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    E30Rossi's Full Build - Overhaul - 5 Lug - Bay Shave - M54 Swap (Pic Heavy)

    ​After years of doing research, following build threads for hours, and lurking around here, it's time for my contribution!

    I will post my build progress from day one, in February 2018 until now while i'm currently doing an engine bay shave and M54B30 swap!

    I figured this was the perfect place to document everything I've done to date on the car since I get so many questions and comments on IG (@e30rossi)

    Current Build/Mod List:

    Engine:

    M54B30 from 03 E46 330i
    Full Refresh (Piston Rings, Bearings, Gaskets, Timing, Seals)
    All new sensors, coilpacks, Vanos rebuild
    M50 Intake Manifold
    Port matched head
    Bimmertune TB Adapter
    Mishimoto Intake Elbow w/ K&N Filter
    RallyRoad ICV Fitting + Hoses
    SAP Delete
    ECSTuning Aluminum Waterpump + Power Steering Pulleys
    Custom shortened Oil Pan, Pickup Tube
    VACMotorsports Oil Pan Baffle
    Wideest 24V Swap Engine Mount Arms
    Revshift Poly Engine Mounts
    Refurb Alternator
    New Power Steering Pump

    Body/Exterior:

    Complete Rust repair / coating
    New BMW Roundels
    Smoked Fogs/Reflectors/Turn Signals
    Antenna Delete
    Euro Front Grilles
    20% Tint All Around
    Shaved and Repainted Engine Bay

    Suspension:

    BCRacing Coilovers (5 Lug) - 8k Front 10k Rear
    SRSConcept Front Lollipops - Caster Correcting
    Garagistic Weld-on Rear Camber Adjustment
    Diff Mount Reinforcements
    Rear Swaybar Mount Reinforcements
    Trailing arm reinforcements
    Trailing arm mount reinforcements
    Rear shock mount reinforcements
    Front Balljoint Reinforcements
    Front Engine Mount Reinforcements
    Front Swaybar Mount Reinforcements
    Garagistic Rear Subframe Poly 95A Bushings
    Garagistic Rear Trailing Arm Poly 95A Bushings
    Garagistic Rear Tie-Downs
    Powdercoated LCAs - New Balljoints
    21mm ST Front Swaybar - Poly Bushings - Strut-mount Adjustable Endlinks
    New Rear Swaybar Links
    UltraRacing Rear Strutbar
    Garagistic Front Strutbar

    Brakes:

    Front E36 Spindles
    New Front/Rear Wheel Bearings
    Front/Rear E46 Calipers - Fully rebuilt / powdercoated
    Stoptech Street Pads
    Garagistic Front Stainless Brake Hoses
    ChaseBays Rear Stainless Brake Hoses
    New Hardlines Front to Rear
    ABS Delete

    Wheels/Tires:

    BMW Style 32 Wheels (17x8 +20, 17x9 +26)
    Kumho Ecsta PS51 Tires (205/40 215/40)
    MotorsportHardware Extended Studs
    MotorsportHardware Forged Lug Nuts
    OEM Style 32 Spare Wheel

    Steering:

    OEM Z3 Steering Rack
    Garagistic Rack Swap Kit
    New inner/outer tie-rods
    CondorSpeedShop Steering Linkage

    Drivetrain/Shifter:

    ZF320 Transmission
    Garagistic Poly Trans Mounts
    Garagistic Rear Differential Poly 95A Bushing
    2.93 Differential
    Garagistic Tall Chassis Mount Shifter
    Garagistic DSSR
    Revshift 24V Swap Poly Giubo

    Exhaust:

    Full 2.5" Stainless Custom Exhaust with V-Bands /Pie-cuts from VillainzWelding
    Vibrant ultra-quiet resonator
    Vibrant streetpower muffler
    Active Autowerke E46 Catless Headers

    Interior:

    Steering Wheel Adapter
    Nardi Vintage wood steering wheel
    BMW Horn Button
    Replica Recaro Seats - Black "Leather"
    Custom powdercoated seat brackets
    Rear OEM Leather Bench seat
    Rockford Fosgate 5.25" Front Component Speakers
    Rockford Fosgate 5.25" Rear Speakers
    Pioneer USB/Bluetooth Headunit
    SRSConcept Accelerator Pedal Bracket
    Painted Carpet - Trunk included
    CATuned Black Motorsport Floor mats
    Kilmat Sound Deadening - Entire Car Front to Back
    Last edited by E30Rossi; 05-24-2023, 02:33 PM.


    1989 BMW ​325i - M54B30 Swap in Progress
    IG : e30rossi
    Montreal, Canada

    #2
    Dang, I think a lot of the pics aren't loading, at least for me. Looks like an awesome build from what I can tell though!


    --Roundie Revival 2.0 - 1973 BMW 2002 Build Thread--
    --Golden Boy E30 Build Thread-- (sold)

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      #3
      Originally posted by CubbyChowder View Post
      Dang, I think a lot of the pics aren't loading, at least for me. Looks like an awesome build from what I can tell though!
      I'm new to this so not sure if i did something wrong! But thanks 🙏🏻 gotta find the rest of my pictures to continue 🙏🏻


      1989 BMW ​325i - M54B30 Swap in Progress
      IG : e30rossi
      Montreal, Canada

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        #4
        Originally posted by E30Rossi

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        First test fit of the wheels

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        Fitment looks like it will be perfect!
        The working pics look like the top line, and the broken ones look like the bottom. Almost like they didn't upload or something?

        If I go to your profile and click the Media tab, only the pictures that work in this thread show up.


        Followed you on ig for a few years now I think. Always impressed with how you consistently get such good pictures of your car.
        Last edited by Northern; 01-17-2023, 07:48 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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          #5
          Nice work and nice nugget
          Current Builds
          1989 S52 E30 Touring | The Grey Athletic Shoe
          1993 Toyota Landcruiser | The Trail Snail

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            #6
            Originally posted by Northern View Post

            The working pics look like the top line, and the broken ones look like the bottom. Almost like they didn't upload or something?

            If I go to your profile and click the Media tab, only the pictures that work in this thread show up.


            Followed you on ig for a few years now I think. Always impressed with how you consistently get such good pictures of your car.
            Thanks for that, ill check out what happened when I get home later! i appreciate the kind words 😇 I love combining my two hobbies together !


            1989 BMW ​325i - M54B30 Swap in Progress
            IG : e30rossi
            Montreal, Canada

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              #7
              Originally posted by Sledgehammer_01 View Post
              Nice work and nice nugget
              🫡🫡 thank you! I will try to update this thread as I go on with my current progress


              1989 BMW ​325i - M54B30 Swap in Progress
              IG : e30rossi
              Montreal, Canada

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                #8
                Please do, build threads are great for sharing ideas for others to consider.

                However I think the biggest aspect that is not considered is how much of value it is for the owner of the project. I have a continual build thread that's now 33 pages long for my 93 land cruiser that I started back in 2014. Its fun and fulfilling to look back through the thread at the progress and pictures. Just like flipping through a photobook on you coffee table, scrolling through each photo brings back the feeling and emotions of that time in my life. It can seem like a chore at times to stop in the middle of a task and snap a pict then create a detailed post on here but its important.

                I recently saved my whole build thread because I wanted to protect my journey through time with my Land Cruiser in the event the hosting site went down. And that driving motivation is the same reason I started my build thread on my e30 Touring here.

                So keep it up and do it for you, you will the happy you did!

                Current Builds
                1989 S52 E30 Touring | The Grey Athletic Shoe
                1993 Toyota Landcruiser | The Trail Snail

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                  #9
                  Sorry guys, my first time making a thread here and most of the pics didn't seem to work so i'm starting over from here!

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                  The day I brought her home - Drove it from Toronto to Montreal with no issues besides a little fuel leak, which I figured out why later on

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                  Was super excited for my first major project car

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                  Waiting to get inspected and plated - Didn't feel bad about leaving it outside based on the condition of the car

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                  Horrible ripped up seats covered with seat covers - Gotta change ASAP

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                  First thing on the list, some maintenance since who knows when the last time anything was done



                  1989 BMW ​325i - M54B30 Swap in Progress
                  IG : e30rossi
                  Montreal, Canada

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                    This was a must

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                    Scored these replica seats for super cheap from a friend, so went with these for now, with hopes of one day getting some Recaro Classic LX with fishnet headrests

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                    MUCH better

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                    Heard this was one of the best first mods, scored the rack for free so let's try it out!

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                    Rack swap


                    1989 BMW ​325i - M54B30 Swap in Progress
                    IG : e30rossi
                    Montreal, Canada

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                      Ebay orders coming in, fixing up some small details

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                      Refreshed the front end with some paint and installed smoked turn signals and reflectors

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                      Scored some OEM leather bench seats on a roadtrip in Toronto again

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                      First of many Garagistic orders - Rack Swap Kit, Antenna Delete, Shifter bushing kit

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                      Small details starting to show



                      1989 BMW ​325i - M54B30 Swap in Progress
                      IG : e30rossi
                      Montreal, Canada

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                        Size comparison with the Daily

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                        Quick compound / polish did wonders on this!

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                        Alignment done after steering rack swap!

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                        One of my first photoshoots with it in it's stock form


                        1989 BMW ​325i - M54B30 Swap in Progress
                        IG : e30rossi
                        Montreal, Canada

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                          #13
                          SmallDrove the first summer the way she sits and enjoyed it thoroughly but always knew I wanted to refresh it!

                          Proceeded to store it the next winter ( Canadian winter lasts 5-6 months) and started piling up parts for the full refresh coming next !

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                          This thing brought so many smiles everywhere I went

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                          everyone goes crazy for pop-outs

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                          Scored some yellow fogs for next season

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                          Also found Euro Grilles and had to jump on it!

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                          1989 BMW ​325i - M54B30 Swap in Progress
                          IG : e30rossi
                          Montreal, Canada

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                            First time we ever got vanity plates in Quebec, had the jump on the opportunity! SR is my initials and also my photography brand @photography_sr for automotive photography!

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                            Since I bought the car, the diff was always leaking, and there was a few knocks in the suspension
                            At some point during the first winter storage, I decided to remove the diff to address the leak
                            This led very quickly to pulling the entire rear subframe to refresh it after one look at it...
                            This led to the "While i'm here" addiction which never ended until today​

                            After the first summer driving it, I stored it for winter which ended up staying there the following year since I know at this point a full rebuild had to be done

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                            First things first, Got rid of entire AC system, compressor was seized

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                            Rusty leaky diff and first look underneath


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                            1989 BMW ​325i - M54B30 Swap in Progress
                            IG : e30rossi
                            Montreal, Canada

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                              Sad looking engine bay

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                              Didn't want to touch this part because I knew i'd get here one day, which is where i'm at now (2023)

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                              Begin removing things

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                              Couldn't possibly put this back in looking like this.. which caused me to take a year off to collect parts


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                              Gross...



                              1989 BMW ​325i - M54B30 Swap in Progress
                              IG : e30rossi
                              Montreal, Canada

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