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    Its not that they're not avail but they are all blocked. It is way past the safety dot issue now. If it was not available on a us car you can not get it anymore no matter what it is.

    Be weary of people selling new oem hood and bumper seals. They are blocked as well.
    "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." - Winston Churchill

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      had a PDR guy over, cleaned up the vert and the wife's allroad. dude does metal fab and rust repair too, so bromance is inevitable. will definitely pair up on the IX coupe restoration.

      still ticked about the MT1 parts order going south. Looking into ordering with a euro vin, and Levent's checking his sources. Despite the euro part embargo I received a bunch of parts today including the wide-angle driver's mirror, new OEM heated seat elements for my IX and the euro headlamp height adjuster cable and motors. will post some pics when I get a chance.

      @southernboy (kevin) posted this pic on e30rapidic's Alpina C2 clone thread. He also has an Mtech2 IX Baur! His vert is a real Alpina C2 2.7 without the sexy front valance and stripe work.

      Exterior looks pretty much exactly my pre-MT1 build without the HLCS - Jimmy Hill lip and all.
      Last edited by bradnic; 09-03-2017, 09:55 AM.
      I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

      HOWTOs:
      DB vert plastic bumpers
      OEM Keys
      MTech1 docs

      88 ix Lach/Card
      91 ic Calypso 3.1
      86 Cosmo 2.7

      OEM+ or bust!


      reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
      TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
      e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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        more prep work today. pretty sure I can get the ITBs in tomorrow...

        Airbox mods just about done. sanded the stack/trumpet thing smooth, and have JB welded it to the airbox. had to build up some plastic on the outside so the m30 AFM would seal. will post pics up shortly.

        also got sick of looking at the ITBs with crappy paint on them. Took everything apart and treated the throttle body assemblies with acetone and a brush. Took a couple of hours, but they came out really well I think. Not sure if I need to clearcoat them.


        Confirmed how to get the cruise control cable support added too. Just need another throttle cable wheel to mount on the same shaft between the 3rd and 4th ITB, plus a matching bracket for the cruise cable to mount to.
        Last edited by bradnic; 09-03-2017, 09:56 AM.
        I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

        HOWTOs:
        DB vert plastic bumpers
        OEM Keys
        MTech1 docs

        88 ix Lach/Card
        91 ic Calypso 3.1
        86 Cosmo 2.7

        OEM+ or bust!


        reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
        TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
        e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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          Not sure how well that cruise control cable mod will work, when you apply the throttle the cc cable will not be pulled at the same time.

          You might be able to to fit a spring loaded pulley/tensioner to take up the slack so it won't derail
          My M20 Frankenbuild(s)
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            Originally posted by whodwho View Post
            Not sure how well that cruise control cable mod will work, when you apply the throttle the cc cable will not be pulled at the same time.

            You might be able to to fit a spring loaded pulley/tensioner to take up the slack so it won't derail
            actually they're both on the same shaft so they'll rotate together - at least I hope they will lol. it's a ways off so I'll have the chance to try things out.

            The 2nd throttle cable wheel will go above the spring in the center
            (linkage is loose in the pics, a little out of alignment)



            closeup of the existing throttle wheel




            now if I can just get dbilas to respond to my mail - nothing in 2-3 weeks.

            that linkage looks really rough/crappy doesn't it? nothing like the catalog photos.
            it does works smoothly, just looks hacked together.
            Last edited by bradnic; 09-03-2017, 10:00 AM.
            I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

            HOWTOs:
            DB vert plastic bumpers
            OEM Keys
            MTech1 docs

            88 ix Lach/Card
            91 ic Calypso 3.1
            86 Cosmo 2.7

            OEM+ or bust!


            reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
            TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
            e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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              Originally posted by whodwho View Post
              Not sure how well that cruise control cable mod will work, when you apply the throttle the cc cable will not be pulled at the same time.

              You might be able to to fit a spring loaded pulley/tensioner to take up the slack so it won't derail
              Originally posted by bradnic View Post
              actually they're both on the same shaft so they'll rotate together - at least I hope they will lol. it's a ways off so I'll have the chance to try things out.
              Thinking about this further, it's still going to be a problem. Whichever cable is pulling will introduce slack in the other. the stock linkage allows this other cable to slip. Will need to incorporate something like that on both throttle wheels
              I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

              HOWTOs:
              DB vert plastic bumpers
              OEM Keys
              MTech1 docs

              88 ix Lach/Card
              91 ic Calypso 3.1
              86 Cosmo 2.7

              OEM+ or bust!


              reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
              TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
              e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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                Originally posted by bradnic View Post
                so much for waiting until June...
                business end corrosion on center itbs, probably heat related? will need to sandblast and refinish at some point
                EDIT: turns out it's just a coat of paint on the housings. gonna wire brush it off.

                Originally posted by bradnic View Post
                so much cleaner now


                I ended up mounting the manifold adapters first, then the 3 pairs of ITBs. I did have to pull an end cap off the front ITB to get it to clear the thermostat housing. Will grind off a corner of it and install later.


                cooling system is all set. I had a spare m20 heater hose 64211380527 from my other car which I used the center of to extend the current upper heater core hose. It wrapped around the #6 plenum runner nicely. Also had to bend the heater core pipe carefully up and towards the center of the car, but it cleared fine without cutting.

                here's the heater hose installed - will need to make sure I didn't damage my heater core bending the pipe..


                there is some minor interference with the thermostat housing connector. I can cut the corner of it off but I don't like messing with my harness so if I can get it to seal properly with teflon tape I'll just turn the sensor a bit. Yes I'm that anal.

                after trying multiple approaches to get the plenum on the best option was this:
                1) replace the heater hose with the longer one and install
                2) place all the rubber couplings on the plenum
                3) align the #6 runner between the upper and lower rad hoses, then line up the rest

                I spent several hours modifying the m20 airbox to take the m30 AFM. came out very well. but unfortunately the dbilas plenum sticks way outboard and above the AFM when mounting using the stock brackets. So I may end up with a cone filter directly on the AFM after all...

                force fit everything. need to take better pics from top and side to see the issue.


                you can see the height difference of the plenum duct and the AFM here, also the 19# mustang injectors.


                next up are all the 5 vacuum connections underneath and replacing my fuel supply and return hoses with longer ones. Alot of room under the plenum.. and it's not that bad near the brake booster either.


                nice glamour shots here - starting to come together.



                check out all the room for a supercharger... :-)
                Last edited by bradnic; 09-03-2017, 10:18 AM.
                I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                HOWTOs:
                DB vert plastic bumpers
                OEM Keys
                MTech1 docs

                88 ix Lach/Card
                91 ic Calypso 3.1
                86 Cosmo 2.7

                OEM+ or bust!


                reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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                  oh yes I did - ow ^2

                  been looking for a long time. getting new tires. will need a 5th for a spare.




                  absolutely love my set of 5 nogaro euroweaves but I may need to put them up for sale now. #firstworldproblems
                  Last edited by bradnic; 09-03-2017, 10:22 AM.
                  I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                  HOWTOs:
                  DB vert plastic bumpers
                  OEM Keys
                  MTech1 docs

                  88 ix Lach/Card
                  91 ic Calypso 3.1
                  86 Cosmo 2.7

                  OEM+ or bust!


                  reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                  TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                  e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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                    Oh mannnnnn
                    www.instagram.com/snwmble
                    #snwmble

                    Current:
                    '05 BMW M3 - Silver Grey/Imola Red
                    '90 BMW 325iX - Sterling Silver/Houndstooth sport(5-speed converted)
                    '15 Mini Countryman - Blazing Red/Carbon Black

                    Past:
                    '01 Audi Allroad - Light Silver/Platinum Saber Black
                    '88 BMW 325iX - Diamond Schwarz/Silver sport *Sold*
                    '01.5 1.8TQ - Brilliant Black/Nogaro Alcantara ...after 8.5yrs, *Sold* =(
                    '90 BMW 325i - Schwarz/Tan sport *Sold*
                    '89 BMW 325ix - Diamond Schwarz/Black sport *Sold*

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                      Originally posted by audiquattrot View Post
                      Oh mannnnnn
                      i blame you and e30rapidic - you guys started it!

                      and they're not perfect btw. some road rash on one and a few nicks.. plus one of the caps is rashed up.
                      I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                      HOWTOs:
                      DB vert plastic bumpers
                      OEM Keys
                      MTech1 docs

                      88 ix Lach/Card
                      91 ic Calypso 3.1
                      86 Cosmo 2.7

                      OEM+ or bust!


                      reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                      TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                      e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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                        Alpinas look tasty!!

                        Euroweaves should stay local...
                        To a BMWCCA member........
                        Who has 4 kids........
                        And an e30 that he and his wife love....




                        No pressure!

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                          nice alpinas. staggered widths?
                          cars beep boop

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                            Originally posted by doorman View Post
                            Alpinas look tasty!!

                            Euroweaves should stay local...
                            To a BMWCCA member........
                            Who has 4 kids........
                            And an e30 that he and his wife love....




                            No pressure!
                            lol. come on over and check em out. full set of five. i think there's a little ding on one wheel. i have all the original BMW boxes too..

                            Originally posted by kronus View Post
                            nice alpinas. staggered widths?
                            yes sir. if you notice the tires on the 2 wheels in front of are stretched a bit. owner had these on a flared 2002.. probably why there's curb rash on one of them.

                            Last edited by bradnic; 09-03-2017, 10:23 AM.
                            I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                            HOWTOs:
                            DB vert plastic bumpers
                            OEM Keys
                            MTech1 docs

                            88 ix Lach/Card
                            91 ic Calypso 3.1
                            86 Cosmo 2.7

                            OEM+ or bust!


                            reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                            TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                            e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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                              What tyres you gonna run? Can't get much in the way of street tyres for 225/45/16 that's why I opted for non staggered
                              89 E30 325is Lachs Silber - currently M20B31, M20B33 in the works, stroked to the hilt...

                              new build thread http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=317505

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                                this is the Alpina fitment as I understand it


                                so I think pretty much Direzzas is it in the reasonable price range..
                                Last edited by bradnic; 09-03-2017, 10:24 AM.
                                I BUY/SELL REFURBISHED CM5907s & CM5908s

                                HOWTOs:
                                DB vert plastic bumpers
                                OEM Keys
                                MTech1 docs

                                88 ix Lach/Card
                                91 ic Calypso 3.1
                                86 Cosmo 2.7

                                OEM+ or bust!


                                reelizmpro: I will always be an e30 guy.. I still do all of my own labor
                                TrentW: There's just something so right about a well-built M20 in an E30
                                e30m3s54turbo: I save my money for tuner parts.

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