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    March 2017 Car of the Month: mitchlikesbikes

    *** Editors Note: Yes, I know. This car has a beat paintjob. Nobody will argue that. So, why is this car of the month? Look at what Mitch has done, thats why. He took a beat, stock E30 and made it into a driver, and made it his and it will continue to evolve. Maybe someday it will have a nice paintjob to go with all the other cool stuff. This car deserves to be Car of the Month, and if you disagree, send me a message with a better choice. Congrats Mitch! - Simon

    Color:
    -Zinnoberrot


    Interior color:
    -Zinnoberrot


    Engine modifications:
    -200,XXX mile m20
    -Conforti 91 octane chip
    -Hot air intake w/ K&N cone filter
    -AC and PS delete
    -Cruise control delete
    -Odyssey 680 lightweight battery in a Pacific Customs box
    -Bypassed/shaved TB heater
    -Walbro 255 fuel pump

    Exhaust:
    -OEM manifolds merged into a single 2.5" with high flow cat and twin tip muffler custom made by Walter at Simple Performance in Salt Lake City


    Transmission:
    -Leaky Getrag 5 speed
    -Z4 2.5 lever
    -Alacrity Machine delrin shift knob
    -Delrin carrier bushings
    -UUC DSSR
    -Driveshaft harmonic balancer delete

    Differential:
    -3.73LSD with redline 75-140 gear lube
    -Condor UHMW bushing

    Suspension:
    -KYB shocks on all 4 corners
    -Vogtland Springs
    -Condor bushings in rear subframe and trailing arms
    -Treehouse FCABs
    -E36 steering rack
    -Custom shortened steering shaft
    -Garagistic aluminum PS delete block
    -APEX wheel stud conversion

    Brakes
    -RX7/Corrado front brakes using adapter kit produced by Cameron out of Cedar City, Utah
    -Hawk HPS pads and blank rotors on all 4 corners
    -MassiveBrakes booster delete block
    -1970s era Audi Fox/VW dasher master cylinder
    -Wilwood adjustable proportioning valve
    -ABS delete
    -Custom brake ducts using 3D printed inlet adapters, 3" ducting, and homemade backing plates

    Wheels:
    -Avid AV17 16x8 +20
    -Bridgestone Potenza RE11 in 225/50/16

    Exterior modifications:
    -iS trunk spoiler
    -Speed holes in front bumper
    -Condor motorsport door handles
    -Sunroof delete with riveted steel panel
    -i model front lip
    -BMW fog light delete plates
    -Shaved side markers (essentially DIY euro bumper trim)

    Interior modifications:
    -Gutted/stripped most of the interior including sound deadening and all side panels, headliner, etc
    -Full interior sprayed with epoxy primer and Zinnoberrot single stage paint
    -Front floorboards coated with Herculiner
    -Roll Cage Components .120 DOM 4 point weld in roll bar fitted by my dad and I.
    -Cobra Suzuka fixed back seat
    -Mtech1 wheel
    -Custom ABS door panels with GT3 RS inspired door pulls
    -Flocked dash/glovebox
    -Center console delete
    -Window switches relocated to hvac panel
    -Chili's potholder Ebrake sock
    -Shaved most HVAC controls/radio and filled with ABS block off plates
    -Pyle 2 channel amp with AUX in glovebox and 2 front mounted kicker speakers
    -VDO oil pressure, oil temp, and battery voltage gauges
    -Power mirrors, door locks, dome lights, etc deleted
    -Excess wiring trimmed and harness wrapped with braided loom
    -Heater box shaved and sealed to only use defrost vents. All other vents/actuators deleted

    Story behind the car
    I purchased the car in 2013 when I was 19 for the bargain price of $700. It started off mostly stock with a beat tan interior, toasted suspension components, and a few bizarre/poorly executed mods from the previous owner (like 6x9 speakers mounted to the rear deck using wood screws). Since then I've used things I wanted to do to the car as ways to teach myself different skills/techniques for building cars (fitting/flaring brake lines, trimming wiring harnesses, fabricating random one off pieces out of whatever material worked, fitting a roll bar, etc). Up to this point the car has been almost entirely garage built by me with occasional help from friends. The only major work outsourced so far has been powdercoating, exhaust fabrication, and alignments. When building the car my main goal was to emulate what joey at emotion engineering has done with his "project nasty" Porsche 911. I'm hoping that next winter I can button more things up on the car (like adding coilovers, and resealing the engine/trans to eliminate pesky leaks) and enter with the car in the Nevada silver state classic rally in the fall of 2018

    Build Thread is here

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    Last edited by 2mAn; 07-22-2017, 03:38 PM. Reason: fuck photobucket
    Simon
    Current Cars:
    -1986 BMW 325e & 1968 Datsun Roadster 2000
    Previous Car Count : 21 ... and climbing...
    Originally posted by Melon
    Let it be known to all. Simon fucking keeps it real.

    #2
    Chilis e brake boot ftw!


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    1986 LTW M52 (First project 2015- )
    1998 e36 328ic/5 -
    Roundie alpina pig cheek’d (1969)
    1967 2002 parts car
    1994 318iS junked.

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      #3
      That thing looks like a lot of fun!
      FEEDBACK:
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      "The Best E30's were built with two camshafts four cylinders and sixteen valves!".

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        #4
        Not that I don't love pristine E30 builds with gobs of power, but it's awesome to see some rough and tough E30's getting some love. Thing looks like a hell of a ride, and hat tip to using her to learn the skills of the trade. Very similar mentality over this way.

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          #5
          Cool seeing a car like this get car of the month.
          Originally posted by wholepailofwater
          Q
          :devil:


          WTB: Dove Grey e36 Front Door Panels (2 door)

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            #6
            I was worried I'd get sh!t for picking Mitch's car but the whole point of Car of the Month ( at least while I'm doing it) is a car that the owner has built for themselves. Take inspiration from wherever you want but make it yours. Mitch has definitely done that
            Simon
            Current Cars:
            -1986 BMW 325e & 1968 Datsun Roadster 2000
            Previous Car Count : 21 ... and climbing...
            Originally posted by Melon
            Let it be known to all. Simon fucking keeps it real.

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              #7
              Noice.

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                #8
                Thanks for the kind words guys. I was expecting a shitstorm myself haha

                1989 Coupe build thread: http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=312012
                IG: @mitchlikesbikes

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                  #9
                  Car looks fun and unique, have you done any driving events with it?
                  1987 325i-M62b44 swap

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Zacm829 View Post
                    Car looks fun and unique, have you done any driving events with it?
                    Not yet, still a poser. The car hasn't been to a point where I was confident throwing it around a track until now. Mostly because of brakes and suspension gremlins. It also leaks a fair amount from both the engine and trans and I don't wanna be that guy marking his territory all over the track

                    1989 Coupe build thread: http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=312012
                    IG: @mitchlikesbikes

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                      #11
                      looks like a true old school r3v build, congrats on COTM!
                      My Garage
                      2001 Z3 2.5i Steel Gray/Black (Lexi)
                      1988 325ix Diamond Schwartz/Black (Izzy)
                      1989 325i Cirrus Blue/Houndstooth (Stitch)
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                        #12
                        Hot air intake. So avant garde!

                        Like the car and the write up.
                        I Timothy 2:1-2

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                          #13
                          Congrats Mitch! The car seems to be very well sorted!

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by stonea View Post
                            looks like a true old school r3v build, congrats on COTM!
                            Originally posted by markseven View Post
                            Hot air intake. So avant garde!

                            Like the car and the write up.
                            Originally posted by 2002maniac View Post
                            Congrats Mitch! The car seems to be very well sorted!
                            Thanks folks!

                            1989 Coupe build thread: http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=312012
                            IG: @mitchlikesbikes

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                              #15
                              Get on the track!!! nice purpose built e30.
                              Paynemw
                              1986 Toyota 4Runner SR5 - Sold!
                              the ebb and flow of 325is ownership - In RVA
                              1988 BMW 535is - RIP but my dream BMW

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