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    August 2018 Car of the Month: mike.bmw

    ***Editors Note: After having a long string of various modified Schwarz ( no 'T' right agent ;D ) I decided to bring back some OEM+ goodness. I absolutely love his build thread because his documentation is lovely and really what he is doing is keeping a good example in excellent shape. He also doesnt drive it like a garage queen even though nobody would fault him for doing so. It was delayed by me, but I think its right on time. Congrats Mike, you're the August 2018 Car of the Month!***


    Factory options:
    Type AF93
    Model 318is - USA
    Engine M42
    Displacement 1.8
    Drivetrain HECK
    Transmission MECH
    Production Plant REGENSBURG
    Production Date 5/19/1990
    242 Driver Air Bag+series
    281 Lm-rad 6 1/2 X 14
    300 Zentralverriegelung Elektrisch
    410 Window Lifts, Electric At Front
    481 Sport Seats F Driver/front Passenger
    530 Air Conditioning
    556 Exterior Temperature Display
    925 Shipping Protection Package

    Color:
    Alpinweiss 2 - 218

    Interior Color:
    0295 Natur Vinyl

    Engine modifications:
    141K miles on the original M42
    SSSQuid chip (stage 1) tuned for 19# 4 pintle injectors and 93 octane
    Timing case + components resealed/refreshed
    Mess under the intake complete refresh
    Upper/lower oil pans resealed
    Cooling system replaced/refreshed

    Exhaust:
    Stock

    Transmission:
    Stock
    BG Syncro Shift II 75w80

    Brakes:
    Stock
    Motul DOT 5.1 Brake Fluid

    Differential:
    Stock (Small Case 4.10 OPEN. Small Case 4.10 LSD in the works)
    Motul 75w90 Gear 300

    Suspension:
    Stagg Spring/Strut Combo (Bilsteins + H&Rs coming soon)
    Fresh control arms, ball joints, bushings, steering rack + tie rods all around

    Wheels:
    Stock basketweaves with 195/65R14 Nexen CP672s

    Exterior modifications:
    Webasto Starlite IV Moonroof (dealer installed ... wasn't my choice to put a hole in a slicktop, but I can dig it)
    New OEM front iS lip
    New OEM rear iS spoiler
    Rockers repainted black

    Interior modifications:
    Crack-free dash swap
    Continental TR7412UB-OR
    Refurb'd instrument cluster
    Carpet-out deep cleaning
    Front and rear facing child seats :-)

    Story behind the car:
    I started looking for an E30 in mid 2015. I test drove a number of local cars that didn't pan out. As time went on my search radius expanded. In March 2016 I had a solid lead on a nice 318is in Atlanta, GA. I got on a plane the next morning, flew to Atlanta, looked over the car, bought it, and drove it 650 miles home (~10 hours). All in the same day. I finally had an E30!

    At the time of purchase it had 132K miles with original paint, original glass, no accidents, all original VIN stickers, and the A/C was ice cold (still R12). While the body and interior were in good condition it needed quite a bit of work mechanically. I've documented that in my journal.

    A little over 2 years later it has ~141K miles. It has been a hobby and borderline obsession for me. Thankfully my wife and 2 kids support my obsession. They enjoy taking trips in the E30, attending car events, and my daughter loves helping me wash and work on it. Proof being the two car seats in the back :-). I've actually put more miles on the E30 than my daily, just because I enjoy driving the E30 so much. I've tried to document and work on the car as much as my time and skills allow. For everything else I've taken it to a great local shop: RRT.

    My goals for the car have been fairly simple: keep it clean and original (which is why I don't have a big list of modifications). Moving forward I plan to swap out the existing suspension for a traditional Bilstein + H&R setup, source and install a small case 4.10 LSD, and continue to drive it as much as possible.

    I've met a lot of great E30/R3V folks over the last 2 years and it's always a blast to wrench together or meet up at Cars and Coffee. There are many great build threads on this site that serve as both an inspiration and motivation for my project. Thanks R3V!

    Ownership Highlights

    Journal located here: https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/sho...d.php?t=394272

    Photos:






















    Simon
    Current Car:
    -2000 330i Estate, the dad-mobile
    -2002 MR2 Spyder, the solo-mobile



    Make R3V Great Again -2020

    #2
    Clean, Simple, and Balanced. Thread/Journal is well organized and no shortcuts taken! Well deserved feature! Congrats!

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      #3
      In a sea of overdone E30’s this thing is a welcomed sight! Very worthy!


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      "The Best E30's were built with two camshafts four cylinders and sixteen valves!".

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        #4
        So clean
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          #5
          i have such an appreciation for the organization of that thread journal. and for that damn clean car, of course.

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            #6
            Great choice Simon, and great car Mike!
            Originally posted by kronus
            would be in depending on tip slant and tube size

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              #7
              Thanks everyone! I was floored that Simon contacted me about COTM when there are so many great cars and talented owners on R3V. It really is an honor.

              I've been itching to post those photos. Although it's just a parking garage shoot, I was happy how they turned out as I don't have real photography skills. I figured I'd include one in my garage as well (all the kids' toys were temporarily displaced outside the garage ;D ).

              I'm glad you enjoy my thread! I'll continue to post updates as I do more things with the car. This year I'm hoping to attend another HPDE and trackcross, replace my springs and shocks (still researching options), and swap in a small case 4.10 LSD (assuming I can find one as they are unobtainium).

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                #8
                Congrats, Mike!

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                  #9
                  Congrats!! Our cars are virtual twins...made on the same day, AW II over Natur vinyl 318is, slicktop!


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                  Current flame: E30 318iS Alpinweiss II slicktop / LSD - Joanne
                  The old man: 1970 2002 Polaris(ish) slicktop / rat rod - Wallace
                  The ex: E92 335i 6MT M-Sport - Betty
                  The heavy: 2001 4Runner SR5 Sport (3rd Gen) - Fred

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                    #10
                    This is such a great car and an awesome update thread that goes along with it. Congrats, Mike!
                    1990 325iX Touring - November 2018 R3V Car Of The Month

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                      #11
                      Great choice!
                      My previous build (currently E30-less)
                      http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=170390

                      A 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4 Offroad in Inferno is my newest obsession

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                        #12
                        One of my favorite cars & threads on R3v and one of my favorite cars to park next to locally.

                        Congrats Mike! Well deserved!
                        1989 325is Lachssilber - Sold
                        1990 325is Sterlingsilber - Current Project
                        September 2018 Car of the Month: Zeemz
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                          #13
                          Congrats, love this car and have always enjoyed reading your updates.

                          M42 power!

                          Sina

                          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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                            #14
                            Originally posted by AcquaCow View Post
                            Congrats, Mike!
                            Thanks!

                            Originally posted by majdomo View Post
                            Congrats!! Our cars are virtual twins...made on the same day, AW II over Natur vinyl 318is, slicktop!
                            Nice. I am jealous of the slicktop!

                            Originally posted by D.Martijn View Post
                            This is such a great car and an awesome update thread that goes along with it. Congrats, Mike!
                            Thanks!

                            Originally posted by MR E30 325is View Post
                            Great choice!
                            Thanks!

                            Originally posted by Zeemz View Post
                            One of my favorite cars & threads on R3v and one of my favorite cars to park next to locally.

                            Congrats Mike! Well deserved!
                            Awwww, shucks. Same goes for your car. :)

                            Originally posted by freeride53 View Post
                            Congrats, love this car and have always enjoyed reading your updates.

                            M42 power!

                            Sina
                            Thanks! Hopefully we'll see some good/positive updates to yours soon! :D

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                              #15
                              Weird happenstance. Browsing thru this forum because I'm looking for a red or white 318is like Mike's and see my Blue 69 2002 parked next to his car at the Sterling BMW C&C. This was just prior to the DMC show in Vienna.

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