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    July 2020 Car of the Month: Jordan

    ***Editors Note: This should come as no surprise. If you know Jordan and his builds you know this is a brand new car. No part of this car was left untouched and restored to As-New condition. Probably better than new in many spots actually. This was a no-brainer and was just a matter of waiting until it was ready. Well, its ready. You're Welcome! ***

    Factory options:

    Limited Slip Diff
    Fog Lights

    Alpine white III

    Interior color:
    Anthracite Cloth

    Engine modifications:
    2.1l (2096cc)
    M47 88mm crankshaft
    M42 rods
    JE 10.5:1 Pistons
    Ported & polished head with competition valve job
    MarkD tuning


    Factory getrag 240, with m20b25 flywheel & clutch


    H&R Sports, Bilstein sports

    Factory, upfitted to 15” BBS Style 5’s (euroweaves)

    Exterior modifications:
    Factory, upfitted to European spec lighting & trim

    Interior modifications:
    Factory, upfitted to premium sound

    Story behind the car:
    I purchased this car immediately following Hurricane Harvey, where reports place the best guess at 500 thousand to 1 million vehicles were flooded and destroyed. This vehicle shared the same fate, itself covered with about 7 feet of water for a day at the worst of it. Then owners of it were in the process of replacing the mess under the intake when they were forced to evacuate due to rising water, leaving the car behind.
    I initially purchased the vehicle with the intent of using it as the basis for a friends project, who once seeing what a mess it was, declined proceeding. No worries, I’ll just keep it for myself.

    Aside from the sheer filth stuck to the car from the flood waters it was a clean and straight shell, with the only rust being in the sunroof jam, and a spot below one of the tail lamps from a poor repair in the past. Within 48 hours of the water receding the vehicle was gutted and pressure washed inside and out before any lingering smell had a chance to take hold.

    As the interior was a complete loss, and the electrical items would be questionable at best I picked up a donor parts car, a near identical 1991 318iS to harvest the wiring, electrical items and interior upholstery (frames / foam) from. Parting out and selling the portions of that vehicle I did not need myself more than paid for those components.

    The sunroof jam rust was something that had got to a point beyond saving though, and while the parts car was clean in this regard I elected to replace the entire roof skin with a slicktop skin rather than retain the sunroof.

    This is sort of where the build tipped from a “lets just recondition this car and make it decent” to a long line of slippery slopped while I am in there, and if that is nice this has to be too mentality that lead me to restoring a vehicle that is for all intents… as new. It would take just a brisk 2 years and 8 months of my life before I ever drove the car. If I could not buy it new, I would refurbish each component with the utmost care to approximate new quality. Even original W.Germany castings for the starter, PS pump and alternator were painstakingly rebuilt to preserve originality. Even all of the original hardware was reused, stripped and replated in yellow zinc to maintain the originality of the manufacture markings. If I knew what this would become at the onset of the build I’m not sure I would still do it, buuuut here we are, and here it is….
    There are nearly 1100 photos in the vehicles extensively comprehensive build thread, what you see below is just a few with the vehicle out and about being enjoyed in its second lease on life. The end result is nothing short of a rare treat to drive, as close as how BMW intended it to be as I could allow, really with the sole exception being the modest lowering springs and Bilstein sport dampers.
    Aside from the sheer joy it is to drive the vehicle what I enjoy most is the reactions it elicits in other BMW enthusiasts. I’ve had quite a few random passing meets while driving in the short time it’s been on the road and the reactions to the car are always fun. In the community we see these cars every day so we’re a bit jaded I think, but in the real world you just don’t see these cars out on the streets, and if you do? It’s usually a beat example in my experience. Enthusiast BMW owners go nuts for a clean E30, and it puts a big smile on my face to see drivers eyes glued to the car instead of paying attention to where they are driving!

    The restoration in its entirety:

    Couldnt resist including this pic...

    Underside so clean you could eat off it!

    Compared to the prior look, quite a change.

    Amazing transformation when you see what he started with

    Last edited by 2mAn; 07-01-2020, 03:37 PM.
    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

    You can get a lot of useful and detailed information following all his builds.


      awesome, possibly my favorite project on the board! nice work, well deserved.
      Strategic Alpine Command:...sig loading


        Congrats! Saying "well deserved" would be a significant understatement. I know I learned a TON just from your build thread as all of your posts were very detailed and informative. Your work and this car are really off the charts. Thanks for sharing such an awesome build, Jordan.


          Wow, that is seriously impressive and great motivation for me to start dealing with some of the cosmetic issues with my car. Great work!
          1987 - 325i Convertible Delphin Auto [SOLD], 325i Convertible Delphin Manual [SOLD]
          1989 - 325i Convertible Bronzit m30b35 swapped [SCRAPPED], 325i Sedan Alpine Auto[DD]
          1991 - 325i Coupe Laguna Manual [Project], 535i Sedan Alpine [SCRAPPED]


            Wow, that underside.... Impressive work.


              I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this is the cleanest E30 on the entire planet right now. Really well done, and I enjoyed watching the restoration.
              2000 A4 1.8TQ | 1988 325is | 1976 280Z | 1953 CJ3B


                Fantastic work! Bravo. I love looking at that immaculate and precise underside and engine bay.
                1990 BMW 325iC Triple Black Hard Top, Self-Wrenched, Original Owner Family


                  How does anyone top this? Its like the pinnacle of all e30s. Its only missing a Baby M3 license plate frame. :)


                    Can you make the text normal/white? It's completely unreadable with the forum's dark mode.
                    Build thread



                      This car probably is so clean and well put together it probably outdoes the factory craftsmanship in some areas. Good work!


                        Thank you for the kind words gentlemen, and Simon for thinking of my project for the feature this month! I wish I could have put together some nicer photos post completion but logistical issues with the photographer in this Covid mess is what it is!

                        E30 ABS Pump Refurbishment Service


                          Originally posted by nando View Post
                          Can you make the text normal/white? It's completely unreadable with the forum's dark mode.
                          I changed the Text to default for both font and color.

                          I dont use dark mode so it looks fine for me.

                          Hope its fixed. If not, go read his thread lol

                          Otherwise, enjoy the pics.

                          Edit: Checked and doubled checked. Looks good now.
                          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


                            yeah it works now, thanks! :)
                            Build thread



                              superb 💯🙌
                              88 325is. S54, CSL airbox, Motec M800, Motec C127, Motec PDM15, Stoptech STR, MCS 2 way coilovers, Forgeline wheels, Recaro SPA, Eisenmann, Personal, lots of custom.

                              90 318is. As new OEM+, BBS LM, AST 4210 2 way coilovers, Wilwood SL6R/SL4R, Dynaudio, Recaro Experts