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    June 2019 Car of the Month: Melon

    *** Editors Note: If you haven't seen Melons thread, you're in for a treat as the transformation of this car is superb. Even if you have, these shots that he took for his COTM feature are also superb. I love that even though this car has been completely transformed, he built it to the specs he desired and is now reaping the benefits of that. Love those action shots and topped off with a pic of Mr Melon himself in our favorite place, behind the wheel of our beloved E30s. Congrats Alan, you're our June 2019 Car of the Month!***


    Factory options:
    286 Lt/aly Wheels
    300 Emergency Wheel
    410 Window Lifts/ Electric Alt Front
    530 Air Conditioning
    556 Exterior Temperature Display

    Color:
    U92 – Fuereorange
    (Originally Schwartz)

    Interior color:
    Original Anthracite Interior

    Engine modifications:
    Swapped M20b25 from 1989 (So I’m told, it was done before I bought the car)
    Schrick 272 Cam
    19lb. Injectors
    SSSquid 93 Octane Chip
    Refreshed Head
    Ireland Engineering Windage Tray
    Bavarian Restoration Restored AFM

    Exhaust:
    Top Speed headers
    Custom 2.5” Exhaust

    Transmission:
    Clutch Masters 250 Disc and Pressure Plate
    JB Racing – Lightweight Flywheel
    Getrag 260

    Differential:
    OEM 3.73 LSD
    New GKN Half-Shafts

    Suspension:
    H&R Sport Springs
    Bilstein B8 Shocks
    H&R Swaybars
    5mm Rear pads
    Ireland Engineering Swaybar reinforcement front & rear
    Ireland Engineering strut tower brace front and rear
    2.7 Lock/Lock Steering Rack
    Zionsville Motorsport Steering Linkage

    Wheels:
    Apex ARC-8 17x8
    Falken Azeni RT615K+ Tires

    Exterior modifications:
    European front Valance w/ Fog Lights
    European Bumpers front & rear
    Rear license filler plate
    ‘Melon’ Euro Plate (I had to)
    Static rubber antenna
    Painted all trim to ‘shadowline’ matte black

    Interior modifications:
    Corbeau GTS II Seats
    Refinished Vinyl Rear Seat
    Safety Restore Orange Seatbelts
    Continental Bluetooth Radio
    Pioneer 5-1/4 Speakers front / Pioneer 6x9 Speakers rear
    Z3 Short Shifter
    CA Tuned black headliner
    Condor Speed Shop shift and parking brake boot
    Bavarian Restoration Gauge Cluster


    Story behind the car:

    This car originally belonged to a friend of mine for about four years. When he initially purchased it, it was a total heap. The calipers were sticking, the interior was trashed, it leaked all over the place, the engine barely ran, but the best part is the light switch ignition and brake lights. So over his four years of ownership it was brought back into a more drivable condition. I even helped on all the major projects, replacing the gas tank, differential, and dropping the transmission. After a few years of us going back and forth, I finally agreed to buy it, and he finally agreed to a price.

    I always wanted a BMW, and here I am, looking at this heap wondering ‘what the fuck did I just do?’ I did what any good BMW owner does, began throwing money at it, I bought seats and a steering wheel, replaced the clutch master and slave, things to keep it going. After about three months of ownership, there was a nasty leak on the driver’s floor, I parked it in the garage and began calling shops. The original idea was for me to strip down the car and have someone else paint it, but after getting quotes, I decided to do it myself. I lifted it on the quickjack, and the rest is covered in my build thread here.

    There are some things that are not covered in my build thread however, and this is the perfect place to share them. I was raised with a father who built hot-rods. I used to spend my childhood playing at car shows, playing in the garage, and playing with tools. It’s definitely where I found a love of all things automotive, and it persists to this day. My father passed in 2011, and I wish he could have seen me finish this car, I know he would have loved it. While working on it, I still feel close to him like I did when I was a child, that’s something nothing else in the world has given me, other than my love for all things automotive.





























    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
    Very nice transformation. Congrats.
    "I'd probably take the E30 M3 in this case just because I love that little car, and how tanky that inline 6 is." - thecj

    85 323i M TECH 1 S52 - ALPINEWEISS/SCHWARZE
    88 M3 - LACHSSILBER/SCHWARZE
    89 M3 - ALPINEWEISS II/M TECH CLOTH-ALCANTARA
    91 M TECHNIC CABRIO TURBO - MACAOBLAU/M TECH CLOTH-LEATHER

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      #3
      Originally posted by reelizmpro View Post
      Very nice transformation. Congrats.
      Thanks!

      And, thanks Simon. It's an honor to make COTM!
      I do things.

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        #4
        Congrats! Following your build thread has been a pleasure!

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          #5
          This car is beautiful!
          Continuous For Sale Thread
          323i s50

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            #6
            Melon is a god amongst in taste

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              #7
              Great build thread and very well deserved COTM!

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                #8
                Well deserved indeed!
                E30 320i vert
                But daily drive is Volvo V60 Polestar

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                  #9
                  I'm really impressed with all the work you've done. I especially love the paint color. Congrats!

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                    #10
                    For those that havent gone to Melons build thread (and pretty much every COTM Ive chosen) I HIGHLY encourage you to see the process of how they've gotten to how they are now or when featured. Melons in particular is amazing work and insanely comical. I was going back through it again this morning, and I was laughing so much and amazed also.

                    Whos going to be next?... update those build threads, Im constantly reading up on them
                    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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                      #11
                      Sawweeetttt! The paint and car look great, engine bay is spotless. Really nice to see someone I've followed for awhile and drawn inspiration from get rewarded with a COTM. And also, really nice to read that you're inspired by your dad, as my build has been.

                      June is officially Melon Month! Congrats man
                      Albie

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

                      Albie325 Build Thread | Albie325 Feedback | Albie's M4 European Delivery

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                        #12
                        extreme cleanness

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                          #13
                          Congrats Melon!

                          There are a lot of things on your car that I typically don't like. But it all just works on your e30.

                          Nice job!
                          90 Bronzit 325is
                          16 Black Sapphire 340i M Sport

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                            #14
                            Fantastic!
                            FEEDBACK:
                            http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=316212

                            BMWCCA #398608
                            IG @yagayo38

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

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                              #15
                              Last picture probably gets all the ladies.

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