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    latest project...1984 323i Euro Sedan

    We just picked up this project from a fellow forum member here, and although we already have 3 e21 projects going on, I think my brother and I are going to try to devote more time to this for now...it's dying for some lovin!

    Although we ended up paying a fair price on it, it turned out to be much rougher than was expected. The paint is terrible and was keyed all up by one of the PO's girlfriends/ or wife or whatever. It's leaking oil like a waterfall out of what appears to be the rear main seal leaving giant puddles in the driveway overnight! There is much more rust than we were hoping for, the hood latch and lever are broken, the car won't start except with a rolling jump (starter/ relay maybe,) blinkers don't work, drivers seat won't budge and isn't lining up (bought the car with one bolt in the seat.)

    On the way home it took us 30 mins to travel 2 miles! While pulling out of our meeting place to buy the car, the drivers side rear wheel started to fall off, after pulling over it turns out the wheel only had 1 lugbolt in it!!! And to add to the headache, the one bolt that was in had started to pull out from driving (which we wouldn't have done had we known) and obviously striped both the bolt as well as the hole! So we finally got it home after taking 1 bolt off the other wheels to put on the rear one and driving slowly.

    And although we have our work cut out for us, it's a cool piece of bimmer history with possibly the radest paperwork including all the federalization papers AND a little red notebook dating from 1984 up to 2006 from the original owner who had the car brought over from Germany who listed EVERYTHING that was done to the car!

    On to the pics:



















    Closeup:



    There are wires EVERYWHERE:



    The BEST Part:







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    #2
    Oh wow, that car looks like a piece, sorry. Euro bumpers look to be in good shape, though. Good luck bringing it back!

    Do you have a shot of the seats? They look like Recaros.
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      #3
      Also get rid of those rimzzz :)
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        #4
        Yeah, the wheels are straight out of Trenton, absolutely hideous! The seats are not recaros they are comforts, but the rear seat is nice and I have a set of MINT sport seats I've been saving for just the right occasion, this would be it!

        BTW, I know I've told you this before, but now that I have one too, you're sedan is my hero :)

        I also have a set of 15" Alpina's I'm getting refinished next week off my 330i e21 Alpina that I'm going to throw on the 323 for fun. Although I think 16's are the way to go on e30's 15's can look good with the right tire profile!
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          #5
          Originally posted by metalsoul View Post
          Yeah, the wheels are straight out of Trenton, absolutely hideous! The seats are not recaros they are comforts, but the rear seat is nice and I have a set of MINT sport seats I've been saving for just the right occasion, this would be it!

          BTW, I know I've told you this before, but now that I have one too, you're sedan is my hero :)

          I also have a set of 15" Alpina's I'm getting refinished next week off my 330i e21 Alpina that I'm going to throw on the 323 for fun. Although I think 16's are the way to go on e30's 15's can look good with the right tire profile!
          Aww, thanks. Mine has unfortunately degenerated into a beater due to some guardrail interaction a few months ago :(

          The seats looked like recaros based on the headrests in the first photo. Sports should be nice in it, though. Cloth?

          Also, 15" Alpinas look perfect on e30s with the right tires. If they're off the e21, they're also super-low offset, which helps.
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            #6
            OOohh, sorry to hear that!!

            Yeah they are +12 offset and are staggered 15x6 front and 15x7 rear, I went with 195/50 in the front and 205 50 in the rear to maintain similar profiles!

            No the sports are Vinyl, absolutely MINTY fresh, I'm not even going to put them into the car until after it's painted and ready to go!
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              #7
              +111110000000000000000000000 Points For being a surfer
              Originally posted by kendogg
              Don't know, but the E90 wasn't designed from the ground-up intending to be a racecar like the E30 was.
              OG RACECAR

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                #8
                ^^LOL, thanks bro^^ But if you surf out there in Lisbon, you've got way better conditions than I do here! That's why I keep a board and suit out in LA, so I can get some time in the Pacific!
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                  #9
                  those are some pretty phat tire profiles.
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                    #10
                    If you end up parting it, let me know about the bumpers ;)
                    Need a part? PM me.

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                      #11
                      Yeah if you mean Phat as in PHugly, then yes, they are!

                      I think we're gonna keep the Euro bumps, but if we change our minds, I'll let you know!

                      So today was spent mostly on my bro's 320...I finished welding the patches in the floor pans (LOTS of rust, but not anymore!) and he mounted his IS lip we scored at a pick-n-pull!!

                      But we also scored a new hood latch and pull lever at the junkyard for cheap, and I fixed the drivers seat so now it functions perfectly!!

                      A closing hood!
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                        #12
                        We've been really busy moving into the new shop and working on the Alpina...but found some time to pull the motor on the 323. As for the flood of leaking oil out of the tran, what we thought was a cracked or damaged rear main seal turned out to be a poorly installed oil pan gasket that was leaking like crazy...

                        The new shop, my paint booth is going in on the other side of the wall:



                        Pulling the motor:



                        Motor out:



                        4 INCHES of pinched gasket, causing a huge leak:



                        A closeup:

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                          #13
                          I also removed and patched up the ugly side markers:

                          They both also had some rust:



                          Patches, nice and flush:



                          Welded in before I finished grinding it smooth:

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                            #14
                            that's going to be a nice project ! Build me a nice bike for the summer :D

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                              #15
                              Thanks Vlad! Well that chopper with the girder in the pics will be done by summer...or I can just build you a chopper to match your m3 ;)
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