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    E30 Adventures

    R3V-

    This weekend I went on a fairly epic e30 adventure and thought it'd be fun to share with you all. You know, like old forum days.

    I recently caught wind of a 6-pack of e30s down in Mississippi, along with a gaggle of good parts. The feller's name was Vinny. Real salt of the earth type of guy. Vinny and his son shared the hobby of E30s together. For many years, Vinny daily drove different E30s back and forth from his home outside of Tupelo to his work up in Memphis. Vinny also spent time in Germany, during which he raided junkyards and got some cool euro bits he stashed in his storage container.

    Vinny's son passed away, six years ago. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. His son was into drifting E30s. His son blew up his first creation, and sought to improve upon it. The first experiment was a roller-painted blurple '87 325iS with a turbo M20, fence piping caged, gutted and tuned with a FPR adding fuel with boost pressure, and wideband he watched. The turbo kit was an OEM M21 twin scroll manifold and an HX35. Downpipe was all flexpipe, etc. When this car went kaboom, he started building the next creation, which was a bronzit '89 325i coupe. This consisted of a super ETA bottom end, 885 head, quality manifold, nicer turbo, nice cage, quality suspension bits, etc etc. Sadly, the car was never finished.

    Vinny let the cars sit for some time after his son's passing to process, and finally saw it fit to pass them on to a good home. I spent quite a bit of time chatting with him about his experience with E30s, his son's builds, etc etc. We struck an agreement, and the plan was in motion.

    I called my buddy Zach, who is a hard working dude always down for an adventure, as well as JakeB and Tim (ClassicDaily) who are experts at their craft, and also always down for a good time.

    Now that the team was assembled, I set out to get everything else in place. Jake rented a new 2500 Cummins from enterprise, and had access to a 32' car hauler. I rented a 16' box truck with dolly, and an additional dolly for my Xterra.

    There were 6 cars in total. We hoped to bring 3 cars back on Jake's trailer and two behind the dollies, expecting to part out one car down in MS.

    Day one, Zach and I got down there around dinner time on Wednesday. We extracted the parts from all over the property in an attempt to see what we had. I started to get nervous, as one does when taking on an adventure like this, due to some parts that were less than ideal. Vinny pointed us to the corner of his shop, where I found what ended up being a pivotal pile of parts his son had purchased for his build but hadn't yet used. There were turbo manifolds, multiple drift suspension setups, new swaybars, wheels, new in box Garrett turbo, handbrakes, etc etc.

    Jake and Tim drove down from Michigan on Thursday and got in around 10pm. Meanwhile, that day Zach started organizing the boxes while I set out to part out the blurple retired '87 iS I mentioned above, knowing that at least one car would have to be parted, as not all 6 could be brought home. I had the car fully parted by dinner time, and Zach had all of the loose parts organized and boxed into Lowes moving boxes.

    Friday was the big day, as the whole crew was now on site. Jake measured the trailer vs cars while I picked up the uhaul dolly, and around noon after some chattin' we discovered that 3 cars were not going to fit on the 32' hauler. So, it was now game time. Tim and Zach began loading the box truck. I picked the next best part out candidate, a t-boned '87 325eS, and Jake and I went to town, but had a deadline, as both shells had to be scrapped by 3:30pm that day due to scrap yard hours. Tim and Zach finished the truck quickly and came to help with the part out.

    By some miracle, we got the second car fully parted down to a bare shell, not leaving any meat on the bone, and rolled into the scrap yard at 3:28pm. Vinny was hanging out with us most of the time, and invited us to stay and hang for steaks and beer, which was the perfect way to end the day.

    By Saturday we were focused on getting everything loaded/secured for the drive back on Sunday. Several of the cars had drivetrains removed already, so there were at least 4 loose M20s that needed to be loaded onto the 32' trailer, after the two cars it would hold. A 99K mile SETA coupe and an '87 325iS were designated as the ideal dolly cars, so the '89 coupe and another '87 iS were loaded onto the trailer, behind which we loaded two m20/g260 combos, an m20 shortblock, and another m20 longblock.

    We got everything set to go, and were up and at 'em super early Sunday, as we not only had to get back to my warehouse in Indy to unload, but Jake and Tim had to get back to Michigan, and Zach had to get back to Bloomington, on Sunday night.

    By another miracle, we made it back to the warehouse, unscathed, after a grueling day of traffic and spending what felt like a life savings on fuel for all of the vehicles. We unloaded the goods, and had a celebratory Mexican meal before the crew headed back to their respective homes.

    It was a beautiful thing....... getting to connect with Vinny and not only do business, but make a lasting memory/connection...... it just goes to show that this stuff isn't surface level. There is so much more to these cars that we all love, modify, invest into. There is community.

    Anyway, thought it would be fun to share this with the 14 people left on here. The time is now. Go out and do the things you want in life, that will leave you feeling fulfilled.


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    Onto some photos-



    Upon arrival:


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    Parts cars

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    Safe and sound!


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    1990 Brilliantrot 325iS Build Thread
    1989 Zinnoberrot M3 Build Thread

    #2
    I hope the other 13 people will enjoy this post as much as I did. Great work Bobbie!

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      #3
      Awesome story and message, hope Vinny takes solace in the fact that his son's projects went to a great home.
      '86 325e Zinnoberrot /// '02 325ci Schwarz II /// '18 M4 Azurite Black Metallic ///

      Albie325 Build Thread | Albie325 COTM Jan 2021

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        #4
        hell of a haul and a nice story. looking forward to the project threads, and glad they get to live on.
        cars beep boop

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          #5
          A great adventure with friends is always memorable - add in a fantastic background story and it becomes meaningful. The cars and parts could not have ended up in a better place, to be enjoyed by others in the spirit of Vinny's son. Thanks for sharing the story.

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            #6
            I was hoping for a r3v post about this! I miss days of car related adventures.

            I think my last qualifying adventure was in like 2014, driving a few hours with Roysneon to pick up a complete M52+ZF swap from some hillbillies on the south mountain, only to have the ram on my engine hoist shit the bed and force us to manhandle a full drivetrain into the back of my old Mazda.
            Roy also flipped an E36ti shell on its roof by hand while we were there, because why not.

            That swap, despite sitting in the mud when we showed up, ended up being from a texas copart convertible and was hilariously clean.
            It now lives in my silver car.
            Last edited by Northern; 06-07-2022, 07:17 AM.
            Originally posted by priapism
            My girl don't know shit, but she bakes a mean cupcake.
            Originally posted by shameson
            Usually it's best not to know how much money you have into your e30

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              #7
              thx for sharing, Bobbie <3
              Autobahn Motorsport - Restoration and Service - Portland, Oregon
              503.967.3800
              '72 2002 pickup | '88 M5 | '89 330is | '89 M3 | '01 Z3M | '11 328xi-t

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                #8
                That's quite a haul!

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                  #9
                  That sounds like an awesome adventure! Love the e30 caravan.
                  sigpic84 325e

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                    #10
                    Great right up. The only thing I'm sorry about is not volunteering quick enough to be part of the party.

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                      #11
                      Thank you for sharing! I love a good car-themed adventure.

                      Glad that Vinny got the cars & parts into the hands of enthusiasts.

                      My Build Threads:
                      '87 BMW E30 325is Turbo
                      '98 BMW E36 328i
                      '90 Mazda NA Miata Turbo
                      '04 Jeep TJ
                      '05 Yamaha R6

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                        #12
                        Great write up. Thanks for sharing!

                        I'm trying to hold back from asking for parts. The urge is so strong... lol
                        90 Bronzit 325is
                        16 Black Sapphire 340i M Sport

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                          #13
                          This is what these cars are all about for me. The adventures, the memories, meeting new "E30 guys" and finding the old hoards of parts and finding them good homes. I think my last adventure was nearing 3 years ago when me and my Cousin drug a '91 318is out of a field near Jefferson City, MO. The car was severely rotted, but we were able to seal up some of the intake leaks to get it to run enough to build oil pressure and see it move under its own power. I had about 2 rolls of duct tape and a big caulk gun tube worth of RTV tied up into it as we drove it out of the fellers yard onto his dead end gravel driveway. In all the excitement of finding the car and getting it to sputter to life, we never thought to think about the brakes! As we go down this hilly driveway to a small circle turnaround, we found it didnt have any brakes! Luckily I was able to get it slowed down downshifting and it held together for a quick little clutch-kicked U-Turn. After feeling the diff lockup after all that time, we had to have it. Loaded up, back on the road to St Louis with a new to us E30, big grins, and a story to tell!

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                            #14
                            Thank you gents!!! This is what it's all about. The memories created during these experiences always stay with you, and adds depth to the ownership experiences of the cars we know and love. Stoked to get a few of these back on the road!
                            1990 Brilliantrot 325iS Build Thread
                            1989 Zinnoberrot M3 Build Thread

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                              #15
                              Great read! Ive pulled quite a few mission because of e30s, totally worth it for them.
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