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    COTM ~Aug 2013~ Nick325is

    Attn r3v members, I had a bad streak of 3 members passing up COTM after saying yes. I know it is a few days past, but it was worth it! I give you my great friend's minty swapped 2 door. I have had a lot of dealings with Nick in the past and he is nothing but the best dude to hang out with. Talked to him about a feature while attending Gfest '13 together. Here it is after a quick shoot today and my editing the raws for him. Enjoy

    ~Background~
    My e30 journey started in 2001 when I turned 16 and purchased a Schwarz 1990 325is with 104k miles. The first few saw no major changes to the car other than a set of Alpina Kopis and an H&R cupkit.
    In 2003 the car was nearly totaled when an old lady ran a red light and hit my front end. 5000 dollars in repairs later the car was back on the road, still not sure why insurance didn’t total it but I am glad they did not.

    In 2006 I switched from the cupkit to ground control coilovers and koni shocks along with the Ireland Engineering big sway bar kit. I was very happy with the new setup but grew tired of the replica Alpinas. I picked up a set of 3pc staggered 17" Artec MI wheels from a member on VWvortex. They were on the car up until I traded them with Brandon (F34R) for his BBS RS 137s last year.

    2007 saw the e30 hit 165000 miles. Shortly thereafter I blew the head gasket and warped the cylinder head a bit. I had all intentions of fixing the m20 and turboing it but decided to do the 24v swap instead. I picked up an m52 out of a 98 528 along with all of the obd1 conversion items and everything else for the swap. At this point I was garaging my car at my parent’s house which was 2 hours away from where I lived. I did not come home very often and sadly my car sat in the garage with no engine for at least a year before I finally completed the m52 swap.

    Moving onto 2009 I am ready to fire up the m52 for the first time. I fill up the coolant and do a quick walk around the car and notice something dripping out of the headers. I found coolant running out due to the fact that the cylinder head was cracked. So much for that clean 74k motor that a member on here sold me.

    I took the opportunity to buy an s52 cylinder head and cams to replace the cracked head. I purchased it from a Bimmerforums member who decided it would be a great idea to ship a complete cylinder head in a thin cardboard box with no padding. I received the cylinder head with valves sticking out of the box it was shipped in. So, after replacing valves and making sure the head was not bent or damaged I finally got the e30 on the road again!

    In 2013 I got a full Schwarz respray done on the car along with the addition of Brandon’s BBS RS’s. As she sits now Cecilia has 186,000 miles and my swap is running perfectly. I have now owned her for 12 years and put 82,000 miles on her. I have no plans to ever sell her and hope one day that my kids can appreciate her as much as I do.

    Mod List

    ~Drivetrain~
    -98 m52 converted to obd1 with s52 cams
    -3.5” 540 MAF with Bimmerworld silicone intake boot and AFE cone filter
    -Supersprint replica headers with Magnaflow high flow cat and 2.5inch piping to Vibrant muffler
    -Spal Pusher fan and AC delete
    -Power steering delete
    -Stewart Racing high performance water pump
    -The Racers Market custom chip
    -JB Racing 8.5lb flywheel and Clutchmasters stage one clutch
    -Z4 3.0 short shifter
    -320i brake booster and e34 m5 master cylinder
    -Stock getrag 260 trans with 3.73lsd

    ~Suspension~
    -Ground Control coilovers with 450/650 spring rates
    -Shortened Koni front struts with shortened strut housings courtesy of F34R and top adjustable rear koni sports
    -Ireland Engineering 25mm front sway bar with no rear sway bar
    -Condor offset control arm bushings
    -Powerflex high durometer subframe, trailing arm, and differential bushings
    -Stainless steel brake lines
    -Sparco front stress bar
    -Ground Control touring camber plates

    ~Exterior~
    -Fresh Schwarz respray
    -OEM IS sideskirts
    -Euro trim
    -Hella smoked smilies with ddm 5000k hids
    -Hella French fogs
    -MHW smoked turn signals
    -DIY tinted taillights
    -DIY shadowline trim
    -Reiger infinity front spoiler with custom splitter
    -16x8.5/16x8 BBS RS 137s powdercoated by Dave and built by Brandon with Adaptec adapters
    -205/45/16 Bf Goodrich G force sport tires
    -rolled and lightly flared fenders

    ~Interior~
    -Dyed black carpet and rear deck
    -Full Houndstooth black sport interior( I have the other seat it’s just not in the car currently)
    -330 zhp shift knob and e36 leather ebrake lever with crappy purchased on R3V shift boot and ebrake
    boot
    -Jaywood voltmeter
    -JVC arsenal head unit with Infinity 6 channel amp and Infinity Kappa components
    -12 inch Infinity Kappa subwoofer with GAS e30 deck lid ported sub box and amp panel























    Some shots I took of his car @Gfest '13





    The man himself lowering the car after MANY convincing words from myself haha. NJ roads suck
    Glad you rolled her down :)
    Last edited by F34R; 08-05-2013, 10:29 PM.
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    #2
    Well. That's just perfect! Love everything about this car. Congrats on the COTM!!
    Originally posted by LJ851
    kingston is the play by play announcer for this thread.
    ‘Tis by the grace of God that my cars run!

    Originally posted by unloadedak
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      #3
      gawd so black, i love it so clean!!!!!!!!!!!

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        #4
        So that's where your RS's went...


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          #5
          wow 82 thousand miles that a long time
          88 325is Five Speed
          Lachssilber

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            #6
            Originally posted by lambo View Post
            So that's where your RS's went...
            ;) yup, they went home.

            Last edited by F34R; 08-05-2013, 10:48 PM.
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            Current cars:
            ~ '87 325 M30B35 swap
            ~ '87 535
            ~ 01 540 Msport 6spd
            ~ '06 X5 4.8is

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              #7
              damn this things pretty

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                #8
                Great choice on COTM! I've been wanting to see more pics of this one. :D
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                  #9
                  Awesome car, looks super aggressive. Good to see one that's been owned and appreciated for such a long while

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                    #10
                    Holy reflective paint, batman.

                    Nice car Nick!

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                      #11
                      That paint!

                      COTM

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                        #12
                        Well done, sir.
                        Thanks for registering at R3VLimited Forums! We are glad you have chosen to be a part of our community and we hope you enjoy your stay.

                        All the best,
                        R3VLimited Forums
                        I get the feeling you don't all talk like that ;)

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                          #13
                          one of my favorites
                          sigpic

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                            #14
                            one word. perfect! thanks for sharing

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                              #15
                              i hope to put a lot miles like that on my e30 too, since i was 17 i've only put 26,000 miles on it.

                              your car looks fantastic! love the custom rs and rieger.

                              1991 BMW 318i (Old Shell RIP, Now Being Re-shelled & Reborn)
                              1983 Peugeot 505 STI
                              1992 Volvo 240 Wagon
                              2009 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Sport 4WD

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