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    #61
    What a killer story! Congrats on the new house!

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      #62
      Originally posted by 2mAn View Post

      2020 is the year!
      Well 2020 definitely wasn’t the year!

      I drove my e30 from California to London!

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        #63
        Originally posted by benwalsh91 View Post

        Well 2020 definitely wasn’t the year!
        You were HOME the entire YEAR!! ... thats on you mate
        Simon
        Current Car:
        -2000 330i Estate, the dad-mobile
        -1975 Alfa Romeo Giulia Nuova Super 1300, the never-ending name & project



        Make R3V Great Again -2020

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          #64
          Originally posted by 2mAn View Post

          You were HOME the entire YEAR!! ... thats on you mate
          haha yeah but i lost my job, so i was at home but was struggling to pay for said home.

          But thankfully i am now back into a good job and the world is looking better for me and nicholl so time to get ourselves back to being comfortable and then i can start collecting car parts to get some progress done, i have been getting some big bits done, maybe i will update you with some photos or maybe i will make you wait.

          i have the garage all set up and how i want it for now, i have got a rotisserie for the car to go on, over the next few weeks i am going to find the time to get mounts fabbed up for the rotisserie, if anyone has any suggestions i will appreciate, i was considering using the existing bumper shock mounts to mount the rotisserie to?

          I drove my e30 from California to London!

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            #65
            Glad you made it though were able to keep the house and the E30! Definitely can't wait for progress and whats next.

            I was up above it, Now I'm down in it ~ Entropy - A Build thread.

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              #66
              So, where was i on the story.

              We moved into our house back in February 2020.

              and then the world went to shit in March/April 2020...

              As i previously mentioned i lost my job not too long after and money was tight to say the least.

              I done what i could to keep myself busy and ocupied whilst working another job but on minimum wage, i had to work as many hours as possible to just to make it on my bills, unfortunately no funds left over for e30 stuff but once again it took a backburner as there was more important things to be dealing with.

              i got into the garage and had some cleaning to do and painting of the back wall prior to the e30 turning up.

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              and trying to figure out a plan for the layout of things, working on a budget as this is my first garage and my first place i had to start from scratch on tools and, well, everything.

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              and the e30 finally got delivered

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              i painted half of the back wall and hung the plates up, i previously mentioned i was getting a plate from every state that i had visited on our trip, and they are up in order of how we visited them. great times.

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              and the current set up of how the workshop side of the garage now looks.

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              I drove my e30 from California to London!

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                #67
                given that the garage is rather tight i wanted to get some dollies to put the car on so i could easily move it around the garage.

                i didnt want to spend over £100 on them so i decided to just make my own (back when lumber was cheap)

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                and weirdly this is the only finished photo i have of them in use.

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                i then rotated the old girl into the centre and proceeded with stripping it down.

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                and started playing around with the camera a little more.

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                I drove my e30 from California to London!

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                  #68
                  the lockdown lightened up a little over here and although things where tight we managed to get a little saved up so we went to italy for a week around my birthday.

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                  damn, im a lucky guy.

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                  upon our arrival back to the uk we decided our family was missing something, so i would like to welcome the newest member of the Walsh family, Lilah, our border collie puppy.

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                  i also decided to create a youtube channel, but i wouldnt recommend watching it, its boring and i am very bad at it.

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                  and the strip down continues

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                  things got sketchy

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                  how many steps do you need to take backwards before you can start moving forward?

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                  I drove my e30 from California to London!

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                    #69
                    Your garage looks a lot better than mine, I should really do something about it...

                    Whats the channel? Some of us also have boring YouTube channels, it is a nice contrast to the exciting ones with all the clickbait.

                    Keep the progress going, all too often a car gets torn down quickly and then takes forever to build back up. Id recommend getting a whiteboard for the garage to make a list and stare at when you're chillin in there
                    Simon
                    Current Car:
                    -2000 330i Estate, the dad-mobile
                    -1975 Alfa Romeo Giulia Nuova Super 1300, the never-ending name & project



                    Make R3V Great Again -2020

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                      #70
                      Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
                      Your garage looks a lot better than mine, I should really do something about it...

                      Whats the channel? Some of us also have boring YouTube channels, it is a nice contrast to the exciting ones with all the clickbait.

                      Keep the progress going, all too often a car gets torn down quickly and then takes forever to build back up. Id recommend getting a whiteboard for the garage to make a list and stare at when you're chillin in there
                      haha alrigtht, the channel is just benwalsh91 should hopefully find me. but its not very good but i am trying to be more confident with it.

                      https://youtu.be/6d257PoL2LM

                      let me know if the link works

                      yeah ive got an armchair in there now and i have been considering getting a whiteboard, i have plan in my head on how i am attacking everything and have broken it down into sections. there is some sort of method to my madness.
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                      I drove my e30 from California to London!

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                        #71
                        So, BMW contacted me as they wanted to run a story on me about my trip, i got 10 page feature in the straight six magazine, was pretty damn cool!!

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                        once the car was stripped i put it back on the dollies and pushed it back over in the corner waiting for the next stage.

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                        i have also since purchased a new daily driver.

                        enter e46 320 diesel. coupe, black and factory sport. 6 speed manual and black heated leather interior. the car is returning over 40mpg and i am pretty happy with it for now.

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                          #72
                          i noticed that my front subframe had a snapped arb mounting plate.

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                          so i welded in a new one along with a full reinforcement kit.

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                          i have a kit to do the rear too, this is my first go with a welder and its not the prettiest but its honest work, i then coated it all in etch primer as it was going to sit for a bit before everything went to powdercoat.

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                          two year old us fuel that was sitting in the fuel tank of the e30

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                          when i was pouring this out the fuel tank my neighbour decided to take this moment to come over and have a chat to me (whilst he was smoking)

                          Now that the car is pretty much fully stripped down the next job is to get it onto the rotisserie, i am in the process of figuring out mounting it to the car itself, i am thinking of using the bumper mounting points.

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                          and here i have the tools to strip the underside down to metal and then i can put on the primer, black schultz and then paint. and we can start making the e30 great again.

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                          oh, also, have this.

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                          I drove my e30 from California to London!

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                            #73
                            this brings the story up to date!!

                            I drove my e30 from California to London!

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                              #74
                              AWESOME updates! I was just wondering about this car a few weeks ago and BAM - thread updated! :-)

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                                #75
                                what wheels are those? really like them !

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