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April 2021 Car of the Month: Codym42

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    April 2021 Car of the Month: Codym42

    Factory options: Sport seats, IS front lip and rear spoiler, power windows

    Color: Brillantrot

    Interior color: Natural Tan

    Engine modifications: Aluminum block M52b28 from Z3, M50 intake manifold, KA Motors CAI, AKG poly engine mounts, Achilles oil pan baffle, Red46 skid plate

    Exhaust: Syncro Design Works downpipes, Vibrant Ultra Quiet resonator, Magnaflow catalytic converter, Magnaflow muffler

    Transmission: ZF320, Sachs single mass flywheel and clutch, Z3 2.8 short shifter

    Differential: 3.15 Torsen LSD


    E36 Steering Rack
    H&R Race springs w/ E90 drophats
    Bilstein Sport Struts and Shocks
    Garagistic front strut brace
    Front subframe reinforced
    Condor stackable rear spring pads
    Suspension Techniques sway bars front and rear
    Polyurethane diff mount and trailing arm bushings
    M3 Offset control arm bushings

    Wheels: Ronal LS 15” wheels – powdercoated silver

    Exterior modifications:

    Repainted in 2017 and converted back to slicktop (someone cut the slicktop for an aftermarket sunroof)
    New exterior window sweeps, new front and rear BMW emblems
    Euro replica grilles
    Depo smiley headlights w/ 35w HID kit
    Ford Taurus side skirts
    Smoked marker lights
    Red tinted tail lights (very subtle) and LED tag lights
    Euro rear plate filler
    IS lip w/ RyanG splitter

    Interior modifications:

    Reupholstered front seats by Kevin Chinn
    New headliner w/ dynamat on roof
    Momo steering wheel
    ZHP shift knob w/ microsuede shift and brake boots
    BMW Performance Pedal set
    35% tint
    Recovered rear deck shelf
    B pillars wrapped in OEM looking vinyl
    Gauge Cluster rebuilt by Bavarian Restoration
    Volt gauge (in HVAC panel)
    JVC Bluetooth stereo
    Pioneer front component speakers w/ crossovers mounted behind dash
    E36 Window Switches

    Story behind the car: My dad originally bought this car in the Fall of 2005. Fast forward to 2010 and it became my first car. I drove it to high school and college and did a few modifications here and there. I was on r3vlimited constantly reading project threads and gathering information. In 2017, I finally had everything lined up to do the engine swap and paint job and finished up in the Spring of 2018. I love this car but sadly I am considering selling for another e30 project.

    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

    nice little car - thx for sharing. neat that you've kept it as long as you have.
    Portland, Oregon
    E28M5 | E30S50 | E30M3


      Nice looking car. I have the same shift/ebrake boots and was wondering if they were Kevin's, and saw they were. Mine are over 10 years old so the stitching colors have faded. Need to get a new set.
      Alex 88 m5 | 91 318is | 19 Subaru Ascent
      BMW Tool Rentals & Fender Roller


        Can we talk about that cupholder center console. Looks really well designed and ergonomic.


          Very cool car. I love what you've done with it.

          Considering selling? I feel like this is a new trend with COTM cars.


            Originally posted by
            Considering selling? I feel like this is a new trend with COTM cars.
            First thing I thought Mike!

            Sharp looking car, paint came out great and the engine swap looks nice and clean. Sometimes they look like the're just thrown in there but this actually flows nicely with the M3 style harness covers. Congrats on COTM! Hope you end up keeping it. The "affordable" E30's that have been up for sale lately leave a lot to be desired, would be hard to top this car
            '86 325e Zinnoberrot /// '02 325ci Schwarz II /// '18 M4 Azurite Black Metallic ///

            Albie325 Build Thread | Albie325 COTM Jan 2021


              The new path is COTM -> BAT lol

              Part of the problem is that I have cars I want to feature but the owners never want to feature them until x-y-z is done and in some cases once that happens they are ready to sell, so I would like to at least feature them before they go away.
              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


                Very nice car. One of the better looking red cars I've seen. I like that it appears to have working AC, so many swapped street cars lack it for no good reason.

                IG @turbovarg
                '91 318is, M20B25 turbo
                [CoTM: 4-18]
                '94 525iT slicktop


                  real clean


                    Very nice choice for COTM and looks like a 'sleeper'...
                    E30 320i vert
                    But daily drive is Volvo V60 Polestar


                      Thanks everyone for the positive feedback!!

                      As far as selling the car... I have several reasons for this but I haven't been able to convince myself to actually list it yet. I really want to take it for a drive through the mountains soon and just enjoy it before making a final decision. We'll see.
                      '90 325i - 5 speed coupe
                      '05 330ci 6MT ZHP


                        I dig it 👌🏾 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

                        BMWCCA #398608
                        IG @yagayo38

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


                          What a great package with the aluminum M52. I would enjoy putting miles on this as a nice weather daily.

                          Project cars are fine, but sometimes its nice to walk out to a turn key car.

                          The Black handles actually break the natur interior up for a sporty look.

                          I haven't seen the Taurus side skirts in a while!

                          I feel like a sound clip is needed. :)

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


                            Very nice, glad to see it's still in such good shape Cody! You definitely deserve COTM with how well you take care of your E30


                              Freaking gorgeous.