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    89is Alpine Progress Thread: e30 Hibernation - e90 swap complete

    Welcome to the slow, boring build thread that will document my progress on my 89 Alpine.

    Currently I have a 90is Bronzit and an 89is Alpine. Bronzit will be up for sale soon once I sort a few things out.

    Over the past 3 years I had been collecting parts for the Bronzit, but then stumbled across this Alpine on craigslist. I had to have it - even purchased it on my wife's birthday (9/8/2016) haha. I have been sharing some pics on R3v FB due to ease, but decided to create a thread for documentation and feedback.

    I'll let the pictures do the talking:


    First day or two of ownership - IS lip on with splitter



    Red tails

    Now on to the good stuff..


    All the parts I have been collecting - Nasieg 5-Lug, Ground Control Coilovers, m3 Brake calipers, z4 hubs, e46 purple tag rack, all new bushings, stainless steel brake lines, motorsport hardware lugs, Chase bays power steering line, Condor steering coupler, bearings, etc, etc, etc ($$$)


    Progress pics:


    Staggered Style 32 junkyard steal


    Test fitting wheels (already media blasted)


    Rear coming out


    Empty Rear


    Everyone knows this already, but do not use non-impact rated tools for an impact gun. This sheared off and went through my glove into my finger. I have a pretty gnarly scar from it.


    Mating the e46 dust shield to the e30 inner for the rear



    Painted up - Smeared JB Weld around the seam


    Rear ready to go back in - fully reinforced with Garagisitic parts and painted


    Front ready - reinforced with e46 rack and 21mm vert sway bar


    Coils in


    Rear is in


    Garage War zone



    Fronts on - waiting on reman axles



    Sitting Pretty


    Wife and I bought an Explorer (her vehicle)


    ...and a new house.



    As of today here is what the Alpine looks like!


    I still need to button up a few things:
    Rear needs to be rolled (roller i just ordered from amazon is a piece. Weld broke off the securing nut..so TBD until I re-weld it)

    Fix power steering leak - can't seem to get a wrench in there to tighten the -AN fitting on the chase bay's line.

    Re-bleed the brakes - put in a new 25mm master cylinder and ordered a power bleeder. Just need time to do it.

    Future plans
    M30b35 is sitting on the stand waiting to be torn down swapped.
    5-speed swap at the same time
    Exterior painting and touch-ups - IS side skirts, Mtech 2 front valence/splitter, lots of SEM black
    Replace sunroof (Rust) - already have it - picked it up from a local guy
    Heated Seats - pulled the harness and switches from the yard yesterday
    ETC
    ETC
    ETC

    More to come!
    Last edited by VBe30; 01-13-2019, 05:57 PM.
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    89' 325is - Alpine

    #2
    Started out promising, but couldn't make it past those giant pictures. Resize your pictures, so everyone else can enjoy your build thread, too!
    Portland, Oregon
    E28M5 | E30S50 | E30M3

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      #3
      yup

      Originally posted by Austin! View Post
      Started out promising, but couldn't make it past those giant pictures. Resize your pictures, so everyone else can enjoy your build thread, too!
      You're quick..I should have hit preview instead of post. Adjusted the size!
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        #4
        Great work so far! I really enjoyed watching the progress. I have the same ground control coils...very smooth ride.
        The Snow Leopard - 1990 325is

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          #5
          Wheel and tire combo? Also what offset? Those look perfect imo



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            #6
            Not bad
            Simon
            Current Car:
            -2000 330i Estate, the dad-mobile
            -1975 Alfa Romeo Giulia Nuova Super 1300, the never-ending name & project



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              #7
              Originally posted by ZekeTheSneak View Post
              Wheel and tire combo? Also what offset? Those look perfect imo
              e39 Style 32 with Falken Azenis RT615K+

              Front: 17x8 et20 - 205/40
              Rear: 17x9 et26 - 215/40

              They were steal from the junkyard at 21.99 a piece. I media blasted them, painted the inner barrel satin black and the faces with Duplicolor Graphite.

              Tires have a bit more stretch than I like, but I still think it looks rad. Going to lower the car a bit more once I get the fenders rolled.
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                #8
                Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
                Not bad
                Thanks dude
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                89' 325is - Alpine

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                  #9
                  Looks good! Love an alpine coupe :D
                  '89 Schwarz E30 M3 Cabriolet Build

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                    #10
                    Love the progress on the car...can't wait to see the continued progression.
                    BMWCCA #389756

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                      #11
                      Weekend Update

                      Well the weekend came and went, but I was able to knock a few things off my to-do list for the Alpine.



                      Replaced the hood strut



                      New plastic lock cylinder trim



                      Rolled the rear fenders. Tool is absolute shit, but got the job done. Lowered it a few inches while I was in there.



                      Rear fitment



                      Front fitment



                      New Ride height




                      Bled the brakes with my new Motive power bleeder



                      Tried to fix the High pressue Power Steering leak. I had to remove the resevoir to rack line to access the -AN fitting for the chase bays line. I was able to tighten it down a bit more..time will tell..



                      New battery. Bronzit battery died...so the Alpine gets the new Bosch and Bronzit gets the older Interstate.




                      Washed up and sitting pretty



                      Sunroof Panel sitting and waiting for me to order new gaskets and give it a fresh coat of paint.

                      I need to get the Alpine inspected this week..it ran out in September. I had been delaying due to the tires hitting the rear fender wells and peeling away like a string cheese. Everything should pass hopefully...
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                        #12
                        Great job so far! Hopefully I'll be going down the same route with my car here shortly.
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                        1989 325i Cirrus Blue/Houndstooth (Stitch)
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                          #13
                          Nice progress!

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                            #14
                            nice work sub'd
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                            "The Best E30's were built with two camshafts four cylinders and sixteen valves!".

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                              #15
                              Alpine

                              Originally posted by stonea View Post
                              Great job so far! Hopefully I'll be going down the same route with my car here shortly.
                              Nice, Hopefully I'll see it around the 757 or run into you again at PnP

                              Originally posted by parkerbink View Post
                              Nice progress!
                              Thanks Man!
                              Originally posted by getouth View Post
                              nice work sub'd
                              Thanks

                              My registration came due, so I re-upped with a custom plate. I'll probably keep it for a year then toss some Antique plates on.



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