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    Now switching to cosmetics...time to do something about the horrible water spots on the side glass.

    Several years ago I learned that glass can be polished with a high speed drill and a slurry of water and cerium oxide powder.

    Here is the end result after some elbow grease...

    Speaking of glass, I'm scheduled to have the windows lightly tinted in a couple weeks. I've got a few options for film in my chosen 40% VLT range...


    To make things easier on the tint installers and for cleaning purposes, I removed the passenger seat, rear seat, parcel shelf, seat belts, & third brake light assembly.

    Someone has cut 2 large holes in the sheet metal behind the rear seat and under the parcel shelf . There are also some unused RCA cables under the seat, so I guess there were some additional amps or maybe a subwoofer installed at some point.

    I'm debating on whether to close those holes somehow, or just replace the parcel shelf with an unmodified one.


      That's really bootleg... patch it

      (clicky on piccy to get to thread)


        Wow, the car looks amazing! Suspension setup looks great. I bet it must drive really nicely.

        Nice progress.
        1988 325 Lachs Sedan SOLD

        1989 325i Bronzit Beige 2 Door

        2018 Volkswagen Alltrack SE DSG
        Past:1988 325iS Lachs 5 Speed


          Bump show us the m3.... I mean updates!


            It has been awhile....

            I ended up going with Autobahn/Huper Optik 40% Black Ceramic window film. This particular shop has tinted several vehicles for me and I'm always pleased with the work.

            Added some sound deadening (RAAMmat BXT II) under the rear seat and parcel shelf before I put things back together.

            Also polished the third brake lens before reinstalling

            Went to watch an event at Road Atlanta this spring. They had a car show at the same time, so I brought the e30. They let us do a couple laps around the track, which was pretty neat

            Random photo with friend's E34 M5

            Last edited by connorb850; 08-26-2019, 03:44 AM.


              I did a few things in preparation for The Vintage in May, including installing the Recaro seats (referenced in earlier post) using Massive Lee's adapters, a Garagistic front strut brace, and new A/C switch and headlight switch pull.

              The seats really transform the driving experience, and I'd say one of the best upgrades made to the car yet. The only downside is they are considerably heavier than stock seats.

              Took the scenic route to Asheville, NC for The Vintage with some friends. I sold my E28 shortly before the event, and the new owner tagged along with us too..

              Shortly after returning home, I tagged along with another BMW group for a mountain run

              Last edited by connorb850; 08-26-2019, 03:56 AM.


                A little off topic but still BMW related...

                My dream car in high school was an E36 M3, but I certainly couldn't afford one at the time in the early 2000s. At the start of college I bought the next best thing, an E36 328i, which I still have 13 years later. This was my first BMW and it really shaped the path I took into the future as a car enthusiast. After gradually doing some upgrades over the years, the 328i was (and is) an excellent car and mostly satisfied the M3 craving...until a friend of mine bought the car shown below in early 2018. I hadn't seen one this nice in years, and it was one of my favorite color combos. Long story short, we eventually worked a deal and the car is now mine.


                  That M3 looks sweet!
                  Love the cloth interior!
                  1991 318iC
                  1989 325i Field Rescue


                    Originally posted by Poorhouse
                    That M3 looks sweet!
                    Love the cloth interior!
                    Agreed, holy moly that's clean as shit. THe e46 M3 was my dream car and got me into BMW's, I think my fiancee would kill me if I brought home another car though. If it was this clean I'd definitely entertain the thought

                    '86 325e Zinnoberrot /// '02 325ci Schwarz II /// '18 M4 Azurite Black Metallic ///

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                      Clean M3 and clean e30! I think I saw photos of your e30 in 1 or 2 articles about The Vintage from this past May.


                        the e36 is in apparently super nice condition! congrats!