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    November 2019 Car of the Month: mitchlevy7

    ** Editors Note: Ive been watching Mitch build this car for years, starting with an entirely different chassis and an aluminum block M52. Car has been evolving for years and it finally seems to have gotten where he wants it. Another E30 that the owner built to their own tastes, showing that you dont have to have a mint $60k car to earn a spot as our November 2019 Car of the Month! Congrats!***

    Color- Zinnoberrot

    Interior color:

    Engine modifications:
    Obd1 conversion
    Vems stand-alone plug and play w/ Bluetooth Control
    3 port MAC boost control solenoid, controlled by vems
    Push to connect vacuum lines for wastegate, heatwrapped
    Gm IAT sensor

    M52b28 from a e36 328i
    New Crank and Rod Bearings
    0.140mm copper headgasket spacer and cutring headgasket
    New piston rings
    Cylinder head and Block decked and hot tanked
    All valves removed and cleaned
    All gaskets replaced
    Rebuilt vanos with anti-rattle kit
    Chase bays Vanos line
    Turner Motorsports alternator pulley
    New OEM oil filter housing
    Garagistic billet throttle bushing
    New OEM e34 throttle cable
    eBay e36 performance radiator
    Toyota prévia modified coolant hoses
    Electric fan conversion, controlled by Vems, Spal 16” Electric fan
    Rally Road oil cooler cap Mishimoto oil Thermostat and oil cooler
    -10 oil cooler lines with vibrant fittings
    CPE air station vacuum manifold
    Smoothed and painted black engine bay
    Condor Speed Shop engine mounts
    Red46 stainless skid plate
    A/c delete w/ shorter bolts for crank pulley
    Custom 4” intake with -10 pcv fitting
    Wrinkle black powder coated m50 valve cover with relocated pcv vent with -10 bulkhead fitting
    Mishimoto catch can with SS braided -10 Lines
    22rpm Valve Cover Vanity Cover
    NGK 1 step colder spark plugs gapped at 0.022”
    ARP 2000 Head Studs
    Engine Block Painted Black
    318is Engine Harness Cover
    Chasebays Engine Ground Cable
    RS Engineering Late Model Aluminum Coolant Res.
    New Coil Packs
    Throttle Body Cooling Delete


    Turbo/Exhaust:
    Borg Warner s362sxe turbo with ceramic coated compressor housing and 0.88 t4 ceramic coated turbine housing
    Good n’ Tight T4 e30 Turbo Manifold
    304 Stainless custom downpipe with Mormon flange at turbo and vband at Exit, heat wrapped
    304 SS Vbanded custom catback, full 3” with one single Custom Performance Engineering muffler and 4.5” tip
    Pw46 precision wastegate with custom made 304SS Open Dump Tube
    Misimoto M-Line intercooler 3” core
    3” custom made charge pipes, powder coated black
    Tial q bov
    Mishimoto Throttle body intake boot
    Race German 3D printed headlight intake duct


    Drivetrain:
    New FEQ Axles
    Condor Speed Shop diff bushing
    Condor Speed Shop transmission mounts
    New Center Support Bearing
    Redline transmission and Differential Fluid
    Garagistic Secondary Diff Mount
    Fx racing stage 4 clutch with lightweight flywheel
    Stainless Braided Clutch line
    Akg Stage 2 Shifter
    Chromolly DSSR
    S2.93lsd, resealed, painted, powder coated diff cover


    Suspension:
    New front wheel bearings
    Painted front subframe
    Powder coated rear subframe
    Condor speed shop solid Delrin m3 style front control arm bushings
    Condor Speed Shop trailing arm bushings
    Condor Speed Shop 12mm riser subframe bushings
    Bilstein 325ix front struts in shortened housings with garagetastic spring perches
    GE coilover conversion kit
    Ireland engineering adjustable sway bar end links
    St suspensions 22mm front sway bar with new bushings
    New rear sway bar end links
    Ireland engineering race camber plates
    Bilstien rear shocks with heavy duty strut mounts
    Rear shock tower brace
    Front strut tower brace powder coated black
    New front control arms
    Condor Speed Shop Power Steering Delete
    E36 rack conversion

    Wheels:
    225/45/16 toyo r888 front tires
    245/45/16 rear
    Front 12mm Motorsport hardware traclite spacers
    54mm stud conversion
    16x9 et 6 and 16x10et -2 oz futuras, gold hardware including center caps with carbon fiber ring center cap, barrels powder coated flat black, faces polished with ceramic smoke clear, lips polished with ceramic clear coat


    Exterior modifications:
    Mtech 1rear spoiler
    Modified front valance for intercooler
    eBay reiger replica lip
    Rolled and pulled fenders
    Black kidneys and repained grill
    All window trim painted black
    Depo Smoked ellipsoid smiley headlights


    Interior modifications:
    Nrg steering wheel with extra nrg quick release and hub for nardi steering wheel
    Auto power race roll bar stripped and repainted
    Rear seat delete
    Schroth rallye harnesses
    Condor speed shop polycarbonate door cards with red pull straps
    Corbeau fx1 pro seats
    Garagistic billet floor mounts with unknown fixed side mounts
    Garagistic Fire Extinguisher Mount
    Kiddie 2lb fire extinguisher
    Mele Design Firm Rally Battery Mount


    Story Behind the Car: After building a more "stanced" e30 vert, I had decided that I wanted to start building an e30 that will eventually get me more into track driving and something fun for the backroads. Sometime in college I acquired a white 318is with an aluminum block m52 in it. It was a blast and but the body wasnt the cleanest. Nonetheless, I started collecting parts, including a iron block m52. By this time, I was working for a performance shop a few days a week while finishing up the last few years of my engineering degree. As time went on, I eventually rebuilt the iron m52 for boost and collected enough parts for the build. After a ton of work, I eventually got the car somewhat running before I had to leave for the summer to Japan for a study abroad program. During that time, I had sold my daily and picked up a 89 Zinno 325i coupe. Long story short, 2 cars became one. The body of the zinno 89 and the engine and drivetrain of the 91 alpine car. The next 3 years would be a balance of time, energy and money to get the build on the road. I replaced every suspension component, had as many parts powdercoated as I could, changed turbos, changed ECU's, changed headgaskets, rebuilt the exhaust, built the wheels. I wanted it to be a testament of what I could do.. In late 2018, the company I worked for moved from Maryland to South Carolina. In an attempt to not have to trailer the car down in pieces, I took some time to knock out the last 5% to get it a running and driving car. In July and August of 2018 I was finally able to take it for a test drive and fast forward to 2019 and I have been driving it to and from work a few days a week and taking it to cars and coffee on the weekends. The car still has a small list of issues to be addressed and a few boxes of parts left to be put on, but it is by far the funnest car I have ever owned and 100% worth it.



























    Last edited by 2mAn; 11-04-2019, 12:46 PM.
    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
    An old Maryland car I have never seen before! Love the rake on it. This is how to set up and aggressive e30.

    Instagram: Reichart12

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      #3
      Did you need that offset to prevent the tires from rubbing, or was it a stylistic choice?
      2003 Z4 3.0 6-speed- Silver, 19's, daily driver
      1990 Silver 325i- Lowered on H&R OE Sports, e90 drop hats, KYB shocks, color matched rocker panels, 16" Emortal RS wheels on 205/50/16 tires... Currently getting a full refresh including an S52 swap!
      1997 Black Ford Probe GT- Stripped to 2220lbs, MS3X, Forged motor in midst of assembly... Dyno results and 1/4 mile times pending

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        #4
        Originally posted by dadsbmw View Post
        Did you need that offset to prevent the tires from rubbing, or was it a stylistic choice?
        The front ends up at -4 (with the 12mm spacer) so that the nuts on the inside of the wheel clear the brakes. The rears were just how it ended up throwing the 4" lips on to replace the 3" lips. This is how I got the wheels. There pretty rare and hard to find in 4x100 with e30 center bores. I didn't really have the money at the time I was building them to buy new lips. Looking back I would have done a 3.5" lip in the rear and added that 1/2" to the barrel or maybe even just ran smaller tires.





        www.cp-e.com

        1989 Zinno 325i m52 turbo coupe
        2015 Ford Fiesta ST, Daily Driver.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Reichart12 View Post
          An old Maryland car I have never seen before! Love the rake on it. This is how to set up and aggressive e30.
          Thanks!
          www.cp-e.com

          1989 Zinno 325i m52 turbo coupe
          2015 Ford Fiesta ST, Daily Driver.

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            #6
            I cant get enough of that rear 3/4 shot
            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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              #7
              Congrats! Slick car. If you're in MD you should bring it out to NCC BMW CCA cars and coffee at BMW Catonsville this Sunday (11/10).

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                #8
                This reminds me of the glory days of R3v. I love everything about this..... the story and the final product are awesome! Congrats!
                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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                  #9
                  Cereal bidness!

                  Sweet ride man.
                  I do things.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by getouth View Post
                    This reminds me of the glory days of R3v. I love everything about this..... the story and the final product are awesome! Congrats!
                    Yes... the glory days of R3V... Up next is a M3 thats been a DAILY DRIVER for YEARS, even after the spike in prices!... can you believe it?!
                    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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