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    (UPDATED 3/1: More Pics!) My Cheap CL E30 project car!

    Well I finally got lucky and found a "fair" E30. Called the guy within 10 minutes of it being thrown up on Craigslist and had it bought within and hour. !

    Couple specs:
    - 1989 325i
    - 243,xxx miles
    - 2 door
    - 5 speed
    - Zinnobarrot
    - Tan interior (or at least parts of it, I don't care)
    - Seats I think out of an Acura RSX (they actually look pretty good IMO and whoever installed them did a good job!)

    The good:
    - Seems like a strong engine, idles nicely, revs quickly, doesn't leak any fluid, nothing weird out the tail pipe, clean oil, etc
    - All wheel bearings recently done
    - Towers look good
    - Suspension doesn't "wobble" (did 70 and she tracked straight and true)
    - 95% of electrics work
    - Only a small 2" crack in front of dash!

    It NEEDS (bad):
    - Cooling system overhaul (although I think it is just the TB warmer leaking)
    - UV joint
    - Steering wheel is WAY off center (she drives straight though and turns fine)
    - Radio needs re-wired
    - Back seat is $hit
    - Some suspension components
    - Tires

    Things I'm doing (so far):
    - Intake manifold gakets
    - TB gasket
    - Thermostat
    - Water pump
    - Timing belt
    - Radiator (looks ok though)
    - Plugs and wires (cap and rotor look fairly new)
    - Various hoses
    - Look at suspension and replace if necessary
    - Buff up the body
    - Strip the interior
    - Misc.

    I have some work but none of it (knock on wood) is 'high dollar' and i can do it over time.

    If ANYBODY has suggestions on things I should check or replace let me know! I'm just starting to learn about these cars!






    2 minutes with cleaning wax on left





    After only 10 minutes of buffing! Can't wait to get a PC on it!





    Last edited by PutterMcGavin; 04-23-2013, 08:54 AM.

    #2
    Wow, hell of a first post!

    Welcome to R3V. Most find this place and these cars highly addictive. Looks like you have found a heck of a deal on that car, too. I would start off by flushing every fluid in the car, but I bet you already planned that.

    That spray bar over the cam is the ONLY lubrication that the lobes get...clean it out carefully!

    Luke

    Closing SOON!
    "LAST CHANCE FOR G.A.S." DEAL IS ON NOW

    Luke AT germanaudiospecialties DOT com or text 425-761-6450, or for quickest answers, call me at the shop 360-669-0398

    Thanks for 10 years of fun!

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      #3
      That's some major win if I do say so myself!

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        #4
        Originally posted by StereoInstaller1 View Post
        Wow, hell of a first post!

        Welcome to R3V. Most find this place and these cars highly addictive. Looks like you have found a heck of a deal on that car, too. I would start off by flushing every fluid in the car, but I bet you already planned that.

        That spray bar over the cam is the ONLY lubrication that the lobes get...clean it out carefully!

        Luke
        I appreciate it! I know this will be an "addicting" project but I knew that coming into it! I own a E39 540i/6 and have done just about everything under the sun to it so I know what addiction is!

        Originally posted by 550 View Post
        That's some major win if I do say so myself!
        Thanks, I think that too!

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          #5
          Couple pics of my other car. '99 540i/6. Full Dinan Stg 5 engine upgrades, eibach sways, ASA wheels with 275's at each corner, Koni FSD's and Eibach springs, M5 LSD, M5 brakes, etc. etc. A ton more to list...




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            #6
            E39 was a bit more than $250, huh?


            Sexxxxy car.

            Closing SOON!
            "LAST CHANCE FOR G.A.S." DEAL IS ON NOW

            Luke AT germanaudiospecialties DOT com or text 425-761-6450, or for quickest answers, call me at the shop 360-669-0398

            Thanks for 10 years of fun!

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              #7
              Another e39/e30 cult member...welcome! :D
              BMWCCA #389756

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                #8
                Btw...if you plan on taking the motor apart, start looking at seals...all of them..but if it doesn't leak...keep it moving. :)
                BMWCCA #389756

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                  #9
                  welcome. mega win for $250. more pics of the E39?

                  98 540 MSport
                  89 325 ix

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by StereoInstaller1 View Post
                    E39 was a bit more than $250, huh?


                    Sexxxxy car.
                    A little bit more :twisted:

                    Originally posted by oekundar View Post
                    Another e39/e30 cult member...welcome! :D

                    Btw...if you plan on taking the motor apart, start looking at seals...all of them..but if it doesn't leak...keep it moving. :)
                    Yes sir. Good to see you in here as well! Remember seeing you in bf.c

                    I'm definitely going to checkout what I can. I don't plan on taking it down any further than it is but replacing all the gaskets I can. I have a TON to do. If something does end up leaking after all this I will just pull and rebuild the whole thing...

                    Originally posted by maximumangle View Post
                    welcome. mega win for $250. more pics of the E39?
                    Thanks. Sure I have a "few more"







                    Since I enjoy whoring, a couple vids

                    Tail of the Dragon run
                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXRkeqjS2AA

                    VIR Skidpad
                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDMsfaJLRzE

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                      #11
                      diggin the rims. i should have been more specific. pics of engine? :D

                      98 540 MSport
                      89 325 ix

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by maximumangle View Post
                        diggin the rims. i should have been more specific. pics of engine? :D
                        REALLY old pic but only one I can find. Recently cleaned the whole engine bay so it looks much better. A little bigger than the M20...

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                          #13
                          Damn you people. This is golf. Not a rock concert.

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                            #14
                            ^^???

                            98 540 MSport
                            89 325 ix

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by maximumangle View Post
                              ^^???
                              happy gilmore
                              1989 Bronzit 325ia- Sold
                              1986 Diamondschwarz Grey Market 325i Sport Mtech 1- Parted out
                              1988 Delphin 327i- Sold
                              1995 Cosmos M3- Current

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