least a couple species of critters had taken up residence in the car at some point, apparently while it sat for an undetermined length of time before the PO began to save her.

I purchased a cloth interior from a forum member and sold the tan leather.


Interior coming out



Tan interior out



I have no idea what this is; my guess is something put there either by the vermin or to run them out...?



Decades of filth







Is that a Genuine Kraco mat? Damned right it is.



Goodies



$1.33, a paper clip and a blue toothpick



Clean(er) carpet



Interior going in







Plate filler



One Saturday was spent installing the brakes & suspension with Sideways87








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Old 05-28-2013, 08:03 PM   #4
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RobertK called to say he had sourced an M52 and a diff for me, so we scheduled a long weekend to do the transplant surgery. I loaded up the car and headed back to Knoxville on a Friday with the intent of being home the following Tuesday...

Loaded up







Arrival in Knoxville







At the Kadunza Shop





And here we go!...



Fluids coming out





Yuck



Exhaust coming out





Pan extension for the transmission jack (patent pending)





RobertK & PrestonK getting the M20 out



Almost ready



Out it comes





Engine bay cleaning - before:







After :





Internals



CAs and offset CABs



New rear main seal going on



Pan going on



I brought two transmissions to choose from



Shop dinner
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:03 PM   #5
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Work continues...

Manifold built



Painted parts





Subframe built (yes I painted the sway bar bronzit)







RobertK doing work



Yuck (again)



Scraping off the sound tar & painting





Getting a hand from tn325i



Luke_M and tn325i taking a break while the K brothers keep at it



PrestonK working on the steering knuckle



Valve Cover



Now with the correct number of pedals



RobertK doing work





ECU in



Old cams out



New cams in; reinstalling VANOS



Diff full of Red Line



Diff in



Kcufin' A



PrestonK taking a few mm off the water pump nut





Dropping the car on to the front subframe/engine assembly



Installed



Yes it landed on the floor like that - no shit



Being the tallest guy in the room has its down sides, especially when it comes to how high (low) the car sits on the lift



Skid plate on







Exhaust progress

















In there!
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:20 PM   #6
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nice work so far! keep it up.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:28 PM   #7
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:43 PM   #8
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As I mentioned earlier in the thread my intent was to get home sometime on Tuesday, though I actually didn't pull back in to my driveway until about 1am Friday (!). There were a handful of setbacks and delays though RobertK, PrestonK, and BJ all soldiered on despite working CRAZY hours trying to get me back home as soon as possible. I have to offer sincere thanks to everyone who lent a hand on this project in one way or another, and everyone who stopped by Robert's shop to help and/or offer their moral support.

Once home, I left the following morning to help move a friend from Ohio back to Tennessee. I finished up with that on Sunday and took the missus for a ride - and the fuel pump took a shit.


My friend Jeff getting her loaded up



Fuel pump replacement with an assist from Mr. Schwarz





Plasti-dipped the spoiler











Plasti-dip shadowline







Painted the grilles & blackened up the kidneys



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Old 05-28-2013, 08:54 PM   #9
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She passed emissions and got new plates today.

Car specs:
  • M52B28
  • S52 cams
  • M50 manifold
  • OBD1 throttle body / boot
  • OBD1 fuel rail
  • Markert Motorworks harness
  • Markert Motorworks modified E32 booster
  • TRM OBD2 flash/tune (EWS delete, post-cat O2 delete, SAP delete, 7200 rpm redline)
  • Complete stainless dual exhaust (eBay stainless headers into Magnaflow dual in/out cat to Active Autowerke cat-back; V-bands at both ends of the midsection)
  • ZF 320
  • UUC DSSR
  • Torsen 3.15
  • E28 motor mounts
  • H&R Race / Bilstein Sports
  • Ruff camber plates
  • Offset CABs
  • E36 steering rack with brand new tie rods & sway bar links
  • Red46 stainless skid plate
  • Brembo blanks & Hawk HPS pads
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:31 PM   #10
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Very nice! This car wears its bronzit well.
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awesome man... wish i had the resources to accomplish a project like this. my goal is to put an s50 in my next e30.. but all i have is a driveway to work in haha
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awesome man...
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I enjoyed reading/looking at your build thread. Thanks for sharing!
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Robert and his brother turn some quick wrenches. Looks great! only thing is the muffler looks like it hangs low.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:50 AM   #15
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